Fresh World Vacuum Sealer Review

When you want something to suck and it doesn't.

Fresh World Vacuum Sealer

One of the worst things to have to do when reviewing anything is to give a bad review about something that you received for free, especially when that something costs a little and should perform flawlessly.

Fresh World Vacuum Sealer
Fresh World Vacuum Sealer

This is the case with the Fresh World vacuum sealer. I eagerly anticipated receiving this from the vendor and had very high hopes. I already own (and have for years) a FoodSaver V3880 which has been a workhorse, especially since I discovered the joys of Sous Vide cooking a couple of years ago. It easily vacuum seals most commercially available food sealer bags, and although it wasn’t exactly intuitive at first to use, has proven its mettle through the years.

The Fresh World was very attractive right out of the box. It was very well packaged and the packaging was mostly cardboard – great for recycling! The TVS-2150 model I received was a cheery bright white and apple green and has a smaller footprint than my FoodSaver. The FoodSaver, admittedly, is kind of a beast and takes up lots of room on my countertops which is why it resides out of the way behind cabinet doors. The Fresh World‘s buttons were clearly marked and seemed pretty intuitive.  Promotional blurbs on the outside of the box showcase its ability to have a very narrow sealed seam. More on that later.

The first thing I noticed is that I couldn’t find any instructions. There were several parts included in the box which are still mysteries to me. One was a large rubber band thing. I think it’s probably a replacement for the sealing ring over the heater. But who knows.

My FoodSaver in the back!
My FoodSaver in the back!

An owner’s manual would have been perfect so that I could see how the parts worked together and a way to get the machine working. Unfortunately, I had to wing it, dragging out my FoodSaver to not only use them in a side by side comparison, but also to see if what works with the FoodSaver would work with the other. The FoodSaver aced each task. The Fresh World didn’t even come close.

I seal anything that’s going into the freezer for a lengthy period of time or going into the Sous Vide bath.  Otherwise, regular wrap or Tupperware (“Tupperware” being a generic term) suffice for everyday items and leftovers.  If I’m going to do a “long cook” in the Sous Vide bath (24 hours or more) I like to give the bags a double seal. I vacuum and seal once, trim the excess, and then seal again, leaving a small gap between the two seals on each end of the bag. The side seams are already deeply sealed from the factory.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out a way to do that with the Fresh World because of the very limited area allowed to seal.

Which ultimately didn’t matter because of one important reason. It didn’t suck.

No matter what I did – remember that it didn’t come with instructions – I could not get it to remove enough air out of the bag in order to effectively seal it. It would make a lot of noise (the huge sucking sound common to sealers) and then seal, but it left lots of air in the bag.  I tried every which way to get it to work, and it just didn’t.

Which ultimately didn’t matter because of one important reason. It didn’t suck.

The bags that came with it, although labeled as food safe, felt a little on the flimsy side. Ultimately, I used the commercial grade bags that I already had on hand and my trusty FoodSaver in order to seal the chuck roast that I was planning for guests in a couple of days. I just didn’t trust the bags – more accurately, plastic roll – that came with the Fresh World.

While my dream vacuum sealer is one of those great doo-dads that you see on Iron Chef, I’m sticking with my FoodSaver for now.  I’ve had it for years, it still works flawlessly, and most importantly, it’s never had a single failed seam whether in the freezer or from Sous Vide.

So here’s the upshot on the Fresh World:

Pros:

  • Very pretty – the white and apple green makes you smile
  • Clearly marked buttons
  • Small footprint

Cons:

  • No instructions
  • There’s no discernable suction, which is kind of the point, isn’t it?

Any list of vacuum sealers will show several names over and over again: FoodSaver, VacMaster, Weston, Seal-A-Meal, and Nesco. All of these brands have a solid reputation for long-term use and reliability behind them. They range from starter (Nesco) all the way to professional kitchen use (VacMaster).

At this time, I can’t recommend the Fresh World sealer, which is a shame. Having something that compact and within hand’s reach would encourage anyone to seal more food for freezer or Sous Vide use.  As I said before, my FoodSaver is a beast, and effective suction is imperative for long-term freezing, storage, or for Sous Vide.

Fortunately, the manufacturer has been communicating and will take a look at the remaining inventory to ensure that this isn’t a glitch and that everything else works as expected.

 

FoodSaver V3880 Vacuum Sealing System

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