FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealer Review

The FoodSaver V4880 Vacuum Sealer is a fully automatic residential vacuum sealer and one of FoodSaver’s newer models. It’s very similar to the FoodSaver V4840 with a few minor variations. The major difference between the two units may be their designs, which are still very similar, and that the FoodSaver V4880 comes with a few extras such as a winestopper and FreshSaver container.

Also, the lid on the FoodSaver V4880 sits higher and the unit itself appear to be a little bigger. Everything else is about the same, however, this unit may be a better buy considering it does come with some extras and is priced about $30 less than the V4840. 

The FoodSaver V4880 currently have better ratings than the FoodSaver V4840. This could be contributed to one unit, the FoodSaver unit having more reviews, or because improvements were made within the latest model. The V4880 model is the newer of the two units and because they were released so close together, perhaps consumers prefer to have the newest of the two vacuum sealers.

This FoodSaver vacuum sealer is different in design when compared to other FoodSaver units and is larger in size than most of the older models. It is an external vacuum sealer and operates with both bag rolls and pre-cut bags. In regards to functionality, the major difference is that the FoodSaver V4880 is fully automatic and is equipped with a retractable handheld sealer.

More on The FoodSaver Fully Automatic Vacuum Sealing System

No one likes an appliance that simply takes up space. We all want items that can help us perform tasks quickly but effectively. When automation is apart of any units makeup, we conclude that the process will still be done effectively, but with less work. One thing I’ve noticed about automation is that there is still a learning process involved. With the FoodSaver V4880, the challenge is getting the unit’s sensor to sense the bags. This means it is necessary to take time out to understand how bags should be placed into the unit, before accurate seals can be accomplished. Once the user figure out bag placement, everything else seems to be a breeze.

A vacuum sealer can very well be the one appliance that helps save time and money. This food sealer can help you do just that and it comes with extra features and bonuses to help you get the most use and the least amount of time. View details and descriptions below for a better understanding of this unit’s design and operations.

Highlighted Features

2-in-1 Sealing System

  • Comes with a retractable handheld sealer for sealing containers, jars, containers, and other accessories.

Starter Kit

  • Everything needed to get started sealing right away is included in the box.

Fully Automatic Operations

  • Simply prepare food for sealing, insert open end of bag into the unit for sealing. The bag will be detected by the unit’s built in sensor. Once the process is complete, the bag will be released.

Additional Features

Extra Wide Sealing Strip: Create wider, more secure and effective seals. 

Marinade Mode: Use the handheld vacuum sealer for quick marinating. No more waiting for hours for foods to marinate. Get the job done in minutes!

Pulse Vac: Seal delicate items without fear of damaging or smashing the items being vacuum sealed. Gives the user control.

2 Speed Settings: Use this feature to adjust speed based on food type.

2 Seal Levels: Seal level is adjusted automatically based on food type…moist or dry.

Integrated Bag Cutter: No need to have scissors on standby for cutting. The built-in bag cutter makes creating custom size bags easy.

Built-In Roll Storage: Integrated storage compartment for holding FoodSaver bag rolls. Simply pull out bag material for use.

Drip Tray: Removable drip tray for catching spills. Spend more time vacuum sealing and less time cleaning up mess.

LED Progress Light Indicators: User can view operations status.


Included Accessories

1 – 11 inch x 10′ heat seal roll
5 – Quart sized FoodSaver heat seal bags
5 – Quart sized FreshSaver Zipper Bags
1 – Wine stopper
1 – Lunch & leftover container


Optional Accessories

FoodSaver Quick Marinator

FoodSaver Deli Containers

FoodSaver Special Value Vacuum Seal Combo Pack

FoodSaver has been around for years and may very well be one of the oldest manufactures of vacuum sealers. Some users of FoodSaver appliances are indeed long-term users who continue to vouch for the brand because of quality, performance and even design. Many owners of FoodSaver vacuum sealers chose the brand because of its reputation and because the brand has been used by other friends and family members.

Many users love the FoodSaver V4880 vacuum sealer. Some appreciate what the unit has to offer when compared to other vacuum sealers with similar features and other because its their first time owning a vacuum sealer and they are just now realizing the benefits of vacuum sealing. Here are some of the user reported pros.

Nice Design: This unit is designed nicely and doesn’t take away from a kitchen’s decor

Retractable Hose: Added convenience…no need to attach hose when sealing jars, containers, etc. Position of accessory hose makes it easier to use with accessories

Automatic Feature: Makes working with the unit simple. No need to feed the bag in as bags are detected by sensor

Updated Bag insertion area makes sealing easier

Some individuals were less than happy with the automatic features. The biggest problem reported was in regard to the units sensor not sensing the bag. In older units, users had more control over bag placement and movement. One recommended solution for getting more accurate seals was to make the bags longer. However, this brings me to the next frequently reported issue which was with the unit using up access bag packaging when sealing. Because of this, the FoodSaver V4880 may not be the best choice for users who does more than average sealing. A more cost effective solution would be a chamber vacuum sealer, which will initially cost more, but will cut long-term cost since the bags are a lot cheaper. Other reported issues included lack of suction power and size

There seems to be a technique to getting the unit to detect the bags. Placement is the key. This could be a pain especially when engaging in longer sealing periods. If you are considering upgrading to a newer unit and the FoodSaver V4880 is equipped with what you need, it may be worth giving the unit a try. However, if you lack patience and prefer to have more control, the V4880 may not be the right unit for you.


Approximately 10-lbs; 22 x 10.5 x 9.5″


Limited 5 year warranty

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