Foodsaver v3880 review
This packing machine is the latest model from a v3xxx series of the external vacuum sealers made by Foodsaver. Some previous models had difficulties with their bag detectors, i.e. it was necessary to slide the bag from left to right in hope that it would be sensed eventually. Fortunately, this problem is now gone – we could seal the food without stress.
The Foodsaver v3880 is a full automated vacuum sealing machine equipped with stainless steel solid build, intuitive menu on the front panel, decent vacuum strength and quality heat sealing bar. The very comfortable feature is a bag cutter – there is a room inside the machine to place a bag roll. To cut the bag of the size you need you just need to slide the razor along the bar and voila – it’s done. It’s a great solution since it allows more customized use of the vacuum sealer, but the only drawback is it wastes a little bit of the bag since it has to be sealed at both sides.
The machine is really simple to use, you can literally seal the bag pushing one button and just inserting the end of the bag inside. This vacuum sealer is also highly versatile since it provides many features like ability to seal plastic containers with its external nozzle as it comes with vacuum canister adapter and a jar sealer. We’ve also found the rapid marinating mode very useful – it shortens marinating time from several hours to 10 minutes. It works by pulling out the air from the plastic container and then releasing it back, the whole process takes place in quick cycles.
It comes with dimensions of 9.1 x 21 x 13.3 inches and weight of 11.2 pounds which is as large and heavy as most of the other Foodsaver models. Some individuals can find it hard to carry around and it can be cumbersome if you need to move it from one place to another often. However, it works great as a stationery counter-top kitchen appliance and the advantage is it has a wide mouth that can fit very wide bags or even two smaller ones at once.
The Foodsaver v3880 has variety of additional features including mentioned earlier jar sealer and vacuum canister adapter. It also operates with two separated modes, one is for dry food and another one seals the moisture meals like stews or soups. What’s more, there are also settings for delicate food like chips that you don’t want to crush – this is the PulseVac feature which allows you to manually start and stop the vacuum for optimal control of air removal. The LED indicators inform you about remaining time of the whole process. This packing machine works with variety of bags – depending on your requirements you can use pre-cut bags which come with plenty of sizes, self-cut bags from a bag roll, or bags that block the liquids – they are great for juicy foods. There are also expandable bags which work amazingly with roasts and other “big” meals. Let’s say you want to cook a turkey for Thanksgiving Day, but you don’t have time right before the holiday – thanks to the expandable bags you can cook the turkey a weekend before and it will still be fresh and tasty on the table where you gather up with your family.
One of the most useful features in this food vacuum sealer is a drip tray that catches the overflow of liquids in order to prevent spills. It is also possible to easily take it out, wipe it and put it back. When the drip tray is full, the machine will shut off and the drip tray LED indicator will light up. In that situation just simply take it out, clean it up with hot water, dry it and place it back in its position. The vacuum sealer also comes with 1 year limited warranty.
The machine looks very classy with its black and silver colours composition, the front menu is nicely and simply designed with its user-friendly controls and a seal button in the middle. It has durable stainless steel finish and it is possible to open the front panel – there is place behind it to keep bag rolls and cut it, it makes the cleaning easier an easier task and there are also stickers with instructions.
The Foodsaver v3880 Vacuum Sealing System is a great choice for home, non-commercial use. With its stylish design it will make any kitchen look better, and thanks to its functionality it will make your food last five times longer. It’s easy to use, it comes with decent starting kit and many additional features, it’s also easy to maintain. If the performance of this packing machine meets your requirements, there is no reason not to make an investment. Click here to check the current price on Amazon