Nesco FD-1040The primary sources of nutrients, so vital for our body, are fresh fruits and vegetables. The best way to eat them is in their natural form in the season of ripening. However, the foods dried in dehydrator comprise nearly the same amount of nutrients as the fresh ones and are available during the whole year. Besides, they have many other benefits like being entirely free from preservatives and any other chemicals. They are also easy and quickly to prepare, and can be stored for a very long period. Plus, you can save lots of money by making your own healthy dried fruits and veggies instead of buying them in the supermarket.

The Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster is a food dehydrator with horizontal heat distribution system and large capacity. Its average price varies from $100 to $150. This model provides you with unique features of the high-class appliances for a reasonable cost.  This device may simultaneously dry a large amount of products, significantly reduces the time for drying and takes little room space.

Another big plus of cooking with the Nesco FD-1040 is that the foods it prepares are specially loved by kids. In case your children are used to eating junk food, try to suggest them healthier options for snacks like dried kale or carrot chips.  You can also involve them in the cooking process. Psychologists recommend this method as one of the most effective for increasing children’s interest in food. Depending on their age, your kids can do different tasks, like slicing the greens or organizing them on the trays. Thanks to the simple interface and user-friendly instructions, you and your children will easily adjust the dehydrator to the type of food you are about to dry. Then all you have to do is to switch on the appliance and wait till the magic happens.

Of course, like any medium-cost device, the Nesco FD-1040 has some drawbacks. Some customers find it a little noisy and cannot leave it working during the night. However, most users are happy with this appliance. They say it is high-quality and long-lasting.Nesco FD-1040(1)

Nesco FD-1040 Review

Heat Distribution: 5/5

The special technical characteristic of this model, which is usually found only in much more expensive dehydrators, is the horizontal warm air distribution system. It makes drying even and fast. Another unique feature of the Nesco FD-1040 is its Converge Flow drying method. It ensures equal air circulation inside each of the trays. This way you will get all your products equally dried without any relocation of trays.

Capacity: 5/5

The Nesco Gardenmaster will be delivered to you with four trays. Nevertheless, this food dehydrator can be extremely extended up to 20 plates. If other models in similar cost range, like L’Equip 306210, can be expanded only to 12 trays, just imagine the capacity of this device with 20 of them. In other words, you need to buy two standard food dehydrators to get the same capacity as is offered by the Nesco FD-1040. This model allows you to prepare goodies for a large family and doesn’t take much space. Another important feature of this device is that its Converge Flow system eliminates the possibility of flavor mixing.  As a result, you may dry all kinds of products at the same time.

Other Features: 5/5

This model is equipped with a Digital Display instrumental panel. It will help you set your dehydrator for up to 48 hours. You can also use it for choosing the temperature regime, which can vary from 90 to 160 degrees F.  The appliance is also sheltered with the Nesco Vita-Save Exterior. It protects the drying products from light and bacteria. The Nesco Vita-Save Exterior will make sure that your food preserves all the nutrients and has no harmful microorganisms.

Yes, the Nesco FD-1040 may produce some noise, but there are almost no appliances that don’t do that. Plus, the sounds it makes are almost nothing comparing to the noise produced by less expensive models. Even though this device is equipped with a strong 1000-watts motor, it works quieter, than the appliances with 500-watts motors.  Another great benefit of this model is that the fan is located at the top of the dehydrator. Such position eliminates the possibility of the fan being damaged by foods, especially liquids. You will not have to clean it from all the small pieces that fall to the bottom because these pieces simply won’t get there.

In addition to the food dehydrator, you will be sent a book with lots of new and exciting recipes, the sheets for making fruit leather, spices for beef jerky and flexible screens for drying small foods like herbs and seeds.

Overall Rating: 5/5

All the above-stated features, including reasonable price, high quality and good technical characteristics, make this model an excellent investment. The Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster weighs only 8.95 pounds and is made of light plastic. The manufacturer ensures one year of solid warranty.

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Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster

Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster

Heat Distribution







        • Converge-Flow technology
        • Easy to clean
        • Includes digital timer
        • Opaque exterior


        • Temperature control is unreliable
        • Limited space in basic model
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