Ray,Originally posted by r benash:
I hear you Jeff - went through the same type of thinking. But remember the units mentioned above cannot be compared with a $75 unit. Different quality and feature level overall.
I've heard of Food Saver - that in itself doesn't matter much when they break, since you can't get them fixed.
Many folks say I can by several $75 units over 5 years for the same price, so what's the difference.
Quality, performance, reliability and serviceability, and flexibility and expected longevity.
One of the reasons I spent $200 on a WSM instead of $35 for a Brinkman.
I don't want to be frustrated by something every time I use it.
I have a Kitchen Aide mixer that has lasted well over 5 years.
To each his own - many ways to skin the cat.
I'd be in agreement if we were comparing mechanical devices that were created by local craftsmen or machinists versus being mass produced.
But electronics are almost exclusively spec'd out and purchased from middlemen with suppliers in China. I think we may be looking at the same components assembled in different boxes.
Keep us informed on how your unit holds up. If it is still running in 5 years, I 'll give it consideration as I go to replace my 3rd FS unit.