FoodSaver 4800 VS 5200

Refrigerators are the most common appliances for keeping your food fresh for days. However, not all food stays longer in the fridge. Meats and veggies tend to be spoiled easily or dries up in a fridge. If you need to keep it fresh longer, consider getting a vacuum sealer to remove air from storage bags before refrigerating food. Without air, aerobic bacteria does not multiply fast.  In this article, we will compare two popular sealers; the 4800 and FM5200, to help you determine the best appliance for your use.  

Comparing FeaturesSealing Technologies:

Sealing Technologies

There are two types of sealing technologies, the automatic vacuum sealing and the manual sealing. With the automatic sealing mechanism, the appliance detects the sealing bag in the chamber. It then removes air from the sealing bag and seals the bag with heat. The result is an airtight sealed bag. This technology simplifies the sealing process and reduces the amount of time you will take.

On the other hand, a manual vacuum system requires a button to initiate the sealing process. This is because it does not detect the presence of the sealing bag. The requirement makes the manual vacuum system more complex than the automatic one. However, you get more control as to how and when to seal the bags.

The FoodSaver 4800 comes with an automatic vacuum sealing technology while the FM5200 comes with a manual sealing technology. Therefore, vacuum sealing with the 4800 is a lot easier than the FM5200.

Handheld Vacuum Sealer

Countertop sealers such as these two have many benefits, such as the ability to seal food items for extended periods as they are connected to power. They are placed on a surface, making it easier to operate when working on different food types. However, portable handheld sealers are able to be carried from one point to another. They can also be used to seal items that cannot fit in the countertop sealers, such as vacuum sealing containers. Some people also use them to seal bags with marinade to speed up the marinating process as they eliminate air from the bag.

 Fortunately, both FoodSaver 4800 FM5200 have in-built handheld sealers for the ease of moving. You can marinate your food with ease and seal those juice jars and containers in a few minutes.  In fact, with vacuum sealing, you can have your food ready for cooking after marinating in less than half an hour. Both hoses are retractable, preventing a likelihood that the handheld sealer will be damaged by improper storage.

Roll Cutter and Storage

The roll storage is a compartment where sealing bags are organized and stored. This way, you do not have to touch the bags or carry them with an additional bag. It also increases the speed at which the machine retrieves the bags when sealing lots of food. The storage also helps track the amount of roll that is left for future sealing. You can also seal bags without stopping, as you would have planned for it earlier.

On the other hand, the rolling cutter is the system that divides a roll of sealing material into bags. With a rolling cutter, you can divide the roll according to your specifications. Therefore, you will not waste material buy sealing small amounts of food with large bags. This helps save costs on bags. Besides, you are not limited to the roll dimensions set by manufacturers as you can go large or smaller as you wish. 

Both the FM5200 and the FoodSaver 4800 come with a built-in storage and cutter bar. You can organize your bags and cut them to the dimensions that you need in no time.

Automatic Moisture Detection

A vacuum sealer can seal both dry and wet food. This characteristic makes it an ideal food storage option for people who buy in bulk. The vacuum sealer sucks all the food’s moisture so that it remains fresh for a long duration. Both the FoodSaver 4800 and the FM5200 can preserve the food for at least five years, thanks to the automatic moisture detection.

These vacuum sealers automatically sense the nature of food in the bag, making the sealing process a lot easier. You do not need to adjust the sealing mode according to the food that you are sealing. There are sealing appliances that come with a manual moisture detection system. In such a system, you are required to classify food based on its moisture percentage before the sealing process can commence. Such a process can be too complicated, especially if you are not sure of the nature of your food.

Where does the water that was sucked out go?

Both sealing appliances come with a panted, removable drip tray. All the water that is sucked from your food collects on the tray so that you can pour it away. This makes it easy to clean the appliance after use and does not mess the surfaces you have placed your sealer. To make it even better, you can clean the drip tray on your dishwasher.

Presence of a Pulse Vac

A pulse vac is a feature that gives you some air removal control when sealing your bag. When you have the control, you are able to determine how much air is to be removed from the bag. This feature comes into play when sealing soft food such as muffins and come fruits as it prevents them from being crushed in the sealing process.

Both the FM5200 and FoodSaver 4800 have a Pulse Vac in place.  However, you can still use appliances without the Pulse Vac by changing modes and choosing the type of food when sealing. Read on for further details on the extra features.

Vacuum Speed Options

The vacuuming speed is the rate at which the machine sucks in air from the food. By having vacuuming speed variations, you can determine how much air to remove from your food. Both the FM5200 and FoodSaver 4800 come with two-speed options, mild and normal. You can use this feature in the absence of a Pulse Vac for the FM5200. On the 4800, this feature adds more control to your hands, allowing you to customize even the mild setting using the Pulse button.

Accessory Port

An accessory port and feature helps you suck the air out of packages that cannot fit into your vacuum sealer, such as zipper bags, canisters, containers, jar sealers, and bottle stoppers. There are different types of accessory features, depending on the type of sealer you have. For an automatic sealer such as the FoodSaver 4800, there is a retractable hose and adaptor. You just need to pull the hose, suck the air out of your container, and return the same to your appliance.

The FM200 also has a retractable handheld sealer. Older 5000 Series appliances do not have a retractable accessory chord.  You have to attach the hose and adaptor to the port located at the right-hand side of the machine. Therefore, you need to store it in a different location from your equipment. Both hose types use the same mechanism to work. The choice of adaptors to use depends on the container from which you are sucking the air.

Design

FoodSaver FM5200

The FM5200 is made of a polished black, charcoal, and silver material for its outer body. The primary material is plastic. Its retractable handheld sealer is located on the right-hand side at the top. There is also a viewing window in the upper gasket that lets you see the sealing process if you would like to make some adjustments. Its control panel is located at the top of the unit with a light indicator to show you when the sealing is in progress. Overall, it has a minimal design with polished, rounded edges that adds to its sleek appearance.

FoodSaver 4800:

The 4800 has a cuboidal appearance with a polished outer body bordered by a few black accents. This differs from the FM5200 that has an elongated appearance but a relatively small profile. This vacuum is also a little bulkier than the 5200. However, in terms of the footprint, it does not have a significant difference with the FM5200. Nevertheless, it looks more solidly built, and polished than the former.

Since 4800 is an automatic sealer, it does not have a sealing bar in the front. Its buttons are placed at the top right-hand side. However, unlike the FM5200, it does not have a viewing window where you can check the sealing process. It is generally assumed that the smart technology in use will adjust the settings according to the food that is put in there and you would not need to view.

Starter Kit

Both the FM5200 and FoodSaver 4800 come with a starter kit that includes two-gallon zipper bags, 3-quarter zipper bags, 2-gallon heat-seal bags, 3-quarter heat-seal bags, and an 11-inch by 10-inch vacuum seal roll. This should serve you for some time, especially if you have a small to medium-sized family. The cutter makes it easy to use custom sizes for your food. Besides, each package comes with a detailed instructions booklet that details all the operations and tips on how to use the appliance.  Please go through the instructions before you use the appliances the first time.

 Operation Modes

There are three food settings on each appliance to cater for moist, dry, and marinate food. If you want to vacuum juicy and moist food, hit the Adjustable Food Settings button until the moist indicator button turns green. The appliance will suck the moisture out of the food. Besides, food sensors can also detect moisture in food on both models. If they do, the moist food indicator will flash to alert you.

However, if you have dry food such as biscuits, cereals, and dried fruit, press the dry food button until the dry indicator button illuminates. Then you can continue with the sealing. On the other hand, you can marinate your meat using the marinate feature. This functionality makes use of the retractable handheld sealer. This 10-minute vacuum pulse to rest ratio enables your dishes to get the best flavor infusion in the shortest time possible. Use the Marinate button to have the process completed automatically.

Express Bag Maker

This one feature is available in the FM5200 and not on the FoodSaver 4800. With the new express bag making process, you get your bags fast than when using the cutter. This feature is good for preparing many standard-size bags to seal lots of food. The number of steps involved in making the bags with the express maker is almost half of what is required when using the handheld bar.  

Durability

Both appliances come with a five-year warranty. The FM5200 feels a little weaker than the 4800, especially its all-plastic sealing handle. However, both of them will drop and break if dropped from a height. Maintaining each is easy, given that the drip tray is dishwasher-friendly, and the surfaces just require a little wiping. However, due to its design, the FM5200 requires a bit more attention than the 4800 to clean the hollowed space. Nevertheless, it does not require lots of time to do this.

Customer Ratings

According to customer reviews, both vacuum sealers are quality pieces of technology that get the work done. On average, the FM5200 has a rating of 4.0/5, while the 4800 has a rating of 4.3/5. Most of the complaints about 5200 are that it makes noise and the pump tends to break down quickly. On the other hand, most 4800 users complain that the retractable sealer is sometimes stuck.

Conclusion:

The FoodSaver FM5200 and 4800 have striking similarities in terms of functionality, capacity, and durability. However, the main difference is the FM5200 is built to offer you more control when vacuum sealing your food while the 4800 is made to make your sealing process easy with the least number of steps. Therefore, your purchase decision is based on which of these two is your priority. You may also check other subtle differences listed in this article.

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