Excalibur is a premium dehydrator company specializing in powerful and well-constructed designs. This large 9-tray model is fit for medium to large families as well as organizations looking for an easy way to create healthy snacks.
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This large dehydrator comes in both black and white.
Nesco makes compact ovens, dehydrators and jerky making kits to simplify healthy snacking in your own home. The Snackmaster is built to accommodate plenty of foods without taking up a lot of counter space. It has five stackable trays that make it possible to create amazing snacks without mixing the flavors - you can use just one, or all five at the same time.
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The design itself is circular and doesn't take much counter space – especially considering the amount of food you can dehydrate at once.
The Snackmaster is a simple, sleek, reliable dehydrating system.
TSM creates specialty kitchen equipment so homeowners and professional chefs can prepare wholesome meals without paying extra for processing. The 5 Tray Stainless Steel Dehydrator is medium sized and built to last.
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Presto specializes in compact, easy and high-quality kitchen appliances families can rely on. Their products are well-rated across the board by users and reviewers alike, so you know you can count on them. The Presto Dehydro Electric Dehydrator can easily create a wide range of dried recipes using simple and convenient features.
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Waring Pro creates elegant, high-end kitchen appliances that would be at home in your kitchen or an upscale restaurant. Their dehydrators are no exception, featuring clear interlocking racks, three easy heat settings and more.
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A food dehydrator, a food processor, and a juicer are great additions to your kitchen appliances if you want to enjoy healthy foods. With a dehydrator, you can enjoy fresh foods beyond their normal shelf life, with their nutritious qualities still intact. Food dehydration is not only healthy for you and your family; it will also help you save the money spent on pre-dried food items in the grocery store.
With the wide range of brands offering food dehydrators, you could be asking yourself: "How do I ensure I get the best food dehydrator?" There are several things to consider, but largely your decision will be influenced by the amount of money you’re willing to spend, frequency of usage, and what you desire as your final results. Let’s get into details and see what you need to keep in mind to get this appliance.
The prices for a kitchen appliance might range from around $50 to $400. Why such a huge difference in prices? Well, the more features that a food dehydrator has, the higher the price tag will be. For instance, the ones with adjustable thermostats, oven style temperature control systems and protective exterior shields cost more than the ones without these extras.
While you can find cheap food dehydrators, most people who have used them complain of regular breakages, requiring constant repairs. You do not want a product that will cost you more money in the long run, so stick to the fairly priced or premium dehydrators and you will not regret your purchase!
One of the major qualities to consider is the type of the food dehydrator. Do you want a stacked or shelf dehydrator? This affects the distribution of heat and air flow. Before purchasing the machine, look at what the manufacturer says in regards to airflow and heat distribution. Apart from these factors, here are other important features to consider:
Let’s look into these features in more detail.
Just as we mentioned above, whether the dehydrator is a stacked or shelf design affects how heat is evenly distributed. Cheaply made stacked models may lead to uneven drying, requiring you to constantly rotate the trays. However, stacked models offer versatility as you can add more trays. Shelf designs do not need constant rotation of the trays, as the heat is evenly distributed. These models also dry taller food items more easily, as the shelves are removable to create more space.
Dehydrators are made of either plastic or stainless steel. Regardless of the material used, ensure it has FDA certification. If you intend to use the dehydrator for a long time, get a stainless steel model, as the quality of plastic degrades with time.
When it comes to size and capacity, consider the amount of food you will be requiring from one batch and the available space in your kitchen. Although smaller models take up less space in the kitchen, and are easier to store when not in use, they have smaller capacities and cannot hold much. If you have a lot of food to dehydrate, a larger machine is ideal for you. Choose a machine that will suit your lifestyle.
In most instances, food dehydration is an easy task. However, there are various features that will make the process even much easier for you. Get a dehydrator that ensures even distribution of heat, so you will not be required to rotate the shelves.
The other thing to consider in a food dehydrator is power. The power usage ranges from 600 to 800 watts for top-quality brands. Large dehydrators mostly come with high wattage, thereby adding to your electricity bills.
Don’t forget about ease of cleaning. Dehydrators that come with fans at the top are much easier to clean and maintain. In addition, different food items will dry at different temperatures, so you'll want a dehydrator that allows you to regulate the temperature for quality final results. If you plan to dry more than one food item, an adjustable model is best. Ensure your dehydrator comes with a manufacturer’s warranty, just in case of a manufacturer’s fault.