Not too long ago, we had the pleasure of reviewing the Presto 06301’s cousin, the 06300. While we loved the simplicity of the 06300, it was lacking some features – mainly a thermostat and timer – that we really feel every modern dehydrator should have.
Presto must have overheard our complaints because they made some major improvements with the 06301. This digital model gives you the option of setting a precise temperature and time, so you never overheat your foods while drying.
Let’s take a closer look at this model in our detailed review.
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Presto 06301 Features
- Digital thermostat and timer; 90F – 165F temperature range
- Bottom-mounted heating element and fan
- Six-trays included; expands up to 12 trays
- Includes two fruit leather sheets, two non-stick mesh screens, starter jerky spice and cure
- See-through cover for food monitoring
- Nesting tray storage to save on space
Presto 06301 Dehydro Digital Electric Food Dehydrator Review
If you’re looking for a dehydrator that offers temperature control and a timer but won’t cost you a fortune, the Presto 06301 is a smart choice. We’ve reviewed other models that offer these two features, but come at double or triple the price. This model does just as good of a job drying foods, and it offers the versatility that you’re looking for.
This particular unit comes with six trays, but you have the option of adding six more (12 trays maximum). That’s more drying space than you’ll ever need. The great thing about this model is that Presto includes two fruit leather sheets and non-stick mesh screens, so you can easily dry sticky foods. Starter packs of jerky cure and spice are also included, so you can start making jerky right away.
The cover is see-through, so you can keep an eye on your food. Both the trays and the cover are dishwasher safe, which makes clean-up so simple.
The heating element and the fan are mounted on the bottom of the machine, which allows for consistent airflow and even drying.
Like other Presto machines, this model offers easy and compact storage features. The cord can be wrapped and stored inside the base of the unit. The trays nest, too, to save on storage space. Presto says their nesting design saves 36% space.
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All of these features are great, but what really attracted us to this model was the digital timer and thermostat. With just a press of a button, you can set the precise temperature you want to ensure that you never overheat your foods.
Certain foods, like herbs and some fruits, are delicate, and temperatures higher than 95F may destroy vital enzymes and nutrients. Other foods, like jerky, require higher temperatures for safe drying. With the ability to adjust the temperature between 95F and 165F, you can easily dry any food and jerky, and enjoy delicious results.
- Digital temperature control and timer allows you to dry a variety of foods
- Keeps nutrients and enzymes intact
- Easy to use
- Stackable, nesting trays saves on storage space
- Fruit roll sheets and non-stick screens are included
- Can expand up to 12 trays
- A little noisy
The only minor complaint we had with the 06301 is that it was a bit noisier than we expected. It’s not as loud as a blender or food processor, but you will know that the unit is running.
Aside from this one small issue, the Presto 06301 is a great dehydrator that offers an adjustable thermostat, timer, plenty of drying space and a space-saving storage design. Available at an affordable price, we highly recommend this model to anyone interested in dehydrating their own food.