Has anyone had luck with space bags?
Ava from Annapolis, IL
By ava lansbery
My mom uses them. I think if you're one of those super-organized people who switch their closet out from summer to winter, then they'll work great for you... They work wonders when it comes to storing fluffy coats & also for storing precious wedding garments where the air & humidity can ruin them.
But for me, I like to grab something at a moments notice, so I tend to keep my fluffy coats & summer clothes in plastic tote-bins under my bed. I've raised my bed up over a foot from the ground so I have lots of room to put these bins. But, I'm not the organized type that'll take the time to suck the air out with a vacuum cleaner... But if you are, I think you'll really like them for your winter wear or special "once-a-year" fancy dresses or suits.
* They now make zip-lock baggies with an air-lock & an air-sucking device. Also, on channel 9 I've seen that tip guy showing how to use a regular large plastic garbage bag with the vacume to do the very same thing!
By Redbeard (Guest Post) 10/26/2008
When the bags work, they are great. It makes storage for our down filled comforter easy. This makes the large comforter fit in a small space for storage during the warm season and the comforter is easily "tossed" back into being fluffy. When the bags don't work they seem to leak down after a couple of days. I have not tried to use garbage bags and if they work it would be much cheaper (I like cheaper).
Good fortune either way, redbeard
My opinion of space bags is that they were a good idea that didn't quite work. They tear easily and they get brittle and crack very quickly. The closures were flimsy and came off or broke very quickly.
By Pat (Guest Post) 10/27/2008
I have only used them for one season and maybe I have been lucky but so far, I love them; so does my daughter. Of course, I have no experience in how long they will last but I can sure pack a bunch of stuff in them. I put them in a trunk for out-of-season storage.
By Memoo040407 (Guest Post) 10/28/2008
HI I'm a new mom & I bought the "spacebags" to pack away my daughters clothing she's outgrown. Out of 3 bags(3L-1jumbo) only the jumbo has filled back up with air. I've used them before when I moved & I reused them 2-3 times, I loved them.
I bought mine from a TV info commercial. Took the bags out & discarded most information, except instructions. I probably put those into one of the bags??? I don't recall the maker of bags. I do know they don't hold as much as advertised. Also, can't seem to get the bags flattened. I am not at all impressed with my purchase. Yet,they still help condense those bulky items, better than in a drawer space.
By Tl from NJ (Guest Post) 11/07/2008
I was on a trip in Hawii and was having trouble fitting everything into my suitcase for my return, since I bought so much while there. So I took a chance and tried the spacebags from a local store. Well I was impressed as they did the job. They were helpful, but not as great as the commercials make them sound but they are a great help.
By David (Guest Post) 01/19/2009
I'm not seeing the same problems you guys are having either. I've used them on two of my Army deployments and as long as you don't abuse them they work great. It makes packing 4 sets of ACUs and cold weather gear a snap in my bag. Take care of them and don't subject them to abuse and they will work great. I didn't like the ones you "had" to use a vacuum for but now they have ones you can roll the air out. They are hands down better than the old ones. A lot of people in my unit are using them to compress down their gear and keep it clean and dry.
By Kathy Bursik 03/05/2009
I have purchased several space bags and none of them have worked. I put a bridal veil in one and it didn't even work with that. The air immediately starts to come out. I even tried to tape over the zipper, no luck.
I have tried so hard to get these to work no luck I first bought on t.v. then cosco then walmart sounds great but no luck.
I am ashamed to say I have wasted a lot of money on Space Bags. I have put things in them, and sealed them up, being sure to follow the directions exactly, only to come back anywhere from an hour to a week later, and the air has gone right back into the bag and it's all puffed up again.
I have come up with another solution that works much better, although admittedly it's a lot more work.
I use a food storage vacuum sealer. For my large items like quilts, coats, etc I do some cutting and sealing to "create" bags that will work (I do wish they'd come up with very large bags for us!) But these have kept my items vacuum sealed for many months---over the entire "off season" when I have them packed away.
Granted this way initially costs more for the machine and I do go through a lot of rolls of bags, but I save in the end by not having to have as many plastic bins to put things in!
These don't work like they are supposed to. Even if you follow the directions to the letter. Such a money waster.
I tried the space bags, and I'm not real impressed with them. For one thing I can't get as much into them as they show on TV. Another thing, they don't stay completely compressed, no matter how careful I am. I have never had one that got completely filled up with air, but the one that I am still using that is up on my closet shelf, isn't as skinny as it was when I put it up there and I haven't touched it for more than a year.
By pam 02/12/2010
I have not had any luck with these things staying sealed. I have about 10 of them. They work for about 3 days, then give up. I have even gone so far as to seal the zipper closng with packaging tape. No luck.
By Sally 05/14/2010
I bought several sets at the local Bed, Bath & Beyond. Followed the instructions to a T & NONE of them worked. They all re-filled with air. On some of the bags the plastic zipper slide even fell off. I have emailed the company to complain. What a waste of money! DO NOT BUY THEM!
They do not work. They leak. They are flimsy. A waste of money. Most reviews on all the sites are overwhelmingly negative. They leak from a few minutes to weeks. Tear easily. Do not buy. Now I have a bunch of worthless expensive storage bags to deal with. I paid over $47.00 for my sets.
By Carol 08/15/2010
The space bags were fantastic when they first came out. The plastic was much thicker and did not tear. Now they are made from a much cheaper plastic and tear very easily. I am so sad because when they first came out they were the very best thing out there to store and save space. A waste of money now.
By crmorehead 11/04/2010
Space Bags are a waste of your money! I am a military spouse as well and trust me, we are the go-to authorities on packing stuff away. I bought 2 sets of Space Bags and filled them up with winter clothes and thick comforters and put them in our barn. (Our barn is very,very nice, complete with shingle roof and double paned windows). Two months later I go to the barn to retrieve a few hoodies for the kids since we are having a cold snap and guess what? I pick up a Space Bag and it rips! I pick up another Space Bag and it rips as well. Most of them did this. They were dry rotted after two months! Some of them had re-inflated! I had trouble initially and figured out that you cannot trust the zipper to actually zip it. You have to go back over & over & over the zipper (using your fingers) to be sure that it is completely sealed. (I thought these things were supposed to save us time & money)? But even after these extensive efforts, the damn things still re-inflated. The "Cube" re-inflated while in its bag and low and behold, ripped the bag itself. I hate to see what would have happened if our bags had actually gone through flood and dirt and a vehicle running over them! None of the Space Bags are worth my time or money!
A complete waste of money. I bought them a few months ago. I am a super organized person and thought they would be terrific. I followed instructions to the letter. Bags ripped, and are very flimsy. They leak air from almost as soon as they are closed to a few months later. I wasted $63.00 on this garbage. Over 90 percent of people have had a negative experience with them.
I can't say whether the bags are useful or not since I canceled my order. My caution to other readers is not about the product but the ordering process and customer service.
If you order from the website be very careful. Better yet, don't do it! I ordered one set. I entered my credit information. I chose regular shipping (which is slow - 3 weeks). I then was offered choice after choice for add-on offers. I clicked NO, and got another one, clicked NO, got another, and so on and so forth. That in itself was annoying.
I'm normally not a dumb consumer, but there was one add on offer for a larger set that wasn't offered on the main ordering page. Of course, I couldn't compare the price and shipping charges without placing it in my cart so I fell for the scam - stupid me! - and clicked the option to add it to my order. I figured it was pretty safe since at the bottom of each of the add-on offers, it clearly states you can remove any offer before processing your order.
Wrong! I got to the end of the add-ons and voila! My credit card was charged before I had any ability to review my order and remove items.
They also "upgraded" my shipping to priority 5 day shipping - for an additional $9.95- without my permission.
What should have cost me about $30 ended up costing me $86.00. I had to call my bank to cancel the charges after customer service "couldn't find my order" 45 minutes after I placed it.
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