The FoodSaver V3240 vacuum sealing system is the upgrade to the basic entry model, V2244, but is it worth buying? What makes it better than the basic entry model? This is the review of all reviews for this model and it’ll cover everything you need to know; to help you decide if it’s going to be a waste of your money or not.
What Makes the FoodSaver V320 Vertical Vacuum Sealer Better
If you’re looking for better wet/moist food handling, the v3240 FoodSaver is what you want. Here’s why:
- Get more air out and keep your food fresher longer with a stronger vacuum pump.
- Vacuum seal wet or moist foods like meats, soups, sauces, etc. with no problem thanks to a wider sealing bar.
- Save on bags with perfect cuts every time thanks its built-in bag cutter.
- Save on storage space with its built-in bag roll holder.
For home use, this vacuum sealer is hard to beat unless you’re willing to spend double the money for something like the Weston Pro 2300.
More powerful vacuum
The vacuum is so powerful it can crush an empty soda can. What does that mean for you? That means it gets more air out and keeps your vacuum sealed food fresh and freezer burn free for way longer. If you want a food vacuum sealer that gets every bit of air out without paying an arm and a leg.
Wider sealing bar for stronger seals
The wider seal bar is well worth it if you want to be able to keep your food longer in the freezer. The wider a seal is, the lower the chances that it will become loose and fail over time. A wider seal also deals better with moisture when sealing.
Better moist food handling
Thanks to its much wider seal bar and far stronger vacuum pump, the Foodsaver V3240 vacuum sealing system does a much better job at vacuum sealing food with moisture, or liquid. It won’t have problems vacuuming moisture and liquids, but the seal is much weaker if the part of the bag that is to be sealed is wet. Freeze it first to reduce the amount of liquid it has to deal with and ensure you get a perfect seal every time. If you’re going to be doing some serious vacuum sealing of liquids and moist food, it might be worthwhile to check out a chamber vacuum sealer.
Okay to leave it out thanks to its beautiful compact vertical design
With all that power you would assume it takes up a lot of space right? That’s not the case with the v3240 Foodsaver. They were able to pack in the power and keep its size small enough to keep out thanks to its ingenious vertical design. You can also hide it in the cupboard without any problems. If you want the extra power but still want something compact that saves on space then you want this one.
Save more money on bags with perfect cuts every time
The cost for bags can add up over time (especially if you’re using FoodSaver brand bags). Thanks to the heat sealing strip being much closer to the upper edge of the bag, you get less bag waste at the top. Plus with the built-in bag cutter, you’re able to get a perfectly straight cut. A straight cut means less bag waste. Less bag waste means you save more money. If you’re looking for something that saves more on bags, the model will definitely help.
A Few Minor Nuisances
Even though this model is vastly superior to the V2244, it still has its flaws. Although it’s small enough to keep out with its compact vertical design, it’s still a little too big for my taste. But if you’re not too picky like me, leaving it out won’t leave you starving for space. Otherwise, you can easily hide it away in a cupboard without a problem.
The powerful vacuum is a big plus, but it can crush more fragile food such as muffins and bread. That’s only a problem if you don’t seal it and allow it to vacuum too long. This is easily avoided with attention, and the touch of a button that stops the vacuuming and seals immediately.
You still have to wait about 20 seconds in between vacuum sealing to prevent overheating. Ignoring this manufacturer’s guideline may result in weaker vacuums and seals. Other consumers who have purchased this model have not had too many problems with overheating issues, but it’s still recommended that you follow the 20 seconds guideline. Despite these minor nuisances, I still feel the V3240 is worth buying.
Alternatives to Choose From
To be honest, at this price range, there isn’t much to choose from. It’s either you upgrade to a nicer and more expensive option, or you downgrade to a cheaper vac sealer. Ziploc does offer some vacuum sealer options that can sometimes fall into this price range, but in terms of performance and reliability, I’d still stick to this FoodSaver.
At just barely a little over $100, the v3240 is one of the best manual operation vacuum sealers. For normal most home users, there isn’t really any reason to upgrade to a $300 unit. The V3240 is way cheaper and packs all the power needed to vacuum seal food and keep them fresh for months. I recommend you check out Amazon if you want to buy it. You can usually snag a deal once in a while when it’s on sale. I hope this FoodSaver V3240 review has helped you make your decision and cleared some of your doubts.