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Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer vs Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer Side-by-Side Comparison

The Nesco VS-12 sealer is currently the best-performing model we have in our database. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that it handily beats the Bonsenkitchen VS-2100 in every facet when we pitch these two against one another in the lab.

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Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer

Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer

Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer vs Bonsenkitchen Vacuum Sealer

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Usability30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%UsabilityNesco VS-12 Deluxe...Bonsenkitchen Vacuu...9.18.59.99.64.93.36.36.8
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Pros & Cons

  • Strong performance in both dry and moist food tests
  • Well-built design
  • Intuitive control panel with an LCD screen for progress tracking
  • Comes with a bag roll compartment and bag cutter
  • 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
  • Doesn’t come with a chime
  • 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
78-80 kPA (Dry) / 52-70 kPA (Moist)
31-35 kPA (Dry) / 11-10 kPA (Moist)
Working time
27-29s (Dry)/36-38s (Moist)
6s (Dry)/47-49s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 15.8 x W 7.8 x H 4.3 inches
L 15.2 x W 5.7 x H 3 inches
Weight
6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Warranty
2 years
1 year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$116.98
$30.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
8.5
3.3

Dry Food Test

8.8
4.8
The Nesco VS-12 in the first dry test session, achieving a suction power of 78 kPA according to our vacuum gauge in a work cycle lasting 29 seconds.
The Nesco VS-12 in the first dry test session, achieving a suction power of 78 kPA according to our vacuum gauge in a work cycle lasting 29 seconds.
The Nesco VS-12 in the first dry test session, achieving a suction power of 78 kPA according to our vacuum gauge in a work cycle lasting 29 seconds.
The Nesco VS-12 in the second dry food test. We recorded a peak suction of 80 kPA in 27 seconds.
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
Normal
N/A
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
78 kPA (1) - 80 kPA (2)
31 kPA (1) - 35 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
29s (1) - 27s (2)
6s (1) - 6s (2)

Moist Food Test

8.0
1.2
The Nesco VS-12 during the first moist food test, achieving a peak suction power of 52 kPA according to our vacuum gauge in a work cycle of 38 seconds.
The Nesco VS-12 during the first moist food test, achieving a peak suction power of 52 kPA according to our vacuum gauge in a work cycle of 38 seconds.
The Nesco VS-12 during the first moist food test, achieving a peak suction power of 52 kPA according to our vacuum gauge in a work cycle of 38 seconds.
The Nesco VS-12 during a moist food test packaging fresh mango slices. The peak suction strength recorded was 70 kPA in 36 seconds.
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
52 kPA (1) - 70 kPA (2)
11 kPA (1) - 10 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
38s (1) - 36s (2)
49s(1) - 47s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.9
6.3

In the Box

Besides the Nesco VS-12 itself, the shipping box also comes with rolls of plastic bags, instruction manual and warranty card.
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 Nesco VS-12 sealer. Its length is 15.8 inches, width is 7.8 inches, and the height is 4.3 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
6.0 lbs (2.7 kg)
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Length
15.8" (40.1 cm)
15.2" (38.6 cm)
Width
7.8" (19.8 cm)
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Height
4.3" (10.9 cm)
3.0" (7.6 cm)

Build Quality

10
7.0
The housing of the Nesco VS-12 is on full display. Note the parts that are plated in metal to protect the sealer from damage.
The housing of the Nesco VS-12 is on full display. Note the parts that are plated in metal to protect the sealer from damage.
Inside the Nesco VS-12. You can see the vacuum channel and the vacuum bag roll holder. Towards the front is the heating bar with a high-vis orange strip.
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

10
9.0
The control panel at the top of the Nesco VS-12
The control panel at the top of the Nesco VS-12
Compared to single sealing, which is suitable for dry food, double sealing gives the bag a stronger seam to prevent leakage.
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
Physical
Physical
Number of Buttons
6
5
Number of Modes
5
2

Lid

10
5.0
The lid of the Nesco VS-12 can be locked and unlocked by working the handle at the top.
The lid is solidly-built, but difficult to close with one hand.
Lid Lock
Handle lock

Extra Features

9.0
0.0
The Nesco VS-12 comes with a roomy compartment inside where you can store a single roll of plastic bag. A flip-down cutter is built-in for you to cut out the correct bag length.
The Nesco VS-12 comes with a roomy compartment inside where you can store a single roll of plastic bag. A flip-down cutter is built-in for you to cut out the correct bag length.
The vacuum channel's two bag hooks simplify the process of correctly aligning the plastic bag's lip, making it easier for you to use.
Bag Cutter
Yes
No
Bag Holder
Yes
No
Bag Hooks
Yes
No
Removable Drip Tray
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.6
6.8

Ease of Use

9.5
6.0
The grommet at the back of the Nesco VS-12 allows you to wrap and manage the power cord better when you have to store the sealer.
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

10
10
The Nesco VS-12 is on the louder side. According to our noise level meter, the suction motor could get as loud as 83.4 dBA, like during this dry food test.
The Nesco VS-12 is on the louder side. According to our noise level meter, the suction motor could get as loud as 83.4 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
83.4 dBA
76.1 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

9.5
7.0
The small LED screen that indicates the sealer’s progress on the control panel.
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
9
5
Progress Bar
Yes
No
Chime
No
No

Behind the Comparison

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