The FoodSaver is praised by our reviewers for its excellent vacuum sealing performance, sleek design, and quiet operation. Specifically, in our performance tests, the sealer’s scoring never slipped below 8.0. It's also highly user-friendly with bright indicator lights. The only complaint we had is that it notably lacks extra features.
The Mueller’s key advantage is that it is more affordable than the FoodSaver. It predictably offers less vacuum-packing performance, but in return, you get a pretty decently-built sealer with good safety features and a helpful progress bar. However, its creaky lid hinges and uneven lid locks made it quite clear that the Mueller is meant to be a budget sealer. Plus, our reviewers noted that the control panel’s buttons aren’t reliable.
All in all, you’ll have a better experience in virtually every aspect with the FoodSaver VS-0160. Though if it’s out of your budget, the Mueller should still be a passable choice (with a few quirks.)
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
- Passable vacuum-packing performance for the money
- Decent build quality
- Good safety features
- Bright indicator lights
- Comes with a progress bar for easy tracking
- Safety could be improved with stickers that warn new users about the heat bar.
- No extra feature.
- The lid hinges creak when the lid is lifted or lowered
- Uneven lid locks
- Buttons on the control panel are unreliable
Where to Buy
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Analysis and Test Results
Dry Food Test
Moist Food Test
In the Box
Ease of Use
Safety & Noise
Indicator Lights and Chime
Behind the Comparison
Matthew Lee is a writer and editor for HealthyKitchen101. With over 8 years working for various outlets and agencies, specializing in tech review and other subjects of note, such as current affairs.
Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.