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Hamilton Beach 32100A Review

This affordable stackable dehydrator offers copious square footage that is easy to clean
Hamilton Beach 32100A
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $60 List
Pros:  Easy to clean, economic, simplistic controls
Cons:  Poor temperature regulation, flimsy trays
Manufacturer:   Hamilton Beach
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 11, 2021
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RANKED
#5 of 8
  • Dehydrating - 25% 7.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 25% 7.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 6.0

Our Verdict

We allotted an award to the Hamilton Beach as it is an inexpensive product with a decent amount of tray space that renders reasonably consistent, quality results. While this dehydrator suffered in our temperature regulation and ease of use evaluations, the marks against it are not disqualifying. Counterbalancing these shortcomings is a design that is one of the easiest to clean.

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Pros Easy to clean, economic, simplistic controlsMetal trays, easy clean-up, digital interfaceConsistent morsels, compact storage dimensionsLow-cost, minimalistic, quick and easy clean-upSimplistic design, economic, adjustable capacity
Cons Poor temperature regulation, flimsy traysTemperature settings in 10 minute increments, inaccurate on high heat settingsCounterintuitive controls, trays could be easier to cleanSingle setting controls, no timerThin trays, no timer, difficult to check progress
Bottom Line This affordable stackable dehydrator offers copious square footage that is easy to cleanA modern-looking machine with intuitive controls, metal trays, consistent heat, and primo outcomesThis reliable dehydrator offers adjustability and compact storage for those with limited spaceA minimalistic, fixed temperature machine that requires monitoring, but is easy to cleanA reasonably priced stacked dehydrator that boasts a user-friendly design and adjustable tray space
Rating Categories Hamilton Beach 32100A Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Nutrichef PKFD12 NESCO Snackmaster Pro
Dehydrating (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Temperature Accuracy (25%)
7.0
9.0
10.0
5.0
9.0
Ease Of Cleaning (25%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
6.0
8.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
Specs Hamilton Beach 32100A Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Nutrichef PKFD12 NESCO Snackmaster Pro
Outside Dimensions 10.5" x 13" x 11" 18" x 14" x 13" 14.5" x 15" x 7.25" 12" x 7.5" x 13" 13.5" x 13.5" x13.5"
Capacity 3.75 sq ft N/a 3.25 sq ft 3.25 sq ft 5 sq ft
Tray Dimensions 10.5" x 13" 13" x 12" 15" diameter 12" diameter 13.5" diameter
Number of Trays 5 7 6 5 5
Tray Material Plastic Stainless steel Plastic Plastic Plastic
Power Consumption 500W 480W 750W 250W 600W
Temperature Range (F) 100-160 95-165 90-165 Max 180 95 - 160

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The unique shape of the Hamilton Beach makes wiping down the machine...
The unique shape of the Hamilton Beach makes wiping down the machine a piece of cake.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Quality and Consistency


The 32100A ranked among the bottom in our food flavor, texture, and evenness assessment. However, the spread amongst the models in this evaluation isn't that wide, and it did better than most in the beef jerky taste tests. Additionally, this machine had relatively inaccurate temperature regulation, particularly at lower temperatures. So, it might not be the best if you intend to dry out herbs on the regular.

Plenty of room for big foods.
Plenty of room for big foods.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Easy of Use


We found the Hamilton Beach to be quite easy to use. The temperature and timer controls are intuitive, and simplistic — which is what you want. We will say that it is a little weird that the timer's readout rounds up to the nearest hour during the countdown. The timer is accurate, but it's unclear how much time is left within each hour. On the other hand, the trays are flexible, making sticky food removal much more manageable. All and all, we believe that this machine is pretty darn easy to use.

Rounded corners make clean-up a breeze. Flexible trays make food...
Rounded corners make clean-up a breeze. Flexible trays make food removal easy, too.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Easy Clean-Up? You Betcha!


When it comes to dehydrator clean-up, stackable trays are way better. They break apart into panels that can be easily held over a trash can to be wiped out. They can be soaked in a sink and washed individually. Finally, there is no box that the trays drip down into that has to be wiped out. Despite these advantages, some stackable dehydrators are still a pain to clean. Not so with the Hamilton Beach 32100A. The clean-up of this machine is amongst the easiest in our review.

Trays large enough to hold lots of food, but still able to fit into...
Trays large enough to hold lots of food, but still able to fit into the sink for easy washing.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


We think that the 32100A is a value product. One simply gets more for the dollar with this model than any other here reviewed. While it is true that this machine has some shortcomings — albeit minor ones — they are certainly outweighed by its price point and other positive attributes.

Conclusion


The Hamilton Beach 32100A is a unique dehydrator in that it is the only rectangular stacked tray model in this review. While this model isn't a top performer, it delivers reasonably good dried food and has some features — like flexible, easy to clean trays, and an intuitive interface — that counteract its deficiencies. Moreover, it has a very competitive price point.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell

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