The Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator is an excellent choice for low-budget dehydrators. Many users have often spoken of it’s simplicity and it’s ability to make amazing dried fruits.
It comes in frustration free packaging which is a delight to open. The appliance comes with 4 plastic trays which are BPA free. Which are dishwasher safe. A transparent lid is on the top which allows easy watching of the drying food and is a very light machine at just 7 pounds.
With this dehydrator you’ll be able to make banana chips in about 4 hours, tomatoes in 3 hours and apples in just 1 hour. With it’s ease of use, super fast drying times and low cost, it’s no surprise the dehydrator has accumulated lots of positive reviews.
The Presto machine has a vertical heat system, which means the heat travels from the base, flowing through the trays and out through the top. As you can imagine, foods placed on the bottom tray will dry the quickest. Although, a vertical system isn’t used on the more expensive models due to this factor. But, for such a low price, it’s an effective appliance that will dry food at a breeze.
The dehydrator has an expandable feature which means you can upgrade from 4 trays (which is supplied) to up to 8 trays. Using this feature is great if you’re a person on a busy schedule or if you wish to supply tasty dehydrated snacks at a party or gathering.
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At the top of the appliance, you’ll see a transparent cover which is fabulous for checking on your food without having to open the lid which will definitely lower the temperature. By having a see-through lid, you’ll drastically improve your snacks simply by checking the lid as often as you desire.
Many users compared the noise to that of a running fan. Which is very different compared some models that can be seriously loud. You’ll be able to have the machine running in the background without any complaints or even leave it over night for those foods that need an extra dry.
It does not come with a timer unlike the more expensive products on the market but any kitchen timer can be substituted at such a low cost. It also doesn’t contain a thermostat which make be tiresome for some people. However, the appliance heats at 135 to 145 degrees F, which is the optimal temperature for most ingredients.
For anyone that is on a low budget or new to the world of dehydrating, this product is definitely for you. It’s a joy to use with it’s simplicity and expandable capacity. Incredibly easy to clean, simply pull out the plastic trays and give them a wash.
The only downside to the product is the lack of thermostat and timer. But for being such a low price and an entry level dehydrator, it more than makes up for it.