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Conceived to provide you with fast and nutritious home-dried food, the Presto 06301 Dehydro Digital Electric Food Dehydrator has the added bonus of being quite affordable for the features it’s packed with. Indeed, the dehydrator by Presto is priced between $40 and $60, which makes it the ideal dehydrator for anyone who has no prior experience or is in a limited budget. In fact, several people choose to buy this appliance as a starter machine because it is also very simple to operate. With basic albeit effective features, this dehydrator will help you easily avoid the harmful toxins, chemicals and other substances that are so often added to commercially-produced fruit leather, jerky or other dried meat.
By the same token, you will certainly enjoy this appliance if you’re trying to watch your weight. In fact, several users have found the act of drying their own fruits and vegetables to be a fulfilling substitute for chocolate, crisps, candy or any other fattening snack; and while this appliance is not among the highest range machines on the market, it certainly does its job and provides great value for the money.
When it comes to the downsides, while a few users did report some problems with Presto Dehydro (like being cumbersome to wash the trays in the dishwasher) most users didn’t have any problem with it, and found it to be a good investment. Lastly, this particular model is protected by a manufacturer’s warranty of one year.
Heat Distribution: 4.5/5
Thanks the bottom-mounted fan and heating element, users can expect an even heat distribution across all the trays. Therefore, you won’t even have to constantly rotate them, which means that you can go around with your daily activities while the dehydrator is on. This also prevents you from losing hot air when you have to open and close the appliance, which tends to slow down the dehydrating process.
Now while most users have found the Presto 06301’s heat distribution to be quite even, it’s also worth mentioning that, while this model sports a vertical heat distribution, horizontal heat distribution has been shown to be superior when it comes to evenly dehydrating the food on all the trays. Similarly priced models sporting a horizontal heat distribution are: Nesco Snackmaster Pro and Nesco Snackmaster Express.
The Presto 0630 is a fully-expandable dehydrator that can easily accommodate several trays in one batch. Indeed, while the boxed packaging comes with six drying trays, you can use up to 12 in the same batch. By this token, users can expect to dehydrate several types of food in the same batch, without any risk of flavor mixing. The numerous trays can also help you cut back on the number of times that you’ll use the machine per week. With 12 drying trays, you’ll even be able to cater to larger gatherings at very short notice.
Other Features: 5/5
The Presto 06301 allows your food to retain most of its natural minerals and vitamins, which does enhance the nutritional factor of food dehydration. Other than edible items, customers can even use this machine to create some homely accents like clay picture frames, potpourris and dried flower petals.
The boxed packaging includes two Fruit Roll Sheets and Two Mesh Screens that will help you easily dry sticky and smaller produce such as purees or herbs. In spite of its surprisingly affordable price, the machine even comes with a thermostat as well as a digital timer for precise drying. These enable customers to select their desired temperature between 90 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit and to program the dehydrating process for up to 48 hours. Thanks to the digital timer, you can simply turn on the appliance a night and allow it to work while you sleep, ensuring that you wake up to a healthy breakfast every morning.
More importantly, the appliance boasts of a completely transparent surface, hence allowing users to carefully monitor the drying process without always having to fiddle with the lid. Because of the bottom-mounted fan, you can be sure to experience optimum drying through the entire appliance, which is quite a refreshing change from other lower-quality dehydrators that tend to lose quite a bit of hot-air during lengthier drying sessions.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
All in all, the Presto 06301 Dehydro is an absolute bargain to anyone who wants to indulge in homemade dried goods. Not only is it extremely easy to use but customers will also appreciate its wide range of features ranging from an adjustable thermostat to the digital timer or even the expandable trays. It does have a few minor drawbacks in the form of noisiness and washing-up but the inexpensive price certainly makes up for it. Best of all, its space-saving design is attractive enough to be showcased on the counter or table, something that certainly saves up on storage space.
- Dehydrator Type: Stackable
- Air Flow: Vertical (bottom to top)
- Temperature Range: 90°F to 165°F
- Dimensions: 14 x 15 x 7”
- Expandable: Yes
- Included Trays: 6
- Maximum Trays: 12
- Timer: Yes
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 750 watts
- Warranty: 1-year Limited