Food Dehydrator Reviews
Here is an index of the food dehydrator reviews by brand. You'll find the best one to be the Excalibur, but let's take a look at all the major dehydrators before buying.
Air Flow Matters
One of the biggest considerations when choosing a food dehydrator is the direction of the air flow. Does the hot or warm air travel vertically or horizontally?
I prefer the horizontal flow because it limits flavor mixing. When the air's blowing up (or down) through the trays, it could carry the taste of other foods too. Flavor mixing is a problem when you want to dehydrate different foods, whether you're dehdyrating fruit or meat or anything else.
If you go with a vertical one, you still have another option to choose. Do you want a top or bottom mounted fan? The bottom makes sense, since hot air naturally rises. But, consider that drippings that fall and how hard or easy it'll make the clean-up process.
Square Boxes and Round Cylinders
The reason is more usable space. Remember that the cylindrical units have a big hole in the center. It cuts down on the drying area you have to work with.
With a box style dryer, you get to use the entire tray. This is especially helpful if you have long strips of meat or other lengthy items.
Which Dehydrator? So Many to Choose From
No matter your diet or budget, any will work for you. It's not necessary to spend more than $75, but there are models that cost as little as $40 or more than $250. For $40, you'll likely be getting a cheap machine that simply moves a little hot air around inside. With a slighly better dehdyrator, you can expect some features, such as an adjustable thermostat and timer.
Some recipes require multiple drying temperatures and times, so the extra features benefit you by making life a little easier. When you have to dry something for several hours, it's nice to know you can set your food dehdyrator to shut itself off after some time.
Dehydrator Reviews by Brand
Choose one of the brands below to read more about the company and their models. The home dehydrator reviews are based on information from the manufacturers, customer comments, and personal experience.
- Excalibur Dehydrator
- The Excalibur food dehydrator is the one I recommend to friends and family.
- Nesco Dehydrator
- If you're looking for a dehydrator for under $100, go with a Nesco/American Harvest. They have several models to choose from, going for $50-150.
- L'Equip Dehydrator
- When I think of L'Equip Food Dehydrators, I think of designer kitchens. They look awesome.
- Stainless Steel Dehydrator
- Looking for something to match the rest of your stainless appliances? Check these models out.
- Good4U Dehydrator
- Here's a 6-tray square dehydrator that's not from Excalibur.
- Weston Dehydrator
- The Weston VegiKiln is a dehydrator to consider if you want a low-cost square model.
- Ronco Dehydrator
- This could be the most popular unit in the world because their ads on TV are great demos for the versatile machine. If you need something really cheap, you can pick one of these up for $40.
- Aroma Dehydrator
- Aroma makes one of the most affordable units on the market. But remember, you get what you pay for, so buyer beware.
- Back to Basics Dehydrator
- The small company puts out a product that costs a lot, but is missing too many features.
- Food Pantrie Hanging Dehydrator
- This uses no electricity and you can use it for seed sprouting too.
The Best Costs the Most
The Excalibur 9-tray dryers are very popular and considered the best, but the price can be a turn off. If you want to save some money but not skimp on quality, a top Nesco would be perfect. Of the round dehydrators, they're among the best. Either would make perfect jerky machines for your kitchen, and it's easy to make returns, so you can try them all risk-free.