Our vacuum bag instructions include a line reminding you not to overfill a single bag, but to use multiple bags instead. We thought it might be worth explaining why this is more than a cynical attempt to sell more bags!
If you put too many items in a single bag, you create two initial problems. Firstly, you’ll find sealing the bag in the first place very hard and because of the pressures involved, make it much more likely that you will slice through the bag’s plastic with the clip when trying to force it closed. Secondly, it means that you cannot create the perfect seal on your space saver bag, so the compression is less likely to be effective.
Now, there are ways to get more items into a single bag, and we’ll pass on that Pro tip later, but for now, let’s discuss what amount of stuff you can realistically fit into the different sizes of vacuum storage bags. Bear in mind, these refer to the Neusu® Vacuum Storage Bags, although we’ll include the bag dimensions so that you can translate the information to other brands if you have been foolhardy enough to buy them!
How much is too much for a vacuum storage bag?
Let’s start at the lowest end with the Medium size bags, which measure 70cm x 50cm. These are only suitable for a small(ish) pile of clothes each. They are very good for packing away baby or children’s clothes, or for storing some off-season clothes. You can also put towels, lightweight single duvets, etc in.
Too much: double duvets and multiple pillows
Large vacuum storage bags are 80cm x 60cm and actually increase the capacity by about 40% despite the small increase in size (all about area calculations). These can handle a lot of clothes, so make packing away your wardrobe to make space very easy, and they can also handle most single duvets and pillows.
Too much: winter single duvets, double duvets and winter duvets
When we get to the Extra Large Vacuum Storage Bags (our most popular size), we’re entering the serious territory. These measure 100cm x 70cm and can handle a huge amount of clothes, including bulky winter jumpers, etc. Each bag will eat up a double duvet with no problem and have room for a couple of pillows to be squeezed in.
Too much: king size duvets, especially winter weight, or multiple duvets
Next step up from the XLs is our Maxi size, which measure 110cm x 80cm. These can handle king size winter duvets or two double duvets. Obviously, you can also pile in clothes, towels, bedding etc.
Too much: multiple king size winter duvets, or king size duvets with pillows and bedding
Finally we come to the Jumbo, which measures 130cm x 100cm and is much bigger than the Jumbo size of other brands. These are huge, and that means you need something you can trust the zip and the material on, or else they are likely to tear and fail. In these Neusu Jumbos you can find multiple king size duvets – for example, we put one winter king size duvet and two winter double duvets in the same bag and had room left over. For comparison, we used one bag to store 9 pillows.
Too much: three king size duvets, mattresses, etc. Not much, truth be told, but if you are packing away a full house (to move, etc) just be guided by common sense.
To get more of an idea on packing up the different sizes of vacuum storage bags, you can check out “What size vacuum storage bag do I need?” And if the answer is, as it often is, a variety of different size, then don’t forget Neusu now has two variety packs available – check out the links on the right.
And now, as promised, the bit everyone is looking for, which is how to cheat the system and actually get more into each vacuum bag…