This expandable dehydrator dries meals rapidly and evenly, with out your needing to watch progress or rearrange trays.
The Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Dehydrator was the perfect of all of the dehydrators we examined at drying apples, beef jerky, onions, garlic, and fruit puree evenly. It additionally was the one dehydrator that didn’t require us to obsessively supervise or shuffle trays all through the method. The eight-tray FD-1018A Gardenmaster has 8 sq. ft of usable drying space, and it’s expandable as much as 30 trays. It comes with eight fine-mesh inserts that assist preserve small bits from falling by way of the cracks, and it’s the one dehydrator we discovered that features plastic fruit-roll drying sheets for each tray. The FD-1018A Gardenmaster doesn’t have a timer or computerized shutoff, however we discovered that this characteristic isn’t all that helpful, because you’ll most likely need to examine your meals for doneness earlier than turning off the machine. However if you happen to assume you want these options, think about our different decide, the Samson Silent 6-Tray Dehydrator.
This dehydrator options computerized shutoff and may simply accommodate bigger objects like yogurt or flowers. However you might want to shuffle the trays halfway by way of drying.
In each take a look at, the Samson Silent 6-Tray Dehydrator constantly positioned second, behind the FD-1018A Gardenmaster, by way of even drying. However except for our prime decide, it carried out much better than the remainder of the dehydrators we examined and required the least quantity of tray reshuffling. This Samson dehydrator additionally has options the Nesco mannequin lacks, similar to a digital management panel, a timer, dishwasher-safe chrome steel racks, and computerized shutoff. And in contrast to our prime decide, it lets you simply take away trays to make room for initiatives that contain larger objects—like proofing bread, drying flowers, or making yogurt. However this 400-watt Samson dehydrator is bulkier and takes 25 p.c longer to dehydrate meals than the 1,000-watt FD-1018A Gardenmaster.