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Today we're shipping orders for in-stock items placed October 16. Our Hampton showroom is temporarily closed. Despite high order volume, our amazing shipping team is rapidly reducing processing times—we’ve recently added 17 new team members! We greatly appreciate your business and we’re doing our very best to serve you, as Jim C. of California tells. A word to the wise: Because resupply of many product lines remains daunting, and processing times may grow again in coming weeks, there’s never been a year like this to do your Christmas shopping and other year-end buying very early!

Brand Comparison: Food Dehydrators

A Good, Better, Best Comparison of Nesco & Excalibur Dehydrators

A food dehydrator is a great addition to any kitchen, letting you preserve delicious natural foods including fruits, vegetables, and meats. Why spend money on costly products loaded with questionable ingredients, when you can enjoy your own quality snacks that are both healthful and great-tasting?

At Pleasant Hill Grain, we only carry top-of-the-line, high quality products that provide real value. Below we’ve outlined some of the best food dehydrators on the market from Nesco and Excalibur. Depending on your needs, we also carry other food dehydrators and accessories that all measure up to our quality standards. Have questions about these model or others in terms of which is best for you? Give us a call and talk to our friendly, experienced customer service staff!

Good: Nesco FD-1040 Digital Dehydrator

FD-1040 DehydratorOne product that we recommend to many customers looking to purchase their first dehydrator is the Nesco FD-1040 Digital Dehydrator. This model comes with 4 trays, each providing 1 sq. ft. of surface area to place food, but it can expand to 20 trays. Its power lets you dry food in hours (instead of days), but still provides quiet operation. The air pressure adjusts automatically to the number of trays used, and the temperature is adjustable between 95° and 160° F.

As a top-motor food dehydrator, the FD-1040 is ideal for drying wetter foods, as it prevents liquids from dripping on the motor or heater. This design also makes cleanup extra easy! The patented Converga-Flow™ design from Nesco provides fresh air equally to every tray and eliminates flavor sharing or the need for tray rotation.

Nesco Fd-1018A dehydrator

Better: Nesco FD-1018A Dehydrator

The Nesco FD-1018A dehydrator is the manufacturer’s most powerful model! It comes with 8 trays, each providing 1 sq. ft. of drying area, and is expandable up to 30 trays. That means up to 30 square feet of food drying area! Similar to the FD-1040, this model lets you dry food in hours and provides uniform drying air to all trays without flavor sharing. Because of its expandability, this is one of our most popular dehydrator models among people who use their dehydrators often.

For this model, and the one above, food contact parts are dishwasher safe and completely BPA-free. Both come with a 52-page recipe and instruction book.

Best: Excalibur D900 9-Tray Dehydrator

Excalibur D900 stainless steel dehydratorFor our most avid food dehydrating customers, we recommend the Excalibur D900 9-Tray Dehydrator. It features an exceptionally solid stainless steel case and tray construction, with Excalibur’s patented Parallexx™ airflow system that moves fresh air from the back to the front of the dehydrator so each tray receives its own supply of fresh, dry air. This exclusive Excalibur dehydrator design prevents flavor sharing and produces uniform drying without time-consuming tray rotation.

The Excalibur D900 comes with 9 large drying trays but can operate with any number of trays (or even no trays at all—allowing you to use it as a low-temperature oven or to dry damp boots and mittens!). The timer on this model can be set to operate your Excalibur dehydrator from one hour up to twenty six hours and will turn it off at the end of the time period that you've selected. This makes it easy to incorporate dehydrating activities around your schedule. Your Excalibur will turn itself off while you're sleeping or when you are away. The timer makes dehydrating as convenient as using a slow cooker for unattended meal preparation.

As with the other models mentioned, food contact parts of the Excalibur dehydrator are dishwasher safe. Customers will also receive both the 192-page Preserve It Naturally book (a $24.95 value) and the 32-page Excalibur Dehydration Guide at no additional charge. To top it off, the Excalibur D900 comes with an impressive ten year warranty.

Brand Comparison Overview

  Good Better Best
Brand Nesco Nesco Excalibur
Model FD-1040 FD-10108A D900
Number of Fans 1 1 1
Trays, Standard 4 8 9
Trays, Maximum 20 30 9
Drying Area 4-20 sq. ft. 8-30 sq. ft  12.4 sq. ft. 
Housing Material ABS ABS Stainless steel
Temperature Rang 95°-160° F 95°-150° F 85°-155° F 
Watts 1000  1000  600 
Amps 8.3  8.3 
Warranty 1 year  1 year  10 years 


Shopping with Pleasant Hill Grain

Pleasant Hill Grain provides a superior online shopping experience for home and kitchen products, including our excellent selection of food dehydrators. We’re a factory authorized dealer for every dehydrator we offer and carry a wide selection of accessories, appliances, and cook’s tools. We offer free shipping on all dehydrators, and most items are stocked in our own facility for fast and reliable shipping to you.

Have questions? Please call us at the number below—we’d love to help you select the food dehydrator that’s perfect for your needs!

Consumer Dehydrators Comparison Guide

You can see all of our consumer dehydrators here (link opens in new tab)

DehydratorTemperature Range
Tray ShapeStd. Dry AreaMax Dry AreaFan Dia.Timer Length 
Tray MaterialWattsWarranty 
Brod & Taylor Sahara folding dehydratorBrod & Taylor Sahara 86 - 165°F Rectangular 15.9 sq. ft. 15.9 sq. ft. 4" Plastic or stainless steel 750 1 yr.
Nesco FD-75Nesco FD-75PR 95° - 160° F Round 3.6 sq. ft.  11 sq. ft. 4.6" Plastic 600  1 yr.
FD-60Nesco FD-60 95° - 160° F Round 3.9 sq. ft. 11.8 sq. ft. 3.6" Plastic 500  1 yr.
1040Nesco FD-1040 95° - 160° F Round 4 sq. ft. 20 sq. ft.  4.6" 48 hrs. Plastic 1000  1 yr. 
77DTNesco FD-77DT
(discontinued by Nesco)
95° - 160° F Round  5.2 sq. ft. 15.6 sq. ft. 3.6" 24 hrs. Plastic 600  1 yr.
fd-80Nesco FD-80 95° - 155° F Square  5.4 sq. ft. 11 sq. ft. 4.6" Plastic 700  1 yr.
excalibur 3500Excalibur 3500 105° - 165° F Square  5.9 sq. ft. 5.9 sq. ft. 5"  Plastic 440 10 yrs.
excalibur 3526Excalibur 3526T 105° - 165° F Square 6.8 sq. ft. 6.8 sq. ft. 5" 26 hrs. Plastic 440  5 yrs.
Excalibur D500 food dehydratorExcalibur D500S 105° - 165° F Rectangular 6.8 sq. ft. 6.8 sq. ft. 5" 26 hrs. Plastic 440  10 yrs.
D500SExcalibur D500 SHD
(Discontinued by Excalibur)
105° - 165° F Rectangular 6.8 sq. ft. 6.8 sq. ft. 5" 26 hrs. Stainless steel 440  10 yrs.
filter proL'Equip Filter Pro 95° - 158° F Rectangular 7.2 sq. ft. 24 sq. ft. 4.5" 24 hrs. Plastic 530  10 yrs.
Nesco 1018ANesco FD-1018A 95° - 150° F Round 8 sq. ft. 30 sq. ft. 4.5" Plastic 1000  1 yr.
2900Excalibur 2900 105° - 165° F Square 12.4 sq. ft. 12.4 sq. ft. 7" Plastic 600  5 yrs.
3900Excalibur 3900 
(discontinued by Excalibur)
105° - 165° F Square 12.4 sq. ft. 12.4 sq. ft. 7" Plastic 600  10 yrs.
3926tExcalibur 3926T 
(discontinued by Excalibur)
105° - 165° F Square 12.4 sq. ft. 12.4 sq. ft. 7" 26 hrs. Plastic 600  10 yrs.
Excalibur D900 food dehydratorExcalibur D900 
(discontinued by Excalibur)
105° - 165° F Square 12.4 sq. ft. 12.4 sq. ft. 7" 26 hrs. Plastic 600  10 yrs.
d900shdExcalibur D900SHD 
(discontinued by Excalibur)
105° - 165° F Square 12.4 sq. ft. 12.4 sq. ft. 7" 26 hrs. Stainless steel 600  10 yrs.
Weston P1000 food dehydratorWeston P1000  95° - 155° F Rectangular 15.5 sq. ft. 15.5 sq. ft. 7" 10 hrs.  Chrome or stainless steel 1000  1 yr.
dsmTSM D-10 90°F - 155° F Square 16 sq. ft. 16 sq. ft. 6.75" 12 hrs. Stainless steel 800  1 yr.

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