If you're looking for a sturdy, efficient and effective vacuum sealer, the Weston Pro-2300 will seal foods reliably and stand the test of time. It can take up significant counter space and costs more than other brands, but for those who are serious about getting the most out of a vacuum sealer, the Pro-2300 mixes high performance with high reliability.
Almost limitless in size and quantity. Because it offers one of the widest sealing strips on the market along with an internal cooling fan and the ability to create custom bag sizes, the Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer can seal almost anything. The fan keeps the machine from needing much resting time between seals (if any), while the wide sealing strip and customizable bags allow for varied batch sizes. The third function on the machine is to heat-seal, which helps users who need to use the manual function. The seal was strong enough that reviewers found no effects of freezer burn even after two months.
If you have the space, it will serve you well. The Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer is a big, bulky piece of equipment that takes up a lot of counter space and cabinet space. However, if you have the room, you'll find it easy to operate in both automatic and manual modes. The automatic mode does not have a setting for crushable foods, but the manual mode allows users to customize the pressure to whatever they need. Many users found that only Weston brand bags performed consistently, with both FoodSaver brand and generic brand bags not sealing as effectively.
With sturdy construction comes lasting results. Many users complained that previous Weston models broke easily, but that because of the Pro-2300's design, those problems were alleviated as the machine stood the test of time with strong and durable parts that last for years. As one of the most expensive vacuum sealers on the market, the Weston Pro-2300 is a significant investment, but the company has backed that up with sturdy construction and saver bags that are similarly priced to generic brands.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
The editors at Cook's Illustrated lined up various models of food sealers and tested them on everything from coffee grounds to a Thanksgiving turkey. They called the Pro-2300 the Rolls-Royce of food sealers because it was the only model tested that didn't allow any freezer burn two months after sealing.
Review: Vacuum Sealers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Aug. 1, 2009
Allan Lederman reviews all aspects of the Weston Pro-2300, but does not test the model. He highlights how sturdy and professional grade the construction is, as well as how well it seals foods, but he notes that it isn't as customizable as some other brands.
Review: Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer: Professional and Strong, Allan Lederman, Not Dated
In more than 85 reviews contributors give the Weston Vacuum Sealer an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Owners say the Weston is quiet and effective, reducing the time of vacuum sealing. Some users had upgraded from other products because the 2300 is thought to be more durable.
Review: Weston Vacuum Sealer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
More than 20 contributors give the Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer a perfect score of 5 stars out of 5, saying it is durable and efficient, solving any problems that users had encountered with previous food savers, Weston brand or other.
Review: Weston Pro-2300 Stainless Steel Commercial Grade Vacuum Sealer # 65-0201, Contributors to QualityMatters.com, As of August 2013
Just a couple of reviewers on ChefsCatalog.com gave the Weston Pro-2300 5 out of 5 stars. They say that the Weston model not only stopped in perfect time to achieve the perfect seal without crushing food, but it also exceeded expectations because of its sturdy construction.
Review: Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer, 65-0201, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of August 2013