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Pros & Cons of Harvest Right Freeze Dryers

Pros & Cons of a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer

(and what makes Trimleaf Canada a top choice to buy one from)

Freeze drying has become an essential process for preserving food and other perishable products. If you've been looking into freeze drying solutions, you have likely come across Harvest Right. Perhaps you're on the fence about choosing their product. This article aims to make that decision easier for you by highlighting the five key advantages of Harvest Right for your freeze drying needs. 



Making the decision to invest in a freeze dryer is not a one-size-fits-all scenario. Various factors need to be weighed and individualized to your specific situation. Before diving into the purchase, it's wise to reflect on several key questions that can guide you in determining whether a freeze dryer is the right fit for your home or business:

  • What is your primary purpose for using the freeze dryer? Is it for personal home use, business, or both?
  • How frequently do you plan to use the freeze dryer?
  • Are you prepared for the maintenance requirements, such as regular oil changes, if you plan to run it continuously?
  • Do you have specific needs or hobbies that align with long-term food storage, such as backpacking or emergency preparedness?
  • Are you considering the freeze dryer for occasional novelty items, or do you plan to integrate it as a regular kitchen appliance?
  • Have you evaluated the investment relative to how you intend to use the freeze dryer, to ensure it aligns with your unique needs and expectations?


Harvest Right Freeze Dryer Pros & Cons

Harvest Right Small Home Freeze Dryer 


1. Cost Savings

  • Enables users to freeze-dry fresh foods during harvest seasons for later use, potentially leading to significant savings.
  • Reduces waste, especially leftovers, which can be freeze-dried for future use.

2. Control Over Quality and Diet

  • Ideal for those with specific dietary needs such as low sodium, vegetarian, or diabetic diets.
  • Ensures that users know exactly what's in the food, avoiding unwanted additives.

3. Preservation and Longevity

  • Superior method for preserving the quality and nutrients in food, with a potential shelf life of 25+ years.
  • Versatile and can be used for various food items including vegetables, fruits, meats, and more.

4. Convenience and Efficiency

  • Simplifies food preservation process, reducing time and effort.
  • Enables the creation of homemade instant food items like coffee, smoothies, and potatoes.
  • Offers innovative uses, including crafting, garden composting, and freeze-drying flowers.

5. Space and Weight Efficiency

  • Reduces the volume and weight of food, making storage and transport more efficient.

6. Small Business and Personal Use Opportunities

  • Possibility to start small businesses or create homemade gifts.
  • Customized pet food and treats can be made.

7. Better Taste and Freshness

  • Freeze-drying fresh produce retains better taste compared to canned alternatives.


1. Cost and Return on Investment

  • High initial expense, with slow return on investment depending on usage and inflation.
  • Added costs for quality Mylar bags and moisture packets.

2. Suitability

  • May be more suited for larger families than couples.
  • Savings might not be substantial in areas without access to cheap, fresh harvests.

3. Usage Considerations

  • Questions about ongoing use once significant storage is achieved.
  • Cannot freeze-dry oily foods, requiring specific recipe adjustments.

4. Time and Effort

  • Demands time and effort for preparation and preservation, though still simpler than traditional methods.

5. Machine Concerns

  • Generates noise, heat, and uses a considerable amount of electricity.
  • Size may be inconvenient, and optimal operation requires specific conditions like dry environments.
  • Reports of getting a warranty claim/service from the factory can be frustrating as reported by some customers.

Other Considerations...

Premier Pump vs Oil Free Pump?

The Premier Pump is generally preferred over the Oil-less Pumps, based on customer feedback. Though, there are various factors when the oil-free pump may be worth considering.

Potential for Saturation 

If you're considering a Harvest Right freeze dryer for business use, specifically for freeze-drying products like candies for sale, it's important to recognize that there may be significant competition in this market already. The popularity and growing trend of freeze-dried candies have led many businesses to explore this opportunity, which has contributed to a crowded and competitive marketplace. Before jumping into a freeze-drying business, it's best to conduct thorough research to understand the current state of the market, competitors, and consumer preferences.


Need help? Have additional questions regarding Harvest Right Freeze Dryers?

While some users have reported difficulties in getting a warranty claim or service directly from the factory, we pride ourselves on providing an unparalleled level of customer support.

At Trimleaf, we understand that dealing with warranty claims can often be a complex and frustrating process. One recent example illustrates our commitment to going the extra mile for our customers. When a customer faced challenges in obtaining a warranty claim through Harvest Right, we stepped in to offer priority support and assistance. Not only did we act as a liaison between the customer and the factory, but we also ensured that the issue was resolved quickly and to the customer's satisfaction.



If I were buying a freeze dryer again I would get a Harvest Right and definitely order it through Trimleaf. Trimleaf is with you through the entire process... order and delivery. When mine came and it would not cycle through an entire batch, I tried a support ticket with Harvest Right and it would not work (it was glitching at that time). So, I phoned Albert. Within minutes (literally) he had Harvest Right contact me with the software update. I am very happy with my Small Harvest Right Freeze Dryer, the Harvest Right support, and especially Albert at Trimleaf.


This is just one of many instances where our dedicated support has made a real difference in our customers' experience. Below is a screenshot of the customer's feedback, which underscores why purchasing a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer from Trimleaf is a top choice for many.

Need Help? Have Additional Questions Regarding Harvest Right Freeze Dryers?

We hope that this guide has provided you with valuable insights to make an informed decision. At Trimleaf, we are dedicated to delivering exceptional customer experiences, and we would be delighted to assist you in your freeze dryer purchase journey. Should you have any questions or need further assistance in placing your order, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by calling us at (778) 300-3154 or emailing us at Our lines of communication are always open, and our team is eager to help you find the perfect solution for your freeze-drying needs. 

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