My old POS dehydrator decided to leave us, and now I am looking to replace it. I've done some research, and an about ready to pull the trigger on a new unit.
This will be used mostly for making snacks. Vegetable chips, dehydrated fruit, some meat drying (I have a smoker for real jerky), and also for long-term storage of vegetables and fruit. Dehydrate them, and then seal em in a vacuum bag.
Anyone have any suggestions? Here are the front runners that I'm looking at:
Open Country 7 Tray at Bass Pro:
pro- Inexpensive, know someone that has one and likes it, lots of capacity
con- not much in the way of control. Basically on and off.
Open Country Square:
Pro- Not too pricey, more controls, good capacity
Con- Not really any reviews to be found online.
Necso 700 watt
Pro- Inexpensive, good reviews, more controls
Con- Limited capacity (unless you buy more trays)
LEM 10 Tray
Pro- LOTS of capacity, Great control, Great reviews
Con- Expensive, large
Nesco 1000 Watt
Pro- Lots of Capacity, Great reviews, Good controls, Lots of accessories included
Con- More expensive, Largish.
I know Excalibur is the gold standard, but they are very expensive to get one with more than just minimal carrying capacity. I'm open for any input!