How well you eat has an enormous impact on your enjoyment of life in general. For many people, even these days, this means preparing food at home.
Some prefer to cook their dishes for better health, others to save money, and a few just because they enjoy it. Whatever your reasons, buying a few key appliances can expand your kitchen repertoire immensely. A food dehydrator is one of them.
Food Dehydrator Overview
The mistake many people make here is failing to check out all their options. If you don’t select a food dehydrator that will work for you, chances are that it will spend most of its life gathering dust in a cupboard.
Here are our top choices for 2020.
Offers style, a low noise level, enhanced hygiene, and a few extra perks all in the same package.
Several comparable products are available at a lower price if you’re willing to do without some frills.
An above-average machine in many respects, most notably its silent operation and user-friendly design.
Near the margin between home and small commercial dryers, this food dehydrator is capable of standing up to heavy-duty use.
Offers more than the average person needs and is priced accordingly.
Not the first food dryer most people will buy, but possibly the last. High quality.
Good airflow management, an adjustable thermostat and 48-hour timer come together in a professional-looking package.
If you need to make large batches at a time, you’ll have to go with something else.
Apart from the small drying area, which you will not be able to extend, this is a pretty good product.
As long as you can slice and marinate meat, you can use this machine to create excellent jerky.
Fruit and vegetables do not work as well in this machine, although it is possible to dry them too.
If you’re looking for a compact, inexpensive jerky maker it’s fine, but vegetarians will probably want to pass.
Can be expanded into a pretty large food dryer while still offering all the performance you need.
Not the most robustly built thing on the market, while the lack of a shut-off timer is a serious disadvantage.
A good mix of capability and value, but not for frequent, demanding users.
Easy to use and pretty capable, it should work exactly as advertised as long as it’s used as intended.
Underpowered compared to similar models, with a design that’s not ideal for all types of drying.
A nice mid-range dehydrator at a reasonable price, but not the best choice for more discerning users.
A low price and adequate performance allows you to start experimenting with drying food.
No temperature control and a bare-bones design will not impress more experienced cooks.
A nice little gadget that gets the job done, but not a premium product by any means.
Not the most high-end machine on the market, but certainly more powerful than most.
There are few real faults to find with this dehydrator, but neither is there anything particularly special about it.
Someone who finds that some cheaper model just doesn’t meet their needs may well choose this one.
Durable and powerful, this STX machine can be run long and hard without breaking down.
In terms of appearance, ease of use, and capabilities, it’s more suited to a business than a home.
If you are planning to use your machine every day, this might be the one for you.
An air fryer, oven, rotisserie machine, and dehydrator in one single fairly-priced package.
All told, its small size is a handicap, especially as a food dryer.
Not good as a dehydrator, but an attractive multi-function option for someone who only wants to dry small quantities.