The Nesco FD-60 has everything you want in a dehydrator – minus the high price tag. With an adjustable temperature, top-mounted fan and plenty of space for drying, we were really impressed by this model. We had a few minor gripes, of course (more on that later), but overall, this model gives you the control and performance you’re looking for.
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Let’s take a closer look at the Nesco FD-60 in our detailed review.
Nesco FD-60 Features
- 500 watts
- 4 trays
- Top-mounted fan
- Converaga-flow drying system
- Adjustable thermostat (95F-155F)
- Fruit roll sheet included
- 2 jerky spice and cure packets included
Nesco FD-60 Review
Nesco calls the FD-60 the “Snackmaster Express,” and it’s easy to see why. This dehydrator will not only dry your favorite fruits and vegetables, but can also be used to make delicious fruit leather, dried herbs and even potpourri. Needless to say, we really put this model to work – and were quite happy with the results.
First, let’s talk about the FD-60’s fan. It’s top-mounted – not bottom-mounted like what you’ll find with most other models. This is a good thing, though. The fan works with Nesco’s patented Converga-Flow drying system, so you get great results every time.
Let me explain how this airflow system works. The fan circulates the heat, which keeps the airflow consistent. The unique tray design ensures that the heat reaches all trays for even drying.
The best part? You never have to rotate trays. And flavors will never mix.
With 500 watts of power, the FD-60’s fan dries foods in hours instead of days.
One of the best features of this dehydrator is its adjustable thermostat. Certain foods need to dry at higher or lower temperatures for optimal results. The FD-60 boasts a temperature range of 95F to 160F, so you can dry anything from delicate herbs to beef jerky and everything in between. You can even use this dehydrator to dry potpourri and other items for home crafts.
The FD-60 comes with four trays, but you can expand up to 12. What’s really great is the drying pressure will automatically adjust to however many trays you’re using. So, if you decide to use all 12 trays at once, the unit will sense this and make adjustments accordingly.
If you enjoy making fruit leather, you’ll be happy to know that Nesco includes a fruit roll sheet. Other manufacturers force you to purchase these sheets separately, which adds to the cost of the dehydrator. Nesco also includes two jerky spice and cure packets, so you can start making your own jerky right away.
We did notice that the FD-60 was a little on the noisy side and made our kitchen extra-warm. It doesn’t have an “off” switch either, which was a little inconvenient. Other than that, we loved just about everything this dehydrator offers.
- Adjustable thermostat
- Quick, even drying
- Easy to use
- Fruit roll sheets and jerky spices included
- No tray rotation required
- Room to expand up to 12 trays
- A little noisy
- No “off” switch
Overall, the FD-60 is a great dehydrator for anyone looking for temperature control, plenty of drying space and quick drying times. Affordably priced, this unit is comparable to high-end models that are double or triple the price.
If you enjoyed our Nesco FD-60 review, make sure to check out more of our food dehydrator reviews.