FD-1040 Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator


(8 customer reviews)
  • Digital Timer is Programmable for up to 48 Hours of drying time
  • 1000 watts of drying power! 120 Volts
  • Patented Converga-Flow®
  • Adjustable Temperature Control from 90-160° F
  • Includes 52-page recipe and instruction book, 4 drying trays, 1 solid sheet, 1 mesh sheet, and 1 packet jerky spice to make great tasting beef jerky or venison jerky
  • 4.5″ Fan, 2400-RPM Motor
  • Opaque Vita-Save® Exterior (blocks harmful light)
  • Expandable to 20 trays. No tray rotation, 1 Sq. ft. per tray. Tray size 15 1/2″ diameter
  • Additional Accessories Available for Model FD-1040:
    TR-2P Add-A-Trays (set of 2)
    SLD-2 Fruit Roll Sheet (set of 2)
    MS-2 Clean-A-Screen (set of 2)
  • NESCO Dehydrators are proudly made in the USA of global and domestic components.
SKU: FD-1040 Category:


Our “New Digitally Controlled” unit! Top mounted fan eliminates liquids dripping into the heater chamber. Comes with 4 drying trays but expands to a giant 20 trays so you can dry large quantities all at once! 1000 watts of drying power means you can dry more, faster. Patented Converga-Flow® forces heated air down the exterior pressurized chamber, then horizontally across each individual tray, converging in the center, for fast, even and nutritious drying. No flavor mixing! No need for tray rotation.

Fast, powerful fan! A quiet, 2,400-RPM motor and specially designed 4-1/2 inch fan mean faster, more nutritious drying. Four times faster than dryers which have no fan or motors.

Adjustable thermostat! Different foods need different temperature settings. The adjustable 90-160° F digital control gives you the flexibility to get the best results.

Vita-Save® Exterior! The opaque exterior blocks light to retain more of the food’s nutrients and vitamins during the drying process.


Learn About Dehydrating

Dehydrator Manual

Additional information

Weight11 lbs
Dimensions16 × 16 × 11 in

8 reviews for FD-1040 Gardenmaster Digital Pro Food Dehydrator

  1. Terri G Jefferson, WI (verified owner)

    I purchased this dehydrator a week ago and I can’t believe how good this is. I have dried beef jerky, grapes, cherries, fruit rollups so far. I had this kind of a model Model FD-1010 for years and years and finally the cover gave in. This one is all hard plastic and you can take the bottom off and wash it. The other model I had you couldn’t. Spend a little more money and get the good one. 1000 watts!

  2. Belinda B Nebo, NC (verified owner)

    I purchased this dehydrator about a month ago. I have made about 10 lbs of jerky so far. My husband does not get excited over kitchen stuff usually but after making jerky for him to eat on his job (he is an inspector for the highway dept) I think I have rated very high with him. This dehydrator is so well made, works so easily and has turned into an appliance that I recommend to everyone. Nesco is a good company and I have already ordered extra trays and more seasoning. Everything came so quickly. They had me in business very fast. Their seasonings are wonderful too. I think with high food prices now everyone should try these dehydrators. Thanks Nesco for such good quality products.

  3. Carole L (verified owner)

    I absolutely LOVE my dehydrator!!!! The FD1040 is the best dehydrator and with it I dry fruit quickly to share with friends. – The unit runs very quietly and has the capacity to dry an ample amount at one time. The FD-1040 is a great investment and great quality.

  4. John E (verified owner)

    Awesome dehydrator made in America

  5. John F (verified owner)

    When you’re dehydrating your product, be sure to keep it in a room that needs to be warmed if possible. It will save energy. Enjoy.

  6. Laura M M Rockaway Park , NY (verified owner)

    The best kitchen toy around. Love it. I’ve dehydrated, tomatoes, onions,garlic, eggplant, corn, kale, basil, oregano, sage, carrots, to name a few. I like to grow my herbs and some vegetables too. I utilize this dehydrator to dry all kinds of herbs and vegetables also fruits, I especially like the bananas chips. To be stored in mason jars, in my pantry to be used as needed. I am very satisfied with this purchase. thank you. very happy in Rockaway Park, NY

  7. Lori Q Masontown, PA (verified owner)

    I just received my Garden Pro today and immediately mixed up a pound of ground sirloin and squeezed out some jerky strips. After an hour I blotted the jerky to remove the grease and boy I can tell already how much faster it is drying out my meat than my other dehydrator I had. My other dehydrator was a Nesco too. My son bought it for me for my birthday back around either 2006 or 2007 and have made many batches of jerky. After 9 or 10 years it finally quit working. So I ordered this one. So far I am happy with it. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is, this dehydrator makes a clicking noise every few seconds. I don’t know if it’s supposed to or not. I hope it doesn’t quit working.


    Had it about a month now. I’ve made 5 batches of jerky. I bought two expansion trays and able to dry 6 trays of jerky in about 3 1/2 to 4 hrs. Very happy with unit. Going to try some fruit this weekend.

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