Food Dehydrators Buying Guide

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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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Excalibur
$299.00

D500RB Color: Blueberry Features: -5 Trays. -440 Watts. Product Type: -Food dehydrator. Shape: -Square/Rectangle. Number of Items ...Included: -6. Trays Included: -Yes. Timer: -Yes. Wattage: -440 Watts. Dehydrator Fan Location: -Rear mount. Automatic... read more

Samson Brands
$129.95

The Samson "Silent" Dehydrator is compact in size and allows you to dehydrate up to 6.5 square feet of items at one time. Enjoy fr...esh, delicious, homemade dried fruit and vegetables, fruit leather, trail mix nuts and berries, dried herbs and spices,... read more

Excalibur
$182.22

Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest and most economical way to preserve foods. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Exca...libur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everything's done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor,... read more

L'EQUIP
$138.00

The L'EQUIP 528 food dehydrator creates a stable drying environment for meats, fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. 500-Watt of ...power allow it to easily cover the 6 tray, 12 sq. ft. of drying space. A favorite for those who like to dry meat, seafood,... read more

Weston Brand
$149.99

Easily make healthy, delicious and natural snacks like banana chips, fruit roll-ups, yogurt and jerky with the Weston VegiKILN 6-t...ray food dehydration system. Efficient drying system circulates air through each tray, with no rotation required. Adjustable Thermostat Yes, Handle Type Molded on sides, Shape Square, Top Mount Fan Yes, Tray included Yes, Dimensions L x W x H in. 15 5/16 x 21 x 10 1/2, Exterior Color White, Watts 500. 500 Watt heating element Ultra-quiet fan Adjustable thermostat circulates air from 84-155F Rear-mounted drying system circulates air through each tray No rotation required 6-tray model Each tray is 14 1/4in. x 10 3/4in. Dehydrated foods easily release from trays Solid ABS thermoplastic construction Includes recipe book Overall 15 5/16in.W x 21in.D x 10 1/2in.H Model Number: 75-0301-W. Age Group: Adult. read more

Weston Brand
$199.99

Make healthy, delicious and natural snacks such as banana chips, fruit roll-ups and jerky with the Weston VegiKiln 10-tray dehydra...tor. Countertop unit can also preserve vegetables, herbs and flowers. Ultra-quiet fan and 620 Watt heating element removes moisture while retaining flavor, vitamins and minerals. Thermostat adjusts from 84-155F. Provides over 10 sq. ft. of drying space. Rear-mounted drying system circulates air from back to front - no tray rotation required. Watts 620, Exterior Color White, Adjustable Thermostat Yes, Dimensions L x W x H in. 15 x 21 x 15 3/4, Tray included Yes, 10 trays, Top Mount Fan Yes, Shape Rectangle. Each tray is 14 1/4in. x 10 3/4in. Dehydrated foods easily release from trays Easy to use and easy to clean Solid ABS thermoplastic construction Includes 10 drying trays and instructions 15in.W x 21in.D x 15 3/4in.H Model Number: 75-0201-W. Age Group: Adult. read more

Ronco
$118.37 $42.39

Are you big on healthy snacks, but short on storage space? The EZ-Store Turbo Kitchen Dehydrator is perfect for you! The new desig...n features the Turbo fan, which dehydrates food two to three times faster than other dehydrators. The dehydrator comes... read more

Elite Gourmet
$59.99

Create your own beef jerky, banana chips and more quickly and easily at home with this Elite Gourmet food dehydrator. : Vented lid... allows for easy drying. Removable trays ensure fast cleanup. Rotating design andair circulation promote even drying. Stackable trays adjust to desired capacity. Product Care: Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 8 1/2H x 13 1/2W x 13 1/2D Model no.EFD-1010 Size: One Size. Color: White. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$499.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur stainless steel food dehydrator. : Nine trays ...offer 15 square feet of drying space. Adjustable thermostat and 7-inch fan add convenience. 26-hour timer ensures effortless use. Clear door makes it easy to monitor progress. Sleek stainless steel housing ensures durability. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Stainless steel/polycarbonate Trays: dishwasher safe Unit: wipe clean Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D Trays: 15L x 15W (each) 600 watts Model no. D900CDSHD Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may differ from those offered in Kohl's stores. Size: One Size. Color: Silver. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$349.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator. : 15 square feet of drying space. ...7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. : Polycarbonate Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model numbers: Black: 3926TB White: 3926TW Size: One Size. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$299.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator. : 15 square feet of drying space. ...7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Polycarbonate Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model numbers: Black: 3900B White: 3900W Size: One Size. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$499.99 $449.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur stainless steel dehydrator. : 15 square feet o...f drying space. 7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model no. D900S Size: One Size. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$249.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator. : 8 square feet of drying space. 5...-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Polycarbonate Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 8.5H x 17W x 19D 440 watts Assembly required Model numbers: Black: 3500B White: 3500W Size: One Size. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Nesco
$174.99

Make healthy homemade snacks with this Nesco Gardenmaster food dehydrator. : Powerful fan provides fast, nutritious drying results.... Thermostat can beadjusted 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 warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 1000 watts Model no. FD-1010 Size: One Size. Color: Multicolor. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$599.99 $539.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur stainless steel dehydrator. : 15 square feet o...f drying space. 7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model no. D900SHD Size: One Size. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel Is Awesome. 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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Ronco
$118.37 $42.39

Are you big on healthy snacks, but short on storage space? The EZ-Store Turbo Kitchen Dehydrator is perfect for you! The new desig...n features the Turbo fan, which dehydrates food two to three times faster than other dehydrators. The dehydrator comes... read more

Excalibur
$499.99 $449.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur stainless steel dehydrator. : 15 square feet o...f drying space. 7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model no. D900S Size: One Size. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$599.99 $539.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur stainless steel dehydrator. : 15 square feet o...f drying space. 7-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model no. D900SHD Size: One Size. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. Material: Stainless Steel Is Awesome. read more

Nesco
$139.99 $125.99

Create healthy, homemade snacks with this Nesco food dehydrator. Adjustable thermostat 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. Whatõs Inlcuded 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 warrantyFor warranty information please click here 10.5H x 13W x 13D Temperature range: 95F to 160F 600 watts 8 lbs. Model no. FD-77DT Size: One Size. Color: White. read more

Excalibur
$299.99 $269.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator. Limit 5 perhousehold. : 8 square f...eet of drying space. 5-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. : Polycarbonate Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 8.5H x 17W x 19D 440 watts Assembly required Model no. 3526TW Size: One Size. Color: White. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$249.99 $224.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator. 15 square feet of drying space. 7-...inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. Polycarbonate Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 12.5H x 17W x 19D 600 watts Assembly required Model no. 2900ECB Size: One Size. Color: Black. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Nesco
$119.99 $99.99

Create a variety of delicious homemade jerky and other snacks with this Breville food dehydrator. Top-mounted fan disperses heat e...venly for perfect results. Adjustable thermostat lets you pick the perfect temperature. Expandable design lets you prepare 12 trays at once. What's Included 6 trays 3 screens 3 fruit roll sheets Original jerky cure and seasonings Jerky gun Product Care Base: wipe clean Removable parts: dishwasher safe Manufacturer's 1-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here 13.7H x 9.7W x 13.6D Temperature range: 95F to 160F 500 watts Model no. FD-Whck Size: One Size. Color: White. read more

Excalibur
$429.99 $386.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur dehydrator. : 8 square feet of drying space. 5...-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. What's Included: Preserve It Naturally book : Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 8.5H x 17W x 19D 440 watts Assembly required Model numbers: Stainless steel: D500S Antique copper: D500AC Copper: D500CP Radiant blueberry: D500RB Radiant cherry: D500RC Radiant raspberry: D500RR Twilight black: D500TB Size: One Size. Color: Grey. Gender: Unisex. Age Group: Adult. read more

Excalibur
$499.99 $449.99

Make deliciously healthy snacks without added oils or chemicals with this Excalibur stainless steel dehydrator. : 8 square feet of... drying space. 5-inch fan and adjustable thermostat add convenience. 26 hour timer lends ease of use. : Stainless steel Hand wash Manufacturer's 5-year limited warrantyFor warranty information please click here : 8.5H x 17W x 19D 440 watts Assembly required Model no. D500SHD Size: One Size. Color: Grey. read more

Hamilton Beach
$69.99 $59.99

For delicious dried fruits or jerky, this Hamilton Beach food dehydrator is a must-have. Dehydrator retains natural flavors of foo...ds without additives or preservatives. Continuous air flow promotes even drying while eliminating the need to rotate trays. Adjustable thermostat lends convenience. Automatic shutoff provides peace of mind. What's Included Five trays Mesh sheet Solid sheet Plastic Dehydrator: wipe clean Trays: hand wash 11"H x 10.5"W x 13"D 500 watts Model no. 32100 Size: One Size. Color: Multicolor. Material: Steel|Plastic. read more

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