TEMP. RANGE (°F)
95 – 158
– Reasonable price
– 9 adjustable non-stick trays
– Rear-mounted fan
– Comes with a timer
– Rotation not required
– ETL listing & BPA-free
– Less noise
– Easy to keep clean
– Transparent door for easy monitoring
– Includes a free cookbook
– Might be bulky for some people
– Short & unclear warranty
– Not dishwasher-safe
– Short power cord
When it comes to the best alternatives to pricey, stainless-steel dehydrators, Gourmia GFD1950 is undoubtedly among the top contenders. Fairly priced, easy to use, and very efficient, it is a highly popular model that deserves a more in-depth look.
Gourmia GFD1950 provides its owners with a user-friendly experience of making tasty appetizers right there in their kitchens. With 9 spacious shelves, electronically adjusted and tracked heat, and easy-to-use digital controls, it’s one of the best reasonably-priced options out there.
If you love dehydrated treats but don’t have a huge budget, keep reading – this model just might be your best choice. Also, you can check out our full [Digital Dehydrator Roundup] here.
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 95 – 158°F
AIR FLOW: 360-degree
NUMBER OF TRAYS: 9
DRYING SPACE: 9.5 square feet
WARRANTY: 1 year
The Gourmia GFD1950 can be purchased in two different versions – 6-tray and 9-tray. We’re taking a look at the 9-tray version, which is larger and slightly more expensive. Coming in black color, all sides of this dehydrator are opaque, with only the front-side window being transparent.
The model weighs 14 pounds (6.3kg) and has the dimensions of 17.5″ x 13.5″ x 16″. With many competing models weighing well over 20 pounds, the GFD1950 certainly isn’t the bulkiest option out there. However, some people could still find it cumbersome to move around. For that matter, make sure to dedicate it some space in the kitchen before making the final purchase.
This model comes equipped with a 600-watt motor fan. Although not the most powerful motor on the market, it’s a pretty good choice for a 9-tray dehydrator such as GFD1950. It is also worth mentioning that, with both the fan and the heating element being situated in the back, the motor is powerful enough for a drying machine of this size.
Another advantage is that it isn’t as noisy as those found on other high-power units. In other words, the Gourmia GFD1850 is not overly loud and can be safely used for dehydrating foods overnight.
Many people consider dehydrators with rear-mounted fans to be the best. Unlike the bottom-mounted and top-mounted fan units, these are known to push the heated air across the shelves in a much better manner. There’s also the reduced risk of juices and debris falling through the shelves. However, this also makes them somewhat more expensive than their alternatives.
Another unique technology that contributes to this model’s high efficiency is the 360˚ Air-Flow Circulation System. As the name suggests, it’s a design that ensures the dispersion of heated air as evenly as possible.
As we already said, the GFD1950 comes equipped with 9 trays (shelves). These provide enough drying surface (9.5 square feet) for most average households. With the food getting heated from the back, the user doesn’t have to rotate the trays. Pretty convenient, wouldn’t you say?
In addition, the shelves of GFD1950 are non-stick. Those who already owned dehydrators with non-stick shelves will undoubtedly appreciate this feature. This kind of design allows one to quickly and easily remove the messes with simple, light scrubbing.
Yet another excellent feature of this dehydrator is that it comes with an adjustable digital thermostat. It’s something that lets the user dry most types of food (herbs, vegetables, meat, etc.) at precise temperatures to get the best results.
It’s not a feature to be taken lightly – most models don’t come with it. The unit’s digital thermostat will let you choose between 8 preset temperature settings, covering the range of 95-158℉.
Housing the control center at the top of the unit, the model’s LCD panel is quite straightforward and easy to read. The adjustable timer feature allows for a maximum drying time of 19.5 hours. The time adjustment itself can be done in precise half-hour increments. In other words, the user can set the Gourmia GFD1950 dry the food for anywhere between half an hour and 19.5 hours.
Although it might seem unimportant, this feature is actually one of the model’s best. It’s a real game changer, as it prevents the need to monitor the drying process. Once the preset time expires, the auto-off switch will notify the user and automatically turn the unit off.
Manufactured in the United States, this dehydrator adheres to all safety rules imposed by the FDA. For instance, its shelves are made out of BPA-free plastic, so there’s no need to worry about the risk of plastic poisoning.
In addition, the GFD1950 comes with the ETL mark. It’s something that proves that the model was manufactured with compliance to most North American safety standards, as well as that it meets particular performance standards.
Gourmia GFD1950 comes accompanied by a 1-year warranty. Although this might seem quite short when compared to warranty deals coming with some other dehydrators we’ve reviewed, it’s still better than nothing. It should also be mentioned that Gourmia doesn’t reveal much about the warranty’s nature, i.e. it doesn’t show what is covered and what isn’t.
For those looking for a less expensive alternative to the stainless-steel dehydrators, Gourmia GFD1950 might be an excellent pick. Even at its reasonable price, the unit successfully manages to bring most of the features that make an efficient, modern drying machine.
Its adjustable thermostat, for example, is one of its best features, especially if you’re someone who likes dehydrated fruit treats or jerky. Its control panel, on the other hand, comes with the auto switch-off and a countdown timer – these features are bound to make your life much easier.
Although not flawless, the GFD1950 is a worthy investment and one that you won’t regret making.