A dehydrator allows you to preserve many different foods by drying them, but generally the electricity consumption is relatively high. This is because drying requires hot air to be generated, similar to an oven.
This is how much electricity a dehydrator uses
As is often the case with household appliances that work with heat, the automatic dehydrator also has a relatively high power that is required over a longer period of time.
- In an automatic dehydrator, all kinds of food are dried with the help of hot air. Since the water is completely removed, it is thus preserved and no longer spoils.
- One big advantage over bought dried fruit, for example, is that you yourself know exactly what has happened to the fruit. This is because sulphur dioxide or other chemicals are often used for preservation, which are not healthy and can even be dangerous for allergy sufferers.
- Dryers also come in a variety of types, which results in different power consumption. As an example, a Sedona dehydrator with a dehydration temperature of 40 degrees Celsius and all 9 shelves fully occupied requires about 7 kilowatt hours in 24 hours.
- If the unit is operated at the more energy-efficient level, this is only 4 kilowatt hours (kWh). Assuming an electricity price of 50 cents/kWh (as of September 2022), you end up with costs of 2 euros for the low level and around 3 euros for full operation.
- These are relatively high costs. But when you consider the amount you pay for a comparable amount of fruit or vegetables in dried form, dehydration seems quite inexpensive.