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Top 10 Dehydrators 2017

Whether or not you are seeking to consume more healthily, maintain foods longer, or just make your own tasty jerky and veggie chips, this sort of dehydrators will do the job nicely. Find an appropriate one in your requirements from our comprehensive selection.

TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 5 Stainless Steel ShelvesPresto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food DehydratorExcalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, BlackNesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, WhiteGourmia GFD1650 Premium Countertop Food Dehydrator, With 6 Drying Shelves, Digital Thermostat, 8 Preset Temperature Settings, Airflow Circulation, Countdown Timer Free Recipe Book Included - WhiteL'Equip FilterPro Food DehydratorHamilton Beach 32100A Food Dehydrator, GrayNutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator, Food Preserver, WhiteNesco FD-37A American Harvest Food Dehydrator, White, 400-wattCuisinart DHR-20 Food Dehydrator, Steel Gray

Raw Power

If you've spent any time looking into ways to easily improve your health and wellness through your diet, you've probably heard of raw nutrition. The raw foods movement has gained some pretty major traction over the past couple of decades, bolstered by a huge uptick in smoothie and juice sales, and by an association between these drinks and certain significantly attractive celebrities.

Whatever your reasons for investigating food dehydrators, it's important to know how they work, as well as what raw foods actually offer you. Otherwise, you might just dehydrate and eat an absurd amount of blueberries and end up diabetic.

With raw foods, it's all about the enzymes. Live enzymes in food aid in digestion, fight the oxidation of your cells (the thing that causes aging), have been shown to improve stamina and virility, and generally make you feel good. As soon as any natural food undergoes processes like extreme pressurization or, more commonly, cooking above 104˚F, those enzymes begin to die off.

Exposure to oxygen will also cause a loss of enzyme activity, which you can actually see happening if you cut open an apple and watch as it turns brown before your eyes.

While a food dehydrator doesn't cook your foods, per se, it does employ a low level of convection heating, usually around 98˚F, to slowly cause the foods inside to dry up. Put a handful of sliced tomatoes in your dehydrator overnight, and you'll have sundried tomatoes (the raw kind) in the morning. Throw a few slices of salted mango in there while you're at work, and when you get home, you'll have your very own vegan jerky.

The recipes are nearly endless, as anything that has moisture can undergo a transformation in your dehydrator. Some foods are better left alone, I've found, but the vast majority of them become something altogether compelling after half a day under the gentle heat. Take note of these cooking times, however, as the process is a process, and it takes a time to dehydrate your foods completely.

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Not everybody is going to keep to a raw foods diet. Even raw foodists most often practice what they call "80/20 raw," which means that roughly 80% of their diet consists of raw foods, and the rest can be cooked. This is a much more sustainable method, especially on those cold winter evenings when a hot bowl of soup is the only thing standing between you and succumbing to one of those awful winter flu bugs.

What's great about these dehydrators is that they aren't all exclusively designed for the raw foods crowd, as some of them get hot enough to perform dehydrating functions in much less time without the danger of burning you get from using a conventional convection oven.

If you're interested in picking up a dehydrator more for the long-term savings you'll see compared to buying pre-dried fruits and vegetables, or simply for the fun of it, you might want to look at our list for a model that can comfortably break that 104˚F raw foods threshold. This is especially useful if you want to dehydrate anything like fish or meat into jerky that really ought to meet temperatures at or above 140˚F to ensure the elimination of potentially harmful bacteria.

For the purists among you, whether your dehydrator goes above that threshold is immaterial. Your considerations are those of anyone else in the market, however. You'll want to ask yourself how much dehydrating you actually plan to do, and what capacity dehydrator you'll need to do it.

Whatever capacity you find attractive for your dehydrating purposes, it's important to note that all of these dehydrators take up a good bit of space in the kitchen. Since the process takes so long, and since it's so easy to plow through all the delicious treats you can make, it'll behoove you to keep this thing somewhere on your kitchen counter. With that in mind, you ought to look for a dehydrator that's sized to fit in your kitchen, as well as one that goes nicely with whatever decor you've set up for yourself.

Produce Gains Popularity


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Dehydration as a method of food preservation has been with us for many millennia. The oldest evidence of the process dates back to roughly 12,000 BCE in the regions of the Middle East and eastern Asia. In those days, people removed the moisture from their food primarily as a means of keeping it from molding or spoiling, and they employed the powers of smoke, fire, air, and the sun to achieve their dehydration.

In the 1990s, companies like Jamba Juice and Smoothie King kickstarted a revolution in the international health foods market, as consumers finally began to suspect that foods rumored to be good for them might also be made to taste good. In the ensuing decades, the popularity of smoothies and certain of their healthier ingredients (kale, chia seeds, etc.) saw a significant explosion.

Along with this increased awareness about health, the raw foods movement began pushing the benefits of dehydration, and before long every yoga pant clad suburbanite had a kitchen stocked with the finest greens, the most powerful blenders, and a good food dehydrator.


#10.Cuisinart DHR-20 Food Dehydrator, Steel Gray


The Cuisinart Food Dehydrator makes it easy to create nutritious, delicious, dried snacks like meat jerky, fruit roll-ups, and veggie chips. It preserves foods naturally, without additives or preservatives. A powerful 620-watt motorized fan has a top vent that allows heat to circulate evenly and efficiently, for faster drying and excellent results. An adjustable thermostat allows for different temperatures, depending on the type of food that's being dried. With ample space to accommodate large quantities of food, the dehydrator has five interlocking trays that stack on top of one another for easy placement. The options for this appliance are endless, including dried herbs, dried fish, potato crisps, yogurt, dog treats - even dried flowers for potpourri! Help save money and prevent food waste.


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#9.Nesco FD-37A American Harvest Food Dehydrator, White, 400-watt


Now you can save money by making you're own jerky, dried fruits, vegetable, trail mix and more. It means that you are not buying those foods in-store, with packages that end up in the landfills. That is sustainability and no wonder the powerful Nesco American Harvest dehydrators are called the "Green" machines. Nesco builds the World's Fastest, Most Even Drying Dehydrators. The Nesco American Harvest FD-37 4-tray Food Dehydrator is 400 Watts of drying power to dry foods quickly and evenly for quality dehydrated fruits, vegetables, and jerky. The temperature is preset at 160 degrees to dry everything from herbs and spices to jerky meats. Make your own snacks that are natural, healthier, better tasting, better for you and it costs less than similar type store bought snacks. Fan Flow Radial Air dries all trays evenly without the need to rotate the trays.


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#8.NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator, Food Preserver, White


Simply insert your food into the trays and hit the switch to activate a new and healthier level of food preparation. The NutriChef Kitchen Dehydrator effectively works to remove moisture, drying your food and reducing spoilage. The multi-level trays allow for enhanced air-flow that dehydrates for prolonged food shelf-life & preservation. Your food will last longer and the removal of moisture content is far more beneficial than canning or freezing. Dehydration with the NutriChef retains up to 97% of the food's nutritional value and is scientifically tested to reduce spoilage times -- and best of all, it will still taste great! Once dried, your food will retain original vitamins, minerals, and flavor!


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#7.Hamilton Beach 32100A Food Dehydrator, Gray


Looking for snack options that are high in nutrients but low in calories? Want to offer your family delicious food options to dress up morning oatmeal or replace that bag of potato chips at lunch? The Hamilton Beach Food Dehydrator helps accomplish these goals by taking food preparation to the next level. It opens the door to endless possibilities deemed too difficult to do in the past. With five stackable drying trays and 500 watts of power, it's easy to dry a variety of fruits and vegetables and even make beef jerky. The continuous airflow feature provides even drying, eliminating the need to rotate trays. This dehydrator includes an adjustable thermometer for better performance and a timer with automatic shutoff. A food dehydrator lets you make healthy foods at home like crunchy green beans or dried sweet potato sticks. Have a sweet tooth? Banana chips or dried apples with cinnamon are the perfect fixes. And since the fruits are not bogged down with additives or preservatives, their natural sweetness shines. The Hamilton Beach Food Dehydrator comes with two specialty sheets for added versatility. Use the mesh sheet to dry garden herbs for year-round enjoyment, or puree summer fruits and spread on the solid sheet for homemade fruit rolls. Wholesome, homemade snacks for the entire family. Now that's Good Thinking.


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#6.L'Equip FilterPro Food Dehydrator


Do you like to buy dried fruits, fruit leather or jerky, but hate paying high prices? Create your own with the FilterPro Dehydrator. Purchase fruits in-season for substantial savings and to create your own dried snacks like trail mix, or puree and create your own fruit leather. Moms can rest assured that they are giving their children the purest, freshest ingredients without fillers and preservatives. Use lean cuts of meat and your imagination to create flavorful jerky's the flavor combination possibilities are endless. You can even create your own potpourri... Clean filtered air dries your food uniformly and consistently. Variable temperature control gives precise results every time. Easy to use and to clean, you can stack up to 6 trays giving you up to 24 feet of drying space. LED time and temperature display; precise temperature control 95-156; yogurt accessory; cord storage; 24 hours auto-shut off timer; includes 2 fruit leather trays & 6 mesh screens; 535 watts. Snacks served using the FilterPro Dehydrator will make you the envy of the neighborhood.


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#5.Gourmia GFD1650 Premium Countertop Food Dehydrator, With 6 Drying Shelves, Digital Thermostat, 8 Preset Temperature Settings, Airflow Circulation, Countdown Timer Free Recipe Book Included - White


Enjoy all your dried beloved delicious food Muffins, Chips, Crackers, Desserts, Rising dough’s, Druids, Dried flowers, Granola, Trail mixes, Nuts, Berries, Herbs, Spices, Jerky, Meat, Pet treats, Potpourri, Poultry, Vegetables & Yogurt with the Gourmet Cut & Dry Food Dehydrator, the fastest and most powerful food dehydrator. Make anything you like dry on six spacious, height adjustable shelves. Prepare all this and more with a few dancing fingertips!
Perfect for everyone from outdoor hobbyists to the health-conscious, this dehydrator is designed for efficient, even drying.
Features 400 watts of drying power, which provides maximum speed and quality for dehydrating foods.
Equipped to promote even drying without overheating, and the adjustable thermostat ensures that foods are dehydrated at their optimal temperature, crisp & crunch.
Dimensions: 17.71 x 13.58 x 12.40 inches.


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#4.Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, White


The Snackmaster Pro is one of the newest dehydrators in the Nesco/American Harvest product line. It's sleek, contemporary design In gray and marble color features a top mounted fan, 700 watts of drying power, and generates maximum speed and quality for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, beef jerky, and venison jerky. Helps dry food in hours, not days like ordinary food dehydrators.

Makes delicious Beef Jerky even turkey jerky, and fish jerky. Make trail mix, homemade yogurt, apple snacks, banana chips, dried soup mixes, dried tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, mangoes, papaya and other dried fruits at a fraction of the cost. Make dried herbs and spices; also make potpourri and dried flowers for any occasion.


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#3.Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black


The 3926TB by Excalibur comes with 9 trays, a total of 15 square feet of drying space, 26 hour timer and an adjustable thermostat temperature control that ranges from 105°F to 165°F preserving the nutrients in herbs and produce and making it safe to dehydrate meat for jerky. The fan, heating element and thermostat are in the back of the unit, so cool air is drawn in, heated and then distributed evenly over each tray. The patented Parallex Horizontal Airflow is exclusive to Excalibur and helps the food dehydrate faster, retain more nutrients and look and taste better, without tray rotation. Trays can be removed to raise bread, make yogurts, and use with arts & crafts. Made in USA, Sacramento, California.


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#2.Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator


Dehydrated fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. Makes fruit rolls and jerky too Four-tray system for dehydrating foods at a fraction of the cost of commercially dehydrated foods with no additives or preservatives. Can stack up to 8 trays. Additional trays sold separately. See-through cover lets you monitor drying process. Easy to clean. Drying trays and cover are fully immersible and dishwasher safe. Bottom-mounted fan and heating element provide consistent air flow for optimum drying. No tray rotation needed. Easy to store Drying trays nest for compact storage. 600-Watt 120 volts, 60 Hz only


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#1.TSM Products Stainless Steel Food Dehydrator with 5 Stainless Steel Shelves


Excellent for raw food cooking. Easily makes great tasting natural snacks like jerky, fruit leathers, apple chips or any of your favorite dried fruits or vegetables. Compact 5 tray design, 22ga - 304 food grade stainless steel construction, will not rust. The 800-watt heating element and fan creates horizontal air flow for maintaining even temperatures. Includes timer and adjustable thermostat; temperature range from 90º - 165ºF. Removable back panel houses motor and electrical components also allows for cleaning and routine maintenance. Louvered door maximizes removal of moisture. Innovative rack design allows for thorough cleaning of interior. Includes 5 - 16.24 x 14.5 stainless steel shelves. Outside dimensions: 18.75 x 16.5 x 9in.


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