Since 2009, UMAi Dry® has tested more vacuum sealers than you can imagine. When it comes to channel vacuum sealers, we’ve pretty much seen ’em all. There are certainly lots and lots of models around. What we can say for certain: manual lid-and-latch vacuum sealer models from FoodSaver® are the gold standard for the application of UMAi Dry®.
Choosing between all the various models that FoodSaver® continues to produce in dizzying variety is a pretty easy thing:
- DO seek out the economical manual lid-and-latch models for reliability and ease of use with UMAi Dry®. You control each step of the vacuum sealing process, and your sealer tends to last a good long time. For the application of UMAi Dry®, you need a model that allows you more control. Just about every simple lid-and-latch model we’ve met works like a charm–right back to some the belong in the Smithsonian Museum of Channel Vacuum Sealers.
- DON’T go for the slick countertop-pretty, automated models. These are designed to work only with rigid Foodsaver® bag material. Throw some leftovers in a Foodsaver® bag and just poke the end of the bag in the jaws–and away you go. Try to seal up a dry aging project in UMAi Dry®, and you have a mess ‘o frustration on your hands. The automated design will not allow any flexibility or adjustment.
We have been fortunate enough to source two options for our Starter Kits that give you equal functionality, with slight price and storage space differences.
- UMAi Dry® Choice Starter Kit: Gamesaver Sport Foodsaver®
- UMAi Dry® Prime Starter Kit: FM2100 Foodsaver®
The Gamesaver Sport model packs all you need into a unit that doesn’t take up much more room than a club store roll of plastic wrap. The compact opening requires you to fit the bag opening into the vacuum channel for easy sealing. It is from the Gamesaver Outdoor series, which means it was built to be tough.
The FM2100 model is a slick new economy model that widens the load to hold a roll of vacuum bag material. The wide lid makes for easy access and gives you little more space for placing things for a good seal. Here is a link to the manual for this model.
Both Starter Kits come with the same UMAi Dry® Starter Kit essentials: one UMAi Dry® Ribeye/Striploin packet + VacMouse®, one UMAi Dry® Short Loin packet + VacMouse® and illustrated instructions.
Also, both vacuum sealers come from the manufacturer with a roll and some bags of high quality laminated vacuum preservation material (bags and roll); patented, removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray; accessory port and hose; instructions and 5-year limited manufacturer warranty.
We hope this helps you determine which is best for your household use–hobbyist or enthusiast. You can be confident that we have done the hard work to make sure you are happy with either model for the application of UMAi Dry®.