Excalibur 2400 4-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator with Adjustable Thermostat Accurate Temperature Control Faster and Efficient Drying Includes Guide to Dehydration Made in USA, 4-Tray, Black
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- 4-tray dehydrator, 4 square feet of drying space
- Economy model performs like larger models, but has no frills
- Starter - great way to try dehydrating
- Includes adjustable thermostat
- Easy to clean polyscreen tray inserts
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4-Tray Excalibur #2400: Dehydration is the healthiest, easiest, and most economical way to preserve foods. Load the trays and set the temperature, the Excalibur dries the contents of all trays evenly so everything's done at once. Dehydration concentrates the natural flavor, sweetness, and aromas of your food. Leaving you with a flavor that's far healthier than high-fat snacks and high-sugar candies that are filled with chemical preservatives. The Excalibur 4-Tray Economy dehydrator provides 4 square feet of drying space, and is a great way to try dehydrating. Specs: Adjustable Thermostat 95◦F to 155◦F, 4-inch fan, 220 watts, 6-1/2"H x 13"W x 16-1/4"D, Limited 5-year warranty, Included: 1 x Guide to Dehydration
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This model must have been upgraded or something over the last two years since mine has an on/off switch and in the question section people say you unplug unit to turn off. The on/off switch is clearly visible on the top right just above the temperature dial.
The trays are plastic. From what I researched - the unit never gets hot enough to pose a risk of the plastic releasing chemicals. I would have preferred stainless steel trays but again this is a starter unit bought to merely experiment with dehydrating. If my family embraces this lifestyle then I will definitely get a unit that offers stainless steel trays.
I was worried about the durability of the dehydrator so I purchased a warranty offered on Amazon. If I end up having to warranty the unit out I will update my review to reflect this issue.
The only thing besides the small size of the unit that I notice at this time is the front door operation. It slides up and down to remove. There are narrow "lips" on each side and they fit into the grooves of the unit. The left side doesnt want to go in easy so I stand there struggling a bit to line that end up to get it into the groove.
If you want a nice starter machine then go with this but if you think you will want to do more than small batches then I would find something larger.
2/23/2016 UPDATE: I am finding this unit to be too small considering it seems to take longer to dry things than indicated in the book. After going through all the hassles of slicing everything up and waiting to dry the fruits and veggies, our family of 4 goes through what was dried in less than a day. Pretty disappointing after you worked so hard to dry the stuff. My advice would be this might work for a single person with patience but if you are really wanting to be serious upgrade to a larger unit.
The replacement fuse I was sent is rated for 121 degC. The old one that failed on me twice before was rated at 84 degC. So it would appear that the lovely folks at Excalibur have realized that their original design is flawed because the original fuse is under-sized, which is why many people have had them burn out. Therefore, this should be provided for no cost to owners of this dehydrator, because it is basically a manufacturing defect. But then I guess they couldn’t charge you 1000+% markup to buy a replacement, could they?
If the heat goes out on your dehydrator, here is my advice:
1. Don’t listen to them when they try to sell you a new thermostat, I am sure your thermostat is fine.
2. Pull your bad fuse out, and if it is rated at 84 degrees C like mine was, demand that Excalibur ship you a replacement at no cost.
3. If that fails, buy one elsewhere. It is a 250 Volt, 10 Amp, 121 degC thermal fuse.
(I also called Amazon itself to make them aware of the upside down fuse issue so who knows if they will check other products they have but just a heads up!)