Foodsaver is a leading manufacturer of vacuum sealing systems. The company’s mission is to keep food fresh and healthy for long. Over the years, Foodsaver has constantly outperformed the rest by developing cutting edge vacuum sealing systems. Two of which are the Foodsaver V4400 and 4800. These vacuum sealers not only faithfully fulfill their duty of vacuum sealing food, but they do so using easy to follow steps. Below, we take an in-depth look at the features of the Foodsaver V4400 and the 4800 pointing out their similarities and differences.
Automatic Vacuum Sealing
A vacuum system with automatic vacuum sealing can automatically detect a sealing bag in the vacuum chamber. The vacuum system then removes the air in the bag, seals the bag with heat, and produces an airtight sealed bag. Automatic vacuum sealing greatly simplifies and reduces the time of the vacuum sealing process. This time-saving quality becomes especially visible when there are many food items to seal.
A manual vacuum system, on the other hand, requires the pressing of a button to initiate the sealing process because the system is not smart enough to sense the presence of the sealing bag. Because of this requirement, a manual vacuum system is more complex than the automatic system.
Fortunately, both FoodSaver V4400 and 4800 are equipped with the automatic vacuum sealing technology. As a result, the process of vacuum sealing is condensed into two steps.
Handheld Vacuum Sealer
Countertop vacuum sealers have many perks. The biggest perk is that due to their direct connection to a power source, power is never a big concern, especially when sealing many items. Countertop vacuum sealers can, therefore, seal for longer durations than handheld ones.
However, there are many reasons why handheld vacuum sealers are attractive. The most evident is their portability. This portability enables them to be used in more versatile ways and scenarios than their countertop alternatives. One such instance is during the sealing of vacuum sealable containers. The handheld sealers can connect to the sealing valves in the containers for airtight sealing.
Another benefit of handheld vacuum sealers is that they allow for the quick marinating of food. With the normal marinating process, you are forced to wait long hours for food to soak in the flavors of the marinating sauce adequately. The air in the container or bag is the main cause of the long wait.
When vacuum sealing is used, however, the air is eliminated from the food. Consequently, the food marinates faster, and the flavor of the marinating sauce can be detected as early as 30 minutes into the marinating process.
Fortunately, both the FoodSaver V400 and 4800 come with a handheld sealer. As such, you do not have to compromise on this beneficial feature.
Roll Storage and Roll Cutter
The roll storage provides an organizational space for the housing of sealing bags in a vacuum sealer. The benefit of having built-in roll storage is that it increases the speed of sealing bag retrieval. Additionally, roll storage provides an easy way to track the amount of roll in your possession. Both roll storage benefits are, especially, apparent during the sealing of many bags.
A rolling cutter, on the other hand, provides a means to divide a roll of sealing bags into individual sealing bags. The benefit of owning a roll cutter is the freedom to divide rolls according to your specifications. Consequently, you are not restricted to manufacturers’ roll dimensions and can go as large and/or small as you desire.
By giving you more control over your bag size, a roll cutter helps reduce bag wastage and the entire cost of vacuum sealing greatly. The vacuum sealing cost is reduced because a roll of sealing bags is cheaper than individual sealing bag sets. Additionally, bag wastage is reduced because sealing bag sizes can be customized.
Luckily, FoodSaver V4400 and V4800 come with built-in roll storage and a roll cutter. Therefore, the two machines can meet both organizational and bag dimension needs.
Automatic Moisture Detection
Vacuum sealers can seal both wet and dry foods. This ability is particularly useful for bulk meat buyers. By sucking out all the air and moisture in the meat, the meat stays fresh for a longer duration. In the case of both the food saver V4400 and 4800, this preservation is guaranteed for up to 5 years.
Vacuum sealers that automatically sense the nature of food in the sealing bag, greatly simplify the sealing process. Their systems give you peace of mind by taking care of the food classification problem for you. Consequently, you can rest easy knowing the food is sealed properly regardless of its water percentage.
In manual moisture detection systems, you are asked to classify the food based on its water percentage before sealing can occur. Such questions complicate the sealing process, especially when you are unsure of the nature of the food.
Both the Food Saver V4400 and 4800 have automatic moisture detection technology, which simplifies their sealing process. This technology further explains why sealing in both machines is a two-step process. To maintain high hygiene, they both have a removable tray to collect water sucked out from food.
The pulse vac feature gives you air removal control during the sealing of a sealing bag. By giving you air removal control, you can determine the amount of air to remove from the bag. This feature prevents the crushing of soft food, for instance, muffins during sealing.
This is where the Foodsaver V4400 and the 4800 diverge. While the 4800 has the feature, the V4400 does not. Therefore, if you want control over the amount of air in the bag, we recommend FoodSaver 4800.
Vacuum Speed Options
Another way the Foodsaver 4800 and the V4400 differ is in their vacuum speed options. While Foodsaver V4400 provides only a single option for air removal speed, the 4800 provides two options, mild and normal. By offering more options, you are given more control over the sealing process. This feature again proves to be especially valuable when dealing with tender foods like muffins.
Subsequently, if you want more control in the vacuum speed, it is advisable to buy FoodSaver 4800, which would be more suitable than V4400.
Both FoodSaver 4800 and V4400 are incredible vacuum sealing machines. The machines are similar in many ways. They both provide automatic vacuum sealing and moisture detection capabilities. Additionally, they both come with a handheld vacuum sealer. However, when it comes to user control, the Foodsaver 4800 offers more control to the buyer. Consequently, we recommend FoodSaver 4800 if you want a foodSaver that is more effective at air removal control and vacuum speed.