Choosing the best food dehydrators is a critical decision if you want to reduce food waste in your home.
If you want to get the most bang for your buck from your food budget, you ought to let nothing go to waste, and one way to ensure that is to invest in a food dehydrator.
When you remove the water from your food, you make it last much longer and you change the properties of the food which can make it taste amazing!
So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at our top picks for the best food dehydrators!
Excalibur 3926TW 9-Tray Food Dehydrator
This is a big dehydrator and you’ll want to be certain that you need the capacity before you buy it but if you do, one thing you’re going to love is how easy it is to clean. It’s so easy to use!
It can also be used for proofing bread dough if you want to get a little more from your purchase. The heating element is very versatile. We’ve even made fruit leather using this to dehydrate food!
However, because of the size you will need a defined place to keep it as it’s really big. It’s one of our best food dehydrators because even a big family will never go hungry when using this machine.
You can find the Excalibur 3926TW online.
COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator
This smart, stainless steel design has kept hundreds of customers happy on Amazon and we can see why. The fruit roll sheets are awesome!
It’s very easy to control exactly what temperature range settings and times you are going to use for dehydrating food to make healthy snacks and better still – it’s the quietest model in our tests.
We really like the stainless steel construction.
You can find the COSORI Premium online.
Nesco Professional 600 Watt 5-Tray
This dehydrator is the ideal first set up for many families who want to learn more about the drying process.
It has a really intuitive control set and there are plenty of extras in the box that allow you to get the most out of your purchase.
It packs away very easily too and that makes it super simple to stow away in the kitchen when you don’t need it.
However, you have to switch it off yourself – there’s no timed feature for shut down and it’s not great for making fruit leathers.
Nesco Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator
This machine comes with a generous 8 trays for all your dehydration needs. It’s so easy to use!
It can be expanded to accommodate up to 30 trays if you find you have a lot of drying to do in a short period of time.
It also has a high enough temperature setting to make nice beef jerky if needed.
It’s one of the best value for money deals in our round up too – an investment but not one that breaks the bank. It doesn’t take up too much storage space either.
Presto 06300 Dehydro
Not everyone can spend a fortune on their first dehydrator and the Presto is definitely within reach of almost every family budget. Dehydrated food doesn’t need to be expensive.
It’s a decent size inside too with 8 trays and it’s very easy to clean (with most parts being dishwasher safe).
You can find the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric online.
Tribest Sedona Express Digital Food Dehydrator
This is a near professional choice for home dehydration.
If you want a lot of space for dehydrating with a very small countertop footprint this is the dehydrator for you.
It’s also quiet and has super-accurate controls to use.
You can find the Tribest Sedona Express SDE-S6780-B Digital online.
Hamilton Beach Digital Food Dehydrator
Another great budget choice is the Hamilton Beach offering and while it may only offer 5 dehydrating trays inside, the end products were always very good in our tests.
It’s also the easiest product in our tests to store as it’s very small, indeed. Plus it’s easy to use.
You can find the Hamilton Beach 32100A Digital online.
Tribest Sedona Combo Dehydrator
This is the biggest and quite possibly best dehydrator in our trial but it’s not cheap.
It was by far the easiest to clean, it had lots of convenient features that we liked and every single thing we dried in it came out perfectly.
You can find the Tribest Sedona Combo SD-S9150-B Digital online.
Magic Mill Food Dehydrator
This is a very neatly designed dehydrator which is perfect for a small family kitchen. The controls are very user friendly and we found that they were very accurate too.
We like the stainless steel construction. However, there’s no denying that this seems to be the dehydrator in our test that takes the longest to work its magic and that might end up running up your power bills for you.
You can find the Magic Mill Machine online.
Chefman Food Dehydrator
The Chefman is a big, substantial dehydrator which is clearly designed for use in a medium-sized kitchen and it handles very well .
We weren’t impressed with the plastic trays inside – they really ought to be made of stainless in this category.
You can find the Chefman Food Dehydrator online.
For an in-depth look at dehydrating your own food at home check out the Ultimate Guide to Dehydrating Food from Fresh Off The Grid.
For more tips on how to live the natural life don’t miss our guide to natural living here.