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Despite being on the more expensive side, the Excalibur 3926TB certainly offers a great value for the money when you consider that it’s one of the most professional food dehydrators on the market. This particular model is packed with helpful amenities designed to produce excellent results with minimum effort on your part. Of course, if you’re on a really limited budget, you can certainly find some cheaper models on the market. However, you have to consider that, as cheaper models don’t usually include timer and thermostat, you will have to keep an eye on your food at all times.
As any other dehydrator, this particular model is designed to help you enjoy the countless benefits of food dehydration and avoid the harmful chemicals and toxins that are so often present in commercially-dried fruits and vegetables. In fact, numerous studies have shown that home-dried produce conserve most of their vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
Available in black and made from durable plastic, the Excalibur 3926TB has become quite popular and holds an overwhelming number of positive reviews to its name, which is proves that it offers real value for the money.
Because of its shelves’ design, contrary to cheap models, this appliance is quite big and will require a lot of counter space, so it may not be entirely suitable to those that live in cramped quarters. In that case, we’d recommend something more compact, so you can go for a more basic appliance such as the Presto 06300 Dehydro.
Heat Distribution: 5/5
The appliance features a patented Parallex Horizontal Airflow system, which provides an even and extremely precise heat distribution across each and every single tray. Now this is a refreshing change from cheaper models that usually come with vertical airflow- a heat distribution system that is notorious for its uneven drying technique. The fan is aptly located at the back of the machine and operates by drawing cool air in for heating, prior to distributing it across the trays. This also speeds up the drying technique, allowing you to dry more produce in very little time.
This appliance is especially known for its exceptional drying capacity. Thanks to its big frame, it will provide you with no less than 15 square inch of drying space per each of the 9 trays. Indeed, since it comes with no less than 9 trays this machine is extremely suited to larger families and will certainly help you out during parties or other such gatherings. The trays can be removed or added to your liking and needs. For example, if you need a warm space for your dough to rise or if you simply need to dehydrate any bulky produce, you can very easily remove the trays to create a higher and wider space for your food.
Other Features: 5/5
This machine is also enhanced by the Excalibur Hyperwave Fluctuation Technology which has been especially conceived to preserve as much enzyme as possible, hence ensuring that your food remains nutritious and packed with vitamins. The Fluctuation Technology also eradicates any risk of spoilage such as mold or yeast.
Since the trays are easily removable, your entire produce remains accessible at all times. The appliance even comes with a handy timer to provide you with greater control and precision over the drying process, which is a nice step-up from the similarly-priced Excalibur 3900B and 3526TB . Thanks to the 26-hour timer, you don’t even have to constantly open the dehydrator to check on how your food is doing: indeed, users can even set the timer, go to bed and wake up to perfectly dried fruits, vegetables, meats or even pasta and various grains. This particular system provides quite a great deal of flexibility and even allows you to dry non-edible items in the likes of potpourri, flowers, dough art or even cake decoration.
Some people also have used this particular model to make delicious and all-natural treats for their pets. As far as the noise factor goes, most customers claimed that this machine is moderately noisy, but not as bothersome as other models. One user compared the whirring noise to a running fan. The appliance also comes with a fully-adjustable thermostat, eliminating any need for constant tray rotation.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Considering its exceptional capacity, solid built and durability, this appliance is well worth its price. More importantly, it certainly does speed up the drying process which means that you can very well dry a large quantity of food in one batch, instead of constantly having to turn on the appliance. If the price is too steep for you or if you simply want something more basic for light to moderate use, you might feel more comfortable with another model.
- Dehydrator Type: Shelves
- Air Flow: Horizontal (back to front)
- Temperature Range: 105°F to 165°F
- Dimensions: 12 x 17 x 19”
- Number of Trays: 9
- Expandable: No
- Timer: Yes
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 600 watts
- Warranty: 10-year Limited