– Expandable capacity
– Value for money
– Older model
– Not as efficient
Chances are that not every household needs to store lots of food and thus does not require powerful and high capacity dehydrators. When you want bare essentials and functionality at a great price then you may want to check out Presto 06301.
It offers almost every imaginable feature found on premium models while keeping the price at a reasonable level. Another plus is that it is often on discounts so you might want to grab it as soon as you find a good deal for it!
Qualilty of Drying
The Vertical Flow
Power and Efficiency
With just a bit over 8 pounds, the Presto 06301 isn’t as lightweight as it looks, however, wait until you expand it to 12 tray capacity and it becomes very difficult to move once fully loaded.
Measuring 15 x 14.5 x 7.25 inches in its standard configuration makes for a relatively compact dehydrator that is easy to place in any size kitchen.
Because of the transparent top covers and grill mesh at the bottom of each tray, you will be able to see how your foods dehydrate as time passes.
Temperature adjustment range via the onboard thermostat is generous as it allows setting it up from as low as 90 and going up to 165°F. This makes it flexible and suitable for almost all types of foods dehydration.
Setting up the timer is a standard affair and allows you to determine the processing time and inform you with a beeping signal when the processing finishes.
You get 6 spacious rounded shape trays as standard while being able to expand the total capacity with six more which adds up to 12 trays in total. A really impressive feat if you ask us!
Things We Liked
While it gets so many points for practicality and expandable capacity there are features that make this model truly shine and definitely worth your consideration.
When your food requirements grow – the only thing you will need are those additional trays to increase processing capacity and you’re all set.
Pricing is Great
Presto 06301 Food Dehydrator is affordable and a great value proposition once you compare its spec sheet against the competition.
You get all of the necessary functions that are found even on the newest models which only sweetens the whole deal even further.
Great Reliability Record
Current owners are still satisfied and are still using these models without any reliability issues which is the best sign of quality and durability.
Things We Didn’t Like
Not all is perfect and there are some downsides to this otherwise great product although they don’t take away much from the overall ownership satisfaction.
Noise and Vibration
This is the first thing you notice and it really starts to exhaust you on the longer runs. Noise coming from the fan is substantial so working in the same space can become tiring.
Long Processing Time
Unlike most of the modern competing models, this one takes quite a bit longer to finish the dehydration of foods. Be prepared for long operation times when you fill it to maximum capacity.
Not as Efficient
The powerful 750 Watt heating element might sound good on the spec sheet but in real life usage, it shows signs of weakness. Paired with the vertical flow design it appears inadequate and takes too long to process larger amounts of foods on the trays.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the warranty?
2. What is the main build material?
3. Is this dehydrator BPA free?
4. Can I remove and/or add the trays for more space?
5. Are the food trays dishwasher-safe?
Being an older model doesn’t take away the fact that Presto 06301 is still a great device that earned so much positive customer feedback accordingly. The ability to expand its overall volume capacity is rarely found on other models and adds additional value to the whole package.
Having always a reasonable price with frequent discounts makes this a great value for money proposition just be sure that you check your facts first. If you don’t mind a bit higher noise levels and slower processing speed then this is one of the best deals when compared to some of the competing food dehydrators currently available on the market.