The Best Food Dehydrator:
How to Choose the One for You.

You have a lot of brands to choose from when shopping for the best Food dehydrator. You have things to consider before you choose the best one for you.

Electric food dehydrators have come a long way since they first came on the market. When I was young I would watch my Mom make yummy fruit leather. Her first Model was slow, or at least for an impatient 6 year old. Now that I have been dehydrating food on my own for many years I know what to look for in a food dehydrator.

So many options...How do I choose the Best Food Dehydrator?

  • Check the customer reviews. Look for good customer service reviews as well as product satisfaction. Some of these reviews have great ideas on how to use the product as well.

  • A good product warranty is important. Don't settle for something that could fail before the first year or so, then you are stuck paying for a new one all over again. It's better to pay a little more to get a best food dehydrator. It may also be worth paying a little extra for an extended warranty if one is offered.

  • Price: If you are planning to use your dehydrator heavily buy the very best food dehydrator you can afford. It is very frustrating when your dehydrator gives out when you most need it or you have to buy a second one because the first one was too small.

  • How often will your dehydrator be used? If you are planning on using your dehydrator daily I would recommend the Excalibur. It is a work horse. I have been using mine for 9 years now and it is still going strong. If you are looking at drying your food every once in a while the Nesco products are very highly rated as well.

  • Size and number of trays: Buy the biggest food dehydrator you can afford….Especially if you are looking at a model that does not expand out. You will be much happier down the road.

  • Round dehydrators are expandable. You can add up to 30 trays on some models. The disadvantage of round dehydrators is that they have a post running through the middle so they are less “space” efficient. On some round food dehydrators you have to rearrange the trays part way through the drying process to get even drying.

  • A square or rectangle dehydrator screen is much easier to arrange the food on because you don't have to position it around the round edge. Square screens are much more space efficient for placing your items. The disadvantage to square food dehydrators is they are not expandable.
  • The walls on the dehydrator should be opaque. This will block out the light.  You want to dry your food in an area that is as dark as possible.

  • DO NOT consider an electric food dehydrator without a fan. It's important to circulate the air around to keep the food at an even temperature.

  • Dryer units with top or side mounted heaters and fans are much easier to clean. Foods drip down and if you have a unit that has the fan and heating element at the bottom, then you have all that mess to clean up around the hardware.

What are the best food dehydrators?
Here are some of the top rated Units


One of the best food dehydrators on the market today is the Excalibur. The Excalibur food dehydrator dries quickly, efficiently and conveniently. This product is built to take years of use. I have been using mine heavily for 9 years now. The Excalibur dehydrators come in 4 tray, 5 tray or 9 tray versions.

  • 8-15 square feet of drying space
  • Adjustable thermostat 85-145’ F
  • 400-600 watts
  • Optional 26 hour timer… this is an awesome feature.  I don’t have to baby sit my dehydrator any more.
  • Some models are stainless steel with stainless steel shelves
  • 10 year warranty
  • Made in USA

Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express

This Nesco Snackmaster comes as a kit

  • 500 watts
  • includes 5 trays
  • Expandable to 12 trays
  • Includes 2 fruit roll sheets and 2 clean screens for herbs
  • Top mounted fan so the air flows down through the trays
  • All in one kit includes a Jerky kit – Jerky gun, 3 tips, 5 cures and 5 seasonings

Nesco American Harvest FD-1010 Garden Master

The Nesco American Harvest Garden Master is more of a commercial dehydrator. Definitely made to last

  • 1000 watts
  • 4.5” fan
  • 2400 RPM Motor
  • Includes 4 trays
  • Expandable to 30 trays
  • 64 page recipe book
  • Pasteurized heated air flows through and across trays
  • Electronic adjustable thermostat (95’-155’ F)
  • Includes 1 solid sheet, I mesh sheet and 1 packet of jerky spice

L'Equip Filter Pro Food Dehydrator

The L'Equip Filter Pro is expandable. you get the best of both worlds, the advantage of a square surface with the expandability of a round model.

  • 535 watts
  • LED time and temperature display
  • Electronic adjustable thermostat (95-156’ F)
  • Includes 6 trays
  • Expandable to 20 trays
  • Micro-processer maintains a controlled heat for even drying
  • Air filtration maintains clean air for the best flavor
  • Includes a yogurt accessory, 2 fruit leather trays and 6 mesh screens

Which one is the best food dehydrator? Well, that is for you to decide.  Whichever electric food dehydrator you choose, I know you and your family will enjoy all the yummy food that comes out of it.

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