Automatic Bag Detection & Wet/Dry Detection
Both sealers in the FoodSaver 5860 vs 4880 come with automatic wet/dry detection. This is a very convenient feature that both machines have. There are sensors that determine when there is a bag in place or not. Once the bag is in place the sensors can also determine if the food is wet or dry. This is important because dry food can be crushed if too much air is removed.
FoodSaver 5860 Vacuum Sealer
Both vacuum sealers come with a rapid marinate function. So you forgot to marinate that chicken breast or maybe you want to marinate a steak before you put in the grill. No problem, the rapid marinate setting can save you hours. Your foods can be marinated in minutes. This setting can give you the freedom to marinate without planning hours in advance. This would work really well for you if you have impromptu barbecues.
Ease of Use
Whether it’s a juicer, food processor or whatever. If something is hard to use, it won’t get used very often. Both vacuum sealers in the Foodsaver 5860 vs 4880 comparison are very easy to use. The features (detailed above) like automatic bag detection make the process simple. Also, cleanup is a breeze with the drip tray drawer and patented drip tray.
Size and Appearance
The dimensions for the Foodsaver 5860 are 8″ H x 6.25″ W x 19″ L and the 4880 measures 22” L x 10.5” W x 9.5” H. Though they aren’t too far apart in size, the newer 5860 will take up slightly less space on your countertop.
I’m a critic of the appearance of vacuum sealers. Sure they are stainless steel, but they are also boxy and kind of stick out like a sore thumb. And apparently I’m not the only one whom views them like this. I’ve come across several customers that had the same gripe. However, the 5860 has gotten some praise for its look and design.
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Only one vacuum sealer in the Foodsaver 5860 vs 4880 has the roll dispenser and rewind; the Foodsaver 5860. It seems pretty straight forward. You press a button and the roll dispenses until you reach the desired length. Once that length is reached, you simply release the button. The bag is stored inside the machine and you simply hit a button to start releasing the roll. When the roll is running out, you are alerted with a light. Based on customer feedback, it seems as though this is a highly appreciated feature.
FoodSaver 4880 Vacuum Sealer
Built-in Handheld Sealer & Accessories
Both vacuum sealers in this comparison come with handheld sealers. This allows you to use the vacuum sealer with all FreshSaver zipper bags and containers as well as FoodSaver canisters and marinators. This attachment is retractable and is easily removed and put back into its holder.
Both come with a variety of different bags and accessories, so it’s hard to say which model has an advantage in this department. It would depend on your personal needs and preferences. For example, the FoodSaver 4880 comes with a wine stopper, while the 5860 comes with a marinating container. You can see a complete list of the bags and accessories by scrolling down to the comparison chart.
Both come with a five year limited warranty.