The Nesco FD-80 – or the Nesco American Harvest FD-80 as the case may be – is the newest food dehydrator in the Nesco lineup. As anyone who has done any research on food dehydrators knows, square or rectangular shaped dehydrators are the route to go, so I guess Nesco has finally come out with an answer to that.
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While the Nesco FD-80 doesn’t have all the advantages of its other square cousins, it’s still a heck of a good food dehydrator for its class. Round dehydrators are traditionally much cheaper than the square, and while the Nesco FD-80 is square, it still has some of the features of the round type. Specifically, the fan is placed on the top, which is not optimal for a dehydrator. You can find more info on that on the home page of our dehydrator reviews.
But if you don’t have the bucks for the top of the line, or you just want a lower end model because that will suit your purposes, don’t hesitate. Again, this is a great dehydrator!
Nesco FD-80 Food Dehydrator Pros & Cons
At 700 watts it pushing out more power than the Excalibur 3900, and its small footprint will be advantageous in a lot of cases. This model – like the Nesco FD-75PR has an adjustable thermostat, putting them ahead of a lot of food dehydrators in this price range. Despite the top fan placement, Nesco patented Converga-Flow system seems to do its job of evenly distributing heat throughout the unit. Again, this technology puts the FD-80 – and the FD-75PR – way ahead of their competition.
The unit comes with 4 trays, but is expandable to 8. One caveat though. Be aware that if you add the extra trays you’re likely going to have to start rotating trays. And frankly, if you’re going to start adding up costs by adding extra trays, do yourself a favor and put the extra money toward something like the STX Dehydra 600 watt or 800 watt dehydrators.
Jerky is a snap with the Nesco FD-80 Dehydrator. Fully loaded trays of meat could take up to 15 hours, depending on the thickness of the meat. I think a good test of a food dehydrator is how it handles wetter fruits like berries and citrus. The FD-80 is a champ! But I do think you should use the screens when dehydrating very sticky fruits like these. If you want to save some money, see if you can find a generic brand as the Nesco ones are a bit pricy, and there is only 1 included.
Features & Dimensions
- 700 watt
- Top mounted fan
- Adjustable temperature control
- Expandable to 8 trays
- Dishwasher safe parts
- 14.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches and 9.5 pounds
If you need/want to buy a food dehydrator in this price range, the Nesco FD-80 is a good choice. If you can afford to spend a bit more I highly recommend the STX Dehydra 600 watt as a good step up. My personal rating on the Nesco FD-80 is 4/5.
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