Vacuum bags for duvets and clothing - my pick of week 15

Vacuum bags for duvets and clothes

Today there is another pick of the week that has nothing to do with computers - but it's still no worse than the twenty-third power bank, which I could also recommend to you. So what is it about? This time it's about large vacuum bags that can be used to pack clothes or bed linen in a very space-saving manner.

Excursion: down duvet with warmth class extra warm

I didn't actually buy the vacuum bags for clothes, but rather for my daughter's winter duvet. She got about the thickest down comforter I could find on Amazon this winter. If anyone wants to see the ceiling: thermal class extra warm; to be found here.

The duvet was undoubtedly a good choice as I have not once heard a complaint that my daughter was cold. But the disadvantage of the duvet is very clear: it takes up a lot of space if you want to stow it away in the spring.

As a result, I was looking for a solution to this problem, because the duvet had been in the way for weeks and slowly had to be removed.

The AmazonBasics vacuum bags are my recommendation: they are sturdy, reusable and a good size (photos: Sir Apfelot).

The AmazonBasics vacuum bags are my recommendation: they are sturdy, reusable and a good size (photos: Sir Apfelot).

XXL vacuum bag for duvets

The solution then came to me at some point: You simply pack the duvet in a vacuum bag that you use for space-saving transport of clothing. I just had to find a bag that was big enough.

Half an hour of browsing Amazon then led me to the AmazonBasics bags, which are suitable for the vacuum cleaner, but also have a pump in the package.

With the Amazon Basics bags there are the size "Jumbo", which was even enough for my daughter's giant blanket. But if you want to try other sizes, you can find one too Mixed set in sizes M, L and Jumbo.

Amazon Basics Vacuum Compression Storage Bags with Hand Pump, Pack of 6 (2 x Jumbo Size, 2...
  • Set of heavy duty plastic vacuum compression storage bags
  • Compresses bulky textiles, clothing, bedding and more with an 80% size reduction
  • Protects items from moisture, dirt, bugs, mold, odors and more
Amazon Basics Vacuum Bags for Clothes with Airtight Valve and Hand Pump - Jumbo, 6-pack
  • Set of 6 jumbo plastic vacuum bags: Vacuum bags: 100 x 76 cm (LxW)
  • Space-saving: the vacuum bags compress clothing, winter clothing, bed linen, curtains and much more by 80%
  • Airtight storage: vacuum bags for storage with robust double zippers and triple-sealed ...

 

Getting the thick down comforter into the jumbo vacuum bag was a bit tricky, but once you do that the rest is relatively easy.

Getting the thick down comforter into the jumbo vacuum bag was a bit tricky, but once you do that the rest is relatively easy.

Why AmazonBasics pouches?

Sure, the vacuum bags from AmazonBasics are quite cheap, but most of the time I don't make sure that I find the cheapest products when making such purchases, I rather see which ones work best.

I've often read about bags from other manufacturers that they leak and the clothes in them gradually expand again, which of course doesn't exactly help if you put a duvet in a drawer and then after three months the drawer won't open anymore because a giant blanket has filled every cubic millimeter in it.

With the AmazonBasics vacuum bags, the reviews were all quite good and the pump was included for free, so you don’t have to rely on a vacuum cleaner.

You don't need the vacuum cleaner either, because you can do it as follows and then only have to pump a little:

  1. open bag
  2. Put clothes or duvet in the bag
  3. run the small plastic zipper over the closure part of the bag several times so that it is really airtight
  4. then unscrew the cap
  5. now you slowly push the air out with your hands (it stays out because of the valve)
  6. if you get stuck, you unscrew the pump and pump out the remaining air
  7. Finally, screw on the lid and you're done

A note on the vacuum cleaner thing: I was initially concerned that you would need an adapter to connect a vacuum to the valve, but that's not necessary. You can simply put the vacuum cleaner tube over the valve and the vacuum sucks both together and keeps it sufficiently tight. So you can get along with any vacuum cleaner as long as it has a tube that you can put over the valve.

Here you can see the valve of the bags and the supplied air pump, which sucks rather than pumps.

Here you can see the valve of the bags and the supplied air pump, which sucks rather than pumps.

 

The supplied pump is built very cheaply, but that's totally ok, because it does its job and if it does break, every set of vacuum bags comes with a new one.

The supplied pump is built very cheaply, but that's totally ok, because it does its job and if it does break, every set of vacuum bags comes with a new one.

 

This is what it looks like when you have vacuumed a giant duvet. You can flatten it out a little more and pull it into shape, but then you have a small package that takes up a fraction of the space that the duvet would otherwise take up (photo: Sir Apfelot).

This is what it looks like when you have vacuumed a giant duvet. You can flatten it out a little more and pull it into shape, but then you have a small package that takes up a fraction of the space that the duvet would otherwise take up (photo: Sir Apfelot).

My conclusion: practical thing

I am relatively sure that I will take these bags with me on vacation from now on. The bags are very helpful just to get the dirty laundry back home from vacation in a space-saving way.

I'm still unsure whether it's the right solution for down duvets, because the thumbs should usually be stored airy and open, because pressing them together can damage the thumbs and thus also reduce the thermal output. At the moment I'm leaving the blanket in the bag because I have no other storage option.

I hope that the tip is also helpful for you. If you already have experience with such vacuum bags, I would be happy to hear your comments.

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