The Best Dehydrators for Beef Jerky

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    dried tomatoDehydrators are a niche tool, in many ways, but invaluable for certain purposes. Particularly, you can’t effectively make beef jerky without one (unless you’re willing to spend the time doing it the traditional way).

    Jerky is a great travel food, a quick way to get energy up that stores well and is hard to go wrong with as a snack on a hike or after strenuous exercise of some sort. It’s also expensive to buy from the store; many times more expensive than what it takes to make jerky out of a good cut of meat.

    So, jerky lovers would naturally want to pick one up. But it can be hard to figure out what you want to look for in a dehydrator, especially since not only are they not all created equal, different machines might not even be suitable for jerky at all, instead specializing in drying fruit or what have you.

    So I’ve put together a quick buying guide, along with a few of my favorite dehydrators that should be perfect for making delicious jerky.


    Here are the best dehydrators for beef jerky you can buy:

    For the complete product list, please continue reading…


    Top 7 Best Dehydrators For Beef Jerky (2020 Reviews)

    PROS

    EASY to use digital temperature selector

    Great LONG TERM timer

    Perfectly regulated air flow for EVEN HEATING

    GREAT TEMPERATURE range. EXCELLENT CAPACITY

    STURDY Stainless Steel Construction

    EASY to use digital temperature selector

    What makes this product good?

    If you want a high performance steel dehydrator that is slightly more budget friendly than others of this type, this is the best option around. It has 6 adjustable shelves, all made of steel with very close grates to hold even fairly soft and flimsy foods on it.

    What are it’s specs?

    The height of the shelves can be shuffled around to make room for all sorts of foods, and the digital temperature controls make it easier to set up and use than options with knobs that may be a bit less clear on what setting you’re turning it to.

    Would I buy this product?

    In addition to the great full temperature range (95 degrees to 167 degrees Fahrenheit) it has horizontal fans that ensure even air flow and heat distribution among the interior, ensuring perfect dried food every time.

    Conclusion

    Everything about this unit is pretty much perfect. While a bit expensive (a bit more than double what a good plastic option would cost), it’s nevertheless well worth the money, combining performance and convenience into one complete package.

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    1.Rosewill Professional Food Dehydrator

    Rosewill

    PROS

    EASY to use digital temperature selector

    Great LONG TERM timer

    Perfectly regulated air flow for EVEN HEATING

    GREAT TEMPERATURE range. EXCELLENT CAPACITY

    STURDY Stainless Steel Construction

    EASY to use digital temperature selector

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    What makes this product good?

    If you want a high performance steel dehydrator that is slightly more budget friendly than others of this type, this is the best option around. It has 6 adjustable shelves, all made of steel with very close grates to hold even fairly soft and flimsy foods on it.

    What are it’s specs?

    The height of the shelves can be shuffled around to make room for all sorts of foods, and the digital temperature controls make it easier to set up and use than options with knobs that may be a bit less clear on what setting you’re turning it to.

    Would I buy this product?

    In addition to the great full temperature range (95 degrees to 167 degrees Fahrenheit) it has horizontal fans that ensure even air flow and heat distribution among the interior, ensuring perfect dried food every time.

    Conclusion

    Everything about this unit is pretty much perfect. While a bit expensive (a bit more than double what a good plastic option would cost), it’s nevertheless well worth the money, combining performance and convenience into one complete package.

    PROS

    EASY to use digital temperature selector

    Great LONG TERM timer

    Perfectly regulated air flow for EVEN HEATING

    GREAT TEMPERATURE range. EXCELLENT CAPACITY

    STURDY Stainless Steel Construction

    EASY to use digital temperature selector

    What makes this product good?

    If you want a high performance steel dehydrator that is slightly more budget friendly than others of this type, this is the best option around. It has 6 adjustable shelves, all made of steel with very close grates to hold even fairly soft and flimsy foods on it.

    What are it’s specs?

    The height of the shelves can be shuffled around to make room for all sorts of foods, and the digital temperature controls make it easier to set up and use than options with knobs that may be a bit less clear on what setting you’re turning it to.

    Would I buy this product?

    In addition to the great full temperature range (95 degrees to 167 degrees Fahrenheit) it has horizontal fans that ensure even air flow and heat distribution among the interior, ensuring perfect dried food every time.

    Conclusion

    Everything about this unit is pretty much perfect. While a bit expensive (a bit more than double what a good plastic option would cost), it’s nevertheless well worth the money, combining performance and convenience into one complete package.


    Final Verdict

    While the Rosewill remains my favorite, I like all of these to an extent. The great thing about these is they’re models that don’t really step on each other’s toes in terms of price and performance. Lower cost gives you a drop in performance, fair for what they’re asking, unlike many products where the issue is often that the drop in price is much smaller than you’d expect for massively lowered performance.

    I’m comfortable recommending any of these so long as they suit your budget and needs at the time.


    What Should I Look for in a Dehydrator?

    Dehydrators are overall simple machines. What makes one good comes down to only three factors: construction, size, and performance (plus price, as always).

    A good dehydrator can be made of either steel or plastic, though if it’s made primarily of plastic it should be a thick and sturdy variety. While normally I’d say steel is the absolute preference for an appliance like this, that’s usually because the price difference isn’t so marked as it is here; whether a dehydrator is steel or plastic is the big determiner of price, and steel dehydrators cost on average 3 times what a plastic dehydrator will run you.

    Whatever the material, you want a good size; roughly 900 square inches of usable space spread across about 5 trays is the average. The exterior space should be large enough to hold that, with adjustable heights if possible, but remain compact.

    Finally, performance refers mostly to temperature. The golden zone for jerky specifically is 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, though the ability to do lower temperature is desirable as well, as things like nuts and fruit will need different settings. Finally, remember to keep an eye on air flow; good air flow will produce more even heating, and so a better final product.