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Last updated: 06 March 2024


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We've tested the latest food dehydrators in our labs to help you find the best one for your needs.

Our experts give each model a thorough workout to find the models that:

  • perform well for dehydrating various foods, like semi-dried tomatoes, fruit leather, kale and beef jerky
  • are easiest to use and clean.
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We also provide good and bad points for each model and tell you about any special features, such as timers, automatic shut off, fruit roll tray accessories and whether or not the trays or shelves are dishwasher safe. Our Recommended list shows you at a glance which food dehydrators topped our tests.

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

      Number of shelves

        Performance score

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

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        Ease of use score

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        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.

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        Yearly running costs

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

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        • Bad points
        • Good points
        • Fruit leather score
        • Yearly running costs
        • Beef jerky score
        • Recommended
        • Kale chips score
        • CHOICE Expert Rating
        • Ease of use score
        • Performance score
        • Semi-dried tomatoes score
        • Dried apple score
        • Timer range (hrs)
        • Controls (type and location)
        • Price
        • Internal shelf material
        • Country of origin
        • Timer
        • Weight (kg)
        • Wattage (W)
        • External dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
        • Temperature range
        • Noise readings (dB)
        • Number of shelves
        • Comments
        • Accessories supplied
        • Dishwasher safe


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