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With a 500 watts of drying power, the Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express is one of the most popular dehydrators on the market. Priced between $40 and $50, this model also happens to be among the cheapest ones. Now while it’s not exactly brimming with professional-grade features that are normally found in more expensive appliances, it does its job and will certainly help you benefit from the countless benefits of food dehydration. For instance, various studies have shown that drying your fruits and vegetables can encourage you to substitute junk food for healthier and- more importantly- homemade snacks.
Therefore, with this particular machine, you will be able to easily dry batches of your favorite food, including pasta, vegetables, fruits and soup. Users can even make non-edible items like potpourri or dried flower petals. This versatility certainly does provide excellent value for money, especially considering the appliance’s budget-friendly price.
On the flip side, however, this dehydrator is not exactly built to sustain heavy-duty use. Also, since the dehydrator is made of plastic, some customers have stated that it does not easily flush out more pungent smells like garlic and onion. The trays are not dishwasher-safe, which can complicate washing up. A few users also complained about the lack of an on-off switch which they found to be quite cumbersome since they had to resort to continuously plugging or unplugging the appliance. However, considering its price, we still consider the Nesco Snackmaster Express a great investment.
Heat Distribution: 5/5
Most inexpensive models sport a vertical heat distribution. However, although this particular appliance includes a top-mounted fan, it’s designed to force the heat down and release it on every chamber, which means that all the trays will get evenly dried. Additionally, a top-mounted fan ensures that no drippings will fall on the fan, thus making the cleaning process much easier. Best of all, the 500 watts of drying power ensure maximum quality and heat for drying produce in the likes of jerky, fruits, vegetables and herbs. Thanks to its Converga-Flow drying feature, you won’t have to worry about rotating the trays. In fact, all you have to do is give your produce a quick, albeit entirely optional chop, arrange them across the trays, close the lid and go on with your regular routine while the appliance does all the work.
The Nesco FD-60 is sold with 4 trays included and can be expanded to accommodate a total of 12 trays in one batch, more than similarly priced models Waring Pro and Nesco FD-37A. As for the drying pressure, it adjusts automatically to the number of trays that you’re using. Measuring around 13.5 inches by 9.45 inches, the apparatus is compact enough to easily fit in any space of your kitchen and certainly does not require a lot of counter space. On the other side, if you want to dry bulkier items that require a lot of space, you can also remove the upper trays, hence creating a taller and much wider area for your food.
Other Features: 4/5
The thermostat is fully adjustable, allowing you to choose the most adequate temperature between 95 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit for your food. Therefore, you can very easily use this dehydrator to dry meat and other items that normally require higher temperatures. Also, since hot air is forced down a pressurized chamber instead of directly across the trays, you won’t be subjected to any flavor mixing either.
The horizontal drying system also allows you to drastically speed up the dehydrating process. For example, one user claimed that it only took him around 9 hours to make jerky, which means that you can easily allow the meat to dry while you sleep. The machine hardly emits any noise so it can be comfortably operated at night. As far as apples, pears and fruit rolls went, the same user required around 10 to 12 hours, which is quite a welcoming change from other appliances that normally require around 15 hours for similar food.
The Nesco dehydrator also comes with a fruit roll sheet, jerky spice mix as well as cure packets. Users will even be able to benefit from the unique Opaque Vita-Save Exterior that allows your food to retain as much vitamins and minerals as possible. Thanks to the ‘No Spill’ tray, you can even dry dry semi-liquid food such as purees.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Because of its exceptionally low price, the Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express is quite a recommended product for anyone who wants to benefit from the countless benefits of food drying. In fact, in spite of its affordable price, the appliance is practically brimming with features that are normally found in higher-end dehydrators. While it does have a few drawbacks, it still exceeds expectations in terms of price, reliability and longevity and has even been known to last for around 10 years or more with proper care.
- Dehydrator Type: Stackable
- Air Flow: Horizontal (top-mounted fan)
- Temperature Range: 95°F to 160°F
- Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 9”
- Expandable: Yes
- Included Trays: 4
- Maximum Trays: 12
- Timer: No
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 500 watts
- Warranty: 1-year Limited