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I'm new to the chamber vacuum sealing world. What is the difference between 3, 4, and 5 mil bags?

I'm new to the chamber vacuum sealing world.  What is the difference between 3, 4, and 5 mil bags?  Why use each specific thickness?  - Dave N.

Great question, Dave!  The thickness of the bag you select depends very much on what is going into the bag and whether or not there is something sharp that may puncture the bag.  I have put together a table with samples for thickness for you below:

Bag Thickness

Example for Use

3 millimeter VacMaster Pouches

  • liquids
  • soups
  • mashed potatoes
4 millimeter VacMaster Pouches
  • steaks
  • bones
  • pork chops
  • fish
5 millimeter VacMaster Pouches
  • electrical components
  • cotton seeds

It all has to do with the material being vacuum sealed and how likely will it poke through the bag.  The more likely it is to poke through, the heavier and thicker your bag needs to be. 






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