Sooooo, this is my first ever dehydrator. I like it. I've dehydrated bananas, pineapple, beef, and made fruit rolls so far. Because this is my first dehydrator, I don't really have anything to compare this to. Nevertheless, my impression is that this does a good job. The bananas and pineapple pieces came out perfectly. I did notice, however, that pieces towards the front of the machine took a bit longer to fully dehydrate. This may be due to me continually opening the door. Either way - it's not a huge draw back. Just a matter of turning the rack around midway through the drying time. My first-ever beef jerky also came out waaay too salty but that has nothing to do with the dehydrator. It did a great job of dehydrating the jerky quickly (~4 hrs with the first hour at 172°F and subsequently 155°F). I'll definitely be using this - a lot. Dehydrated fruit is wonderful.
The reasons I went with this dehydrator, primarily, were:
1) It heats up to 172°F.
2) It comes with fruit leather trays, mats for smaller food pieces, and silicone oven mitts.
I really love that I didn't have to go find and buy anything else to make fruit rolls and pineapple pieces (they shrink A LOT with the water gone) on my first go.
Overall, I'd recommend this dehydrator. It does a good job and has plenty of options for temperature and time.