Choosing the Best Rated Food Dehydrator for Your Home: A Comparison Guide
04 May

Choosing the Best Rated Food Dehydrator for Your Home: A Comparison Guide

If you’ve been craving fruit leather, beef jerky, or dried fruits and all the healthy snacks you could ever want – a food dehydrator will be the best choice for you. Dehydrating food in Australia is quickly becoming a popular way to enjoy snacks like jerky and fruit leather as you can prepare and create your own meals and own snacks from the comfort of your home. That’s why this is a question we’ve been asked many times – “What is the best-rated food dehydrator on the market in Australia?”

There are many different food dehydrators in this space, at a range of different price points and boasting a variety of unique features. Below, we’ve compared five different dehydrator units to help you choose the right one for you. After all, if you’re considering dehydrating your own food, it’s important you know exactly which dehydrator is the right one for you.

Sedona Classic

The Sedona Classic Rawfood Dehydrator is a nine-tray dehydrator with an intuitive, elegant design. Like other Sedona-brand dehydrators, it is available in two versions: one with BPA-free plastic trays and one with stainless steel trays. Both versions come with five years of domestic warranty coverage. The unit has been praised for its quiet operation, intuitive digital controls and overheat protection.



BioChef Arizona Sol 9 Tray

If you are looking for the most affordable food dehydrator, then the BioChef Arizona might be a good bet. This dehydrator is comparable (in certain ways) to the Sedona Classic. Both are nine-tray dehydrators of similar size and design. If you are looking for the best home dehydrator, though, the Sedona Classic is a better bet. 

The Classic costs more (it starts at $759, to the Arizona’s $259 price tag), but gives you two more years of warranty coverage, and a number of special, sophisticated features you won’t get from the Arizona.



Excalibur 9 Tray 4900 / 4926T SeriesThe food dehydrators in the Excalibur 9 Tray 4900 / 4926T series are also comparable to the Sedona Classic and the BioChef Arizona. The Excalibur dehydrators feature a temperature range of 40-75ºC (to the Classic’s 30-68ºC range), BPA-free mesh trays, among other similar specifications with a large drying space. The Sedona Classic outstrips the Excalibur in several major categories, though. 

For instance, the Excalibur boasts a 26-hour timer, while the Classic’s built-in timer can be set for up to 99 hours. The Excalibur also only has one fan, whereas the Sedona Classic boasts two for maximum energy efficiency. Finally, the Excalibur only offers two years of domestic warranty coverage, compared to five for the Classic.


Sedona Combo Dehydrator

The Sedona Combo line is similar in size and design to the Classic. Again, this dehydrator features a nine separate trays layout. The big difference is that the Combo adds Sedona’s revolutionary TST feature (Two-Stage Sequential Temperature Timer). This feature makes it possible to set the dehydrator at higher temperature settings for the first few hours of the drying process when bacteria is most likely to be a problem. 

The higher initial temperatures kill off bacteria before the heating element in the Combo switches automatically to a lower temperature for the remainder of the drying time. This temperature control switch helps preserve more nutrients in the dehydrated food. The automated nature of this feature makes the Sedona Combo one of the best food dehydrators on the market.




Sedona Express

As with the Sedona Combo, but in a different package, the Sedona Express brings the TST feature to a dehydrator with 11 stackable trays instead of nine separate trays– increasing the storage space in the dehydrator. The switch allows Sedona to pack a similar amount of food into the unit while reducing the width and preserving counter space. If your search for the best food dehydrator is motivated in part by a small kitchen, the Express might be the ideal product for you.



The Verdict: Which Unit Is the Best Home Dehydrator on the Market?

Ultimately, which dehydrator is ‘best’ will depend on the eye of the beholder. Whether you’re wanting to make fruit leathers, dried fruits or anything else that classifies as dehydrated foods, we will happily talk you through the options available. 

Every buyer is after different things, be it a bargain price point, a compact design or a lengthy warranty term. With a Sedona Food Dehydrator, though, you can expect a fairly priced unit with a tremendous amount of value, a high-tech design and a slew of features to ensure the highest quality dried foods possible.

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Happy Dehydrating!

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