Made in the USA of Global and Domestic parts
Note: The model number 1010 and the 1018A are from the same series and the main component pieces are the same. The 1018A version has additional items included
Comes with 8 dishwasher safe trays and expands up to 30 trays.
1000-Watts of power dries foods in hours, not days.
Adjustable Thermostat (95Â°F – 160Â°F).
Converga-Flow drying system pushes heated air up and across each tray.
Includes (8) Fruit Roll-up Sheets, (8) Clean-a-Screens, (1) Recipe Instruction Book, (1) Original Jerky Spice Pack with Cure.
NESCO Gardenmaster Pro Dehydrator Reviews
Kinda new to dehydrating so this is what happened. Reading reviews and trying to get into this reasonably cheap, not knowing if the kids (twin B/G 16 & 13 year old daughter) would even eat it. Snackmaster seemed to be the best choice. I also bought 6 more trays along with the mesh liners. After doing several batches testing how long it took, how much yield, how many minutes it took the kids (and myself) to devour the 11 trays of banana chips, one dehydrator was not going to cut it.Ordered the Gardenmaster within a week along with 6 more trays and screens. The inch or so larger trays do make a difference, along with being able to stack 30 trays??? Has anyone done that? Love it, I use both now.The Gardenmaster is a lot noisier, but with the 8 trays it comes with, is a lot shorter drying time. It’s loud like you don’t want to be on the phone next to it. It is more convenient loading, no motor to pick up. Counter space, yeah, a little more.The snackmaster is very quiet and still does the job, just takes longer. 600w vs 1000 w gardenmaster.The Gardenmaster is one the left with just 7 of the trays on it, the Snackmaster on right with 11 trays.Wish I’d started with the gardenmaster now, I have yet to get any stockpile of fruits or jerky, it’s gone by nightfall it seems.Update 9/23/20 Been using 20 trays for fruits and jerky the past year. Still going strong, no problems. Still no headway on stockpile. I do to find the noise an issue, will order another ten trays for fruits. I don’t think I’d try jerky with 30 trays, don’t feel its hot enough. Love the unit.
This is my second Gardenmaster dehydrator. I wore my other one out in 4 years by making too much venison jerky. Is there such a thing, for a dehydrator the answer is yes. This new one is working great and can handle a 10 pound batch (wet weight) of 16 fully loaded trays of venison jerky (ground venison formed with a jerky gun). The only weakness that I have found with these is that this USA made dehydrator gets a made in China thermal fuse put in it, so it has an Achilles heal if you will. I attempted 5 times to replace this thermal fuse in my old one, only to have it blow every time. Not many people use a dehydrator as much as I do, so don’t let that scare you off. This is a very honest and blunt review and aside from the fuse issue, this is one very nice Made in the USA machine. This is the only dehydrator that can put up with the abuse I give these machines and I have owned many Nescos and other brands. I give it an A or about a 97%/100%.
I bought this dehydrator to make meals for an 8 day remote backpacking trip. The Gardenmaster is amazing. It’s design is much better than the Snackmaster. The air moves more evenly throughout the machine and dries the food quickly and efficiently. The temperature gauge is a great feature. I dried: bananas, mangoes, strawberries, pineapple, apples, spaghetti sauce, curry sauces, ground beef, corn, carrots, and peas. The food was amazing on the trail! So much better than commercially made bagged food. If you are a backpacker, this is the dehydrator for you. Don’t mess around with the smaller machines, that just makes more work for you. And, this one comes with all the trays to dry sauces and fruit leather.
I researched this before I bought it. I’d purchased an Excalibur before and while it worked great it was not expandable. This one is perfect! A major pro is that not only does it come with 8 trays, but also 8 fruit leather trays, and 8 of the netted trays. That’s an amazing deal! It makes no more noise than any of the others and doesn’t throw off any more heat than the others either. It also has larger size trays. It takes a lot of food to fill it up the whole unit. I highly recommend it!
Love it. This is my first dehydrator, but I did my research. I know there are more expensive and probably better ones on the market, but for my needs this is perfect. I bought it to make jerky only to learn that I am addicted to zucchini chips. The whole family is getting extra veggies. Zucchini chips and turnip chips are the favorites. Does a great job on jerky and I feel better knowing what is in it when made by scratch. Everything dries quickly and evenly, easy to clean and comes with everything you need. to get started. I will probably order extra trays soon.
with this product, you don’t need to turn or readjust your drying foodfirst time, set the timer for 2 hours, then every hour to see progress and keep track of temp and time for futureeasy peasyps didn’t know i like turnip till i dried itoriginally bought this so i could make yam treats for my dog instead of paying so much for them, now i am not sure i want to shareenjoy
You are probably thinking… will this thing really work? There are those smaller ones for $50-$75 and they do the same thing right? They do not. Most of the cheaper ones don’t have enough power to dry food in a reasonable amount of time. If you have to wait 12-16hrs for things to happen you will become discouraged and it will be in your next garage sale from lack of use. The Nesco is very simple, expandable and drys much things in half the time plus it’s fairly easy to clean. The only slightly negative thing I can think to say is that it does take up a fair amount of counter space.