Starting out with a cheap discount food dehydrator could be a mistake when you are preserving foods for future use. Some models don't get hot enough to kill the bacteria properly thereby creating a hazard to your health. Cheap food dehydrators usually don't include timers or fans. You can get along without either a timer or a fan, however, the fan provides for even temperatures over multiple trays and a timer is great for short time drying like flowers or herbs in a dehydrator machine.
When it comes to the quality and technology for home or commercial* use, Excalibur is the world leader in basic to commercial-grade food dehydrators. They are a more heavy duty brand than others and all have a fan that circulates the air to prevent moisture from getting into the dehydrator and the food that you are dehydrating. This delivers the best professional quality dried food without the issues of wet weather conditions, moist environments as well as constantly having to watch your foods dehydrate. Excalibur food dehydrators dry food evenly and efficiently, and are safe for drying fruits, vegetables, meat for jerky and fish. You can actually even make use of Excalibur food dehydrators for arts & crafts and the best homemade pet snacks. Excalibur food dehydrators are also sleek and stylish no matter the type from basic to commercial-grade. They've been designed to fit conveniently on counters and shelves while at the same time take full advantage of the amount of space inside the dehydrator to allow as much food as possible to be dehydrated at a time. Their food trays are also exceptionally durable and quality made unlike their cheap counterparts. Not only will your Excalibur professional food dehydrator make it fast, easier and create the best most evenly dried food possible it is also going to last saving you money in the long term over cheap dehydrators that you find yourself replacing.
At Excalibur — the Science and Technology of Dehydration is their main business. Because they focus solely on food dehydration they are the world leader when it comes to the best quality inexpensive food dehydration technology for both home and commercial uses.
*Not NSF rated.