We applied vacuum-microwave drying (VMD) to tomatoes and compared the fruit drying rates, quality, and taste with those of tomatoes dried using two conventional techniques, that is, microwave drying (MD) and hot air drying (HAD). VMD has the potential to reduce the energy cost of the drying process. The VMD samples were considerably lighter in color than the samples dried using MD and HAD. Moreover, the VMD samples were preferable in terms of taste compared with the MD and HAD samples. Collectively, the results of this multicriteria evaluation revealed that VMD is a more suitable and useful method than MD and HAD for obtaining high-quality dried tomatoes. Practical applications: Tomato fruits have short shelf lives that limit their commercialization as fresh products and increase postharvest losses. Dehydration is considered as an alternative for developing tomato fruit products with added value. VMD is an innovative and low energy-consuming drying process that can be used to obtain high-quality dried products. As per the results of this study, VMD is currently the most suitable and environmentally friendly drying process for tomatoes and it results in nutritious and appropriately colored and flavored dried tomatoes.