Horizontal air flow food dehydrators are the top choice for most enthusiasts, because they allow even drying without the hassle of rotating trays during the process. Tribest have really applied themselves to the design of their first dehydrator and they’ve used some great innovations to overcome the design limitations of other horizontal food dryers. The Sedona 9 Tray Dehydrator is a premium product with a price tag to match, but the advantages are clear.
Fan noise is a major concern expressed by many of our customers when they are considering buying a dehydrator. Generally, its fair to say that most dehydrators emit a noise similar to a fan oven. This can be a problem if you can’t site the dehydrator where it will cause no disturbance, because many deyhdrating tasks need to include overnight drying. The Sedona Dehdrator is extremely quiet even on its full setting, but it also has a night time setting to reduce the noise even further. The Sedona is the quietest dehydrator in our range.
Tempered Glass Door
Seeing what is going on inside the dehydrator without opening it and letting heat escape is a major plus. This glass door with a hinge along the bottom is typical of the superior build quality that is evident throughout the Sedona Dehydrator. Unlike other dehydrators, the Sedona can be built into a kitchen unit if you prefer to integrate it with your other appliances. The quality of the construction is apparent the minute you take it from the box and this is typical of what we expect from Tribest health products. The fans have solid grill covers that can’t be dented if you push the shelves in too far. The BPA free casing is stronger than other dehydrators and the attention paid to the details has resulted in a sleek, modern dehydrator that would look great in any kitchen.
Dual Fan Technology
The Sedona Dehydrator uses twin fans situated in each half of the vertical space and they can be operated independently. When you are drying a full load in the dehydrator both fans will be in use. If you want to dry a smaller batch you can use the solid dividing tray supplied to effectively isolate either the top or the bottom half of the dehydrator and just use one fan. This improves energy efficiency and cuts down on electricity bills for small batch drying.
Deeper Drying Trays
The edges of the BPA free trays in the Sedona are scalloped which can help prevent ingredients from straying off the tray when loading and unloading the deyhydrator. In addition to this useful feature, the gap of about an inch between tray floors is deeper than any of our other horizontal dehydrators. This is another plus, because you can dry bulkier items like curled leaves or tomato halves without the need to remove other trays and lose drying capacity.
Precise Digital Control
The Sedona Dehydrator has a digital display and control panel. It allows you to set a timer for up to 99 hours and you can use either one or both of the fans and heaters depending on the amount of produce you are drying. Temperature is controlled from 86°F/30°C up to a maximum of 155°F/68°C and you can set it to display in either Centigrade or Fahrenheit. The mode button allows you to set the Sedona dehydrator for even quieter operation through the night. There is a pause button and the dehydrator also pauses when you open the glass door so that the fans are not blowing all that valuable heat away. The Sedona 9 Tray Digital Dehydrator is our recommended premium choice if you just want to go straight for the ‘best in class’ option. Buy with confidence.
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Read a customer review of the Sedona Dehydrator here.
I chose this model because it has a timer and two fans, allowing me to heat either all or half the unit and I felt this was worth paying extra for. I’ve used it to make kale chips (including chocolate/mint ones – oh yum) , yoghurt, crackers and fruit leathers. So easy, just add items to be dehydrated, set the temperature and time, choose both or one fan and press start. Forget till finished. The service from this company was amazing – very helpful and my dehydrator arrived next day.
Rosieglow, UK (verified owner) –
Best on the market
I chose this one for ease of use. Set and forget timer( no need to remember to turn off). Easy to use digital display that can be set to Fahrenheit or Celsius. Can use half the capacity if needed. I mostly wanted a quiet machine as I am in flat and even the day-time setting doesn’t disturb at night. I use my Vitamix daily and this almost daily. Not an essential piece of equipment but I love having this as it has given so many options and made transitioning to raw foods so much easier.
ZenGirl, Glasgow (verified owner) –
This is my first dehydrator and I decided to buy what appeared to be the best thinking you get what you pay for..
However it seems not, the drying is very uneven in all directions! with a fruit leather there is a clearly defined diagonal band running from the rear left toward the front right which dries much faster than the rest and so the tray needs rotating every 2 hours – sort of defeats the purpose of having a timer really!
Further, after attempting 4 trays of identical food there is a very marked difference in the drying based on tray positions with the top being much hotter than the bottom. So you also need to rotate trays vertically.
With a machine at this price point I think these issues are really unacceptable, I would expect a good degree of uneven drying in a 30 quid stacking model but not nearly to this degree when paying 400 quid for it!
I would advise people think long and hard before paying the price asked, I really do not think the swing door and twin fans nearly makes up for the difference between this and the main competitor – maybe the sound level does, this is a very quiet machine, but then again that is probably the very reason for the problems drying 😉
Louise, Paisley (verified owner) –
Tries its Best but comes up short
Like the three starred review I must worn of the downsides of this purchase.
Having used Excalibur for years I was excited by the prospect of this new entrant to the market with it hinged door, dual fans as something that might have caught competition resting on its laurels. Sadly, no.
As mentioned by the other reviewer, drying is uneven, and I just do not trust that the temperature reading on the digital display equals the actual temprature in the unit. After a few weeks there was a breakdown that needed an (albeit, fairly cheap) electrical replacement part. The arrangement of the control buttons and switches I found to be non-intuituve, especially in low light.
I am going for a stainless model from the other brand.
tropicalfruiter, UK purchaser (verified owner) –