Compare Food Dehydrator Australia
Compare food dehydrators in Australia with our handy Food Dehydrator Comparison tables. Below we outline the features and benefits of each dehydrator, making it easier for you to make the right choice.
You can shop and compare our range of BioChef Food Dehydrators here.
We’ve found that a lot of customers are familiar with the circular style of dehydrator with stackable trays, rather than the newer square/ rectangular design, and therefore believe it is important to outline the difference between the two standard shapes to better help you decide which food dehydrator is the right one for you!
Circular Style Dehydrator
With the circular style dehydrator, the heater and fan are located at either the bottom or the top, which, as you can imagine, causes food closest to the fan to be dried at a different rate than the opposite end. This drying system can have a number negative effects on the quality of the dried food, including:
- Requires a careful eye when dehydrating as food items may need to be alternated from top to bottom throughout the drying process for a consistent finish
- Doesn’t create an even drying temperature throughout the dehydrator which can cause the food to be dried on the outside and not on the inside - This is quite dangerous when it comes to food preservation and creates a risk of food spoiling.
The one benefit of a stackable dehydrator is being able to only use the amount of trays which you require for the job, however, it is more economical to use it to it's full capacity every time as it will use the same amount of power.
Square or Rectangular Style Dehydrator
There is a big difference when drying food in a square vs round dehydrator. A square or rectangular style food dehydrator generally has its fan/motor at the rear of the unit (it is important to check this regardless of the shape!). This works similar to a fan-forced oven, creating an even and consistent flow of heated air throughout the whole unit. This in-turn creates food which is dried consistently, inside and out.
Another benefit of this drying system is that you don't have to monitor the food during the drying cycle as you can rest assured that the food will be dried evenly between the trays.
One final advantage of a square/ rectangular dehydrator is that you can generally remove in-between trays to create a wider space when required, allowing you to rise bread, make yoghurt and other things which are higher than the usual designated tray space.
Still not sure which dehydrator is right for you? Take a look at the Q&A section below to help make your buying decision a little easier, and if you’ve still got questions, you can always give us a call on 1800 802 924 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our online-chat facilities.
I want to make meat jerky, which dehydrator should I use?
When making any kind of meat jerky it is essential to use a square style of food dehydrator. The reason for this is that a square style food dehydrator is going to circulate the air evenly to create a consistent drying temperature. If the meat doesn't reach the optimal temperature for dehydration or if there is too much humidity inside the machine, bacteria and microbes will begin to grow, making the jerky unsafe to eat. Because the fans and heating elements are located at the back of the square style dehydrator, you will get an even distribution of air and heat every time - making it a perfect tool for creating yummy jerky!
We recommend the BioChef Arizona 6, 8 or 10 Tray Food Dehydrator, depending on the amount of meat you want to dry, at any given time.
Looking for some meat or beef jerky recipes or inspiration? See our blog post on 'Meat & Beef Jerky Recipes'.
What’s the best dehydrator for making healthy snacks like dried fruits and vegetables or fruit leathers?
The BioChef Arizona 6, 8 & 10 Tray Food Dehydrators are perfect for drying fruits and making fruit roll-ups. The rectangular shape gives even and consistent drying throughout the trays. If trying to use a circular dehydrator here, you will find that fruits are dried crisply on the outside, by stay moist on the inside. This is unsafe, and not the desired result.
BioChef Arizona Food Dehydrators come with fine mesh sheets (between 1 and 3 sheets, depending on which product you purchase) which is ideal for smaller fruits and vegetables like berries, grapes or peas, plus non-stick sheet(s) which are perfect for making fruit leathers.
When deciding between the three dehydrators which one is best for fruits and vegetables, it basically comes down to size and whether or not you want your machine to have an inbuilt timer. The 6 Tray dehydrator does not come with an in-built timer however the 8 & 10 tray dehydrators do. Now, it really just depends on how many people you are drying for, and how much you want to dry at any given time.
Want fruit leather/roll up recipes? Check out our 'Homemade Fruit Leather Recipes' article.
I am a raw foodist and rely on a food dehydrator to create a large portion of my food. Which dehydrator would you recommend for this?
Generally we would recommend a dehydrator which has a digital timer to anyone practicing a raw food lifestyle as they can accurately set the time they wish to dehydrate their foods, then the machine will automatically shut off when the time is up. This enables raw foodists to achieve the most accurate result when drying a wide variety of foods. The BioChef Arizona 8 or 10 Tray Food Dehydrators will be ideal for this job.
I want to experiment and make things like yoghurt and rise bread. Which food dehydrator is the best for doing this?
The BioChef Arizona 6 Tray Food Dehydrator or the Sedona 9 Tray Food Dehydrator will be the best dehydrator for you to use here, the removal-able trays on the BioChef Arizona will allow you to have as many or as little trays as you want at any given time, meaning that you can successfully rise bread and use the taller glass jars required for setting yoghurt.
Want homemade yoghurt recipes? Take a look at our article 'Homemade Yoghurt Recipes' to get inspired.
As you can see from the tables above, there are significant differences between various models of food dehydrators in Australia.
It is important to look at the warranty of the dehydrator. This is a big difference when it comes to purchasing a cheap /non-branded imitation food dehydrator from Asia. When you purchase from an Australian company you know that you will get a longer warranty, after-sales support, parts and accessories and readily available servicing of your machine.
Finally, it’s important to know what type/ style dehydrator best suits your needs. There the features like timers and adjustable thermostats which make dehydrating super easy, where you can literally set and forget!
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