I've been researching this, too, Nut and I've found that there isn't any =
competition to Tilia. If you go to this link:
http://www.tilia.com/shopping/systems.htmand click on the "To compare FoodSaver system features, please click here=
link, you'll get a comparison chart on the various Tilia models.
(All prices below, except for the Costco price at the end, are list price=
As near as I can tell, there are four basic models, the 300 ($120), 550
($150), 1050 ($180) and Professional ($320). They all have the same pump=
create the same vacuum. The major difference between the bottom two (300=
550) are that the 300 doesn't have an "accessory port," which is necessar=
sealing mason jars (among other things.)
The major difference between the 550 and 1050 are that the 1050 has an
automatic sealing operation, whereas the 550 requires you to press down a=
hold the "On" button, as opposed to pressing it once and waiting.
The big difference between the 1050 and the Pro is that the Pro can conta=
roll of bag material and cut and seal it automatically, whereas with the =
you cut your bags off the roll and manually seal them.
To cloud the differences, each also is marketed with a different set of
accessories. For instance, the 300 comes with next to nothing, while the=
includes canisters, bottle sealing stoppers, universal lids, etc. The mi=
models usually come with a subset of accessories.
For my uses, being able to seal mason jars is absolutely necessary, so I =
rule out the 300. I might like to seal green coffee in vacuum bags, but =
only drink 50- to 60- pounds of coffee a year, so the automated sealing
features of the 1050 or Professional would be lost on me -- other than co=
I do not store many food items long term.
So, the 550 is probably the most logical machine for me, *but* the best p=
I've found on Tilia are at my local Costco, where they only have the 1050=
it comes in a special bundle with all the Tilia accessories for $150, so
that's probably the way I'll go.
On the other hand, if you plan to do a lot of food storage/sealing, the
Professional, even at $320 would probably save you a lot of time in the l=
run due to it's ease of sealing odd-sized foods into custom-sized bags.
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