How to Choose a Dehydrator

The pros and cons of my dehydrator and what to look for if you want to buy your own!

I never thought I would get into dehydrating, but after the pandemic hit I was scrambling to find dehydrated food at the local MEC and Atmosphere. I loved the idea of making my own meals for camping so after hours of research I decided on the Presto Dehydro Digital Electric Food Dehydrator. If you are also looking to purchase this dehydrator, here is my pros and cons list to help you with your decision.


  • 4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 1,600 reviews.

  • Comes with 2 fruit leather trays which have been a huge help when creating sauces and eggs.

  • Collapsible, so can be stored away.

  • Comes with 6 trays and can be adjusted depending how many you need.

  • Digital reader and timer to keep track of how long it has been running and current temperature.

  • Bottom mounted fan and heating element provides consistent air flow with no need to rotate trays.


  • The motor is fairly loud; it sounds like a kitchen range hood on the lowest setting. I moved it to the garage because it was too loud to run in the house for extended periods of time.

  • One of the trays came cracked but that was likely during transport. The other trays have held up.

  • This device should not be used in a small space as it will get fairly steamy if running for long periods of time without proper ventilation. I think this may be the case for dehydrators in general.

In Conclusion

I have been using it for over a month now and there are weeks when I have been running it for 8 plus hours a day. This machine has not failed to deliver some amazing meals and snacks.

I have already used this for our Killarney Provincial Park backcountry trip which I will post recipes for in the related posts below. I am planning on using this for our weeklong trip up to Thunder Bay and for our 13km hike-in trip in Algonquin so stay tuned for some fun recipes and updates on this fun little device!

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  • Killarney PP Backcountry Meal Planning - Coming Soon!

  • Pukaskwa National Park Backcountry Recipe - Coming Soon!

  • Algonquin PP Backcountry Meal Planning - Coming Soon!

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