Newest Review: ... where the minimalist people keep all their stuff?!). Anyways, I recall I bought them in Argos for about £8 for two quite large bags... more
Vacuum Bags in General
Member Name: norton501
Vacuum Bags in General
Advantages: Do their job
Disadvantages: Take a bit of putting together/ working out how to use at the start
Several years ago when I had a house and a boyfriend at the time who wanted me to be the 'perfect housewife' (one reason we are no longer together!); I became all domesticated and invested in some vacuum bags.
I had seen them on TV and got the gist of the concept- fill with stuff, attach a hoover and suck the air out and hey presto- very flat stuff that you can then slide under the bed or behind a wardrobe or somewhere to create the illusion you have a very tidy house and not much stuff- good for the 'minimalist' house interiors look (do you ever wonder where the minimalist people keep all their stuff?!).
Anyways, I recall I bought them in Argos for about £8 for two quite large bags approx 24 inches x 30 inches. When I opened the packs, I had to read and re-read the diagrammatical instructions several times to get my head around what exactly to do as it was more complicated than i thought. The vacuum bags I bought were quite thick clear plastic but I had to put my stuff in the bag (spare double duvet in one) then kneel on it and roll the open edge of the bag around a 1cm diameter plastic pole then slide the pole and rolled edge into a slightly bugger pole that would create an air tight bag.
This took quite a lot of sitting on the bag and half getting the bag on the pole, then it all going wrong and having to start over. It was frustrating the first few times I used the bags- then I worked out it is easier if you push the outer pole over the smaller pole and snap it onto it, rather than trying to slide it over the top.
Once the pole issue was sorted, the fun part- you unscrew a lid and attach the hoover (Go Henry!) and suck the air out. This only takes about a minute and sure enough, the double duvet that was rammed into the bag to start with was flattened down to approx 3 inches high in the middle. So they did their job and the duvet stayed shrunk in it's vacuum storage under the bed for a good 6 months until we had guests. Opening the pack is easy, you just let the air back in and pull the pole off the end to open the bag.
Overall- in my experience, these did their job. I would recommend buying decent bags if you have a lot of things to store- I find them ideal for shrinking down bulky things that take up a lot of space such as spare duvets and pillows. I haven't tried these on clothing, but would assume they would work fine- just you would need to iron everything when you opened the pack as the shrinking will make everything wrinkled.
Summary: Shrink your Stuff!