Dehydration has been a popular method of food preservation throughout history. The up-to-date food dehydrator models exert perfect air circulation and precise humidity, thus helping your dried fruits and veggies to retain all the vitamins and minerals they originally contained. In modern times, these smart devices are also used for drying homegrown herbs, making jerky, fruit roll-ups and experimenting with different flavors by home cooks.
If you are looking for the best food dehydrator to buy, you have come to the right place. We have spent a full week carefully picking over a dozen of products, lab testing each of them to form in-depth reviews.
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Best food dehydrators over dozens of competitive models from different brands listed below:
Excalibur 3926TB graces our list of the best food dehydrators with its feature-packed, practical design and sheer volume of food it can process at a time. The device comes with 9 trays, totaling over 15 square feet of drying space. The large drying space helps you dehydrate various types of home-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, meat and even pasta and milk at a lot less time.
The manufacturer’s patented “Parallex Horizontal Airflow” ensures that your beef jerky, fruit leathers, and kale chips turn out to be absolutely spot-on in every single attempt. The machine features a 7-inch fan along with 600 watts of heating elements that make sure the entire dehydration process is done quickly, in an efficient manner by uniformly distributing the heat across all the trays.
We also noticed that the trays are non-stick. Therefore, the foods don’t stick to it. It comes with an automated, motor-driven 26-hours timer. So once you set the timer for 26 hours, run errands, sleep, take a walk etc. meanwhile without worrying about overdrying your food.
In the event of a power outage, the unit will remember how long it has been on prior the power cut. So when the power comes back, it will pick up from where it left. We also loved the temperature range its thermostat offers. While temp as low as 105 degrees F is precisely what you need to preserve the essential nutrients of your fruits, veggies, and herbs, you need a high temp. of 165 degrees to process meat without cooking it.
To protect the device from electrical malfunctions, Excalibur 3926TB features 3 individual circuits. Add to that, all the heating and electrical elements at safely housed in an enclosure at the back of the unit.
The sleek and compact, contemporary design of Nesco FD-75A will be a cool addition to any kitchen, even to the ones having a serious space crunch. The device comes with 5 trays, each mounted on top of another. You can buy and add up to 12 trays at once to meet you food processing demand. However, more trays will demand more power.
The unit dries various types of edibles using its patented Converge-a-Flow principal. In simpler terms, it channelizes the air downwards and inwards through every single tray. This mechanism helps you dehydrate anything, from sensitive herbs to turkey with absolute precision, like a pro.
One of the major strengths of the unit is the precise thermostat that ranges from 95 degrees to 160 degrees. The low temp comes handy while drying delicate herbs and flower petals while the high temp is necessary for processing meat. We also loved the inclusion of two different types of sheets for solid and liquid food.
It just adds a lot of versatility to the unit and allows you to be creative with your gastronomy experiments. However, the absence of a timer is a bit of a letdown in an otherwise well-built machine. Also, there’s no power button in the device. Therefore, you will have to plug it into the power source and disconnect it from the socket every time you need to start the dehydration process.
Our third pick features two serious and much necessary upgrades from its previous version-the Presto 06300. The previous version lacked a digital thermostat and a timer. Coincidentally, these very two features are the biggest strengths of the model we tested. With just a press of a button, you can set precise temp required for different types of fruits, veggies, meats, and herbs.
Another amazing feature of this unit has to be the inclusion of two fruit leather sheets and two non-stick mesh screens. This allows for a lot of room for experiment. We even tried proofing our pizza dough and raising bread right before serving. The results turned out to be perfect each time.
In the package, we found a packet of beef jerky spice and cure which encourages you to get started with making jerky right away. The unit comes with 6 trays but you can add 6 more if required. According to the manufacturer, the nesting design of the trays save up to 36% storage space and we do not disagree. We also loved the see-through cover which lets you keep an eye on your food. The washable components are dishwasher safe, making the maintenance a breeze.
We think Chefman 5 Tray Round Food Dehydrator is the best food dehydrator you can buy for processing meat without blowing your budget. All you need to do is press the right buttons to set the right temp, timer, close the transparent lid and behold the sorcery.
The superior airflow technology of Chefman ensures that all the edibles turn out evenly dried in the least amount of time. Apart from meat and fish, we also used this model for proofing dough, drying herbs for potpourri, making fruit leather and roll-ups. The banana chips we made were as crisp as the store-bought ones and our testers couldn’t stop gorging on it.
Once the processing is done, all you got to do is remove the trays, put them in the dishwasher and relax! Fuss-free maintenance, seamless controls, and user-friendly design- the Chefman 5 Tray Round Food Dehydrator scores insanely well in every department.
The air flow system of the Aicok Electric Food Dehydrator is one of the best we have ever seen. The fan is mounted at the bottom of the unit. Thus, it ensures that the air moves through all the trays and all the items on the trays are processed evenly at the same time frame. This brilliant air flow system has another great benefit as well.
While it sucks every last bit of moisture from your grub, the food items retain their essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. From granola bars to kale chips, now you can stack your shelf with an array of guilt-free snacks and lead a healthier lifestyle.
The built-in thermostat lets you alter between a temperature range of 95 degrees to 158 degrees. While we have no qualms about the lowest temp range, we would have preferred at least 165 degrees at the highest side. To process tough meat like meat in a small time, you need at least 165 degrees.
Cuisinart is one of the most well-known designers of modern kitchen essentials. Among the 3 Cuisinart models we tested, this was the one to make the cut and for all the right reasons. The unit allows you to stack up to 9 trays which translate to a large dehydration space.
If you’re looking for a food dehydrator to prepare healthy snacks such as potato crisps, fruit roll-ups and even dry fish, meat jerkies without spending a fortune, this could be a great choice. The adjustable temp control lets you set the temp at High, Low, Medium and Fan Only temperature range. The wide range of temperature makes the unit a highly versatile food processor.
Apart from drying the usual fruits, veggies, and meat, you can also dry yogurt, proof bread dough in the dehydrator. The machine uses a motorized fan that operates at 620 watts and is coupled with a top vent for effective air circulation through all the interlocked trays.
At #7, we have a model designed to serve the home cooks and people who like to live off the grid. Thanks to its compact and portable design, you can prepare a bunch of healthy and tasty snacks without worrying about storage space. The bottom-mounted motor also adds to the safety of the dehydrator. Using its 48-hours timer and precise thermostat control, you can leave your grub to process on its own while you take a nice walk at the park.
It features an auto shut-off feature to so you can leave the machine on without worrying about any crazy scenario. The nesting design of the unit makes storage a breeze. And we also loved mesh sheet that helps you easily make fruit rolls and dry delicate herbs. One word of wisdom: to maintain flavor consistency, process your veggies, fruits, and meat in their own separate batches.
This easy-to-use food dehydrator is the perfect entry-level model for all the beginners out there. The simple and straightforward controls of the unit are what we loved the most about it. You just have to push the + and – minus to adjust your preferred temperature. The machine can run for about 19.5 hours and you can increase the length of time in the increments of 30 minutes.
Apart from the 5 large non-stick trays, it also comes with a mesh tray that keeps small food items from falling off the large tray. The 5 trays, in total, provide 5 sq.ft of dehydration space. While this might not be nearly as nifty as our top picks, outdoorsmen and amateur home cooks can prepare healthy snacks and experiment with flavors like a pro with its help.
Another great invention from the house of MAGIC MILL, this version comes with 6 BPA-free, fine mesh trays and 3 fruit roll-up inserts. The digital controls are positioned in front of the cabinet for easy access. The digital thermostat lets you alter the temp between 95 to 158 degrees and also comes with 8 preset temperature settings.
The device has a runtime of 19.5 hours with 30 minutes of increments. All these features at an exceptionally affordable price make it an ideal purchase for both home cooks and professionals. The 7” heater fan is housed at the back of the cabinet and ensures uninterrupted airflow through all the 6 trays.
If you consider yourself new to the world of food dehydration and want a capable device without dehydrating your pocket, here’s a great option for you. You can use the Presto 06300 for making potato crisps, kale and banana chips, drying cashew yogurt, milk powder, pasta, processing fish and meat.
In short, the possibilities with this unit are endless. The closely packaged design is a savior for those lacking big counter space. This tiny beast takes minimal counter space and isn’t a pain to store as well.
The fan and heating elements operate at 600 watts and ensure consistent, bottom to top airflow through all the trays to create perfectly dried out edibles every single time. The machine is fairly easy to use, allowing an adjustable temp range of 135 to 145 degrees.
So that was it, fellas! Don’t limit yourself to drying only fruits and veggies in your dehydrator. You can even dry flower petals to make potpourri and what not using this machine. Hope our reviews will help you select the best food dehydrator money can buy.
One side note, though. The type of food you are drying, amount of humidity in the air, the thickness of the slices are a few factors that may affect the drying time of your dehydrator. Therefore, there’s nothing to worry if one type of food takes longer to dehydrate than another type. That’s all for today’s segment. Thank you for reading.