Compare food dehydrators in America with our helpful Food Dehydrator Comparison sheets. We've compared the benefits and features of each Food Dehydrator to make it easy for you to make the best choice about which model is right for you.
Round vs Square Dehydrators
Which Dehydrator is Right for Me?
Compare BioChef Arizona, Savana and Kalahari Dehydrators
|BioChef Savana 6,9,12 Tray|
|Tray Sizes||6/9 Tray||8/10/16 Tray||6/9/12 Tray|
|Prices (RRP)||$129 / $155||$340 / $425 / $659||$289 / $309 / $349|
|Warranty||3 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
|Timer||Digital 19.5h||Digital 24h||Digital 99h|
|Tray Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Inner/Outer Casing||BPA Free / Polypropylene||BPA Free / Polypropylene||BPA Free / Polypropylene|
|Colours||Black / White||Black / White||Black|
|Included Accessories||1/3 Fine Mesh Sheet
1/3 Non-Stick Sheet
1 Non-Stick Drip Tray
|2/3 Fine Mesh Sheet
2/3 Non-Stick Sheets
1 Non-Stick Drip Tray
|2/3/4 Fine Mesh Sheet
2/3/4 Non-Stick Sheets
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Dehydrators: Round or Square
Many of us are familiar with the circular style of dehydrator with stackable trays, rather than the newer square design. Read on to learn about the differences between the 2 models and be more prepared when selecting the right dehydrator for you.
With round ehydrators, the heater and fan are located at either the bottom or the top, which, means that the food closest to the fan dries more than food at the other end of the dan. This process can cause the negative impacts, including:
- More work for you. Food may need to be rotated according to which areas of the dehydrators are receiving more of the fan pressure.
- Doesn’t create an even drying temperature throughout the dehydrator which can cause the food to be dried on the outside and not on the inside. This means the risk of spoiled food is higher as there will still be moisture content present.
A benefit of a stackable dehydrator is that you can add and remove trays as needed, but it's more economical to use all the trays at once as the model will use the same amount of power.
Square or Rectangular Style Dehydrator
There are big variances when drying food in a square vs circular dehydrator. A rectangular style food dehydrator usually has its fan located at the back of the unit. This functions in a similar way to a fan powered oven, which creates a constant, even flow of heated air. As a result, your food will be dried in the same way.
An additional advantage of this drying system is that you don't have to check the food during the drying cycle as you can relax and know that the food will be dried evenly.
One final advantage of a square/ rectangular dehydrator is that you can usually remove in-between trays to create a wider space when needed, allowing you to leaven bread, prepare yogurt and other foods requiring a higher area.
Which dehydrator is the right one for me?
Why dehydrator is best for making beef jerky?
Square dehydrators are always best when it comes to making meat jerky because square dehydrators circulate air in an even, constant flow. If the meat doesn't reach the optimal temperature for dehydration or if there is too much humidity inside the machine, bacteria and microbes will begin to grow, making the jerky unsafe to eat. Because the fans and heating elements are located at the back of the square style dehydrator, the stream of heated air is always consistent, so your jerky will dry at the same level, creating a delicious beef jerky every time.
We recommend the BioChef Arizona 6, 8 or 10 Tray Food Dehydrator, for scrumptios jerky's.
I want to make healthy snacks like dried fruit and fruit roll ups. What's the best model for me?
The BioChef Arizona 6, 8 or 10 Tray Food Dehydrators are perfect for making healthy fruit snacks. The rectangular shape gives even and consistent drying throughout the trays.
BioChef Arizona Food Dehydrators come with fine mesh sheets (between 1 and 3 sheets, depending on which product you purchase) which is ideal for smaller fruits and vegetables like banana, strawberries and peas, plus non-stick sheet(s) which are perfect for making fruit roll ups.
When deciding between the three dehydrators which one is best for fruits and vegetables, it basically comes down to size and whether or not you want your machine to have an inbuilt timer. The 6 Tray dehydrator does not come with an in-built timer however the 8 & 10 tray dehydrators do. Now, it really just depends on how many people you are drying for, and how much you want to dry at any given time.
Which dehydrators are best for making larger quantities of dried foods?
It's best to use a food dehydrator with a digital timer for making larg batches. This will allow you to set the time you wish to dehydrate your foods and when time is up, the unit will turn off automatically. The BioChef Arizona 8 or 10 Tray Food Dehydrators will be ideal for these requirements.
Which food dehydrator ideal for experimenting with different foods like leavened bread and yogurts?
The BioChef Arizona 6 Tray Food Dehydrator or the Kalahari 8 Tray Food Dehydrator will be the best dehydrator for you to use for this. These models have removable trays which means you can create your desired height required for breads or yogurt jars.
As you can see from the tables above, there are significant differences between various models of food dehydrators in America.
Warranty is an important factor when deciding on a dehydrator. There are big differences between cheap /non-branded imitation food dehydrators. When you purchase from us, you know that you will get an extended warranty, post sales service, parts and accessories and reliable servicing for your unit.
If you’re looking for the best food dehydrators in America, we've got you covered. We’re Vitality 4 Life, and we’re one of the most trusted suppliers of superior quality and affordable food dehydrators.
Our team know everything there is to know about the best food dehydrators, and we’ve compared some of our top selling products to make it easy for our customers to find the perfect model for them.
What does a good food dehydrator do?
A food dehydrator is a kitchen appliance that removes moisture from food in order to preserve it. It uses a source of flowing heat to remove the moisture content in foods.
Most food has quite a high water content(40% to 70% for meats and between 85% and 95% for fruit and vegetables) and removing that moisture prevents bacteria from ruining food.
What are the benefits of buying a good food dehydrator?
A food dehydrator will save precious pennies and help you live a healthier, more nutritious lifestyle.
Our food dehydrator range includes some of the best options availablet, and we’ve got something for everyone.
So whether you’re interesting in buying the BioChef Savana 6 Tray Food Dehydrator that comes with stainless steel trays, 2 mesh and 2 non-stick sheets, a horizontal drying system, and an adjustable thermostat or the BioChef Arizona Sol 6 Tray Food Dehydrator that has a digital display, non-stick and fine mesh sheets, we’ve got what you’re looking for.
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