The Inkbird INK-VS01 boasts excellent performance for its compact size, which allows it to excel in our dry and moist food tests. The sealer has a small form factor that uses up very little space on the countertop, plus, the build quality is very decent for the price. On top of the lid is a built-in cutter for greater convenience.
The Mueller also has a decent build with good safety features and bright indicator lights. However, its performance is mediocre compared to the Inkbird, and there are several issues with its design: the lid hinges are creaky, the lid locks are uneven, and the control panel’s buttons aren’t reliable. creaky lid hinges, uneven lid locks, and unreliable control panel buttons.
As such, the Inkbird will make for a better purchase — but in case it’s out of your budget range, the Mueller will be a passable stand-in, being a fraction the price of the Inkbird.
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
- Passable vacuum-packing performance for the money
- Decent build quality
- Good safety features
- Bright indicator lights
- Comes with a progress bar for easy tracking
- Cheap-looking design
- 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.