Large Space With Sufficient Tray Quantity
Given that I sometimes had to dry huge quantities of beef jerky or salmon, I was relieved to find that the Excalibur 3926TB came with 15 square feet of drying space. Contributing to this marvellously large drying area were 9 trays that came gratis with the product. These trays could be operated in tandem, or one or more removed to make space for larger foods, without there being any reduction or excess concentration of heating power.
Special Polyscreen tray insert
Fruits in particular can be very sticky, and Excalibur has foreseen this hindrance. To this end, it provides the product with a polyscreen tray insert that keeps the foods from sticking to the tray and hindering the overall drying of the foods. This screen is easily removable, and given that it is not made of metal, we did not have any problems removing it just minutes after the completion of one round of dehydration.
Unlike many box and shelf type dehydrators, the Excalibur 3926TB comes with a simple knob for choosing the temperature. Located at the back, it does not interfere with the handling of the product. The on/off switch, in our experience, is an equally easy to operate knob that sites beside the temperature control knob. Both are highly responsive and do not suffer damage even when extensively used.
Adjustable thermostat with 26 hour timer
Made using Excalibur’s patented technology, the thermostat is adjustable to a high degree. Indeed, it can handle up to 26 hour work-cycles, adjusting its heat output according to the present stage of dehydration during each of the stages involved in the average drying cycle. In my experience, this feature can be used to catch a good night’s sleep without having to worry about the beef jerkys becoming hardened pieces of leather.
One small flaw
My family is large, and so this product works well. However, when I tried to dry out smaller portions, I found that the heating mechanism either heated the foods too much, or led to uneven heating. Hence, if you are living along, I would not suggest buying this large-scale food dehydration product.
Warranty : 10 year limited warranty
With my reputation as a good cook at stake, I had gone through food dehydrator reviews and hence knew of the minor fault that this product had. The reason I still went with it was that it managed to dry foods quickly and in large amounts without sacrificing simplicity of use. In case you too have large amounts of food to dry out and the space required to keep a box and shelf dehydrator, I believe this product can do wonders to your current and future diet.