L’Equip Dehydrator – 6 Tray 306200

L'Equip Dehydrator 6 Tray 306200

4 / 5 stars      

This L’Equip dehydrator, also known as the L’Equip Deluxe is a great looking food dehydrator, but you and I both know that looks aren’t everything, right?

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Before I go any further, I need to clear something up. For some reason Amazon boldly claims that the L’Equip Dehydrator has 12 SqF of drying space. If you really need a food dehydrator that handles that much, don’t waste your time researching this model any further. I can tell you quite honestly that the L’Equip is closer to 7 SqF. If you expand it to its maximum 12 tray limit, you’ll get your 12 Sq F – actually just about 14.5 Sq F. Amazon also claims in one spot that this food dryer is 500 watts, but in another says 550 watts. For clarification, it’s 500 watts.

 

L’Equip Dehydrator Deluxe Pros & Cons

Pros: Fairly quiet – Reasonably priced – Great look – Works great with smaller quantities – Excellent warranty

Cons: No timer – Fan on bottom – You may need to rotate

 

Okay, moving on. First thing, this is a great little dehydrator for a small family. At just the 6 trays. I wouldn’t go for the expansion for a few reasons. One, L’Equip’s website says you can expand up to 12 trays and the manual says you can expand up to 20. I thought about phoning and asking, but decided it didn’t matter, since my recommendation is to stay at the 6. Here’s why. As soon as you add more trays, the manual says you need to start rotating your trays. The one at the tops needs to be moved to the bottom position and then all trays cycled up. Clearly, it isn’t designed to handle the extra trays. YOU have to make it work. I imagine if you didn’t do this you would end up with mushy results at the top and things far too crispy or burned at the bottom.

The L’Equip dehydrator has a bottom mount fan, meaning that warm air has to be forced up through the center holes on the trays, and then across the trays. Evenly. Side or rear mount fans are much better. You can check our dehydrator reviews index page for more info on that. Since the fan/motor is on the bottom, extra care has to be taken with regards to dripping and the manual details those precautions. I would be extra careful about following them, since you can kill the motor if you don’t.

I know I’ve been sounding as if I don’t like this dehydrator, but that really isn’t the case. I live alone and can definitely see this as being my dehydrator of choice. The drying process is fairly even and not overly long, since I don’t have huge amounts that I’m trying to dehydrate. Really, I can’t stress this enough. With only 500 watts of power it’s my opinion that the L’Equip is better suited for those who are only dealing with smaller quantities at a time. If you do find that things are drying unevenly, it could be because of uneven thicknesses of you fruits or vegetables. Or something might be riper/moister than something else. It’s not necessarily the fault of the unit. Having said that, the manual seems to indicate in a few places that you really do need to rotate the trays occasionally, and that does seem to be the case in some instances. A little trial and error might be needed. And since I have a problem believing that air forced up through a hole in the center is always going to make it to the outside of the trays – but hey, I’m not an engineer so I could be wrong – I do also think it makes a difference is you shuffle things around on the tray a bit during the process.

The L’Equip dehydrator makes great beef jerky, and dries most fruits in a reasonable amount of time. Vegetables tend to be even less time. You can also make great fruit leathers. The manual offers some yummy suggestions too! Oh, but I should note that you are only supposed to use half of each tray when doing fruit leather. Apparently circulation is an issue.

A few other things. There is a 10 year warranty – not the 12 year that Amazon states, and the unit is BPA free. That in itself is a selling feature in my opinion. On the flip side, there have been a few complaints of trays melting – not sure what that’s about – and as with anything else you buy these days you could end up with a dud. It happens.

Features & Dimensions

  • 6 each trays and mesh screens
  • 2 fruit leather trays
  • 7 Sq F of drying space – not 12!
  • 500 watts
  • Adjustable temp control from 93 – 153F
  • BPA Free
  • Apprx 17 x 12 x 10.5 and 11 pounds
  • 10 year warranty

So, for a smaller family, I do recommend the this dehydrator. For a larger family I suggest the STX Dehydra 1200 watt or even the LEM Dehydrator. Or check around to see if we’ve reviewed the best food dehydrator for your specific needs. My personal rating on this is 4/5.

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