The FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer is a great choice for anyone who is just looking to get started with vacuum sealing or who doesn't need to seal foods for long periods of time. It's easy to use and provides a quick option for smaller sealing jobs. It's small enough to stash away in a cupboard or drawer, but it may not be powerful enough for those looking to do heavy-duty vacuum sealing or those who want food to last indefinitely in the freezer.
Great for those looking for small and shorter-term food storage. The FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer effectively removes the air out of the special FoodSaver brand bags and containers and can keep the food fresher for several days or weeks longer than traditional storage methods like plastic containers or resealable bags. Because it is a smaller handheld model that runs on a rechargeable battery, it isn't the best for larger jobs or for storing food longer term, because both the zipper sealed bags as well as the smaller motor mean the seal will not last as long as countertop models.
Quick and easy to seal a bag; requires custom accessories. From a speed perspective, it's hard to beat the FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer, which pops out of its charging station to give a cordless range of motion, then quickly attaches to the special FoodSaver brand bags to vacuum all of the air out and seal in freshness. However, the bags used for the FreshSaver require a special nozzle that only comes with the FreshSaver and is not on bags for other FoodSaver countertop models. Those looking to save money by utilizing the same bags with both a countertop and a handheld model won't be able to do so.
Lasts a long time for the price; replacement bags can add up. For a relatively inexpensive piece of equipment, reviewers say the FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer keeps working for a long period of time; many report using the machine for the better part of a decade without any issue. Because the bags are specially made by FoodSaver, either the company website or a partner retailer are the only consistent places to find the bags and containers made for the FreshSaver. The bags cannot be used forever and must be replaced, adding to the lifetime cost of the device.
More than 100 Amazon.com reviewers give the FoodSaver FreshSaver an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Several owners have issues with the FreshSaver not holding a charge long enough to vacuum even one bag, and one points out that it doesn't work while plugged in. Others rave, saying they love the unit.
Review: FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealing System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
More than 700 QVC.com reviewers give the FreshSaver an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, noting that the product created an effective seal that lasted. It works with both the bags and containers, making it easy to use for almost anyone.
Review: FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealer w/Charging Base, Contributors to QVC.com, As of August 2013
The editors at VacuumFoodStorage.org break down the good and bad components of the FreshSaver, labeling it as a great entry-level food saving system. Because it isn't as big or powerful as countertop models, they recommended it only for short-term food storage.
Review: FoodSaver FreshSaver Handheld, Editors of VacuumFoodStorage.org, July 8, 2012
Over 500 contributors to FoodSaver.com gave the FreshSaver an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, noting that the FreshSaver is quicker and easier to use than counter models, but it doesn't hold a seal as long because not as much air can get vacuumed out given the motor size.
Review: FoodSaver(R) FreshSaver(R) Handheld Vacuum Sealing System, Contributors to FoodSaver.com, As of August 2013
A couple who follow a primal diet received a FreshSaver as a Christmas gift. They reviewed the product after using it over an extended period of time, concluding that it only seals great with the dedicated FoodSaver brand bags, but it was really helpful when dealing with leftovers in the FoodSaver containers.
Review: Review: FoodSaver Handheld Vacuum System, Editors of PrimalFed.com, Not Dated