No more wasted fruit! Very well built and works great. This unit will dry a full load of apples or pears in 10 hours +/- and it's like making your own candy, except it's obviously a lot better for you. Better to have these at the TV set than a bag of chips! So far I've dried apples, pears, asian pears, cranberries, pineapple and yams. My dog loves the dried yams and I have the comfort of knowing his treats have nothing in them but yams. Yet to try tomatoes and jerky, really looking forward to the jerky! The nine tray unit is a must (5 would be too small) considering the time it takes to dry a load. In my opinion the timer isn't necessary since you don't want to leave dried product sitting around for long as it will rehydrate. I usually load mine up in the evening and it's done in the morning. I didn't find it to be that noisy. Not too bad to clean, drying sheets can be wiped off and trays are dishwasher safe, but mine make a trip thru the sink just to be safe. I did find it interesting that the warranty is ten years if you buy from Excalibur but only 5 from anyone else - strange, but still a good warranty. This is obviously the Cadillac of dehydrators and I'd recommend it to anyone.