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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 vs Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK Side-by-Side Comparison

As compact as it is, the Inkbird INK-VS01 is still able to maintain excellent suctioning power, which gives it an edge over the Nutrichef PKVS18BK.

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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01

Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK

Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 vs Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK

Overall Verdict

The Inkbird’s chief advantage when it’s compared side-by-side with the Nutrichef PKVS18BK is its compact size. Unlike full-size sealers like the Nutrichef, the Inkbird takes up very little space on the countertop, which will make it a compelling choice for people with a small kitchen. Despite its small size, though, the Inkbird still managed to achieve one of the highest performance scores among the sealers we’ve tested so far, with a total performance score of 7.2.

In contrast, the larger Nutrichef comes with a good-looking and relatively well-built design, but its lid — requiring a lot of force to click close — is troublesome to use. is praised for its visually appealing design, sturdy lid, and intuitive control panel, although it requires considerable force to close the lid properly.

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
  • Visually-appealing design
  • The lid and the attached locking mechanism are well-built
  • Simple and intuitive control panel
  • Bright and comprehensive indicator lights
  • Cheap-looking design
  • The lid requires quite a lot of force to close properly.
  • Motor is loud.
  • Doesn’t come with any extra feature.

Key Specs

Suction strength
62-63 kPA (Dry)/28 kPA (Moist)
33-45 kPA (Dry) / 28-30 kPA (Moist)
Working time
16-17s (Dry)/22-26s (Moist)
17-21s (Dry)/15-28s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 16.9 x W 7.0 x H 4.3 inches
L 14.1 x W 6.0 x H 3.0 inches
Weight
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
2.94 pounds
Warranty
1-year
1-year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$56.45
$56.12

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
5.7

Dry Food Test

8.0
4.7
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 Nutrichef PKVS18BK during the first dry food test. The suction flow during the 17-second working cycle was measured at 33 kPA by our vacuum pressure gauge.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK during the first dry food test. The suction flow during the 17-second working cycle was measured at 33 kPA by our vacuum pressure gauge.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK during the first dry food test. The suction flow during the 17-second working cycle was measured at 33 kPA by our vacuum pressure gauge.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during its second dry test, which reported a suction flow of 45 kPA at the end of a 21-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
 N/A
Normal
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
63 kPA (1) - 62 kPA (2)
33 kPA (1) - 45 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
17s (1) - 16s (2)
17s (1) - 21s (2)

Moist Food Test

6.0
7.1
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 Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 30 kPA over a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 30 kPA over a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 30 kPA over a working cycle of 17 seconds.
The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer during the first moist food test, during which it reported a vacuum strength of 28 kPA over a working cycle of 15 seconds.
Suction Mode
N/A
Gentle
Food Mode
Moist
Moist
Suction Strength
28 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
30 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
26s (1) - 22s (2)
17s (1) - 15s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.6
7.2

In the Box

The content of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s shipping box.
The content of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK vacuum sealer shipping box, which includes plastic bags, accessories, and documents such as warranty card and user manuals.

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 Nutrichef PKVS18BK. It is of about average size, measuring 14.1 inches in length, 6 inches in width, and is 3 inches tall.
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.9 lbs (1.3 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)
3.0" (7.6 cm)

Build Quality

9.0
8.0
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 side profile of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK vacuum sealer.
The side profile of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK vacuum sealer.
The outer portion of the lid hinges of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK.
The underside of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK, which comes with four white anti-slip feet in four corners of the sealer.

Control Panel

9.0
8.0
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 of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK. All of the buttons (five in total) are touch-sensitive. The panel also has four indicator lights, plus a progress bar.
The control panel of the Nutrichef PKVS18BK. All of the buttons (five in total) are touch-sensitive. The panel also has four indicator lights, plus a progress bar.
There's an extra button inside the sealer that you can use if you prefer vacuuming through the air hose and adapter included with the sealer.
Button Type
Touch-sensitive
Physical
Number of Buttons
5
6
Number of Modes
2
4

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.
A locking latch on one side of the sealer. You can also see the button that releases the latch to the 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
8.3

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.

Safety & Noise

9.0
9.0
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.
There are numerous safety stickers inside of the sealer.
Maximum Noise Level
83.2 dBA
84.5 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.
Number of Indicators
4
5
Progress Bar
Yes
Yes
Chime
No
No

Behind the Comparison

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