Pro DHR30 Professional Dehydrator
Buy now on Amazon.com

Budget Dehydrator, Excellent for Beginners

The Waring Pro DHR30 is one of the best dehydrators for light users or beginners. Its low price point makes it an easy initial investment. This model comes with 5 trays and a 620 watt heating element, is one of the quietest models available and is compact to fit into smaller living spaces. The Waring Pro DHR30 has a temperature control feature that helps beginners become acquainted with the general temperatures required for dehydrating different foods and its motor is durable, so it can withstand heavier use than some models in its price range.

Fits 5 trays

The Waring Pro DHR30 fits five trays and comes with one fruit jerky tray. This capacity puts it on par with similar models in its price range. You can also expand to up to nine trays, though you will not be able to dehydrate bulkier items due to the closeness of the trays.

Top-mounted fan

The top-mounted fan on this unit does a decent job at spreading the air evenly over the trays, but you will find yourself needing to rotate the trays throughout the dehydrating process and you may find that you need to dehydrate some of your food for longer than others even if they were put in at the same time. This is to be expected from any top-mounted models in this price range, but the Waring Pro DHR30 does fare better than some of its competitors in terms of even air distribution.

620 watts

With 620 watts of heating power, the Waring Pro DHR30 leads the competition in terms of dehydrating power, and even stands up to some models outside of its price range.

Strengths

Adjustable temperature control

The Waring Pro DHR30 includes a built-in thermostat, which is not common among dehydrators at this price range. Unlike more sophisticated dehydrators, the thermostat does not have a temperature range but settings like low, medium, high, and fan only. This puts the Waring Pro DHR30 on the top of the list in its price range; for beginners, it is important to learn about temperature control, but actual temperatures may be too confusing. This simplified system helps new users grow comfortable with temperature ranges on more advanced dehydrators.

Durable motor

This model has one of the more durable motors on the market and withstand non-stop use over the course of a few months with no problems. For someone who wants to dehydrate a lot of food but doesn’t want to invest in a larger model with more wattage and trays, the Waring Pro DHR30 is an ideal compromise.

Quiet and compact

The Waring Pro DHR30 is very easy to fit into a smaller home or apartment, and storage is easy as well. This model does have a noticeable noise, but far less so than its larger and more powerful competitors. Apartment dwellers will appreciate its small size and lack of loud white noise.

Weaknesses

No mesh trays

This unit does not come with any fine mesh trays, which are essential for drying smaller materials like flowers, herbs, and spices. You can purchase the trays separately, but it would have been nice to see at least one such tray included with the unit, as they are one of the more vital pieces of equipment in dehydrating.

Overall Review

The Waring Pro DHR30 is one of the best dehydrators you can get when shopping on a budget. While it does not come with some of the things you may need to really start dehydrating in earnest, its impressive wattage and motor, as well as the temperature control feature, puts it at the head of the pack in terms of starter or budget-friendly dehydrators.