Do you love dried fruit snacks, kale chips, or jerky? Do you hunt, fish, garden, or hike?
Then you need a food dehydrator. These handy appliances dry fruits, vegetables, meats, and more, enabling you to store them without taking up a ton of space.
And you know what you’re getting in your snack, too.
In the dehydrator world, the L’EQUIP FilterPro offers a terrific balance of performance, durability, and value that makes it a top choice for any home.
L’EQUIP FilterPro Food Dehydrator, available on Amazon
It has a smaller footprint than many dehydrators with the same capacity, and is very easy to use and clean.
Simply put, it’s got everything you could want in a home food dehydrator, which is why it’s one of the favorites listed in our roundup of the best food dehydrators.
Here are the features that we’ll discuss in detail in this review:
L’EQUIP FilterPro Food Dehydrator
Read on to find out why this is one of the best dehydrators on the market today.
The L’EQUIP FilterPro is a bit of a hybrid in the dehydrator world. It has the expandable, stackable design that’s common with vertical models, but its shape is horizontal, like a slide-out version.
That means it has the smaller footprint of a vertical model, with the more generous capacity of a horizontal format.
It’s made from food-grade, BPA-free ABS plastic that owners say is very durable and sturdy.
The exterior has an attractive design that is less utilitarian than that of other dehydrators, with dial controls located along the bottom of the unit. These straightforward dials make the unit very easy to use, too.
The main body of the L’EQUIP is light gray with a band of darker gray around the bottom where the controls are. Several owners comment that the contrast gives it a modern, upscale look. Stable feet on the base hold it in place on the countertop.
With 530 watts of power, the L’EQUIP FilterPro does a good job of quickly and efficiently drying a wide variety of meats and produce.
Long-time fans of dehydrating say this is one of the best they’ve ever used. We saw several comments from hunters or gardeners who purchased two so they’d have plenty of room when they had a bounty of produce on hand – or for when they bagged a big buck.
The fan and heater are located on the bottom of the FilterPro, and you do sometimes have to rotate the trays to get the most even results. However, that’s true of virtually all dehydrators.
A detailed instruction manual provides all the instructions you’ll need to successfully dehydrate a variety of foods – including fruit, vegetables, fruit leather, jerky, and herbs – as well as reconstituting instructions if you want to add moisture back into certain foods before you use them, and troubleshooting tips. It also includes a broad selection of recipes, and even tips for making your own potpourri!
The “FilterPro” in the name refers to the proprietary filtering system that the manufacturer says keeps tiny impurities out of the food as it’s drying. Pet owners seem to be big fans of that technology and say it works really well.
Capacity and Dimensions
While some heavy-duty users buy two of these units, most people won’t need to.
This model from L’EQUIP includes six trays, but it’s expandable up to 20 trays. Two are extra-deep to accommodate larger items. Each tray provides 1.2 square feet of drying surface.
Owners say it’s plenty large enough for all but the most demanding residential uses.
It also includes a number of accessories that make it even more versatile: six mesh screens to keep smaller items from falling through, two fruit leather trays (for making your own Fruit Roll-Ups with natural ingredients), and four yogurt cups. Each of the yogurt cups is large enough to prepare a single serving.
This dehydrator measures 18 by 13 by 15 inches, and it weighs just under 13 pounds.
There are some nice features on the FilterPro that make it very easy to use.
The temperature is adjustable from 98 to 158°F. It also has a 24-hour timer, so you can set it and forget it – it will turn off when the task is complete, or, if you forget it’s running it will turn off at the 24-hour mark.
Time and temperature glow on an easy-to-read LED display so you know exactly where you are in the drying process.
Hand washing of the trays and other accessories is recommended.
Wipe the interior clean with a damp cloth.
Thanks to its well-sealed fan and motor, owners say it’s very easy to clean and doesn’t tend to retain odors.
The L’EQUIP brand comes under the NutriMill umbrella and is a division of Bosch, a company with an excellent reputation for quality.
This dehydrator comes with a 10-year warranty on the motor, electronics, and base. In addition, there is a one-year warranty on parts, accessories, and plastics. It’s made in Korea.
Look No Further for a Great Dehydrator
If you decide you’re ready to take the plunge into drying your own food, you really can’t do better than the L’EQUIP FilterPro.
It combines the best features of horizontal and vertical models, with the quality expected from a well-respected appliance manufacturer.
And it does all that at a price that represents a great value.
Do you own a L’EQUIP product already? What features stand out to you the most in this type of appliance, and what do you like making in it? Tell us in the comments below.
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About Kelly Burgess
Kelly Burgess is a product review specialist who loves food, kitchen gadgets, gardening, and writing. She was born and raised in Southern California, raised her kids in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and three cats. When she’s not cooking, eating or writing, Kelly likes to read, hang out with friends, hike, and explore the great Northwest.