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L’EQUIP FilterPro 6 Tray Food Dehydrator Review

L'Equip dehydrator

L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Food Dehy­dra­tor is a mod­ern dehy­dra­tor man­u­fac­tured by L’ Equip Com­pa­ny. This dehy­dra­tor com­pa­ny is locat­ed in South Korea but exports its dehy­dra­tors and oth­er kitchen appli­ances to Europe, Aus­tralia, Asia, Cana­da, and the USA. The dehy­dra­tor mod­el is among many dehy­dra­tors found in the mar­ket that will help you make your dried food at home. You will enjoy preser­v­a­tive-free dried food and save mon­ey that you would have used to pur­chase pre­served food. With this kitchen appli­ance, you will dry your apples, grapes, apri­cots, pep­pers, beef, herbs, and veg­eta­bles at the com­fort of your kitchen. Some of the fea­tures that you will find in this dehy­dra­tor mod­el include a ther­mo­stat, timer, LED tem­per­a­ture and time dis­play, fil­tra­tion sys­tem, stack­able trays and, a dig­i­tal heat sen­sor. These and oth­er fea­tures are among the major ideas that we shall dis­cuss in detail.

Technology Horizontal and Design

The entire body of the L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Food Dehy­dra­tor is made of strong and safe ABC plas­tic. Gen­er­al­ly, it has a mod­ern design and can fit in any of the mod­ern kitchens.

Ver­ti­cal Design: This mod­el has a ver­ti­cal air­flow design with the fan mount­ed at the cen­tral part of the base. The fan directs the warm air from the bot­tom towards the upper end through the vent­ed tube that is locat­ed in the cen­ter of the unit. As the heat trav­els to the top of the model’s unit, it is dis­trib­uted to the trays via the holes in the tube.

The L’equip Fil­ter­Pro dries food mod­er­ate­ly well but not as effi­cient­ly as the dehy­dra­tors that have a hor­i­zon­tal heat distribution.

Stack­able Trays: Notably, this dehy­dra­tor brand has an expand­able design. It comes with 6 trays how­ev­er, the num­ber of the trays can be increased up to fif­teen (15), ques­tion­able, and will be clarified/discussed lat­er. So, this allows users to dehy­drate a small or large vol­ume of food. Such and oth­er fea­tures make it essen­tial for peo­ple who might have lim­it­ed time but need to dry a large amount of food.

 Fil­tra­tion sys­tem: This dehy­dra­tors base is equipped with an air fil­tra­tion sys­tem. This inbuilt air fil­ter pre­vents con­t­a­m­i­nants that might be in the inflow­ing air from gain­ing entry into your food. By elim­i­nat­ing for­eign par­ti­cles like dirt, dust, and oth­er impu­ri­ties, the user is cer­tain that the dehy­drat­ed food is hygienic.

Power and Wattage

L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Food Dehy­dra­tor has 530-watt, 120V, 4.5 amps 60 Hz motor that is an aver­age pow­er dehy­drat­ing sys­tem. This is an ener­gy-effi­cient device that will not cost you a lot even when it is oper­at­ed for 12 and longer hours.

It is also worth not­ing that motor and fan per­for­mance can be affect­ed by the num­ber of trays added and the amount of food on the trays.

L’Equip Filter Pro Trays 

Under­stand­ing the num­ber of trays, their size, and the capac­i­ty of food that can be dehy­drat­ed is essen­tial, as it will enable you to make a wise choice when pur­chas­ing this dehydrator.

This dehy­dra­tor mod­el comes with rec­tan­gu­lar with 17″ x 11″ size trays, which are made from a BPA free mate­r­i­al to guar­an­tee the health safe­ty of your food. Each tray pro­vides a dry­ing space of 1.2 square feet. On pur­chase, the dehy­dra­tor comes with six (6) trays, although the mod­el has a stack­able tray design. There­fore, you can add oth­er trays up to fif­teen trays depend­ing on your food dehy­drat­ing needs.

Out of the six trays that this mod­el comes with, four (4) are stan­dard­ized trays, which are 1”/25 mm deep for dry­ing small­er foods like banana chips, jerky, and fruit leathers. The oth­er two trays are 1.6”/40 mm deep, specif­i­cal­ly for larg­er food items like yogurt mak­ing con­tain­ers, casseroles, plat­ed meals, and Bolog­nese. Dif­fer­ent depth of the dehydrator’s trays makes it more ver­sa­tile. Besides, six meshed tray inserts accom­pa­ny the dehy­dra­tor mod­el, which is vital in pre­vent­ing some small food mate­ri­als from falling through trays’ holes. There are also two fruit leather sheets and four sep­a­rate yogurt cups. All these use­ful acces­sories are used accord­ing to the type of food one is dehydrating.

Despite the fact, that the rec­tan­gu­lar L’Equip dehy­dra­tor shape seems a great idea because it pro­vides more dry­ing space on both sides of the vent­ing tube, this par­tic­u­lar mod­el has some seri­ous issues. (1) Most of the food types locat­ed in the cor­ners are not even­ly dried, thus (2) real­is­ti­cal­ly this dehy­dra­tor effi­cient­ly dries only assem­bled with eight (8) trays, since the tem­per­a­ture in each addi­tion­al tray drops with 2F degree com­par­ing to the low­er tray.

How­ev­er, it should be admit­ted that the dehy­dra­tor does its job well when it assem­bled with 6 trays and the cor­ners of the trays are not filled with dehy­drat­ing food.

Control Panel

Par­tic­u­lar­ly, the E’equip Fil­ter­Pro dehy­dra­tor mod­el has an intu­itive dig­i­tal inter­face that enables quick access to timer and tem­per­a­ture con­trol. Its base equipped with an ON/Off switch, dig­i­tal LED time dial and dis­play, dig­i­tal LED tem­per­a­ture dial and dis­play, the two dials are smooth-turn­ing, and the LED dis­play indi­cates not only the time and tem­per­a­ture the user set ini­tial­ly but also their cur­rent mon­i­tor­ing cur­rent readings.

The tem­per­a­ture in the dehy­dra­tor ranges from 35–70ᵒC / 95–158ᵒF. This range allows the user to dry a wide vari­ety of food. That means you can dry your nuts, meat, veg­etable spices, and fruits in a sta­ble hot envi­ron­ment. In the tem­per­a­ture con­trol sys­tem, there is a micro­proces­sor that con­trols the heat sen­sor 60 times per sec­ond to sta­bi­lize the model’s dehy­drat­ing environment.

The pres­ence of a ther­mo­stat and a timer works togeth­er to min­i­mize your need for super­vi­sion. For instance, the timer ranges from 1 to 24 hours and will auto­mat­i­cal­ly switch off the unit after a set amount of time. The 24-hour auto­mat­ic shut­off func­tion enables you to set the appro­pri­ate dehy­drat­ing time for a par­tic­u­lar type of food. In case you do not set the time that the dehy­dra­tor will run, it will con­tin­u­ous­ly run till you shut it off.

The time tak­en by a cer­tain type of food to dry in this dehy­dra­tor is illus­trat­ed in the device’s users’ man­u­al, which accom­pa­nies it. For exam­ple, the aver­age time tak­en by apple is (4–8 hours), banana (6–8 hours), coconut (12–16 hours), plums (8–16 hours) gar­lic (3–5 hours), and gin­ger (1–3 hour). Dehy­dra­tion of meats and fish using this device will take 6–12 hours if you would like to test the dry­ness of the meats and fish, you need to check the col­or. Dried meats dark­en and with no mois­ture content.

Food Preparation for Dehydrating

Dif­fer­ent food required dif­fer­ent prepa­ra­tion for dry­ing, for exam­ple, by chop­ping, slic­ing, or peel­ing, espe­cial­ly fruits. If you decide to slice the food, ensure the food parts have a uni­form thick­ness, and this will encour­age even dehy­dra­tion. For fruit prepa­ra­tion, you are to slice them across the core and make some flat thin cuts. Some small­er fruits, such as berries, should be cut into two halves. When one needs to pre­pare the veg­eta­bles with stalks such as aspara­gus, one should cut them in half length­wise. Note that you can dry dif­fer­ent types of food using the recipes pro­vid­ed in the users’ man­u­al. More­over, you should also con­sid­er the types of food that requires steam­ing and dip­ping before drying.

Using and Cleaning

Using the L’Equip Fil­ter­Pro dehy­dra­tor is quite easy, but it requires the user to fol­low all the guide­lines pro­vid­ed in the users’ man­u­al. Most impor­tant­ly, you must first be able to know how to oper­ate a dehy­dra­tor before under­stand­ing how to dry var­i­ous types of food. First of all, you are to place your dehy­dra­tor on a dry, sta­ble, and flat sur­face. Do not place it on a car­pet­ed floor. Care­ful­ly nest the dry­ing trays which you require and place the top cov­er on the unit. To ensure there is prop­er air­flow around the dehy­dra­tor, ensure there a min­i­mum space of one inch around it.

After­ward, place the food in dry­ing trays tak­ing care not to cov­er the cen­ter hole found in the trays. Put the air fil­ter in place at the back of the base in the bot­tom slot. Turn the switch on the base front to the “ON” posi­tion, select the required tem­per­a­ture, and set an auto shut-off timer, if need­ed. The L’equip Fil­ter­Pro dehy­dra­tor unit requires peri­od­ic tray rota­tion, espe­cial­ly when using many trays.

Food that requires fre­quent tray rota­tion should be inspect­ed through­out the dry­ing process. The rota­tion can be done by inter­chang­ing the trays by plac­ing the lead­ing tray at the bot­tom and the bot­tom­most one at the upper­most parts. The oth­er trays should also fol­low suit accord­ing to their posi­tion dur­ing the entire process. Although you can check the dehy­dra­tion process by open­ing up the tray lids, one can­not visu­al­ly check the entire process.

Clean­ing: Besides, the parts of the dehy­dra­tor are easy to clean. How­ev­er, the tray should not go into the dish­wash­er as they can warp. Instead, you have to clean trays and fil­ter man­u­al­ly with a brush, soap, and run­ning water.

Dimensions

It’s qui­et and the size/shape fits great in my small­ish kitchen. Size: 17.32 * 12.2 * 12.6 in, Cord Length: 35.43 in, Weight: 12.5lb, Built-in cord storage

Noise

This device has a qui­et fan, it will not exceed mot than 58 dBs

Warranty

L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Dehy­dra­tor comes with a 10-year war­ran­ty on base and motor, and 1‑year on trays & accessories.

 Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Con­tin­u­ous dig­i­tal con­trol of dehy­drat­ing temperature;
  • Auto­mat­ic shut-off timer;
  • The remov­able fil­ter ensures hygien­ic dehydrating;
  • Expand­able trays allow for small and large food dehydrating;
  • Com­pact size and mod­ern look;
  • Ener­gy-sav­ing design;

Cons:

  • The cor­ners of the trays do not dry evenly;
  • Most of the food require tray rotation;
  • It dries prop­er­ly only when used with 8–12 trays at maximum;
  • Tem­per­a­ture for each addi­tion­al tray drops by 2F degree.

Price

L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Dehy­dra­tor is a mid-range dehy­dra­tor and it comes at a very rea­son­able price con­sid­er­ing its capac­i­ty and com­put­er­ized con­trol panel

L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Dehy­dra­tor, via Amazon

Set includes

  • Base unit with the controls
  • Includes 6 dry­ing trays (two extra deep),
  • 6 mesh screens,
  • 2 fruit leather trays,
  • 4 yogurt cups
  • User man­u­al with recipes

Summary

In con­clu­sion, this L’Equip Fil­ter Pro Dig­i­tal Dehy­dra­tor can be an essen­tial kitchen appli­ance due to its fea­tures, which can help you dur­ing your entire dehy­drat­ing process. If you have to dry a large vol­ume of food with­in a short time, this device will enable you to achieve this since it has stack­able trays. There are also oth­er alter­na­tive acces­sories like the fruit leather sheets, which enhance dehy­drat­ing. On the oth­er hand, the mate­r­i­al mak­ing up this kitchen device is BPA free, and this ensures that your health is a pri­or­i­ty. A 10-year war­ran­ty giv­en by the man­u­fac­tur­er encour­ages the cus­tomers of this prod­uct. Since the dehy­dra­tor mod­el has a ther­mo­stat and a timer, the user can reg­u­late the tem­per­a­ture and the time tak­en by a spe­cif­ic type of food to dehy­drate. Ease of use is also a fac­tor that enables many peo­ple to oper­ate the dehy­dra­tor with­out issues. More­over, this kitchen appli­ance is ener­gy effi­cient, and there­fore it is fit for most house­hold kitchens. Due to these and oth­er fea­tures, one can con­sid­er the L’equip Fil­ter­Pro dig­i­tal dehy­dra­tor dur­ing purchase.

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