TSM Dehydrator – 10 Tray Harvest Food

TSM Dehydrator - 10 Tray Harvest Food

4.5 / 5 stars      

Looking for a great food dehydrator? Do yourself a favor and don’t discount the TSM Dehydrator. TSM stands for The Sausage Maker and believe me, these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to food dehydrators. They are better known for their stainless steel food dehydrators. Including the commercial kind that cost thousands of dollars.

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But we’re talking about the smaller TSM Dehydrator. The one we can compare to the Excalibur 3900. Let’s start off with the most important similarities/differences between the two. Both are 600 watt which is fairly low but not unacceptable. (See our main food dehydrator review page for the importance of wattage.) The TSM has a temperature range of about 84 to 155° F which is slightly better than the 85 to 145° that you’ll get with the Excalibur. Both have an on/off switch. Both have a rear mount fan – a very good thing! Again see our main dehydrator reviews page for more info on why. While this has 10 trays and the Excalibur has 9, the overall dimensions of the TSM are smaller, giving you 10 SqF of drying space instead of 15. So, if size is your overall deciding factor, go with the Excalibur. Neither have a timer. If you want the one that has it all, and more, go with the STX Dehydra 1200W!

 

TSM Dehydrator – 10 Tray Harvest Food Pros & Cons

Pros: Family sized – Rear/side fan mount – Rectangular shape – Adjustable temperature controls

Cons: No timer – Lack of door may bother some, but really a non issue in terms of design

 

One thing I found very surprising about this unit is the lack of some sort of door or front covering. It’s the design of the trays themselves that provide covering and trap heat inside. A little different, but it seems to work.

Frankly if you want to talk about the TSM vs. the Excalibur 3900 the biggest difference, other than the 5 SqF mentioned above is the price. This model generally sells for more than $100 less than the Excalibur. But one thing to note there is that you’re also not getting the polyscreen liners like you do with the Excalibur.

In terms of how the TSM Products Dehydrator works – it’s great. It can handle any of the fruit or vegetable – harvest foods! – you can throw at it. It also does a great job on chicken or beef jerky.

The drying times are reasonable, even with the lower wattage of the unit. And the manual is excellent in terms of giving good guidelines to work within. Not like one other food dehydrator I reviewed – I can’t remember which one now – that gave ridiculous spreads in the drying time. Like may take 15 to 30 hours to dry. How is that useful to anyone? With the this dehydrator it looks like the longest drying times are for apricots and figs. Up 29 and 30 hours respectively. Most vegetables have a drying time range of 6 to 13 hours while most fruits range from 10 to the 30 hours mentioned for figs. Remember, fruits generally have a lot more water than vegetables, therefore the longer time to dry. And for those of you who are only interested in making jerky, depending on the amount you’re drying and the thickness you could be looking at anywhere from 3 or 4 hours to 8 hours.

Also great for things like bread crumbs (although you’ll definitely need a liner for that) croutons, dried soup mixes and more!

Features & Dimensions

  • 600 watt
  • Adjustable temperature control / 84 to 155°F
  • Rear/side mount fan
  • Easy to clean
  • 10 trays with 10 SqF of drying space
  • 13.5 x 13 x 18 inches and 21 pounds

All in all, the TSM Dehydrator is a great unit which easily compares to the Excalibur 3900. If you are looking to save some cash, but don’t want to skimp on quality, don’t hesitate to buy this one. My personal rating is 4.5/5.

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