Food Dehydrator Comparison Tables
To make our picks for the best food dehydrator models for outdoor adventures, we read multiple professional reviews from Wirecutter, Spruce Eats, and Foodal. We also read hundreds of customer reviews on Amazon and Google. After interviewing backcountry chefs, we made our top 3 picks.
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Style / warranty / watts / element location / temperature range
The table below summarizes the style, warranty, watts, element location, and temperature range of our top picks for food dehydrators.
shape / size / trays / expansion capacity / fan / timer
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Recommendations / reviews / notes
Recommendations and reviews of our top picks are shown below.
|Foodal most recommended, Amazon's Choice, Spruce Eats #1, Best Reviews best of the best, 4.5/5 on Google||People like that the drawer type allows for easy chiecking on drying progress without having to unstack.||3=3rd gen, 9=9 trays, 26T=26 hour timer, last letter is color. Otherwise, they are similar within the series. Prices increase with tray #, and whether it has a timer or not.|
|Amazon #1 "best seller" and #1 "most wished for", Best Reviews "best bang for the buck", my personal favorite||People report it heats/dries evenly for a stacking model.||Again, the numbering is 7=7th series, 5=number of trays. All the snackmaster pros within a series are comparable. Newer models are digital and more money.|
|Foodal top 8, Amazon||This model is tried and true.||The 1040 model is digital with a timer; the 1010 is not digital and is $20 cheaper|
Food dehydrator minimum / maximum temperature comparison chart
For those who prefer a visual presentation of data, below we compare the minimum and maximum temperatures (Fahrenheit) of our top picks for food dehydrators .
Food Dehydrator size comparison chart
A visual comparison of the square footage of our top picks for food dehydrators.
excluded Food dehydrators
Some of the food dehydrators we reviewed were excluded. See the table below for a summary.
|MODEL||REASON FOR EXCLUSION|
|L'Equip 528||Amazon reviews not as positive as other models|
|Aroma Housewares Professional||Underpowered motor|
|STX International Dehydra 1200||Expensive|
|Neso FD-80||More compact than our budget pick, but costs more with little additional drying space|
|Nesco FD-1018||Lacks digital thermometer|
|Presto Dehydro 06300||Bottom element; no adjustable thermostat|
|Samson Silent||Reviews say it is somewhat hard to use and clean|
|Cuisinart DHR-20||Bottom element; loud|