If making egg salad is the most ambitious culinary adventure you’ve ever set out on, you probably don’t need a food dryer.
If, on the other hand, you want to try a more nutrient-rich diet while also getting rid of a ton of preservatives, artificial colorings, and other nasty stuff, getting a dehydrator might be right up your alley.
More importantly, you’ll open the door to a variety of exciting, tasty dishes.
Good: Offers style, a low noise level, enhanced hygiene, and a few extra perks all in the same package.
Not so good: Several comparable products are available at a lower price if you’re willing to do without some frills.
Bottom Line: An above-average machine in many respects, most notably its silent operation and user-friendly design.
Good: Near the margin between home and small commercial dryers, this food dehydrator is capable of standing up to heavy-duty use.
Not so good: Offers more than the average person needs and is priced accordingly.
Bottom Line: Not the first food dryer most people will buy, but possibly the last. High quality.
Good: Good airflow management, an adjustable thermostat and 48-hour timer come together in a professional-looking package.
Not so good: If you need to make large batches at a time, you’ll have to go with something else.
Bottom Line: Apart from the small drying area, which you will not be able to extend, this is a pretty good product.
Good: As long as you can slice and marinate meat, you can use this machine to create excellent jerky.
Not so good: Fruit and vegetables do not work as well in this machine, although it is possible to dry them too.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a compact, inexpensive jerky maker, this is all you need. Vegetarians will probably want to pass, though.
Good: Can be expanded into a pretty large food dryer while still offering all the performance you need.
Not so good: Not the most robustly built thing on the market, while the lack of a shut-off timer is a serious disadvantage.
Bottom Line: A good mix of capability and value, but not for frequent, demanding users.
Good: Easy to use and pretty capable, it should work exactly as advertised as long as it’s used as intended.
Not so good: Underpowered compared to similar models, with a design that’s not ideal for all types of drying.
Bottom Line: A nice mid-range dehydrator at a reasonable price, but not the best choice for more discerning users.
Good: A low price and adequate performance allows you to start experimenting with drying food.
Not so good: No temperature control and a bare-bones design will not impress more experienced cooks.
Bottom Line: A nice little gadget that gets the job done, but not a premium product by any means.
Good: Not the most high-end machine on the market, but certainly more powerful than most.
Not so good: There are few real faults to find with this dehydrator, but neither is there anything particularly special about it.
Bottom Line: Someone who finds that some cheaper model just doesn’t meet their needs may well choose this one.
Good: Durable and powerful, this STX machine can be run long and hard without breaking down.
Not so good: In terms of appearance, ease of use, and capabilities, it’s more suited to a business than a home.
Bottom Line: If you are planning to use your machine every day, this might be the one for you.
Good: An air fryer, oven, rotisserie machine, and dehydrator in one single fairly-priced package.
Not so good: All told, its small size is a handicap, especially as a food dryer.
Bottom Line: Not good as a dehydrator, but an attractive multi-function option for someone who only wants to dry small quantities.