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Among the highest-grade machines on the market, the Excalibur 3926TW Food Dehydrator is brimming with features designed to enhance your food drying experience. Because of its great capacity, there’s no doubt that this particular appliance was designed for gardeners or larger families since it can easily accommodate several batches at once, which means that you’ll be able to cater to parties and other such gatherings. From lower-calorie snacks to whipping up sweet and salty batches of your favorite trail mix, this model is designed to make your life much easier in the kitchen.
While the Excalibur 396TW might be on the inexpensive side, it certainly comes with features that are normally found in professional-grade models. From the wide temperature range to the on/off switch, this appliance will help you enjoy the multiple benefits of drying your own food at home. For example, this machine can easily be considered as an investment because it will help you cut back on expenses such as commercially-produced fruit rolls, fruit leather, dried shrimp, banana chips and the likes.
Similarly, if you’re an athlete, you’ll easily be able to snack on delicious protein treats like meat, chicken or even fish jerky before and after your workouts. Since these products are usually on the expensive side, the dehydrator will help you save money in the long run. If your children are fuss about their greens, you may even whip up organic and low-calorie dehydrated treats such as potato, kale or banana chips or even dried fruits or fruit leather.
In spite of its multiple benefits, however, this machine does have a couple of drawbacks. One customer thought that the fan was too powerful for drying delicate items like seeds and herbs because they had a tendency to be blown away. Another user found the machine to be too bulky for his taste and reported that it claimed quite a lot of counter space, in which case it’d be recommended to opt for an expandable model such as the Nesco Gardenmaster or the Nesco FD-1018P, since they offer a big capacity but without requiring so much counter space. Otherwise, this appliance did receive an overwhelming amount of positive reviews.
Heat Distribution: 5/5
Thanks to its back-mounted fan that favors horizontal air flow, the Excalibur 3926TW is known for its even heat distribution. This ensures that every single tray receives the same level of heat which saves you the time and trouble of constantly having to rotate the trays. This also eliminates the need to repeatedly open and close the appliance which means that you won’t lose any heat, which consequently enables your food to dry much faster than usual. Indeed, because of the even heat distribution, the machine only requires hours to dehydrate your produce instead of days.
As a professional-grade model, the Excalibur 3926TW boasts of no less than 15 square feet of drying space on each tray, providing you with ample room for various types of food. It comes with no less than 9 trays, which is as many as you’re likely to find on an Excalibur dehydrator. Therefore, users will be able to enjoy several types of food in the same batch with very little risk of flavor mixing. Unlike other machines, this dehydrator enables you to dry pungent aromas like fish with delicate ones like herbs and summer fruits.
Other Features: 5/5
This particular model does come with an adjustable thermostat which yields greater precision over the dehydrating process, as it can be adjusted between 105 and 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Meats, for example, often require higher temperatures to eliminate all the harmful bacteria while herbs usually need to be dried under gentler temperatures. Other than the thermostat, users will also be able to benefit from the 26 hour timer. This allows you to turn on the machine before you go to work or allow it to run while you sleep at night. In fact, it’s so quiet that several customers turned it on at night, ensuring that they woke up to a healthy and nutritious breakfast in the morning.
Best of all, users will be able to make the most of the machine’s flexible polyscreen tray that has been especially conceived to prevent your food from sticking. As far as the noise is concerned, users have claimed that it does emit a small amount of noise but nothing unbearable. Quite on the contrary, many customers have claimed that the noise was not unlike that of a running fan.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Overall, this machine undoubtedly provides excellent value for money. At 22 pounds, it is slightly heavier than regular dehydrators but then again, it has been designed for much larger batches. Thanks to its solid built and professional-grade features, this particular model is a good alternative for those that don’t want to spend on a top end model such as the Excalibur Stainless Steel. Available in white, the Excalibur 3926TW Food Dehydrator is protected by a limited warranty of 10 years.
- Dehydrator Type: Shelves
- Air Flow: Horizontal (back to front)
- Temperature Range: 105°F to 165°F
- Dimensions: 12 x 17 x 19”
- Expandable: No
- Number of Trays: 9
- Timer: Yes
- Thermostat: Yes
- Wattage: 600 watts
- Warranty: 10-year Limited