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There are so many buying choices when it comes to 2-in-1 vacuum sealers but a word from the wise, the wrong choice may put you off ever trying another one, which is a great shame. Vacuum sealing food prevents freezer burns, retains flavors, and preserves food for a lot longer. FoodSaver has a solid reputation for automatic vacuum sealers, especially the 5800 series.
Our focus today will be on the FoodSaver 5800 vs 5860. These are probably two of the most similar products we have looked at and FoodSaver has surprised us with one glaring difference. Let’s begin with a closer look at their features.
FoodSaver 5800 vs 5860 – Similarities
|Name||FoodSaver FM5800 Vacuum Sealer||FoodSaver FM5860 Vacuum Sealer Machine with Express Bag Maker & Auto Bag Dispense and Rewind|
|Size||8 x 6.25 x 18 inches||8 x 6.25 x 18 inches|
|Color||Silver and black||Silver and black|
|LED Indicator Lights||Yes||Yes|
|Food Types||Meat, fish, cheese, fruit, vegetables, soups, stews, bread, cakes, flour, etc.||Meat, fish, cheese, fruit, vegetables, soups, stews, bread, cakes, flour, etc.|
|Food Preservation||Up to 5x longer than ordinary storage methods||Up to 5x longer than ordinary storage methods|
|Retractable Handheld Sealer||Yes||Yes|
|PulseVac||No- manual stop||No- manual stop|
|Removable Drip Tray||Yes||Yes|
|What’s Included||11 x 10-inch vacuum seal roll, 8 x 10-inch vacuum roll, 3 1qt vacuum seal bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum seal bags, 3 1qt vacuum zipper bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum zipper bags, a 2.23Wt square marinator||11 x 10-inch vacuum seal roll, 8 x 10-inch vacuum roll, 3 1qt vacuum seal bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum seal bags, 3 1qt vacuum zipper bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum zipper bags, a 2.23Wt square marinator|
|Price||Check Price on Amazon||Check Price on Amazon|
The FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860 are incredibly easy to use with three buttons for auto bag making; dispense, rewind and seal and cut. For the sealing progress, you can press seal now and the machine will automatically vacuum the bag and seal it so that it’s airtight.
You can seal all types of food including meat, fish, cheese, fruit and vegetables, soups and stews, pantry goods and delicate food like chips, cookies, and muffins. Bread, for example, will last for up to three years in the freezer compared to ordinary freezing. Fish that wouldn’t have survived a year can be saved for up to 2 years.
One-touch Marinate Mode
Instead of having to wait for hours to achieve flavorsome dishes, you can use the one-touch marinate mode on both the FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860. Your food will be ready in just minutes.
Retractable Handheld Sealer
The FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860 both have retractable handheld sealers that can be used for the marinate mode and to seal zipper bags, canisters, and containers.
You can store your vacuum rolls inside the FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860. There is also a built-in cutter that allows you to cut just the right about of roll you need.
When sealing liquids, you may end up spilling tiny amounts. These drops can be caught in the removable drip tray, so vacuum sealing remains clean and tidy. The trays can go in the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
There are four indicator lights on the FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860. These lights will let you know if there are any issues with the machines and exactly where to find them. The lights indicate when you need to close the lid or the drawer, when to empty the drip tray, and when to check the vacuum roll.
Some of the FoodSaver vacuum sealers come with PulseVac, which allows you to start and stop the vacuum to protect more delicate foods. The FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860 don’t have PulseVac, but you can manually stop the vacuuming.
The FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860 are both silver and black. The retractable handheld sealer is built into the left-hand side and the control panel is to the right. The design is upright, which leaves you more space on the countertops. They are 8 x 6.25 x 18 inches and weigh 15.2 lbs.
Quite often, the difference between two FoodSaver automatic vacuum sealers is the starter kit that comes with them. But not in this case. The FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860 come with an 11 x 10-inch vacuum seal roll, an 8 x 10-inch vacuum roll, 3 1qt vacuum seal bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum seal bags, 3 1qt vacuum zipper bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum zipper bags, and a 2.23Wt square marinator.
There is an impressive 5-year limited warranty with the FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5860.
There is only one difference to consider and it certainly makes the purchase choice much easier.
Differences Between FoodSaver 5800 and FoodSaver 5860
Value for Money
Vacuum sealers have a big price range. Most of the FoodSaver vacuum sealers are between $180 and $300.
Surprisingly, this model is around $70 more expensive than the FoodSaver 5860, and one of the more expensive FoodSaver vacuum sealers we have seen.
This sits at the higher end of the price range, but it does come with a very complete starter kit and the 5-year limited warranty is generous.
The Winner Is- The FoodSaver 5860
Pros and Cons
Considering the FoodSaver 5800 and the FoodSaver 5830 are essentially the same, it’s difficult to highlight individual pros and cons. The following points are based on particular things we noticed when using each.
- Vacuum sealing was so easy, all of the features worked with just one touch
- All the food we tested remained perfectly fresh for the time we had expected
- It’s a nice-looking vacuum sealer that sits well on the counters of most kitchens
- The customer service regarding this model is poor
- The seal is great and even better when you combine it with FoodSaver bags and rolls
- It’s durable and will last a long time
- The more you use it, the more you will love it
- The retractable handheld sealer isn’t the same quality
The Final Verdict
It’s a no-brainer really. The features and starter kit are the same, the warranty covers the machines for 5-years, the only difference is in the price. While both are slightly expensive, the FoodSaver 5860 is much better value for money and for this reason, it is our overall winner today.