Heat Sealer Review
I thought I was really smart a few weeks back and decided to find an inexpensive heat sealer to use on my holiday cookies. As I shopped around Amazon I found different kinds to try. I know most of you have probably seen the Impulse Heat Sealer and know that is what a lot of cookie decorators use. Well, as I looked at it I kept thinking the last thing I need is something else to store for my cookies so I decided to shop a little more for some smaller option. Here is what I learned.
Before I start reviewing these heat sealers let me say that I purchased these heat sealers myself. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Heat Sealer Review:
8″ (200mm) Impulse Manual Bag Sealer Heat Seal Closer + Free KIT at the time of this post the cost for this heat sealer is $24.99 on Amazon.
Orblue Bag Heat Sealer – Food Saver and Creates Airtight Containers – Cabinet Accessory (Orange) at the time of this post the cost it $12.87 on Amazon.
DOB Mini Portable Household Plastic Bag Heat Sealer Hand Pressure Sealing Machine Snack Food Saver and Creates Airtight Containers, White I call this one the “blue one” at the time of this post the cost for this heat sealer is $12.99 on Amazon.
One thing I have always wanted to add to my cookie decorating tool box is a nice heat sealer. I looked on Amazon with every intention of buying an Impulse Heat Sealer, but I came across these little mini portable guys. They are cute so I wanted some videos on how they worked. I like the videos enough to purchase them along with the Impulse Heat Sealer so I could compare to see which one I liked the best.
Okay, things didn’t start or end too well for the little orange heat sealer. It is called Orblue Bag Heat Sealer and it didn’t work. Like never. I tested the batteries and made sure the connection were the way they needed to be but nothing. I don’t recommend it. Also, the magnet on the back that is supposed to stick it to the fridge for easy access, it wasn’t strong enough so the heat sealer fell to the floor and fell apart. Sigh. I don’t like this little guy and don’t recommend it.
Now for the blue one. It is called the Mini Portable Household Plastic Bag Heat Sealer and requires 2 “AA” batteries. Well, it is better than the orange one but I still don’t recommend it. See the little white rectangle with the black line across it? That is where the magic is supposed to happen. You slide the bag across this rectangle and it magically seals. The problem with it is it smells like it is burning. Actually, it gets very warm to the touch. It makes me nervous so I kept taking the batteries out so it would not burst into flames! I am not sure it could or would actually do that but boy oh boy it had me thinking it could.
I really had high hopes for this one because it worked when I opened it. It sealed the bag so well that water would stay inside without leaking out. It had the potential to be a great little heat sealer that didn’t take up space because it would stay on the side of the fridge with the handy dandy little magnet on the back. Well, that is what the video said but it lied! It fell to the floor and I ended up putting it back together. So sad.
Also, when you use it, you have to start in the middle of the bag and pull it to one side, then place it back in the middle and pull it to the other side so the line isn’t very clean. You can’t really see well enough to make it a pretty seal. Sigh.
If this one didn’t smell like it was going to burn my house down and if the magnet was stronger, and it was easier to line the lines up, I would recommend it but I can’t. It didn’t make me feel comfortable having it in the house because of the heating issue. It didn’t stick to the fridge like it said it would and the line wasn’t easy to line up for a nice professional look. I am sad because I really wanted this one to work.
Now for the Impulse Heat Sealer. This is the 8″ (200mm) Impulse Manual Bag Sealer Heat Seal Closer. This is the one most cookie decorators use. This is the inexpensive version without the cutter on the top and is less than $25. Okay it was $24.99 which is one cent less than $25 but still less. The one with the cutter on the top is over $100. They range anywhere from $150-$175. If I sold cookies or packaged a lot of them I would totally spend the extra $100+ and get the one with the cutter. I can see how beneficial a cutter could be. It could save you hours on orders.
But how does it work? I am glad you asked.
Once you find out what heat setting works with your bag it is a piece of cake. Just place the cookie into the bag, place the bag onto the heat sealer where you want to seal it and press the arm down. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! And it works! No problems, no worries!
Make your cookies nice and snug and ship them to your friends, family or customers. It is that simple!I highly recommend this Heat Sealer. It works, it doesn’t take up that much room, and does not have magnets that will drop it on the floor. As far as storage goes, it is nice and thin and won’t take up that much room in a cabinet or closet.
You can seal the bag on more than one side to give your cookie a custom package. Then just trim off the excess and you will have a nice little package that looks professional.
Update-If you own an 8″ Impulse Heat Sealer, you many have to change the little strips things sometime during the life of the machine. I am not sure what the strips are called and Amazon has them listed as “spare parts.” They aren’t expensive at all. Here is a link where you can get 2 for less than $5. Not a bad deal if you ask me but just make sure these will work with your machine before you order.
I hope this helps you decide on a heat sealer. I see why all the cookie decorators use this machine and I wish I would have purchased mine years ago. I know my impulse Heat Sealere aka “Sticky” and I are going to become friends really fast with the holidays coming up. And since he works so well, I am willing to find a storage place for him. Well worth the effort to move a few things around.
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