Have used the Pro-2300 constantly for the past six months, and have had NO problems at all. The previous reviewer described liquid in the vac vent and tray. You CANNOT vac seal wet items. You have to FREEZE first and then seal. This is clearly stated in any vac sealer literature. Just put the stuff in a vac bag, stand it in a box in the freezer, like a cereal box, and then seal when frozen. We have found that you can partially freeze meat, and then seal with very good results. For freezing raw, it does suction up some blood/juice, but you have a manual seal button to stop the suction and seal the bag.You just have to pay attention and be quick! NEVER let the suction pull liquid from the food into the machine. That is not machine error. That is operator error. We freeze a lot of things! It it large, and has a permanent place on the counter! Great for resealing chip bags, too! We keep a box of gloves, a sharpie marker and the vac bags in the cabinet drawer directly under the sealer. We are ALWAYS prepared for packaging!
I love my new 2300. I've been using a friend's 2300 for over 6 months now and he finally wanted it back. Some friend Ha! A real friend would have given it to me for life...lol Bottom line is the machine works great and flawlessly if you use it as it's intended and designed to work. I do and have had zero problems with it. It's head and shoulders better than a Vacmaster or Foodsaver, both of which are low end low use machines. The Pro 2300 handles all my needs very well. Its simple to use and it uses any brand of vacuum seal bags. We're using it now in the middle of South Dakota Goose Season. Buy one you'll love it...I did and I do. The longer you have it the more uses you'll find for it. Just be careful who your friends are!...lol
Did some research on sealers and while there's a wide range, many/most only work for short storage. This one is an exception. A quality product that works well. One caution is that is large and weighs 20+ pounds so better to have a permanent place for it,
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? identical
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Top notch, easy to use.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very
We have regularly used a vacuum sealer for years, but it wore out and we were looking for another one to buy. We bought the same brand as before, but did not like the design changes that had been made so we returned it. After much research we finally settled on the Pro-2300 vacuum sealer. We love it. It seals so much better and faster than our previous one. One of the selling points of this machine is that our containers and other accessories will work with it. It takes a little more room on the counter, but we use it every day so it is worth the space. We use it for making precooked meals that we freeze as well as resealing snack packages and many other things. It was easy to learn how to use. We watched an on-line video and read the manual. Weve had it for about a month and have had no problems or complaints.
Great midsize commercial vac sealer. Would highly recommend.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? exactly
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. High
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? very
This is the first sealer I have used that you don't have to wait minutes between each package you seal. So far it has worked great.I would like to do a review after a year as most items fail after the warantee has expired.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? exact
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. This seems to be very well built.
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Very accurate
This thing is incredable! We have bought(and broken) 3 food savers in the past so we decided to go with a commercial grade one this time and we have not been dissapointed thus far. It is big, heavy and takes up a lot of counter space but it is absolutely worth it. The suction is reasonably fast and definatley strong. It sounds like one of the doors opening in a cheesy b movie when it stops sealing. The automatic function works well and it has a manual start/stop seal button so you can override the suction if you need to. Also it can take huge bags, so if you ever need to freeze a wildebeast you can do so. Weve only had this for a couple of months so I can't testify to it's longivity but so far so good! I can't say enough good things about it!!!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? The lid isn't blue its clear, but it is stainless steel.
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Fantastic!
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? Accurate.
It is a great quality machine. It is way above the rest!
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? perfect
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. It really is a heavy duty machine
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? perfect
This unit works great it's a permanent part of my kitchen ! The review requires fifty words so heres some more words ok ok ok ok ok
- Did the color match the color displayed onsite? yes
- How is the quality of the product? outstanding
- Did the description onsite accurately describe the product? yes
First, the one star write up "Buy the Warranty" by oakly101, was describing a different sealer and not one from Westin. Second, this is a simple and easy to use robust machine. Different from my less expensive vacuum sealers, this unit will likely find a permanent home on a counter as it is large and heavy. The design of the cord storage in the back of the sealer was quite good and allowed the machine to be located against the wall. Having used this for nearly a month I found two issues on my machine. The seal is about a 1/4 wide but I had occasional leaks. The Westin bags were being used. This problem might be unique to my machine. Also, there is a lower bar tape that will require maintenance. It had a tendency to deform during normal operation. This has an adhesive side and was easily fixed by lifting and resetting it in place. I don't know how many times this could be reset before it needs to be replaced (by loss of adhesive). A spare tape comes with the machine, but after that, a maintenance kit is necessary. Finally, this machine was built in Taiwan (not China).
This sealer works extremely well and is easy to operate. I had a problem with the first unit shortly after it arrived but the positive side is when I contacted Weston concerning repairs they were quick to respond. They immediately sent me a new replacement, their customer service is superior to most companies I have dealt with recently.
The sealer is well built and easy to use. So far MUCH better than 3 Food savers I have owned over the years. If you have a place to store it conveniently, buy it. It's bigger and heavier than your FoodSaver, but not THAT much bigger. Although a bit pricy, you'll be happy with your purchase. Now, the shipping and packaging. Overstock got it to me in just 2 days, but came to me very poorly packaged. The factory box was just kind of tossed inside a larger corrugated cardboard box about twice its size. The factory box had a gash in the side about 6" long. The tape on the box had been previously opened. Once inside the box, the unit was supposed to be cradled in styrofoam for protection and then placed and sealed inside a heavy plastic bag. It was not inside the bag, and the styrofoam was broken into about a half dozen pieces. However, the unit did not appear to be damaged. Plugged it in and appears to work fine. A spare teflon heat sealing tape is supposed to be included, but was not. I called Weston and they sent me a spare heat tape, received the next day. So, I would say Weston customer service is very good. The unit I received was obviously NOT new as expected, but a previously opened and returned item. I can't say for sure but it looked like a shred of Christmas wrapping paper was scotch taped on the outside of the box. Probably was a Christmas present and returned for whatever reason. A good price on sale at Ovestock, but they should state it is not new but a previously opened and used item. 5 stars for Weston, 2 stars for Overstock.
I have owned other retail vacuum sealers, and worn them out. I stumbled onto this machine on the recommendation of a well know tv show. The price was a bit over the top, but as I unpacked this unit I could see where the money went. This is a commercial (professional) grade, whatever adjective you want to apply to it, machine. It is large, I can't store it in a cabinet, it is heavy, but it is efficient and performs like crazy. I don't regret having it on the counter, I use it daily. If you have the cash and get the use out of a vacuum sealer, do it and stop buying cheap plastic junk. I'm looking forward to hitting the farmers market this year.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? spot on
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Commercial grade
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? spot on
this is a wonderful machine. runs circles around the food saver I had. Only difference is you have to cut your own bags. Superior sealing, superior vac.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? N/A
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. excellent
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? excellent
They offer an extended warranty on this item because it needs it. Don't buy it with out the warranty it is a very disposable unit you will want to replace it before the 1 year warranty is up. Or better yet buy a better quality machine that does not need you to spend more money to get a quality warranty. We thought after the VacMaster was a FoodSaver knock off of lesser quality a complete joke that this unit might be better. Wrong! a few months in the heat tape was burned out the gaskets were worn and it needed a new elctronic part , in other words a full repair. It is also a huge pain to be so careful not to have liquid go into the tray. It takes so much more time and a constant worry of ruining the unit because of the vacuum hole is right in the center. You can see it bubble if you get any water near the vacuum hole in the tray. We found out the factory warranty by Weston was a joke and we did not buy the extended warranty. Too bad for us!!! Again another retail disaster of cheap disposable throw away units that only last a year or so.