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Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 In-depth Review

The Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 packs a surprising punch for its size, offering excellent suction power. While the price tag might be a bit steeper than some competitors, the INK-VS01's performance and user-friendly design can definitely make it a worthwhile investment!

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The Inkbird Vacuum Sealer INK-VS01 is extremely compact, yet it’s powerful enough to be able to vacuum pack most foods — black rice grains and bean stalks, in this case — to perfection.

Overall Verdict

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is a good option if you want a compact sealer that gets the job done decently. While it's not without its flaws, such as its somewhat cheap-looking appearance given the price and room for improvement in terms of user-friendliness, overall, the Inkbird does a commendable job with this sealer, offering a great sealing solution that won't take up much space on your countertop.

Things We Like

  • 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

Things We Don’t Like

  • Cheap-looking design

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01, which falls within the mid-range price range, pleasantly surprises with its compact size. Amazon reviews are filled with praise for its remarkable abilities, especially its speed and efficiency in creating airtight seals on bags.

With a brand-new unit in our lab, it's only fair to put it through rigorous testing. Our review team spent twelve hours evaluating every aspect of this sealer, from its performance to its design and ease of use. Here's what we found.

Key Specs

Suction strength
62-63 kPA (Dry)/28 kPA (Moist)
Working time
16-17s (Dry)/22-26s (Moist)
Dimensions
L 16.9 x W 7.0 x H 4.3 inches
Weight
3.3 lbs (1.5 kg)
Warranty
1-year

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Analysis and Test Results

7.2 Performance

Our reviewers were pleasantly surprised by the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 in this area. Even though it's small in size, this sealer boasts impressive power. It performed excellently in both of our tests, earning a solid score of 7.2/10. It impressed us with its strong suction during the dry test and its gentle yet effective suction power in the moist food test.

8.0 Dry Food Test

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.
Suction Mode
 N/A
Food Mode
Dry
Suction Strength
63 kPA (1) - 62 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
17s (1) - 16s (2)

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 performed surprisingly well in the dry food test. It was able to vacuum-pack a bag of black rice grains until the grains were so compressed that they gained a brick-like hardness. The sealer was able to maintain a fairly stable suction strength of 63 kPA and 62 kPA in two separate tests. The cycle times were efficient, at 17 seconds and 16 seconds, respectively, demonstrating its quick and reliable vacuum-sealing capability.

Overall, the Inkbird Plus proves to be a solid choice for dry food vacuum-sealing.

6.0 Moist Food Test

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.
Suction Mode
N/A
Food Mode
Moist
Suction Strength
28 kPA (1) - 28 kPA (2)
Cycle Time
26s (1) - 22s (2)

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 performed effectively in the test with moist food. As expected, the sealer reduced suction power and took longer to properly seal moist and soft food. It consistently maintained a suction strength of 28 kPA during both tests when vacuum-sealing fresh mango slices. Although the sealing process took a little more time, it remained reasonably efficient at 26 seconds for the first and 22 seconds for the second. Most importantly, it successfully sealed the fresh mango slices without squishing them, which is exactly what we wanted to see.

So, if you’re expecting to pack a lot of moist or soft food with your next sealer, the Inkbird should fit the bill pretty well.

8.6 Design

For a sealer with such performance, the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 has a very compact form factor, which is perfect if you don’t have a lot of countertop real estate. While the sealer feels slightly cheap, all its components are solid, and there are no significant design flaws. However, its lack of extra features is a downside, albeit understandable given its small size.

In the Box

The content of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01’s shipping box.

Besides the sealer itself, the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 comes with the following items in the box:

  • Sheets of pre-cut bags and uncut plastic bag rolls
  • Detachable power cord
  • Replaceable seal foam
  • Air hose and adapter
  • 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.
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
Length
14.2" (36.0 cm)
Width
3.9" (9.9 cm)
Height
1.6" (4.0 cm)

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is much smaller and lighter than most other vacuum sealers in its price range and class. It's particularly compact in terms of width and height. For instance, it's only about half the size of larger models like the Nesco VS-12 and the Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer Pro. To give you an idea, the Inkbird is just 3.9 inches wide and 1.57 inches tall, while the Nesco VS-12 measures 7.8 x 4.3 inches.

Plus, it's super lightweight, weighing only 1.57 pounds, as opposed to the 4+ pounds of full-size models. So, if you value a small and lightweight vacuum sealer, the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 should definitely be on your radar.

9.0 Build Quality

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 unit we got has solid build quality. The control panel is clearly labeled and responsive, the lid doesn't wobble when we open or close it, and the lid's locking mechanisms work smoothly. However, our only concern with the build quality is that it feels a bit less robust compared to other models in the same price range, such as the Anova Precision Pro and the Nesco VS-12. While the metallic top of the lid adds a nice aesthetic touch, it's not quite enough to give the sealer a premium look that matches its price.

Because the sealer comes with a detachable power cord, there's a convenient port at the back where you can plug it in. A handy silicone plug covers the port to keep it safe from the elements when not in use.

The underside of the sealer has four anti-slip feet positioned at four corners of the sealer.

9.0 Control Panel

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.
Button Type
Touch-sensitive
Number of Buttons
5
Number of Modes
2

The control panel of the Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is simple and consists of only four touch-sensitive buttons.

From left to right, there's the "Food" button, which allows you to switch between different food modes like "Dry" and "Moist." Next is the "Seal" button, specifically for sealing the bag. Then, there's the "Vac Seal" button, which initiates a complete work cycle, including both vacuuming and sealing the bag.

On the far right, in blue, there's the "Stop" button, which you can use to halt the sealer's operation for any reason.

The fifth and final button, labeled “Vac,” is inside the sealer's interior. This button activates the motor, enabling vacuum packaging when using an air hose adapter. You can easily connect the air hose adapter to the raised vacuum port in the vacuum channel.

9.0 Lid

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.
Lid Lock
Latch lock

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 has latch locks, so you must press the lid down to lock it securely. It takes a bit of effort but isn't too difficult to close. Both locks on the lid engage evenly when you press down with both hands. To unlock, there are buttons on each side of the sealer that you can press.

Overall, the locks and their construction work fine. However, it's worth noting that using the lid with one hand can be a bit tricky compared to the more convenient handle lock models like the Anova Precision Pro.

5.0 Extra Features

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
Bag Holder
No
Bag Hooks
Yes
Removable Drip Tray
No

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 doesn't come with many extra bells and whistles, but it does include a useful bag cutter at the top. This feature makes it easy to trim plastic bags to the perfect size from the rolls.

Additionally, inside the vacuum channel, you'll discover a pair of bag hooks that help you position your plastic bags correctly.

6.6 Usability

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 could be easier to use, especially when closing the lid with one hand. Aligning the bag and sealing it can be challenging due to the narrow vacuum channel and compact size. This led to some sealing issues during our tests. On the bright side, it's safe and quiet, though it doesn't have a chime feature.

6.0 Ease of Use

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 Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 could be more user-friendly. One of the main issues is closing the lid, which can be quite tricky, especially if you're trying to do it with just one hand. It's much easier with a second person's help to ensure the bag fits snugly in the vacuum channel and the lid closes securely. While the bag hooks are meant to assist with alignment, the narrow vacuum channel, a result of the sealer's compact size, still makes it a bit challenging to use. This challenge led to a few unsuccessful attempts at sealing during our tests

9.0 Safety & Noise

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.
Maximum Noise Level
83.2 dBA

Inkbird has really prioritized safety in the design of this sealer. They've placed a highly visible sticker on the heating bar to caution users about its hot surface. Additionally, there's a safety warning sticker inside the sealer to provide important safety instructions.

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 is on the louder side, having achieved a noise level of 83.2 dBA during a dry food test. But this is still within the general range for the loudness of most vacuum sealers.

7.0 Indicator Lights and Chime

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
Progress Bar
Yes
Chime
No

The Inkbird Plus INK-VS01 features four indicator lights on its control panel, excluding the progress bar. Two of these lights are located on the "Food" button, indicating which food mode is currently active. Depending on whether you select "Seal" or "Vac Seal" as your working mode, the corresponding light on that button will illuminate when pressed.

Additionally, there is an indicator bar at the top of the control panel to help you track the sealer's progress. This light bar moves across to indicate the progress and turns off once the sealer has completed its task.

All of these lights are bright and easily visible, even under strong studio lighting conditions.

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