If you’re worried about dehydration then you may want to find the Sedona Dehydrator that we’re going to look at today. It is one of the most expensive consumer dehydrators currently on the market, and it has a range of features and adequate room for drying. Yet can it compete against some of the cheaper, similar-size dehydrators? Read on to find out more below.
The Sedona dehydrator is a relative newcomer to the dehydrator market and is aimed at those folks who are looking for a top of the range dehydrator. This model has two rear-mounted fans, which is quite unique in design. It means you can split the dehydrator into two separate drying compartments since it has two rear-mounted fans.
Theoretically, this would avoid flavors from combining, but when we tested the similar-sized Excalibur unit we didn’t really run into any of these problems. This also means that if you only use 4 or 5 trays, you can run one fan at a time which will save you energy as each device and fan runs at a power consumption of around 300w. When both fans run it works out at about 600w of capacity, which should be more than sufficient to dry out any food you have.
The Sedona comes with a total of 9 regular trays and 9 mesh panels. We ‘re not sure why, but they have opted not to have any closed food trays like fruit leather. It seems a bit unnecessary to have to shell out extra cash on things like closed sheets when you are already paying too much for such an expensive piece of equipment.
Tribest Sedona SD-P9000 Digitally Controlled Food Dehydrator
It isn’t all bad news however, as the Sedona does come with a number of features not seen on lower-end machines. For starters, it has a proper on and off switch, which we would like to see on more dehydrators. This then also has a fully digital timer, which can be programmed for up to 99 hours. Again, this is a feature that is sadly lacking on a lot of cheaper models, so this is a good addition.
For those of you who like the metric system, there’s even the choice to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit which we’ve yet to see on another dehydrator. Obviously it wouldn’t be a feature many people are using, but it’s still cool to see and it goes to show that Sedona has put some serious thought into the machine ‘s design. A Night mode feature is also included, meaning the device can switch to a lower fan speed to help keep the noise levels down. The door front is made of glass, so you can keep an eye on your food as it dries. The front door pulls down like a cleverly built furnace screen. The machine will stop the drying when you open the door and restart it once the door is shut. The LCD display is mounted above the door at the front of the device, which is useful because it means you can fit it under a counter without worrying about the controls being obstructed.
Unit architecture is relatively simple and stylish. The entire model is made out of what appears to be stainless steel brushed, and at the bottom of the oven door is the Sedona logo. It is a good concept overall and will fit nicely into any kitchen.
The Sedona dehydrator dimensions are fairly large, which should be expected from a system of this scale. It weighs in at 17′′ x 19.4′′ x 19.7′′, so be sure you have enough space for this. Let’s now take a look at how the system is really doing.
Most people love to beef jerky, and this is also one of the first checks that we plan to do. We loaded up 7 trays full of beef jerky to start with and set the computer to do their magic. We set the timer for five hours, which is a reasonable estimate of how long it will take for a 6oow dehydrator to dry out the amount of jerky. We tested the progress 3 hours in, and the jerky came along nicely. The rear-mounted fans ensured that there was no sign of uneven drying among the trays, and it looked like a reasonable estimate would be about 5 hours. We reviewed the jerky 5 hours later, and it was all gone. The jerky was well dry, and strong enough firm. The flavors had been neatly packed in, and all the trays were dried uniformly.
Next up we decided to try a mixture of fruit, so we sliced up some apples, bananas, and pears to see how it would handle these. Since we only used a tray for each fruit making three trays in total, we decided to only use half the dehydrator to test this functionality. We set the timer for eight hours and left the dehydrate to do their work. Things looked good after 4 hours, and we were well on our way to having some delicious treats to snack on. We came back after 8 hours to check out the finished fruit. The bananas were a little tough but it was mostly our mistake to slice them a little too thin. The apples and pears were finely made, and the texture was really juicy and just right.
We wanted to try out some fruit leather as one more try to get an idea of how long it would take to dry this out. Thankfully we had some leftover nonstick sheets that were ideal for this mission, so we made up our mixture of apples and cinnamon and poured it into the pan. We added a few sliced tomatoes below that and we set the timer for 7 hours. We checked on the progress after 7 hours, and both food sets were nicely finished. The fruit leather was solid enough to peel off and taste, and the tomatoes were dried out thoroughly too. The fruit leather in the store was much better than anything you could buy, and the tomatoes were succulent and preserved all their flavor. We certainly were really pleased happy with these results.
Below were some of the simple tests we did with dehydrator Sedona. It has proven to work very well, and the fact that you can split the system into two separate drying compartments is very useful if you only have to use half the power at times.
The lack of fruit roll sheets is a letdown, but for around $10 you can pick up a suitably sized package of nonstick sheets so it’s not that big a problem. The price here is the most important talking point. It’s much more costly with a retail price just over $400 than the similarly sized Excalibur dehydrator, which yields somewhat similar performance. Excalibur can lack a timer or dual fans, but for around $10 you could also buy a mechanical timer, and you still have more than $100 to spend on cash. With this unit, we definitely had some positive results but is it worth charging so much more? You’ll have to be the judge thereof.
- Dual rear-mounted fans – dividable into two drying chambers
- Lots of room to dry
- Sees fine
- Has optical timer and pretty LCD
- Five Year Garantie
- No fruit leather trays
- Very pricey
The Sedona computer is a high-end dehydrator, and it definitely has valuable features to it. With it, we had some fantastic results but the price is marginally higher than comparable rival goods. If you want the money you can buy the best dehydrator, so this could be the one for you.