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Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK vs Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100 Side-by-Side Comparison

While both vacuum sealers belong to the entry-level class of food vacuum sealers, performance-wise, the Mueller MV-1100 will make for a better buy despite the Nutrichef PKVS18BK has a better design and build quality by far.

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Nutrichef Vacuum Sealer PKVS18BK vs Mueller Vacuum Sealer MV-1100

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The Nutrichef PKVS18BK sealer scores higher in design and usability, with a well-built lid and locking mechanism, an intuitive control panel, and bright, comprehensive indicator lights. It's also heavier and comes with a one-year warranty​​​​​​​​.

As for the Mueller MV-1100, it has better overall performance and a longer two-year warranty. This model is also slightly lighter, but our reviewers have made notes of its lower build quality, shown in the creaky lid hinges and unreliable control panel buttons​​​​​​.

If you prioritize design and ease of use, the Nutrichef will make for a more compelling option. However, if you expect good basic sealing performance and after-sale support, you’ll be happier with the Mueller.

Pros & Cons

  • 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
  • Passable vacuum-packing performance for the money
  • Decent build quality
  • Good safety features
  • Bright indicator lights
  • Comes with a progress bar for easy tracking
  • The lid requires quite a lot of force to close properly.
  • Motor is loud.
  • Doesn’t come with any extra feature.
  • 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
33-45 kPA (Dry) / 28-30 kPA (Moist)
46-47 kPA (Dry) / 29-30 kPA (Moist)
Working time
17-21s (Dry)/15-28s (Moist)
18-22s (Dry)/22-25s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 14.1 x W 6.0 x H 3.0 inches
14.1 x 6 x 3.1 inches
Weight
2.94 pounds
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Warranty
1-year
2 years

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$56.12
$40.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
5.7
6.0

Dry Food Test

4.7
5.8
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.
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
Normal
Airtight
Food Mode
Dry
Dry
Suction Strength
33 kPA (1) - 45 kPA (2)
46 kPA (1) - 47 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
17s (1) - 21s (2)
18s (1) - 22s (2)

Moist Food Test

7.1
6.5
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.
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
Gentle
Gentle
Food Mode
Moist
Moist
Suction Strength
30 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
29 kPA (1) - 30 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
17s (1) - 15s (2)
22s (1) - 25s (2)

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.2
5.5

In the 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.
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 Nutrichef PKVS18BK. It is of about average size, measuring 14.1 inches in length, 6 inches in width, and is 3 inches tall.
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
2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
14.1" (35.8 cm)
14.1" (35.8 cm)
Width
6.0" (15.2 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)
Height
3.0" (7.6 cm)
3.1" (7.9 cm)

Build Quality

8.0
6.0
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.
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

8.0
8.5
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.
The rows of function buttons on the control panel of the Mueller MV-1100 vacuum sealer.
Button Type
Physical
Touch-sensitive
Number of Buttons
6
5
Number of Modes
4
4

Lid

8.0
4.0
A locking latch on one side of the sealer. You can also see the button that releases the latch to the side.
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

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
8.3
6.0

Ease of Use

8.0
5.0
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.

Safety & Noise

9.0
8.0
There are numerous safety stickers inside of the sealer.
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
84.5 dBA
81.2 dBA

Indicator Lights and Chime

9.0
9.0
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.
Number of Indicators
5
6
Progress Bar
Yes
Yes
Chime
No
No