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Review: My Choice of Food Dehydrator

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Best Features and Best Priced Food Dehydrator!


After a great deal of searching, reading reviews, and personal use, I can confidently recommend the Nesco Snackmaster Food Dehydrator


The NESCO FD-75A, Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator dries all your favorite foods. I have been searching for a dehydrator for drying the herbs and vegetables we grow in containers. The dehydrator must also be capable of drying entire meals for backcountry adventures, including one-pot meals, jerky, and fruit leathers.

The Nesco brand has been around FOREVER! This model dehydrator has over 13,000 great reviews -- and now I would like to add MINE!


There are alternative dehydrators, even in the Nesco brand, that have more features. But this model is exactly what I was looking for -- and at the right price. The "Converga-Flow drying action" allows you to dry liquids including soups, sticky pastes like tomato sauce and fruit leathers, and dense foods like jerky and shredded meats. Heated air is forced up and across the trays where it converges in the center for quick, even, and nutritious drying. The top mounted fan means nothing can ever drip into it!

The best feature is that this food dehydrator is expandable. It includes 2 Fruit Roll Sheets, 2 Clean-A-Screens, a sample of jerky seasoning with cure, and a recipe and instruction book. You can purchase SEPARATELY additional stacking trays and more sheets and screens.

Here are all the features of the NESCO Snackmaster:

  • EVEN HEAT DISTRIBUTION: 600 watts of drying power provides even heat distribution; consistent drying that is four times faster than other food dehydrators.

  • ADJUSTABLE TEMPERATURE CONTROL: The adjustable temperature control (95°F -160°F) gives you the flexibility to achieve the best results when drying different foods that need varying temperature settings. See also my review of Backcountry Eats. Fruits and vegetables should be dried at 135-degrees. Meats should be dehydrated SEPARATELY at 160-degrees.

  • NOTE: this model does NOT have a timer. or an On/Off switch. You simply plug it in to operate; unplug it when your food is dried.

  • EXPANDABLE TO 12 TRAYS: Comes with five (13 1/2″ diameter) trays and expands up to 12 trays so you can dry large quantities at once with no tray rotation needed; additional trays sold separately.

  • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: (2) Fruit Roll Sheet, (2) Clean-A-Screens, a sample of Jerky Seasoning & Cure, and (1) Care & Use Guide

This Nesco Snackmaster Food Dehydrator is MADE IN THE USA: Proudly made in the USA of global and domestic components. Only the powerhead of this item is imported from China. The rest of the product is 100% made and assembled in the USA.


Here is the link to the best price I have found! ORDER HERE. Hope you enjoy your Food Dehydrator. Please post your comments and share your favorite recipes!!!






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