Do not buy an Excalibur dehydrator unless you’re serious about dehydrating. If you’re considering, read this information first.
If you’re ready and committed to dehydrating – then definitely buy an Excalibur, you won’t regret it.
After six years of using and loving my dehydrator and repeated questions about which dehydrator I use, I thought I’d share my thoughts and experiences with my Excalibur 3900 – nine trays or 15 square feet of dehydrating power (no timer).
Note: Yes, I am an affiliate with Excalibur, so those links you see will take you to a site where you can buy an Excalibur online. And yes, if you buy an Excalibur through one of those links, I do get financially rewarded. It’s one way I’m trying to earn a living. But also know this, I am only an affiliate with Excalibur because I truly love this dehydrator. If you want to support me and you’re ready to buy, click on the links. If you just want to get some honest feedback and decide later, no problem.
I got my Excalibur in 2011 after having dabbled in drying fruit in the oven and in a smallsecond hand round dehydrator from a garage sale. Turns out you really do get what you pay for – that little round dehydrator drove me insane! We enjoyed the end products, but uneven drying, slow drying, small surface space and having to rotate frames was too frustrating for me to enjoy the process.
I also tried my oven, and it worked, but small quantities and tying up the oven for 12-24 hours meant I didn’t dry food very often. I wanted to dry more food, without the frustration.
Finally, knowing I would actually use it and having read numerous reviews, I put on my big girl panties and bought the highly rated Excalibur. I’m not a big spender, so this was a big purchase for me, but it was totally worth it! Six years later, after loads of fruits, herbs, veggies, fruit leather, snack bars and camping meals, my dehydrator still works as good as ever.
Here’s what I consider the pros and cons of the Excalibur 9 tray, no timer model.
Should You Buy An Excalibur Dehydrator?
YES – IF…
- You know you’re actually going to dehydrate food. If you’ve never tried dehydrating and are just curious, you might want to borrow a dehydrator from a friend or start with a cheaper model.
- You are a gardener or hunter and eager to preserve your food.
- You do a lot of outdoorsy activities and want to make lightweight, safe food.
- You’re interested in storing a lot of food safely for a long time.
- You’re a RAW foodie.
NO – IF…
- You think you’ll only use a dehydrator occasionally.
- You don’t have a space where you can set it up so it’s convenient to use. It’s too big to haul around and I bet you’d forget about it. The good news is you can set it up in the garage, basement or gazebo – it doesn’t have to be in your kitchen.
- You can build and store your own.
That’s my thoughts on the Excalibur dehydrator. If you found this review useful and you’re ready to buy, I’d appreciate the support – just buy from any of the links on this page or BUY HERE.
Here are the specifications of my Excalibur Dehydrator #3900 – No Timer.
- 9-large trays, 15″ x 15″ each
- BPA free plastic mesh screens
- Adjustable Thermostat 105◦F to 165◦F (40°C to 65°C) (low enough for Raw Food, high enough for meat)
- 7-inch fan, 600 watts
- Voltage: 110-120V
- Unit Dimensions:12-1/2 H x 17 W x 19 D (inches)
- Shipping Weight: 22 lbs
- Made in USA
I also recommend getting a couple of extra Paraflex sheets, these are great when doing fruit or veggie leathers or anything fine/liquidy. If you’re getting the 9 tray dehydrator, be sure to get the 14″x14″ sheets.
If you have any questions, let me know.
Once you get your dehydrator, come back and check out all the great dehydrating recipes!
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