SealerSales TC-280F 12″ Table Top Vacuum Chamber
SealerSales, the company behind the TC 280F, has over 30 years of experience in the food packaging industry, and are known for their excellent customer service. The TC-280F is one of their compact chamber sealers, and finds itself under our reviewer spotlight today. This appliance is actually manufactured by Promarks, a US-based company who specialize in vacuum sealing equipment, with SealerSales simply reselling it under their own brand name. This doesn’t change the qualities or capabilities of this vacuum sealer in any way however.
Features & Benefits
One of your expectations when buying a chamber sealer is that you should be able to seal and pack lots of food items in a short space of time, and that expectation is met nicely by the speedy sealing cycles of the TC-280F. A standard sealing cycle takes roughly 30 seconds, but it can be as little as 15 seconds depending on the type of item you’re processing. Overall you can expect to be able to seal at least twice per minute, with almost no effort involved on your part. Most vacuum sealers of this size don’t require an external compressor, and the same is true of the TC-280F.
Not Just Food
Most people only ever consider a vacuum sealer as being useful for sealing food items, but more and more businesses are seeing the potential for using this type of appliance to help preserve everything from medication to electronic components – they all have oxygen as their common enemy. So although your primary focus is on using this appliance to extend the shelf life of your food, you might also find it very useful for extending the shelf life of your medication too.
It’s nice to see that you can get a fully-featured, commercial chamber sealer that doesn’t consume huge amounts of space on your countertop. The SealerSales TC-280F measures 15″ x 18″ x 16″, making it small enough to fit on most work surfaces, so space won’t be a major concern if you do decide to buy one. Please note that this vacuum sealer weighs 125 pounds, so once you have it set up in a specific location you’re best to leave it there. The sealing chamber measures 14.1″ x 15.2″, which means it’s more than big enough to accommodate the vast majority of meat and other produce.
The TC-280F features analog controls, which is a change from the typical digital control panels you’d find on most other chamber vacuum sealers. Some people might find this a bit odd, but it’s simply a case of having the same controls and features available to you in a different format. We do think it was an odd choice for SealerSales to make in the overall layout of this appliance though. The control panel is also water resistant, making it safe to use if liquids are being prepared near this appliance, or sealed with it.
12″ Sealing Bar
If you’re accustomed to using vacuum sealers with 8″ sealing bars you’ll find the luxury of being able to use larger sealing bags a welcome relief – it expands the type of produce you can seal with this appliance quite a lot. The sealing bar is made from sturdy aluminum, and can also be removed for cleaning when the sealer isn’t in use.
The lid fitted to this chamber sealer is transparent, as you might expect, but it also has the neat touch of automatically opening once the current sealing cycle is complete. This won’t change how you live your life, but it’s nice to see manufacturers taking their customer’s wants and needs into account during the design phase of product development.
The SealerSales TC-280F is constructed from rugged stainless steel, ensuring that it will last longer and look great for years to come. From a hygiene point of view stainless steel is also far easier to clean, making the task of keeping this chamber vacuum sealer clean very straightforward. With that being said there are several grooves in the exterior casing which might require a steam cleaner to thoroughly clean – any spillages are likely to get stuck there.
If you were expecting to find a Busch pump on the TC-280F we’re sorry to disappoint you – it actually features an Italian DVP pump instead. Although Busch pumps are widely recognized as being the best of their kind, the DVP range aren’t as well known, but they still do an excellent job as an alternative to the more expensive Busch models.
The TC-280F comes with a 90-day warranty, which is less than you’d expect for a chamber vacuum sealer in this price range.
The SealerSales TC-280F 12″ Table Top Vacuum Chamber is ideal for the busy kitchen of any hotel or restaurant, where food storage isn’t a process which can be taken lightly. Although this vacuum sealer isn’t aimed at the home market – due to its price – there is the possibility that preppers would be interested in using something like the TC-280F when preparing to preserve and store large amounts of food. The TC-280F is a sturdy and reliable vacuum sealer, although there is room for improvement in its overall design (the analog controls are one example), and the provision of much better warranty terms for new and existing customers. Click here to check the current price on Amazon