Excalibur 3948CDB Review

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Excalibur 3948CDB has an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews.
Excalibur 3948CDB

Excalibur is among the most renowned manufacturers of food dehydrators, and they have a stellar reputation for quality products. The Excalibur 3948CDB is unique and includes all of the best traditional features and much more, including a 48-hour timer, a transparent door, and a digital two-time and two-temperature controller.

It is a box-style dehydrator that features nine removable trays, and although it is not expandable, meaning the addition of more trays is not possible; it allows users more drying space compared to the round food dehydrators. It additionally allows the removal of its plates to create extra space for large items or rising dough and a whopping 15 square feet of drying space.

This dehydrator features the patented Parallex Horizontal Air Flow plus Hyperwave Fluctuation Technology, with the mounting of the fan set at the back of the device, effectively providing an additional horizontal drying capability and eliminating possibilities of drops or crumbs falling onto the motor and blade.

The advanced 7-inch fan and Parallexx Drying system, combined with the adjustable temperature controlling thermostat with temps from 95° to 165° F, provide users with a convenient versatility. New users might experience slight adjustment difficulties with regards to personal preferences of the factors such as humidity, but included in the delivery is a helpful processing chart found in the owner’s manual.

This model features a transparent polycarbonate door, offering the ability to see food as it dries which is quite handy for proofing dough. The door is also removable, allowing for easy cleaning and loading.

This dehydrator also features a two-time, two-temperature digital controller, allowing users the ability to set the timer for up to 48 hours, plus the option of dual settings. Users will be able to place food on the trays, set the digital controller to a specific temperature for a particular duration, and also set the second period at an entirely different temperature. The dehydrator consequently operates at the first set temperatures for the specified time length and then changes to the second set temperatures, running for the time allotted for said temperatures. It will then automatically shut down once done, offering users ultimate functionality, control, and convenience.

Like all of the other Excalibur dehydrators, the Excalibur 3948CDB is suitably covered with a 10-year limited warranty, which applies even if your unit is purchased from Amazon.com. It is additionally a strong recommendation that users read the owner’s manual and adhere to the instructions, online registration of the unit with the manufacturer being one of the important instructions.

The Excalibur 3948CDB 9-Tray Food Dehydrator is designed to produce excellent results on all types of produce, be it poultry, fish, or game meat. It can additionally be utilized for craft projects. For some cases, the use of tray liners might be a requirement.

This new model of Excalibur food dehydrator is currently only available in black color and is manufactured in the United States, Sacramento, CA, same as all the other Excalibur food dehydrators. Its operational specifications are at 600 watts and a voltage of 110-120V. Because the maximum temperature setting for the Excalibur 3948CDB is 165 degrees, safety would have been an issue, but the manufacturers conveniently made this unit using polycarbonate plastic, meaning it is BPA free and will not emit any harmful fumes that might leech into your foodstuffs.

For optimal operations, this unit does not need for you to use all nine trays, which is advantageous over the previous dehydrator models that feature stacking shelves to allow the processing of bulky foodstuffs or even foods in tall containers. The 39348CDB permits the removal of a few trays to create space for the numerous items, plus the removal of all but 1 or 2 of the trays to provide enough height accommodation for jars and bulky craft items. The exterior dimensions of this dehydrator are 19 inches in depth, 17 inches in width, and 12 inches in height.

Also included in the delivery is the Preserve It Naturally book, which comes in quite handy since it provides users with over 250 pages of information about dehydration. The information includes diagrams, color photos, and detailed instructions for the dehydration of all types of foods, the making of cheese or yogurt, plus how to work with craft items.

Optional Accessories
The featured trays are mesh, unsuitable for processing semi-liquids, fruit leathers, and liquid foods such as sauces, soups, and pureéd items, or for tiny ingredients that can easily fall through the mesh. A solution for this would be lining the trays with parchment paper.

Non-stick and flexible dehydrator sheets are best for the processing of foods that require tray liners, especially in large quantities, and these are available separately.

User Reviews

Posted by Thatnub

  • 5/5

After using a basic round dehydrator for years, I was beyond ready for an upgrade. When I asked for opinions, my friends told me that Excalibur was the best name in the business, and they were right.

I have had a great experience with this product. I love the clear sides that let me see how my food is progressing, and the large capacity lets me dehydrate a large batch at once. The digital timer is a great feature, especially for those who tend to be forgetful like me!

Even though I’m giving this product a great review, I did have one issue. After I owned my Excalibur dehydrator for about 4 months, it stopped working completely. This was really disappointing, but the company turned a bad situation into a high point by the way they handled it. They mailed me a completely new dehydrator at no charge and with no questions asked! This kind of customer service can be hard to find these days, and it definitely turned me into an Excalibur customer for life.

Posted by Phillip Sharp

  • 5/5

If you have been considering getting this Excalibur dehydrator, I encourage you to go for it! I’ve been using my new dehydrator for several weeks now, and I really love it! I felt comfortable investing in this product since the company backs it with a 10 year warranty.

Posted by Gisele Olson

  • 3/5

This dehydrator is OK, but to be honest, I expected more from the Excalibur brand. I tried out my machine by drying herbs. I put it on the lowest setting to preserve as many nutrients as possible. However, it is just not working properly. I kept it on this low setting for several rounds, and it is just taking forever, and then the herbs get all crumbly. My other problem is the quality of the materials. Some of the plastic is very flimsy, and I already had to super glue a broken piece back together. My mom used an Excalibur dehydrator throughout my childhood, and it was a lot more sturdy than this one. I’m disappointed.

Posted by Mike Honcho

  • 5/5

The most important thing that I can say about this Excalibur dehydrator is that I wish I would have bought it sooner! I’m new to the world of dehydrating, but I was able to get started right away with this high quality, but easy to use device. I love that I don’t have to rotate the trays while the machine is working. I can just use the digital timer to set it and forget it, and enjoy delicious dried fruits from the comfort of my home. This dehydrator is the best!

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