5 Best Commercial Dehydrators of 2021

5 Best Commercial Dehydrators of 2021

Are you looking to upgrade your dehydrator to more of a commercial-grade machine? Need to be able to dry fruits or herbs in large capacity? Do you only use appliances that are energy-efficient? Regardless of your needs, we are confident the commercial dehydrator you need is out there. To help you narrow it down, we have put together a list of the 5 best commercial dehydrators you can find right now. So let’s get started. 

1. Most Energy-Efficient - Elechomes Commercial Dehydrator

Using only 1.5 kWh of electricity for 10 hours of run time, it is obvious why we choose Elechomes’ dehydrator as the most energy-efficient, but that’s not the only perk about this machine. Made of food-grade 304 stainless steel, this dehydrator fits 8 trays. NOTE: There is one tray with a notch on one side. This is the top tray and is the only tray that will fit there. At an affordable price, you will receive the BPA-free, stainless steel dryer, 8 stainless steel trays, 9 free dishwasher-safe accessories, 50 printable recipes, and 4 easy-to-use presets with your purchase. The accessories include silicone mesh screens, fruit roll sheets, and silicone gloves. 

To make sure this dehydrator will fit in the allotted kitchen space, allow 20 x 14 x 12 inches. This dryer is equipped with a dual-LED touchscreen that has enough space to show the temperature and the remaining time at the same time and making it easy-breezy to adjust the settings. The inside of the dryer is adorned with an interior light to help you keep tabs on the food drying inside and a right-mounted fan allowing for horizontal airflow which provides consistent drying. This particular dehydrator allows for temperatures ranging from 100-172 degrees Farhenheit and an adjustable time from 00:01-99:00 hours. 

Part of what makes this machine energy-efficient is its ability to shut off automatically. Even the light on the inside will turn off on its own after 5 minutes! To boost efficiency more, the dryer also has a tempered glass door and is only 350 watts. Previous users were impressed with how easy the racks were to clean, with the option to purchase additional trays in the manual. 

Pros
  • 350-watt energy-efficient food dryer
  • 20 x 14 x 12 inches
  • Includes 9 free accessories and 50 printable recipes
  • Right-mounted fan for horizontal, even drying
  • 4 presets and an auto shut-off feature
  • Dual-LED touchscreen display
Cons 
  • Often have to rotate the trays to get food to dry evenly
  • Requires longer drying times if trying to make a large batch at the same time
  • Placement of fan may affect how it dries the food

Customers Frequently Ask:

  1. Can this be used in a 220v plug?

Unfortunately, this cannot be used for 220v. This commercial dehydrator uses AC120V. 

  1. Does this include a warranty?

Yes, the food dryer includes a 30-day refund guarantee and a full 18-month warranty. If you need more details, please reach out to the manufacturer directly. 

2. Best 10 Tray Dehydrator - Vivohome Electric Commercial Dehydrator

Boosting 1000 Watts, this commercial dehydrator from Vivohome holds a whooping 10 trays. More flexible than Elechomes dehydrator discussed above, Vivohome’s machine is designed for temperatures from 95-167 degrees Fahrenheit and measures 19.1 x 23 x 19.1 inches. This dryer features a digital timer and temperature controls, but no interior light which can make it difficult to determine the process of the drying without pulling the trays out. The trays that are included are BPA-free and measure 15 x 16 inches.  

This drying machine’s 97% vitamin and mineral retention rate makes it a strong contender amongst its competition, being one of the best you can buy. Though this dehydrator is lacking free recipes, its 12-month warranty makes up for it. Being detachable, the trays are easy to clean and store when the dehydrator is not in use. If you are planning to use your dryer for mostly fruits, vegetables, and herbs, this is a solid choice. One of the main goals of dehydrating foods is to remove the moisture from the food while retaining the flavor and nutrients. This is dehydrator will definitely help you get the job done. 

Pros
  • 1000-watt 10 tray food drying machine
  • 19.1 x 23 x 19.1 inches
  • 12-month warranty included
  • Digital timer and temperature control
  • BPA-Free, easy-to-clean trays
Cons 
  • No interior light
  • Some users complained about poor packaging upon its arrival
  • For the amount of money you will spend, there are not that many features

Customers Frequently Ask:

  1. Does this have an internal light?

Unfortunately, this machine does not include a light on the inside. 

  1. Does this food dryer include a warranty?

Yes, the manufacturer provides a 12-month warranty.

3. Best Dishwasher Safe Dehydrator - Ivation Commercial Dehydrator

Perfect for drying herbs, fruit, veggies, meat, and making beef jerky, Ivation’s 600-watt commercial dehydrator isn’t on the list just because the accessories are all dishwasher safe. It is on the list for its many benefits! This food dryer from Ivation holds 6 trays at once and measures 17.75 x 13.37 x 12.25 inches. The 13 X 12 inch stainless steel trays and drip tray are BPA-free and dishwasher safe. 

Inside the dehydrator, the shelf heights can be adjusted. Also on the inside, in the back, sits an automatic fan that helps circulate the air so the food dries evenly. Previous users have complimented this machine for how surprisingly quiet the fan is and how it perfectly dries the food. This food dryer has a wide temperature range of 95 - 167 degrees Fahrenheit. The timer can be set to automatically turn off at any designated time or in 30-minute increments for up to 24 hours. None of the other dehydrators on the list can do that!

Pros
  • 600-watt commercial dehydrator
  • 17.75 x 13.37 x 12.25 inches
  • BPA-free, 304-grade stainless steel trays
  • Quiet, rear-mounted fan
Cons 
  • Limited temperature settings
  • May require longer drying time if making a large batch all at once
  • The manual included is lacking detailed information

Customers Frequently Ask:

  1. Can I use a 220v electric outlet for this machine?

Unfortunately, this unit is only compatible with 110v electrical outlets.

  1. Where is this product made?

This product is made in China. 

4. Best Bargain Commercial Dehydrator - VVinRC Large Capacity Dehydrator

This 12 tray, low-energy dehydrator from VVinRC is one heck of a steal, especially if you plan to use it to make beef jerky! With its rear-mounted, horizontal fan, this food dryer is perfect for jerky and fruit leather. Requiring 1000 watts, this 18.3 x 15.7 x 16.9 inches food dehydrating machine has a temperature range of 86 - 194 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, this is the only dehydrator on the list that allows you to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit! All you have to do is press the button labeled “Temp” 3 times to switch between the two. 

Another reason this food dryer is such a great bargain is the delicious recipes you get for free with your purchase; there are 67 of them to be exact. They are a great way to learn everything this commercial food dryer is capable of. Another perk that sets this one aside from others on the list is the ability to use silicone dehydrator sheets on the inside to help keep it clean. Plus all the parts, including the racks and trays, are dishwasher safe making for an even easier clean-up. As if everything we already mentioned wasn’t enough, this specific machine has been applauded by its users for its amazing ability to lock in nutrition, which keeps approximately 97.7% of the food’s vitamins and minerals. 

Pros
  • 1000-watt commercial, food-grade dehydrator
  • 18.3 x 15.7 x 16.9 inches
  • Retains up to 97.7% of the vitamins and minerals within the dried food
  • Rear-mounted, horizontal fan for great airflow
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe accessories
Cons 
  • The drip tray could be bigger to catch all of the droppings and grease.
  • Only have 30 days to notify the manufacturer of any damages or non-working parts
  • The fan is louder than some users expected

Customers Frequently Ask:

  1. Does this dehydrator have an auto-shutoff feature?

Yes, this machine does have an auto-shutoff feature built into the timer. 

  1. How do I claim my warranty?

To claim the warranty associated with your purchase, you will need to contact the manufacturer using the email address provided on the card in the package. 

5. Best Oversize Dehydrator - Kolice Tabletop Commercial Dehydrator

This is by far the most expensive dehydrator that made it to the list, but you get a lot of bang for your buck with a total of 170 liters of drying space. This tabletop, double door dryer holds an outstanding 32 trays which are made of 304 stainless steel. This 3,000-watt drying machine is great for bars, cafes, and restaurants due to its incredible space. To make sure this will fit in your kitchen, you will need a space measuring at least 31.5 x 18.31 x 24.41 inches.

Made with tempered glass doors and using smart temperature technology this machine is capable of rapid dehumidification resulting in shorter drying times. Also, unlike any of the others on the list, it is available in two colors: red or black. However, there is no way to specify which color you receive when ordering it. As one last perk of this oversize capacity food dryer is you can purchase it to use either 110v or 220v power outlets. All you have to do is make the request at the time of purchase. 

Key Takeaways/Pros:

  • 3000-watt oversized commercial dehydrator
  • Holds 32 trays
  • 31.5 x 18.31 x 24.41 inches
  • Available in 2 colors, red and black
  • Smart temperature technology

Customers Frequently Ask - 

  1. What is the size of the drying space inside of the dryer?

This specific machine measures 170 liters on the inside, which is ample space for large batches of drying food. 

  1. Is this 110V compatible?

Yes, you can actually contact the manufacturer to let them know you are U.S.-based and they will customize your food dryer to have the 110V electrical plug as opposed to the 220V it typically comes with. 

Which One is Right For You?

Deciding on the right commercial dehydrator for you can be tough. However, we hope this breakdown of different food dehydrators can help make that decision easier for you. If you are needing to dehydrate fruit, veggies, grains, or herbs in large capacities, the oversize commercial dehydrator from Kolice is definitely your best bet. If your wallet won’t allow for it, the 1000-watt 12 layer food drying machine from VVinRC is the next best option, and way easier on the bank account. 

If you are looking to upgrade for your own personal use, or because you are sick of using the stove, Elchomes’ 8 tray dehydrator should be just what you need and at a great price too! If you were hoping to save even more money, and require even less space, there is no going wrong with the 6 tray dehydrator from Ivation. If you decide to purchase any of the products listed, please take the time to let us know how it works after your first use in the comments. Looking for ideas on what to make once you get your new commercial dehydrator, check out the best food for dehydrators here

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