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Best Food Dehydrator Review

Updated on October 27, 2014
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Best Food Dehydrator Reviews

With so many different food dehydrators on the market today it can often times be difficult to choose which are the best food dehydrators and which would work best for your individual needs.

The first thing you need to understand is that most food dehydrators will do a good job when it comes to dehydrating food. However, some are better than others with certain applications.

Typically you are going to find two different kinds of food dehydrators, those that have vertical air flow and those that have horizontal air flow. Additionally when it comes to food dehydrators that have a vertical air flow you will find two different types, ones that have a top fan and ones that have a bottom fan.

Many people prefer a horizontal air flow food dehydrator due to the fact that you get less flavor mixing between trays when dehydrating different foods at the same time. Additionally you get fairly even heating throughout all the food trays.

On the other hand with a vertical air flow food dehydrator with the fan on the bottom you will get the best heat distribution to all trays. The drawback of this type of dehydrator is that drippings can fall onto the fan and be difficult to clean. When the fan is on top you do not have to worry about drippings on the fan however this type does not distribute the heat as evenly and the top tray will typically dry faster.

So which are the best food dehydrators? It really depends on the way in which you plan on using it. If you plan on drying only one type of food at a time then a vertical air flow food dehydrator with the fan on the bottom is probably your best bet. But remember that you will have more cleaning to do with this type of unit.

If you plan on drying several different food at one time then a horizontal air flow food dehydrator might be your better choice as you get less flavor mixing between trays.

Nesco FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator

Nesco FD-75PR 700-Watt Food Dehydrator

With this unit you can easily and quickly dry fruits, vegetables and all types of jerky. This 700 watt food dehydrator comes with 5 trays but can be expanded to hold 12 trays.

Waring DHR30 Professional Dehydrator

Waring DHR30 Professional Dehydrator

This food dehydrator has 5 stack-able tray and 620 watts of drying power. It has an adjustable thermostat with low, medium and high settings. The fan system provides better air flow.

What Makes the Best Food Dehydrators

Best Food Dehydrator Features

Size can be an important factor when looking at the best food dehydrators. One type of food dehydrator that you will find has side walls with trays that can be slide in and out. These types of food dehydrators are perfect if you plan on drying roughly the same amount of food each time you use it.

On the other hand there are many food dehydrators that offer trays that are stack-able. This is great if you may be drying different amounts of food each time you use it. You can add trays when needed or remove trays when you don't need them and make your unit more compact. This can be perfect for counter-top use.

Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Non-Timer Series 9 Tray Food Dehydrator

Excalibur 3900 Deluxe Non-Timer Series 9 Tray Food Dehydrator

This 9 tray food dehydrator is perfect for families who love to eat healthy. Food is dried evenly on all trays due to its trademark horizontal airflow system.

Choosing the Best Food Dehydrator

When it comes to the best food dehydrators it really depends on the way in which you plan to use it and how much you worry about cleaning up the unit after you are done. Each type of food dehydrator offers it's own benefits and drawbacks. Below is a quick overview to help you choose which would be the best food dehydrator for your individual needs.

  • Horizontal food dehydrators produce less mixing of flavors between trays
  • Horizontal food dehydrators produce fairly even heating between trays
  • Bottom fan vertical food dehydrators provide the best heat distribution between all trays
  • With bottom fan vertical food dehydrators you have to worry about cleaning the fan due to drippings
  • Top fan vertical food dehydrators require less cleaning
  • Top fan vertical food dehydrators have less even heat distribution and top tray drys faster

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