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Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Food Dehydrator

The Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Food Dehydrator is in the medium budget category and comes in an all-in-one kit. For the price, it’s one of the best dehydrators in the market. It comes with 5 trays and the excellent jerky gun. It’s a great machine for making delicious dried snacks like banana chips, dried herbs and the all important beef jerky.

At under $100, it’s hard to fault this appliance which is a brilliant all round dehydrator. It’s packed full of features, unlike similar priced products on the market. It’s perfect for those on a diet who are trying to eat much healthier or those who are simply interested in dehydrating food.

It’s lack of on/off switch might be an issue for some people, it is recommended to turn the switch at the mains socket or pull out the plug. However, it more than makes up for it in other areas.american harvest dehydrator

Heat: 5/5

On, you’ll often hear of us talking about the excellence of a horizontal heat system. This product has just that. The 500 watt powered, patented fan distributes the heat flow efficiently and evenly throughout the tray system.  Since it’s so evenly distributed, there is no need to rotate the appliance like in some other products on the market. Most users found the drying times to be on low side, which is always a massive plus!

Capacity: 4/5

This appliance comes with 5 trays and an expandable feature. Which means you can purchase extra trays and expand up to 12 trays. Due to this feature, it makes it a very useful machine for those who have a limited counter space or have small kitchens.

Some users reported of the trays being very difficult to clean, take up lots of room in the dishwasher and requires some serious scrubbing in the sink. In our tests, we found this to be one of the very few complaints of the Nesco dehydrator.

Extra Features: 4/5

The plastic trays are BPA free and dishwasher safe. It comes with an Opaque Vita cover which protects the drying foods from harmful light. Which ensures all the important nutrients and goodness are kept in the food. It’s a fantastic appliance to get the 5-a-day into your diet.

As stated above, the dehydrator is an all-in-one kit that comes with a super handy jerky gun. It’s very similar to a cake decorator in use and in appearance. It also comes with an excellent recipe book which covers everything from fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices and jerky. An added bonus is the packets of seasoning and cures.

You’ll be pleased to know that the dehydrator is extremely quiet. Many of our users reported that the noise is a similar level to that of a fan.


If you’re looking for a relatively low-budget food dehydrator that can whip up some incredibly tasty snacks – then this is the appliance for you. It’s small in size and comes in a sleek, modern design. With 5 trays included and expandable features that allow an additional 7 trays if necessary; it’s the perfect appliance for everyday use.

The only main drawback is the difficulty of cleaning. It’s recommended to let the trays soak in the sink with some extra soapy water for a few hours. Apart from that, you’ve got yourself an excellent food dehydrator that will be great for any kitchen.

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