UPDATE NOVEMBER, 2019: Since this post was originally published, the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer is now listed as “Currently Unavailable” on Amazon. There is no word as to when or if it may be back in stock. You can use any of the links below to check and see if it is back on Amazon yet.
This freeze dryer is always available (in all sizes) at HarvestRight.com.
You can now buy the Harvest Right home freeze dryer on Amazon, but some of your choices will be limited. Here’s what you need to know to find the right product for you at the best price.
For an in depth review that covers complete details of all three models, please read our Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer Review.
The purpose of this article is to provide an overview, starting with a quick look at basic differences between the models. The manufacturer offers options and sale prices that you won’t find on Amazon, so it pays to determine exactly what you want. Then you’ll know where to shop to find the best price.
Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer – Three Sizes
Pictured above are the small and medium size models of the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. Both are now available for sale on Amazon, and colors vary depending on model.
The photo at right shows Harvest Right’s large size model, which is available only from the manufacturer.
The manufacturer’s list price on these units starts at about $2,000 and can run as high as $3,500. There is more information about cost below.
Besides price, the main differences between these three models is in the exterior dimensions and the interior food processing capacity. Here’s a brief list of some of the specifications on these 3 models:
Small Harvest Right Freeze Dryer
- 25″H x 16.5″W x 18.5″L, 61 pounds, pump 35 pounds
- 3 Trays, 7.75″W x 14″L x 0.75″H each
- Processes 4 to 7 pounds food per batch
- Dedicated 20 amp circuit recommended
Medium Harvest Right Freeze Dryer
- 28.5″H x 18″W x 21.25″L, 112 pounds, pump 35 pounds
- 4 Trays, 7.5″W x 18″L x 0.75″H each
- Processes 7 to 10 pounds food per batch
- Dedicated 20 amp circuit recommended
Large Harvest Right Freeze Dryer
- 30.75″H x 20.25″W x 23.75″L, 138 pounds, pump 35 pounds
- 5 Trays, 9″W x 20.5″L x 0.75″H each
- Processes 12 to 16 pounds food per batch
- Dedicated 20 amp circuit required
Obviously, if you want the largest size available, you can’t shop at Amazon. Beyond that, there are some other reasons you may want or need to buy directly from this manufacturer.
Option to Buy With Oil-Free Pump
Each of the three models comes standard with an oil pump. Many people prefer that as oil pumps can tend to hold up better for heavy use over the long term. The disadvantage is that they require regular maintenance.
You need to plan on filtering the oil each time you run a cycle. It can be part of your regular cleanup routine, and it won’t take long, but it absolutely must be done.
If that sounds like too much trouble, a home freeze dryer probably isn’t for you. However, the company does offer an option.
Harvest Right sells an oil-free pump for it’s freeze dryers. If you order direct from the manufacturer, you can pay an additional $1,300 and get a new freeze dryer with the oil-free pump. Note that if you already own a freeze dryer and purchase this oil-free pump separately, it usually runs about $1,600.
Either way, only you can decide whether it’s worth that price to avoid maintenance time.
How to Find the Best Price
Doesn’t everyone love a bargain? We do, and that’s another reason you should always check with the manufacturer before you buy.
Harvest Right offers sale prices on these models fairly often. The savings are significant, and you’ll only find these lower prices on the Harvest Right website. The company is also known for running an occasional contest, so you might even save by getting lucky.
Finally, you may be interested to know that Harvest Right offers a layaway plan. It doesn’t save you money but does give you a way to pay over time.
To recap, your choices boil down to the following:
- Shop for your freeze dryer at Amazon if —
- the small or medium size unit is right for your needs
- you’ll be happy with the oil pump that comes standard on the machine
- Shop at Harvest Right if —
- you want the large size unit
- you want to pay extra for an oil-free pump
- you want to use the layaway plan
Just remember to always check with Harvest Right to see if you might catch a sale. Here are the links to both:
See Freeze Dryers at HarvestRight.com
(All models are on this page – click button to choose size.)
This article is provided as a quick reference, and it’s mainly for those who are ready to buy but looking for the best deal.
For everyone else, find LOTS more information in these two resources: