If you are serious about dehydrating, then you may want to consider the Sedona Dehydrator which we will be looking at today. This is one of the most expensive consumer dehydrators currently available on the market, and it has a range of features and ample drying space. But can it compete against some of the cheaper dehydrators of similar size? Read on below to find out.
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. Since it has two rear mounted fans, this means you can split the dehydrator into two separate drying compartments. Theoretically this should stop flavors from mixing, although we didn’t really run into any of these problems when reviewing the similar sized Excalibur unit. This also means you can run one fan at a time if you are only using 4 or 5 trays, which will save you electricity as each element and fan runs at around 300w in power consumption. When both fans are running it works out at around 600w in power, which should be more than enough to dry out any kind of food you have.
The Sedona comes with 9 standard trays in total, and 9 mesh screens. We’re not sure why, but they decided not to include any closed trays for foods such as fruit leather. For such a pricey piece of equipment, it seems a bit unnecessary to have to splash out extra cash for items such as closed sheets when you are paying so much already.
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. Then it has also has a fully digital timer, which is programmable up to 99 hours. Again, this is a feature which is sorely lacking on many cheaper models, so this is a very welcome addition.
For those of you who like the metric system, there is even the option to switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit which is something we have yet to see on another dehydrator. Obviously it wouldn’t be a feature many people use, but it is still nice to see and it goes to show that Sedona have put some serious thought into the design of the machine. Also included is a Night mode function, which means the unit will switch to a lower fan speed to help keep the noise levels down. The front of the door is made out of glass, so you can keep an eye on your food as it dries. The front door pulls down like an oven door which is a clever design. When you open the door, the unit will pause the drying and resume it once the door has shut. The display LCD is mounted on the front of the unit above the door, which is handy as it means you can fit it under a counter without worrying about the controls being obstructed.
The design of the unit is fairly modern and stylish. The entire model is made out out what seems like black brushed stainless, and the oven door has the Sedona logo at the bottom. Overall it is a decent design, and will fit in nicely to any kitchen.
The dimensions of the Sedona dehydrator are fairly large, which is to be expected of a machine this size. It measures in at 17″ x 19.4″ x 19.7″, so be sure you have enough space to accommodate this. Now lets have a look at how the machine actually performs.
Many folks love making beef jerky, so this is always one of the first tests we decide to do. To start out we loaded up 7 tray fulls of beef jerky, and set the machine to do its magic. We set the timer for five hours, which is a conservative estimate for how long a 6oow dehydrator should take to dry that amount of jerky. 3 hours in we checked the progress, and the jerky was coming along nicely. The rear mounted fans made sure there was no sign of uneven drying amongst the trays, and it looked like around 5 hours would be a good estimate. 5 hours later we checked on the jerky, and it was all done. The jerky was well dried, and fairly stiff to the tough. The flavors had been sealed in nicely, and all the trays were evenly dried.
Next up we decided to try a mixture of fruit, so we sliced up some 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 8 hours, and left the dehydrator to do its job. After 4 hours things were looking promising, and we were well on our way to having some tasty treats to snack on. After 8 hours we came back to test the finished fruit. The bananas were a little tough, but that was mainly our fault for slicing them a little too thin. The apples and pears were perfectly done, and were very tasty and just the right texture.
As one final test we decided to test out some fruit leather to get an idea of how long it would take to dry this out. Luckily we had some leftover nonstick sheets which were perfect for this task, so we made up our apple and cinnamon mixture and poured it into the sheet. Below that we added some sliced tomato, so we set the timer for 7 hours. After 7 hours we checked on the progress, and both sets of food were nicely done. The fruit leather was firm enough to peel off and taste, and the tomatoes were also thoroughly dried out. The fruit leather was by far better than any you could buy in the store, and the tomatoes were succulent and retained all their flavor. We were definitely very happy with these results.
These were some of the basic test we did with the Sedona dehydrator. It proved to work very well, and the fact that you can split the machine into two separate drying compartments is very handy if you sometimes only need to use half the capacity.
The lack of fruit roll sheets is a let down, but you can pick up a suitably sized set of nonstick sheets for around $10 so it isn’t that big a problem. The price is the biggest talking point here. With a retail price of slightly over $400, it is much more expensive than the similarly sized Excalibur dehydrator, which produces very similar results. The Excalibur may lack a timer or dual fans, but you could also buy a mechanical timer for about $10 and you still have over $100 to spare in change. We certainly had some good results with this machine, but is it worth paying that much more? You will have to be the judge of that.
The Sedona dehydrator comes with a reasonable 5 year warranty.
- Dual rear mounted fans – can be separated into two drying chambers
- Lots of drying space
- Looks good
- Has digital timer and nice lcd
- 5 year warranty
- No fruit leather trays
- Very pricey
Summary: The Sedona machine is a high end dehydrator, and is certainly packed with useful features. We had some great results with it, but the price is somewhat higher that similar competing products. If you want the best dehydrator money can get, then this may be the one for you. You can check the latest pricing on Amazon over here.