I got this for drying herbs, veggies from the garden and making jerky and dog treats. So far I have been satisfied. Yes the trays have large holes - you will need to buy a stainless mesh or some other fix for small items, but I have used paper towels for herbs and foil for other items. This dehydrator has been running almost non-stop since I got it several weeks ago. It has worked great for making dried meat jerky for my dogs - I have dried lamb and beef hearts and livers, chicken and turkey breasts, sweet potatoes, and veggies like kale and bok choy and apples from our trees. I am looking forward to using it next spring and summer. It is a real money saver on dog treats as I would rather dry them at a lower temp than my oven can maintain. A downside is that you have to use the timer to get it to turn on, but I suppose that is a good safety feature. I agree with the reviewer that said the thermostat is not accurate - I just use the hottest setting for meats, and the mid to lowest for herbs and veggies, and middle setting for apples, sweet potatoes. There is a temp difference between the top and lower shelves of the dehydrator, but if you rotate trays occas it is not a big deal. I have used the cheap round plastic dehydrators and this is a huge improvement in terms of speed and capacity. I would recommend balancing your fan blades, and getting finer mesh for shelves if you need that.
- How did the color on site compare with the actual product? Accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Not a high end appliance - stainless steel very scratched - almost looked like it was recycled or repurposed. Pretty lightweight, but adequate to the task. Made in China is not my favorite phrase...
- How accurate was the on site description of the product? okay
- Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes