NutriChef PKFD12 Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator Review

NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is an affordable and efficient dehydrator available in the market. The manufacturer of this dehydrator claims, that the food being dehydrated retains up to 97% of its nutritional value and is scientifically proven to lower the chances of food spoilage. This is a unique feature. The single press button for all functions makes it easy to operate. Hence, this is a model highly recommended for new users.

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This dehydrator can be used to dehydrate a variety to food items ranging from herbs, fruits, vegetables or meat. The height of the trays of this dehydrator can be adjusted as per the requirement, which is another user-friendly feature. The trays are spacious which allow a large quantity of food to be dried at a time.

NutriChef Kitchen Food Dehydrator

Quick Specification of NutriChef PKFD12 Food Dehydrator:

Product Name

NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator Review

Dehydrator Type

Stackable

Temp Range (°F)

Up to 180 degrees F

Wattage (Watts)

250 W

Tray

6

Thermostat

No

Voltage

110 Volts

Expandable

20 Trays

Timer

No

Dimensions

12 x 7.5 x 13 inches

Warranty

1 Year Limited warranty

Color

White and Black

Price

$$

Weight

6.9 Pounds

Model Number

PKFD12

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NutriChef PKFD12 Kitchen Food Dehydrator Specifications

Key Features of NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator:

This is a well-designed product and does a great job of dehydrating all types of food items like fruits, herbs, vegetables, meat etc. The key features of NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator are explained in detail below that will help you to understand the product better:

  • Single Press Button Operation

    This dehydrator is equipped with a single press button that helps the user execute all the operations just one click. This is a great feature, especially for new or first-time dehydrator users, as it reduces the complexity of operating the machine and the drying procedure. The user does not have to worry about the temperature or time period setting details.

  • Retains 97% of the Food’s Nutrition Value

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator claims to retain 97% of vitamins and minerals of the food being dried. This a unique feature as the food does not lose its nutrition value and remains both healthy and tasty. If you are a health freak, this is definitely an attractive feature. It is also scientifically certified to reduce the chances of food spoilage.

    NutriChef Kitchen Food Dehydrator Features
  • See Through Top Cover

    The NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator has a transparent detachable top cover which allows the user to monitor the progress of the drying process. This is especially important when you are a new user and would want to learn what kind of food would require how much time to dry. This helps you prevent your food from over drying. The see through cover also saves the effort to open the dehydrator to check the progress of the dehydration process. As the top cover is completely detachable it makes the cleaning of the trays below easier.

    NutriChef PKFD12 Kitchen Food Dehydrator See Through Top Cover
  • Available in Two Colors

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is available in two colors – white and black. This gives the user freedom of choice to choose the model as per their need. The elegant appearance of this dehydrator makes it the kitchen look modish.

  • Bottom Heating Element

    The dehydrator has a heating element at the bottom which helps to achieve a uniform drying. This is scientifically designed, as when the air gets heated it becomes lighter and therefore automatically rises up.

    NutriChef Kitchen Food Dehydrator Bottom Heating Element
  • Expandable

    The dehydrator can be stacked up to 20 Trays. This allows the user to dehydrate large volumes of food at a time. This is a great feature as many high-end models also do not offer the users this amount of space flexibility.

  • Dry Variety of Food Items

    The dehydrator can be used to dehydrate a variety of food items from herbs, vegetables, fruits to meat and spices.

    NutriChef Kitchen Dehydrator - Meat

    Meat

    NutriChef Kitchen Dehydrator - Snacks

    Snacks

    NutriChef Kitchen Dehydrator - Herbs and Spices

    Herbs and Spices

    NutriChef Kitchen Dehydrator - Vegetables and Fruits

    Vegetables and Fruits

Full Technical Specification of NutriChef PKFD12 Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator:

Following are the complete technical specifications of NutriChef PKFD12 Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator:-

  • Dehydrator Type

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is a stackable dehydrator in which the trays can be stacked on one top of the other.

  • Temperature Range

    The maximum temperature of the NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is 180°F. This temperature is high enough to dry moist meat and other food product with high moisture content. The temperature of 180 degrees F also ensures the safety of the meat being dried, as prescribed temperature to cook beef and chicken is 160 degrees F and 165 degrees F respectively.

  • Wattage and Voltage

    The wattage of NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is 250 Watts. The voltage required is 110 Volts.

  • Tray

    There are 6 round stackable trays which are well designed keeping the end user in mind. The trays are removable and can be arranged in two different ways depending upon the type of food slices you wish to dehydrate.

    • Thin Slices
      The trays can be arranged in the below fashion if the food slices or pieces being dehydrated are thin, for instance, banana slices. The lower tray has a tab with 3 ribs while the upper tray has a smooth tab. Both the ribs and smooth tab are adjacent to each other. This arrangement of trays is also ideal when the user wishes to store the dehydrator, as this allows the product to occupy minimum space.
    NutriChef Kitchen Food Dehydrator - Thin Slices
    • Thick Slices
      The image below guides the user on how to arrange the trays when the food slices being dehydrated are thicker in size, for instance, strawberry pieces. This arrangement ensures good airflow around the food pieces
NutriChef Kitchen Food Dehydrator - Thick Slices
  • Air Flow

    The airflow is vertical from the bottom to the top. The heating system is strategically placed at the bottom. It is scientifically designed, as once the air gets heated it becomes lighter and rises up on its own accord. The heating element at the bottom heats the air which rises up.

  • Dimension

    The dimensions of this food dehydrator are 12 x 7.5 x 13 inches. NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator occupies less counter space.

  • Warranty

    The manufacturer of this dehydrator offers a one year limited warranty period to its buyers.

  • Color

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is available in two colors:

    • White
    • Black
  • Product Weight

    The total weight of this dehydrator is 6.9 pounds which make it portable and easy to carry. The dehydrator is light in weight and is made up of plastic.

What Comes with It?

The NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator comes with the following accessories

  • 6 Trays

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator consists of 6 circular shaped white plastic trays. The height of these trays can be adjusted depending upon the thickness of the food being dried. This is a distinguishing user-centric feature, which sets NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator, apart from the other competitive products it the market, within the same price range.

NutriChef Kitchen Food Dehydrator Contents
  • 30-Day No-Risk Money Back Guarantee

    The manufacturer of NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator offers their users a 30-Day No-Risk Money Back Guarantee along with a 1-year warranty.

Best Things About NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator PKFD12:

It is always good to know and compare your product with the different available products in the market before buying it. This helps you to decide which of multiple dehydrators available in the market will best suit your requirement. It also helps the user know how their dehydrator is superior to the others. The following are a few best things about NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator which makes it a popular product with its users:

  • Retains 97% of the Food’s Nutrition Value

    The manufacturer of NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator claims that this dehydrator retains 97% of the nutrition value of the food being dried. This is a remarkable feature as the food does not lose its vitamins and minerals whilst remains both healthy and delicious. This is an attractive feature for health freak individuals. It is also scientifically proven that NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator reduces the chances of food spoilage and hence increases their shelf life.

  • Adjustable Tray Height

    The is a well-engineered product. The height of the six stackable trays can be adjusted depending upon the food being dried. The height can be increased for thick slices of food, like Strawberries while the height can be reduced for thinner food slices, for instance, banana slices. This feature also ensures a good circulation of air around the food pieces and helps achieve better drying results.

  • Single Press Button

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator has a single press button feature that helps the user carry out all the operations by just pressing that one button. This is really helpful for new dehydrator users as it makes the dehydrating procedure fairly easy without the need to worry about fixing the temperature and settings the time duration.

  • Expandable

    The dehydrator can be stacked up to 20 Trays. This allows the user to dehydrate large volumes of food at a time. This is a great feature as many high-end models also do not offer the users this amount of space flexibility.

  • Light and Portable

    NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator weighs about 6.9 pounds and is a light and portable model. It occupies less counter space and can be lifted and carried easily from one location to the other.

Bad Things About PKFD12 NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator:

It is a great product for the price and features offered, however, it has a few drawbacks. The points which weigh down on the popularity of this dehydrator are as follows:

  • Need to Rotate the Trays

    The dehydrator requires the user to rotate the trays in between the drying process to ensure even and uniform drying.

  • Cleaning Is a Little Difficult

    The NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator does not have drip or residue tray to collect the residue released from the dehydrating process. As the heating element is located at the bottom at times there could be chances of the residue entering into the heating element. However, this is rare. This makes it a little difficult to clean.

  • No Timer

    The dehydrator does not have a timer and the dehydrating process has to be closely monitored to check the progress of drying. You cannot set the input and leave the dehydrator to function independently. The timer helps saves additional effort and time of the user required to monitor the process.

  • No Temperature Regulator

    The dehydrator does not have a feature to regulate the temperature within a range as per the user’s desire. However, the factory set temperature is high enough to dry a range of different types of food items.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q: Is This Dehydrator BPA Free?

Yes, the dehydrator is made up of a material which is BPA free.

Q: Can the Trays Be Washed in a Dishwasher?

Yes. However, the trays may not fit in some dishwashers.

Q: What Is the Temperature Set?

The temperature of this dehydrator is preset at 180 degrees F and cannot be adjusted.

Q: Is the Dehydrator a Silent One or a Noisy One?

This is a silent dehydrator

Q: Is This Dehydrator Electric?

Yes. This is an electric dehydrator.

Q: What Is the Wattage?

The wattage of this dehydrator is 250 Watts.

Q: Which Country Is It Manufactured In?

This dehydrator is manufactured in Taiwan.

Q: Can Fruit Roll Up Trays Be Bought Separately to Fit into This Dehydrator?

Yes.

Q: What Is the Diameter of the Trays?

The diameter of the trays is 12 inches. It is spacious.

Q: What Is Material Is the Tray Made Of?

The trays are made up of heat-resistant plastic.

Q: Can I Buy a Replacement Lid?

Yes. You can purchase additional trays and lid separately.

Q: Black One Is More Expensive Than White. What Is the Difference?

There is no difference. Black color model is more desirable.

Q: Can This Dehydrator Be Used to Make Jerky?

Yes. This can be used to make good jerky.

Q: What Are the Dimensions of This Dehydrator?

The dimension of this dehydrator are 12 x 7.5 x 13 inches

Q: What Is the Voltage?

110 Volts

Q: Does the Dehydrator Come with Fruit Leather Tray?

No.

Q: Can You Stack Up Extra Trays?

Yes. You can stack up to 20 trays

Q: Do the Tray Liners Purchased Separately, Fit in the Dehydrator Easily?

Yes.

Q: Does the Dehydrator Turn Off on Its Own?

No. It is Manual.

Conclusion

NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator is an economical and a great entry level dehydrator. It does a fairly decent job of dehydrating a variety of food products. It is expandable (up to 20 trays), spacious and easy to operate, which makes it a product of choice for new users. The dehydrator is equipped with a single press button to carry out all the operations. It has a see through top cover. Another user-friendly feature, which makes it attractive, is that height of the trays can be adjusted. It can be used to dry different types of herbs, meat, fruits, and vegetables.

The only concern is that the NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator may require users to rotate the trays occasionally to achieve uniform drying. Overall it a product that caters to the users need and is a good one to buy especially for beginners.

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