I have owned my Excalibur 9-tray food dehydrator for just over 3 years now. I use my dehydrator on a pretty regular basis as I do a lot of dehydrating of not just garden produce but also leftovers and store bought food purchased on sale. After that many years of ownership and use I figured it was time to do a review of my Excalibur.
I can hardly remember what it was like to have a smaller less efficient dehydrator. It was this thought that made me decide to do a review of my Excalibur 9-tray model 3900B.
I started down the preservation path with a small, second-hand dehydrator. It was one of the round ones with the stacked trays with the heater on the bottom and no thermostat. I really don't recall the name of the dehydrator; I just remember always being concerned if the temperature was safe and frequently having to stop what I was doing to rearrange the stacked trays so everything would dry evenly.
I eventually decided to see if I coiuld find a better dehydrator, so I did a lot of research and the name Excalibur kept coming up. What I found most impressive was that the people recommending Excalibur dehydrators were the people actually using them on a regular basis. With other dehydrators you see a lot of reviews that are done by people just using technical specs and not actually using them.
So let's break it down into the pros and cons of the Excalibur 9-tray model.
- The trays are very generous in size, being 15.25 inches by 15.25 inches outside measurements and 15 x 15 inside measurements
- There is a generous amount of space between trays inside the dehydrator with right about 1 inch between trays.
- Up to 600 watts of heating power
- A 7-inch fan to evenly circulate heated air.
- Unlike a lot of deydrators the fan is located at the back of the dehydrator instead of the bottom, which allows for even drying without having to repeatedly rotate trays from top to bottom during the dehydrating process.
- Fan location being in the back keeps food from dripping into fan and motor parts.
- Fan location makes cleaning very easy.
- The included mesh drying screens are durable and easy to clean
- Mesh screens are BPA free.
- Adjustable temperature - you can preserve enzymes in fruits and veggies by setting a low temperature for those types of food, and you can safely dehydrate meats by setting a higher temperature.
- Temperature can be set as low as 95 degrees for making yogurts
- Quick color coded temperature guide conveniently located next to the thermostat
- Handy dehydrating guide included
- Allows for a total of 15 square feet of drying space at one time.
- 10 year warranty will keep you dehydrating for many years.
- It's made in the USA!
- At 22 pounds it is a little on the heavy side. (They do have smaller dehydrators for those that don't need 9 trays)
- It is a little on the large side to keep on the kitchen counter when not in use.
- If the dehydrator is not sitting on a perfectly flat surface when running the door will rattle a litte ( a simple adjustment to either level the dehdyrator or moving the door slightly one direction or the other fixes that issue)
As I stated above I have had my Excalibur for just over 3 years and I can't say enough good things about it. I have dehydrated everything from fruits and veggies to entire meals to be rehydrated while camping .
Excalibur has several sizes and other options available, such as color and timers. They don't expect their dehydrators to be one size fits all: you can match your style and decor or go like me, functional and low key.
I've been using my Excalibur dehydrator for three years - with probably close to a thousand hours of dehyrating, maybe more - and I have never had a single problem with it.
Check out their entire line of dehydrators here to find the perfect one for you and then check out all my dehydrating articles to get some great dehydrating ideas of your own.
Fan located in back of dehydrator -
Drying tray with BPA free mesh screen
View of easy to clean inside of dehydrator
View of dehydrator with all 9 trays