So far I have been very happy with my VP-215. It is very easy to use. The set-up (adding of oil) was as simple as the video shows. I have not had the machine long enough to judge the durability/life span of the machine yet but it seems to be solidly built and well designed. I would not question the durability at all if not for other less than positive reviews. It is always possible to get damage in shipping although it came very well packaged. It works great with the provided bags and also with the 1/2 gallon mylar bags I have used. The mylar bags used the same seal time setting as is recommended for the vacmaster bags which is a bonus in my book. To this date I am quite pleased with my purchase.