by Michael N.
(Canton, OH USA)
Jerky... It's how most of us get started. LOL
The Nesco FD60 is a decent little dehydrator, especially for the price. We recently got the Nesco FD75 as well, which is 700 watts instead of 500, but it didn't work as well as the FD60 and we sent it back.
The main problem was that the bottom trays were a LOT cooler (20 degrees) than the top tray, despite Nesco's claims of even heat and airflow. It was much more noticeable when we added extra trays!
It's supposed to handle a maximum of twelve, but I can't see it working well with that many. The FD60 has the same problem, but not as bad and it works fine with the four trays that came with it.
It's great for light-duty dehydrating but the high cost of extra trays, screens, and fruit leather trays is so high that you might as well get an Excalibur and be done with it.
We're keeping the old Nesco FD60 and some accessory screens for backup, but we just ordered an Excalibur 3900 and are looking forward to kicking this "hobby" into high gear!