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Chefman 6 Tray Digital Review

An inexpensive six tray, shelf-style dehydrator that struggles with maintaining accurate temperature settings
Chefman 6 Tray Digital
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $130 List | $150.67 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use controls, transparent door
Cons:  Tough to clean, inconsistent internal temperature
Manufacturer:   Chefman
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 11, 2021
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RANKED
#12 of 13
  • Dehydrating - 25% 7.6
  • Temperature Accuracy - 25% 7.5
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 4.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.4

Our Verdict

The Chefman 6 Tray Digital Food Dehydrator is an above average sized shelf-style machine that renders decent dry food. Unfortunately, this machine suffers from poor internal temperature regulation and it is very difficult to clean. As such, it is hard to imagine a customer that wouldn't be better off selecting another product in our review.

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Pros Easy to use controls, transparent doorMetal trays, easy clean-up, digital interfaceConsistent morsels, compact storage dimensionsBudget-friendly, minimal counter space, solid performanceEasy to clean, economic, simplistic controls
Cons Tough to clean, inconsistent internal temperatureTemperature settings in 10 minute increments, inaccurate on high heat settingsCounterintuitive controls, trays could be easier to cleanSmall temperature range, questionable durability, handle prone to accidental openingPoor temperature regulation, flimsy trays
Bottom Line An inexpensive six tray, shelf-style dehydrator that struggles with maintaining accurate temperature settingsA modern-looking machine with intuitive controls, metal trays, consistent heat, and primo outcomesThis reliable dehydrator offers adjustability and compact storage for those with limited spaceGreat performance paired with a great price, it excels in all metricsThis affordable stackable dehydrator offers copious square footage that is easy to clean
Rating Categories Chefman 6 Tray Digital Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Elechomes 6-Tray Dryer Hamilton Beach 32100A
Dehydrating (25%)
7.6
8.8
8.5
7.5
7.4
Temperature Accuracy (25%)
7.5
9.3
9.5
7.8
7.0
Ease of Cleaning (25%)
4.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
Ease of Use (25%)
6.4
8.0
5.6
6.6
5.8
Specs Chefman 6 Tray Digital Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Elechomes 6-Tray Dryer Hamilton Beach 32100A
Outside Dimensions 13.6" x 17.5" x 12.4" 18" x 14" x 13" 14.5" x 15" x 7.25" 11" x 11" x 11" 10.5" x 13" x 11"
Capacity 6.5 sq ft 7.6 sq ft 3.25 sq ft 6.5 sq ft 3.75 sq ft
Tray Dimensions 13" x 12" 13" x 12" 15" diameter 10.2" diameter 10.5" x 13"
Number of Trays 6 7 6 6 5
Tray Material Plastic Stainless steel Plastic Plastic Plastic
Power Consumption 480W 480W 750W 400W 500W
Temperature Range 95-158 F 95-165 F 90-165 F 95-158 F 100-160 F

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Chefman 6 Tray Digital food dehydrator - a small window is better than none at all.
A small window is better than none at all.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


We found the Chefmen 6 Tray to be straightforward to use. The controls are simple, with on/ off, temp/ time and +/ - buttons. The trays are rigid plastic, so flexing them to remove food isn't an option. However, the gaps in the grating are large enough to push sticky foods off from the bottom with a fingertip. Finally, a transparent viewing window allows one to check the progress without opening the machine.

Chefman 6 Tray Digital food dehydrator - ample tray space is always a plus.
Ample tray space is always a plus.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Temperature Accuracy


The internal temperature regulation of this machine is not the best. In our series of tests across four settings, the Chefmen 6 ran consistently below the marked value.

Chefman 6 Tray Digital food dehydrator - digital controls don't always ensure accurate settings.
Digital controls don't always ensure accurate settings.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dehydration Results


We processed several different types of food with this machine using the manufacturer's recipes. While the difference in dehydration results between the best machines and the worst isn't vast, this machine landed in the middle class. However, it did struggle with drying meat.

Clean-Up


Truth be told, most dehydrators are a pain in the you know what to clean. However, this machine is particularly challenging. This critique is solely a product of the shape of the bottom of the machine. Our tester resorted to vacuuming the Chefman out and then wiping it down with a hot, wet cloth.

Value


The Chefman 6 is relatively inexpensive, considering the amount of tray space that it enjoys. However, those savings come at the cost of time cleaning up the machine. For this reason alone, we think that this model is not as good of a deal as it first appears.

Chefman 6 Tray Digital food dehydrator
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


Time is a precious commodity and one that can't be bought. The Chefman 6 Tray Digital Dehydrator has several fine qualities, such as ample tray space and simple controls. Unfortunately, the clean-up time required to maintain this machine is a costly and unnecessary burden. There are other machines with similar capacities that are much easier to maintain. This box and tray-style dehydrator have ample square footage at a reasonable price.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell

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