When buying a food dehydrator you want to be able to get your full moneys worth out of it. A Food Dehydrator can be easy to use and you only need to know a few things about them. If you are looking to buy a new food dehydrator and even looking to upgrade your current one continue reading on and you may learn a few important tips that will help you find the right one for you.
Buying and using a food dehydrator are both actually quite simple but you'll need to keep a few things in mind. Make sure you buy a dehydrator with enough storage space and enough storage racks for want you want to do. Wattage is not always important unless you are trying to dehydrate a very large dehydrator space with very low wattage then you may run into the food not drying completely which could cause bacteria to grow in the food if not consumed quickly enough. I prefer about 500 watts with a 4-12 tray capacity because it just does the job right. You may want a larger size just make sure you go up a little higher in watts if you go larger than 12 trays. Most food dehydrators are going to be powerful enough for what you want to do as they've been tested time and time again before being released.
Set your spending limit when buying a new model. In all honesty unless you are going to be doing huge batches of dried food daily you'll probably be able to find a good dehydrator for what you need at or under $ 100. That's good news because it will quickly pay for itself. As with most products however do not over spend for features or items that you will not use. If you know you're only going to use it once a month to make a small batch of beef jerky then save yourself some money and buy the 4 tray 300 watt dehydrator instead of the 15 tray 600 watt food dehydrator that will cost you a lot more. Remember buying a food dehydrator helps you save money so just get the one that is in your price range for what you need to do.
Consider buying two smaller dehydrators rather than one large dehydrator. One thing that I like to do is dehydrate vegetables and meats. I would recommend not doing both together though as they need to be set to different times and temperatures to fully dry. One solution to this is to buy two smaller dehydrators one for meats and one for the vegetables. This comes in handy also during the holidays for drying different products for baking and cooking at different times and temperatures. After a quick clean up and storing the first item i can rotate production so something is always dehydrating. So if you are buying a new food dehydrator remember these things to help save you time and most and be the most cost effective.