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Nesco/American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator

Nesco/American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator

Perhaps the only square food dehydrator with a top-mounted fan, the Nesco FD-80 Snackmaster is a highly rated dehydrator with a modest price. The FD-80 is a medium sized dehydrator of the “stacking” design. It comes with 4 trays, each about 1.3 sq ft, for a base drying area of over 5 sq ft. The FD-80 is expandable to 8 trays for a maximum drying area of over 10 sq. ft.

The FD-80 is a newer model from Nesco that features a patented, top-down airflow system that forces air down the exterior pressurized chamber, instead of forcing air through the trays. The air moves down the walls of the interior, flowing across each tray, into the central core, which results in fast and even drying. The combination of a 700 watt heater and the top-mounted fan speeds up drying times considerably.

The Nesco FD-80 Snackmaster is made from an opaque, BPA-free plastic that blocks light, preserving nutrients in the foods you are dehydrating. The power head on the top of the unit can be conveniently lifted off the trays with a built-in bale handle. The FD-80 has a smaller footprint some dehydrators with larger capacity and has a one-year limited warranty.

Consumer feedback: 
I have put this dehydrator 'through the paces', making jerky and drying fruit. It's done a great job with both.
My first dehydrator didn't have the temp control selector, just an on/off button. I like having the ability to choose the temperature. It runs quiet which is another big plus!

The Nesco FD-80 Snackmaster has a large number of positive custom reviews on Amazon. Currently there are over 250 reviews, with just under 70% rating the dehydrator with 5 stars.  Some of the key positive points mentioned by happy users include:

  • Small convenient size
  • Reliable, accurate, even heat
  • Square size makes it easy to load more food on trays
  • Fast drying
  • Quiet fan – one user compared it to a box fan on “low”
  • Top-mounted motor stays clean since food is below
  • Major food categories (fruit, veggies, jerky, etc.) are printed on the lid with recommended temps

Among reviews that are not 5 stars, users had this critical feedback:

  • Small, if you plan to do a lot of dehydrating
  • Lack of a timer means you’ll need monitor the unit more carefully while dehydrating
  • No on/off switch means it can sometimes be inconvenient to turn off and on
Bottom line: 

The Nesco FD-80 is a nicely designed, efficient food dehydrator for a modest price. Base capacity is on the small side, but can be easily expanded. The FD-80 only comes with a single mesh liner, but mesh liners and fruit leather trays can be purchased separately. Recommended.

Retail price: 
$ 98.99
Current price: 
$ 82.38
Savings %: 
Review ct: 
Key Features
Key features: 
  • Powerful Top-Mounted Fan The top mounted fan, together with 700 watts of drying power, helps dry food faster than many other food dehydrators.
  • Adjustable Thermostat The adjustable thermostat allows you to dry a variety of foods at proper temperatures ranging from 95-160 F, to give you the best results.
  • Expandable capacity The unit can be expanded from 4 base trays to 8 trays when you need more capacity.
  • Patented Converga-Flow® airflow system delivers warmed air evenly across each tray. This reduces flavor mixing and eliminates the need for you to rotate trays.
Pros and Cons
  • Smaller footprint allows unit to fit comfortably on your counter.
  • Adjustable thermostat - allows proper temperature for each food category
  • Square trays have more capacity and are easier to load that round trays
  • Fast drying times due to to more powerful heater
  • Not as expandable as some other (more expensive) dehydrators.
  • No on/off switch, means it can me inconvenient to turn off/on, depending on location of outlet
  • No timer means you need to monitor unit more carefully
Product details
Nesco/American Harvest FD-80 Square-Shaped Dehydrator
Name short: 
Nesco FD-80
Tray size: 
14.5” x 14.5”
Tray area: 
1.4 sq ft
Trays (base): 
Trays (max): 
Dry area (base): 
5.6 sq ft
Dry area (max): 
11.2 sq ft
Power button: 
700 Watts
Air flow: 
Down the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray
1 Year
14.5(D) x 14.5(W) x 9.6(H) inches
Temp range: 
95º - 160º F
9.4 lbs.


Submitted by chris (not verified) on
Going for $59.94 at Walmart (US)

Submitted by dadmin on
Thanks for the note. For whatever reason, the price on this dehydrator moves around quite a lot on Amazon. It's been as low as $57. It's definitely worth checking options for the best price, though you have to factor in your time, shipping, gas, etc.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
In less than 18 months the power head blew. Replacing it costs more than the new unit.

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