While walking through Bed Bath and Beyond today, I came across the Eurosealer. It’s a hand-held device for sealing the bags your snacks came in thus keeping them nice and fresh and crispy. This gadget has been around for a while; if I am to be totally honest, I considered it a waste of money when I first saw the infomercial several years ago. But time brings about a change and at $8.99, I figured, “What the heck?”
First, the bad. After opening the packaging, I was surprised to see no instructions. Just the device ensconced in a plastic bubble. After giving the Eurosealer the once over, I opened the battery cover and Voila! found the instructions packed inside the battery compartment. That’s a little strange since the Description of Parts is the first illustration on the instructions and the first step is the installation of the batteries. How the world are you supposed to know where the battery cover is? You’ll have to do like I did and explore. I’ll save you a few minutes: it’s beneath the Press Bar.
Now, the product itself. I practiced on a a multi-pack gum wrapper to get a feel of the machine. I am happy to report that it worked like a charm. The top of the Eurosealer or Press Bar is pushed down until the Heat Pad engages. The instructions suggest this timeframe is three seconds, I think it is about half that time. I do suggest using a practice bag first as it is very easy to burn a hole in the bag you are attempting to seal. Once I felt like I knew what I was doing, I moved to sealing a bag of Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. Again, not a problem. I also like the fact that the Eurosealer has a magnetic back and can be placed on the fridge instead of tucked inside a drawer. Pretty handy.
A major complaint about the Eurosealer is that it is not as good as the more expensive countertop models. That’s true; it’s not. That should be self-evident-it’s a $9 gadget! If you’re needing serious sealing, then I strongly suggest passing the Eurosealer by and purchasing a countertop counterpart. If, like me, you just want to seal your snack bags to keep the contents fresh, then you can’t go wrong. If I had a star grading system, the Eurosealer would get 4 out 5.