Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: THE Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide

A vacuum sealer can save you thousands a year in less food waste, but how much should you spend on one? And which features do you need? The vacuum sealer market is huge, and if you don't know what to look for, it can be frustrating and confusing. 

Weston vacuum sealers are geared to a different market than the popular consumer brands (like FoodSaver). This comprehensive Weston vacuum sealer review covers all the models sold on Amazon. It will help you understand what you get for that higher initial investment, and whether or not it's worth it to you. 

Weston Vacuum Sealers at a Glance

Here's a summary table of the Weston vacuum sealers. Scroll down for more detailed reviews.

Weston Sealer

Features

Dimensions

App. Cost

Harvest Guard

(65-1001-W)

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-110W motor

-22.5" Hg vac

-11" seal bar

-Adj. seal time

-Accessory Port

-10 bags incl.

-1 yr. warranty

6.2x15.2x4"

-5lbs

$100

Weston Harvest Guard RT

(65-1001-RT)

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-110W motor

-22.5" Hg vac

-11" seal bar

-Adj. seal time

-Accessory Port

-RealTree logo

-10 bags incl.

-1 yr. warranty

-6.2x15.2x4"

-5lbs

$100

(Note: Same as Harvest Guard w/RT logo.)

Harvest Guard Portable

(65-1101-W)

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-110W motor

-22.5" Hg vac

-11" seal bar

-Adj. seal time

-Digital display

-12V adapter

-Handle

-1 yr. warranty

-6.2x15.2x4"

-5lbs

$100

Professional Advantage

(65-0501-W)

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-210W motor

-23" Hg vac

-11" seal bar

-Fan cooled

-Accessory Port

-Auto/manual 

-1 yr. warranty

-10x18x6"

-7lb

$180

Professional Advantage RT

(65-0501-RT)

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-210W motor

-23" Hg vac

-11" seal bar

-Fan cooled

-Accessory Port

-Auto/manual 

-1 yr. warranty

-Realtree cover 

-15 Bags incl.

-10x18x6"

-7lb

$125

(Note: Same as Pro Advantage w/RealTree logo and cover.)

Pro 1100

(65-0601)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

-680W motor

-28" Hg vac

-11" seal bar

-Fan cooled

-Auto/manual 

-Accessry Port

-Digital display

-Bag cutter
-Roll storage

-1 yr. warranty

-18.2x15.6x10"--15lbs

$250

Pro 2300

(65-0201)
(stainless)

Pro 2100 

(65-0101)
(white)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide
Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

-935W motor

-28" Hg vac

-15" seal bar

-LED lights
(no digital display)

-Fan-cooled 

-Auto/manual

-Detchabl. cord

-Cord storage

-2 yr. warranty

-15.3x23x9"

-23lbs

$380

​​​Pro 3000

(65-0401-W)

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-935W motor

-28" Hg vac

-15" seal bar

-Digital display

-Fan-cooled 

-Auto/manual

-Detchabl. cord

-Cord storage

-2 yr. warranty

-24x16x9"

-27lbs

$500

Pro 3500

(65-0901-W)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

-935W motor

-28" Hg vac

-15" seal bar

-LED lights
(no digital display)

-Fan-cooled 

-Auto/manual

-Detchabl. cord

-Cord storage

-Bag cutter

-Roll storage

-2 yr. warranty

-15.3x23x9"

-37.4 lbs

$400

Pro 2500

(65-1201-W)

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-630W motor

-29.5" Hg

-12" seal bar

-13x11x4" chmbr

-Digital display

-Seal only 

-2 yr. warranty


-14x14.2x18.5"

-62lbs

$800

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Who Is Weston?

Weston Products LLC was founded in 1997 as a maker of small kitchen appliances mainly marketed to hunters and do-it-yourselfers. Their most popular products include meat grinders, pasta makers, juicers, smokers, sausage making supplies, canning supplies, and vacuum sealers. Their headquarters are located in Cleveland, OH. Most of their products are manufactured in China. 

From Weston's website:

We make products that empower people to reconnect with real food.

Our mission is to fuel a movement of hunters, gatherers, and locavores with the enduring, well-built products needed for a self-sustaining approach to food. We deliver the know-how to bring those products to life. 

You can buy Weston vacuum sealers from Amazon and WalMart, and find a few models at Best Buy, Target, Sears. and some other retailers. You can also purchase straight from Weston's website, but they are usually more expensive.

Amazon is usually the best place to buy. They have the best prices and excellent customer service, especially if you have an Amazon Prime membership, which guarantees free shipping. However, you should always shop around to see if you can find special deals or sales going on elsewhere.

Weston also makes vacuum sealers for RealTree, an outdoor lifestyle company. The two Weston RealTree sealers are identical to the Weston Harvest Guard and the Weston Professional Advantage sealers. The only differences are the logo and the packaging: RealTree sealers come with a pretty camouflage cover and a larger assortment of bags. Both of the RealTree vacuum sealers are available on Amazon--so if the price is better (which it sometimes is), go with the RealTree sealer.

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Why Buy a Commercial Grade Vacuum Sealer?

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Why buy a vacuum sealer at all?

We make these points in greater detail in other sections, so we'll just summarize them here:

  • A vacuum sealer can save you thousands of dollars a year in less food waste and the ability to buy in bulk and preserve food longer in the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Read more about food waste here.
  • Vacuum-sealed food lasts 5 times longer than non-vacuum sealed food.
  • By removing the air from the storage bag, vacuum sealers eliminate freezer burn.

See also our articles 12 Ways a Vacuum Sealer Can Save You Money and Why Every Kitchen Needs a Food Vacuum Sealer.

Why spend more on a commercial grade vacuum sealer?

  • They're built better and they're more powerful, so they pull a stronger vacuum, which means more air is removed, resulting in even longer preservation.
  • They're fan-cooled, so you can do bulk-sealing without long cool-down periods.
  • They're faster (and usually easier) to use.
  • Unlike most consumer grade sealers, they are not a throwaway product. They're built to last years or even decades, and you can buy parts for them if repairs are needed.

Weston makes several commercial-grade vacuum sealers as well as a consumer grade line of sealers. Their commercial-grade sealers are by far their most popular, best known, and biggest sellers. The Pro 2300 is Weston's best-selling vacuum sealer, far outselling their less expensive Harvest Guard models. 

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Who Should Buy a Weston Vacuum Sealer?

The typical Weston buyer is someone who has gone through a number of consumer-grade sealers and is looking for something more durable, or a person familiar with vacuum sealer technology who understands just how much better a commercial grade sealer is. They know that the extra cost is going to buy them a sealer that will work for the long term without losing vacuum strength. 

In general, anyone looking for a powerful vacuum sealer that's going to far outlast a consumer grade sealer should consider a Weston commercial grade sealer.

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Features: What to Know Before Buying a Vacuum Sealer

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Inexpensive vacuum sealers tend to have more special features than more expensive ones. The reason for this is that the people who buy higher end sealers tend to be looking primarily for greater vacuum strength and more durability. They aren't looking for automated bagging, extra bags, or other features that tend to be add-ons to cheaper vacuum sealers that make them more appealing to buyers for little extra cost to the manufacturer. 

Thus, Weston vacuum sealers tend to be less feature-laden than other brands marketed to home buyers. They don't offer automatic bagging or an extra handheld sealer, like some comparably priced FoodSaver vacuum sealers. Many Weston models don't even supply bags with purchase.

Having said that, Weston certainly offers more than just bag sealing, depending on the model you select. You can one with an accessory port, and/or bag cutter and roll storage.

But what you will always get--at least with their commercial grade sealers--is better vacuum strength and an all-around more durable product. 

Here are the options to consider on Weston vacuum sealers.

Throwaway Vs. Fixable

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

One of the main reasons to spend a little more on a vacuum sealer is because the more expensive sealers are generally not throwaway sealers, while the less expensive ones (less than $150 or so, depending on brand and features) are.

Most inexpensive vacuum sealers are designed to work for a couple of years, then be tossed in the garbage and replaced. You can get replacement seals and gaskets for them (the parts that wear out the fastest). But because these sealers are cheap, a lot of people choose to toss and replace them rather than bother with fixing them. And often, it's the right decision, because the cheap plastic pump is too worn out to make a repair worthwhile. 

This phenomenon is not exclusive to vacuum sealers. Today, a lot of appliances are meant to go into the landfill rather than be fixed. Even most large appliances are now designed for only a 10-year life span. Even many cars, believe it or not, are designed to run for 150,000 miles and then go to the scrapyard. 

There are a few reasons for this throwaway mentality. One is that it's cheaper to make throwaway products. This increases the profit margin for the manufacturer, so it's what they like to make. Another is that people want new design, especially in large appliances and cars (as well as clothing, furniture, small electronics, and many other items). People want to replace these items every few years for the newest and best-looking products. So why should the makers design for longevity, which costs more, reduces their profits, and causes people to buy less often? 

We've become a plastic, throwaway society because that's largely what consumers want. Buy cheap, then buy again in a few years. That way, you always have the newest stuff.

It's kind of the American way.

While Americans are making an effort to be more environmentally conscious, such as by recycling and driving more fuel-efficient cars, we still largely haven't addressed our throwaway mentality and our incessant desire for "new" goods. Sadly, our landfills are brimming with the remains of yesterday's deceased or no-longer-fashionable goods.

Small appliances, large appliances, cars, electronics, cheap furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, and millions of pounds of other products are thrown out annually, usually with hardly a second thought about what it's doing to our environment. The amount of electronics waste alone (cell phones, TVs, laptops, video games, etc.) in the US is 9.4 million tons according to this article.

You can avoid this cycle, or at least reduce it. But to do so, you usually have to pay more up front. You have to buy "commercial grade" rather than "consumer grade," or you have to buy high-end consumer grade. You also have to be willing to live with "outdated" or "old" products, as long as they still work. 

We at TRK don't find this to be much of a problem. Because if you buy better stuff up front, you get a product that's built better, lasts longer, requires fewer repairs (but one that can be repaired), and a product that is a joy to use rather than a pain.

This is the difference between Weston and a brand like FoodSaver or Seal-a-Meal. While those products have their place in the market (primarily entry level users who aren't sure if they want to make a long-term commitment to the Vacuum Sealing Way of Life), Weston makes commercial-grade products designed for the long haul. 

Weston makes consumer grade vacuum sealers, as well, meant to be direct competitors to inexpensive food vacuum sealers. But even these have maintenance kits and replacement parts available.

So overall, Weston's products are geared more toward serious buyers and those who want to avoid throwaway products. We love Weston for this reason.

Vacuum Strength: What It's All About!

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Vacuum strength is the name of the game: the stronger the vacuum, the more air that is removed, and the longer food will resist spoilage. Stronger vacuum is better for sous vide, too, because air is an insulator, so the more you remove, the more complete and consistent the cook will be.

Vacuum strength is also an indication of how well built a sealer is. Pulling a strong vacuum requires a lot of mechanical energy--this means the pump is more powerful and more durable. It also means the pump has a better design with tighter tolerances (less air leakage) and heavy-duty components. 

We love that with Weston, you know exactly what vacuum strength you're getting. Unlike FoodSaver, which considers vacuum strength proprietary information, Weston provides the vacuum strength for every sealer they make: Their consumer grade sealers pull 22.5" Hg, their commercial grade edge sealers pull either 23" Hg or 28" Hg, and their chamber sealer pulls a whopping 29.5" Hg. 

By providing these specs, Weston tells you right away what you're getting, not only in terms of how well they can preserve food, but also how well made the vacuum sealers are.

Background: What Do These Numbers Mean?

You may not know exactly what these numbers mean, so here's some background.

First of all, inches of mercury (" Hg) is a unit of pressure. There are many other units of pressure you could use for vacuum strength, such as PSI, bar, and kilopascals (kPa). Inches of mercury is a somewhat arbitrary choice (and also somewhat archaic), but it is a common unit used in relation to vacuum sealers.

Essentially, inches of mercury is the amount of mercury displaced by the pressure of the air pushing down on it. It's how early scientists measured atmospheric pressure (or the absence of it). Normal atmospheric pressure, they discovered, translates to about 30" Hg. (This changes according to your elevation, but 30" Hg is good enough for our purposes.) Thus, the total absence of atmospheric pressure (that is, vacuum) is  the same, only in reverse: -30" Hg (29.92" Hg to be exact, because perfect vacuum is not attainable in earth's atmosphere). For the sake of simplicity, we don't use the minus sign because that's implied when talking about vacuum. (See this Wikipedia article to learn more about inches of mercury if you're interested.) 

So the greater the vacuum strength, the more air that's removed from the bag (or other container).

So, What's a Good Vacuum Strength, Then?

What number indicates a strong vacuum strength? 

Consumer grade sealers (such as those reviewed in this article) with plastic pumps are capable of removing up to about 23" Hg. If 30" Hg is full vacuum, then this is about 75% of the air. 

Meh.

Commercial grade vacuum sealers can remove from 28" Hg to 29.5" Hg. This is about 93-98% of the air. Thus, the difference between 23" Hg and 28.5" Hg is huge. It's about 4 times more air removed, which results in considerably longer food preservation.

Vacuum Strength: A Summary of What it Means

The difference between consumer grade vacuum strength and commercial grade vacuum strength is significant, with commercial grade sealers removing more than 90% of air and consumer grade sealers removing just 65-75% of air. The stronger, more durable pumps in commercial sealers are also going to provide longer service without losing strength, whereas the plastic pumps on consumer grade sealers are going to wear out very quickly.

Fan-Cooled Motors 

More expensive vacuum sealers are also going to have fan-cooled motors. Fans prevent the motor from overheating during bulk sealing jobs. (Think about how important the cooling system is to a car's engine.) Fans also increase the life of the motor in general. But a fan-cooled motor is more expensive to make, so you don't usually find them on consumer grade vacuum sealers.

Consumer grade Weston vacuum sealers (the Harvest Guard line) do not have fan-cooled motors. But all of their commercial grade sealers, including their chamber sealer, do have fan-cooled motors. 

Accessory Port

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

An accessory port is a great feature on a vacuum sealer. It allows you to attach a hose to the sealer and use it (with the right accessories) to remove air from mason jars, from bottles of wine, and from marinade containers to intensify and speed up marinades.

The bad news is that Weston doesn't include any accessory port extras with purchase--not even the hose. So to use it, everything is going to cost you more. But the savings and convenience can be well worth the investment, especially if you want to cut down on your plastic use; some people use the accessory port more than they use the sealer itself.

Not all the Weston vacuum sealers have an accessory port, so if you want it, be sure to buy a model that has it.

Which Weston models have an accessory port?

WITH accessory port: Harvest Guard models, Pro Advantage, Pro 1100

WITHOUT accessory port: Pro 2300, Pro 3000, Pro 3500, Pro 2500.

HOWEVER!: The Pro 2300, 3000, and 3500 DO have a port-like hole that you can attach to an accessory hose. Weston says that's not what this hole is for, and using it will void your warranty. However, users say it works just fine. (Although if a port is important to you we suggest you get a model designed for use with one.)

Roll Storage and Bag Cutter

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Edge sealer bags are expensive, and you can save money by buying in rolls rather than in boxes of individual bags. Another advantage is that you can cut the bag rolls to any length you need.

You do not need a sealer with roll storage in order to use rolls of bags, but it does provide a convenient storage spot. The downside is that this storage room adds size and weight to the vacuum sealer, which makes it harder to move and  to store. It's going to add to the cost, too.

The bag cutter is also an extravagance, necessary only for people who don't want to use a scissors. But getting straight, even cuts every time may be worth it to you.

The Weston Pro 1100 and the Weston Pro 3500 are the models with a bag cutter and roll storage. 

Starter Kit

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

A starter kit is the set of accessories that comes with the purchase of a vacuum sealer. This can be as small as a few bags or as large as assorted bags, a bag roll, and the hose for the accessory port. Different brands and models of vacuum sealers offer a wide range of starter kits.

Weston typically doesn't provide generous starter kits. And if you buy a model with an accessory port, you'll have to buy everything separately, including the hose (although if you have a hose from another vacuum sealer, it should work with a Weston sealer).

Weston vacuum sealers will usually come with a few bags, but don't expect a lot. In fact, you should buy bags along with the sealer, because you'll need them to use it. 

Bags

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

While we're on the subject of bags, here are a few points of interest:

  1. You have to buy bags designed for use with the type of sealer you have: edge sealer bags for edge sealers, chamber sealer bags for chamber sealers. This is particularly important for edge sealers, because they won't work with non-edge sealer bags, which have internal ridges that help push air out. You can seal any type of plastic bag with an edge sealer, but you have to use edge sealer bags to pull vacuum.
  2. Bag rolls are cheaper than boxes of bags, and you can cut them yourself to any length. This is the one great advantage an edge sealer has over a chamber sealer, which is limited to bag size by the size of the chamber. 
  3. You do not have to buy Weston brand bags. Any bags designed for use with an edge sealer will work. Some bags may be higher quality than others, but you can shop around and try different bags until you find the right balance between quality and cost. We suggest going with the cheapest bags you can find.
  4. Ditto for chamber sealer bags: you do not have to buy brand name chamber vac bags and any type designed for chamber vacs will work. However, bags are less of an issue with chamber vacs because they're much cheaper than edge sealer bags.

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About Sous Vide

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

A lot of people wonder which vacuum sealer they should buy to work with sous vide. The correct answer is that you can use any vacuum sealer with sous vide. There is no special "sous vide sealer" that does a better job than any other sealer. Any vacuum sealer that pulls vacuum and makes a good seal will work for sous vide.

There's a bit of a misconception about this because different sous vide manufacturers have partnered with different vacuum sealer makers, so they recommend those machines. But this is only marketing; there's no logical reason that any functional sealer would be better than another for use with sous vide.

Having said that, a more powerful vacuum sealer is always going to be better than a less powerful one, so we prefer a commercial grade edge sealer or chamber sealer for sous vide--but that's only because we prefer these for everything else, too. 

Our recommendation is to buy a vacuum sealer based on other needs, because any machine will work for sous vide. 

Sous Vide:

Our recommendation is to buy a vacuum sealer based on your other needs, because any machine will work for sous vide.

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About Buying on Amazon

Amazon is taking over everything! It's now the #1 retailer in the world, so dominant that it's putting other retailers out of business. The buying experience on Amazon is overwhelmingly positive for the vast majority of buyers, even if they end up with a product they don't like. 

Amazon is a great place to buy a vacuum sealer of any type. They offer excellent customer service and a 30-day money back guarantee on any purchase, regardless of the seller's policies. If you have Amazon Prime, then you will also always have free shipping and free returns, as well. 

Another reason Amazon is such a great place to buy is their user reviews. Amazon users tend to leave thoughtful, detailed reviews that are extremely helpful to buyers. You can also ask the Amazon community any question about a product  before buying, and you'll usually get an answer within 24 hours.

User reviews can be kind of tricky to sort out, though. You have to read them carefully and try to understand where people are coming from. This is especially true for a technical product like a vacuum sealer, which comes in a huge range of both price and quality. Since most buy sealers on the low end of the market, they tend to give 5-star reviews to mediocre products--largely because they've never used anything better. This isn't a criticism, it's just a caution about reviews in general, and technical products in particular.

You have to get a feel for what to pay attention to and what to ignore. Here are some tips to help you do that:

  • Read negative reviews carefully so you understand what people don't like about the product.
  • Look for clues about the reviewer's knowledge, experience, and length of use of the product. Try to find positive reviews from people who've owned and used the product for awhile, as these are the best indicators of the product's quality (or lack thereof).
  • Ignore negative reviews from people who can't get the sealer to "work." It can take some practice to get an edge sealer to work. In fact, a lot of bad reviews are based on the sealer "not working" but this is often operator error--and they don't always update the review when they figure it out.
  • How many reviews does the product have? The rating doesn't mean very much--good or bad--if the product only has a few reviews. If this is the case, you may have to look for information about the product elsewhere (e.g., other retail sites and review sites like this one).
  • In addition to looking at the average rating, also pay attention to the ratings distribution. Some products with 4-star ratings have less than 5% 1-star reviews (like the example below), while others can have 15% 1-star reviews or even more. If a product has more than 10% 1-star reviews, proceed carefully--yes, even if it has a 4-star average rating. 
Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

User reviews are great, but you have to understand what they're telling you. Positive reviews could mean a product is fabulous, or it could just mean people's expectations are low or they lack experience with the product and/or technical expertise. Only by combing through the reviews can you get close to the truth about a product.

If you want to read more, see our article Can You Trust Amazon Reviews?

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Reviews: Weston Harvest Guard Vacuum Sealers (Consumer Grade)

Harvest Guard is Weston's consumer grade series. They are most comparable to FoodSaver, Seal-a-Meal, NutriChef, and other popular vacuum sealers in the $100 or less price range. 

There are 3 Harvest Guard models: the Harvest Guard, Harvest Guard RT, and Harvest Guard Portable. 

Weston's Harvest Guard line is probably their least popular line, at least on Amazon. We think the 3 star rating is unfair, because there are only a few reviews, and most of them are positive. Fakespot.com gives the reviews an "A" rating. These sealers are much less expensive than Weston's commercial grade sealers, and that's going to show in the plastic housings and buttons. But compared to other consumer grade brands, the Harvest Guard sealers are in the elite category--despite the lack of positive reviews. 

Harvest Guard/Harvest Guard RT Vacuum Sealer

Harvest Guard Vacuum Sealer (65-1001):

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide
Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Harvest Guard and Harvest Guard RT are basically the same vacuum sealer with a different finish ("RT" stands for RealTree, an outdoor products and lifestyle company that sells the Harvest Guard sealer under their logo). 

Harvest Guard Portable Vacuum Sealer

Harvest Guard Portable Vacuum Sealer (65-1101):

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Harvest Guard Portable has similar specifications but comes with a 12V adapter for outdoor use (you can run it off a car battery) and a handle for easy carrying.

Features/Specifications

  • 110W motor
  • 22.5" Hg vacuum strength
  • 11 inch seal bar
  • Accessory Port (hose not included)
  • Normal and Extended vacuum modes 
  • 2mm seal, lid-mounted to prevent overheating
  • Up to 50 consecutive seals
  • 10 bags included
  • Dimensions: 6.2x15.2x4"
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • 12V adapter for outdoor use (portable model only)
  • Top handle for easy carrying (portable model only)
  • 1 year warranty.

Unlike many other consumer grade sealers, the Harvest Guard sealer doesn't have a setting for soft or moist foods. However, these settings simply decrease the vacuum pulled, which is easily accomplished by using the seal button before the vacuum cycle is finished. Thus, even though these sealers may seem to be lacking features compared to some other brands, they really aren't. Rather, the controls are simple and uncomplicated, and allow you to accomplish everything you can with other inexpensive edge sealers.

See the Weston Harvest Guard Vacuum Sealer on Amazon

See the Weston Harvest Guard RT Vacuum Sealer on Amazon

See the Weston Harvest Guard Portable Vacuum Sealer on Amazon

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Best vacuum strength for consumer grade sealers
  • Digital display
  • Lightweight, easy to move and store
  • Inexpensive compared to commercial grade sealers
  • 12V adapter (portable model only) makes it easy to use while hunting, fishing, camping, etc.

Cons:

  • No bag storage/roll cutter option
  • Weak vacuum strength compared to Weston's commercial grade sealers
  • More expensive than some other consumer grade brands.

Recommendation

If you're in the market for a consumer grade sealer, we recommend this sealer. The Harvest Guard offers one of the highest vacuum strengths in its class, at 22.5" Hg. It's easy to use, lightweight, and can do everything any other consumer grade sealer can do except store and cut bags. Despite its mediocre ratings on Amazon, we think this is one of the best consumer grade sealers on the market--and if you get a lemon, Weston has a reputation for great customer service.

Buy the Weston Harvest Guard Vacuum Sealer on Amazon:

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Buy the Weston Harvest Guard RT Vacuum Sealer on Amazon:

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Buy the Weston Harvest Guard Portable Vacuum Sealer on Amazon:

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Reviews: Pro Advantage/Pro Advantage RT Vacuum Sealer (11" Commercial Grade)

Weston 65-0501-W Professional Advantage Vacuum Sealer:

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide
Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Weston Pro Advantage and the Weston RealTree are the same vacuum sealer. RealTree sells it with their logo, plus a camouflage cover included:

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Pro Advantage/RealTree is Weston's lowest priced and least powerful "commercial" sealer. At 210 watts and a vacuum strength of 23" Hg, it's not certain we can honestly call this sealer "commercial" grade. It's more like a souped-up consumer grade sealer. 

In fact, other than the slightly higher wattage and slightly higher vacuum strength, the Pro Advantage/RealTree sealer is closer to the Harvest Guard than the Pro series. If you want real commercial power and durability, you'll have to upgrade to the Pro 1100.

Having said that, we should add that the Pro Advantage was picked by America's Test Kitchen to be their favorite sealer--another reason we don't trust the mediocre reviews on Amazon. Here's a short video from ATK about the Weston Pro Advantage:

Features/Specifications

  • 210W motor
  • 23" Hg vac
  • 11" seal bar
  • Dimensions: 10" x 18" x 6"
  • Weight: 7 lb
  • Fan cooled motor
  • Accessory Port
  • Auto/manual vacuum option
  • Marinate mode
  • Backlit control panel
  • Angled chamber opening to help prevent liquids from entering chamber
  • RealTree logo and camouflage cover (RealTree model only)
  • 15 bags included 
  • ETL certified
  • 1 year warranty.

The Pro Advantage/RealTree is easy to use, with a straightforward control panel that's backlit for easy use in the dark (although why you're vacuum sealing in the dark is beyond us):

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Its fan-cooled motor should provide continuous sealing without overheating, although at only 23: Hg vacuum strength, bulk jobs are going to take awhile.

See the Weston Pro Advantage Vacuum Sealer on Amazon

See the Weston RealTree Vacuum Sealer on Amazon

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Accessory port
  • Fan-cooled, more powerful motor with higher vacuum strength than consumer grade sealers.

Cons:

  • At 23" Hg, not much more powerful than cheaper consumer grade sealers
  • Expensive compared to consumer grade sealers.

Recommendation

The Weston Pro Advantage/RealTree vacuum sealer suffers a bit from trying to be all things to all people: it's more expensive than most consumer grade sealers, but it's not quite up to par as a commercial grade sealer. If you're going to spend the money, our recommendation is to pass up the Pro Advantage and go for one of Weston's higher-powered sealers (all reviewed below).

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Review: Pro 1100 Vacuum Sealer (11" Commercial Grade)

Weston Pro 1100 Vacuum Sealer (65-0601)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Pro 1100 is more than a Pro Advantage with bag storage and cutter: it has significantly more power and about 4 times more vacuum strength. It's 28" Hg suction places it firmly in the commercial category. 

Its bag cutter and roll storage, accessory port, and fully adjustable sealing time make this one of the most versatile 11-inch sealers on the market.

With only 68% 4- and 5-star reviews and 12% 1 star reviews, this sealer seems to have some quality issues. However, most problems with the sealer are people not knowing how to use it. Being a commercial grade sealer, users have more control over the process (such as fully adjustable sealing time). We suspect that most of the issues are people not knowing how to work the sealer. Fakespot.com gives these reviews an "A" rating.

Features/Specifications

  • 680W double piston motor
  • 28" Hg vac
  • 11" seal bar
  • Dimensions: 18.3" x 15.5" x 9.8"
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Fan-cooled motor
  • Automatic and Manual sealing modes
  • Fully adjustable sealing time
  • Accessory Port (side-mounted)
  • Digital display for easy monitoring of sealing process
  • Detachable power cord (for easy storage)
  • Bag cutter and roll storage
  • One-11" bag roll included
  • 1 yr. warranty.

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Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Very powerful sealer with excellent suction
  • Has roll storage and bag cutter
  • Accessory port.

Cons:

  • Difficult to use
  • May have some quality issues.

Recommendation

If you want a powerful 11" sealer with bag storage, accessory port, and fully adjustable sealing time, this is a great choice. It's a bit hard to use, and a lot of people have trouble with it. But if you want to try a commercial sealer, this is a good entry level option. We suspect many of the complaints are people either not knowing how to use it correctly or a simple issue of the foam seal wearing down (an easy fix). If you don't want to risk it but want a commercial grade sealer with great reviews, go for the Pro 2300.

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Review: Weston Pro 2300/Pro 2100 (15" Commercial Grade Edge Sealer)

Weston Pro 2300 Vacuum Sealer (65-0101)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide
Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Pro 2300 is Weston's best-selling vacuum sealer. It has more than 400 reviews on Amazon with an average rating of 4.1 stars. Fakespot.com gives these reviews an "A" rating.

The Pro 2100 is the same vacuum sealer with a white finish, which makes it look like it belongs in a laboratory circa 1970. This isn't the prettiest vacuum sealer out there, that's for sure. But if you're looking for power and durability, it would be hard to do better than the Pro 2300/2100.

The million dollar question is, do you need the 15-inch sealing bar? It's a really nice feature to have if you're often sealing large quantities of food. However, keep in mind that edge sealer bags are expensive, and the bigger they are, the more expensive they are. So while it's a great feature, you may not use it as much as you think you will.

The longer seal also makes this sealer considerably heavier and more bulky.

On the other hand, 15-inch sealers are Weston's specialty, and the quality of these extra long sealers seems superior to their 11-inch sealers, even the commercial models. (Although that may be because the Pro 2300 is easier to use than the Pro 1100, so it gets more glowing reviews--we like both of them). If you're willing to spend the extra money, the Weston Pro 2300 isn't likely to disappoint.

On Amazon, there are a few buying options, including one that comes with 100 bags. This is a great deal, and a great way to get started with the sealer--you won't get any bags if you just buy the sealer option.

There are no bag options with the Pro 2100.

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Features/Specifications

  • 935W motor
  • 28" Hg vac
  • 15" seal bar
  • Dimensions: 24" x 16" x 9"
  • Weight: 27lbs
  • LED lights (no digital display)
  • Fan-cooled, double piston pump
  • Automatic and manual sealing modes
  • Detachable cord for easy storage
  • Cord storage compartment
  • Stainless housing
  • See-through lid for easy bag alignment
  • 2 year warranty.

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Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Powerful motor, excellent vacuum strength, rugged build quality
  • Extra long 15" sealing bar
  • Fully adjustable sealing time
  • 2 year warranty.

Cons:

  • No accessory port
  • At 27 lbs, a bit bulky and hard to move
  • Expensive.

Recommendation

As Weston's best-selling vacuum sealer, the Pro 2300 is a great choice. If you want the extra long sealing bar, this is the most economical way to get it. This sealer is built like a tank and will last for decades under heavy use. Highly recommended.

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Review: Weston Pro 3000 Vacuum Sealer (15" Commercial Grade)

Weston Pro 3000 Vacuum Sealer (65-0401)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Weston Pro 3000 is almost identical to the Pro 2300, except it has a digital display that guides you through the sealing process with a little more ease than the LED lights. The Pro 3000 also has a clear acrylic lid instead of the tinted one on the Pro 2300; this makes aligning the bag and observing the sealing process easier. It's probably not worth the extra cost for most people (more than $100), but if you want ease of use plus the longer sealing bar, the Pro 3000 has it. 

The 3.5 star average rating on Amazon once again seems to be at least somewhat attributable to operator error. People may not understand that while these machines can last for decades, they do need maintenance, and the occasional part change-out, while those who had legitimate issues didn't discuss their experience with Weston (which has a reputation for excellent customer service). Fakespot.com gives the Amazon reviews an "A" rating. But with only a handful of reviews to go by, we think it's off, and the rating should be a solid 4 stars, at least.

Features

  • 935W motor
  • 28" Hg vacuum strength
  • 15" seal bar
  • Dimensions: 24" x 16" x 9"
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Digital display
  • Fan-cooled double piston motor
  • Automatic and manual sealing modes
  • Fully adjustable sealing time
  • Detachable cord
  • Cord storage
  • Maintenance kit included
  • 2 yr. warranty.

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Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Powerful motor, excellent vacuum strength, rugged build quality
  • Digital display to guide you through sealing process
  • Extra long 15" sealing bar
  • Fully adjustable sealing time
  • 2 year warranty.

Cons:

  • No accessory port
  • At 27 lbs, a bit bulky and hard to move
  • Expensive--about $100 than the Pro 2300 (which is also expensive).

Recommendation

The Weston Pro 3000 vacuum sealer is a step up from the Pro 2300 in that it has a digital display and a non-tinted seal cover. The vacuum strength, motor, and build quality are identical. We're not sure this is worth an extra $100-plus dollars, but if you want the digital display, or prefer the looks of the clear acrylic lid, go for it. 

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Review: Weston Pro 3500 Vacuum Sealer (15" Commercial Grade)

Weston Pro 3500 Vacuum Sealer (65-0901)

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

The Weston Pro 3500 vacuum sealer is a Pro 2300 with roll storage and bag cutter. It has LED lights (not the digital display of the Pro 3000 and Pro 1100), but other than that this is the complete package. None of the 15-inch Weston sealers have an accessory port (although some users say they do, or at least something that works like one), so if you're looking for all the bells and whistles on a Weston sealer, the Pro 3500 is the one.

This sealer is also lacking user reviews on Amazon, so you'll have to take our word for it: this is a great sealer that will last you decades, if not a lifetime (at least it will with proper maintenance).

Features

  • 935W motor
  • 28" Hg vacuum strength
  • 15" seal bar
  • Dimensions: 15.3" x 23" x 9"
  • Weight: 37.4 lbs
  • Led light display to guide you through sealing process 
  • Fan-cooled double piston motor
  • Automatic and manual sealing modes
  • Fully adjustable sealing time
  • Detachable cord
  • Cord storage
  • Bag cutter and roll storage
  • 2 yr. warranty.

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Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Powerful motor, excellent vacuum strength, rugged build quality
  • Extra long 15" sealing bar
  • Fully adjustable sealing time
  • Bag cutter and roll storage compartment
  • 2 year warranty.

Cons:

  • No accessory port
  • At 37.4 lbs, a bit bulky and hard to move
  • Expensive.

Recommendations

The Weston Pro 3500 vacuum sealer is the same as the Pro 2300, but with roll storage and bag cutter. The motor, vacuum strength, and build quality are the same. If you like the Pro 2300 but wish it had roll storage or a bag cutter (or both), the Pro 3500 is the sealer for you. 

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Review: Weston Pro 2500 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Weston Pro 2500 Vacuum Sealer

Weston Vacuum Sealer Reviews: The Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Weston also makes a chamber sealer, definitely worth your consideration if you're in the market for a commercial grade vacuum sealer. 

Why buy a chamber sealer? 

  • You can seal liquids (because the pressure is the same in the bag and in the chamber, so the liquid isn't sucked into the vacuum).
  • Bags are cheaper, so while they cost more initially, you'll save money in the long run.
  • The vacuum strength and quality is hard to beat.
  • They're easy to use.

Note: For more info on chamber sealers, see our article Chamber Sealers: The 3 Best Deals on Amazon.

Chamber sealers are expensive, so as with a lot of expensive products, there are fewer reviews to go by. We're here to tell you, though, that a chamber sealer is a fabulous machine. If you're looking for top notch quality, superior vacuum strength, and the ability to seal liquids without freezing or using paper towels in the bag, a chamber sealer is the way to go. If you have the space for one and you do a lot of vacuum sealing, a chamber sealer is an excellent option.

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Features

  • 630W motor
  • 29.5" Hg
  • 12" seal bar
  • 13" x 11" x 4" chamber (largest bag size 12" x 14")
  • Fully adjustable seal time
  • 3.5mm thick seal
  • Dimensions: 14" x 14.2" x 18.5"
  • Weight: 62 lbs
  • Digital display
  • Seal only function to make custom-sized bags
  • Comes with 30 bags: 10-6" x 10", 10-8" x 12", 10-12" x 14"
  • 2 yr. warranty.

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Pros/Cons

Pros:

  • Exceptional vacuum strength
  • Durable build quality.

Cons:

  • Limited to 12" x 14" bags by size of chamber
  • Expensive.

Recommendations

If you want a chamber sealer, there are both less expensive and less bulky options on the market. However, this Weston Pro 2500 chamber sealer is of exceptional quality. Recommended IF you've got the room for it and are willing to spend the money.

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Maintenance Kits and Accessories

Weston Vacuum Sealers: THE Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

One of the best things about Weston vacuum sealers is that you can buy maintenance kits for them. This means that when they start slowing down or don't seal very well, you can fix the problem by replacing inexpensive parts.

Maintenance Kit for Harvest Guard Portable

Maintenance Kit for Pro Series (Part Kit for 65-0101, 65-0201, 65-0401-W)

Weston Pro 2100/Pro 2300 Maintenance Kit with Rubber Seals and Heat Wire

If you get a model with an accessory port (the Harvest Guard, Pro Advantage, or Pro 1100), you'll have to buy the hose and canisters separately. Here's the link to the canister and hose on Amazon; if unavailable on Amazon, you can also buy the FoodSaver accessories, as the port is universal. (As of this writing--November 2018--Weston does not have canisters available on their website--maybe they're getting out of the accessory business.)

Weston Vacuum Sealers: THE Comprehensive Buyer's Guide

Final Thoughts

Weston is a great brand that provides excellent products and excellent customer service. While many of their vacuum sealers don't have enough reviews on Amazon to provide a good picture of their quality, we highly recommend them--and they have a sealer for just about every need, in every price range! 

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