The Weston Pro 2300 Vacuum Sealer, Built Like A Tank

by Editor on May 22, 2013

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What’s a review of a Weston pro 2300 vacuum sealer doing on a website about FoodSavers? Well in a nutshell, I have heard from a number of people who love it and it addresses the primary complaint I hear about other sealers. As useful as vacuum sealers are, a significant minority of people seem to have bad luck with using them. They either never quite get the hang of the sealing process or their unit breaks in some way, a lot sooner than they feel is justified by what they have spent. Also some people simply use their vacuum sealer a lot more frequently than the average person and wear them out.

This unit by Weston is considerably more expensive than anything in the FoodSaver line but may well be the right one for you. Read on..

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Weston pro 2300 Features and Benefits Overview

  • Commercial-grade vacuum sealer
  • Extra large bar for sealing bags up to 15” wide. Useful for wide cuts of meat or fish.
  • Much heavier duty, larger sealing strip than consumer sealers.
  • Double piston vacuum-pump delivers 28” HG vacuum strength with 935 watts of power
  • Easy to use, bright LED lights let you monitor the stages of the sealing process
  • Automatic Mode has simple one-touch vacuum-to-seal operation
  • Manual Seal Mode lets you control the amount of vacuum pressure for sealing soft foods, photos, valuables or delicate objects
  • See-through acrylic vacuum lid for perfect bag alignment while sealing
  • Fan-cooled motor
  • Detachable power cord with a cord storage compartment
  • Stainless steel
  • Measures 22-1/2 by 12-1/4 by 6 inches; 1-year limited warranty
  • 28 lbs

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Customer Reviews

I haven’t worked with this unit so I’m going to summarize the customer reviews from Amazon to help you get a feel for why people like it.

I urge you to click through and read them for yourself as there are number of good tips for using this unit.

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Positive Comments

As you can see, as of the time of writing this, 72 of 77 reviews were very positive. Comments include:

  • “Quiet, quick, built like a tank..”
  • “Does a perfect job every time with the Weston bags..”
  • “Weston bags don’t cost any more than the generics, easy to use..”
  • “I had it out of the box and was sealing food within 10 minutes..”
  • “..we processed 2 elk and it stood up to the job like a champ!”
  • “I let it cool for the 20 seconds between sealings and we had no problems..”
  • “I couldn’t speak highly enough about this unit. It seals beautifully..”
  • “..definitely worth the price..”
  • This is the best sealer I have ever had. I have been using sealers for over 20 years

Negative Comments

There was only one 1 star review for this unit, which for vacuum sealers is astonishing, sad but true. It really looks like they got a defective unit and should have returned it. The negative comments in the 3 star reviews have to do with the bags and maintaining seals including:

  • It does not seal mylar bags
  • You do have to hold down the handle when sealing, or it won’t seal. (not hands free)
  • If anything has liquid, or oily item it will not seal. Note this is an issue with using bags with all strip vacuum sealers. Partially pre-freezing meat or other juicy items or placing a folded paper towel to absorb juices headed towards the vacuum sealer both can help.
  • One persons broke after a year and a half.
  • No built in bag cutter.
  • It is a big unit and takes up a lot of counter space and can be hard to store.
  • Mixed comments on the ability to use FoodSaver bags with it. One person mentioned you can use them if your insert it with textured side down.

 

This short videos shows how simple the Weston is to use and addresses the question of sealing wet meats.

Conclusion

Based on the customer reviews this unit seems to address all the major complaints that people have about consumer vacuum sealers.

  • You can seal A LOT of food, with very short breaks in between seals, for hours on end.
  • You don’t have to waste inches of extra roll material in order to reach the sealing strip.
  • Commercial grade high quality unit, with few moving parts to break.
  • A much heavier duty sealing strip and more powerful vacuum than consumer units.
  • Very simple operation.

According to one reviewer (I haven’t confirmed this.) Foodsaver hose and accessories work with the Weston vacuum sealer. If you buy the 2300 I would urge you to buy a FoodSaver accessory hose and large jar sealer and try them for yourselves. You can always return them. Read why here.

The 15 inch wide bar is particularly well suited to hunters and fisherman who want to seal large cuts of meat or fish. Yes its more expensive than consumer grade units but I for one am so tired of the general low quality of small kitchen appliances, even those that are supposed to be high end. If I have to spend more for something that I use regularly to buy one that will probably work consistently, for a reasonable lifespan, that seems reasonable to me. I have to repeat though, I have not used this unit myself, I am only passing other people’s experiences. I hope to be able to tell you my own soon.

No product, consumer or industrial is perfect or a perfect fit for every customer. There is no point on spending a lot on a vacuum sealer if you don’t plan on using it quite frequently. If you are looking for an average duty sealer or don’t want to spend a lot, check out our other reviews. However if you do a lot of vacuum sealing or like commercial grade appliances and you don’t mind the spartan feature set the pro 2300 could well be the best vacuum sealer for you. This unit is sold by Amazon directly and is covered by their 30 day no-questions-asked return guarantee. As it weighs 27 pounds, the free shipping is a real savings.

Please note that if you click through this link and purchase the Weston, this website will receive a small commission which will in no way increase the price you pay, but will help cover the costs of maintaining the site.

Click here for current Weston 2300 price on Amazon

Thanks for your support!

 

Here is the manual for the unit.

Weston’s FAQ for more information.

 

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