Are you changing your wardrobe for winter, planning a move or simply lacking space for all the quilts and pillows? The solution is vacuum bags for clothes. In today’s material, I am testing 4Convy vacuum bags in various sizes.
I bought a set of clothes bags with my own money. Such a set for PLN 40 includes bags of various sizes. The smallest of them are 40×60 centimeters (size S), then 60×80 centimeters for M, and 70×100 centimeters for L. The manufacturer boasts that its bags are 30 percent thicker than standard ones, which is to guarantee their increased durability and additional protection of stored items. 4Convy also promises a lifetime free replacement of leaky bags, which “is to prove their high quality”. However, if it was really such high quality, there would be no need to replace them and promise this fact.
The set includes a special pump. It is unusual because its task is to remove, not inject air. Each of the bags has a double zipper on one side (as in string bags), and a large valve for sucking out the air. It is additionally secured with a nut. A good solution are additional clips, which can also be used as an aid in tight closing of the lock. If we put a lot of things in the bag, it is difficult to close the zipper manually, and the clip is then a godsend.
Removing the air with a pump is not difficult – it has a thread that screws into the valve of the bag. Just make a movement like pumping a ball. It’s quite loud and squeaky, but you can see the bag tightening from the inside. A much better solution is to use a vacuum cleaner for this. It must have a round end (handles or pipes) to cover the valve well. This works brilliantly and immediately the bag compresses significantly.
What can you put in such a bag? First of all, clothes, bedding, pillows, blankets – generally everything that we do not need at the moment. It can be winter clothes and a quilt so that it does not take up too much space in the house during the summer months. When we stuff them into the bag, after sucking out the air, their size will decrease up to five times. In addition, there is protection against moisture, dirt, dust and moths. The resulting, compressed block can be hidden in a wardrobe, bed or wardrobe. This works extremely effectively and dramatically reduces the size of packed items. Later, just open the zipper and the bag will fill with air and that’s it.
A bag in size S will fit about 6-8 sweaters. The largest of them can accommodate 2 large pillows or a double duvet. In theory everything sounds great, after packing and vacuuming the effect is not amazing. The problem comes later. Out of 10 bags tested by us, 6 had a problem with maintaining tightness to a greater or lesser extent. In 2 cases, it was enough to remove the air again after 24 hours and it helped, but in others – after a few hours, the vacuum bag turned into a regular one. Which is a shame, because it’s a great way to store seasonal items, but quality control should definitely be better.