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The Waring Pro Dehydrator (model DHR30) is a top seller online, but frankly, I have to wonder why. Research turned up a lot more drawbacks than benefits, and when you compare it to food dehydrators in the same price range, the other guy wins.
Obviously a lot of people disagree because over 90 customers give it a 5 star rating. That sounds pretty good, but before you buy you may want to check out the information below.
Read the rest of the Waring Pro Dehydrator Review (Waring Pro DHR30 Professional Dehydrator):
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- 5 Trays (stackable, interlocking)
- Expandable to up to a total of 9 trays
- Includes 1 Fruit roll-up sheet (for fruit leathers, liquids, and semi-liquids)
- Adjustable temperature (limited to only 5 settings: off, fan only, lo, medium, or high)
- 5 Year Limited Warranty on motor, 1 Year Limited Warranty on appliance
Despite the name — Waring Pro DHR30 Professional Dehydrator — this is actually a fairly basic food dehydrator. It comes with 5 trays and is expandable up to a total of 9 trays (the 4 additional trays must be purchased separately), and it does not have an automated timer.
The Waring dehydrator does include an adjustable temperature feature, but it offers only minimal control. You cannot set the unit to process at a specific temperature. Rather, you can only select from Off, Fan Only, Low, Medium, or High. If you plan to process a variety of foods this can be a major drawback. For example, jerky needs a temperatures high enough to ensure it’s safe for consumption, while many other foods need temperatures low enough to avoid destroying nutrients. For best results with this dehydrator, it would be a very good idea to use an appliance thermometer to be sure you process at the proper temperatures.
This unit has a bottom mounted fan and is vented at the top. While that design does draw out moisture, it makes food on lower trays dry faster than that on upper trays. The manufacturer recommends that you tend the machine during processing and rotate trays as needed. Depending on what you are drying, be prepared to rotate trays as often as every hour or so.
Another problem with a bottom mounted fan is that it’s hard to protect the fan from crumbs and dripping foods. That makes cleanup much more difficult, and the fan or motor could even suffer damage from food falling into it. One possible solution would be to always place the fruit roll-up sheet on the bottom tray to catch anything that falls from upper trays.
One aspect that will be a downside for a lot of folks is that as purchased, this machine will not process very small foods such as nuts or chopped fruits or veggies. Anything too small will fall through the openings in the trays, and Waring does not make mesh-type screens or any kind of tray inserts to accommodate these foods. You could try using tray inserts from another manufacturer, but they aren’t going to fit well because of the unique oval shape of the trays in the Waring dehydrator.
→ As a solution to this, some users suggested buying various types of craft materials and cutting to size (for example, the kind of plastic mesh used for cross-stitch). That’s certainly possible, but be careful what you buy. Make sure the plastic is BPA free – otherwise, it pretty much defeats the purpose of trying to eat healthier food!
On a positive note, almost 100 people who have purchase this unit give it a five star rating. They find the limited temperature settings to be adequate and report good results with a wide range of foods. Many also like the fact that it is easy to operate, runs quietly, and has a large capacity. With 620 Watts, it will dry foods much faster than lower wattage units or those without a fan.(Back to Top)
Wattage & Voltage
Wattage: 620 Watts
Voltage: 110V(Back to Top)
Color & Materials
Unit is made of plastic with a black base and clear top.(Back to Top)
Made in USA? BPA Free?
The manufacturer’s website makes no reference to where this product is made. In online reviews, customers who have actually purchased this product state that the bottom of the unit says “Made in China”.
BPA information about this product is also not mentioned on the manufacturer’s website. Online reviewers report that the box says “BPA free”, and that the label reads “all materials that come in contact with food BPA free”. If you really like this dehydrator, I suggest calling Waring to verify that before you buy. BPA is a common concern these days, and Waring makes many other types of food processing appliances. It seems strange that BPA information is available for other products on their website, but not for this dehydrator.(Back to Top)
Size & Capacity
The Waring Pro Dehydrator measures 11.5″ deep by 15.5″ wide by 13.5″ high and comes with 5 trays. The slight oval shape of the trays makes for lots of available drying space, especially good for long strips of meat when making jerky.(Back to Top)
- 1 Fruit Roll-up sheet
- Small instruction/recipe booklet
- Extra drying trays
- Extra Fruit roll-up sheets
- Great capacity at a reasonable price
- Expandable – works with up to a total of 9 trays
- Adjustable Thermostat – even limited setting options are better than no temperature control at all
- Good Warranty – 5 Yr. Limited warranty on motor and 1 Yr. Limited warranty on appliance
- No automated timer
- Very limited temperature control
- Bottom mounted fan – requires tray rotation for even drying and makes cleanup job harder
- Includes only 1 fruit roll-up sheet, and extras are costly
- No mesh inserts available – you have to improvise
- Questionable durability (based on reports of so many defective units)
For those planning to make a lot of fruit leather or process liquids, be sure to note that this dehydrator includes only one solid sheet. Extras can be purchased from the manufacturer, but at the time of this writing the price is about $10 each. While most dehydrator trays are square or rectangular, these are slightly oval shaped, so it’s hard to find a substitute or generic sheet that will fit. One possibility to try is eReplacement Parts. These sheets are sometimes available there by special order, and they will cost you a lot less than what the manufacturer charges.(Back to Top)
Extra trays can be purchased from the manufacturer. On this date the cost is about $11 each. This dehydrator is designed to handle up to a total of 9 trays. Of course, the more trays you stack, the more you may have to rotate them while drying some foods.(Back to Top)
As mentioned above (in the “Features” section), a good many customers are very satisfied with the Waring and give it a five star review. What’s disturbing though, is that at least 25 people complain that their dehydrator burned up or quit working after less than 10 uses. An occasional defective unit is to be expected with any manufacturer, but this number seems like a lot. It’s also worth noting that a good many of those top ratings are by people who have never owned a dehydrator before, or who have never had one with a fan.
Overall, online reviewers tend to be one extreme or the other – they either love it or hate it.(Back to Top)
Waring is a well-known brand that makes a lot of quality products, and they do offer a good warranty on this machine. It has excellent capacity and can be expanded as need demands. Yet it also has a lot of drawbacks: limited temperature control; bottom mounted fan; no tray inserts for small foods; and enough bad reviews to bring the quality into question. All things considered, the Waring DHR30 might be a good choice for some, but it just isn’t at the top of our list.
You may want to read our review of the Nesco Snackmaster Pro. It costs only a few dollars more and seems to be a much better buy for a dehydrator in this price range.