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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 vs CALOTO Vacuum Sealer AP-12X Side-by-Side Comparison

The Inkbird INK-VS01, despite having the same size as the CALOTO AP-12X, offers significantly better suction performance and build quality.

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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01

CALOTO Vacuum Sealer AP-12X

Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 vs CALOTO Vacuum Sealer AP-12X

Overall Verdict

The Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 stands out for its excellent performance despite its compact size, making it a perfect fit for small kitchens. Its build quality, integrated cutter, affordability, and quiet operation further enhance its appeal. 

On the other hand, the CALOTO Vacuum Sealer AP-12X is noted for its ultra-compact design and superior safety features, though its aesthetics and functionality fall short due to a cheap appearance, mediocre performance, dim indicator lights, and a stiff, challenging lid. The vague warranty details for the CALOTO also merit consideration for potential buyers, highlighting the importance of clarity in post-purchase support.

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OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Usability30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%UsabilityCALOTO Vacuum Seale...Inkbird Vacuum Seal...5.84.76.17.57.37.28.66.6
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Pros & Cons

  • 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
  • Relatively affordable
  • Quiet operation (76.1 dBA)
  • Very compact form factor (3.2 inches in width)
  • Excellent safety features
  • Cheap-looking design
  • Very mediocre performance
  • Dim and hard-to-view indicator lights
  • The lid is stiff and difficult to lock with one hand
  • Warranty details are very vague

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
4.7

Dry Food Test

8.0
4.9
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.
The CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer during its first dry food test session where we used it to vacuum-pack dry rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 40 kPA during a 23-second working cycle.
The CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer during its first dry food test session where we used it to vacuum-pack dry rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 40 kPA during a 23-second working cycle.
The CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer reached a higher peak suction in the second test, with our vacuum gauge recording a 43 kPA peak during a 21-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
 N/A
N/A
Food Mode
Dry
Dry - 1
Suction Strength
63 kPA (1) - 62 kPA (2)
18 kPA (1) - 20 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
17s (1) - 16s (2)
33s (1) - 33s (2)

Moist Food Test

6.0
4.5
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.
The CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer during the first moist food test session where we used it to vacuum-pack fresh mango slices. It hit a peak suction of 18 kPA during a 33-second working cycle.
The CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer during the first moist food test session where we used it to vacuum-pack fresh mango slices. It hit a peak suction of 18 kPA during a 33-second working cycle.
The CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer is seen here vacuum-packing fresh mango slices for the second moist food test. It hit a peak suction of 20 kPA during a 33-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
N/A
N/A
Food Mode
Moist
Moist - 4
Suction Strength
28 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
11 kPA (1) - 10 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
26s (1) - 22s (2)
49s(1) - 47s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.6
6.1

In the Box

The content of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s shipping box.
The content of the CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer’s shipping box. It includes a detachable power cord, air hose and adapter, sheets of pre-cut plastic bags, and an instruction manual.

Dimensions

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.
The dimensions oft he CALOTO AP-12X. Its length is 14.9 inches, its width is 3.2 inches, and its height is 2.1 inches.
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
14.2" (36.0 cm)
14.9" (37.8 cm)
Width
3.9" (9.9 cm)
3.2" (8.1 cm)
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
2.1" (5.3 cm)

Build Quality

9.0
7.0
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.
The build quality of the CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer is fairly decent, though its lightness and full-plastic detailing can make it seem slightly cheap.
The build quality of the CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer is fairly decent, though its lightness and full-plastic detailing can make it seem slightly cheap.
The CALOTO AP-12X sealer comes with a removable power cord for easier storage.
Anti-slip feet at the bottom of the CALOTO AP-12X vacuum sealer.
In the back, you’ll find the port for the modular power cord.

Control Panel

9.0
5.0
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.
The control panel has four buttons with embossed labels. They’re somewhat hard to read because the embossings blend quite well into the black rubber buttons.
Button Type
Touch-sensitive
Physical
Number of Buttons
5
4
Number of Modes
2
2

Lid

9.0
8.0
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.
The hinges of the CALOTO AP-12X are quite sturdy and don’t creak when we lift or lower the lid.
The hinges of the CALOTO AP-12X are quite sturdy and don’t creak when we lift or lower the lid.
To unlock the lid after it's locked, simply press the buttons on both sides of the sealer, and this will release the latches.
Lid Lock
Latch lock
Latch lock

Extra Features

5.0
0.0
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
Yes
No
Bag Holder
No
No
Bag Hooks
Yes
No
Removable Drip Tray
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.6
7.5

Ease of Use

6.0
8.0
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.
You need to press down on the lid with two hands for the lid to click close properly. One-handed operation is very difficult.

Safety & Noise

9.0
10
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.
During a dry food test session, our noise level meter recorded the peak loudness of the motor to be around 74.8 dBA.
Maximum Noise Level
83.2 dBA
74.8 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

7.0
3.0
The indicator lights and the progress bar at the top of the control panel are decently bright and visible even under harsh studio lighting.
The indicator lights for the CALOTO AP-12X are small and aren’t bright. It’s very hard to monitor the sealer’s progress, especially under harsh lighting conditions.
Number of Indicators
4
8
Progress Bar
Yes
No
Chime
No
No

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