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I bought some of these bags on Saturday from Lakeland as I had a spring clean due to the awful weather!! I wasnt sure whether they would work but thought I would give them a go. I am amazed! I stored 2 big duvets in one bag and it now fits under my bed taking up no space at all. All my winter clothes have been stored as well. It has given me so much extra space and my bedroom now feels tidy again. I would definitely recommend these bags to anybody wanting to store old clothes or just give that extra bit of space. 5 star product!
I think some people know these are Space Bags. I first heard about these when I was living in America and thought they were a great invention. Not bags you take to Space but bags to give you space, hence the name or as you use a vacuum to seal the bags, Vacuum bags!
I first used some when I moved from America back to England. I had countless amounts of clothes, duvets, ski equipment, etc that I wanted to bring back with me but a limited amount of space and so someone suggested I get some of these bags. They are incredibly easy to use. THey are plastic storage bags in essence and you basically just fill up the bag and then close up the water tight zip and vacuum the air out. There is a little valve where you place the vacuum nozzle and that is where you suck the air out of. It's really interesting to watch all the air coming out of the bags and it really does compress them.
I have to say I think they also brought the weight of the items down as well. You know how it is when you have a big heavy bag, well these storage bags seem to compress and make it easier to carry and transport the bags around. I shipped them and when I got to the other end they were very easy to open up, you basically just let the air out. All my clothes and items were still in perfect condition, the bags really do not do any damage to your items inside. Of course, if you have a big puffy ski jacket or the like it will need shaking out but apart from that the clothes are all in great condition. It keeps them waterproof as well.
This is also a great way to store clothes, say store your winter jumpers over the summer if you don't need them and a great way to keep the moths away and keep your clothes fresh. The bags are see through so you can tell what you have put in them in case you need to get in there at a later date.
My original ones were from American but these are just as good. They come in a number of shapes and sizes and are about £5 for a large bag and more if you buy a multi pack.
I have never heard of these things before but I thought I would them a go when I realised I had a whole wardrobe dedicated to bedding and duvets! I actually own three duvets with various degrees of tog for the summer and winter. Oh if the teenage me could see me now, she would scorn. These three duvets took up valuable room in the wardrobe, I managed to roll one up quite small and secure with an old belt but I started to wonder if there was another storage solution I could buy to help combat my storage problem. I was a tad dubious when I saw these bags in Tesco but I decided to give them ago. The pack size I bought was the six pack, which was way too many, so I split the box with my mum and we had half each. She had never seen them either and was pretty excited to give them a go.
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There are a number of pack sizes you can buy, I paid £14.00 for the 6 pack and thought that this was really good value for money as the small pack sizes did not seem as cheap. I bought mine from Tesco and since spotting them for the first time, I have seen them in a number of places. They are cheapest on the internet though. I have seen them on Amazon for around £13.50 for the pack size I bought.
In the pack I bought we received:
1 x Small Roll Bag 25cm x 38cm (10''x 15.20''), 1 x Medium Roll Bag 40cm x 50cm (15''x 19''), 1 x Large Roll Bag 50cm x 70cm (25''x 28'') and Vacuum Storage Bags: 1 x Large Vacuum Bag 55cm x 80cm (21''x 31.5''), 1 x Extra Large Vacuum Bag 70cm x 105cm (27''x 41''), 1 x Jumbo Vacuum Bag 90cm x 110cm (36''x 44'').
The bags are made from a really crinkly plastic with a plastic zipper on the side. In the middle somewhere is a hole for the insertion of the vacuum nozzle. I checked the pack before purchase to see if my Dyson would fit but any vacuum will fit it.
To get the bags to work you need to roll one out on a flat surface. I eagerly wanted to try the bag with the annoying duvet so I laid out the biggest bag in the set. I slipped in the duvet and as much as it was going to vacuum pack it, I thought I would give it a helping hand by laying out the duvet as flat as possible. I then had a little extra room for the pillows which I also wanted compressing. I zipped up the zipper and got the vacuum ready. I inserted the nozzle and turned the machine on. I instantly saw the bag start to decrease in size and shrink down. When I could see that it was as flat as it was going to get, I turned the vacuum off and removed the nozzle. The bag stayed flat and I was able to put it back in the wardrobe at the back and it took up half the room it took up before.
I used the other bags for some other items, mainly bedding and smaller duvets. The result was a much tidier wardrobe. As all the items started to look like each other in the bags, I got a permanent marker and wrote on each bag what it contained so when it came to changing the duvet, I did not have to empty each bag.
I have emptied one bag since the initial vacuuming session and resealed something else in it. The bedding came out quite creased which I expected but the bag was perfect to be used again! This is was really impressive as although the packaging said they were reusable, I was not wholly convinced. The bags do seem really robust though and even the zippers feel like they could take some abuse before giving in. I'm really impressed with the quality of the bags.
The bags claim they can decrease the space things take up by up to 75%, which is in fact what they did for me. The most success came from the duvets and pillows. There are the perfect items to compress as afterwards they spring back to how you like them.
Overall, I am really satisfied with my set and would fully recommend them.
A couple of weeks ago I heard an extraordinary sound of something "giving way," in the garage next to my bedroom. At first I wasn't very sure of what the sound could be, either being a burst pipe or something deadly serious like the boiler giving out. Either way, by the morning I scrutinised the garage very carefully, checked the pipes, the boiler and any other serious electrical boxes nearby but nothing gave me an impression of anything being wrong. Then something caught my eye when I looked up at the ceiling, something bulbous and white in a plastic bag that shouldn't have been there on the false floor of the roof storage floor. Two large QVC vacuum storage bags full of double duvets had re-inflated during the night and broken off the hanging hooks - resulting in a mess that meant the purchase of more vacuum storage bags. Luckily one of them had not broken upon contact, but it's still a problem I'm taking up with QVC following the extra guarantee I had initially paid extra for - they were purchased in September 2010.
I'm no stranger to most vacuum storage bags, having purchased cheap vacuum bags with lousy seals that are supposed to be "one way," but inflate as soon as the vacuum cleaner hose is removed with no chance of sealing the bag properly, to thicker made PVC plastic that is supposed to stand up to abuse but start to leak gradually and let in air a couple of months down the line despite their "twist" type seals. Then, in November I discovered Packmate Flat Storage vacuum storage bags. I was attracted by the promise of a 5-year guarantee provided you send the company a copy of the receipt as proof of purchase. The company actually produce three types of storage bag, with two of the ranges being primarily PVC plastic storage bags with the obligatory hole for putting your vacuum cleaner hose over to suck out all the air. The difference with these bags is that they aren't made of thick plastic, but have a lovely green flowery pattern on the underside and like the American Zip-Lock food bags, have a double "peel and seal" action on the sealing strips that close up the bags before the air is sucked out. You may think thinner plastic means less protection - but unless you store your vacuum pack storage bags in an area that sees constant traffic "checking" the bags are still inflated, or aren't tampered with, there's less likelihood that these kinds of bags will start to inflate again.
Generally speaking, I need vacuum storage bags and lots of them for various materials like spare duvets, blankets, coats, jackets and plenty of seasonal clothing that takes up far too much room. If not put in the garage, space under my double bed and spare bed is already taken up with hard plastic storage boxes that could fit only a quarter of the clothing that takes up a tiny acre of these bags! Not any more however since the boxes are now out!
The "Flat" Storage pack is available as a two piece/bag set comprising of one large vacuum storage bag (I've managed to pack 15 thin M and XL sized Lambswool jumpers and 10 school shirts in this bag alone) measuring 55cm by 80cm, or if you like the total space taken up by two bed pillows sat side by side. The other bag that you get in the pack is the "Jumbo," sized bag and measures 90cm by 110cm, and has the same total space judged by six single pillows when laid out two by two. It is in the top right hand corner of the packet that you'll find the measurements and amount of bags you get whilst the back of the pack has very clear and colourful easy to use instruction diagrams. Packmate suggest infact that the large size is ideal of single duvets, pillows and of course jumpers amongst other fabric types whilst the Jumbo can accommodate King or Queen size duvets, wedding dresses or anything of bulk. Well they aren't far wrong on both accounts! The amount of space I have saved out of my closets and cupboards have been tremendous. Suits and shirts that once were stuffed so closely together can now have a decent chance of reviving as well as having ample space between each style.
The only trouble is, Packmate sell TWO types of "Flat" Storage bags and at Lakeland they're known as "Vacusac" which is an older name where this Dooyoo listing is concerned. The other pack, which has the same coloured decals on the front, same picture of the bags and a cupboard showing off clothing etc, has three bags available consisting of two large bags and one extra large bag (measuring 70cm by 50cm). Now, against my exacting standards where product placement is concerned, Dooyoo feel that the bag pack make no difference by name regardless of the bags you get. However, the price certainly does! In the other "Flat" storage bags, Packmate's 3-bag pack costs between £11-79 and £15. The ones I have been consistently buying are more expensive, even though I'm only getting two bags, albeit in larger sizes and the pack has so far cost me between £15-99 and £20 at a franchise hardware store. Good old Lakeland online however have the 2 pack bags on sale at £15-99 with a "buy another and then get another at half price," offer at the moment and an Extra large pack for £12-99. So far I have spent around £130 on these bags alone (not all for me, two packs were for gifts) and I'll tell you why!
Put simply, Packmate are one of the best finds so far and they are so reliable, easy to pack and then store away with the plastic condition being far lighter to lift than heavier made PVC bags. Since November 2010, the increasing amount of various fabrics and seasonal clothing I've managed to pack away has been fantastic with Packmate. Up until then I kept most of my storage bags in the garage since they claimed to be dust free - well until they inflated again - whilst the damp in the garage destroyed a designer jacket I wasn't too pleased about losing. 'Can't put anything in the loft as it is "Hooverland," up there where storage is concerned, amidst a couple of rolls of freshly purchased insulating material about to be laid! The beauty of the bags design means that if you need something in a hurry, the bag's seal can be pulled upwards, it inflates and the bag's sealing strip is easier to open after you slide the lock slider to the right hand side. Clothing comes out in the same way you put it in - hopefully clean and fresh - and if you iron the clothing first off before vacuuming packing, the clothing comes out just as pressed!
Filling the bags are really easy - provided you put the bags flat out on a flat surface like a floor or a table - don't put them on your bed as I found out the bags wouldn't seal up properly because of the spongy, bouncy nature of the bed underneath! The bags have a single seal on the top and at the front of the bags, a double plastic tooth zip lock style seal complete with a very handy plastic slider that you can actually take off or put on at any time if the seal has any excess plastic sticking out and hasn't stuck down. This procedure is so much easier than storage bags I've had in the past where a plastic open tube has to be placed on one side with a cylindrical stick on the top before the two push the plastic sides together. With Packmate, you can really take your time with these bags or pack them quickly with folded items before sealing up the seals via the white plastic slider. I always go over the strip with my finger to ensure no gaps are viewable and that the plastic zip lock style has been securely fastened. The handy design point of the Packmate bags is that once the slider has been slid to the right hand side of the bag, the seals are effectively able to be pulled apart to get access to the bag and the contents. The top of the bag where the two-way seal is (where to suck out air and let the vacuum magic begin) can accommodate any size of vacuum cleaner hose because the seal has a vent and a smaller aperture than most where the hose fits over the hole easily. Simply pull up and you'll hear a click - that's when the valve is open. Place the hose over the hole, switch on the vacuum and see the miracle of air as it is sucked out of the bag and compacts clothing down to sizes as if you've washed a wool sweater in a washing machine on the wrong setting! Miniature sized blankets and A3 sized shirts are my kind of sizes compared to the norm! Then release the hose and you should find that the seal has already pushed itself in. If not, you can push the seal back in and confirms the function with a little click sound.
Bonus info: where vacuums are concerned, if you have a Vax Mach Air vacuum, you're going to get a lot of noise due to the air outlet valve at the top of the bin assembly. It will let out air because the system of the Vax stops the suction from overheating the motor and it is quite noisy! It took me far longer to suck out air with my Vax Mach Air compared to bagged vacuums. Other vacuums however such as Miele, Sebo, Electrolux, Hoover, Panasonic or Rowenta have more conventional systems and won't be overly noisy as the vacuum sucks out the air. I've permanently left my Bosch dog in the bedroom whenever I have to vacuum pack air - about the only time that the suction doesn't let the handle come loose!
Like a lot of storage bags on the market, the Packmate bags are slightly similar on appearance but to the touch, they mirror the "steam fresh" baking bags you can now buy for steaming your own food in the microwave. This translates as thin, glossy and crisp like PVC on both the top and bottom of the bag. Packmate have used a substance here called "triple laminated bi-axial," and it seems to be a tried and tested formula with the roll up travel vacuum pack bags you may have seen advertised. Also unlike a lot of storage bags, these Packmate bags are hand washable (mild detergent) before being clothing line dryable. I rather like that fact, god forbid if these bags do get dirty - at least they can be washed whilst the flowery white on green "everglades," pattern is unusual, unisex (matches an old John Lewis laundry bag I bought a few years ago) in appearance and doesn't look like a standard boring old bag even if the top is crystal clear to the eye.
When my Packmate bags are compressed, they hardly measure 5inches in diameter. These bags can have two to three pieces of clothing heaped (after folding neatly of course) on top of one another in the bag before it is sealed up and it is here that if you have a king size or a double bed with an open space at the bottom, it makes all the difference where to put the storage bags after they have been sucked and sealed (so to speak!). From the floor to the base, I have around 42cm space before the bed frame. Under one single bed for example I can store three to four of the jumbo bags on one half of the carpet under the bed whilst being able to store 8 to 16 of the large bags on the bottom part if I wish to thanks to their "pillow" like floor space, on top of one another side by side. Not only that, but thanks to the thin plastic backing, these bags can actually be folded over - unlike the thicker PVC plastic storage bags you can buy which prevent this - which mean my toes don't get a crispy feeling if the edges of the bags stick out from under the bed! This means even more space available and packing in the bags as much as possible without wasting any more storage space.
Of course, the old adage of what you can pack and what you can't pack still applies - no sharp objects that are going to pierce the plastic should be put in these kinds of bags - or food. Other than price and availability as downsides, the quality of Packmate has been very impressive and peace of mind offered with the design of the bags, which are naturally dust free, mildew free, airtight and waterproof. I have only had one bag out of the 9 or so many packets I have so far purchased, which began to lose air, and this was down to me not looking at the seals properly after sucking the air out. The best news of all for me is that I haven't had to check these bags for leaks - and against other types I've purchased, I'm well impressed! The Packmate company are also very helpful too upon sending away for my 5 year guarantee and it doesn't matter how many bags I buy from them, they will still honour the 5 year guarantee per purchase, not per household! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2011
I've been using my pack mate bags for ages because I still live at home so have only got my bedroom to keep all my stuff in. That's alright most of the time but I keep my bedding seperate to everyone elses and it's that sort of stuff that takes up the room.
I've got 3 of the jumbo bags and once they've had all the air sucked out of them. The way they work is that you put all your bedding or whatever into the big flap at the front, then zip it up and use the nozzle of the vacuum to to suck all the air out until it goes wrinkly and as flat as possible.
They are designed to keep your soft stuff safe from bugs and damp so that makes them perfect for putting all your summer clothes into now it's getting too cold to wear vest tops and shorts. I did that today and the whole of my summer wardrobe now fits into a thin bag that I can slide under my chest of drawers until the sun comes out again.
The bag is completely sealed and the clothes always come out smelling proper fresh, the first time I used them I was worried that my clothes would come out with that musty smell that sometimes happens when you store them but it doesn't happen with the bags.
The plastic they're made out of is mega strong and in all the time I've been using them I've never had one rip and the zips and vacuum holes are still strong.
The clothes come out very creased but that's ok because I always wash them again after they've been stored. You can buy cheaper vacuum bags but none of them are as good as these ones, I think I paid £5.00 for each of the jumbo bag and that turned out to be a proper good investment.
Well if you live in a shoebox like I do - you would be well advised to get some of these. I ordered them on the internet and received a box containing 3 bags. 2 XLG Bag 60 x 100cm and 1 x Jumbo Bag 100 x 110cm. They are made of a very tough plastic but are completely see through.
One side has a plastic popper resealable zip which enables you to open up the side wide enough to put everything in...this includes duvets, pillows, clothing, soft furnishings even Teddy Bears and soft toys!! When all the items are in the bag you simply seal the zip. On the other side of the bag is a little flap also with a resealable zip - you simply place the hoover (crevice tool) in through this opening and switch the hoover on. When the bag is reducing in size no more you hold the flap whilst removing the crevice tool (with the hoover still running) and simply close the zip. That's it! I am still amazed when I see the whole bag shrinking!!
You can put away all of those summer/winter clothes and you know they will be protected from damp, dust, and pests and being see through you can see what is in each bag.
They are reusable and have a guarentee of 5 years.
I should point out that when the air is extracted from the bag that it becomes quite rigid and heavy and is quite difficult to manouver so it is a good idea to perform all of the above in the area where you are to store it.
All in all a wonderful invention and I am going to get some more!! Before you know it I will have my whole house vacusaced!!