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Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine Review

This high performance, middle capacity dehydrator is the best-looking machine of the lot
Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $160 List | $159.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Accurate temperature controls, easy clean-up, nice looking
Cons:  Food sticks to trays, poor dried meat outcomes
Manufacturer:   COSORI
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 11, 2021
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RANKED
#5 of 13
  • Dehydrating - 25% 8.1
  • Temperature Accuracy - 25% 9.8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 5.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.6

Our Verdict

The Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine has accurate time and temperature settings in an average capacity machine. The interior cleaning is relatively easy, and the exterior has a nice, modern-industrial look. Our only gripe is the trays are made of tightly woven metal wire, and food likes to stick to them. If aesthetics are a key factor in your kitchen appliance purchase decisions, then this machine has your name on it.

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Pros Accurate temperature controls, easy clean-up, nice lookingMetal trays, easy clean-up, digital interfaceConsistent morsels, compact storage dimensionsBudget-friendly, minimal counter space, solid performanceEasy to clean, economic, simplistic controls
Cons Food sticks to trays, poor dried meat outcomesTemperature 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 This high performance, middle capacity dehydrator is the best-looking machine of the lotA 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 Cosori Machine Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Elechomes 6-Tray Dryer Hamilton Beach 32100A
Dehydrating (25%)
8.1
8.8
8.5
7.5
7.4
Temperature Accuracy (25%)
9.8
9.3
9.5
7.8
7.0
Ease of Cleaning (25%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
Ease of Use (25%)
6.6
8.0
5.6
6.6
5.8
Specs Cosori Machine Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Elechomes 6-Tray Dryer Hamilton Beach 32100A
Outside Dimensions 13.4" x 17.8" 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 sq ft 7.6 sq ft 3.25 sq ft 6.5 sq ft 3.75 sq ft
Tray Dimensions 12" x 13" 13" x 12" 15" diameter 10.2" diameter 10.5" x 13"
Number of Trays 6 7 6 6 5
Tray Material Stainless steel Stainless steel Plastic Plastic Plastic
Power Consumption 600W 480W 750W 400W 500W
Temperature Range 95-165 F 95-165 F 90-165 F 95-158 F 100-160 F

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine food dehydrator - sleek and chic. this machine is a worthy countertop appliance.
Sleek and chic. This machine is a worthy countertop appliance.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Quality and Consistency


We define quality by the texture, evenness, and flavor of the final dehydrated product. With the exception of beef jerky, the Cosori produced high-quality dehydrated food in our testing. While our beef jerky issues would likely be resolved by tweaking the recipe, the fruit and veggies came out tasty, evenly dehydrated, and had an appealing mouthfeel. This was the result time and again in our testing iterations.

Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine food dehydrator - trays big enough to accommodate large food items.
Trays big enough to accommodate large food items.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Easy and Accurate


The Cosori has an intuitive three-button temperature and timing set-up with a numeric readout. Our tests indicate that, across a wide range, the internal temperature almost exactly matches the setting values. This contributes significantly to the quality and consistency discussed above.

Clean-Up


Generally speaking, dehydrators are a bit of a pain to clean. The food has time to drip and conceal, and it's all happening in a contained space that can be challenging to remove depending on the internal shape of the dehydrator. Not so with this machine. Our tester was delighted with how easy it is to guide food bits and juices out of the stainless steel interior. The one catch is that the wire racks have some food adherence issues. Fortunately, the racks can be removed, soaked, and scrubbed.

Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine food dehydrator - cleaning is a necessary and often difficult part of owning a food...
Cleaning is a necessary and often difficult part of owning a food dehydrator.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Cosori is not an inexpensive machine. However, it is easy to use, easy to clean, delivers quality foods, and looks nice. As such, we would describe this product as being worth the money spent.

Cosori Food Dehydrator Machine food dehydrator - temperature accuracy and consistency are critical for high-quality...
Temperature accuracy and consistency are critical for high-quality outcomes.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


Many of the dehydrators in this review have a plain look, but not the Cosori. This machine sports brushed steel with black plastic trim. Offering more than just an attractive exterior, this model produces quality dehydrated food. As such, it may earn a permanent place on your kitchen countertop. Despite some of the recipe issues and the difficulty of cleaning the metal trays, the Cosori is a solid product. If the average tray square footage and external dimensions meet your needs, you can't do much better.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell

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