FoodSaver v4440 vs v4840: Which Vaccum Sealer is Better?

Everybody wants to have plenty of food in their homes. People want to make sure they don’t have to pop to store on their way home from kids, that there are plenty of meal options and enough for surprise diner guests. But this need to have plenty of food can lead to massive amounts of waste of food and money.

Foodsaver has a range of solutions in the form of vacuum sealers. A vacuum sealer will vacuum out the air in a bag and seal it shut. Air is one of the most common causes of mold and destroyed food. Vacuum seals also prevent freezer burn.

Today, we will look at the Foodsaver V440 vs V4840. We will compare the two vacuum sealers to decide how they are similar and different. All of our information regarding the appearance, features, and functions will be put int a comparison chart we will round up with some pros and cons before our final verdict.

foodsaver v4440 vs 4840

In the first place, let’s take a look at what the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 have in common.

FoodSaver v4440 vs v4840 – Similarities

Preserving Food

The Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 can keep food fresh for up to five times longer than ordinary storage. Meat that would normally only last for 6 months in the freezer will last up to 3 years with the Foodsaver vacuum system. Lettuce might last for 3 to 6 days in your fridge, with the Foodsaver system, 2 weeks.  You can also use the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 for liquids, fruit and vegetables, flour, pasta, cookies, and bread. You can even use it to preserve photos and documents.

2-in-1 Sealing

The Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 have two methods to vacuum and seal. There is the main unit that has a sealing strip and a retractable handheld sealer that works wonders on zipper bags and jars.

Food Saver V4440

Automatic Sealing

These are top of the range vacuum sealers, meaning you have to do very little. Just put your food in the bag and place the open end in the machine. The Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 have automatic bag detection to make the process easier for you.

Automatic Moisture Detection

In your bag, you can put leftover meals, dried foods, cooked meats, etc. Each one will require a different level of moisture extraction in order to it to remain flavorful and fresh when you recook it. The Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 have smart technology that will change to the right mode to ensure a complete airtight seal on every bag.

The Drip Tray

With the patented removable drip tray that comes with the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840, keeping your kitchen clean is a breeze. The trays will catch any spillages while your countertops stay clean. The tray can be put into the dishwasher and it is BPA free.

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LED Light Indicators

There are a number of LED lights on the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 that will help you to see the status of your food preservation. There is a light to let you know when the handheld sealer is in use, marinade mode, full drip tray, dry or moist vacuum, and a progress bar.

Food Saver V4440 Manual

 

 

 

Built-in Features

For added convenience, the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 both come with built-in storage to keep your bags safe. They also have a built-in cutter, so when using the vacuum seal roll, you can quickly cut the roll to the exact size you need.

What’s Included

Along with the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840, you will receive the retractable handheld sealer, a 10 x 11-inch vacuum sealing roll, 3 1-quart vacuum sealing bags, 2 1-gallon vacuum sealing bags, 3 1-quart vacuum sealing zipper bags, 2 1-gallon zipper bags and a user manual. The Foodsaver V4840 also comes with a recipe book but we aren’t sure if the Foodsaver V4840 does.

Safety Certified

The Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 have been tested to meet all safety compliance regulations. They are either UL or ETL certified by Nationally Recognized Test laboratories.

Side by Side Comparison

FoodSaver v4440 Vacuum Sealer

FoodSaver v4440 Vacuum Sealer

  • Size: 11 x 20 x 12 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Uses: Preserving meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice, flour, cookies, soups, cheese, liquids, photos, documents
  • Automatic Sealing: Yes
  • Automatic Moisture Detection: Yes
  • Retractable Handheld Sealer: Yes
  • Removable Drip Tray: Yes
  • LED Light Indicators: Yes
  • Marinade Mode: Yes
  • Built-in Bag Storage: Yes
  • Built-in Bag Cutter: Yes
  • UL or ETL Certified: Yes
  • What’s Included: Retractable handheld sealer, a 10 x 11-inch vacuum sealing roll, x 3 1-quart vacuum sealing bags, x2 1-gallon vacuum sealing bags, x3 1-quart vacuum sealing zipper bags, x2 1-gallon zipper bags and a user manual
  • Warranty: 5-year limited warranty
FoodSave V4840 2 in 1 Vacuum Sealer

FoodSave V4840

  • Size: 11 x 20 x 12 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds
  • Uses: Preserving meat, poultry, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice, flour, cookies, soups, cheese, liquids, photos, documents
  • Automatic Sealing: Yes
  • Automatic Moisture Detection: Yes
  • Retractable Handheld Sealer: Yes
  • Removable Drip Tray: Yes
  • LED Light Indicators: Yes
  • Marinade Mode: Yes
  • Built-in Bag Storage: Yes
  • Built-in Bag Cutter: Yes
  • UL or ETL Certified: Yes
  • What’s Included: Retractable handheld sealer, a 10 x 11-inch vacuum sealing roll, x 3 1-quart vacuum sealing bags, x2 1-gallon vacuum sealing bags, x3 1-quart vacuum sealing zipper bags, x2 1-gallon zipper bags, recipe book, and a user manual
  • Warranty: 5-year limited warranty

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There really are plenty of features that the Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 have in common, which is going to make choosing between the two difficult. Nevertheless, there are two differences that could make a difference to your buying choice.

Differences Between FoodSaver v4440 and FoodSaver v4840

Appearance

Food Saver V4840 Manual

Foodsaver has made a slight adjustment to the design of the two vacuum sealers. It has no effect on the use or functions of the machines, rather just personal preference.

Foodsaver V4440

It is black with a silver top. The storage for the handheld sealer is on the top, left-hand side. The control buttons and LED indicators are also on the top at the front of the machine. It measures 11 x 20 x 12 inches and weighs 10 pounds.

Foodsaver V4840

This machine is silver with black features. The handheld sealer is still to the left but the control buttons and LED indicators are located on the top at the back. It measures the same 11 x 20 x 12 inches and it also weighs 10 pounds.

The Winner Is- A Tie

Value for Money

Food Saver V4440 Review

Generally speaking, automatic vacuum sealers can range from $100 to $200. The risk with the cheaper models is that you might not always get the best seal.

Foodsaver V4440

This is a slightly cheaper model. We felt that the value for money was increased with the 5-year limited warranty.

Foodsaver V4840

Although it is more expensive, we are only talking about a difference of around $10. It comes with a 5-year limited warranty too.

The Winner Is- The Foodsaver V4440

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Pros and Cons

It is still such a close call! The following pros and cons may highlight other things that have not been mentioned already.

Foodsaver V4440

Pros:

  • It’s great that you can use other brands of vacuum sealing bags as well as the Foodsaver bags, just in case you run out
  • The user manual is very thorough, and it provides great ideas for sealing, that being said, the machine is so easy to use it isn’t necessary
  • Great money saver for buying meat in bulk

Cons:

  • It’s slow, it takes a long time to vacuum the bags so that they become airtight and it’s a shame there isn’t a double seal

Foodsaver V4840

Pros:

  • It works very well at sealing a great variety of foods, and consistently
  • It has nice cord storage onboard which helps to keep it tidier when not in use
  • It’s relatively quiet to use, especially compared with older Foodsaver vacuum sealers

Cons:

  • It doesn’t seem to survive the test of time as it should

The Final Verdict

This is quite possibly one of the hardest choices we have had to make. There are so many similarities that the two are practically identical. IN terms of vacuum sealing, they are quality machines that provide an airtight seal and really preserve food for much longer. The Foodsaver V4440 and the Foodsaver V4840 are both easy to use and the design, including the LED lights, make the two vacuum sealers very easy to use.

They also share the same great features like built-in storage and a cutter. The marinade mode adds great flavor to your recipes. It sounds silly to get excited about a removable drip tray, but it kept the process cleaner, especially for those who are vacuum sealing for the first time and getting the hang of it.

In the end, we decided that the Foodsaver V4440 was the better buying choice. The first reason was because of the design, the control buttons at the front made it more convenient. Also, the Foodsaver V4440 was more durable and for a slightly better price, the value for money was the decider today.


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