American Harvest Food Dehydrator – Review

The American Harvest® line of food dehydrators is produced by Nesco, and is their exclusive line of products. Nesco, which has been manufacturing kitchen appliances for over 70 years, acquired the assets of the American Harvest company of Chaska, MN early in 1997. Nesco now manufactures and markets their food dehydrators under the American Harvest® brand name.

Known for their increased speed and even drying, American Harvest food dehydrators are some of the best on the market, providing a well rounded line with models for every lifestyle and budget.

nesco dehydratorThe patented Converge-a-Flow® heating system in American Harvest food dehydrators produces even drying from top to bottom without tray rotation, which is often required with other food dehydrators. The top-mounted heating system and fan not only force air downward, evenly drying all trays, but also horizontally, speeding up the drying process through efficient air flow. This also ensures that flavors don’t mix and that no condensation drips into the heating unit, which is what happens with many standard food hydrators with bottom-mounted heaters.

Raw food dishes often depend on dried recipes for certain ‘gourmet’ elements like raw breads, crusts, crackers, chips, dates, and herbs, so speed and evenness are extremely important. Higher grade American Harvest Snackmaster and professional grade Gardenmaster food dehydrators are the most effective and efficient of the brand, helping raw foodists turn raw ingredients into sophisticated culinary concoctions.

The top of the line model is the FD-1020 Gardenmaster Digital Pro food dehydrator. It is digitally controlled, has 1000 watts of power, and expands to 20 trays – it is definitely a professional grade machine.

However, if your needs are not so grand and you want to get the most for your dollar, the FD-75PR Snackmaster Pro 700-watt food dehydrator is the way to go. There is no digital timer but you can expand to 9 trays and it comes with recipes and accessories that make drying food easy and fun – all with 700 watts of time reducing, even drying power. For the money, the American Harvest food dehydrators by Nesco are definitely a great buy.