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For those who enjoy the convenience of a countertop model but want something more heavy-duty in construction and performance, the Avid Armor A100 vacuum sealer offers both.
Housed in tough stainless steel, the A100 also features a high-volume suction rate and a powerful motor that can be used for extended, continuous packaging sessions.
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It has plenty of other features that you’ll like as well, so here’s an in-depth look at the following topics:
The control panel is centrally located on the top of the unit and features large, soft-touch digital buttons plus a bright LED screen that displays the progress of the current program selection.
To process bags, switch the ‘On/Off’ button to ‘On’, open the lid and set the open end of a filled bag across the heat bar. Close the lid and press ‘Start’, holding the lid down until the vacuum begins.
Once finished, the machine will give an audible tone to indicate completion.
The green ‘Start’ button is used to automatically exhaust air and close bags once the correct amount of vacuum pressure has been reached.
A red ‘Seal’ button is used to promptly stop the vacuum process and immediately close bags. This can also be used to create custom sized bags or to close ones that don’t require any air expulsion.
‘Seal Time’ can be adjusted using the plus and minus buttons to create the perfect closure. If the seal appears to be white or milky in color, reduce the amount of time until a clear closure is achieved. For convenience, the most recent time selection will be stored in memory.
‘Marinate’ mode will quickly infuse foods with flavor and juices with a combination of suction and rest cycles and is used in conjunction with the air hose (included) and canisters (not included).
The ‘Accessory’ button can be used with the air hose to exhaust air and close canisters, wine stoppers, and zipper bags – provided they’re equipped with the appropriate suction port.
‘Pulse’ is used to manually control the amount of air exhausted from bags and is the setting of choice to prevent crushing crumbly or delicate foods. Press the button twice and hold until the desired pressure level has been reached.
‘Impulse Seal’ is used to close bags without any suction. Use it to create custom sized bags or to close bags that don’t require vacuuming.
Construction and Details
The Avid Armor is constructed with a double-piston pump and cooling fan that easily handles continuous use without any overheating – a great feature for processing game, large harvest crops, or any extended processing session.
The framework and housing unit are solid and sturdily made of heavy-gauge stainless steel for superb durability, and cleanup is fast and easy with a damp sponge or cloth.
A clear lid of tough acrylic assists with perfect bag alignment so you can be sure of an airtight closure every time.
It has a wide heat bar of 5 millimeters which produces a secure heat-lock and eliminates the need for a double seal, which is a common issue with narrower bars. And, it even comes with an included replacement heat bar – a nice bonus.
The A100 comes with an air hose, replacement gasket, metal heating element, heat tape, and an assortment of 30 nylon bags.
All of the bags can be boiled, frozen, and simmered and are made of FDA approved, BPA-free plastic.
The Avid Armor measures approximately 13.5 x 8 x 17.75 inches, weighs 14.5 pounds, has a 12-inch heat bar, and comes with a 1-year warranty to be free of defects in materials or workmanship.
- Comes with a replacement heating element, gasket, and heat tape.
- Uses a double-piston pump for hassle-free, continuous use.
- The wide heat bar makes a solid, secure closure.
- Robust stainless steel construction throughout.
- Includes an assortment of bags.
With its sturdy construction, high vacuum rate, and powerful pump the Avid Armor is an outstanding, advanced unit that works hard and long to preserve your foods.
- Vac Performance
- Ease of Use
- Construction Quality
- Warranty and Support
This is a quality appliance; the only downside is the one-year warranty compared to the Weston Pro-2300. Then again, it is quite a bit cheaper than the Weston.
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The included replacement parts are a great touch – no need to wait for shipping, your machine will be ready to work when you need it to. And it’s more economical than similar models.
A superior choice for sportspeople, veggie and fruit growers, or anyone who appreciates quality, value, and convenience.
And speaking of convenience, have you tried vacuum sealing individual dishes for the freezer? They’re perfect for those busy weeknights when cooking’s too much of a chore. Try it with a dish like this savory onion tart – you’ll love the results!
Any thoughts or questions about the Avid Armor? If so, drop us a line in the comments below.
About Lorna Kring
Recently retired as a costume specialist in the TV and film industry, Lorna now enjoys blogging on contemporary lifestyle themes. A bit daft about the garden, she’s particularly obsessed with organic tomatoes and herbs, and delights in breaking bread with family and friends.