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Excalibur 3948CDB 9 Tray Food Dehydrator with Digital Controller and Timer, Black
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- Dry your own fruit, vegetables, and jerky
- 9 tray with 15 square feet of drying space
- 2 times and 2 temperatures
- Adjustable thermostat
- 48 hour timer
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This 9 tray Dehydrator has 15 square feet of drying space. The digital controller allows for 2 times and temperatures, and 48 hour timer. Dehydrates at 85 degrees Fahrenheit - 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the optimal drying temperature for herbs, fruit, meat and much more. Clear polycarbonate door for easy view of drying.
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Every good prepper needs a dehydrator. When you think of dehydrators you think of Excalibur and for good reason, they're AWESOME! We bought ours a few months ago and were shocked when it would not dehydrate anything. Turns out we got a bad one but, the customer service at Excalibur is amazing. Two days after we contacted them, we had a replacement sitting on our doorstep. This was after having the old one for over 5 months. They swapped it out no questions asked.
Now that we have the new one up and working, The Wife is dehydrating everything she can find and trying new recipes everyday. As soon as we find our vacuum sealer, we can start putting stuff away in our long term storage and all of our prepping bags. It takes so little power to operate. We put it on our Kill A Watt meterP3 P4400 Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor and dehydrating our bananas for 8 or 9 hours it took less than 3kWh. We like the clear door so we can peek at the goodies inside without letting all of the heat out and the dual timers on the digital display are great for recipes that require you to lower the temp after a few hours. Each timer will go for 24 hours so, you can set it and forget it.
If you have one of those round dehydrators, get rid of it and get an Excalibur. It will be the best investment you've made in a long time.
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After endless hours of research comparing the Excalibur to the Sedona, I settled on the Sedona. I had purchased my Sedona a couple of years ago and liked it enough.... until it broke and I decided to try out an Excalibur.
At the time, the Excalibur models did not have a clear door option, a timer, or a dual-temperature setting option, however Excalibur now offers all three of these options.
I contacted Sedona and they sent me a replacement part for free, so I was able to swap out the part and get it working again. I had already decided I wanted to try the Excalibur, so this gave me the opportunity to test both of these side-by-side to see which one performed better.
The Sedona has rectangular trays. Now they will tell you it doesn't matter because there are TWO fans (two is better than one!) and they are located at the back (better circulation!), blah blah blah. Everything I ever dehydrated in there took at least 14-18 hours, and even then never really seemed completely dry. My dehydrated goodies would rehydrate in their storage containers by the next morning, and I was always afraid of mold. Every recipe I came across would say to dehydrate for X number of hours (in an Excalibur) but I would have to add 6-8 hours (or more!). Never quite understood why until I tried the Excalibur. Additionally, I always had to rotate the trays in the Sedona as it seemed the front never got as dry as the back (so much for two fans circulating better than one).
It's common practice to dry the first two hours at 145 degrees, though I usually set mine for 137 degrees in case there is a temperature fluctuation. On the Excalibur I was able to use the dual-setting for the first two hours at 137, then the rest of the time at 110. On the Sedona I just did this manually.
I performed a side-by-side dehydrated raw kale test, then a side-by-side dehydrated raw apple test. Initially I had set both dehydrators for the same amount of time because I was used to Sedona time. I was completely shocked when I checked on my stuff and it was already dry (COMPLETELY dry!) midway through the time. With the Sedona I had to rotate the trays (multiple times) to try to get it to dry evenly. With the Excalibur, I didn't need to rotate at all!
I actually prefer the plastic trays and drying sheets on the Sedona as they are much sturdier and easier to handle than the Excalibur trays/sheets. I didn’t think I was going to like the lift-off door of the Excalibur but I actually ended up preferring it to the Sedona door. With the lift-off door, you get complete access to the trays, without a door in the way. Also the beep on the Sedona is quite loud in the middle of the night whereas the Excalibur is considerably lower.
Bottom line: the Excalibur outperforms the Sedona, hands down. If you're buying a Sedona and have never had the pleasure of owning an Excalibur, you will probably love it (but only because you don't know what you're missing).
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