Lightweight with Decent Capacity
The product is light and small enough to sit on the small countertop of our kitchen. That said, it has capacity for seven racks, which is more than sufficient for drying the majority of vegetables and meat for a family of three. When not in use, these racks can be stacked onto one another in a manner that reduces the size of the Nesco FD-37A American Harvest dramatically.
Transparent Lid With Side Clamps
Being sympathetic to the difficulty many users of stackable food dehydrators face in checking the state of drying in the racks, Nesco has provided this product with a transparent lid. Using the lid, we could easily monitor the state of the foods inside at any given point of time. Even better, due to the interesting design, the inside of the transparent lid does not become hazy with steam or moisture even when extremely moist foods are being dried.
Further aiding a person on the move like me, the product comes with a number of plastic side clips/clamps that can be attached to the trays. This mechanism ensures that the trays stay in place when the product is being moved or otherwise being raised lowered, even when the product is working.
Powerful ThermostatThe product boasts of a 400W fan and heating element system that ensures that the product can be used on normal electrical circuits but is still capable of drying the moistest of foods in a short span of time. This capability is cemented by the fact that the thermostat has been provided with a fixed temperature preset at 160 degrees. As users would know, this is the optimal temperature required by the vast majority of foods.
Radial Air Flow Mechanism
Using Nesco’s Converga Flow system, the product ensures that the hot air flows radially across the racks, converging at the centre before moving away again. This allows the heat to concentrate on the surface of the racks, thereby enhancing the drying effect manifold.
A possible problem
I mentioned that the product comes with a fixed thermostat temperature of 160 degrees. While this is ideal for most foods, on occasion large or extremely moist foods cannot be dried because they require higher temperatures. However, due to the radial heating system, herbs and products requiring temperatures below 160 degrees can be heated without fear of damage.
One of the factors that encouraged me to buy the Nesco FD-37A American Harvest was the fact that food dehydrator reviews by a wide range of users suggested that the product was compatible with a range of lifestyles. With its excellent thermostat/heating element, radial heating and good size, the product is ideal for most households, while the price point makes it ideal even for those living along and on a budget.