Once you have decided to buy a vacuum sealer for sealing and storing food, the next big question is which type of sealer to go for? Whether you should buy a chamber vacuum sealer or a non-chambered, suction vacuum sealing machine? Let’s take a look at the cons and pros as well as working style of both the options. However the final decision depends upon in what ways are you planning to use your machine.
Chamber vacuum Sealers:
In a chamber vacuum sealer, the contents to be sealed are put in a vacuum pouch and then the entire bag is placed inside of the vacuum sealer. Once the lid is closed, the process of evacuating air begins and after all of the air has left the pouch; it is tightly sealed by the machine. These types of sealers are ideal for storing solids and liquids on small to medium level. Air is squeezed out by varying air pressure inside the chamber thus no suction is involved and liquids like soups or stews can be safely packed. The chamber sealers come in a variety of options and sizes and you can buy one starting from around $500 to Double Chambered models priced around $20,000 or more. You can have models with manual lids to ones with semi-automatic to fully automatic lids. As the price goes up so does the range of available options on the vacuum sealer. Any and all types of vacuum sealer bags can be used with chamber vacuum sealer.
Non-Chambered Vacuum Sealers:
Non-chambered vacuum sealer is a type of vacuum sealer where only the edge of the sealing pouch is processed inside the sealer machine and rest of the bag remains outside. For this reason they are also commonly known as external vacuum sealers. These sealers work by sucking the air through small channels, thus they are not suitable for liquids as there is a risk of some liquid being sucked away by the sealer. These types of vacuum sealers are quite cheap and most home users prefer them over the other available models. They are only suitable for small packaging and not designed for commercial usage. A non-chambered vacuum sealer can only be used with suction sealer bags having specific air channels or mesh lining.
Why should you prefer one type over the other?
First of all you need to consider the cost of operation or you can say the cost of sealing bags. Vacuum Sealer bags are way cheaper than textured or fully meshed bags required by suction sealers. The second thing to consider would be initial cost. The price for a non-chambered unit is way less as compared to chambered models, however, in the long run, when cost of bags is included, chambered models become more feasible.