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The SoVide is a hand-pumped Ziploc-style sous vide sealer.
The SoVide was pretty intuitive to use and did a good job getting the air out of the bag. The pump worked well, though it did take a little time to learn how hard to push down to let the air in and out. The bag sealer worked well and the bags are heavy duty.
You can also re-use the bags if you clean them between uses. This is a little harder with sous vide because the juices get in all the nooks and crannies. The unit is also very small, so if space is a concern of yours it is a good size.
I ran into problems with the bags leaking during sous vide. You have to be *super* careful that no juice or spices touches the zipper, which is hard because the bags are very hard to fold over due to the sealing overlap.
While the SoVide sealer is not a Top Pick of ours, if you struggle when using Ziploc bags for sous vide, and you are very careful to not touch the zipper part, it might be worth it for you. This unit would also work well for environmentally minded people trying to minimize waste and who are willing to take the time to clean the bags and reuse them multiple times.
If it sounds right for you, buy one today!
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