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Best Food Dehydrator Reviews 2017

dehydrating I sure do hope that you agree with when I say:

Dehydrating Food is not possible today without a good Dehydrator…
Or is it?

Well, that sounds great except there is ONE problem. Figuring out that “Best” food dehydrator
is not so easy.

And that is one of the main reasons that pushed me into making a list of best food dehydrators reviews 2017. After a lot of research and hours spent on testing these dryers, I have compiled a list for you which you can buy right now.

Our Top 10 Choices

For sure, these dryers are not for everyone as some of them can be pricey for some people.

With that being said, one thing can be assured. These are good enough to make it to our top 10 list.

NameTemp (°F)Trays/MaxWattage 
Nesco FD-75A
(Editor’s Choice)
95 - 1605 / 20600 Check Price
Excalibur 3926TB
(Editor’s Choice)
95 - 1559 / 9900 Check Price
Deni 7200155 - 1656 / 6350 Check Price
Nesco FD-104090 - 1604 / 201000 Check Price
Waring Pro DHR30110 - 1755 / 5620 Check Price
Presto 063001654 / 8600 Check Price
Tribest Sedona SD-P900085-1559 / 9600 Check Price
Ronco125 - 1335125 Check Price

Advantages Of A Good Food Dehydrator

  • Size And Space: This might look like it’s a no brainer but just think about it, you’re going to live with your choice for probably years so you must consider where are you going to place it, there is a very wide variety of machines. If you have small space, my advice would be to buy a stacked one, because the size can be flexible depending on your need, however, if you have no problem with space, you can go with the boxed dehydrator as it provides better results but can use quite some space.
  • Heat And Air: It really depends on if you have enough space or not, because if you don’t, then I advise you to go with the stackable one, because even if you are thinking about putting in more food it will only take more space vertically, but since we are talking about the heat and air circulation they are a bit problematic, because you’ll have to rotate those racks, especially the closest one the fan and the heating element. If you had no problems with space go with boxed one to avoid all these problems.
  • Flexibility: Before you go and decide what type of dryer you like you must ask yourself. Am I going to use it as often? Is the capacity or size of the meals gonna be big as often? if you answer yes, then go with a boxed dryer. but if you are a regular user and want to use it only from time to time then stackable one is the right one for you.
  • Build Quality: This one is very important too, no matter how cool the machine is, it MUST meet the requirement for safer and better process. The Machine is usually either plastic or metal. If it in plastic, make sure that it is FDA approved and does not contain BFA. Same thing goes for metal; the materials should be listed as safe by the FDA. Also if you are planning on using it too much better go with metal because plastic’s quality can degrade with time.
  • Portability: If you are considering this option then go with a stackable one, Period. As said time and time again, the stacked dryer is the best for people who are low in space, as you only use the trays you need. But with boxed one, you have a fixed size that can’t be changed which is usually big.
  • Price: As you can see from our reviews bellow the stacked ones are considerably cheaper than the stacked ones.

1. Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro

The Nesco Snackmaster Pro one of the best and latest product by the famous American Harvest company. Additionally to one of the best prices compared to the quality you are getting. It has a very slick and clean looking design. With a Strong and Durable motor -600 watts- it helps you dry beef jerky, fruit and meat easily and in a short amount of time.

Features of Nesco Snackmaster Pro FD-75A

  • Adjustable Thermostat ( between 95 and goes up to 160 degrees F) which gives you a huge advantage to change it to your liking.
  • A big Fan Located at the top to speed up the drying process.
  • BPA-free Plastic for healthy results.
  • An outer vita-save body to help protect it from the bad light that can harm and eliminate nutritious content in your meals.
  • A very smart airflow system to dry meals fast and not get them mixed.
  • It Comes with five trays and two fruit roll sheets.

2. Excalibur 3926TB

If you have no problem with the cost and just looking for the best than Excalibur 3926TB is what you need. It just has so many excellent features with a top notch quality. It has a crazy ten years warranty, and most of the people that bought are very satisfied with it.

Features of Excalibur 3926TB

  • High-quality adjustable thermostats ranging from  95° – 155° F. And a chart showing best temp for differents kinds of meals( usually high temps for meat and beef jerky and lower temps for fragile and delicate food).
  • 26 hours timer
  • ON-OFF Button
  • A very special system that ensures all the trays dry evenly
  • Door And trays are easily detachable for cleaning purposes
  • Ten years warranty

3. Excalibur Stainless Steel

One of the main reasons this Choice is not the first on the list is that it’s one of the most expensive ones. But it is worth it, and it is ideal for heavy and duty users as it is considered a commercial one rather than a regular which means it can keep up with large batches and heavy usage over the time.

  • With this Stainless steel monster, you have the ability to dry up to 18kgs (almost 39 pounds) of fruits, nuts, vegetables, pasta, grains and meat in no time at all.
  • A 15 square feet area which makes it ideal for heavy users like hunter and campers.
  • Adjustable Hyperwave Thermostat with higher precision and efficiency.
  • A polycarbonate interior.
  • 5-year warranty.

4. Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric

If you are on a tight budget, but also want to get the bang for the buck, then give this one a shot. Then Presto is the best one for an entry level as you. Most people who bought this love it and there’s also a lot of positive reviews.

  • A transparent cover is allowing you to keep an eye on the contents of while it is being cooked just as you like.
  • Dishwasher safe and PBA-free.
  • Suitable for meat beef jerky and fruit too.
  • Four trays that can be expanded to up to nine trays if needed.
  • The Case and cord are located at the base for optimal storage.

5. Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster

This one is usually is in the mid-user range with a budget between 100$ to 150$; this particular brand is famous for its 20 trays capacity. Which makes this an excellent idea to use for gatherings and parties. Same as the other Nesco Brand as it has a shiny white exterior which can block all the light that can harm your meals.

  • A professional programmable digital thermostat which is the best and easiest to deal with
  • Other than the ability to dry the usual food it is can also dry milk powder, pasta, grains and also pine cones and flower petals.
  • It contains a mesh tray, a recipe book, jerky cure, jerky seasoning as well as a fruit roll insert tray.

6. Waring Pro DHR30 Professional

Although that the Waring Pro had some shortcomings compared to higher end models, but compared to its price it is way worth the price.

Plus the good looking design the manufacturer offers great support and after sales services.

  • 5 Stackable and interlocking featured trays.
  • Goes up to nine trays if needed.
  • One fruit roll-up suitable also for dehydrating liquids and semi-liquids.
  • An Adjustable thermostat with five levels.
  • Five years warranty on the motor and one year on the whole machine.

7. Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express

The Nesco FD-61WHC is especially great in the multi-functionality department. As you can see, it has many advantages for food drying without breaking the bank. You could say that it term it is very reasonable if not the most reasonable one. It has many benefits for food drying without breaking the bank. You could say that it term it is very reasonable if not the most reasonable one.

As you notice from the name, the word “express” as it’s primary interest is fast but still delicious food.

  • One top-mounted fan that helps distribute air evenly for all the trays.
  • A jerky gun which is extremely useful when it comes to dehydrating jerky.
  • Comes with five trays and can be extended to 12 if needed.
  • A free recipe booklet and a fruit roll.

Food Dehydrator Types

Generally speaking, there are two main types:

  1. Stacked

As the name says, the trays are usually stacked on top of each other, with the bottom rack being an electrically-base which dispenses out hot air and with a fan to help circulate it to the rest trays.

  • Pros

These types usually require less space as it only goes upwards when adding more trays.

  • Cons

On the other hand. The closer the fan to the heating element the faster it makes it dry out than the other trays. Which mean that you have to change between them for even results.

  1. Box And Shelf

Also, you can guess from the name it comprised of a box (exterior shell), and shelves (= trays ), the most accurate thing to describe would be that they work like ovens, where the trays are inserted into their particular place with a fan located at the back to blow out hot air throughout the trays.

  • Pros

With an improved insulation, and since, unlike the previously mentioned type, the source of heat is located at the back which provides better and even heat distribution throughout the whole dehydrator content.

  • Cons

I wouldn’t call this a very bad thing, but it does use a large space which is fixed regardless on the food you are using.

How Does It Work?

Most Of the food has between 50% to 90% of it being water, thus meaning that with time the food can develop bacteria, fungus, and eventually rot and go to waste.

And This is where it comes into play, by getting rid of the excessive water from different kinds of food, it helps to remove a safe percentage of it. And it does that by blowing out hot ear into its trays, usually using a fan.

Some Benefits

Right off the bat, Here are some reasons that food dehydrators can make your daily life much easier and better.

  • You become a much more reliable chef

It

 

makes the food tastes stronger than original taste, Plus it makes it last longer. Which you can later at any point use it in your recipes (sauces and yogurt for example).

  • Access to out-of-season fruits and vegetables

A lot of fresh fruits and vegetables are available (or at least at their best) in specific season and then disappear or sells for a high price. But if you have a food dryer then your problem is solved as it can last for ages and use whenever you want.

  • Save a lot of money long term

You must consider this as a long-term investment. You might need to invest a chunk of money right now, but it will save you way more than that in the long run.

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