should have updated ages ago
We had researched many times on which dehydrator to purchase but always chose to keep the one we had...it recently died. So we made our new purchase and on my we wish we did it years ago. Six trays does so much more food than our last one so it makes it worthwhile. We have dehydrated some butter chicken and rice, chana masala and rice both of which we took hiking, it was amazing. Our 12 year old daughter has been making fruit leathers for her school lunches, fantastic. There is always the stash of banana or apple in the cupboard now for Monday lunches when the fruit bowl is looking a little empty. It is so quiet we have been doing it in our dining room with no need to close doors like we did with our old one. It is also a lot lighter than i expected so we have been putting it away in a cupboard when not in use as we don't have a lot of bench space.
Happy hikers live here.
Great workmanship, great product.
The BioChef 6 tray that we purchased works every time. Made some great beef jerky, which was our main reason for purchasing, and now looking to expand into fruits and vegies. Ease of operation, and ease of access are good. I would not hesitate in recommending BoiChef to anyone we know.
Not what I expected
The machine worked well but I don’t think it was what I wanted. I had hoped for crunchy veggies but got pliable leathery veggies. Perhaps I wanted freeze dried? But a quiet easy to use machine. Apples and bananas worked well tho I dried for a bit in the oven to get some crunch.
Quiet and quick
Dehydrator is so quiet compared to my previous one. Very easy to use, great to be able to look at produce through clear door, now I just have to perfect my timing so that fruit is not too dry. Highly recommend for value, efficiency and quietness. The wire mesh tray works a treat to stop items from sticking.
It's sooooo quiet! :)
After a rowdy dehydrator I just love my new unit!! :)
Makes the b.e.s.t. dried biscuits e.v.e.r. :)
From ordering to receiving the unit was very quick and efficient.
Great while it was working
I have had my dehydrator for around 14 months, using it maybe once a fortnight to make chicken jerky for our dog.
It worked really nicely.
Today, the fan stopped working, just as it did for other reviewers on this page. It is still under warranty, so I will have to send the unit back to the seller, Vitality 4 Life. The manual has already indicated that for all warranty claims, cost to return the unit for repairs are the responsibility of the buyer and these costs will likely not be reimbursed. That's bad business already as far as I'm concerned.
I will update this post as my warranty claim progresses.
Healthy foods here I come!
So far, I am very pleased with my BioChef Arizona 6 Tray. My order was processed quickly and the BioChef arrived sooner than I expected.
I have only had it for a coupe of days and have so far dried some of my home grown Pink Lady apples. I am nibbling the results as I type this review. My son also loved the dried apples I gave him. I may try a longer drying time next as I would like to taste a more crunchy dried apple. looking forward to drying some more of my home grown produce.
Good model for home dehydrating
I have enjoyed trying different fruits and veggies but Would like more recipes that are specific to makes vegie chips and also some crackers including times. I would also like some guidelines on electricity use e.g. Use my solar during the day or lower rates at night. I am concerned about running costs.
Arizona 6 Tray Dehydrator. Good Product
Happy with Dehydrator, Fan and heating element in the back, Even distribution of heat/ flowing air. I also use for making Yogurt, Cultured Vegetables, Raising Bread Dough etc. Motor needed replacement under the 2 year Warranty period, Might be rare. The temperature knob is not too accurate.Need to play with it a little.
Not as good as i hoped. Use a older version at work and live it. Not enjoying this purchase.
Does not dehydrated evenly. Very hard to clean. Use a older version at work and love it. The 10 tray for 340 dollars is disappointing. Not happy with it at all. Dont know why the a newer product is inferior to oldet version. Was going to call this week to complain and ask for refund.
dehydrator 8 shelves
never used one before liked the fact this one had metal shelves, even after having a faulty product, the service and shipment on a replacement one was great. little nervous incase it has the same issues. But I am loving the fact my family is enjoying the dried fruits and the jerky I am creating
Froth and bits
We have been using it for few months now. Usually take 30 mins to make a 2L with cutting the veg and fruit to small pieces, so it doesn't clog up, and strain it twice. We got use to it I guess. Would be good to have one can produce juice without froth and bits though, is there?
Good quality dehydrator!
I am very satisfied with my dehydrator! When it came into our home, the bread maker left and we did not regret. I use it for creating delicious raw food - I have never used it on higher temperatures for drying fish or meat, but it's absolutely wonderful for all raw stuff. I have never tried the Excalibur brand ( would love to) which is considered to be the best one in the world but i think there can't be much difference. The only thing that's missing here is a timer ( that's the advantage of Excalibur). That's not absolutely necessary but would be very convenient to have it. Kids also love this dehydrator and sometimes eat straight from the trays - can't wait for me to take the food out. In a nutshell, great appliance ... for the way we eat ....
Love my dehydrator!
This dehydrator has become a staple appliance in our house hold. I make yummy raw food from muesli to fruit leathers to stock powder.
It uses very little power and is not too big and bulky and as we have a small kitchen, I keep it on top of the fridge.
would highly recommend this product.
I have a 10 tray Biochef
I purchased a 10 tray which should have included 6 silicone mats. I phoned to ask there whereabouts and was told they would be in the next post. Two months later my wife phoned and was told they were still in production. We are still waiting and we're not very happy.
didn't last long and cost so much to return
I bought this thinking expensive is better but 5 months in fan died then had to spend $60 to send it back for repair lucky it was under warranty but said in the fine print that i have to cover postage and then I have to wait a week for it to get to them then another 2 weeks for them to diagnose the issue then they returned it fixed but with a chip in the plastic and I was without a dehydrator for a month they were not taking responsibility that a machine that expensive should last a lot longer than 5 months and it shouldn't just stop. The whole point of going expensive it to not have to send it back. Now I'm concerned it will die again and I'll have to keep spending $60 to send it back every time and then even more concerned once it's out of warranty in a few months:( I'm really disappointed with the quality considering how expensive it is.
Love it! And so does my dog, he howled for more after I made him liver treats.
Easy to use, doesn't use very much electricity (none because we have solar) and it's not too big. The only problem I had after a few goes the bottom of the door developed a little crack, it doesn't take away from how it dries food so it's not an issue.
So far we have made coconut yogurt, activated almonds, kale chip, banana and apple chips. Love it. It's quiet, very easy to use and fun. Perfect size. Love it, this is exactly what we were looking for, moving toward a raw vegan diet is now so much easier. Very happy.
Makes the best beef jerky!
I purchased this for my boyfriend for his birthday. We had never made beef jerky before but it turns out perfect! It gets used weekly and its so easy to use and clean. I reasearched alot of dehydrators and I'm glad I chose this one. We cant recommend it enough, such a great quality appliance. Well worth the money!
Been awesome so far
Our first dehydrator but it certainly is living up to all the reviews and expectations. If you are dehydrating chilli it is worth doing it outside or in a garage, gets a bit spicy inside the house if you don't. Device is very easy to use, came with nice extra drying sheets from Vitality4Life
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