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Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100 vs Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer Side-by-Side Comparison

The Mueller MV-1100 earns our recommendation for one simple reason: its suction power, while not outstanding, surpasses that of the Bonsenkitchen VS-2100, which did not perform well in our tests.

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Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100

Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer

Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100 vs Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer

Overall Verdict

Pros & Cons

  • Passable vacuum-packing performance for the money
  • Decent build quality
  • Good safety features
  • Bright indicator lights
  • Comes with a progress bar for easy tracking
  • Affordable
  • The lid is detachable for easier cleaning
  • Control panel is simple and easy to use
  • Quiet operation (76.1 dBA max)
  • Very bright indicator lights
  • The lid hinges creak when the lid is lifted or lowered
  • Uneven lid locks
  • Buttons on the control panel are unreliable
  • Mediocre performance across the board
  • Cheap-looking and flimsy build
  • The lid is problematic to use and requires a lot of force to shut

Key Specs

Suction strength
46-47 kPA (Dry) / 29-30 kPA (Moist)
31-35 kPA (Dry) / 11-10 kPA (Moist)
Working time
18-22s (Dry)/22-25s (Moist)
6s (Dry)/47-49s (Moist)
Dimensions
14.1 x 6 x 3.1 inches
L 15.2 x W 5.7 x H 3 inches
Weight
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Warranty
2 years
1 year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$40.09
$30.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.0
3.3

Dry Food Test

5.8
4.8
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.
The BonsenKitchen VS2100 sealer during its first dry food test session, where we used it to vacuum-pack a bag of black rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 30 kPA in a 6-second working cycle.
The BonsenKitchen VS2100 sealer during its first dry food test session, where we used it to vacuum-pack a bag of black rice grains. It achieved a peak suction of 30 kPA in a 6-second working cycle.
The BonsenKitchen VS2100 in the second dry food test session. This time around, it achieved a slightly higher peak suction at 34 kPA, but also a longer working cycle of 6 seconds.
Suction Mode
Airtight
N/A
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
46 kPA (1) - 47 kPA (2)
31 kPA (1) - 35 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
18s (1) - 22s (2)
6s (1) - 6s (2)

Moist Food Test

6.5
1.2
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.
In the first moist food test with fresh mango slices, the BonsenKitchen VS2100 vacuum sealer only reached a peak suction of 11 kPA in a 49-second working cycle.
In the first moist food test with fresh mango slices, the BonsenKitchen VS2100 vacuum sealer only reached a peak suction of 11 kPA in a 49-second working cycle.
The second moist food test didn’t play out any better with the BonsenKitchen VS2100. Our vacuum gauge recorded a peak suction of just 10 kPA during a 49-second working cycle.
Suction Mode
Gentle
N/A
Food Mode
Moist
Moist
Suction Strength
29 kPA (1) - 30 kPA (2)
11 kPA (1) - 10 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
22s (1) - 25s (2)
49s(1) - 47s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
5.5
6.3

In the 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.
The content of the GERYON E2900-MS shipping box, which comes in a simple cardboard box. There’s a roll and a few sheets of pre-cut plastic bags, air hose and adapter, and documentations.

Dimensions

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.
The dimensions of the BonsenKitchen VS2100 vacuum sealer. Its length is marked as 15.2 inches, width is 5.7 inches, and height is 3.0 inches.
Weight
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Length
14.1" (35.8 cm)
15.2" (38.6 cm)
Width
6.0" (15.2 cm)
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height
3.1" (7.9 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)

Build Quality

6.0
7.0
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.
The BonsenKitchen VS2100 is fairly well-built, but it’s still obvious even at a distance that the sealer is a budget model.
The BonsenKitchen VS2100 is fairly well-built, but it’s still obvious even at a distance that the sealer is a budget model.
The sealer has a slightly flimsy feel to it due to being made almost entirely from plastic.

Control Panel

8.5
9.0
The rows of function buttons on the control panel of the Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer.
The control panel features five buttons, each with clear visual icons and indicator lights placed on top of them for more intuitive using experience.
Button Type
Touch-sensitive
Physical
Number of Buttons
5
5
Number of Modes
4
2

Lid

4.0
5.0
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.
The lid is solidly-built, but difficult to close with one hand.
Lid Lock
Latch lock

Extra Features

0.0
0.0
Bag Cutter
No
No
Bag Holder
No
No
Bag Hooks
No
No
Removable Drip Tray
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.0
6.8

Ease of Use

5.0
6.0
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.
The lid of the vacuum sealer is tricky to use one-handed. The user has to apply even force on both sides of the lid for it to click close properly.
The lid of the vacuum sealer is tricky to use one-handed. The user has to apply even force on both sides of the lid for it to click close properly.
The BonsenKitchen VS2100 comes with small, raised “brackets” in the vacuum channel to keep the bag straight, but they don’t function as well as bag hooks.

Safety & Noise

8.0
10
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.
BonsenKitchen VS2100 Noise BonsenKitchen 1
BonsenKitchen VS2100 Noise BonsenKitchen 1
Inside of the sealer is another sticker that details all of the steps you need to know to run the sealer correctly and safely.
Maximum Noise Level
81.2 dBA
76.1 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

9.0
7.0
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.
There are corresponding indicator lights for each button on the control panel. The lights are bright and can be easily seen under harsh studio lighting.
Number of Indicators
6
5
Progress Bar
Yes
No
Chime
No
No

Behind the Comparison

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