Hands On Review: Sinbo DZ-280 Vacuum Sealer + Sealing Mylar Bags

Sinbo’s DZ-280 Vacuum Sealer is billed as a light commercial vacuum sealer.  It’s “snorkel” design gives it some amazing capabilities.

First… Why would you want a Vacuum Sealer for homebrewing?

Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

Here’s a look at what comes in the box:  The Sinbo DZ-280 Vacuum Sealer, 30 bags (notice they are not standard channeled vac bags, they are smooth walled), a replacement sealer strip and a user manual.

The unit when closed

The unit when open

Top down view

Top right side

Top left side

Before powering on the unit, you press down on both sides of the unit to lock the bag in place.

Coiled power cord compartment under the unit.  The first time I used this, I remarked to myself how crazy short the cord is.  As I was going to get an extension cord, I thought to myself, I wonder why they didn’t make the cord longer, they could have just coiled it up underneath.  At that point I decided to look on the bottom and… bazinga.  The cord is plenty long and as a nice and easy to use storage compartment.

Size vs my FoodSaver GameSaver Bronze

Side by side.  The Sinbo seems to be about about half the size.  Part of that is explained by the FoodSaver’s built in roll storage which the Sinbo does not have.

My 35 lb Capacity Digital Scale shows the GameSaver Bronze weighing in at 2,945 grams

The Sinbo DZ-280 weighs in at 2,480 grams.  One of the first thoughts I had after unboxing this was… it feels heavy for it’s size.  It’s maybe half the size of the GameSaver, yet it only weighs in at 465 grams less.  It feels substantial and well made.

One of the huge features of this vacuum sealer is it’s snorkel design.  Here’s the snorkel.  It’s retractable.  That’s a key part feature.  It allows this vacuum sealer to seal bags that aren’t necessarily designed for use with home grade vacuum sealers… non-channeled, smooth walled bags including… Mylar bags.

The 30 bags that are included aren’t what you’d generally call standard vacuum sealer bags.  They are non-channeled and smooth sided.

Sealing Mylar Bags:

First… Why Mylar Bags?
Mylar bags are generally considered to be superior to consumer grade vacuum bags because of their much lower oxygen permeability.  You can also save and re-use Mylar bags that you receive with hop purchases.  You end up getting a better quality bag for the equivalent of free.

Power off the unit and extend the snorkel

I’ve saved Mylar bags for a while now.  Here I’m re-using a bag from a Northern Brewer kit

Place the snorkel in the bag, slide it all the way in and lock the lid in place.  I’ve found that it’s important to make sure the bag lays flat in the unit.  Pulling on the sides of the bag after the lid is latched seem to helped to accomplish this.  You also need to take this time to evenly distribute contents in the bag.  The contents essentially take the place of the channeled bags that are required for other vacuum sealers.

To start the vacuum process, turn on the power.  The Sinbo DZ-280 is more of a manual unit than the FoodSavers I’ve had.  This unit will continue to pull a vacuum until you stop it.  To stop the vaccuum, hit the sealing bar on the top of the unit.  You actually want to hit that quickly, two times in a row, holding it down the second time.  The first time stops the vacuum and retracts the snorkel.  The second time completes the seal.  You’ll hear an audible beep when sealing is complete.  Seal time is configurable.  The manual suggests 3 to 4 seconds, but you may need more.  I found 5 to 7 to work pretty well for Mylar bags, depending on thickness.

Whammo.  8 ounces of hops sealed an essentially free Mylar bag.

The other side of the bag.  It’s worth noting that you can use the Sinbo DZ-280 in seal only mode.  At times, I used that feature to add a second seal to bags.

Since the Sinbo DZ-280 can work with smooth sided bags, you can re-use many bags in this machine.  Here is 8 oz of Carapils sealed… in the bag that it came in.

Close up

Part of the base grain for More Beer’s Firestone Walker Pale 31 Kit vacuum sealed…. in the bag that it came in.

8 Ounces of hops sealed in the included bags

I also tried small amounts of hops.  This is around .25 ounces sealed in the bag that the hops originally came in.

The Sinbo DZ-280‘s ability to seal non standard bags is a huge selling point.  I think that’s a big money saver and also convenience factor.  Also the ability to natively seal Mylar bags is unparalleled.  To get this feature you typically have to purchase a larger commercial grade unit that costs several thousand dollars.  This is more of a manual machine vs the more common FoodSaver type machine.  That gives you some more control in the process.

Sinbo DZ-280 Vacuum Sealer with 30 FREE bags

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