Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric

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Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric has an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 based on 5 user reviews.
Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric

Coming from a family of beef jerky lovers, dehydrated foods were always on the cards. Trouble arose when I could not find the time to lay out the foods in the sun for natural drying. Not being accustomed to using any dehydrator, I took recourse to friends’ opinions and food dehydrator reviews. While options were many, the fact that I often had to travel meant that I could not go in for anything that was bulky. My options were reduced to one – the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric, and I’m happy to say that my lack of options proved to be a boon in disguise. Having used the product for over a year and purchased two more for convenience, I will share my experiences regarding the great, and a single less than great, features of the dehydrator.

Extremely Light and Portable
Weighing just 7.2 pounds , the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric ensures that I can take the product even when I’m travelling by air. Improving the dimensional dynamics is the provision for storing the power cord inside the base. Last but not least, the drying trays stack up on each other in a nested fashion when not in use, thereby reducing the height of the product considerably.

See-Through Cover
The cover is made of durable transparent polycarbonate that allows the user to view the dehydration process inside. Keeping the more heat sensitive foodstuffs at the top, I could monitor the drying without removing the cover again and again.
Bottom Mounted Powerful Fan and Heating Element
Following the more traditional bottom mounted fan design, the product nevertheless manages to heat all racks equally courtesy of Presto’s extremely compact design and the wide range of temperature that the heating element is capable of producing. This implies that rack/tray rotation when using stackable type food dehydrators is not necessary.

Excellent wattage offered with Immersible Racks
Though compact and small, the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric comes with a 600W power setup. This power setup allows the product to handle extremely moist or thick products with relative ease.
Last but not least, the product comes with parts that are for the most part dishwasher save, thus saving you the trouble of cleaning the racks, etc. by hand.

Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric

One small problem
Being an entry level dehydrator, the product does not come with a temperature or time control. While most drying typically occurs in a mean temperature range, knowing the exact metrics could have helped avoid over-dried foods to a great extent. Similarly, the availability of a timer could have given the user greater flexibility during night time or Sunday Afternoon when one does not want to monitor the dehydrator at regular intervals.
Warranty : 1 Year Limited Warranty

The food dehydrator reviews that I had read prior to making the purchase of the Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator suggested that the dehydrator combined portability and efficiency in equal measure. Despite not having the somewhat important temperature and time controllers, the product manages to produce large quantities of beef jerky, etc. that are delicious. Hence, if you are regularly shifting home, have a really small house or would like to carry your dehydrator with you, this product from Presto can easily be one of your favourite travel mates.

User Reviews

Posted by Jacy

  • 3/5

For the price, the quality of the construction and parts are outstanding. I believe these factors will ensure that the dehydrator will last for hundreds of operations over a few years time. Nevertheless, this unit does not come with a temperature control or a timer. So, you do have to monitor the dehydrating process, and manually turn it off when done.

Posted by Lisa Carter

  • 5/5

For me, this was the best dehydrator to get by far. There are no settings. All you have to do is plug the unit in and let it run. Over the few months that I’ve had my Presto, I’ve dried fruits and vegetables. I even made jerky. The dehydrator is light in weight, easy to use, clean and store. I also bought a couple of extra trays and mesh screens too. I don’t feel that it was necessary to spend more money on a more expensive device when this one does what I need.

Posted by rthouse

  • 4/5

I think the Presto dehydrator is a great device for anyone on a budget. While it lacks the ability to adjust temperature or time, the amount of money saved over more expensive units make the purchase worth the effort. I just got mine yesterday. I took it out of the box, washed it, plugged it in and let it run. It’s that simple. I dried my own herbs and spices right off.

Posted by R M C

  • 5/5

I love this dehydrator. It works perfect for me. There is enough ample space to dry a lot of food at one time. I just plug it in and forget it. The noise level is noticeable and the unit does require some counter space. But these are not problems for me. I’ve had my Presto for about eight weeks now and it still works great. Clean-up is a snap too. I just soak the racks for a matter of minutes in soapy water and rinse. The trays are also sturdy enough to put in a dishwasher.

Posted by Steve B

  • 5/5

This is my first dehydrator, and I just love it. It was so easy to use and clean. I like the fact that you can also buy and stack additional trays on top. I dried some herbs and they turned out perfect. The aroma made my house smell good too. I additionally bought a jelly roll tray from the same company. I can’t wait to try making jerky. It’s a great machine for anyone just getting into dehydrating.

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