Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer
The Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Seale is the unit that started the vacuum sealing craze, and it works just as good today as when it was invented a couple of decades ago. This option isn't as heavy duty as some of our other picks and would therefore be best for sealing smaller items. However, this will perform its job well as simplicity is its virtue. Just place the bag beneath the sealer, press down on the cover, and when the air is removed, you press a "seal" button that heat seals the bag.
You can use Seal-a-Meal bags, or you can get any type of manufactured vacuum seal rolls, which must be cut to size first, sealed, then filled and sealed again. That makes the sealed bags reusable, and that gives you more value for your money. With this unit, there have always been concerns about sealing the edges (particularly when you are using larger bags) so keep that in mind. But if you are just getting into vacuum sealing, or simply want to seal up smaller portions of food for everyday living, this might be a sound choice for you.