Best Food Dehydrators

While food dehydrators are not your typical ‘must have’ kitchen utensil, with the greater push and awareness towards healthy eating, a household dehydrator offers the opportunity and ability to make your own healthy, utterly delicious snacks – from dried fruits to South African Biltong (jerky) even your own peperami.

Ever wondered how you can make your own delicious healthy and natural snacks like banana chips, fruit roll ups, dried fruit and beef jerky minus the additives, preservatives and sugar, a dehydrator is your answer.

Dehydrators work by circulating hot air to slowly extract the moisture and preserve the food while retaining its nutrients, vitamins, minerals and taste. Perfect for lunch boxes, snacking and grazing.

Like all kitchen equipment, dehydrators range from relatively affordable to ‘Rolls-Royce’ versions.

Factors to consider when deciding on a dehydrator – how much can it hold at any one time (i.e. number of shelves and volume), maximum/minimum heat levels – adjustable temperature, power consumption, timer.


Of course, if you’re likely to use it very often, then one of the premium brands would undoubtedly serve and last longer.

Budget Dehydrators

Overview:

Andrew James Premium Digital Food Dehydrator With Timer And Adjustable Temperature Control – 6 Tiers, Digital Timer

  • Superior air circulation means food is uniformly dried, with no need to rotate trays.
  • Adjustable digital thermostat range of 40-70 °C, lets different foods dry at correct temperatures.
  • Adjustable digital timer lets you program the dehydrator for up to 48 hours
  • 6 spacious drying layers, with enough capacity to hold large quantities of food. The variable tray stacking system lets you stack the trays at two different heights, allowing the dehydrator to accommodate food of different size and thickness.

Andrew James Premium Digital Food Dehydrator

VonShef Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine with Adjustable Temperature Control – 5 Tier

  • 5 tiers of drying using a Flow-Drying system to slowly extract moisture & preserve foods
  • Adjustable thermostat allows you to control the drying process (35-70°C)

VonShef Food Dehydrator

Babz Food Dehydrator & Dryer Machine with Adjustable Temperature Control – 5 Tier

  • Similar to the VonShef Food Dehydrator above.
  • 5 tiers of drying system to slowly extract moisture & preserve foods
  • Adjustable thermostat allows you to control the drying process (35-70°C)

Babz Food Dehydrator


Bielmeier 601127 Food Dehydrator with Timer – 4 Tier, Timer

  • Fan with 3 heat settings: 250 W / 500 W / 700 W
  • 12 hour delay timer with automatic switch off
  • 4 dehydrator trays with a diameter of 34 cm (included in delivery)
  • Programmable thermostat with three heat settings (20°/ 40°/ 60° Celsius)
  • Additional trays available for a maximum of six dehydrator trays

Bielmeier Food Dehydrator

Premium Dehydrators

Overview:

Stockli Timer Dehydrator with Steel Mesh Trays and Timer- 3 Tier, Timer

  • Safety: Thermal cut-out with automatic reset.
  • Temperature: Variable temperature control from 86 – 158 °F (35 – 70 °C).
  • 12 hour Timer
  • 3 Stainless Steel Mesh Dishwasher Safe Base Trays.
  • Supports a maximum of 10 trays with extra trays available to purchase.

Stockli Timer Dehydrator With Steel Mesh Trays

Excalibur Dehydrator 9 Tray With 26hr Timer – 9 Tier, Timer

  • Horizontal airflow provides even drying. Drying is fast and heat is not lost as the dehydrator doesn’t need to be taken apart to change the tray sequence.
  • One or all trays may be removed making space for larger items such as whole fruit.
  • The Adjustable thermostat (85-145 degrees F) allows perfect drying every time
  • 26 hour timer makes drying hassle free.
  • 9 polycarbonate drying trays come as standard and are dishwasher safe.
  • Smaller 4 tray version also available.

Excalibur Dehydrator 9 Tray with 26hr Timer

Where to Find Great Dehydrator Recipes

Online:

therawtarian.com – there you will find loads of inspirational recipes for your dehydrator under the Raw Dehydrator Recipes section. You will find that the recipes are grouping recipes under Sweets, Crackers, Wraps and Breads, Chips and Entrees for ease of browsing. However, should you require more recipes, we recommend getting a couple of cookbooks written for dehydrators in mind.

Cookbooks: