See here the list of Top 10 best food dehydrator. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones

SaleBestseller No. 1
NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator, Gray
  • Adjustable thermostat allows you to dry different foods at proper temperatures (95º-160º F)
  • Powerful Top Mounted Fan. 600 watts of drying power. 120 Volt
  • Comes with 5 trays, but is expandable to 12 trays. (Trays are 13 1/2" in diameter)
Bestseller No. 2
COSORI Premium Food Dehydrator Machine(50 Free Recipes), 6 Stainless Steel Trays w/Digital Timer and...
  • Designed in California. Comes with 6 Stainless Steel Trays, 1 Mesh Screen, 1 Fruit Roll Sheet, 1 Manual, 1 Recipe, 1 Warranty Card. Check out our VIDEO on the left side & take a quick tour of this...
  • STAINLESS STEEL - Made with food-grade stainless steel and glass front door. this dehydrator is perfect for making healthy beef jerkies, snacks, fruit leathers, dog treats, bread crumbs, and for...
  • EASY TO USE - Use the digital control panel to set the timer in 30-minute increments for up to 48 hours. Make average-sized batches of dried foods with accurate temperatures between 95º-165ºF.Refer...
SaleBestseller No. 3
NESCO FD-1018A, Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator, White, 1000 Watts
  • 1000-Watts of power dries foods in hours, not days.
  • Converga-Flow drying system pushes heated air up and across each tray.
  • Adjustable Thermostat (95°F - 160°F).
SaleBestseller No. 4
Gourmia GFD1680 Premium Countertop Food Dehydrator - 6 Drying Shelves - Digital Thermostat - Preset...
  • 6 Tray: six trays provide plenty of room to get creative drying anything from sweet pineapple slices to sticky dates and even chewy beef jerky! Also comes with a bonus fruit leather sheet and drip...
  • 360º circulation: simple, precise, digital controls activate 360º airflow circulation for thorough uniform drying without overheating- no rotation required.
  • Transparent door: door is clear for easy at a glance monitoring of all sheets.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator
  • Four-tray system for dehydrating foods at a fraction of the cost of commercially dehydrated foods with no additives or preservatives
  • See-through cover to monitor drying progress on top tray; Bottom-mounted fan and heating element provide consistent air flow for optimum drying
  • Drying trays and cover are fully immiscible and dishwasher safe; Fruit roll sheets, nonstick mesh screens, jerky gun and jerky spice kits available
Bestseller No. 6
Food Dehydrator Machine, Digital Timer and Temperature Control, 8 Trays, for...
  • ✓Updated- 8 trays & 400 watt: More drying space and dry quickly!
  • ✓Dehydrator with timer-72 hours timing for precise drying time and temperature choose drying temperatures from 35º-70º C(95ºF-158ºF)
  • ✓LCD digital temperature settings: Easy to watch, the accurate temperature setting allows you to dry out different types of food to perfection. Banana chips, apple chips, jerky, dehydrated vegetable...
SaleBestseller No. 7
STX International STX-DEH-1200W-XLS Dehydra Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Digital Food Dehydrator...
  • Features 1200 Watts of Power, 95 to 165 Degrees of Horizontal Air Flow, 16 Square Feet of Drying Space with 10 Stainless Steel Trays
  • Dehydrator Dimensions: 20.0 -Inch Long X 17.5-Inch Wide X 15.0-Inch High, with 16.0 -Inch X 14.0-Inch 100% Stainless Steel Trays - NOT Chrome Plated
  • This Unit Also Features 1200 Watts of Heating Power with a 7 Inch Rear Mounted HORIZONTAL AIR FLOW Dehydrating Fan System
Bestseller No. 8
magic mill MFD-1011 Food Dehydrator Machine, 10 Trays Stainless Steel, Black
  • Rear mount fan for Supper heat distribution - dries Food evenly The electric Dehydration machine is equipped with a rear-mounted drying fan and air flow circulation technology to promote even drying,...
  • Digital thermostat and timer- automatic shut off when timer done - keep Warm function an adjustable temperature and timer ensure you to have your delicious dehydrated food done to Perfect at optimal...
  • Use the trays for regular food and the mesh trays for smaller food as nuts and herbs, for fruit roll ups use the fruit leather sheet which can also be used for drip trays! , you can do a lot in one...
Bestseller No. 10
COSORI Food Dehydrator Machine(50 Recipes) with Digital Timer and Temperature Control, 5 BPA-Free...
  • Designed in California. Comes with 5 BPA-FREE Trays, 1 Mesh Screen, 1 Fruit Roll Sheet, 1 Manual, 1 Free Recipe and 1 Warranty Card. Check out our VIDEO on the left side & take a quick tour of this...
  • EASY TO USE - Use the digital control panel to set the timer in 30-minute increments for up to 48 hours. Make average-sized batches of dried foods with accurate temperatures between 95º-165ºF....
  • VARIOUS CHOICES - Dehydrate beef jerky and fruits for your family, make healthy and inexpensive dog treats, dry herbs for storage. Find more snacks for beginners in recipe book designed by COSORI...

What you need to know about Dörren

When drying the dehydrated soils dehydrated so much moisture that no bacteria can multiply. Simply put, food is dried and preserved for longer. From a water content of less than 35 percent that is the case. Molds, however, can still occur up to 15 percent water content. We do not have to dehydrate today to preserve it – after all, we live in the 21st century and can preserve food by many other methods or simply keep it in the refrigerator.

But many foods contain not only preservatives, but also flavor enhancers and other additives. As the Stiftung Warentest found out in a recent test, so-called vegetable chips, which are now being traded, are no healthier than conventional potato chips. They contain a lot of fat and added sugar – and are still expensive.

If you just make your chips yourself, you know what’s inside. If you dry them instead of frying, you do not have to add any fat and you get really healthy chips. It’s the same with fruit and vegetables that our ancestors did not get flown fresh from the jungle – you had to collect berries in the summer and keep them, even if you wanted to taste it every now and then in the winter.

Today you can still buy strawberries in winter. Is it really worth the effort to dehydrate yourself? We think so, because dehydration is also a way of refining food and enhancing its taste. In times when most people do not eat enough fruits and vegetables anyway, dehydrated foods can be a welcome change. You can also create an alternative to greasy snacks for in between times by doing your own cooking – you are welcome to eat a handful more.

The drying process

DORREN is nothing more than dehydration, that is, removing food from food. This is easier said than done, because it also depends on the temperature. Up to 60 degrees, the food should be heated. Depending on how much water has to be withdrawn, a drying process can take ten to twelve hours.

During the drying process, the food to be dried is exposed to warm air, which slowly evaporates the water on the surface. Whenever water flows in from inside, the process repeats itself. To make Dörren a little easier for private use, there are dehydrators. Most are available with timers, so you can rest assured at night or all day the machine to do its job, without having to look at the clock every few minutes.

Most foods are dried at 40 to 60 degrees. Higher temperatures would destroy the structure of the food. In plain language this means that after the drying or dehydration process, the products are still raw – only that they have lost liquid. So cooking has nothing to do with cooking.

Precisely for this reason, Dörren is very popular with people who deal with the raw food kitchen. The food retains vitamins and minerals – unlike that which is partially the case with cooking – and gets an even more intense taste than before the drying process. But actually you can dehydrate any food. In addition to fruits and vegetables, herbs and mushrooms, as well as meat and fish as well as nuts can be dehydrated.

Why not dehydrate in the oven?

In principle, you can also dehydrate in a normal oven. That is not optimal. For one thing, you can not set the low temperatures of an oven well. On the other hand, the temperature varies more with them – they are simply not built for low temperatures. On the other hand, the extracted moisture can not escape well in the oven. The oven door should therefore be kept open with a clamped towel. This is not only awkward but also leads to a higher energy consumption.

If you want to try Dörren first, you can try it first with the oven. If you have a taste and dörrt regularly, with a Dehydrator but better. Still relatively new is the drying with infrared or heat rays. Infrared waves produce a similar effect to those produced by drying in the sun, but much more evenly.

Normal dehydrators dry the dried material from outside to inside, with infrared devices it is exactly the other way round. By drying from the inside out more nutrients are to be preserved than with conventional devices. Another advantage: In operation, infrared devices are very quiet.

But infrared Dehydrators are not yet widespread and relatively expensive: 400 to 500 euros probably want to spend the least for a dehydrator. Nevertheless, we wanted to have a device for comparison.

Ready to dry – and now?

As with all foods, proper storage is crucial for a long shelf life. Dehydrated material should be protected against moisture – logically, because so that it is more durable, we have him extra water withdrawn. Humidity is therefore poison for dried goods. Resealable breakfast bags, preserving jars or the like, which can be closed airtight and watertight, are ideal for storing dried products. It is best to store dried food in addition to light and cool, preferably in the basement.

You can prepare dehydrated foods in very different ways. On the one hand, you can of course simply enjoy dried fruit as a tasty snack. Another option is to put the products in liquid and then cook. This does not work equally well for all foods, but it’s a good solution, especially with mushrooms. Powdering is a third variation on how to process dried food. For example, you can use it to enrich your own soup funds or process berries into powders and then mix them into a smoothie.

That’s how we tested

After extensive research, we tested a total of 12 dehydrators in three test rounds. For the test, we have dried a selection of fruits, vegetables and herbs: bananas, apples, berries, tomatoes, savoy cabbage, zucchini and herbs such as parsley, basil and marjoram. The predefined for the individual food dehydration was largely the same for all devices, so we let all the equipment dehydrate the same length. 

Handling

Handling the Dörrex is very easy. Before it can be put into operation, you should clean it with a damp cloth and then let it run for about 30 minutes at the highest level. Then let cool, clean again and he is ready for the first dresser.

You really do not need the manual. Timer and temperature controller are self-explanatory. However, what is convenient are the individual dehydration times and temperatures that are given for many foods in the manual. Above all, if you dörrt the first time, you have good entry values. Incidentally, the drying times stated in the operating instructions largely correspond to almost all tested devices.

However, we found the cut width specified for most foods to be too high. We decided to thinly cut the dehydrated material to finally receive banana, zucchini and apple chips. Therefore, the food in our test were done much faster than described in the instructions. If you stick to the specified thickness, you can rely on the values.

Dried process

When Dörrex first noticed that tomatoes and bananas strongly adhered to the metal grid. In the plastic pads of the other Dehydrator this was less the case. Either you have to move the Dörrgut relatively often or you buy the offered as an accessory silicone dehydrating mat by Stöckli. You can also order cheaper films from other suppliers and cut them – or just use baking paper.

Whether on the top or bottom floor – the dried material was finished at the same time everywhere. It started with the herbs, which have to be dried at 40 degrees between two and four hours. After only two and a half hours we were able to remove the parsley perfectly dried at the Stöckli, an hour later the marjoram was ready. Basil took longer than the specified four hours, which was the case with almost all devices. 

Only in the Dehydrator of Rommelsbacher was already finished after two and a half hours and dried really well. The Severin-Dörrer surprised after the same time with dry herbs, which were almost too dry to our taste. A little bit longer and they would have crumbled to dust. Despite everything, the Dörrex also delivered good results with the herbs. Even better was the other foods. Both the vegetables and tomatoes, apple rings and spice slices have to be dried at a temperature of between 65 and 70 degrees, so that we could all push into the dehydrator at the same time.

Cleaning

The cleaning is done quickly, unless some foods stick to the grid as in our case. Then a short soaking phase is necessary, after which the grids become clean without residue. The device itself should only be wiped with a damp cloth, not completely submerged in water.

In addition, it makes sense to let the dehydrator cool down for a short time after use, as it heats up permanently at high temperatures and you may burn yourself. Extremely hot, no device was tested, but even 65 degrees can be uncomfortable. The Dörrex from Stöckli therefore offers us the best overall package of good dry results, solid processing, a relatively compact casing and not least an acceptable price.