Author: Maurice Savaryego, M.Sc.Eng. (Learn More)
Nesco FD-1040 and FD-61 Food Dehydrators:
Nesco FD-1040 Food Dehydrator
It has a top mounted fan that eliminates liquids dripping into the heater chamber, and the patented Converge-Flow system forces heated air down the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even and nutritious drying. Flavors don't mix, and there's no need to rotate the trays. Note that drying pressure adjusts automatically to the number of trays.
The 2,400-RPM motor and the specially designed 4-1/2 inch top mounted fan mean faster and more nutritious drying. This unit dries foods four times faster than dryers which have no fan or motor: it dries in hours, not days. For example, fruit rolls dry in 3-6 hours, beef jerky in 4 hours, apples in 4-6 hours, nananas in 5-8 hours and pineapples in 4-6 hours.
For a 2400 RPM motor this dehydrator is surprisingly quiet. Because different foods require different drying temperatures, it is equipped with a digitally adjustable thermostat that can be set from 90°F to 160°F and that gives you the flexibility to get the best results.
The unit is also equipped with a digital timer that is programmable for up to 48 hours of drying time.
The opaque Vita-Safe exterior blocks light to retain more of the food's nutrients and vitamins during the drying process.
It comes with a 52-page recipe and instruction book, 4 drying trays, 1 solid sheet, 1 mesh sheet, and 1 packet jerky spice to make great tasting beef jerky or venison jerky.
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.
Selected Nesco and Excalibur Food Dehydrators on Amazon
Nesco Food Dehydrators:
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Nesco FD-1040 and the FD-61
Excalibur Food Dehydrators:
Excalibur 3926TB and 3900B
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