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Review of fruit and vegetable dryer Polaris PFD 1705H Pro

02.12.2023 09:13

Characteristics

ManufacturerPolaris
ModelPFD 1705H Pro
Typedryer for vegetables and fruits (dehydrator)
Country of OriginChina
Guarantee3 years
Life time*3 years
Declared power650 W
Controlelectronic
Number of temperature modes9 (35 to 75 °C, 5 °C increments)
Timertime range: from 30 minutes to 48 hours, step 30 minutes
Electronic screenThere is
Housing materialmetal/plastic
Number of levels6
Equipment6 stainless steel main trays, 6 plastic fine mesh trays, 6 flexible plastic marshmallow trays and 1 energy bar tray
Pallet size33×30.5 cm
Height between pallets2.5 cm
Dryer working volume12 l
overheat protectionThere is
Weight9 kg
Dimensions (W×H×D)34×41×45 cm
Network cable length0.9 m

* Contrary to popular belief, this is not the time limit after which the device will necessarily break down. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.

Equipment

The dehydrator is packaged in a large, beautifully designed box in the Polaris corporate style. On the edges of the packaging there are bright, large photographs of the device itself and the appetizing products dried with its help.

The inside of the device is tightly sealed with foam pads to protect it from damage during transportation. The body itself is wrapped in polyethylene. The components are also placed in plastic bags inside the chamber.

The Polaris PFD 1705H Pro kit consists of:

  • housing
  • 6 stainless steel trays
  • 6 plastic mesh sheets
  • 6 flexible pallets for marshmallows
  • tray for preparing energy bars
  • instructions and warranty card

At first sight

The stylish, laconic body of the dryer is made of stainless steel.Structurally, Polaris PFD 1705H Pro is an oven equipped with one operating mode — convection airflow with heating. The weight of the case reaches 9 kg.

The stylish, laconic body of the dryer is made of stainless steel.

Structurally, Polaris PFD 1705H Pro is an oven equipped with one operating mode — convection airflow with heating. The weight of the case reaches 9 kg.

In terms of width and height, the dryer has average dimensions (34 and 41 cm), but it will require a lot of space in depth — the device itself will take 45 cm, plus you must remember to leave about 15 cm of free space for ventilation.

In terms of width and height, the dryer has average dimensions (34 and 41 cm), but it will require a lot of space in depth — the device itself will take 45 cm, plus you must remember to leave about 15 cm of free space for ventilation.

The front part of the dryer is occupied by a door covered with matte plastic. In the center of the door there is an oval-shaped glass viewing window, the upper part of which is reserved for the display. When switched off, the display remains black. The company logo is painted on the top left of the viewing window, and touch control buttons are located on the right. At the very bottom right is an inscription indicating that the model belongs to the Pro Collection line.

The front part of the dryer is occupied by a door covered with matte plastic. In the center of the door there is an oval-shaped glass viewing window, the upper part of which is reserved for the display. When switched off, the display remains black. The company logo is painted on the top left of the viewing window, and touch control buttons are located on the right. At the very bottom right is an inscription indicating that the model belongs to the Pro Collection line.

The door opens through a special cutout at the end easily and smoothly, and closes with a slight click. A tight fit to the body is ensured by two magnets. When open, the door holds well.

The door opens through a special cutout at the end easily and smoothly, and closes with a slight click. A tight fit to the body is ensured by two magnets. When open, the door holds well.

The side walls are identical. They have ventilation slots and handles in the form of recesses with a plastic coating for easy carrying.

On the back wall there are screws for fastening the fan motor, ventilation holes, a nameplate with technical information about the device and a place for attaching a 93 cm long power cord.

On the back wall there are screws for fastening the fan motor, ventilation holes, a nameplate with technical information about the device and a place for attaching a 93 cm long power cord.

At the bottom of the device there are four feet with rubber inserts.

At the bottom of the device there are four feet with rubber inserts.

On the back wall, behind the grille, there is a blower fan with a heating element. The camera is not equipped with a backlight.

On the back wall, behind the grille, there is a blower fan with a heating element. The camera is not equipped with a backlight.

Along the walls of the chamber there are guides for installing grid trays. There are six levels in total. The distance between the trays is 2.5 cm. If you need to dry something larger, you can install fewer grids.

Along the walls of the chamber there are guides for installing grid trays. There are six levels in total. The distance between the trays is 2.5 cm. If you need to dry something larger, you can install fewer grids.

The Polaris PFD 1705H Pro comes with 19 accessories. 6 main pallets are presented in the form of metal grids. The mesh feels very durable. The corrugated wire is designed to reduce the risk of food sticking during the drying process.

The Polaris PFD 1705H Pro comes with 19 accessories. 6 main pallets are presented in the form of metal grids. The mesh feels very durable. The corrugated wire is designed to reduce the risk of food sticking during the drying process.

Fine mesh sheets and pallets for marshmallows with a low side are installed on the main pallets. The pallets are made of flexible, durable plastic.

To prepare the bars, the kit includes a special tray made of durable, bendable silicone. The tray holds four bars. Cell size — 10x2.6 cm. Depth — 0.5 cm.

To prepare the bars, the kit includes a special tray made of durable, bendable silicone. The tray holds four bars. Cell size — 10x2.6 cm. Depth — 0.5 cm.

Instructions

Operating manual — 55-page A5 brochure with high-quality full-color printing. The document is printed on glossy paper and designed in the company's corporate style. All necessary information about the device is presented in three languages: Russian, Ukrainian and Kazakh.

The text contains chapters on the design of the device, tips on choosing temperature modes for drying various products, a description of controls, and recommendations for safe operation and care.

Control

The Polaris PFD 1705H Pro touch control panel has four buttons: top On/Off. and Time/Temperature, and below them — and +.

The Polaris PFD 1705H Pro touch control panel has four buttons: top On/Off. and Time/Temperature, and below them — and +.

After connecting to the network, zero values for time and temperature appear on the display.

After connecting to the network, zero values for time and temperature appear on the display.

Press the Time/Temperature button, the default parameters are displayed on the screen: 70 °C and 10 hours. Now you can customize drying at your discretion. The time can be set from 30 minutes to 48 hours in 30 minute increments. The temperature is set in the range from 35 to 75 °C in steps of 5 °C.

Press the Time/Temperature button, the default parameters are displayed on the screen: 70 °C and 10 hours. Now you can customize drying at your discretion. The time can be set from 30 minutes to 48 hours in 30 minute increments. The temperature is set in the range from 35 to 75 °C in steps of 5 °C.

The setting is completed and drying is started at the same time when you press the power button. The parameters can be adjusted during the process.

At the end, a beep sounds five times, the heating turns off and after about 5 seconds the fan stops.

After 48 hours of continuous operation, the device requires a rest period of 2 hours.

The touch buttons are easy to press, respond quickly, and the control itself does not cause any difficulties.

Exploitation

When we first started it, according to the instructions, we used the dryer in an empty chamber at maximum temperature for an hour and a half. We did not notice any unpleasant odors during the process. We then cleaned the inner chamber and door with a soft damp cloth and thoroughly washed and dried all the trays.

The dryer was placed on a flat horizontal surface, leaving approximately 15 cm of free space on the sides and back to ensure normal ventilation. We preferred a low humidity environment to operate the dryer.

There were no difficulties using the dryer. We noted that food was dried evenly regardless of the level, which is an ideal result.

On one level you can place approximately:

  • 450 g kiwi
  • 450-650 g tomatoes
  • 400 g cranberries
  • 450 g oranges
  • 300 g apples
  • 450-550 g fruit and berry puree for marshmallows

These are approximate figures, because it all depends on the shape of the cut and the distance between the pieces. We tried to lay everything out closely and in one layer.

The pleasant impression was complemented by the quiet operation of the device itself and the soft, moderate sound that accompanies pressing the buttons and notifies the end of drying.

Care

Caring for a dehydrator involves timely cleaning of the trays and inner chamber. The trays can be washed by hand under the tap and in the dishwasher, and the chamber can be wiped with a soft cloth or sponge soaked in water and a neutral detergent. The outside of the case can be wiped with a damp cloth. The use of abrasives and chemically aggressive agents is, of course, prohibited.

Our measurements

The maximum power recorded by a wattmeter while the dryer was operating at 75 °C was 637 W.

For 10 hours of operation at 35 °C, consumption was 1,480 kWh, at 75 °C — 4,940 kWh.

We also measured the actual temperature in some modes 10 minutes after turning on the dehydrator.

Set temperatureActual temperature
35°C35-38 °C
50°C49-52 °C
75 °C72-74 °C

During the long-term drying process at maximum heating, the temperature of the outer side walls of the case reaches 29-36 degrees, the rear wall heats up to 32 °C. The top heats up to 30, the bottom — up to 55, and the door glass — up to 42 degrees. When removing metal levels from the chamber after drying, you should be careful; they get very hot, but cool quickly when the lid is open.

Practice tests

Oranges, apples and cranberries

For the first test, we cut apples and oranges into thin slices, washed and dried the cranberries. The dehydrator was started for 10 hours at a temperature of 60 °C.

The apples reached the state of well-dried, but flexible by the 8th hour, and after another 2 hours they became crispy, like chips, easily broken and melted in the mouth.

The oranges were completely dried by the end of the 10th hour, the bulk of the cranberries needed another 3 hours at 75 °C.

At the end of the 3rd hour, we selected the largest berries and returned them to dry for another 2 hours. During the entire drying period, we did not have to stir up the contents of the pallets and rearrange them.

Result: excellent.

Tomatoes and kiwi

Slivka tomatoes and kiwis, cut into thin slices, were dried for 11 hours at 60 °C.

We simply filled the trays, set the drying parameters, closed the door, and only at the 10th hour began to periodically check the degree of readiness.

1st level (top)
3rd
6th

As in the previous test, there was no need to interfere with the process and rearrange the levels.

Result: excellent.

Paste

For the marshmallow, we used a blender to prepare two types of fruit and berry puree: bananas with black currants and bananas with cherries and strawberries.

Smooth trays were lightly greased with vegetable oil, puree was laid out in a thick layer up to the sides, leveled, and the air was turned on at 75 °C.

After 9 hours the dessert was completely ready.

The pastila easily came off the pallets and did not crack or break during the unsticking process.

Result: excellent.

Greenery

When drying the greens, we used a minimum heat of 35 °C. Cilantro dried the fastest, after 7 hours. Dill took about 9 hours in total. Parsley took the longest to dry, which is not surprising, since its leaves are larger and its stems are thicker. The parsley took about 13 hours.

The greens did not turn yellow, completely lost moisture and crumbled easily when rubbed with your fingers. The dehydrator again demonstrated absolute uniformity of drying.

Result: excellent.

Conclusions

The Polaris PFD 1705H Pro dehydrator performed excellently during testing. Among its main advantages, we first note the uniformity of drying at all levels and along the plane of each pallet separately.

The steel body of the 650 W convection model is equipped with a spacious chamber with double walls and 6 levels. The levels are made in the form of convenient metal grates; you can install any number of them at your discretion, from 1 to 6, which will allow you to dry products of various sizes and use the device as a yogurt maker.

The drying temperature is adjustable in the range from 35 to 75 °C, even during the drying process. A convenient timer allows you to set the device's operating time up to 48 hours, after which it will turn off on its own, giving several soft, non-irritating signals. We will also add to the list of advantages the device’s rich set of convenient and high-quality pallets.

Pros:

  • spacious chamber
  • Timer up to 48 hours in 30 minute increments
  • temperature adjustment in the range from 35 to 75°C in steps of 5°C
  • fairly uniform drying at all levels and along the plane of each tray separately
  • Quiet operation and moderate body heating
  • 12 mesh trays of two types, 6 trays for marshmallows and a mold for bars

Minuses:

  • not the longest cord