Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 8
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarilynB WoW .. finally found a good vacuum sealer!!!
I am extremely impressed with my Vacmaster Pro130 sealer! After many years of using the other 'popular' brand, that I had to keep replacing, I switched. I'm so glad I did! This unit seems to be made better and always seals perfectly - just as advertised...and it looks nice, too! I love that this vacuum sealer has a sealing bar that simply lifts out, so it can be replaced instead of replacing the whole machine as I always had to do with the others.
To the purchasers who have trouble getting a good seal: Did you first remove the packing spacers from the sealing gasket inside before using the machine? The instructions do not mention this, but these extra pieces of foam should be removed - if not, you can't get the full vacuum. (I kept the spacers, and I insert them over the seal bar when not in use to keep the gasket from being compressed by the weight of the lid) I've included photos of this.
To insure success with a clean and dry sealing area, I place my soups, wet meats, breads, etc. into the freezer for a short time just to harden before vacuum packing.
As for Vacmaster customer service .. I called them because the logo/namplate on top was slightly curved on one edge, and they immediately sent me a new sticker for it.
February 4, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Save yourself some money
Please, save yourself some money and don't buy this peice of junk. I had a stand up sealer that I cussed every time I had to feed a bag into it! Got fed up, gave it away and bought Po130 from HD. Arrived not working. Sent it back to the manufacturer, three weeks later I get the same machine back. First time used the vacuum seals came out. Noise levels are twice higher than old model. Finally the thing sucked up juices from some shrimp I was trying to seal and stopped working again. No, I'm not sending it back to the man. again (its in the trash). I've ordered another stand up. Please don't waste your money on this product. First bad buy from Home Depot, and if you guys are reading this you really need to discontinue this model.
August 2, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by myvacumpackerisbad works half of the time
I spent up in order to buy the best. The first 4 attempts at vacum packing items yielded success on only half of the items. One of the failed attempts was even double sealed, and air still entered the bag. Even after making certain that there were no kinks in the bag, and using the bags recommended by the manufacturere, it still failed to seal. I I feel like I wasted my money. Maybe it needs to be broken in a bit before it becomes reliable?
January 10, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mistergee A good vacuum packer
I researched several models and brands before finally deciding on this machine. I never found any vacuum packer that someone didn't have a problem with - so I took a chance. I bought the PRO 130 at Christmas time. The device worked fine right out of the box. After packing several bags, the machine stopped working and gave an E2 indicator. I unplugged and let it rest a minute and it started working again and has been fine ever since. I guess I tried to do too many bags too fast. I really like the machine and it does a great job. I particularly like the clamshell method of loading the bags. It does make the unit larger than the upright automatic ones, but you can easily see if you have a wrinkle in the bag or the unit needs cleaning. You can also control where the seal occurs making it easier to reuse bags. Had I not experienced the one error, I would have given it 5 stars.
February 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cookingqueen VacMaster Products
I purchased my VM Pro 130 this year. I love the machine and the bags, it has been a life saver for my early garden veggies, peas, strawberries to my late summer and fall variety. The bags are incredible, I can even put them in boiling water to cook my corn. The corn is perfect when it comes to the table from the bags. You will not be disappointed with these products.
October 12, 2010
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Billy Didn't work
This unit would not work. Contacted the manufacturer and went through steps in hopes of repairing it myself. Was unsuccessful and had to ship it back to the manufacturer and am waiting for it to be returned. Please check back after I've had a chance to use it. So far, very unsatisfied and would like to know if other HD customers were having the same problem.
April 24, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by steve not happy with it at all
NOT HAPPY with it at all it lets air back into the bag before it seals
February 28, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sousvide very good
works as advertised, gives good seal. I use it for sous vide prep.
July 27, 2010