In August of 2012, I bought a Nesco® All American Harvest® Dehydrator & Jerky Maker at Home Hardware since I no longer have my Jenn-Aire slide-in range as I went to natural gas when we bought this house. My ancient Mr Coffee Maker stand-alone dehydrator quit back in 2005 and I didn't bother replacing because the Jenn-Aire had a dehydrating setting. Well, Home Hardware had had the FD-61, 500 W, expandable to 12 trays on sale so I bought one. It had to be ordered in on a rain cheque but I still got it at the sale price of $65. I had considered ordering extra trays at the same time but wanted to see how the dehydrator performed.
We stopped at a Bed, Bath and Beyond while we were doing Christmas shopping. They had my exact same dehydrator and beside it the add-a-trays priced at $9.99 for two. I popped one box into the cart figuring that it was a good deal and I may not want to fully expand to the 12 trays so reasoned that buying 2 at a time as needed would be the more frugal choice. My old Mr Coffee was a five tray, round model that served us nicely for several years.
At that price, I now have $75 into the dehydrator. If I expand again, it will cost me another $10 for a total of $85 investment, something that would be recouped during the first year of dehydrating depending on use. Each 2 tray expansion kit gives an additional 1.73 sq feet of drying space meaning each tray is 0.865 sq feet of drying space. With 6 trays I now have a total of 5.19 sq feet of drying space which is a fair amount of drying space. Whether or not that is enough drying space for my plans remains to be seen so I will expand further if needed.