Food Dehydrator Pros and Cons to Consider Before Buying

| 7/27/2015 10:36:00 AM

Tags: dehydrator pros and cons, Nesco, Excalibur, food dehydrators, dehydrator accessories, Florida, Susan Gast,


In this post, I promised to go over pros and cons of the two food dehydrators I own: a Nesco™ and an Excalibur™. Both dehydrators are great and I'll start with the stackable Nesco™.

Nesco™ Dehydrator Pros and Cons


• Can add as many trays as necessary
• Affordable accessories


• No timer
• No on/off switch

8/4/2015 6:27:47 AM

Hi Tara, yes, there are great solar dehydrators out there, but I did specifically say I was only reviewing the two electric dehydrators I own and use often. Thanks for posting Tara!

8/4/2015 6:26:28 AM

Hi Patriot1st - thanks for posting - would you mind sharing what dehydrator brand you are using? You see, I only reviewed the ones I own and use all the time. I appreciate your comments, have a super day! Susan.

8/3/2015 8:07:58 PM

You forgot one - The Best Solar Dehydrator reported on by Mother Earth News. Lots(!) Of rack space, works great in the summer, not so much in the winter. My husband made me one and I love it!

8/3/2015 3:30:03 PM

Having used both of these brands, about the best I can say for them, is they are sort of better than nothing! Neither one does a particularly good job, maybe if this is all you have every used you would be happy with them, but once you have used a good dehydrator, you quickly learn what poor excuses they are for a dehydrator. Want a good dehydrator, go online, get a plan, build it yourself! The problem with most of these tiny things is lack of air movement. Without good air movement, you will not have a good finished product. Instead you are more likely to have either a soggy product, does not keep, or a cooked product, not really what you are after! Once you have great dehydrated product, you will never go back to the largely nasty stuff in the stores or the even worse stuff from one of these!!

7/29/2015 9:59:56 AM

Hi rflickinger, some foods don't take "all day" to dehydrate and you can over-dry certain foods. Having the "timer" switch is a great feature for that reason. Thanks for posting - have a great day.

7/28/2015 3:39:36 PM

Why do you need a timer? Why would you want it to shut off if you weren't there. It's a feature you dont need unless you want the on/off switch feature.

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