“ Vacuumed Sealed Storage Bags. Takes up less space in your closet or storage space. „
I love JML products I really do think that they are so innovative and they make really useful products that you just can't find anywhere else. Of course they also make rubbish but usually their stuff is really good.
The JML vac packs are an excellent invention and one which I own loads of because I think that they are just so good. Vac packs are big plastic bags that you put your clothes in to store and keep the house tidy. What makes them so special is that they have a hole in them that you put your vacuum nozzle to and suck out all the air.
As soon as you suck out all the air they compress to a much smaller size making it easier to store them. Honestly the first time I got these I was shocked with just how much extra room it made with putting clothes in it and then sucking the air out. It makes the bag so much smaller and lighter and if you have a few of them they end up quite flat so you can just store bags on top of each other.
I use these bags for everything. I use them to store my summer and winter clothes depending on the season, old curtains, bedding you name it if it is made from any type of fabric changes are it is or has been in a vac bag.
As well as making more room they also protect the fabrics that are in them because they are air and water tight so I know that I can put my summer clothes in the bags in September and then store them up in the attic and they will be fine all winter ready to be worn again come the summer.
You can pick these up loads of places now that JML seem to be stocking their products in loads of different stores. You can also get them online and they are available in a few sizes. The large bags cost a tenner for 2 bags and the jumbo bags cost £14.99. My advice would be to go for the jumbo bags as once you start using them you will find so much lying about that you want to store.
The vac bags from JML are amazing and something that all households should own as they make a huge difference especially if you have limited space in your home.
I am trying to clear space in the flat ready for our new arrival and decided to bag up the clothes I can no longer fit into to make space for my maternity wardrobe. Having seen the adverts, I decided to invest in 2 large Vacpack bags from JML. These bags are 'airtight and waterproof so your items stay safe, dry and protected'. They 'lock out dirt, dust, bugs and moisture'. As the bags are transparent it is easy to see what is stored in them too.
The idea of the bags is pretty simple. You pack your clothes, duvets, towels or whatever it is you would like to store into one of the large bags. I was a bit worried about overloading the bag, but I kept cramming stuff in until it was totally full. You then seal the bag ensuring that it is airtight by pressing the fastenings together. The bags come complete with a white plastic slider to help seal the bags. One side of the seal is yellow and one is red - when the bag has been securely fastened, the combined seals show a solid orange colour so you can clearly see that it has been fastened correctly with no air holes.
Once the bag is sealed, grab your vacuum cleaner. On top of the bag is a round valve with 'open' and 'close' clearly marked. Ensure the valve is on 'open' and using your hose attachment, suck the air from the bag. I found this quite enjoyable to do - it goes down really quickly and really does shrink everything. Once all the air has been removed, turn the valve to 'close'. Job done! Now find somewhere to store the smaller package.
So far, I cannot fault the JML Vacpack bags! JML claim that they triple your storage space - I couldn't swear to that, but I would say it definitely shrunk my pile of clothes by half. I was a bit worried that the bags would slowly start to inflate - so far one month on they are as secure as they were when I first put them away. I did find the sliders quite hard to use - they fall off easily - but are easy to reattach and you do not have to use them - it is just as easy to seal the bag using your hands.
The JML Vacpack bags come in large (55 x 85cm), jumbo (90 x 125cm) and travel (includes 2 large - 50 x 70cm & 1 small - 42 x 50cm). The 2 large bags cost £10.59 including postage.
I would definitely recommend the JML Vacpack bags, and may invest in some more to store hubbys summer clothes now, as he won't be needing them for a while! Five stars from me!
Thanks for reading.
6 months on and they are still doing well. I have had a rummage through one and resealed and the other I havent opened but did give it a quick vacuum and it went down marginally.
Like many people I find storage an ongoing issue in my house. Despite my best de-cluttering and organising efforts there always seem to be items for which I can find no place which end up being consigned to the spare room, normally in an ever increasing pile. It's the reason why I'm a sucker for anything that promises to be the solution to my storage nightmare; in my bid to be one of those people who has a "place for everything" one product I've recently discovered is the JML VacPac, which comes in a variety of sizes and works by allowing you to remove the air from items you store.
The size I bought was the "jumbo" storage bags for the purpose of storing rather bulky feather duvets over Summer. I paid £14.99 from Robert Dyas, they can also be purchased directly from the manufacturer or from many home stores. In the particular pack I bought you get two bags, of 90 by 125cm and made of a thick clear plastic. They aren't the most beautiful items to look at in all honesty, printed as they are with the letter "JML" and the company's address lots and lots of times (why?), but though they are never going to win any design awards for looks, they are made purely to be used and put away somewhere you aren't going to be looking at them. The bags I purchased are large enough to be able to take a high tog king size duvet or quite a number of towels, I've used them with both.
You place your items in the open bag which is then sealed much as you would seal a freezer bag or resealable food package by pressing the edges together. There's a small plastic slider to press over the edges to make sure they are really sealed; there's only one per box and its separate from the bags and so easy to lose, but bar this criticism it works well and isn't over fiddly. Once stored, there's a one way valve with an "open-close" label on it, you suck the air out by placing your hoover nozzle onto the valve, and switching the hoover on, clearly. It will be obvious when to stop as your items will stop getting smaller. The manufacturer bills the bag as reducing size by about 200% - this is about right in my experience for a duvet which has a lot of air in it, but for more solid items that's a bit optimistic. The items do look a bit strange once you have sucked the air out of them - think dehydrated pot noodle - but it really is amazing how much smaller it made my storage nemesis - the duvet. From having nowhere to stow it, I found it fitted in ease to an under-bed drawer. I was able to use the bags successfully first time, however you should be aware that the only instructions are on the box they come in - I would have found it better to have slightly more help when using these for the first time in the form of an leaflet or slightly larger pictures showing you what to do.
I've used similar products to this before, with disastrous results - I found they were either tricky to use or let air in over time making them unfit for purpose and of no benefit at all. These bags are straightforward and simple and make bulky items smaller for storage, what's more once the air is removed in my experience it actually stays removed meaning my king size duvet is still the same size it was when I reduced its size with the bag many months ago now.
All in all then, I really recommend these bags despite the limited instructions and small zipper that seems to be designed to be lost;I blu-tacked mine to the inside of the drawer my shrunken duvet and towels are in, in a moment of genius. Overall it's a good if somewhat ugly product. It's true that all the bags in the range (details at link below) are priced rather highly for what they are in my opinion, but then as I said at the start I'm prepared to go to great lengths to try and store things. I wish I had discovered these earlier as they would have been ideal for storing baby clothes in between children. I will be buying more of the bags in different sizes as I re-organise and declutter in the next few months - every home should have some of these bags, they really are a great idea that works well.
For more details: www.jmldirect.com
Is it finally time to put away the woolies and winter duvets? Do we dare?
I used to pack up all my winter wardrobe and cram it into suitcases in the occasionally damp loft. New house has no loft and so a better plan was needed - I had seen the JML vacuum bags on the TV and in the face of overflowing wardrobes I decided to give them a go.
I purchased the bags from the website http://www.jmldirect.com/Vac-Pack-Large-PV2010. They are currently priced at £9.99 for 2 Large VacPacks (55 x 85 cm) and they can also be bought in conjunction with other sized bags in a larger pack.
How to use: The bags unfold into large plastic gusseted bags into which you place your clothes or duvets. You then simply insert the vacuum hose from your cleaner into the valve, turn on the vac and your items shrink before your very eyes! (Do make sure that your vacuum cleaner has a nozzle attachment before you purchase these!) You are left with what feels like a crinkly crisp bag - half the size of your original item. The valve then seals and the items are moisture and air protected.
It sounds a little obvious, but the fact that the bags are transparent is also a good thing - your items may be shrunk but they are still visible so that you can stack them away and still organise them for easy accessibility.
My duvets have now been stored for 6 weeks and remain shrunken and dry. For the sake of this review, I opened a bag and checked out the contents - still dry, no mildew and the duvet restores itself to its original condition in no time at all.
These bags have been very useful and also as exciting as a magical toy as things disappear and reappear before your eyes!
I have seen similar bags in cheaper shops and think they may be worth a try as the JML bags are not exactly cheap, but having used the JML bags I'm pretty sure they are stronger than most of the cheaper models and the zips appear more secure.
The bags are strong enough to be long lasting so I hope that my initial tenner outlay will still be working in a year or two's time.
Thanks for reading,
(also on ciao)
I have quite a small living area and a lot of stuff. So when I saw these when they first came out quite a few years ago I jumped at them and brought quite a few.
The idea is that you can place things into the bags (mainly soft things like clothing and bedding) and use a hover to suck out all of the air, this reduces the size and means you can store large or many items in a smaller space. The bags have a one way valve that let's air out but doesn't let it back in until you open the bag at the top.
This is a great idea in theory and at first they do work. I used mine to store away my summer clothes in the winter and my winter clothes in the summer. I thought it would be brilliant and would give me loads more space to go shopping! I sorted out all of the clothes and carefully placed them inside the bag. I then used the hover and sucked all of the air out of the bag. It worked really well and a pile of clothing shrank to about a fifth of it's original size. I bunged it in a cupboard and forgot all about it for a while.
A few weeks later I went to the cupboard to retrieve something and found that all of the bags had inflated back up, not quite to full size, but near enough. Since then I have tried them quite a few times and the exact same thing happens.
I still think they are good because as long as you seal the top of the bag properly, the bags are moth and waterproof and does help to make more space and keep your items safe and dust free.
I'm honestly not quite sure what I'd do without these VacPac storage bags as they are SO useful & apparently I'm saving 'up to 80% space'.
I first came across them on JML on Sky & thought they looked a brill idea but too good to be true. I watched the impressive demonstration several times as it was on a loop & thought I'd give them a try as there was a money-back guarantee as I thought there might be a catch? Wrong - they've helped sort out the family's storage problems.
Rather than buy off TV I thought I'd look on JML's website - www.jmldirect.co.uk - they had a 10% off promotion with free p&p so I saved a bit there as the TV price had p&p extra & Poundstretcher were charging the normal £9.99 without a money back promise.
When the box arrived 2 days later there were 2 bags in measuring 55cm x 85cm. They are made from nylon & the paperwork told me that they keep things dust & mite-free, free from damp & mildew etc.
All you do is pull the opening strips apart, place your duvets, pillows, cushions etc in, zip up & pop the nozzle of your vac (any type should do) into the plastic vent & watch the bag going thinner & thinner whilst the air is sucked out. When you can't get any more air out just twist the seal & you're done. Full & clear instructions are included in diagrams & words.
The first bag I used contained the whole contents of 1 cupboard - 1 X feather down double bed topper, 3 x down & feather pillows, a single polyester duvet & a few large cuddly toys. When de-aired it only measured about 6" & easily slid under the bed meaning I could now use it for other things. The other one I packed a king-sized comforter, 2 padded jackets & a very thick faux fur full length coat.
I was a bit worried whether or not they'd look & feel different but I've had them a good few years & eat winter when I unseal the zipper everything bounces back into it's original form, they have been well & truly protected & don't smell musky.
I've been so impressed that I've bought more & the storage space they've given us back means we can not only enjoy more room but access things as & when we need them. It's been a family tradition that our (now) large collection of TY Beanie & Disney Christmas fluffy toys are put under the tree each year but they take up such a lot of room. I want to put them on the Antiques Road Show when they're worth a fortune - lol - so I protect the tags & bung into a VacPac each year - great!
I guess they're a bit fiddly the first few times you use them & then it becomes second nature & can be a lot of fun watching the size shrink & shrink...
They're also great apparently for storing ski suits, salopettes, packing for holidays etc but I'm sure there are 100s of other uses eg in caravans, for car boot items, houseboats, packing up the car with students' belongings when they go to & return from un etc.
Well worth a try - especially if you have a money-back guarantee.
These nylon storage bags save a great deal of space. I bought them to store winter bedding and woollies neatly in a limited space. My cupboards are certainly tidier and I now have spare space in them instead of having to squash everything in and close the door quickly before it all falls out.
All you have to do with these is to pack the bags full, seal them with the slider that does up the 'zip', and then attached your vacuum to them to suck out the air. The manufacturer says that you can gain a third more space by using these. However, I think it is probably more than that.
The nylon bags are very strong so they can be used over and over again and the sealing mechanism is strong and durable too. Apart from the space saving properties of these bags, they also keep whatever is in them perfectly dry and protected.
The JML Vacpacks are made of fine but strong nylon which totally locks out dirt and moisture, dust, and insects. They are transparent so you can easily find stuff in them and the best part of all is that because air is excluded from the bags, the stuff in them doesn't end up all creased. You can take it out and shake it and it's fine.
The first time I bought a product like this was from our local Pound Shop. The bags were some obscure foreign brand and cost me just £1 for a pack of three large sized ones, compared with £9.99 for 2 JML ones. At first I thought this was a bargain but the bags were made from plastic which wasn't very strong, the zip seal were difficult to close and kept bursting open and the valve for extracting the air seemed to let air back in from time to time. (I could hear it!)
So, don't be led to believe that the cheap ones are the same. I'm the first to grab a bargain, but in this case I think it would be better value to buy the quality product.
These VacPacks by JML are available in large and jumbo sizes. I found the large ones best for me because the jumbo ones can weigh quite a lot when they are full and they are difficult to handle.
As I recently finished my course at university, I had lots of notes and things which needed to be stored, but the space was taken up by giant laundry bags and boxes of bedding, which took up a lot of space. I decided to try out the JML jumbo sized vacuum storage bags.
The bags come in a cardboard package which contains 2 bags plus 2 little plastic clips (I personally didn't need these). The cardboard package is not very heavy and would probably get crushed and bashed about quite easily. Instructions are printed on the box.
To use the bags (I payed £11.99 from Tesco - they're much cheaper from some amazon sellers), you place your items into the bag and then seal the plastic seal (like a giant version of the seals on those little bags you get spare buttons in on new clothes). I checked that it was sealed really properly as I figured that the bag might re-inflate later if I didn't. You then insert the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner into the special one way valve so that the air gets sucked out and the contents and bag get compressed. This only takes a few seconds, and is quite fun to watch! You end up with a tight, heavy-ish slab.
I managed to fit a double and single duvet plus some clothes and cushions in one bag, and in the other, 2 double duvets and some pillow covers. This was great as I could then fit them under my bed, or stack them in the cupboard instead of using bulky, lumpy bags which waste a lot of space.
JML claim that the bags protect against damp, dust, dirt and bugs.
The bags are apparently re-usable and recyclable, but I haven't needed to open any of the bags, so couldn't tell you if they were just as good when re-used. They are suitable for most textile items but not suitable for storing feather filled pillows and duvets (I'm not entirely sure whether any of mine were - oops).
I have seen the bags available at supermarkets and costco. JML products are apparently available at Asda, Boots, Homebase, Superdrug, Focus, Debenhams, Wilkinson, Tesco, Robert Dyas, Makro and TJ Hughes.
The bags are available in jumbo size, large, hanging VacPacs, under bed storage bags, and standard.
Overall I think these bags are great and they save so much space (I only realised how much space is wated when you use boxes and bags after I used these). I'd only really use them for items which I don't need to access very often. I'd definitely recommend them and plan on buying some more!
The JML website is http://www.jmldirect.com
Review of JML VacPac Vacuum Seal Storage Bags
**The product and why I bought them**
A large quantity of bedding, clothes and other odds and ends that needed to be transported over two hundred miles from home to my narrowboat in readiness for my next cruise was causing me a real problem.
Since retiring to enjoy my boat and freedom, my income has dwindled to nil and downsizing is the name of the game. My car has downsized too, now a little Ford KA, great for shopping but pretty useless for anything involving luggage or bulk.
I needed a cheap way of cramming as much into the car as humanly possible, hiring a vehicle was out of the question so I came up with the idea of Vacuum Storage Bags as a method of transporting my gear.
**What they do**
The idea is that you pack your items for storage in the plastic bag and then seal it with the aid of a little plastic gizmo which you run along the upper edge of the bag so pressing together the zipper type closure to make an airtight seal. This done you then insert the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner into the special one way valve and literally suck the air out. The bag compresses around the contents as the air is removed and flattens the whole package into an easily stored and transportable slab.
It was quite amazing just how small a parcel my pile of clobber became! The whole process was quick and easy thanks to clear instructions on the box.
JML state that the bags will compress your clothing and other textiles in seconds giving 300% more storage space in cupboards, drawers and wardrobes. The bags also protect against damp, dust, dirt and bugs.
They are made for JML in China and are re-usable and recyclable. They are suitable for most textile items but the box does warn that they are unsuitable for the storage of feather filled pillows and duvets.
**Cost and availability**
JML products are sold in various outlets such as Wilkinson, Robert Dyas and many other stores throughout the UK. They also trade online. I bought my two packs of VacPac storage bags in my local Wilkinson for £9.99 per box.
Each box contained two large sized bags, each measuring 21.7"x33.5". I found I could get two pillows, two fleecy throws and a bath towel in one bag. In another I managed to get three thick sweaters, a fleece jacket, assorted t-shirts and two pairs of jeans. The large pile of clothing was reduced to several flattish packages which fitted neatly into the boot of the car for transporting, problem solved!
The company make their 'VacPac' bags in a variety of sizes to suit different needs, jumbo size, large, hanging VacPacs, under bed storage bags, as well as the standard type that I bought.
**Contact information for JML**
John Mills Ltd
Tel: 0207 691 3800
Fax: 0207 691 3801
**My thoughts and conclusion**
For me, these bags have proved to be a cost effective solution to my transportation problem! I have reused them and also found that when on my boat with no vacuum cleaner, I can still use the stoage bags by dint of rolling them, whilst lifting the little gizmo that releases the air. Obviously this is not as effective as using your vacuum cleaner but at least it worked!
I can foresee that I will reuse these bags over and over again and would recommend them to anyone needing to store or transport bulky items.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 July 2009
NB:-Review also submitted to ciao.co.uk under pen-name brittle1906