Presto 06301 Dehydro Digital Food Dehydrator

Presto 06301 Dehydro Digital Food Dehydrator

4 / 5 stars      

The Presto 06301 Dehydrator – in fact the whole lineup of Presto Dehydrators – are new to the Presto brand. Presto has been manufacturing great kitchen ware for more than a century, and has been in the forefront of coming up with many innovative appliances. Presto is likely best known for their pressure cookers.

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The Presto 06301 Dehydrator is what I would call a midrange dehydrator. Having said that, at 750 watts it pumps out more power than the much vaunted Excalibur, so the 06301 is nothing to sneeze at.

If you’ve read my dehydrator reviews intro page – and if you haven’t you should – you know how I feel about round vs square models. Most round models have the fan in the base of the unit and force air up through an opening in the center of the trays. This generally means uneven drying and the need to rotate trays, but Presto promises that rotation isn’t necessary. It also means that fat/grease can drip down into the motor.

Presto Food Dehydrator Pros & Cons

Pros: 750 watt – No tray rotation necessary – Adjustable thermostat Expandable – Reasonably priced

Cons: It’s round – Fan mounted on bottom

 

Having pointed out those drawbacks, the Presto 06301 is not a bad little machine. This 6 tray unit can be extended to 12 and the thermostat can be adjusted from 90 to 165° F. The thermostat is digital and includes a timer. Presto also has a 06302 model which is exactly the same but without the digital features and the timer. If you’re budget minded, the 06302 has a suggested retail of about $20 less, but at the time of writing this, current sale prices put them at almost the same price, so be sure to check that out. There is also a 06300 model, but I don’t recommend that one as it does not have the capability of adjusting temperature settings.

Features and Dimensions:

  • 750 watts
  • Trays & cover are dishwasher safe
  • Trays nest, cutting down on storage space
  • Cord storage in base
  • Includes 2 Fruit Roll sheets and 2 non-stick mesh screens
  • Digital thermostat and timer
  • 14.5 x 15 x 7.2 inches ; 8.5 pounds

Again, I think the Presto 06301 Dehydrator is a good choice in its class of cheap to midrange dehydrators. I rate it at 4/5.

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