Our Comprehensive Freeze Dryer Comparison

In this review and freeze dryer comparison guide, we'll go over what to look for, what makes Blue Alpine freeze dryers stand out from the competition, and a side by side comparison to help you find the right freeze dryer. Check out our shop to see even more details about each freeze dryer. (And if you would like to read an unbiased comparison review, check out MSN's recent article.)

What to Look For

When comparing the Blue Alpine freeze dryers to the other top competitors, there are several key differences that set Blue Alpine apart. See how we compare to the competition below, and make sure to check out our review video below to see even more details.

Here are the main advantages of a Blue Alpine freeze dryer over the top competitors:

  1. Cycle Times: The Blue Alpine freeze dries the same batch size 20-50% faster than other similarly sized machines on the market, depending on the model.
  2. Refrigeration: Our Large freeze dryer has double the refrigeration capacity of its competitors, meaning it can cut cycle times by 50%.
  3. Built in Idaho: Our machines are designed, developed, and manufactured in-house using a global supply chain. We build them from the ground up here in Idaho. Our customer service is unmatched, and we do our best to always make sure our customers are taken care of.

Check out the charts below to see how Blue Alpine compares to the competition.

Medium Sized Freeze Dryers

  • Blue Alpine Medium Freeze Dryer

    • Price: $3,095 USD
    • Tray space: 585 square in. (Five 9” x 13” trays)
    • Weight: 110 lbs.
    • Food: 8-15 lbs per cycle
    • Cycle times: 6-7 lbs: 18 hrs; 8-10 lbs: 24 hrs; 10-15 lbs: 36+ hrs
  • Competitor

    • Price: $2900-$3200 USD
    • Tray space: 650-675 square in.
    • Weight: 115-150 lbs. 
    • Food: 8-17 lbs. per cycle
    • Cycle times: 6-7 lbs: 24 hrs; 8-10 lbs: up to 48 hrs; 10-17 lbs: up to 72 hrs


When comparing Blue Alpine's medium freeze dryer to the competitor, we really make the difference with superior cycle times. Despite having marginally less tray space (by sporting easy-to-replace standard baking sized trays), our medium model boasts much faster cycle times, leading to a 20% increase of freeze-dried food production over the competition.

Large Sized Freeze Dryers

  • Large Blue Alpine freeze dryer

    Blue Alpine Large Freeze Dryer

    • Price: $4,095 USD
    • Tray space: 1,170 square in. (Five 13” x 18” trays)
    • Weight: 130 lbs.
    • Food: 16-25 lbs. per cycle
    • Cycle times: 12-24 hrs (Avg. 16 lbs. per 24 hrs)
  • Competitor

    • Price: $3600-$3900 USD
    • Tray space: Appx. 1,100 square in.
    • Weight: 140-160 lbs.
    • Food: 16-25 lbs. per cycle
    • Cycle times: 24-48 hrs (Appx. 8-10 lbs. per 24 hrs)


When it comes to large freeze dryers, Blue Alpine simply outshines the competition. Along with providing more tray space for food (using standard sized 18"x13" trays), our large freeze dryer boasts twice the refrigeration, meaning pound for pound, our large unit dries food twice as fast. Our large model is the top choice for those seeking a large freeze dryer that delivers speed, capacity, and exceptional performance.

Learn More

Watch the video below to learn more about what makes Blue Alpine different from our competitors, check out our store to see more details about each freeze dryer, and feel free to call us with any questions at 208-607-1722.