Vertical VS Horizontal Air Flow Dehydrators.
When evaluating and reviewing food dehydrators, the below product features and functionality should be considered and compared across different units and brands. If you happen to compare different brands of food dehydrators, then you may do so, all you need to do is to compare it by the price per square foot by dividing the total price by the total drying area, in that way you cannot only compare food dehydrators by its brand, reputation and reviews, but also by the price per square foot.
The first thing you need to do in comparing brands of food dehydrators is by comparing the price per square foot of the whole drying area, after that, you can already decide whether you will add additional features and whether these features are worth the extra cost.
Food dehydrators serve different functions, one of which is it removes the moisture from the food through heat and flow of air. The air flow of food dehydrators happen to be designed either horizontally or vertically. The difference between the horizontal air flow and the vertical air flow is that, the horizontal air flow food dehydrators’ fan and heating elements are both located on one side of the dehydrator. The food dehydrators also contain drying trays inside which are arranged in a drawer type manner that functions as storage of food. It happens to be that compared to the vertical air flow dehydrators, the horizontal air flow dehydrators mixes the food flavors much lesser and also, it happens to perform much better at dehydrating different types of food. If you also want to keep everything clean and make the cleaning much more convenient for you, then you should resort to a horizontal air flow dehydrators since it helps stop the food juices from dripping down so that it won’t cause any dirt and mess. As for the vertical air flow dehydrators, the heating element and the fan are both located at its base. If you find the drying trays at the top of the base, then it is considered as vertical air flow dehydrator. Considering that both of the food and the drying trays are positioned right at the top of the heating element, then you should expect that the variation of temperature is only between the top and bottom food drying trays.
It has also been known that the bottom and top drying trays of the vertical air flow dehydrators are being swapped in order to give an even drying effect across all foods and drying trays.
The thermostat of the food dehydrator is also important since without it, there will be dehydration and unchanging heat inside. This can cause case hardening; food with a dry outside but with moisture and potentially bacteria on the inside.