Best Food Dehydrators in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2020
Want to enjoy the natural taste and aroma of your favourite fruit and veggies summer and winter alike? A food dehydrator will not only dry your food but also keep minerals and vitamins. Among dozens of products available, we have chosen the best Food Dehydrators for you! ...Read more ...Read less
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BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
STRUCTURE
NUMBER OF TRAYS
SHAPE
POWER
THERMOSTAT
TIMER
TRAY SIZE
BEST FOR
WARRANTY
 
PROS
The Parallex Horizontal Airflow technology provides even drying of food with the trays staying in the same sequence. A user doesn't need to control the process at all.
CONS
The fan of the Excalibur meat dehydrator might be slightly noisy during operation.
OUR VERDICT
The Excalibur 3926TB food dehydrator can be used for drying large amounts of diverse food. Choose white or black model to match your kitchen interior best.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Convection
STRUCTURE
Horizontal with slide-out trays
NUMBER OF TRAYS
9
SHAPE
Square
POWER
600 W
THERMOSTAT
40.5°C - 74°C
TIMER
Yes
TRAY SIZE

38 x 38 cm

BEST FOR

Fruit, vegetables, meat and fish for jerky, re-crisp breads, crackers

WARRANTY
10 years limited
PROS

The capacitative touch buttons are sleek and responsive. You can raise the temperature inside the unit as high as 75 degrees, adding or subtracting by 5-degree increments. The silent fans ensure even drying results. 

CONS

The unit gets quite hot when running at 75°C. 

OUR VERDICT

The SousVideTools 229033 will allow you to prepare as well as preserve healthy, nutrient-dense snacks. With its stainless steel construction, this appliance can withstand heavy use, fitting commercial kitchens and job environments to a tee.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

STRUCTURE

Horizontal with slide-out trays

NUMBER OF TRAYS

6

SHAPE

Rectangular

POWER

1000 W

THERMOSTAT

35°C - 75°C

TIMER

Yes

TRAY SIZE

33 x 30.5 cm

BEST FOR

Fruits, meats, fish, vegetables, greens, herbs, bread, and more

WARRANTY

2 years  

PROS

The large 5-tier design gives you plenty of space for a number of various foods. The modular system, with its variable tray stacking, will enable you to stack trays at different heights. This way, you'll be able to achieve the best results for different food items.

CONS

Takes more time to dry your food than advertised.

OUR VERDICT

The VonShef 13/381 is a quality food dehydrator that gives you all of the usual advantages of these appliances along with a couple of changes that improve the overall drying experience. As effective as it is convenient and attractive, this is the unit to go for.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

STRUCTURE

Vertical with stackable trays

NUMBER OF TRAYS

5

SHAPE

Rectangular

POWER

250 W 

THERMOSTAT

40°C - 70°C

TIMER

No

TRAY SIZE

33 x 26 cm

BEST FOR

Fruits, meats, fish, vegetables, greens, herbs, bread, and other foods

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The slide-out trays are made from stainless steel, so they will not get brittle over time. Using internal fans that force warm air horizontally across individual trays, the unit ensures fast, even, and nutritious drying.

CONS

The instructions are lacking. 

OUR VERDICT

The SousVideTools 229002 will allow you to whip up yummy organic treats. With the model consuming just 500 watts, you won't see a noticeable rise in the energy bills even if you use this appliance on a daily basis.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

STRUCTURE

Horizontal with slide-out trays

NUMBER OF TRAYS

6

SHAPE

Rectangular

POWER

500 W

THERMOSTAT

35°C - 65°C

TIMER

No

TRAY SIZE

40 x 32 cm

BEST FOR

Fruits, meats, fish, vegetables, greens, herbs, bread, and more

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

There's a drying guide on the digital control panel that outlines at what temperatures fruits, vegetables, greens, herbs, meat, fish, and bread should be dried. The trays are easily removable and dishwasher safe.

CONS

The holes in the trays are too big, so the smallest ingredients might fall through them. 

OUR VERDICT

This model from Buffalo comes fitted with 10 slide-out trays, which means you'll be able to dry many more different food items at the same time. Nevertheless, despite housing 10 trays, the model is no less compact than its direct competition. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Convection

STRUCTURE

Horizontal with slide-out trays

NUMBER OF TRAYS

10

SHAPE

Rectangular

POWER

800 W

THERMOSTAT

35°C - 70°C

TIMER

Yes

TRAY SIZE

38 x 29.5 cm

BEST FOR

Fruits, meats, fish, vegetables, greens, herbs, bread, and more

WARRANTY

1 year

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Excalibur 9 Tray 3926TB

Parallex Horizontal Airflow

The Excalibur 3926TB is a convection-type food dehydrator with horizontal tray loading. It is rather big, so it will be easily up to the task of being a solid option for drying large amounts of food.

In addition to featuring a completely BPA-free design, this food dryer incorporates a number of features making it possible to use it with various foods. For one, it's the power. Producing up to 600 W it proves to be effective at drying out just about any ingredients. For two, it's trays. The unit is fitted with as many as nice compartments, so you can dehydrate food on separate trays. Finally, the device features the Parallex Horizontal Airflow function, thus, despite the fact that the heating element and the fan are placed at the back of the unit, it isn't lacking in performance and distributes the heat evenly across the device. So, unlike many other dehydrators, you won't need to rotate this one in order to achieve great results.

Another cool thing about the Excalibur 3926TB we'd like to mention is that it has a thermostat, so it will perfectly maintain the set temperature and save you from having to keep an eye on it.

Moving on, the dehydrator uses the Hyperwave Fluctuation Technology which ensures that the food won't lose its healthy enzymes while being dehydrated. On the housing, there is a temperature scale that you can use to select a necessary temperature mode for the type of food you want to dry accordingly. Also, you can automate the process and set a timer, which can turn on/off the device during a period of up to 26 hours.

All in all, the Excalibur 3926TB is a solid option for large households that want to dry large amounts of food. It can withstand heavy use and fit plenty of food at a time. Plus, it needs minimum control. One of the best food dehydrators you can find on the market right now. 

Review of Excalibur 9 Tray 3926TB Food Dehydrator
Last updated price £296.39
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ASIN B008OV4FD0

 

SousVideTools 229033 6 Tray

Reaching 75 Degrees

The SousVideTools 229033 makes preparing healthy, nutrient-dense food simple and pretty effortless. With its sophisticated yet, again, simple design, the model lets you adjust the temperature between 35 and 75 degrees Celcius with 5-degree increments. Likewise, you can set the drying time anywhere between 30 minutes and 24 minutes with 30-minute increments. Aside from these two switches, the unit leaves only the on/off button, so figuring out its controls should not present considerable challenges.

Made from stainless steel, this appliance is not the fingerprint magnet that cheap food dehydrators are. It is also scratch-resistant and easy to clean. Operation-wise, the model employs silent fans, ensuring even heat distribution and even drying results. While noise is not an issue, the heat can be. To be more specific, when the unit reaches 75 degrees Celcius, the housing gets quite hot, so make sure that you're proceeding with caution on this front.

The model weighs almost 10 kilogrammes, so transportation can be an issue. But, thanks to the integrated side handles, the unit is perfectly luggable.

In closing, the SousVideTools 229033 will fit home use about as much as commercial kitchens or shop environments. Attractive, durable, and efficient, this appliance will let you prepare and preserve delicious snacks.

Review of SousVideTools 229033 6 Tray Stainless Steel Hendi Food Dehydrator

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Last updated price £131.99
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ASIN B07MTQGLJ7

 

VonShef 13/381

Achieve the Best Drying Results

You can usually count on VonShef to produce a quality kitchen appliance and the 13/381 model is not an exception to this rule.

In this price range, kitchenware often looks flimsy, tawdry, and downright cheap. With this model, that couldn't be further from the truth. The silver stainless steel construction in conjunction with black plastic housing creates a unit that is as compact as it is attractive, more than suitable for countertop display in a modern kitchen.

For the most part, the VonShef 13/381 incorporates everything people have come to expect out of food dehydrators. Despite the compact profile, the product's large 5-tier design gives you plenty of space for a number of various food items.

Using a flow-drying system, this little appliance slowly extracts moisture and preserves food, all whilst retaining the food's vitamins, valuable minerals, and flavour. It does take a little more time to dry most items than advertised but you'll unlikely be disappointed with the end result. On top of that, the modular system, with its variable tray stacking, will enable you to stack trays at different heights. This way, you'll be able to achieve the best results for different food items.

All in all, the VonShef 13/381 is a quality food dehydrator that gives you all of the usual advantages of these appliances along with a couple of changes that improve the overall drying experience. As effective as it is convenient and attractive, this is the unit to go for.

Review of VonShef 13/381 Food Dehydrator
Last updated price £59.99
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ASIN B078B42MXZ

 

SousVideTools 229002 6 Tray

No Pushover

The SousVideTools 229002 is less sophisticated than its more expensive relative that we've reviewed above but about as efficient. Applying internal fans that force warm air horizontally across the trays, this unit makes sure that the food is dried evenly and thoroughly. In other words, you don't have to rotate the trays to avoid uneven-dried food.

The stainless steel trays that this appliance is using won't get brittle with time and will not make maintenance difficult at all. They slide out with ease and the trays' square design ensures that you can store more items on one rack.

While the unit itself is not made of stainless steel, its high-strength polycarbonate construction is no pushover either, easily withstanding busy days in commercial kitchens.

The part that we like the least about this product doesn't even have anything to do with the appliance, it is the instruction manual that comes with this appliance that's lacking in detail. In every other respect, this is a solid product. Drawing just 500 watts, the unit is able to reach 65 degrees Celcius, so you'll be whipping up organic treats without worrying about increased energy bills. Plus, the see-through front door will let you keep an eye on the ingredients as they dry.

Review of SousVideTools 229002 6 Tray Food Dehydrator

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Last updated price £119.93
Stock In stock
ASIN B075DBPR7W

 

Buffalo 10 Tray

10 Trays

This food dehydrator from Buffalo gives away pretty much everything that the appliance has to offer with just its name, but we'll review the product nonetheless. As you can guess, the biggest standout feature here is the 10 horizontal slide-out trays that this model comes with. Considering that the unit measures just 38 x 29.5 centimetres, which is even less than most dehydrators, this is an impressive tray count.

Of course, the problem here is that you'll have issues fitting vertically-endowed ingredients. Also, these trays integrate sizable holes, meaning that they're not great with especially small ingredients either. That being said, most fruit and vegetable strips, greens, herbs, meat slabs, and bread slices will be just fine.

Whilst somewhat basic-looking, the digital control panel atop the appliance enables you to adjust the temperature (from 35 to 70 degrees Celcius) and the timer (from 30 minutes to 24 hours) without much hassle. Moreover, there's a nice little drying guide on the panel that will let you know what ingredients should be dried at what temperature. Thanks to this guide, you'll able to operate the appliance without referring to third-party instruction manuals or looking up the required information online.

Review of Buffalo 10 Tray Food Dehydrator With Timer And Door

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User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £155.98
Stock In stock
ASIN B010GJY5VO

 

What Is a Food Dehydrator?

A food dehydrator is a cool kitchen device used to extend the shelf life of food. It works using a heat source and an airflow which allow it to reduce the moisture content in various foods (50% for meats and 80-90% for fruits and vegetables) so that you can preserve it longer without a fear that it might go bad.

Food dehydrators are easy to use. All you will need to do is cut the food into small pieces and place them on special trays. And the device will get the job done for you. Equipped with adjustable thermostat, food dehydrators maintain a constant temperature and support an adequate airflow, which is important for removing the maximum water content.

A food dehydrator is a healthy way of preserving food fresh longer and a nice addition to the kitchen of any healthy life-goer.

We've also written about vacuum sealers. Similar to food dehydrators, these are used to expel air from the package to extend the shelf life of its contents.

What Features to Compare

Type and Shape

When deciding on a food dryer, firstly, look at its type and shape. These are very important features. The type of dehydrator can be either convection or infrared. Convection-type food dehydrators use a heating element with a fan that moves the air inside the housing. They are more popular than infrared ones which use infrared rays to heat up the fruit surface, thus evaporating the moisture. As for the shape, the food dryers can be round (oval shape is possible, but rare) with the trays one on top of the other over the heating element, and square that look like drawers with the trays on the rails.

Both types have their pros and cons. The round ones take less space, almost as little as your average cooking pot, but you may need to rearrange the trays from time to time for more even drying. The square ones don't require that, but instead, to dry equally on different ends of the tray, you may need to rotate the trays. Also, these models can be somewhat bulky.

Performance and Intended Use

The next important criteria while choosing a food dryer should be the performance and intended use. The performance is affected by several key characteristics like the dehydrator's power, the availability of a thermostat, the size and number of trays, which affects the capacity, and the types of food you will be able to dry. The power of your food dehydrator directly affects the type and amount of food you are going to dry. If you wish to load a lot of fruit, meat, fish, etc. then 1000 Watts or more will be a suitable power for your dehydrator. For small supplies, the 250-Watt device will be more than enough. For the moderate price, you will mostly find fruit dehydrators of 700–800 Watts. They are quite okay for drying fruit and vegetables. For those who like to dry meat or fish, we would recommend purchasing more powerful devices, although they cost slightly more.

We also attribute here important control functions like a temperature range and the built-in adjustable thermostat. As a rule, the simplest fruit dehydrators only have the ON/OFF switch, which might be inconvenient as different vegetables and fruit require different temperature modes. The best would be to have 2–3 modes of dehydrator temperature (at least 40°С and 70–75°С). The lower temperature is good for drying herbs and berries, curing fruits whereas the higher temperatures are perfect for drying most fruit and vegetables. Most state-of-the-art models with electronic control allow maintaining the heating at a precise temperature. And finally, look at the size and the number of trays. This number will tell you exactly how much food you'd be able to dry in one go. In some models, you can add trays and dry more fruit or meat simultaneously.

Convenience

Finally, look at the food dryer's convenience. For example, the timer might be a very useful feature. Sometimes the drying process can last for a whole day, or even more. If your meat dehydrator has a timer, you just need to set the turn-off time, and freely go to work or fall asleep. You wouldn't need to fear that your food will overdry and become too hard or coarse. Also, find out if it is easy to clean the device after each use, what material it is made of, what options it's got to simplify the operation (for example, an opportunity to monitor the process), and whether the device is noisy or not. The user-friendly interface is also very important.

We hope our review will be of help to you in the process of selecting your food dehydrator.

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3. Kristen Hicks How to Choose the Best Food Dehydrator [Buyer’s Guide], CompactAppliance.com. July 19, 2016.

4. Emily Church Choosing a Food Dehydrator, Everything Kitchens. 

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Publish Date: 2017-08-31 10:57:15