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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer VS-0160 vs Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 Side-by-Side Comparison

Despite being half the size of the FoodSaver VS-0160, the Inkbird INK-VS01 can almost match the suction performance of the larger model. But the former should still make for a good entry-level pick, if you’re short on budget.

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FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer VS-0160

Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer VS-0160 vs Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01

Overall Verdict

If you value vacuuming performance and usability, you’ll be happier with the FoodSaver VS-0160. Not only it scores higher in overall performance (8.1 vs 7.2) than the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01, it also has a better usability score thanks to a user-friendly control panel and intuitive design.

The FoodSaver is praised for its excellent vacuum sealing performance, well-built design, and relatively quiet operation. It is also beautifully designed and features a smoothly actuating lid with a storage lock​​.

The Inkbird, on the other hand, is recognized for its compact size, making it a great choice for those with limited countertop space. It also offers a built-in cutter, a feature not available in the FoodSaver model. However, it has a lower suction strength for moist foods and could benefit from improved safety features​​​​.

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable for what it can do
  • Excellent vacuum sealing performance
  • Beautifully designed and well-built
  • The lid actuates smoothly and has a storage lock
  • Relatively quiet
  • Excellent performance for the compact size
  • Small form factor takes up very little space on the countertop
  • Decent build quality throughout
  • Comes with a built-in cutter
  • Safety could be improved with stickers that warn new users about the heat bar.
  • No extra feature.
  • Cheap-looking design

Key Specs

Suction strength
62-63 kPA (Dry) /45-58 kPA (Moist)
62-63 kPA (Dry)/28 kPA (Moist)
Working time
11s (Dry)/33-39s (Moist)
16-17s (Dry)/22-26s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 15.7 x W 6.1 x H 2.7 inches
L 16.9 x W 7.0 x H 4.3 inches
Weight
5.8 pounds
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Warranty
1-year
1-year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$86.53
$56.45

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.1
7.2

Dry Food Test

8.3
8.0
FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer hooked to a bag of black rice. A vacuum gauge to the right measures 62 kPA and a timer marks 11 seconds.
First dry food vacuum seal test of the FoodSaver VS-0160. The vacuum gauge reads 62 kPA. Timer marks 11 seconds.
FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer hooked to a bag of black rice. A vacuum gauge to the right measures 62 kPA and a timer marks 11 seconds.
FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer hooked to a bag of black rice. A vacuum gauge to the right measures 63 kPA and a timer marks 11 seconds.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 vacuum sealer in the first dry food test with black rice grains. Our vacuum gauge recorded a peak suction of 62 kPA within a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 vacuum sealer in the first dry food test with black rice grains. Our vacuum gauge recorded a peak suction of 62 kPA within a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 vacuum sealer in the first dry food test with black rice grains. Our vacuum gauge recorded a peak suction of 62 kPA within a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 in the second dry test. Our vacuum gauge recorded a peak suction of 62 kPA within a 16-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
N/A
 N/A
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
62 kPA (1) - 63 kPA (2)
63 kPA (1) - 62 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
11s (1) - 11s (2)
17s (1) - 16s (2)

Moist Food Test

7.9
6.0
The FoodSaver VS-0160 during the moist food test. It achieved a peak suction of 45 kPA within a 39-second working cycle. The motor was quite noisy at 81.6 dBA.
The FoodSaver VS-0160 during the moist food test. It achieved a peak suction of 45 kPA within a 39-second working cycle. The motor was quite noisy at 81.6 dBA.
The FoodSaver VS-0160 during the moist food test. It achieved a peak suction of 45 kPA within a 39-second working cycle. The motor was quite noisy at 81.6 dBA.
The FoodSaver VS-0160 during the second moist food test. Its suction is lower than the first test at 58 kPA within a 33-second working cycle. Motor noise is also less loud at 80.1 dBA.
The Inkbird INK-VS01 vacuum sealer packing fresh slices of yellow mangoes in the moist food test. Peak suction recorded by our vacuum gauge is 28 kPA in a 26-second working cycle.
The Inkbird INK-VS01 vacuum sealer packing fresh slices of yellow mangoes in the moist food test. Peak suction recorded by our vacuum gauge is 28 kPA in a 26-second working cycle.
The Inkbird INK-VS01 vacuum sealer packing fresh slices of yellow mangoes in the moist food test. Peak suction recorded by our vacuum gauge is 28 kPA in a 26-second working cycle.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 in the second moist food test with fresh mango slices. Our vacuum gauge recorded a peak suction of 28 kPA within a working cycle of 22 seconds.
Suction Mode
N/A
N/A
Food Mode
Moist
Moist
Suction Strength
45 kPA (1) - 58 kPA (2)
28 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
39s (1) - 33s (2)
26s (1) - 22s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.8
8.6

In the Box

The content of the FoodSaver VS-0160 shipping box, consisting of the vacuum sealer, three rolls of food bags, and manual.
The content of the FoodSaver VS-0160’s shipping box.
The content of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s shipping box.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the FoodSaver VS-0160 is about average compared to other sealers we’ve tested. It has a length of 15.7 inches, width of 6.1 inches, and a height of 2.7 inches.
The dimensions of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is noticeably compact width-wise. Its length is 14.17, width clocks in at just 3.9 inches, and height is 1.57 inches.
Weight
5.8 lbs (2.6 kg)
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
15.7" (39.9 cm)
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width
6.1" (15.5 cm)
3.9" (9.9 cm)
Height
2.7" (6.9 cm)
1.6" (4.0 cm)

Build Quality

9.5
9.0
An interior shot of the FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer. A green protective bar covers the vacuum channel.
The interior of the FoodSaver VS-0160
An interior shot of the FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer. A green protective bar covers the vacuum channel.
A close-up shot of the non-slip feet on the underside of the FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer.
The black heat bar and foam seal installed on the underside of the top lid of the FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer.
The silicone plug that covers the port for the detachable power cord at the back of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 sealer.
The silicone plug that covers the port for the detachable power cord at the back of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 sealer.
The underside of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 vacuum sealer. Visible are two anti-slip feet at each corner.

Control Panel

10
9.0
A close-up shot of the buttons and the indicator lights on the FoodSaver VS-0160
The control panel of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 has five buttons, including a blue “Stop” button on the far right side to interrupt a working cycle for any reason.
The control panel of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 has five buttons, including a blue “Stop” button on the far right side to interrupt a working cycle for any reason.
The “Vac” button on the interior of the sealer can be used when you have to use the air hose adapter to vacuum-pack bags or boxes.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 with the air hose adapter plugged into the vacuum port, to be used in conjunction with the “Vac” button.
Button Type
Physical
Touch-sensitive
Number of Buttons
3
5
Number of Modes
2
2

Lid

10
9.0
The interior of the FoodSaver VS-0160 with the green protective plastic bar removed from the vacuum channel.
The interior of the FoodSaver VS-0160 with the green protective plastic bar removed from the vacuum channel.
The slider to the side of the FoodSaver VS-0160 that you can use to engage the storage locks.
The locking mechanism built into the lid of the FoodSaver VS-0160. Shown here is also the storage slider.
Saved for requiring quite a lot of force to click close, the lid of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is sturdily built.
Saved for requiring quite a lot of force to click close, the lid of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is sturdily built.
The inner view of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s lid hinges. Off to the side, you can see the locking latch for the lid that would click in place when the lid is closed and pressed down.
The outer view of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s lid hinges.
Lid Lock
Latch lock
Latch lock

Extra Features

1.0
5.0
The Foodsaver VS-0160 doesn’t come with any additional extra feature other than a removable drip tray, which will help you safely vacuum-pack moist food better.
The Foodsaver VS-0160 doesn’t come with any additional extra feature other than a removable drip tray, which will help you safely vacuum-pack moist food better.
The sealer comes with a convenient bag cutter built right into the top of the lid.
The sealer comes with a convenient bag cutter built right into the top of the lid.
There is a pair of bag hooks located within the vacuum channel of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01.
Bag Cutter
No
Yes
Bag Holder
No
No
Bag Hooks
No
Yes
Removable Drip Tray
Yes
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.2
6.6

Ease of Use

8.5
6.0
The lid of the FoodSaver VS-0160 doesn’t require a lot of force to click close.
The lid of the FoodSaver VS-0160 doesn’t require a lot of force to click close.
The lid of the FoodSaver VS-0160 doesn’t require a lot of force to click close.
Despite not having bag hooks, feeding a new plastic bag into the FoodSaver VS-0160 and aligning it with the vacuum channel is quite easy.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 requires quite a lot of force to click close, which can be a problem if you want to use the sealer one-handed.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 requires quite a lot of force to click close, which can be a problem if you want to use the sealer one-handed.
There are two bag hooks situated at the top of the vacuum channel that’ll help you guide and align the bag into the proper position for sealing.

Safety & Noise

8.0
9.0
During a dry food test, we measured a peak loudness of 77.9 dBA for the FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer.
During a dry food test, we measured a peak loudness of 77.9 dBA for the FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer.
The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 during a dry food test. Our noise level meter recorded the peak loudness of the motor in this instance, which is 83.2 dBA.
Maximum Noise Level
77.9 dBA
83.2 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

7.0
7.0
The FoodSaver VS-0160 vacuum sealer’s control panel with the indicator lights lit up. The light will pulse depending on what phase of the working cycle it’s performing at the moment.
The indicator lights and the progress bar at the top of the control panel are decently bright and visible even under harsh studio lighting.
Number of Indicators
2
4
Progress Bar
No
Yes
Chime
No
No

Behind the Comparison

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