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Old 05-25-2008, 04:26 PM   #1
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Food dehydrators?

Can anyone recommend a good one? Not a huge, expensive one though! Is the Aroma one any good?

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Old 05-25-2008, 04:42 PM   #2
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i would be interested in this info, as well.


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Old 05-25-2008, 04:46 PM   #3
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I'm sure there are many different manufacturers, but we have a Ronco that we've had for over 10 years. Works well and is easy to use.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:54 PM   #4
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Ronco here too....They are probably all about the same...I would guess.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:06 PM   #5
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But the Aroma is the only one that I'm aware of that rotates. Do you think that's an important feature?

I'm sorry if this gets repeated.
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Old 05-25-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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Don't really see any point to the rotating feature. My Ronco is stationary. All I do is, a few times during the drying time, rotate the trays. Have dried all sorts of things with no difficulty.

My philosophy is that the more things that "move," the more things to malfunction. To me, simpler is better. Just my take.
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:16 AM   #7
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I looked on Amazon.com and the Ronco reviews weren't great. The Nesco ones were though.
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I did a thread on mine that I got from a yard sale. I saw it, wanted one for a while, it was there for the taking so I bought it, it's a Magic Chef so originally sold at places like WalMart. It hadn't been used, still in box, no instructions, but I got them via email later on. It doesn't rotate, it has 7 trays, I can fill it up with ease, and it's a sinch to use. My only complaint in that it takes quite a while, like two full days to dry thoroughly if you're drying things with much moisture like big seedless red grapes, but having said that, those dried grapes were the BEST!
I also did apples, bananas, pears, tomatoes, different grapes, and want to do celery, carrots, jerky, potatoes.

I'd buy it, don't think you can go wrong.
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The important features (besides a heating element) are a thermostat, multiple trays, and a fan for moving the air.

The NESCO/American Harvester seems to have the highest popularity. Then, of course, there are the much higher prices ones like the Excalibur and others.
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