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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 vs Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100 Side-by-Side Comparison

The Inkbird INK-VS01, despite its compact size, outperforms even the larger Mueller MV-1100, making it the superior choice if performance is important to you.

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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01

Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100

Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 vs Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100

Overall Verdict

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

Key Specs

Suction strength
62-63 kPA (Dry)/28 kPA (Moist)
46-47 kPA (Dry) / 29-30 kPA (Moist)
Working time
16-17s (Dry)/22-26s (Moist)
18-22s (Dry)/22-25s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 16.9 x W 7.0 x H 4.3 inches
14.1 x 6 x 3.1 inches
Weight
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Warranty
1-year
2 years

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$56.45
$40.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
6.0

Dry Food Test

8.0
5.8
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 Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer demonstrating peak suction of 46 kPA in an 18-second dry food test.
The Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer demonstrating peak suction of 46 kPA in an 18-second dry food test.
The Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer demonstrating peak suction of 46 kPA in an 18-second dry food test.
The Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer during the second dry food test. It achieved a peak suction power of 47 kPA over a 22-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
 N/A
Airtight
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
63 kPA (1) - 62 kPA (2)
46 kPA (1) - 47 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
17s (1) - 16s (2)
18s (1) - 22s (2)

Moist Food Test

6.0
6.5
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 Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer during a moist food test achieves a peak suction of 29 kPA in a 22-second working cycle.
The Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer during a moist food test achieves a peak suction of 29 kPA in a 22-second working cycle.
The Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer during a moist food test achieves a peak suction of 29 kPA in a 22-second working cycle.
The Mueller vacuum sealer during the second moist food test. It achieved a suction peak of 30 kPA over a 25-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
N/A
Gentle
Food Mode
Moist
Moist
Suction Strength
28 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
29 kPA (1) - 30 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
26s (1) - 22s (2)
22s (1) - 25s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.6
5.5

In the Box

The content of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s shipping box.
The content of the Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer’s shipping box. There’s the sealer itself, sheets and rolls of plastic, air hose and adapter, along with the documentation for the sealer.

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 of the Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer. The length is 14.1 inches, the width is 6.0 inches, and the height is 3.1 inches.
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
14.2" (36.0 cm)
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Width
3.9" (9.9 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)
3.1" (7.9 cm)

Build Quality

9.0
6.0
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 Mueller MV-1100 comes with a glossy, metallic top lid, which made it look slightly more premium.
The Mueller MV-1100 comes with a glossy, metallic top lid, which made it look slightly more premium.
The interior of the Mueller MV-1100 is textured.

Control Panel

9.0
8.5
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 rows of function buttons on the control panel of the Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer.
Button Type
Touch-sensitive
Touch-sensitive
Number of Buttons
5
5
Number of Modes
2
4

Lid

9.0
4.0
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 do a great job at keeping the Mueller MV-1100’s lid aloft, but the locking mechanism is problematic.
The hinges do a great job at keeping the Mueller MV-1100’s lid aloft, but the locking mechanism is problematic.
The hinges on the Mueller are solid, keeping the lid from shifting even when we push it from side to side.
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
6.0

Ease of Use

6.0
5.0
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.
The lid requires a lot of downward force to click close, so you almost always have to use both hands to shut the lid.
The lid requires a lot of downward force to click close, so you almost always have to use both hands to shut the lid.
The Mueller’s ease of use could use a lot of improvements, starting with its unreliable lid locks and the overtly-sensitive control panel.

Safety & Noise

9.0
8.0
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.
The various safety and instruction stickers that Mueller has included on the inside of the Mueller MV-1100 sealer.
The various safety and instruction stickers that Mueller has included on the inside of the Mueller MV-1100 sealer.
The “Caution: Hot Surface” warning sticker located near the heat bar within the interior of the Mueller MV-1100 sealer.
The sealer can get as loud as 81.2 dBA, like during this dry food test.
Maximum Noise Level
83.2 dBA
81.2 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

7.0
9.0
The indicator lights and the progress bar at the top of the control panel are decently bright and visible even under harsh studio lighting.
Besides the four indicator lights that display vacuuming and food modes, there are also two lights beneath the two function buttons (“Seal” and “Vac Seal”) and the progress bar.
Number of Indicators
4
6
Progress Bar
Yes
Yes
Chime
No
No

Behind the Comparison

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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.

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