NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

Last updated date: September 17, 2020

DWYM Score
8.9

NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 37 expert reviews, the NESCO NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator placed 6th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 14, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Dehydrator for a detailed review of all the top food dehydrators.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
7,806 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Can be expanded into a pretty large food dryer while still offering all the performance you need.
- All The Stuff
You don't need to rotate racks during the dehydration process.
- Top Ten Reviews
Temperature range of 95-160°F
- The Safe Healthy Home
This is an excellent option for anyone looking to get into the exciting world of food dehydration. With a 1 year limited warranty, you know you’re in safe hands with Nesco
- Dehydrator Judge
What experts didn't like
Not the most robustly built thing on the market, while the lack of a shut-off timer is a serious disadvantage.
- All The Stuff
This dehydrator comes with just five racks.
- Top Ten Reviews
No on/off switch
- The Safe Healthy Home
the lack of indicators takes time getting used to
- Dehydrator Judge

From The Manufacturer

Dry fruit, vegetables, and jerky in hours instead of days. The unit's patented Converga-Flow drying system forces 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. It's top-mounted fan eliminates the worry of liquids dripping into the heater chamber, and an opaque Vita-Save exterior helps block harmful lights in order to retain more of the food's nutrients and vitamins during the drying process. The unit's adjustable thermostat ranged from 95 degrees to 160 degrees F, providing the flexibility needed to ensure excellent results. It's a 600 watts unit. Five trays come included, but the unit can be expanded to 12 trays (additional trays sold separately) for drying larger quantities at one time. Accessories include two fruit roll sheets, perfect for drying semi-liquids like soups, sauces, and fruit rolls; two Clean-A-Screen flexible screens, which allow for easy drying of small items such as herbs, spices and potpourri; and three original jerky spice packets for making jerky. A 52-page recipe and instruction book also comes included. With a speckled gray design, the food dehydrator measures approximately 13-inch by 13-inch by 10-inch. FD-75A is Frustration free packaging and FD-75PR is retail packaging. Trays/base can be washed on the top rack of your dishwasher if you remove them before the drying cycle. CAUTION- Remove trays/base before the beginning of drying cycle of your dishwasher.

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An Overview On Food Dehydrators

This is the age of the hyper-specific kitchen appliance. We’ve all seen those Pinterest and Instagram posts showing us some delicious-looking dish that anyone could make if only they had the right air fryer, Instant Pot or cake mold. Truth be told, most of these gadgets don’t exclusively make any certain kind of food — they just make it easier.

One big exception is the food dehydrator. Dried fruits, beef jerky and homemade yogurt are all tasty, and they’re just a few of the snacks and staples that you can only make effectively with a proper dehydrator.

That’s because of the way most foods dehydrate. You can dehydrate many foods simply by exposing them to a lot of air at low heat over a long period of time, but the key phrase here is “low heat.” Convection ovens might work by circulating air throughout the central chamber, but their lowest temperature is still too high. Temperatures over 150 F will seal moisture into your foods, which is the opposite of dehydration.

Food dehydrators do the job properly in one of two basic ways. Vertical flow dehydrators have a fan that pushes air through a heating element that’s usually at the bottom of the gadget, but sometimes at the top. It circulates through the central chamber, where there are trays of food stacked one on top of the other. This type of dehydrator tends to be a bit more affordable, and thanks to the vertical design, it’s usually more compact. That’s helpful if countertop space is at a premium. On the other hand, the heat will always be higher at the end closest to the heating unit, though a powerful fan can mitigate those hot spots a bit. But if you’re drying foods over a long period of time, you may need to shuffle trays during the process to ensure even dehydration.

Then there are box frame dehydrators, which operate with a horizontal flow. A fan at the back of the unit pushes air out through the chamber, more or less evenly. That’s much more effective for uniform heating, and it can be done with less energy overall. In return, you can expect a higher average price point for this type of dehydrator, and a somewhat bigger profile.

With most cooking devices, you might judge the effectiveness by power output, which you can find by checking the wattage. Just remember that food dehydrators work at low temperatures, so power isn’t as big of an issue as efficiency. That said, your device will still need plenty of power to keep the temperature consistent. Look for something that has at least 300-400 watts, and maybe more if it’s a larger unit.

No matter what type of dehydrator you use, there’s no getting around the fact that dehydration takes time. Exposing your food to hot air for an extended duration ensures that the only thing that leaves your fruits, veggies and meat is water — not flavor or vitamins. That means that your dehydrator will be running for hours, and that means the fan will be running for hours. If you’re spending a lot of time near the kitchen while that happens, make sure you invest in quieter model. Powerful dehydrators aren’t always the loudest, but they can be if the unit isn’t well-designed.

DWYM Fun Fact

The first mechanized food dehydrator was invented in France during the 1800s, but the process has been around for a long time before that. Historians believe it didn’t take long for ancient Egyptians to notice that fruit left out in the hot sun was still edible for days, and that they were deliberately using the desert heat to preserve their food as early as 12,000 B.C.

The Food Dehydrator Buying Guide

What can you dry in a food dehydrator? A better question is what can’t you dry. Dehydration simply removes the moisture from foods, making them much easier to preserve and, in some cases, bringing out an extra dose of flavor. Fruits and veggies are the most common. (Yes, you can make sun-dried tomatoes without drying them in the sun.) Beef or turkey jerky is also an option, and you can even dry most types of nuts for easy storage.

Expect the process to take awhile — from 6-10 hours for most vegetables, and a few hours longer for fruits. Once your food is done, be sure to store it in airtight containers like mason jars or sealed bags. You’ll keep the flavor locked in and ensure the longest possible storage time.