Nesco FD-1010 and FD-61 Food Dehydrators
Nesco FD-1010 Food Dehydrator
Even though it has a bottom mounted fan system, it uses a patented special air flow technology that forces heated air first up the exterior pressurized chamber and then horizontally across each individual tray. Therefore, according to product specifications, there is no need to rotate trays like in most dehydrators with bottom or top mounted fan systems. Air pressure adjusts automatically to number of trays used. For a 2400 RPM motor this dehydrator is surprisingly quiet. Because different foods require different drying temperatures, it is equipped with an adjustable thermostat that can be set from 95F to 155F. The housing has an opaque exterior which blocks light and retains thus more nutrients during drying.
It comes with the following accessories included:
- One no-spill solid sheet for drying semi-liquids such as soups, sauces, or fruit rolls.
- One mesh sheet that allows easy drying of small items.
- One jerky spice packet and cure.
- A 52-page recipe and instruction book
Nesco FD-61 Food Dehydrator
Note that, if you need to dry large quantities of foods, the FD-1010, which can expand up to 30 trays, is a better choice than the FD-61. If you do get the FD-1010, one easy way to avoid any drips into the bottom mounted fan system is placing a solid tray at the very bottom of the tray rack. Any drips will then be collected by the bottom tray.
Excalibur 3926TB and 3900B Food Dehydrators
It is equipped with an adjustable thermostat which allows to set temperatures from a low 95F to a high 155F. The provided temperature range is low enough to preserve health-wise beneficial active enzymes in veggies and fruits, but also high enough to meet safety requirements for drying meat for jerky.
But the best part of this unit is its timer that can be set up to 26 hours. This is a true set-and-forget type unit. It automatically turns off when the set time is complete. A Guide to Dehydration booklet is included. It comes both in black and in white, and a limited 10-year warranty.
The Excalibur product line also offers the Excalibur 3900B 9-tray model which is identical to the Excalibur 3926TB, minus the timer. So, if you think that you don't need a timer, you could buy the 3900B model and save about $50.
So which Food Dehydrator to buy?
So, when you compare food dehydrators, if you are still wondering whether to buy Nesco or Excalibur, consider well the following points:
Note that there are dozens of food dehydrators out there that you can get for a lot less than those reviewed here. But by saving a few dollars you will lose a lot in quality, features, durability, and in the results you will obtain. The Nesco and Excalibur units reviewed may cost a bit more, but should normally provide you with total satisfaction.