If you’re serious about dehydrating and high-end models like the Excalibur don’t offer the expandable space you need, the Nesco FD-1018A may be the ideal choice for you. With 1000 W of drying power and the ability to expand to 30 trays, the FD-1018A offers all of the space and power you need to dry your food in hours – not days.
We love that this model is affordable and also allows you to adjust the drying temperature. It’s not perfect (more on that soon), but it’s one of the largest and most powerful dehydrators Nesco offers.
Nesco FD-1018A Features
- 1,000W Drying power
- 2,400 RPM motor
- Expands to 30 trays; 8 trays included
- Adjustable thermostat 95°-155°
- Includes Clean a Screen and Fruit Roll Sheets
- Converga-Flow fan
Nesco FD-1018A Review
The Nesco FD-1018A is a powerful dehydrator that offers 1000 W of drying power and a 2,400 RPM motor. Because of its power, this dehydrator dries foods in hours and not days like other models. The 4.5 inch fan allows for quicker drying, which sees more nutrients left intact.
In fact, Nesco states that the FD-1018A is four times faster than dehydrators that don’t have motors or a fan.
Nesco includes eight trays to get you started, but we felt this was more than enough drying space as is. This model can expand up to 30 trays, which would give you 30 ft.² of drying space. All you have to do is purchase the Add-A-Trays accessory to add more trays.
Like other Nesco models, the FD-1018A features the patented Converga-Flow fan, which heats air inside the pressurized chamber on the exterior. This heat is then forced horizontally across each tray, and converges in the center for quick, even drying. The great thing about this design is that none of the food flavors mix, and there’s no need to rotate trays.
Compared to other models we’ve tried, the FD-1018A dries foods in record time.
One of the most important features that we have to talk about is the adjustable thermostat. The thermostat allows you to change the drying temperature to suit whatever foods you’re dehydrating. With a range of 95° to 155°, you can dry herbs or even beef jerky with ease.
Nesco even includes a fruit roll liner and eight mesh liners designed for drying herbs. Everything you need to get started is included. We were really surprised by this because most companies do not include fruit roll sheets and mesh liners – you have to purchase them separately.
We do want to note that this unit does not come with a jerky kit, so if you’re planning on using this model to create dog treats, we recommend purchasing the kit separately.
- Powerful enough to dry foods in hours – not days
- Eight trays are included, but can be expanded to 30
- Adjustable thermostat to set the ideal temperature for your foods
- Converga-Flow fan dries foods evenly
- Includes mesh screens and fruit roll sheets
- Can be noisy
With such a powerful motor, it’s no surprise this unit is a little loud. By comparison, we’d say this unit is not much louder than a typical fan.
The Nesco FD-1018A offers plenty of drying space, adjustable thermostat, the ability to expand and quick drying times. For serious users, it doesn’t get much better than this unit in terms of performance and price.