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Sunbeam VS4300 Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer (Factory Second) $39 (RRP $119) - 2nds World (+Shipping or Free Pick up)

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After jumping on the latest Anova Precision Cooker deal, I went on the hunt for a bargain vacuum sealer to compliment my growing sous vide equipment ensemble. Came across the crowd favourite Sunbeam VS4300 at 2nds World for only $39. These are refurbished factory seconds, but come with a full 12 month manufacuter's warranty and all accessories that a new one would come with. RRP is around $119, but Good Guys are selling brand new units for $99.

Picked mine up today at the Mentone, Victoria store - they had about 20 units ready to go. The boxes are a bit tattered, but the contents are fine (the staff were fine with me opening the box to have a quick look before purchasing). Works a treat.

  • 28 cm home vacuum system
  • Press and hold operation
  • Accessory port
  • Removable vacuum channel
  • Comes with: 5 Pre cut bags, 28cm Roll, Accessory hose, Bottle stopper

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  • +3 votes

    What is the plastic bag stuff worth when I need more?

    I just use the zip bag/submerge method at the moment.

  • +1 vote

    Re: extra rolls - I picked up some rolls from Costco who have two packs of 5.4m long x 28cm wide rolls for around $28. Relies on having a membership, but I wouldn't think the prices would vary too much elsewhere.

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      Aldi have them about twice a year too

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        How much are the Aldi ones?

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          I want to say high teens, like 18 bucks or so. Can't quite remember the specifics

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          @Matt P:

          Thanks, but I meant the devices not the plastic rolls.

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          @tightwad: I think the aldi one is about 50 bucks

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          @Matt P:

          Thanks. If so, I'd sayvit's probably a better buy given their warrantee and this being a second. Unless you are a brand whore.

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          @tightwad:

          The Aldi vacuum sealer was $70 when I bought mine, but it's now $80 when they have it.

          I've seen it drop to $50/$60 on clearance, if you can find leftover stock on run out, but the new standard price is $80.

          $39 for this is definitely cheap, and I would think this would be of comparable quality. If i didn't have an Aldi one already, I'd jump on this for sure! (And if anything, I'm an Aldi whore - I own an Aldi toy delivery truck if that tells you anything!). ;)

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          @caprimulgus:
          Used the Aldi sealer to package 4 lambs, it's a bit fiddly but works ok, as Matt said the replacement rolls about $18 used about 3 rolls.

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          @Fred:

          The refills vary from $14-$15, to my knowledge.

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    Wow! Sounds like a good deal. I bought a kogan one for 50 bucks a while back

  • +6 votes

    grabbed one from eBay http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/282607252037 . 1 more left.
    PTECH20 brings it to the final price $31.20 + $9 (syd/mel) delivery = $40.20 delivered + cash rewards.

  • +4 votes

    It doesnt rate well on productreview.com …for whatever thats worth.

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    damn.. its cheap! I love my Aldi one, its quite useful even when we're not using the anova for portioning/freezing good quality meats

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    So tempted, have an older model that the heat strip is starting to buckle so is on it's way out. Still sealing ok just. But the key thing this model doesn't have that my old one has (and the newer better model does) is the buttons to manually vac and seal separately. It's really useful to use. For example, you can use the seal only function to reseal many things like chip packets and other plastic things. Manual vac is great for wet foods to avoid the liquid getting sucked into the pump. But, they are more like $159, so for $39 you really cannot go past this. But I'll hold out.

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    I use these bags btw have done for about 4 years now

    http://www.crazysales.com.au/online-10-rolls-of-28cm-x-1000c...

    Only thing I'm unsure if they're bpa free so since I got an anova I have been buying some others for that.

  • +1 vote

    Oops didnt need - accidentally bought anyways… thanks OP.. I think?

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    Any difference - in terms of result - between a sous vide using a vacuum sealer and one using ziplock bags? Been using ziplocs for quite some time now. Am curious to know if there's any advantage in using a vacuum sealer

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      Gets more air out so it doesn't float, also better for preserving stuff if its vacuum sealed.

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      For long cooks (1-3 days) the preference is vacuum sealed for me. Avoiding air certainly helps, but certain foods will float like pork belly. If you're using zip lock bags it's very difficult to weigh them down while keeping the seals outside of the water bath (zip locks seals have a low tolerance to hot water over and will fail at some point). So it's easier to vacuum seal, know the seals are watertight, then slip the item in fully submerged and weigh it down with something if needed. However, there are downsides to vacuum as well, liquids can get sucked up into the vacuum pump making sealing difficult, but you can avoid this by making the bags longer, or I've heard even putting paper towel at the top of the bag. The other aspect I'm less sure about is cooking in a vacuum can change the way the cooking occurs. You're lowering the atmospheric pressure so this can change the texture of the item, especially fish. This can be a good or bad thing, bad for some white fish. Also you can also sous vide in canning jars, making things like crem brulee and egg bites and such, avoiding bags all together.

  • +1 vote

    Have found the Sunbeam ones to be awful and break easily.Took it back within warranty and bought the kmart one for $50 which has been much better.

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      I've had the food saver (but a higher model) for 4 years no worries, and know of many people who've also had the same experience. Other Sunbeam products I've had terrible experience with, but they seems to be the go to for these.

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    Got mine today. Unfortunately the 28cm roll only had about 1 meter left on it and I didn't get any pre cut bags.

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    Got it couple days ago.
    Didnt come with any bags (like above), and short roll.

    Also doesnt power on at all. Pushing down hard and still makes no noise while attempting to seal the roll.

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      Having a similar situation myself. Received everything yesterday but no roll or precut bags..

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        I finally worked out the no power. The unit works fine, you just need to put a lot of weight on the left AND right side. It should make a click noise on either side to indicate you have pushed down hard enough.

        You could try asking them, they clearly indicate it comes with rolls AND bags. I won't bother, but I at least got a roll.

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          Yeh I've shot off a message. Sadly on the link above I can't find any mention of it coming with bags or rolls, just the box itself. I've purchased some anyone now, but would be nice to get what we paid for :P

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          At first I thought mine wasn't working but you do need to push hard to get it to work.

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