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The Best Food Dehydrators

If you want to create your own dried fruits, herbs, or jerky at home, a food dehydrator can help you make it happen. With a food dehydrator, you can dry a variety of foods on your own terms, controlling the ingredients added, the drying time, and often even the temperature setting. To help you find the best dehydrator for your needs, we’ve pulled together four great options to get you started. When making your pick, consider the dehydrator’s size, shape, material, temperature control options, price, and ease of use.

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Editor’s Choice

COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator Machine

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Durable with 6 Trays. Featuring stainless steel housing and six stainless steel trays, this COSORI dehydrator is a great pick for those who want the ease of cleaning and sleek look of a stainless steel model.

What We Liked: 

With its glass door, this COSORI dehydrator allows you to easily monitor your foods as they dry. And with dishwasher-safe trays, this unit makes clean-up a breeze. We appreciated the quality dried treats that we were able to make in this reliable dehydrator. Purchase Now.

Best Value

NESCO Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

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Expandable and Budget-Friendly. Coming with five trays measuring about 13 inches in diameter but expandable up to 12 trays, this reasonably-priced NESCO dehydrator stands out as the best bang-for-your-buck option on our list.

What We Liked: 

Featuring a top-mounted fan and 600 watts of power, this round dehydrator from Nesco allows for easy temperature adjustments with its adjustable thermostat. So, you can experiment and record the best temperatures for different foods. Available On Amazon.

Best for Beginners

Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator

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Simple and Affordable. Offering an easy-to-use dehydrator for the most affordable price on our list, Presto makes for a great starter option for those just beginning at-home dehydrating.

What We Liked: 

This Presto dehydrator comes with four drying trays but is expandable up to eight trays. It features a bottom-mounted fan and is very easy to use. Please note that it operates at a preset temperature and does not have an on-off switch. It simply turns on when plugged in. Buy Today.

Runner Up

Excalibur 2400 Electric Food Dehydrator

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Super Easy with Square Trays. Offering four square feet of drying space, this square-tray dehydrator from Excalibur is designed to dry foods evenly so that you don’t have to rotate the trays during the dehydration process.

What We Liked: 

Featuring four 12×12-inch drying trays, this Excalibur dehydrator uses a four-inch fan with horizontal airflow and boasts a temperature range of 95 degrees to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Your dried creations are sure to satisfy!