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A mid-range appliance, the Excalibur 2400 Economy Dehydrator is priced between $100 and $200. Perfect for anyone who’s willing to fork some extra bucks to benefit from the appliance’s numerous features, this model will help you easily avoid the excessive salt, chemicals and toxins that store-bought dried produce usually contain. By this token, investing in your own food dehydrator can help you avoid several types of diseases and health conditions such as elevated blood pressure and obesity. Indeed, nutritionists recommend that dieters swap their sugary and often fattening snacks for healthier nibbles like dried fruits and vegetables, kale chips, and other such items.
In fact, several customers have reported that the Excalibur 2400 sparked their children’s interest in various types of fruits and vegetables, especially when they get to help out with the dehydrating process. Since this machine is designed to conserve as much vitamins and minerals as possible, you can be sure that your kids will easily get their five a day. More importantly, this appliance is designed to dry various types of produce, including herbs, spices meats and jerkies. This will also allow you to dry several types of non-edible produce such as clay ornaments and frames, flower petals and potpourris. The Excalibur 2400 is quite affordable and straightforward compared to other higher-range appliances, and because of this it’s often advertised by the company as being a perfect starter machine for inexperienced users.
While this machine is practically brimming with handy features, a few users did have some complaints about it. For example, a couple of users were annoyed by the fact that the dehydrator does not come with an on/off switch which does provide less precision over the dehydrating process. Also, another customer found it to be too small for his liking. It’s also worth mentioning that- for a similar price- you could instead get the Nesco Gardenmaster, which comes with a much higher drying capacity. However, considering that this model is more of an entry-level, its size should be more than enough for a first dehydrator or for small families.
Heat Distribution: 5/5
Because of its horizontal air flow system, the Excalibur 2400 ensures even heat distribution around the machine. In fact the 4 inch fan can easily be adjusted to your liking, which means that your food will be as soft or as crisp as you want it to be. This feature is especially practical for larger households with varying taste buds because everyone will be able to have their produce exactly as they want them to be cooked. Unlike other lower-capacity machines with vertical heat-flow, this particular appliance makes sure that every single tray receives heat, which means that most of your food will be cooked around the same time. By this token, you won’t even have to constantly open the dehydrator and rotate the trays to ensure even cooing.
With its 4 trays, just as the Nesco FD-80, this dehydrator has a great capacity for an entry-level model. By this token, customers can use this machine to dry several types of produce at the same time, instead of constantly having to turn the food dehydrator on and off. This also makes it easier for you to cater to larger groups and provide your guests with delicious albeit healthy snacks that they’ll certainly enjoy.
Other Features: 4/5
In spite of its fairly affordable price, the machine comes with a thermostat that can be adjusted between 95 to 155 degrees F, allowing you to take complete control over the drying process. Users will also be glad to learn that, unlike other food dehydrators, this version hardly emits any noise. Some people have even compared its low hum to the sound emitted by a fan. While you might hear a small amount of noise, it’s certainly tolerable enough for you to turn the machine on during the night as you sleep, ensuring that you wake up to a fresh and nutritious breakfast every morning.
It does not include a timer but some users have found it easier to just buy any regular kitchen timer. It’s also extremely easy to wash with the trays being entirely dishwasher safe.
Overall Rating: 4/5
All in all, if you don’t mind the few minor drawbacks, there’s no reason why you can’t go for this appliance. The boxed packaging even includes an instructions booklet with a list of various recipes and dehydrating time. The Excalibur 2400 4-Tray Economy Dehydrator is made from superior-quality plastic and is available in black. This machine weighs 8 pounds and is covered by a limited warranty of 5 years.
- Dehydrator Type: Shelves
- Air Flow: Horizontal (back to front)
- Temperature Range: 95°F to 155°F
- Dimensions: 6 x 13 x 16”
- Expandable: No
- Number of Trays: 4
- Timer: No
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 220 watts
- Warranty: 5-year Limited