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Food Dehydrators Buying Guide

A food dehydrator allows you to make dried fruits, herbs, lean jerky, and other nutritious dried foods at home. Requiring little more than heat and a flow of dry air, dehydrating food is a fairly simple process. It’s not a quick process, however. 

Types of Food Dehydrators

Types of Food Dehydrators

Healthy eating includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. And a food dehydrator is a great way to preserve the bounties of the seasons. To use a dehydrator, you place food on a tray or shelf and load it into the machine. A fan circulates warm, dry air through the machine either vertically or horizontally, gradually pulling the water out of foods but leaving behind the nutrients. Dehydrated foods have a long shelf life, and it’s great to have them on hand to use in trail mix, soups, salads, and more.

Vertical air flow

There are two types of dehydrators with vertical air flow. One has the fan on the top, the other on the bottom. Of the two, the kind with the fan on the bottom most likely gets better heat distribution because heat rises.

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Nesco
$174.99
at Kohl's

Make healthy homemade snacks with this Nesco Gardenmaster food dehydrator.   Limit 5 per household.   Product Features: Power...ful fan provides fast, nutritious drying results. Thermostat can be adjusted according to food type. Vita-Save exterior blocks light to help retain nutrients. Design lets you prepare up to 30 trays of food at once. What's Included: Fruit roll sheet Herky spice Clean-a-Screen tray Product Care: Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty Product Details: 1000 watts Model no. FD-1010 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Nesco
$64.99
at Target

Dry fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers or meat easily with the food dehydrator and jerky maker from NESCO American Harvest. With p...owerful 500-watt dehydrator, it absorbs moisture from vegetables, fruit rollups or jerky in just a few hours. Its patented Converga-Flow drying system allows for quick and effective drying. The adjustable thermostat offers easy-dry temperature setting. This NESCO dehydrator has 4 trays and a total drying surface area of 6.5 square feet. All parts except the powerhead are dishwasher safe for easy maintenance. This 4-tray dehydrator comes with plastic fruit rolling sheet as well as 2 spice and curing packs. 500-watt dehydrator extracts the moisture from food to make tasty, healthy snacks Adjustable thermostat makes it easy to set the temperature Patented Converga-Flow drying system forces air down for fast, even drying Includes plastic fruit roll sheet, 2 original spice and cure packs and a 52-pg. care and use guide Dishwasher safe except for powerhead Features: Expandable To Add More TraysIncludes: Instruction ManualNumber of Trays: 4 Total Drying Surface Area: 6.5 Sq. FeetPower Wattage Output: 500 WattsCare and Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe Parts read more

Ronco
$39.99
at Target

The Ronco 5-Tray Food Dehydrator effectively dries fruit slices, meat for jerky and more using the convection airflow mechanism. W...ithout a fan or a motor, it delivers quiet operation. This electric food dehydrator can also make yogurt. This Ronco electric food dehydrator has an adjustable thermostat to regulate and monitor temperature. The trays and lids are dishwasher safe for easy maintenance. It comes with a clear lid to check on the drying contents. As seen on TV, this electric food dehydrator?with plenty of room, thanks to its 5 trays?makes great yogurt, too Instead of a noisy fan or motor a silent but powerful convection airflow does the work Includes a recipe booklet 10Hx13" dia. Includes: Instruction ManualNumber of Trays: 5 Total Drying Surface Area: 60.0 "Power Wattage Output: 125 WattsAssembly Details: assembly required read more

Excalibur
$235.79 $350.00
at Casa

Excalibur 3926T 9-Tray Food Dehydrator w/ Timer, Black Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve... foods. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everythings done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving you with a flavor thats far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar candies that are filled with chemical preservatives. The Excalibur 9-Tray Large Dehydrator provides 15 square feet of drying space making this the biggest and best there is. Ideal for large families, large gardens, craftspeople, and sportsmen. This unit includes flexible polyscreen tray inserts to prevent foods from sticking to trays, 7 fan, built in on/off switch, adjustable thermostat, and a convenient 26 hour timer, 110V. Dimensions: 19? x 17? x 12.5?. read more

Williams-Sonoma

Generations of gardeners have relied on the classic technique of dehydrating to preserve the fresh flavors of the seasons harvest.... Whether you grow your own produce or purchase it from the farmer?s market, our dehydrator makes it easy to dry your favorite fruits, vegetables and herbs. It makes great jerky, too. Easy-to-use countertop dehydrator preserves the fresh flavors and nutrients of your favorite foods. Ideal for drying fruits, vegetables and herbs, making fruit leathers or creating savory jerky from meats, poultry and seafood. Six large trays with screen inserts make it simple to dry family-sizes batches or different types of foods at the same time. Adjustable thermostat lets you select temperatures from 84° to 155°F. Rear-mounted drying system circulates air evenly, so you dont need to rotate trays. Ultra-quiet fan guarantees maximum efficiency. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. read more

Excalibur
$261.79 $350.00
at Casa

Excalibur 3926T 9-Tray Dehydrator w/ Timer, White Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve food...s. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everythings done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving you with a flavor thats far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar candies that are filled with chemical preservatives. The Excalibur 9-Tray Large Dehydrator provides 15 square feet of drying space making this the biggest and best there is. Ideal for large families, large gardens, craftspeople, and sportsmen. This unit includes flexible polyscreen tray inserts to prevent foods from sticking to trays, 7 fan, built in on/off switch, adjustable thermostat, and a convenient 26 hour timer. Dimensions: 19? x 17? x 12.5?. read more

Excalibur
$350.00
at Amazon

The Excalibur is the finest dehydrator made. It is the ONLY machine with the unique ParallexxTM Horizontal Airflow Drying System. ...Hundreds of thousands of gardeners, outdoors enthusiasts, sportsmen, health-minded folks, and families say, "We love the Excalibur!".Our new timer can be set to operate your Excalibur dehydrator from one hour up to TWENTY-SIX HOURS and will turn it off at the end of the time period that you've selected. Makes it easy to incorporate dehydrating activities around your schedule. Your Excalibur will turn itself off while you're sleeping and when you are away. No more baby-sitting at 4:30 a.m. No more postponing dehydrating because other activities take you away from home for a number of hours. With our optional timer and Excalibur's built-in safety features, you can load it before leaving for the day or evening. Our timer makes dehydrating as convenient as using a slow cooker for unattended meal preparation. 9 LARGE trays: 15SF of tray area. Ideal size for large families, large gardens, craftspeople, and sportsmen. 26-hour Timer. Set the dehydrator to run for 1 to 26 hours. The unit will automatically shut-off after set time is complete. Adjustable thermostat. Built-in on/off switch. 7-inch fan, 600 watts, Unit Dimensions: 12 1/2 H x 17 W x 19 D (inches) Shipping Weight: 22 lbs. Available in Case Color of Black or Appliance White. All units come with a Black Door and Black Trays. read more

Williams-Sonoma

Great for making healthy snacks and putting up the season?s harvest, this ultra efficient digital dehydrator accurately distribute...s heated air, allowing you to dry foods perfectly every time. Its thoughtful features include a dual-fan control that allows you to vary batch size, a glass door to monitor progress, a quiet-dry setting for night-time use and an easy-to-clean interior. Dry fruits, vegetables and meats, make fruit leathers and even jerky. An all digital control panel and is fully automated to accurately control the way your food is dehydrated. Two digitally controlled fans lets you choose to dry four, five or all nine trays at a time. Digital temperature can be displayed in Fahrenheit (°F) or in Celsius (°C) Digital timer can be set for continuous mode for 150 hours of uninterrupted operation. Glass window to keep an eye on the drying process. Includes nine open trays, nine mesh screen trays and one closed tray, all BPA free. Night-mode setting offers quieter operation when desired. read more

Nesco
$189.99
at Kohl's

Make homemade jerky, dried fruits and more with this Nesco Gardenmaster food dehydrator.   Limit 5 per household.   Product Fe...atures: Fan provides faster, more nutritious drying results. Digital thermostat lets you adjust the temperature. Expandable design lets you prepare 20 trays at once. What's Included: Fruit roll sheets Clean-a-Screens Product Care: Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty Product Details: 1000 watts Model no. FD-1040 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Nesco
$132.99 $139.99
at Kohl's

Create healthy, homemade snacks with this Nesco food dehydrator.   Limit 5 per household.   Product Features Adjustable therm...ostat lets you pick the perfect temperature. Top-mounted fan generates maximum speed and quality. Digital timer is programmable for up to 24 hours of drying time. What's Included: 4 trays 1 fruit roll sheet 1 Clean-a-Screen 1 cure pack 1 Original Jerky Spice flavor pack Product Care: Removable parts: dishwasher safe Base: wipe clean Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty Product Details: 10.5"H x 13"W x 13"D Temperature range: 95°F to 160°F 600 watts 8 lbs. Model no. FD-77DT Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Excalibur
$236.99 $249.99
at Kohl's

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator.   Limit 5 per household.   Pro...duct Features: 15 square feet of drying space. 7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. Product Construction and Care: Polycarbonate Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warranty Product Details: 12.5"H x 17"W x 19"D 600 watts Assembly required Model no. 2900ECB Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Nesco
$97.99
at Amazon

The FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express All-In-One kit has a top mounted fan. Easily dries fruit, vegetables and jerky quickly and evenl...y. Dries food in hours not days. Comes with 5 trays and jerky gun. Unit disassembles easily and all parts are dishwasher safe except the power head. The Opaque Vita-Save exterior helps block harmful lights which destroys nutritional content of food being dehydrated. The Patented fan flow radial air action forces air down the center of the unit and horizontally across each tray for fast, even-drying. No need to rotate. read more

Nesco
$48.99 $49.99
at Wayfair

This unit features Nesco / American Harvest's innovative top mounted power head that dries food quickly and evenly with superior r...esults. Detaches to make dehydrator dishwasher safe for easy clean up. Fan flow technology means faster, more even drying with no tray rotation necessary. Make great tasting beef jerky or venison jerky Features: Food dehydrator Food releases easily from clear trays Top mounted fan and heater keeps dripping out Easy clean-up No tray rotation Clear abs top cover Comes with four speckled trays and expandable up to 7 trays with add-a-tray accessories 4'' Fan and 400 watts Show Additional Info read more

Nesco
$99.99
at Kohl's

Make homemade jerky, dried fruits and more with this Nesco Snackmaster Express food dehydrator.   Limit 5 per household.   Pro...duct Features: Top-mounted fan means no tray rotation is necessary. Adjustable thermostat allows you to dry different foods. What's Included: Dehydrator Fruit roll sheet Jerky spice Product Construction and Care: Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty Product Details: 500 watts Model no. FD-60 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. read more

Excalibur
$349.00 $400.00
at Sears

Excalibur 5 Tray Food Dehydrator Cherry The Excalibur 5 Tray Food Dehydrator in Cherry makes it easy to create dried fruits, veggi...es and even jerkies right in your own home. It features 5 Large 15" x 15" Trays which equal 8 square feet of drying area, a 26 Hour Timer, an adjustable thermostat that... read more

Horizontal air flow

Horizontal-flow dehydrators have the fan in the back of the machine. Some users prefer this type because it offers good heat distribution among the shelves and less flavor transfer between trays when drying a variety of foods at the same time.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Key elements of a good food dehydrator include proper ventilation and air circulation, as well as versatility -- you want to be able to use it for many types of foods or spices. Don’t dismiss plastic models, as long as they are FDA-approved. But stainless-steel models are also available. Think about how much you’ll be using the product; spending more for higher quality should pay off if you intend to use the appliance frequently.

Size

Choose your size according to how much food you plan to dry at one time. Many dehydrators allow you to add trays, increasing the drying capacity as needed.

Shape

Dehydrators are available in rectangular, square, and round shapes. Think about how the dehydrator will fit in your kitchen. Although round dehydrators are nice, this shape is harder to store than others.

Trays

Some models have shelves that slip in and out on tracks in the walls, while others offer stackable trays. The beauty of stackable trays is that you can stack six to 20 at one time. When choosing a model, think about how many foods you would like to dry and how many you want to rotate for level drying.

Thermostats

Both non-adjustable and adjustable thermostats are available. Having one that adjusts lets you fine-tune the temperature for the type of food you are drying.

Noise

Some models have a night mode that quiets the machine so it can be drying while you are sleeping.

Visibility

Some dehydrators have a glass window, making it easy to watch the progress without opening up the machine or stopping the process.

Durability and versatility

For occasional use to preserve fruits and vegetables, a less-expensive plastic model will serve your needs. If you plan to regularly make jerky, dry herbs, fruits, vegetables, and more, invest in a quality machine that will last many years.

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Excalibur
$235.79 $350.00
at Casa

Excalibur 3926T 9-Tray Food Dehydrator w/ Timer, Black Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve... foods. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everythings done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving you with a flavor thats far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar candies that are filled with chemical preservatives. The Excalibur 9-Tray Large Dehydrator provides 15 square feet of drying space making this the biggest and best there is. Ideal for large families, large gardens, craftspeople, and sportsmen. This unit includes flexible polyscreen tray inserts to prevent foods from sticking to trays, 7 fan, built in on/off switch, adjustable thermostat, and a convenient 26 hour timer, 110V. Dimensions: 19? x 17? x 12.5?. read more

Excalibur 3926T 9-Tray Food Dehydrator w/ Timer, Black
Excalibur
$261.79 $350.00
at Casa

Excalibur 3926T 9-Tray Dehydrator w/ Timer, White Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve food...s. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everythings done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving you with a flavor thats far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar candies that are filled with chemical preservatives. The Excalibur 9-Tray Large Dehydrator provides 15 square feet of drying space making this the biggest and best there is. Ideal for large families, large gardens, craftspeople, and sportsmen. This unit includes flexible polyscreen tray inserts to prevent foods from sticking to trays, 7 fan, built in on/off switch, adjustable thermostat, and a convenient 26 hour timer. Dimensions: 19? x 17? x 12.5?. read more

Excalibur 3926T 9-Tray Dehydrator w/ Timer, White
Excalibur
$226.29 $300.00
at Casa

Excalibur 3526T 5-Tray Dehydrator w/ Timer, White Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve food...s. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everythings done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving you with a flavor thats far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar candies that are filled with chemical preservatives. The Excalibur 5-Tray Small Garden dehydrator provides 8 square feet of drying space, and is perfect for families with small gardens. This unit includes flexible polyscreen tray inserts to prevent foods from sticking to trays, 5-Inch fan, built in on/off switch, adjustable thermostat, and a convenient 26 hour timer. Dimensions: 19? x 17? x 8.5?. read more

Excalibur 3526T 5-Tray Dehydrator w/ Timer, White
Victorio
$9.29 $22.99
at Wayfair

Use with your Victorio dehydrator to make fruit leather or homemade fruit roll-ups with ease. Comes with two trays and works with ...the Victorio VKP1006 food dehydrator. Features:Fruit leather trays Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty Set of two trays and works with the Victorio VKP1006 food dehydrator Made of plastic ABS Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 0.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 11.75 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 11.75 Inches Overall Product Weight: 1 Pounds read more

Food Dehydrator Fruit Leather Tray (Set of 2)
Victorio
$21.20 $39.75
at Wayfair

Add two extra drying trays to expand your Victorio VKP1050 digital dehydrator's capacity so you can dry more of the foods you love.... Features:Drying tray Drying trays to expand your dehydrator's capacity Designed for the Victorio digital food dehydrator model VKP1050 Each tray has 1.1 square feet of drying space Manufacturer provides 1 year warranty Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 1.5 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 11.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 17.5 Inches read more

Food Dehydrator Drying Tray (Set of 2)
Cuisinart
$59.95 $90.00
at Crate & Barrel

Frozen treats in any flavor you can dream up are just a few easy steps away?without messy ice or salt. Cuisinart's fully automatic... ice cream maker can hatch a 1.5-quart batch of ice cream, yogurt, sorbet or frozen drinks in as little as 20 minutes. Once you toss your ingredients into the spout, the heavy-duty motor, double-insulated freezer bowl and patented mixing paddle do all the work for you. Bowl must be frozen overnight in advance. The results are consistently smooth, and clean-up is a breeze. Cuisinart® and other Wedding Registry offersCuisinart® Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Maker. 1.5 qt. 9"Wx8.63"Dx11.25"H White and transparent plastic Double insulated freezer bowl Easy pour-in spout Heavy-duty motor No ice or salt required Instruction/recipe book included Hand wash removable parts Made in China Overall DimensionsWidth: 9" Depth: 8.625" Height: 11.25" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

Cuisinart® Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt Maker
De'Longhi
$129.95 $179.95
at Crate & Barrel

Premium deep-fryer with a large capacity feeds the whole crowd while minimizing the mess. Beneath the three-pound capacity frying ...compartment lies a "cool zone" of oil to prevent fallen food from burning, reducing odor and keeping cooking oil clean longer. Permanent stainless steel filter helps prevent lingering oil vapors; patented easy-clean system features a convenient draining hose to remove oil easily and efficiently. Digital timer with alarm signals to avoid overcooking foods. Removable bowl, frying basket and lid are dishwasher-safe. Oil counter system alerts you to change the oil. Handsome, high-tech fryer also features a lid with viewing window, cool-touch outer handle and adjustable digital thermostat/timer.DeLonghi® Dual Zone Deep Fryer. 10.6"Wx17.23"Dx12.08"H Metal, plastic and electrical parts 3-lb. food capacity Cool-zone clean oil reservoir Easy oil-drainage cleaning system Adjustable thermostat/timer with alarm Clean with a damp soapy cloth Removable parts are dishwasher-safe Made in USA Overall DimensionsWidth: 10.6" Depth: 17.23" Height: 12.08" Warranty AvailableView the manufacturer's warranty (PDF) read more

DeLonghi® Dual Zone Deep Fryer
Kyocera Cutlery
$59.95 $98.00
at MetroKitchen.com

With this Kyocera electric ceramic knife sharpener you're able to sharpen your Kyocera ceramic knives at home. This battery-powere...d sharpener from Kyocera uses diamond abrasives and is designed specifically for sharpening Kyocera's revolutionary ceramic knives. It can even remove chips from your Kyocera knives that are up to 0.5 millimeters deep. This Kyocera electric sharpener is also easy to clean because the cover comes right off and is isolated from the grinding mechanism. read more

Kyocera Electric Ceramic Knife Sharpener
Ronco
$179.99 $225.00
at JC Penney

Wow family and friends with the delicious flavor and juicy texture of your rotisserie chickens. This high-efficiency appliance let...s you spend less time in the kitchen, turning out delicious birds each time. authentic rotisserie cooking for maximum flavorpreset temperature ensures your food cooks properlyprecision rotation speed for evennesshorizontal cooking option for increased flavorspecialized heating element and air vent positioning for safetythree-hour automatic timer lets you keep trackenergy-efficient, using less electricity than a conventional oven Stainless steel. Imported. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. read more

Ronco® EZ-Store 5500 Series Stainless Steel Rotisserie
FoodSaver
$17.99 $24.99
at Casa

Food prepping ahead of time means less time spent in the kitchen and more time to enjoy with family and friends. Slice up an array... of deli meats and cheeses for a party platter, then keep it fresh and ready to go with the help of this rechargeable handheld vacuum sealer. Designed for use with the FoodSaver vacuum zipper bags and FoodSaver deli containers, the cordless unit removes the air with the press of a button, creating an airtight seal that keeps ready-to-eat food items in the refrigerator or pantry fresh for longer. The thoughtfully designed device comes with a dishwasher-safe nozzle that catches overflow liquids, and its compact size takes up minimal space on the counter or in a drawer when not in use. Two medium zipper bags come included. Quick and convenient. Product Measures: 8.9 wide x 3 long x 4 tall/deep Features: ? Great for everyday use with deli meats, cheeses and other refrigerated and pantry foods ? Cordless, compact and easy to use ? One touch operation vacuums airtight with the press of a button ? Easy clean nozzle catches overflow liquids and is dishwasher-safe ? Use with specially designed FoodSaver FreshSaver vacuum zipper bags and foodsaver deli containers ? Easy clean nozzle catches overflow liquids ? One-touch operation vacuums airtight with the press of a button ? Used with specially designed foodsaver freshsaver vacuum zipper bags and foodsaver deli containers Material: Plastic Care Instructions: Dishwasher-safe Dimensions: 8.9? x 3? x 4?. read more

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