Foodsaver Vac 550 Vacuum Sealer

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  • Sucked the air right out - Tilia FoodSaver Vac 550 Food Vacuum Sealer Kit.

    Apr 24, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Keeps food fresh longer.
    Cons: The bags are expensive.

    Summary: Fish, fish and more fish! We are a family of fish eaters and are lucky enough to live in the West Coast where we can eat all the fresh salmon, trout, cod, bottom fish and stealhead we want. We fish through the season, always getting our limits, so add ... read more

  • Quick Instructions Food Saver 550 (Compact II)

    Jan 18, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Works Great. I save money by not throwing out spoiled food.
    Cons: The foam rubber gasket on the bottom tray sometimes seems to expand and come loose.

    Summary: Quick instructions Food Saver 550 (Compact II) by mi-satisfied | Jan 18 '11 Recommended: I purchased a Food Saver Vac 550 (model compact II) at a garage sale with no instruction book. These are a few things I have ... read more

  • Good overall but tricky to use

    May 15, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves food for longer periods of time, fairly easy to use.
    Cons: Tricky to seal sometimes. Must read guide first.

    Summary: I received my Foodsaver Vac as a wedding gift. I believe though it was about $100 on my registry at Target. The package came with a container and bags as well as the Foodsaver Vac itself. I began to use it recently. Overall, I like the product. There ... read more

  • Which FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer to Buy?

    Sep 8, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It works. And it works with cheap mason jars.
    Cons: It doesn't come in black.

    Summary: January 2006 update. The 550 is still going strong. I have only sucked juice into the catch channel once so that may be the reason it still works perfectly. Mason jar sealing is still the primary use, but I have sealed holiday decorations in bags, ... read more

  • Tilia Foodsaver 550

    Aug 22, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Saves money, seals ANY bag, easy to find supplies,
    Cons: supplies are a bit pricey, wish there were bigger bags

    Summary: I watched the infomercials loads of times, and finally broke down and bought one. I didn't order it over the phone, rather looked at Wal-Mart ($97.00) and on e-bay($89.00) first. I finally made my purchase from e-bay, have had it for almost 2 years now ... read more

  • Worked For A Few Years, And Now It Stopped Working Properly!! Threw It Out!!!

    Aug 7, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Supposed to Vacuum Seal Just About Everything from Meats, Fruits & Vegetables to Dry Foods!
    Cons: Has stopped sealing! Sealer strip no longer worked!

    Summary: I saw the Tilia Food Saver Vac 550 Food Vacuum Sealer Kit advertised on an infomercial for the first time about two year ago. I was kind of skeptical about getting it because I wondered if it really does what they say it's designed to do. WHY BUY A ... read more

  • Worth the $$$ if your willing to use it.

    May 25, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to use, consistent results, compact size, saves you money.
    Cons: Bags and other extras are expensive.

    Summary: This is a great product if you are willing to take the time to use it. It has saved me a lot of money in a short period of time. I'm a single guy who likes to cook but usually lets left overs go bad before I'm in the mood for them again. Now I ... read more

  • Save your food, and save some money!

    May 3, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Will save you hundreds in the end, fun to use.
    Cons: Doesn't work correctly 100% of the time, expensive, extras are even more $$$.

    Summary: My fiancée and myself received the Tilia Food Saver Vac 550 Food Vacuum Sealer Kit as a wedding present. We had seen this item many times on TV infomercials, but only thought about buying it for ourselves. The biggest reason we didn't buy it for ... read more

  • FoodSava' whole lotta wonga!

    Feb 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Does what it says, great customer service
    Cons: Need to freeze anything liquid before vacuum sealing, Bags are not cheap

    Summary: Roughly translated from the British "This baby's gonna save you some cash dude!" Concept The basic concept of the FoodSaver is simple - oxygen reacts with all manner of things from the obvious food related items to the more obscure ... read more

  • Foodsaver 550 works like a charm.

    Dec 29, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Eliminates the need for bulky plastic containers. Works like it is supposed to.
    Cons: Accessories are a little pricey.

    Summary: I was afraid when I purchased the Foodsaver 550 that it wouldn't have the power I was expecting in a vacuum sealer. I had seen the higher numbered Foodsavers (750 and so on) all the way to the Foodsaver Professional and was concerned that the model I ... read more

  • I Consider This My Most Used Appliance

    Nov 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Has paid for itself over and over again. Easy to use. Saves time and money.
    Cons: Bags are expensive. You must flash freeze breads and cakes before you seal them.

    Summary: If there is one thing in this world that I love, it is a product that saves me time and money. Of all the gadgets and small appliances I own, this has to be the one I use the most and can not do without. When you purchase this model you get the following ... read more

  • This machine sucks....the air right out of your food!

    Aug 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Helps save money by vacuum sealing leftovers and allowing you to buy in bulk!
    Cons: None that I can see so far...

    Summary: ***This is a correction to a previous Epinion. I didn't realize that I was using the incorrect model number (440 instead of 550) and there was already a place to post reviews. I apologize for the inconvienience*** I'm going to try so hard not ... read more

  • Tilia Foodsaver Vac 550

    Jun 3, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerhouse kitchen appliance.
    Cons: None.

    Summary: Take your kitchen experience to a higher level! This little powerhouse appliance is perfect for big families, couples, or anyone who wants to vacuum pack, store and preserve food products. You don't have to have a gazillion kids to save money by ... read more

  • A must for single people

    May 2, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: No more moldy cheese!
    Cons: Expensive baggies!

    Summary: I strictly bought this because I have a weird thing about moldy cheese - it freaks me out, it's disgusting. Anyway, I have found that this doesn't only work fantastic for keeping cheese fresh for months - so I can buy in bulk when there are half price ... read more

  • My Mother in Law Hates All My Birthday Present Ideas!!

    Apr 27, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Keeps Food Fresh Longer
    Cons: Stopped working after 4 months?

    Summary: Every year at around the beginning of November my husband and I spend hours thinking about different birthday ideas for my mother in law, and every year on December 6 she ends of receiving some poor excuse of a gift. She is extremely hard to shop for ... read more

  • A Kitchen Toy with Real Functionality

    Apr 11, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fast, easy, extremely high-quality performance
    Cons: Expensive; only accepts Tilia bags/rolls

    Summary: There is nothing I enjoy more than buying myself a new toy. For me, that means a kitchen gadget. So when I heard about vacuum sealers, which allow you to keep foods fresh much longer than usual -- sometimes as long as 1-2 years -- I just had to find ... read more

  • Something you may consider if you live alone.

    Jan 20, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Perfect for sealing meats for storage, excellent customer service.
    Cons: Doesn't work well with some foods.

    Summary: I had used an expiring $50 gift certificate to purchase the FoodSaver Vac 550 sealer at a department store. As a person living alone, I wanted something to help prolong the freshness of food, especially meat. I was getting tired of cooking up an entire ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Very Poor Customer Service

    Sep 15, 2010 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Vacuum itself works well.
    Cons: Lousy customer service and poor communication when returning or exchanging.

    Summary: Product is fine, but good luck if you need to return/exchange vacuum or reorder bags.  I placed an order the day before I got a promotional offer for 25% off.  Tried to call and apply this to my order for additional bags.  They can't do ... read more

  • food saver vac 550

    Mar 3, 2010 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: I liked the concept and how it worked at first.
    Cons: Dissappointed in its performance after the first few times

    Summary: I bought a Food Saver years ago. I used it a few times and it quit working. I figured that I had waited too long to complain, so I threw it out and bought another. It worked nicely the few times I used it.  I don't use it daily, but when I buy a ... read more

  • V835

    Jul 24, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: When it worked, it was fine
    Cons: They do not last long and cannot be repaired.

    Summary: This is the second Foodsaver I bought. The first one was the mini foodsaver. Neither lasted more than two years. In both cases, the sealing strip burned out. The manufacturer said that neither could be fixed. For the premium cost for this ... read more

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