We Tested It: Ronco’s Turbo EZ-Store dehydrator can dry a lot of fruit and vegetables (and jerky, too) in not much space. The five trays nest for easy storage.

We tested it: Turbo dehydrator cuts time, saves space

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 - 12:00 am

How much: $69.99 suggested retail price.

Where to buy: Available at, The Home Depot, Best Buy and other home goods retailers.

Pro: This portable kitchen appliance can dehydrate A LOT of food in half the time of other dehydrators. In our test, it dried 20 pounds of sliced persimmons in under 16 hours. Yet, the unit weighs only about 7 pounds and takes up 13 by 13 inches of counter space. The five plastic trays are large and easy to clean. A big plus: The trays can be nested, reducing the overall size of this appliance by a third and making it easier to store. Besides drying a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, it makes great jerky and dried herbs, too.

Con: Its steady blower sounds like a low-pitched vacuum cleaner. It was similar to the drone of engines on a long plane flight, which can be annoying. But it got the job done much faster than similarly priced and sized units.

Rating (out of 5): * * * * * 

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