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Nutrichef PKFD12 Review

A minimalistic, fixed temperature machine that requires monitoring, but is easy to clean
Nutrichef PKFD12
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $60 List | $46.39 at Amazon
Pros:  Low-cost, minimalistic, quick and easy clean-up
Cons:  Single setting controls, no timer
Manufacturer:   Nutrichef
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 11, 2021
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  • Dehydrating - 25% 9.0
  • Temperature Accuracy - 25% 5.0
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 5.0

Our Verdict

This easy to clean dehydrator produces good results but lacks a thermostat and timer. Accordingly, we think this machine is best suited for those who like simplicity and don't mind monitoring the drying manually.

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

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Clear trays make monitoring the dehydration process easy peasy.
Clear trays make monitoring the dehydration process easy peasy.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


The Nutrichef is the easiest machine to use in this review because it doesn't have any adjustments. It's either on or off. That's it. Some might not like the idea of having to time the operation themselves, and so this model is not for everyone. However, we found that the trays released food without much effort and that's something that everyone can get behind.

Simple but effective. This model requires monitoring, but it gets...
Simple but effective. This model requires monitoring, but it gets the job done even on delicate food.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Temperature Accuracy


We ran tests across four different temperature settings and recorded the deviations, if any. The Nutrichef only has one setting, so it essentially failed this test. It runs steady at 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a world full of decisions, this machine refines it down to just...
In a world full of decisions, this machine refines it down to just one: on or off.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dehydration Results


Given that this machine lacks both a temperature control and timer, we were quite impressed with the dried foods it kicked out. They were some of the best morsels in the class.

Clean-Up


The user of this dehydrator will indeed have to act as the timer because the machine will not shut-off on its own. However, it will save you tons of time during the clean-up process. This model's trays and base are smooth with minimal grooves or corners where drippings and food pieces can get stuck. The Nutrichef is by far the easiest in the class to clean.

Value


The Nutrichef is a very inexpensive product, yet it lacks a lot of the features of other more expensive models. On the other hand, it is super easy to use and clean. As such, we think that this dehydrator is worth the money that one will spend on it. Thus, the model is, by our definition, valuable.

Dehydration doesn't mean desiccation. Toms require a bit of moisture...
Dehydration doesn't mean desiccation. Toms require a bit of moisture to make them palatable. Accurate time and temperature are critical to this outcome.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The Nutrichef PKFD12 did not do well in our evaluation because it lacks time and temperature controls. However, these deficiencies do not prevent this machine from producing excellent dried food in comparison to the other models in its class. This stack-style machine is also quite easy to clean. It's not the dehydrator for everyone. It requires monitoring, and it lacks temperature adjustability. So, if you're on the go and need a machine that will take care of itself, then look to any other model in this review as they all have timers. However, if you're on a budget and will be around the house anyway, then this could be the dehydrator for you — it certainly does everything else one would want from a dehydrator quite well.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell

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