LEM Products 1154 Stainless Steel Professional 10-Tray Digital Dehydrator
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- Durable Stainless Steel Constructions; 1 Year Warranty
- Digital control panel for temperature and timer with 3 “quick set” buttons for preferred settings
- Sliding door allows access to trays with minimal heat loss
- 10 Chrome-plated Trays for over 16 sq. f.t of drying space
- heating element and fan are mounted in the rear of the unit for faster, more uniform drying
- Care instructions: Hand Wash
|Global Trade Identification Number||00734494011548|
|Included Components||Dehydrator^Trays (10)|
|Item Weight||34.7 pounds|
|Number of Items||1|
|Style||Big Bite Digital Stainless Steel (10-Tray)|
|Warranty Description||Manufacturer Warranty|
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Never run short of homemade jerky or snack sticks again with this high capacity food dryer. With ten chrome plated or stainless steel trays and an immense 16 sq. ft. of drying area, you can make mountains of jerky, snacks or other dried delicacies in a single sitting. The horizontal air flow design is powered by a whisper quiet rear mounted fan and heating system for uniform drying without waking up the neighbors. Digital control panel for temperature and timer with 3 “quick set” buttons let you dry foods at just the right temperature and duration for maximum nutrition and flavor. Stainless Steel housing. ETL Certified. Make your own organic, all-natural snacks! LEM Products provides a selection of food dehydrators that make food drying fun, fast and easy. Drying is a year-round and creative way to preserve fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, fish and meats. Food dehydrators eliminate safety concerns of drying foods in alternate ways. Fruits can be dried into chips or fruit leathers. Vegetables can be dried to make dry soup mixes, or even veggie leathers. Meats and fish can be dried into jerky. Use a food dryer for re-crisping breads and crackers. There are many advantages to drying and preserving your own food: Save money, make your own fruit or vegetable mixtures, control sugar content and eliminate additives found in most store-bought items. Dehydrating can be an alternative to canning and freezing, but also compliments these preservation methods. Snacks and treats for your pets are fun and easy to make. For the creative & crafty, food dehydrators are useful for: cake decorations, drying flowers (potpourri), dough art and even drying photographs. Choose the LEM Products Food Dehydrator that’s perfect for you: #1152 (5-Tray with Digital Timer); #1153 (10-Tray with Digital Timer); #1154 (Digital, Professional, Stainless Steel, 10-Tray) or #778A (Stainless Steel, 10-Tray with Timer).
Product detailsStyle Name:Big Bite Digital Stainless Steel (10-Tray)
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 22 x 20.25 x 20.25 inches; 34.66 Pounds
- Item model number : 1154
- Date First Available : July 21, 2016
- Manufacturer : LEM Products
- ASIN : B01IUWH4M6
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,864 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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This review is for the LEM Products 1153 Food Dehydrator:
The "Doors" - The "doors" are actually snap on, snap off plastic panels. There are 2 of them. One for the top and one for the bottom. There's no door hinge, nothing but 2 tiny thin pieces of plastic that pop on and off. There are gaps in the door alignment either on purpose for air flow, or just poor quality in the manufacturing process. Don't really know since it's not mentioned in the product's actual description or manual.
The Temperature Guide and Settings - it's funny that LEM puts a temperature guide on the unit itself stating cooking some items up to 155 degrees, however the temperature dial where you set the temp only goes to 150. The only thing digital on this unit is the timer, that's it. The power on/off is a manual rocker switch, and the temperature setting is an old fashioned dial, which again, only goes up to 150.
The actual temperature itself - There's no way this unit even gets to the 150 that you can supposedly set it up to. As mentioned above, the cooking guide states up to 155 on some items, but the temp dial only goes to 150. I used two different types of thermometers to see what the actual internal cooking temp would get to. Ran the unit for 4 hours prior to taking temp readings and the lower half of the LEM Products 1153 Food Dehydrator got to a whopping 139 degrees - NO WHERE NEAR the supposed 150 degree mark.
The trays - several people in reviews mention stainless and metal coated trays. Not on this one. The 10 trays are clearly a gray plastic tray. Nothing more, nothing less. However, I'm not sure if the trays would be dishwasher safe. They are a little thin in the construction.
The LEM Products 1153 Food Dehydrator frame itself is a basic black plastic box that flexes when you touch it with 2 snap on plastic panels that act as doors with a metal back sheet screwed to the plastic box that holds the fan and heating element.
Is the LEM Products 1153 Food Dehydrator worth the $150 that I paid for it, no. Would I pay $100 for it, maybe. More like a $75.00 product quality price point.
I'm attaching photos to this review so you can see exactly what I'm talking about.
Now to the LEM supposed 2 year warranty. That's not 100 percent accurate either. The unit only includes a 90 day warrant unless you specifically return via US Postal Mail a completed warranty card AND a copy of your original receipt. Then and only then will you get a supposed 2 year warranty. Can you register your product online? NO. Can you email your registration to them, NO. You are forced to use snail mail to mail them the warranty registration card and a copy of the receipt. How do we know then even received it? You don't. You have "trust" them that they received it and properly extended the 90 day to the full 2 years. Seems a little shady that they won't let you register a product online and upload a copy of the receipt. It's 2019 people, get with the program.
So we're going to make some test batches of jerky in the unit this week and see how it works. So far, not that excited or happy about the performance based on the price we paid for it and the internal temperature readings.
Most likely we're going to end up returning the LEM Products 1153 Food Dehydrator since it's not getting anywhere near the 150 to 155 degree as it's supposed to and the poor quality of doors that snap on and snap off. It won't be long before those break if you use it regularly.
I love the large capacity and the digital controls and the auto shut off and timer. I probably will buy one with a different door set up next time
This dehydrator is just about perfect for home dehydration, as it has ten large trays, a timer, and a decent heat range. The stainless steel design makes it an attractive and sturdy unit as well. The one issue with this dehydrator is that it DOES NOT heat to 160 degrees. This is a problem when making jerky or other products with meat, as red meat needs to reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees, and poultry needs to reach 165 degrees. If you are making jerky, you should heat the meat to 160 (165 for turkey jerky) in the oven to ensure that it is hot enough to destroy bacteria.
The unit comes with a guide that tells you how long to dehydrate various items, along with the proper temperature.
On the first use, I was unhappy when it dripped meat fat on the table (the drip tray didn't catch it all), so put a full sheet cake tray under it (18 × 26), then put it on a cooling rack in the tray to lift it above any leakage and it worked fine without drips where I didn't want them, with easy cleanup. I just completed 3 batches of jerky without the mess I had the first time. Just know it could happen. While I'm tempted to give it 4 stars for the drips, happy with it overall. Be forewarned: there is an alert when time is up, that continues until you turn the unit off. Would like to disable that, but don't know how.
I would definitely recommend it, warning what I found worked, and would buy it again. Either use it where drips aren't an issue or put a tray or something similar under it.
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Update: A week or so after using every day this unit developed a slight rattling noise that was intermittent. I thought it was a faulty fan. Turned out that the boys in the back room did a lousy job of tightening all the screws that attach the back to the unit. With a small philips screw driver I tightened them all. Now no rattling at all :)
Update after a few months: I determined that the noise from the unit was due to the very slightly over-sized dimensions of the back panel. I had to remove a screw on the edge of the back panel and allow the back panel to buckle about an eighth of an inch. This seems to have stopped the rattling noise permanently. I also, however, put a spongy material in the gap the buckling left. The machine is now essentially silent with only a background whooshing noise that is soothing. The dehydration works perfectly.