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Quick Instructions Food Saver 550 (Compact II)

bymi-satisfied Jan 18, 2011
16 Helpfuls 17 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Works Great. I save money by not throwing out spoiled food.
Cons The foam rubber gasket on the bottom tray sometimes seems to expand and come loose.
Recommended it? Yes

Quick instructions Food Saver 550 (Compact II)
by mi-satisfied | Jan 18 '11 Recommended:
I purchased a Food Saver Vac 550 (model compact II) at a garage sale with no instruction book. These are a few things I have eventually learned while using this product. Of course if you have... Read full review »



byedingledy Jul 24, 2009
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros When it worked, it was fine
Cons They do not last long and cannot be repaired.
Recommended it? No

This is the second Foodsaver I bought. The first one was the mini foodsaver. Neither lasted more than two years. In both cases, the sealing strip burned out. The manufacturer said that neither could be fixed. For the premium cost for this manufacturer, I expected more. 

I will not be burned... Read full review »


the only thing that sucked was the money out of my wallet

byenglishroz Jul 22, 2009
1 Helpfuls 2 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros I see no pros.
Cons doesn't seal, sealed packages take on air, extremely frustrating and a waste of...
Recommended it? No

I have had the food saver for a few years now.  I don't use it often because it is extremely frustrating.  If there is the slightest smidgen of food close to the sealer, it will never seal.  On several occasions I have fought with it over and over and finally gave up.  This is another example of... Read full review »



bynickn2001 Sep 25, 2007
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Recommended it? No

This review and rating is for FOODSAVER.COM not the actual product.

I had ordered my foodsaver from QVC and I LOVE IT. My mistake was ordering bags from food-saver.com I ordered on a Sunday evening and when the transaction was finished I went to save the page for my records and hit the... Read full review »


Great while it works

bycuidate Jan 13, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Preserves food in handy sizes and in a way that doesn't damage the food
Cons Breaks down too often
Recommended it? Yes

I like very much what you get from the Foodsaver - WHEN it works. I am on my fourth unit over the last 2 years. I paid more to replace the first one "under warranty" than I could have bought a new one for at Costco. That replacement stopped working after 6 months and they sent me another - for free... Read full review »


Had to fix the seal to get it to work again.

bysouth-40 May 27, 2006
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great seal (when working) and food stays fresh.
Cons Seal gets loose after a couple of years, no parts or service from Tilia.
Recommended it? No

I worked great in the beginning. I would buy large quanities of meat or other items from the local Sam's club. Then seal up and freeze/store the remaining purchased amounts. Great for camping. It has been two years and now I discovered the top seal came loose. I easily superglued it in place... Read full review »


Good idea that sometimes doesn't work very well

byshamanross Feb 18, 2006
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Good concept
Cons products need to be designed better
Recommended it? No

It's a good concept that the company needs to work on. The bags are expensive and sometimes (about a third of the time) don't seal well, so they must be redone. That's inconvenient and takes a lot of extra time. The bags also do not reseal well so you don't get the re-use that the company... Read full review »


Excellent Money Saver, But...

bydrdos43 Jan 5, 2006
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Air extracting, many uses, ease of use, durable and long lasting
Cons noisy (all are), Food Saver bags too expensive...WalMart's are better and less...
Recommended it? Yes

Excellent money saver, Excellent food saver. I use it for everything that air spoils, including caulking compound tubes and tubes of glue.

However, the "Food Saver bags are good, but too expensive. Black & Decker's bags are a little less expensive, but WORTHLESS in that they do not hold... Read full review »


cannot get full function of vacuum packing,does not seal

byjosey11 Nov 28, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros used not seal nicely
Cons does not seal anymore.
Recommended it? No

when I put food in the bag and try to vacuum food, after all the air has been taken out of the bag, it does not finish the job, just keeps on humming, what is the matter with this machine, have had problems with it off and on since I bought it at a 1-800 number. Read full review »


This one can't be beat!

bytakncarabizniz Aug 2, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to use, quick, durable, great buy
Cons pre-freezing before bagging, cost of replacement bag rolls
Recommended it? Yes

We decided to try the vacuum saver system because the price of processing wild game has gotten so expensive. For the investment, this is the best food preservation system I've seen. In the 2 years we've had ours, we've processed more than 1000 lbs. of deer and elk, more than 200lbs of fish and a... Read full review »


The best investment I have ever made!

bymommamav Jul 21, 2005
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros It is very easier to use and works well on all food items.
Cons Can be hard to find accessories in my area.
Recommended it? Yes

Before purchasing the Tilia FoodSaver Vac 550 Food Vacuum Sealer Kit. I would have to go through my freezer every few months and throw out food that had become buried or forgotten. With this system, food is always as fresh as the day it was purchased and packaged. Read full review »


Four Years and Counting

byJJAMIAH Jul 18, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros It does what it says, and come on, that is hard to find
Cons bags are expensive
Recommended it? Yes

My best friend purchased this for me for mothers day. I can not stop raving about this machine, the one thing I must stop myself from doing now is purchasing another just to have it. Yes the bags are costly but, you use them and cut them close to the line and use them again, i leave ample space... Read full review »


Sucked the air right out - Tilia FoodSaver Vac 550 Food Vacuum Sealer Kit.

by2buzy Apr 24, 2005
68 Helpfuls 69 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Keeps food fresh longer.
Cons The bags are expensive.
Recommended it? Yes

Fish, fish and more fish! We are a family of fish eaters and are lucky enough to live in the West Coast where we can eat all the fresh salmon, trout, cod, bottom fish and stealhead we want. We fish through the season, always getting our limits, so add in a trip out for Halibut every year and... Read full review »


Parts Not Available - Be Ware!

bydalegoodno Jan 25, 2005
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great when it works!
Cons Common parts NOT available!
Recommended it? No

I used it regularly until the tape strip that covers the heating element became damaged. I called Tilia and was told they do not supply that part. I knew my unit was out of the one year warranty, so they couldn't replace the unit. They did offer me 20% off of a new unit. I told them that was silly,... Read full review »



byglmrgirl Jun 27, 2004
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy to use and very convenient.
Cons Replacment parts not very cost effective.
Recommended it? Yes

My husband and I are truckers and while at home we prepare meals that we portion, freeze and seal in our VAC 550 sealer. We take enough food for two weeks out on the road and never have to stop to buy food or eat at those horrible truck stops. We know we are eating healthy meals and we know exactly... Read full review »


Good overall but tricky to use

bysungmin_nam May 15, 2004
22 Helpfuls 23 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Saves food for longer periods of time, fairly easy to use.
Cons Tricky to seal sometimes. Must read guide first.
Recommended it? Yes

I received my Foodsaver Vac as a wedding gift. I believe though it was about $100 on my registry at Target. The package came with a container and bags as well as the Foodsaver Vac itself.

I began to use it recently. Overall, I like the product. There is no assembly required. You can take... Read full review »


Tilia Engaging in Deceptive Practices?

byawes Nov 4, 2003
12 Helpfuls 13 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros I haven't tried it. I put it back in the box.
Cons I haven't tried it. I put it back in the box.
Recommended it? No

Based on these reviews I purchased two Tilia FoodSaver 550's (one as a gift). My problem is not with the reviews, but the fact that I received model 500's in 550 packaging with a sheet enclosed saying they functioned identically, which is not strictly true. The 500 has a two-hand operation while... Read full review »


Which FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer to Buy?

bysydneybird11 Sep 8, 2003
25 Helpfuls 26 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros It works. And it works with cheap mason jars.
Cons It doesn't come in black.
Recommended it? Yes

January 2006 update.

The 550 is still going strong. I have only sucked juice into the catch channel once so that may be the reason it still works perfectly. Mason jar sealing is still the primary use, but I have sealed holiday decorations in bags, such as vegetable-based Fall decorations... Read full review »


Tilia Foodsaver 550

bymajcmortenson Aug 22, 2003
14 Helpfuls 15 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Saves money, seals ANY bag, easy to find supplies,
Cons supplies are a bit pricey, wish there were bigger bags
Recommended it? Yes

I watched the infomercials loads of times, and finally broke down and bought one. I didn't order it over the phone, rather looked at Wal-Mart ($97.00) and on e-bay($89.00) first. I finally made my purchase from e-bay, have had it for almost 2 years now and have never been happier with a product... Read full review »


Worked For A Few Years, And Now It Stopped Working Properly!! Threw It Out!!!

bydaquan Aug 7, 2003
43 Helpfuls 44 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Supposed to Vacuum Seal Just About Everything from Meats, Fruits & Vegetables to Dry...
Cons Has stopped sealing! Sealer strip no longer worked!
Recommended it? No

I saw the Tilia Food Saver Vac 550 Food Vacuum Sealer Kit
advertised on an infomercial for the first time about two year ago. I was kind of skeptical about getting it because I wondered if it really does what they say it's designed to do.


But I... Read full review »

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