View Full Version : are dehydrators always noisy?
02-03-2008, 06:03 PM
I just bought an excalibur dehydrator and was so excited to use it. Having been eating raw for all of one week, I am dying for some crackers or something. I'm so surprised it's so noisy!, the fan is a pretty loud hum. Is this normal? do y'all who have dehydrators keep them in the kitchen?, or put them in the garage or something.
02-03-2008, 06:15 PM
Ours stays in our kitchen and is on a lot. The noise doesn't bother us-actually, it's a kind of relaxing white noise. But then again, we are a big loud family in an even bigger loud house, so I could see how it would seem louder in a small house or apartment.:D
02-03-2008, 07:40 PM
We put ours on a shelf out in the garage because we all found the noise bothersome. Could you do something like that? Also, in the summer it totally heats up my kitchen! Kind of a bonus this time of the year though ;)
02-03-2008, 08:06 PM
It reminds me of a microwave and the noise does bother me, but we leave it in the kitchen. Mostly when it's on it's overnight anyway.
02-03-2008, 08:07 PM
I know this is going to sound odd, but could I put my dehydrator outside on the back porch while using it? There is an outlet out there. I don;t have one yet, but I think the noise would be bothersome. I know, I feel silly asking this, being as I'm in New England and it's February. :p
Seems like the cold would mess up the temp?? Or no?
02-03-2008, 08:46 PM
well i'm glad to know that there's not something wrong with it at least, i didn't anticipate the noise. I think i'll practice dehydrating for a week or two and then find a way to move it to the garage, I really get nervous when there is so much noise around.
02-03-2008, 09:15 PM
Yeah, I also like the humming of the dehydrator running just as I like to sleep with a fan on...the sound (to me) is soothing. My house is almost, eerily "too quiet" when the dehydrator is not on!
02-03-2008, 09:31 PM
I never noticed how loud mine was until I went Raw. Or is it that I am just older and need a more quiet retreat? I've had my exalibur for 20+ years, and never noticed the noise before. I think it does have to do with having a noisy, busy, family with alot going on. Just think of it as knowing something good to eat is on it's way. I always loved the sound of the pressure cooker, growing up, it usually meant a nice pot of beans. Comfort food, comfort noise.
02-03-2008, 09:36 PM
yes noisy. i live in a studio, so i turn mine off at night! i just leave the stuff in there if it s not done and put it on n the morning....
speaking of dehydrators - mine is in a sort of shelf, so i cant see the dial, so here is my question, if the excalibur dehydrator dial is like a clock, what time are the different degrees at?
02-04-2008, 10:53 AM
My dehydrator doesn't bother me but it annoys my mum!
02-04-2008, 12:04 PM
I have one very noise sensitive person in my household and I don't have my dehydrator yet but I have a spot all planned out for it on the counter in my pantry/laundry room where I can shut the door :) .
02-04-2008, 12:16 PM
Fun reading everyone's responses :)
The sound doesn't bother us on this end. I actually find it soothing, as a few have already mentioned. I've even forgotten to turn it off sometimes after giving washed trays and sheets a quick dry.
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