3 Best Food Dehydrators for Under $100.00

best food dehydrators to make anti-inflammatory snacks

When trying to adopt a fresh, anti-inflammatory diet, you will sometimes crave that extra tanginess, sweetness, chewiness or a little crunch and be tempted to indulge in those old stand-by comfort foods. Dehydrators turn healthy foods into grab and go snacks to help satisfy these cravings.

Turn carrot sticks into carrot fries, make seasoned cucumber rings to replace potato chips, and morph apple slices into tangy fruit roll-ups. Or natural jerky made from grass-fed beef. Anti-inflammatory snacks are simple with a dehydrator and a little creativity.

There are a lot of food dehydrators on the market, but most tend to be bulky and cumbersome with little counter space or storage space. So we looked for a user-friendly appliance that does not take up a lot of space in your kitchen, plus gets the job done without breaking the bank.

Consumer Report named the Gourmia GFD1850 the Best Food Dehydrator of 2019. However, consumer reviews have been lukewarm at best. The biggest complaint seems to be slow drying times and temperature issues. We also think it is too bulky for the average kitchen counter and too large for making simple snack foods.

Let’s look at a few food dehydrators that meet the mark for:

  • user-friendliness
  • performance
  • space efficiency
  • value

Chefman Food Dehydrator Machine

In this case, the Amazon Choice is also our first choice, and customers agree.

Here’s what they are saying:

  • easy to use
  • easy to clean up
  • jerky ready in just 4 hours

This user-friendly food dehydrator at 420 watts meets all our demands– user-friendly, great performance, space-saving, reasonably priced–and then some.

In addition to six spacious tiers for food dehydration and not taking up too much counter space (13.6 x 17.5 x 12.4 inches), the unit also offers:

  • Digital touch settings for a user-friendly experience–set your timer and walk away!
  • Innovative but compact design to maximize airflow.
  • Resources and warranties including access to Club Chefman, which offers hundreds of recipes and video tutorials.

This unit retails for under $100.00.

Nesco Snackmaster Pro

This five-tray dehydrator is currently the #1 Amazon Bestseller with nearing 5,000 stellar reviews. It is not as sleek as the Chefman, but it gets the job done at 620 watts and met all of our baseline demands.

This machine is smaller than the Chefman at 10.25 x 14 x 12 inches, which is good for counter space and storage, but will hold less per batch.

Here’s what customers are saying:

  • easy to use
  • dishwasher safe
  • compact

One reviewer named this device her “most used appliance.” Another is making fruit roll-ups regularly and could not be happier.

The Snackmaster food dehydrator comes with five trays and also offers:

  • built-in fan for even drying
  • cord stores in base
  • four drying trays included, may add additional

This unit sells for under $60.00.

Presto Dehydro

This little four-tray dehydrator wins the prize for “compact” and could even be easily packed away for camping trips. Plus, its reviews are glowing.

Here’s what customers are saying:

  • easy to use
  • performs as promised
  • space-saving

One purchaser uses it to regularly dry herbs. Another makes jerky for the entire family.

This dehydrator also offers:

  • A bottom fan for even heat distribution
  • A 35 percent average reduction in storage space

This unit sells for under $40.00. What a deal!

Final Thoughts

After combing through reviews and listening to what customers and our reviews had to say, we believe these food dehydrators are your best user-friendly and cost-efficient options for creating healthy and preservative-free snacks without taking over your kitchen.

Ultimately, food dehydrators pay for themselves in more ways than one. If you have ever looked at the prices of dehydrated fruits in your local supermarket or the cost of preservative-free jerky, you know what we are talking about.

Perhaps even more importantly, when you create your own dehydrated treats, you know exactly what is in them and can avoid nerve damaging additives.

  • no additives
  • no preservatives
  • low sodium
  • no added sugar

A food dehydrator pays for itself in not only cost, but also in health. Either way you look at it, the food dehydrator is worth the buy.

We highly recommend!

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