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BIOCHEF ARIZONA 8 TRAY
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CUISINART FOOD DEHYDRATOR DHR-20A
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EXCALIBUR 9 TRAY 4948CDB EXCALIBUR DIGITAL DISPLAY FOOD DEHYDRATOR
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EZIDRI SNACKMAKER FD500 DIGITAL FOOD DEHYDRATOR
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OPTIMUM P200 DEHYDRATOR 6 TRAY
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Costs
Price ($) Expand to view more details.

This is the Recommended Retail Price.

$299
$159
$649
$229
$110
$399
$139
$219
Yearly running costs ($) Expand to view more details.

Based on using the dehydrator once a week for six hours at 60C (or medium).

Type
Type Expand to view more details.

Dehydrators are either a box type with drawers or round with stackable shelves.

Drawers
Stackable
Drawers
Stackable
Stackable
Drawers
Stackable
Drawers
Recommended products
Recommended Expand to view more details.

We recommend food dehydrators that score at least 80% overall.

Test results
Fruit leather test (%) Expand to view more details.

Fruit leather is a dehydrated fruit puree. Fiona uses food with a high moisture content to assess the dehydrators ability to dry evenly, using the fruit roll accessory provided with each product.

Beef jerky test (%) Expand to view more details.

We make beef jerky as there's an importance on food safety as well as dehydrating evenly. The jerky should bend like leather and have a slight resistance to biting.

Kale chips test (%) Expand to view more details.

We dehydrate kale (a popular healthy snack food) to assess the food dehydrators ability to dry to a crisp texture.

CHOICE Expert Rating (%) Expand to view more details.

The CHOICE Expert Rating (or overall score) is made up of performance (60%) and ease of use (40%).

Ease of use (%) Expand to view more details.

We check how easy the food dehydrators are to assemble and store, how easy the controls are to use and how easy the machines are to clean.

Performance score (%) Expand to view more details.

The performance score is made up of the results of the five cooking tests, weighted equally.

Semi-dried tomatoes test (%) Expand to view more details.

We make semi-dried tomatoes to assess the food dehydrators ability to dry evenly and quickly.

Dried apple test (%) Expand to view more details.

We dehydrate apples (a food with moderate moisture content) to assess the food dehydrators ability to dry evenly.

Features
Timer range (hrs)
1 - 24
not applicable
48
1 - 24
1 - 48
40
not applicable
19.5
Controls (type and location)
Touch, top of unit
Dial, base of unit
Touch with digital display, top of unit
Touch with digital display, base of unit
Touch with digital display, base of unit
Dial and touch, top of unit
Dial, top of lid
Touch, top of unit
Internal shelf material
Stainless steel, BPA free
Plastic
Polycarbonate with BPA free mesh sheets and trays, Polyscreen sheets
Food safe polypropylene, BPA free
BPA free plastic
BPA free plastic trays
Plastic
BPA free plastic
Timer Expand to view more details.

A timer allows you to set and forget. A timer that alerts you when the process is finished is also handy.

Yes
No
Yes, 2
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Number of shelves
8
5
9
5
6
6
5
6
Dishwasher safe
Yes
Yes
Yes, except mesh
Not specified
Yes, top shelf
Yes
No
No
Specifications
Origin
China
China
USA
PRC
China
PRC
China
China
Weight (kg)
8
2.8
9.4
3.4
3.5
7.2
1.9
5.2
Wattage (W)
800
620
600
500
550
630
370
500
External dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
32 x 38 x 49
26 x 31 x 35
24 x 43 x 48
25 x 34 x 38
21 x 44 x 29
32 x 42 x 48
19 x 33 x 34
32 x 34 x 44
Temperature range (°C)
35-70
45-80
35-74
30-60
40-70
29-68
35-75
35-70
Noise readings (dB) Expand to view more details.

We run the dehydrators at 60°C and measure the noise from 1 metre away. 

43
52
55
48
47
49
55
44
Contact
biochef.com.au
cuisinart.com.au
excaliburdehydratorsaustralia.com
ezidri.com.au
kogan.com.au
froothie.com.au
sunbeam.com.au
sunbeam.com.au
Accessories supplied
2 non stick sheets, 2 fine mesh sheets
Fruit roll sheet
3 paraflex sheets, 12 fine mesh sheets
Sealed flat mat, fine mesh mat
None
2 non-stick sheets, 2 mesh sheets, custom made cleaning brush
Fruit roll sheet
Fine foods mesh tray, fruit roll sheet
Comments
Bad points
Good points
Comments
Very good overall, it has a uniform shape so it is OK to store. The shelves are stainless steel.
Compact unit relatively cheap, with basic settings and no timer
Relatively expensive, large capacity food dehydrator, faster dehydrating times than most tested.
Excellent performance results for all tests. Dehydrating times may not be accurate.
Cheap food dehydrator with uniform shape, digital timer and temperatures. It has very basic instructions - you would need to refer to other resources and trial and error.
The Optimum performed very well. The unit is large and bulky which makes it difficult to store.
Compact unit relatively cheap, no timer. Best for foods that don’t have an excessive amount of moisture as it does need a long drying time
The Sunbeam Food Lab has very good controls - easy to use and access.