One of the major brands of vacuum food sealer is Foodsaver. Tilia (Foodsaver) requires 'Channel Bags'. These are built to Tilia by 'Sorbent Systems. Multilayer bags are specially formulated to maintain the vacuum.
My Foodsaver is too old to even have a model number. It works well as the day I bought it. It is heavier then an anvil, but it works as advertised and has a vacuum port for accessories. The only ones I have are the adapters to evacuate 'bottles'. Food bacteria live in a high vacuum. I do not use my "Foodsaver 'more. My Foodsaver thoroughly crush a soda from aluminum can.
Another brand of vacuum sealer is the Sinbo VS 280, absorbent systems. It uses a vacuum system different then Tilia. It is a system tube. That is, has a very flat retractable tube that is inserted into the top of the bag that allows you to produce a stamp that will support the evacuation of the bag. It evacuate and seal 'Ziploks' with considerable success. However, "Ziploks" are not strong enough nor are they designed to maintain vacuum. My VS280 also crush an aluminum can, but probably not as flat as the Foodsaver does. The difference is hard to say. I have no idea what the vacuum is in mm Hg. I see no difference in longevity in the freezer.
You can get 6 "x 8" and 8 "X 12" absorbent bags quanti Systems 400 (200 each). These bags are at least as reliable as the Tilia bags and much cheaper. Do not bother to wash them and use a lot of them. Like bags Tilia, my typical method of reheating vacuumed, frozen food is put a bag in a pot of water and boil for several minutes. Be careful to allow his machine to take fluids in the engine vacuum. My VS280 has gone belly up for that reason. (Damn demon rum). I will order a new one tomorrow. They are priced reasonable last time I looked. I can see the mining company about to be repaired, but did not seem to have much support for this little machine.
My first was a sealer Foodsaver (Tilia) and now has a B (Black & Decker & D). Although they say you can use "most of the bags other manufacturers, I found a gallon Tilia bags were 1 / 2 inch wider and not easily usable. Comparison of the 2 machines, my vote generally go to the Tilia (Foodsaver) and was faster and the bags seemed to be sealed better. My B & D has problems with larger bags of their own. They just do not seal well.
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