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One of the most affordable food-dehydrators on the market, the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric is especially conceived for simplicity and ease of use. In spite of its affordable price, it comes with a wide variety of features designed to help you dry out your favorite snacks in no time at all. Indeed, from fruits to vegetables or even meat, pasta and milk powder, this particular appliance is quite simple to operate, even if you’ve never used a food dehydrator before.
With this model you will only require around 4 hours to make banana chips, 1 hour to dry pears or apples and 3 hours to dry tomatoes. As a nice addition, along with the dehydrator and 4 drying trays, users will also receive nonstick mesh sheets, fruit roll sheets, jerky spice kits and a jerky gun.
Its affordable price combined with its ease of use and features have won this particular product quite a lot of positive reviews from a multitude of customers. Available in white and made from plastic, the dehydrator only weighs 7.5 pounds, something that largely contributes to its mobility. The appliance has a wattage of 600 watts and is protected by a manufacturer’s warranty of 1 year. The packaging also includes a detailed instructions booklet.
On the flip side, however, a few customers claimed to have been dissatisfied with the lack of a thermostat. This can admittedly be an issue for anyone who wants to use the appliance to dry jerkies or meats because this type of produce does require a rather high drying temperature. On the other hand, the lack of a thermostat shouldn’t really be an issue if you’re planning on using it for vegetables or fruits.
Heat Distribution: 4.5/5
The Presto 06300 Dehydrator boasts of a vertical airflow, which means that heat starts off from the bottom of the machine and gradually moves across the other trays. This type of drying mechanism ensures that all the food placed on the lower tray is rapidly dehydrated. However, this technique of air distribution does not always ensure even cooking, which means that you’ll have to keep an occasional eye on your produce. On the other hand, however, a vertical airflow ensures that you don’t suffer from flavor mixing- something that can occasionally happen when you decide to dry various types of food in the same batch.
The Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric is expandable, which means that even though it comes with 4 trays, by purchasing more trays separately you can expand its capacity to up to 8 trays, thus you’ll be able to dehydrate twice as much produce in the same batch. By this token, the appliance is quite suited to anyone with a busy lifestyle.
Other Features: 3.5/5
This particular appliance boasts of a see-through cover that allows you to easily keep an eye on the dehydrating process to prevent your food from being over dried or under dried. Therefore, your produce remains entirely accessible at all times. While it is not really recommended, you can also occasionally lift the lid to check on the drying process and ensure that your fruits and vegetables are as crisp as you want them to be.
Unlike most other food dehydrators, this particular appliance emits less noise than other models, which means that you can comfortably allow your food to dry at night while you sleep. In fact, some customers compared the noise to a running fan. The appliance does not come with a timer but you can also substitute it with any regular kitchen timer. It does not include a thermostat but automatically regulates the temperature. According to the manufacturers, the dehydrator can maintain a temperature that ranges between 135 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. This unit also comes with dishwasher-safe components that guarantee quick and easy cleaning after each batch.
If you’re on a limited budget and want a basic machine, the Presto 06300 dehydrator might certainly live up to your expectations. In fact, this machine is often used by beginners as a starter dehydrator until they can invest in a more expensive one. Customers who are no novices to produce dry foods, however, might feel more comfortable with a more expensive machine that does include features like thermostats and timers. Examples of such appliances include the Excalibur 3926TB or the Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster.
All in all, the Presto 06300 is a recommended appliance to users who want to occasionally dehydrate their favorite fruits or vegetables. Solid, reliable and- more importantly- surprisingly inexpensive, this appliance has a lifespan or 10 years or more, if properly cared for.
- Dehydrator Type: Stackable
- Air Flow: Vertical (bottom to top)
- Temperature Range: 135°F to 145°F
- Dimensions: 14 x 15 x 6″
- Expandable: Yes
- Included Trays: 4
- Maximum Trays: 8
- Timer: No
- Thermostat: No
- Wattage: 600 watts
- Warranty: 1-year Limited