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    Black+Decker Premium BD8173 Vacuum Sealer
    Premium BD8173
    Only the bottom gasket of the vacuum chamber is removable for cleaning. Catch basin must be cleaned in place. Has area for storage of rolls of plastic (included), used to create custom sized bags. Latches when top is pressed firmly. Includes built in cutter. Control buttons are sealed but operate capacitively, so they are very sensitive to touch. Has a cord storage area in the body of the sealer. Has manual pulsing mode to choose the level of vacuum - helpful for moist or delicate items.
    Description
    Only the bottom gasket of the vacuum chamber is removable for cleaning. Catch basin must be cleaned in place. Has area for storage of rolls of plastic (included), used to create custom sized bags. Latches when top is pressed firmly. Includes built in cutter. Control buttons are sealed but operate capacitively, so they are very sensitive to touch. Has a cord storage area in the body of the sealer. Has manual pulsing mode to choose the level of vacuum - helpful for moist or delicate items.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Dry food sealing

    Dry food sealing

    How well a model seals a bag containing a boneless, skinless chicken breast with no marinade.

     /  5
    Moist food sealing

    Moist food sealing

    How well a model seals a bag containing food with extra liquids, such as marinated meats.

     /  5
    Noise

    Noise

    The loudness of the vacuum pump measured with a sound meter.

     /  5
    Speed

    Speed

    How quickly a model pulls air out of the bag and seals it.

     /  5
    Ease of use

    Ease of use

    Evaluation of such convenience features as cord and roll storage, controls, and how easy the unit is to clean.

     /  5

    About

    The Black+Decker Premium BD8173 is part of the Vacuum Sealers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Vacuum Sealers models like the Premium BD8173 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

    Dry food sealing How well a model seals a bag containing a boneless, skinless chicken breast with no marinade.

    Moist food sealing How well a model seals a bag containing food with extra liquids, such as marinated meats.

    Noise The loudness of the vacuum pump measured with a sound meter.

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