Complete Range of Accessories
The product came with a number of fruit roll sheets and a sheet for drying herbs and sticky fruit, which Nesco calls “clean-a-sheen”. Furthermore, we were provided with a jerky gun that made preparation of jerkys a lot easier than before. In fact, should you have another dehydrator, you can even use these accessories with it as – unlike most dehydrator accessories – these are compatible with select non-Nesco products. Most importantly though, these accessories can provide excellent functionality for a long period of time regardless of the amount of work they’re required to do.
Top Mounted Fan and Powerful Heating Element
Like most premium stackable food dehydrators, this product has a top mounted fan that is compact yet efficient. The fan and heating apparatus have a power rating of 500W, considered ideal for most drying purposes. Indeed, when coupled with the Converga Flow technology that allows air to move down the outer shell and radially across the racks, the heating apparatus proves to be a winner regardless of the circumstances.
Good Number of Compact Trays/Racks
One of the major problems associated with the ordinary all in one solution is that the number of trays is either too few, or of poor quality. The Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Snackmaster comes with 5 well built plastic trays, which are designed so as to be easily removable without one having to touch the central hot areas. Further, they are compact and fit the overall form factor of the product well.
Made of BPA Free Plastic
Ordinary plastic can produce noxious fumes when heated for long periods of time. BPA free food grade plastic eliminates the risks involved and allows one to keep the dehydrator on overnight without having to worry about damage to the appliance or food poisoning.
A Minor Disadvantage
Since the product comes with only 500W of power, it is not capable of drying foods that are extremely thick (eg. turkey), or takes inordinately long time to carry out such dehydration. That said, turkeys aren’t part of the average household’s idea of dehydrated foods, so unless you have a particular affinity for having turkey all year round, chances that this product will disappoint you are remote.
It is easy to be fooled into buying cheap, inefficient and malfunction-prone all in one dehydrator without reading dehydrator reviews, especially if you’re a novice. Having made such mistakes myself, I can say with palpable relief that the Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Snackmaster does not fall into the category of such cheap products. Instead, its complete range of durable accessories, great heating mechanism and use of good materials allows it to stand out as one of the few truly value for money all in one food dehydrators in the market today.