Time for me to buy a dehydrator/fruit dryer. Just doing some general google/amazon searches makes it a bit scary. I’ve seen a thousand different model ranging from $14.99 to $499 !!! I’d really like to hear from you folks who have a particular model that you are happy with. I won’t be doing a lot of dehydrating at all so even the smallest ones would probably work. I don’t need anything of commercial quality or size. This being my first ever experience with dehydrating, I’d like to start with something fairly inexpensive and then move up if I enjoy it.
Anyway, I’m just interested in hearing anything anyone has to say about what to look for or what you have and how you like it. Thanks
Lots of folks here use many different models, so you should get a good survey of what people like.
We have used the round stacked tray models in the past. They do work, but can be picky about layout of the fruit in them and seem to require turning and moving stuff around to get even drying. We upgraded to an Excalibur brand dehydrator a few years ago, and have never gone back. Stuff in the Excalibur dries evenly without turning. And you can dial in the temp you want it to work at. Hard to beat, IMO.
I don’t know other brands and models, but this works well for me. When comparing with others, I think it is important compare square inches surface areas/$ as well as dehydration efficiency and other features. The one that fits your budget and can handles the volume is the best one
Thanks for all the great responses. I’m going to look at all the models suggested and buy one for sure. @scottfsmith I’m a little embarrassed that there was already a thread for this. Hopefully you’ve noticed by now that I almost always do a search for an existing thread before I start a new one, but apparently I blew it this time! Thanks again.