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Exceptionally affordable, the Nesco American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator is an easy-to-use machine designed to produce quick results in a shorter amount of time. Compact and perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in some food dehydrating at home, its inexpensive price and basic albeit efficient features makes it the perfect starter machine for anyone who’s never used a food dehydrator before. In spite of its affordability, the machine will help you easily avoid the chemicals and toxins that are very often added to commercially-manufactured fruit rolls and leather or dried vegetables. With the Nesco FD-80, you’ll also be able to cut back on certain expenses since you won’t need to constantly rush to the store to buy your favorite brand of dried produce.
According to medical experts, it’s recommended to consume at least five portions of fruits and vegetables per day. Realistically speaking, however, this is not always a feasible option. By this token, this food dehydrator will also help you increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. In fact, since it preserves quite a great deal of vitamins and nutrients, you can be sure to benefit the most from the dehydrating process. This appliance will also encourage your children to eat their fruits and vegetables in the form of crisp and delicious snacks. Best of all, its square and compact design is compact enough to be displayed right on your kitchen counter.
However, this appliance isn’t devoid of drawbacks. In fact, a few users bemoaned the lack of a timer which meant that they had to keep an eye on the dehydrating process at all times. Still, not having a timer is quite an insignificant price to pay for its affordability. In fact, a few users simply used the oven timer or invested in a cheap kitchen timer to make up for it. Another customer was unhappy about the fact that the trays were dotted in large holes, which meant that he had to invest in clean screens for smaller or semi-liquid fruits and vegetables.
Heat Distribution: 4.5/5
Despite sporting a top-mounted fan, the Nesco FD-80 comes with a horizontal air flow thanks to Converga Flow system that forces the air down and distributes it horizontally on each tray. By this token, your machine will be able to conserve as much heat as possible which means that your produce will take less time to dry. Best of all, its top-mounted fan will prevent any drippings on the heating mechanism, which will keep things easy to clean.
This particular appliance is fully expandable. Therefore, you can be sure that it won’t take up a lot of kitchen counter space. Indeed, the machine can easily be expanded from mere 4 base trays to 8 trays, allowing room for large batches of fruits and vegetables. Now this is more drying area than the offered by the- similarly priced- Quick Dry by Good Cooking, although still much less than the up to 20 trays that you could get with the Nesco Gardenmaster.
Because of its square design, however, this particular model can accommodate more produce than regular round ones. Therefore, thanks to its expandable capacity, you can easily use this dehydrator to provide your guests with healthy snacks during parties.
Other Features: 4.5/5
The Converga-Flow Airflow system ensures that your produce dries out in hours- not days like most other models. This also significantly reduces the risk of flavor mixing, allowing users to dry several types of produce at the same time. The Converga-Flow system takes n cold air to force out hot air though a special pressurized chamber. The appliance is not equipped with a timer but it does come with a fully adjustable thermostat that ranges from 95 to 160 °F, which means that you’ll safely be able to dry edible items like jerky and meat or non-edible items like dough, clay, potpourri, flower petals and the likes.
Very few customers complained about the noise factor. Since the appliance is so quiet, you can easily turn it up before you go to bed and wake up to your favorite dried fruits and vegetables every morning. The boxed packaging includes a plethora of items designed to render the drying process more enjoyable. For example, users will also receive one Clear-A-Screen as well as 2 Cure and Jerky Spice packets. Since the base and trays are dishwasher-safe, you can easily clean after the dehydration process.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
All in all, this food dehydrator is among the most recommended models on the market- and for good reason. From its exceptional ease of use and surprisingly affordable price, this machine does come with everything you need to quickly and efficiently dry your favorite food. With no less than 700 watts of drying power, its drying temperature can be easily adjusted through a single knob. Made from excellent-quality plastic, the Nesco FD-80 Snackmaster Square-Shaped Dehydrator weighs 9.4 pounds. It is covered by a manufacturer’s warranty of one year.
- Dehydrator Type: Stackable
- Air Flow: Horizontal (top-mouted fan)
- Temperature Range: 95°F to 160°F
- Dimensions: 15 x 10 x 16”
- Expandable: Yes
- Included Trays: 4
- Maximum Trays: 8
- Timer: No
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 700 watts
- Warranty: 1-year Limited