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Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro vs Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK Side-by-Side Comparison

Our tests revealed the Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro to perform better than the Nutrichef PKVS18BK in virtually every scored aspect in our tests. However, its high price tag can be an obstacle. If you simply need an affordable sealer, the Nutrichef should work just fine!

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Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro vs Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK

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The Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro delivers exceptional performance in both dry and moist conditions, earning top marks even for liquid sealing. With its sleek design and added conveniences like a built-in bag compartment and cutter, it's the ideal choice for those with a generous budget seeking the ultimate sealing experience.

On the flip side, the Nutrichef PKVS18BK shines as a budget-friendly alternative (especially when compared to the Anova). Despite its affordability, the Nutrichef sealer boasts an eye-catching design, a robust lid and locking mechanism, an intuitive control panel, and bright indicator lights. There are a few minor quirks to note, including the need for a firm hand to close the lid, a somewhat noisy motor, and the absence of extra features like a bag compartment or cutter. However, its value for money remains undeniable.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful performance in the dry test
  • Suction is strong in the moist test, but gentle enough not to crush the mango slices
  • Rated for liquid
  • Sleek, elegant design
  • Comes with extra features (bag compartment and cutter)
  • Relatively affordable
  • Visually-appealing design
  • The lid and the attached locking mechanism are well-built
  • Simple and intuitive control panel
  • Bright and comprehensive indicator lights
  • Relatively dim indicator lights
  • Doesn’t come with a chime
  • Doesn’t have bag hooks
  • The lid requires quite a lot of force to close properly.
  • Motor is loud.
  • Doesn’t come with any extra feature.

Key Specs

Suction strength
67 kPA (Dry) / 43-45 kPA (Moist)
33-45 kPA (Dry) / 28-30 kPA (Moist)
Working time
14 (Dry)/39-41s (Moist)
17-21s (Dry)/15-28s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 15.5 x W 7.1 x H 4.3 inches
L 14.1 x W 6.0 x H 3.0 inches
Weight
5.0 lbs (2.3 kg)
2.94 pounds
Warranty
2 years
1-year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$121.30
$56.12

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
5.7

Dry Food Test

8.9
4.7
The Anova Precision Pro performing the first dry test with black rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 67 kPA in 14 seconds.
The Anova Precision Pro performing the first dry test with black rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 67 kPA in 14 seconds.
The Anova Precision Pro performing the first dry test with black rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 67 kPA in 14 seconds.
The Anova Precision Pro performing the second dry test. Peak suction was still at 67 kPA according to our vacuum gauge and the sealer finished its working cycle in precisely 14 seconds like before.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK during the first dry food test. The suction flow during the 17-second working cycle was measured at 33 kPA by our vacuum pressure gauge.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK during the first dry food test. The suction flow during the 17-second working cycle was measured at 33 kPA by our vacuum pressure gauge.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK during the first dry food test. The suction flow during the 17-second working cycle was measured at 33 kPA by our vacuum pressure gauge.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during its second dry test, which reported a suction flow of 45 kPA at the end of a 21-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
N/A
Normal
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
67 kPA (1) - 67 kPA (2)
33 kPA (1) - 45 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
14s (1) - 14s (2)
17s (1) - 21s (2)

Moist Food Test

6.1
7.1
The Anova Precision Pro as it’s performing the first moist food test. It achieved a peak suction of 45 kPA in a working cycle lasting 41 seconds.
The Anova Precision Pro as it’s performing the first moist food test. It achieved a peak suction of 45 kPA in a working cycle lasting 41 seconds.
The Anova Precision Pro as it’s performing the first moist food test. It achieved a peak suction of 45 kPA in a working cycle lasting 41 seconds.
The Anova Precision Pro as it is performing the second moist food test. It achieved a peak 43 kPA suction power in a working cycle lasting 39 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 30 kPA over a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 30 kPA over a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 30 kPA over a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 28 kPA over a working cycle of 15 seconds.
Suction Mode
N/A
Gentle
Food Mode
Moist
Moist
Suction Strength
45 kPA (1) - 43 kPA (2)
30 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
41s (1) - 39s (2)
17s (1) - 15s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.8
7.2

In the Box

The content of the Anova Precision Pro’s shipping box, which includes a roll of plastic bag, an accessory air hose, and a simple user manual.
The content of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK vacuum sealer shipping box, which includes plastic bags, accessories, and documents such as warranty card and user manuals.

Dimensions

The Anova Precision Pro, being a full-size vacuum sealer, may take up quite a lot of countertop space with a length of 15.5 inches, a width of 7.1 inches, and a height of 4.3 inches.
The dimensions of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK. It is of about average size, measuring 14.1 inches in length, 6 inches in width, and is 3 inches tall.
Weight
5.0 lbs (2.3 kg)
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
Length
15.5" (39.4 cm)
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Width
7.1" (18.0 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)
Height
4.3" (10.9 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)

Build Quality

10
8.0
The interior of the Anova Precision Pro is all-black, except for the high-vis orange sticker that marks where the heating bar is.
The interior of the Anova Precision Pro is all-black, except for the high-vis orange sticker that marks where the heating bar is.
All of the components in the interior of the sealer are very well-built.
The underside of the Anova Precision Pro. It has non-slip feet in all four corners, as well as a small compartment near the back to tuck the power cord inside for easier storage.
The side profile of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK vacuum sealer.
The side profile of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK vacuum sealer.
The outer portion of the lid hinges of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK.
The underside of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK, which comes with four white anti-slip feet in four corners of the sealer.

Control Panel

10
8.0
The indicator lights of the Anova Precision Pro can be a little bit dim if you place the sealer under harsh light sources or direct sunlight through a window.
The indicator lights of the Anova Precision Pro can be a little bit dim if you place the sealer under harsh light sources or direct sunlight through a window.
The control panel of the Anova Precision Pro, with function buttons arranged neatly in a row in three distinct groupings.
The control panel of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK. All of the buttons (five in total) are touch-sensitive. The panel also has four indicator lights, plus a progress bar.
The control panel of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK. All of the buttons (five in total) are touch-sensitive. The panel also has four indicator lights, plus a progress bar.
There's an extra button inside the sealer that you can use if you prefer vacuuming through the air hose and adapter included with the sealer.
Button Type
Physical
Physical
Number of Buttons
7
6
Number of Modes
2
4

Lid

10
8.0
The handle lock of the Anova Precision Pro in the “Open” position. When raised, you can open and close the lid as normal.
The handle lock of the Anova Precision Pro in the “Open” position. When raised, you can open and close the lid as normal.
The handle lock of the Anova Precision Pro in the “Locked” position. The lid is solidly anchored to the housing and can no longer be opened.
The locks on either side of the Anova Precision Pro’s lid. These can be operated by lifting or pressing down on the handle above.
A locking latch on one side of the sealer. You can also see the button that releases the latch to the side.
Lid Lock
Handle lock
Latch lock

Extra Features

8.0
0.0
Inside the Anova Precision Pro is a large compartment that you can use to store a roll of plastic bag. There is a flip-down cutter for you to cut out any length of bag that you want.
Inside the Anova Precision Pro is a large compartment that you can use to store a roll of plastic bag. There is a flip-down cutter for you to cut out any length of bag that you want.
Bag Cutter
Yes
No
Bag Holder
Yes
No
Bag Hooks
No
No
Removable Drip Tray
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.6
8.3

Ease of Use

9.0
8.0
The lid and the handle lock are easy to operate with just one hand.
The lid and the handle lock are easy to operate with just one hand.
The Anova Precision Pro has a handle lock, which greatly simplifies the operation of the sealer and enables one-handed lid locking and release.

Safety & Noise

8.0
9.0
Anova has thoughtfully included a bright, high-vis orange sticker across the heating bar as a safety precaution.
Anova has thoughtfully included a bright, high-vis orange sticker across the heating bar as a safety precaution.
There are numerous safety stickers inside of the sealer.
Maximum Noise Level
83 dBA
84.5 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

7.0
9.0
The indicator lights are built into the individual button. The Dry vacuuming mode is on at the moment.
Number of Indicators
9
5
Progress Bar
Yes
Yes
Chime
No
No