In this article we are going to be discussing the Ronco Electric Food Dehydrator. We’re going to cover both the positive and negative aspects of this product.
You may have seen the infomercial about it on the television – ‘dries food within hours, easy to use, high quality’… but how much of this is really true?
It comes with 5 interchangeable food trays. You simply have to slice up the food you want to dehydrate, and arrange it uniformly across each tray. Then, depending on the food you’re drying – you turn on the dehydrator and the food will be dried within a few hours or a few days (beef jerky usually takes a bit longer…)
Beware, however – this is a passive food dehydrator. This means that it will take quite some time for the food to be finished, as opposed to the active food dehydrators. If your goal is to have your food dehydrated as soon as possible, then it would be wise for you to check out some other products before making your final purchase.
The trays have a circular shape and the heat is distributed evenly to make sure the food is dried in a proper manner. When it’s time to clean them, you can simply remove the trays from the dehydrator and re-insert them once you’re done. They are quite thin though and it is not recommended that you put them in a dishwasher – it might damage them.
Unfortunately, a lot of users reported having to rotate the trays in order to successfully dry their food. Also, it would’ve been far better if the trays had a square shape (instead of circular). That way, a lot of space could be saved for additional food drying.
The drying process is backed up by a 125W heating fan. If we consider some other dehydrators can be as powerful as 500W, this is not particularly impressive. However, because it only has 5 trays, it still fulfills its function (although not as fast). The heating temperature can reach up to 133 degrees Fahrenheit.
Believe it or not, there is a good side to the ‘slow speed’ – the process is quite silent! Other, more ‘powerful’ dehydrators can dry the food in a much faster pace, but they usually generate a significant amount of noise while active.
This product measures 13 by 13 by 12-1/2 inches and weighs approximately 5 pounds (which is quite light for a dehydrator this size). It comes with a limited 10-year warranty.
I would like to conclude by saying that this is not the best dehydrator out there. Yes, the price is quite cheap – but you get what you pay for.
If you are serious about the food drying and you want your product to last and to continue to produce good quality results, you might be better off spending a couple more bucks and buying a real food dehydrator such as the Excalibur or Nesco dehydrator.