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Best Dehydrators for Homemade Dried Food & Snacks

Once you realize the savings and health benefits of making your own jerky, fruits snacks, veggie chips, dried herbs and more in an affordable kitchen dehydrator, the way you shop and prepare foods will be forever changed. Different dehydrator models are designed to offer variable control settings for temperature and timing, as well as the convenience of slide-in or stackable food trays for drying large quantities of the same item or different items per tray. Read on for our top picks that will meet all of your needs for making dehydrated foods and snacks.

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Most Convenient

COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator Machine

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Dehydrating Made Easy. Stock up on your favorite dried delicacies with this oven-style dehydrator.

What We Liked

Shaped like a small microwave, enjoy the dehydrating power of six stackable trays for drying large quantities of fruits, herbs and meats. Unlike cheaper top-loading dehydrators, this model benefits from a glass door on the front for keeping an eye on progress plus an intuitive digital control panel for temp and timer settings. An included recipe book with 50 ideas is an added bonus. Buy Yours Today.

Best Design

NESCO Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

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Compact Performance for Any Kitchen. An elegant exterior combines with sophisticated airflow technology to ensure performance.

What We Liked

NESCO’s compact cylindrical dehydrator offers good versatility with the option to increase from five stackable food trays to 12 to increase your drying capacity. A patented airflow system is designed to force air via an exterior pressurized chamber and across individual trays, thereby reducing flavor mixing between trays. The system also controls for even heat distribution, meaning no need to rotate trays during the drying process. Order Online.

Budget Pick

Presto Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator

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Simple but Effective Home Dehydration. Realize the savings immediately with this budget choice for prepping your favorite dried goods.

What We Liked

Pared down to the essentials, Presto’s Dehydro is compact, simple to use and affordable. The four stackable trays, which can expand to eight, offer ample surface area for drying your homemade jerky, fruits, herbs and more. Efficiency extends to dishwasher-safe components and easy storage with trays that reverse to nest in a stack. Pre-set to dry food at approximately 165 degrees, note this model does not include timer functionality. Click Here to Buy.

Most Versatile

Cuisinart DHR-20 Food Dehydrator

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Unlock the Art of Food Dehydration. Take your home food prep to new levels with this dehydrator from one of the world’s most trusted kitchen-appliance brands.

What We Liked

Five trays, with the option to expand to nine, offer 552 square inches each of surface area for drying everything from jerky and fruit rollups to vegetable chips and dog treats. A simple control panel offers three heat settings (low, medium, high) plus a fan-only option. The stackable plastic trays are transparent, giving you an easy way to keep an eye on the dehydrating process. Purchase Yours Now.