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Magic Mill Food Dehydrator Review

A modern-looking machine with intuitive controls, metal trays, consistent heat, and primo outcomes
Magic Mill Food Dehydrator
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Price:   $150 List | $127.49 at Amazon
Pros:  Metal trays, easy clean-up, digital interface
Cons:  Temperature settings in 10 minute increments, inaccurate on high heat settings
Manufacturer:   Magic Mill
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Jun 17, 2020
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  • Dehydrating - 25% 9.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 25% 9.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8.0

Our Verdict

The Magic Mill lives up to its name by consistently rendering the perfect jerky, dried fruit, and herb results. The user interface is straightforward and the interior and trays are a breeze to clean. Moreover, its durable metal trays release food better than any comparable model in the class. Finally, tray square footage is in the Goldilocks Zone — neither too big nor too small. So, whether you're a casual user or frequent flyer, this machine will appeal to the majority of cooks.

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Pros Metal trays, easy clean-up, digital interfaceConsistent morsels, compact storage dimensionsAccurate temperature controls, easy clean-up, nice lookingEasy to clean, economic, simplistic controlsLow-cost, minimalistic, quick and easy clean-up
Cons Temperature settings in 10 minute increments, inaccurate on high heat settingsCounterintuitive controls, trays could be easier to cleanFood sticks to trays, poor dried meat outcomesPoor temperature regulation, flimsy traysSingle setting controls, no timer
Bottom Line A modern-looking machine with intuitive controls, metal trays, consistent heat, and primo outcomesThis reliable dehydrator offers adjustability and compact storage for those with limited spaceThis high performance, middle capacity dehydrator is the best-looking machine of the lotThis affordable stackable dehydrator offers copious square footage that is easy to cleanA minimalistic, fixed temperature machine that requires monitoring, but is easy to clean
Rating Categories Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Cosori Machine Hamilton Beach 32100A Nutrichef PKFD12
Dehydrating (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Temperature Accuracy (25%)
9.0
10.0
10.0
7.0
5.0
Ease Of Cleaning (25%)
7.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
9.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
8.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Magic Mill Food Deh... Presto 06301 Dehydro Cosori Machine Hamilton Beach 32100A Nutrichef PKFD12
Outside Dimensions 18" x 14" x 13" 14.5" x 15" x 7.25" 13.4" x 17.8" x 12.4" 10.5" x 13" x 11" 12" x 7.5" x 13"
Capacity N/a 3.25 sq ft 6 sq ft 3.75 sq ft 3.25 sq ft
Tray Dimensions 13" x 12" 15" diameter 12" x 13" 10.5" x 13" 12" diameter
Number of Trays 7 6 6 5 5
Tray Material Stainless steel Plastic Stainless steel Plastic Plastic
Power Consumption 480W 750W 600W 500W 250W
Temperature Range (F) 95-165 90-165 95-165 100-160 Max 180

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Ample tray space, digital precision, and visual monitoring produces...
Ample tray space, digital precision, and visual monitoring produces professional-quality snacks.
Credit: Laura Casner

Quality and Consistency


What's the value in a dehydrator if the jerky or fruit leather coming out of the machine isn't to your liking? The foods that we produce with no previous experience with the Magic Mill were mouth-watering and eyebrow-raising. The fruit leather dried quickly and with minimal lingering wet spots. The results were uniform and delicious snacks. Similarly, the fresh herbs and tomatoes we dried maintained full flavor without being chewy or crisp, though the toms were a little squishy in places.

Consistent, even heating renders quality results.
Consistent, even heating renders quality results.
Credit: Laura Casner

Easy to Use and Accurate


The Magic Mill employs a digital interface with the following control setting: start/stop, time/temp, keep warm, fast/raw, and +/- buttons. Despite the temperature setting being in 10-degree steps, the controls are easy and intuitive to use. Our temperature accuracy test found that the unit was spot on at the low end and up to 10 degrees below the desired temperature at the highest settings. Aside from that, we had little to complain about except that we found the alert tone to be unnecessarily loud and persistent.

Push-button digital accuracy means that dehydrating won;t be a...
Push-button digital accuracy means that dehydrating won;t be a guessing game.
Credit: Laura Casner

Clean-Up


The floor of this model is smooth and without too many features like inside corners and grooves. Thus, it was easy for us to wipe the interior out no matter how sticky the food drippings. We favor models with metal trays over plastic as they are more durable and without concerns of chemical contamination; however, other models are hard to clean; not so with the Magic Mill. These trays cleaned up without soaking or significant scrubbing. They are also dishwasher safe, so one can forego the sink altogether.

Of all the models with heavy-duty metal trays, this machine's were...
Of all the models with heavy-duty metal trays, this machine's were the easiest to clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


Every once in a while, a product is priced just right. The Magic Mill falls into this category as it performs at the highest level, it's easy to use, it's built to last, and it looks good on a countertop to boot. So, while you're not getting a killer deal on this machine, you can rest assured that you are getting your money's worth.

Conclusion


The Magic Mill lives up to its name by pumping out high-quality dehydrated foods in a minimum amount of space. The modern digital interface is intuitive, the fan is quiet, the transparent door practical, and the metal tray easy to clean. We think that most home cooks will find this machine to be the right size at the right price. Hands down, the Magic Mill is the best mid-size dehydrator. This machine is built to impress, from its sharp-looking exterior to its durable trays to its easy-to-operate controls. Add a reasonable sticker price to these accolades, and you can be certain that this unit renders the best results with the least amount of fuss.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell

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