I was a newbie at drying foods so I looked up many review sites before purchasing this L’Equip 306200 food dehydrator which by the way has a 10 year warranty instead of 12. I’ve read some lucky people who purchased it way back had a 12 year warranty from the same brand. For me it was a really good buy because I’ve been using it for 2 years now and I haven’t had a problem with it. It does a fantastic job every time.
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At first I was drying batches of the same fruits or vegetables at a time until I tried drying mixed batches. I don’t really mind how some of the aroma or flavor would somehow mix a little as the foods I dried were very ripe anyway. However, when I dry tomatoes or watermelons with other foods, they’re always below other foods in the stack so the liquids won’t drip on the drier stuff in the batch.
I bought four additional trays after a few months to make a stack of 10 and I never had to rotate the trays so as for L’Equip’s claim that rotating isn’t necessary for as many as 12 trays in the stack, I guess it holds pretty much true.
I love how my L’Equip dehydrator is rectangular so it maximizes my counter space. It used to be as big as a microwave and after the extra trays it’s just a tall one. Anyway, I haven’t noticed any dripping from the dehydrator spilling onto the counter even when I dried watermelons. I didn’t smell anything burnt or strange even if I used my dehydrator a lot. Also, I never had to replace any tray. I didn’t even notice any signs of warping even if I’ve been I think drying food aggressively!
L’Equip 306200 Food Dehydrator Features
- Adjustable thermostat with computer-controlled sensor
- 500-watt dehydrator for drying food, flowers, and herbs
- 6 stacking trays for a total of 12 square feet of drying space
- Instructional booklet with recipes and drying times included
- Measures 17 by 11-4/5 by 10-1/2 inches
- 12-year limited warranty
I saved a lot of money from buying sun dried tomatoes. The dried bananas weren’t really crispy but then they’re dried and not fried so it’s still a healthy trade off. I did make some batches that did not last as long as I hoped they would because maybe, slicing food thicker than a quarter inch should be dried longer than 12 hours. But I haven’t tried leaving the food dehydrator longer than that and run up my power bill.
The temperature control and timer features are nice. The knobs aren’t too sensitive and I haven’t noticed any change in performance with time. The L’Equip 306200 food dehydrator consistently delivers the temp I want and so I’ve never had any batches of dried food that were unevenly dried or still soft after 12 hours, except for the batch where I think the food was too chunky.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with my dehydrator. I like how it’s consistent and reliable. I never had any surprises as long as I prepared the food right. You can read more reviews from other satisfied customers by also visiting Amazon. They currently have over 35 reviews from many different users so you can see just how happy people are with this L’Equip Food Dehydrator. Click here to read more reviews on Amazon.