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Nesco FD-1040 1000-watt Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator

It’s no surprise that food dehydrating is becoming increasingly more popular; with it’s health benefits and easy way of introducing children to get their 5-a-day fruits. The Nesco Food Dehydrator is a mid-level machine that is perfect at taking the advantages of food dehydrating at home.

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The Nesco FD-1040 1000-watt Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator is packed full of features and includes an extremely powerful 1000 watts of drying power. It’s received thousands of positive reviews across the internet and is a lovely fit amongst many kitchens. In our testing, we found the only drawback to be that of a noisy fan.

Heat: 5/5

This appliance is equipped for a patented Converga-Flow Heat system which specialises in distributing the heat flow smoothly and evenly across the device. Due to the horizontal heat system used and the strategically placed trays, all foods are dried evenly and perfectly. We found this machine to be extra quick at drying fruits like: banana’s and strawberries.

It’s worth mentioning that you won’t need to keep opening and closing the lid to check on the produce, unlike many other products in the market due to the even spread of heat. The speed of this appliance is definitely impressive.

Capacity: 5/5

It comes with 4 trays but has an expandable feature that allows up to 20 trays in total, which is significantly more than it’s slightly cheaper competitor, the Nesco Snackmaster. It’s great for preparing large quantities of dried foods for a part or gathering, or simply if you want to store some for future use.

The ergonomically-placed trays allows almost zero flavour mingling. You’ll no longer have to worry about different types of foods being mixed. We found that it is possible to dry fruits at the same times as spices and herbs, with absolute minimal flavour cross over. Yet another massive positive to this Nesco Food Dehydrator.

Extra Features: 5/5

It does come with a bit of noise, some of our users found it to be quite annoying. In hindsight, we found it to be perfectly bearable in comparison to other dehydrators on the market which can be very noisy.

It comes equipped with an adjustable thermostat, which ranges from 90 to 160 degrees F. This temperature range is often considered the optimal range for food dehydration. A Vita-Save exterior lid protects the food while it’s drying. It’s opaque shield protect any harmful light entering the device, thus retaining many vital vitamins and minerals in the food. We found this feature to be exceptionally impressive and unlike most other products.

The build in timer is certainly favourable in this appliance. It’ll turn itself off when the timer runs out. With similar priced products, if I put some jerky in a 7pm, I’d have to get out of bed at 3am just to turn the thing off. But that is no longer a problem!


A dehydrator that is packed full to the top with excellent features. It comes with a decently powerful 1000 watt motor that spins the fan at 2400RPM, which is around twice as fast as products in a similar price range. If you want a dehydrator that does exactly what it’s designed to do and is made in the USA, then this appliance is for you.

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