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Foodsaver options - which one to buy?

calikingcaliking Posts: 5,835
edited November 2013 in EggHead Forum
I am in need of a Foodsaver since I bought a SV Demi and am about to take the plunge into the world of sous vide. We freeze a lot of meat and prepared food, so it was high time we bought one anyways. The models I am considering are:








Costco's return policy is the best, Amazon comes second. Costco has a sale on the 4880 currently. I have a BBB 20% off coupon, so price is pretty similar. The included accessories do vary however.

My questions are:

-is it better to get a fully automatic one or one where the sealing is manually controlled? I feel like I would have better control with a manual one, if the food being sealed has some liquid in it.

- any difference between the vertical vs. horizontal ones? Little Steven recommended getting one with built-in storage for the bag roll.

- Are the extra bells and whistles worth it? Like having 2 different seal settings etc.? Pulse vac?

- whats the difference between the 2xxx, 3xxx, and 4xxx series?

- how does the foodsaver do with soups/stews?

The GameSaver model has been mentioned a few times and seems like the one to go with so far. 

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