Let me start out by saying that I have used many different dehydrator's over the years. None of them compare to this one by the Excalibur company. My favorite things about this unit are- it is versatile, I use Mine for various kinds of fruit and meats, but I have started looking up more recipies and am planning to get a little more adventurous with it. It's easy to clean- I've had a couple dehydrators before I bought this one that were a pain to clean but this one is easy to clean. Its got a lot of surface stea- which was a big deal to me. I wanted to be able to do a large amount at one time. The con, well the only one that really bugs me is how bulky this unit is. It is a little bit of a pain to Move. But the good as you can see more than out weigh the bad. It's a powerful little unit that gives a lot of power with not so much noise. I love mine- but I use it a lot. But I make a lot of dried fruit so it gets a lot of use. I don't know if this would make sense for casual users. It is a little bit of an investment.