Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator

Overall Score: 74/100

Tested December 2015

This Excalibur food dehydrator comes with nine trays, which is the maximum number it can take at one time. It comes with nine plastic inserts for the trays to stop food sticking, and the trays are dishwasher-safe, for ease. It has a timer, for up to 26 hours and a manual temperature range of 41-74C.

Available from: ukjuicers.com

Price when tested: £266.95

GHI Expert Verdict

The Excalibur food dehydrator comes with a good selection of trays to get you going, so it’s ideal for bulk drying. It has useful plastic mat inserts to stop items sticking to the trays and it dried fruit and evenly while not losing their vibrancy. It has a useful timer and temperature dial, which automatically switches off once the cycle has finished. It doesn’t have a viewing window, so to check for progress, you must open the tray door. It’s worth noting that you should bear in mind that it’s quite a plastic-looking and bulky machine.

Overall Score: 74/100

RATINGS:

  • Ease of use: 5/5
  • Design: 3/5
  • Performance: 3.5/5
  • Instructions: 5/5

WE LIKED

  • Plenty of trays and plastic inserts
  • Useful quick guide on the machine
  • Trays are dishwasher-safe for convenience
  • Tomatoes and apricots retained vibrancy and peeled easily off of the plastic mat
  • Low energy consumption

WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • Bulky and takes up a lot of work-surface
  • Door just hangs on, bit precarious
  • Have to reach over the machine to access controls
  • Slightly uneven results when drying apples and mushrooms

All product information provided by the manufacturer is correct at time of publication.

The Excalibur 9 Tray Food Dehydrator dries fruit, vegetables, and wholesome living foods while preserving their nutrients and enzymes. With its convenient 26-hour timer, the Excalibur 4926T is easy to use and produces consistently delicious results.

The Excalibur dehydrator has a unique powerful Paralexx™ drying system that produces even and fast drying, every single time. Its horizontal airflow eliminates the need to re-stack trays, and allows for fine control of temperature as no heat is lost during the drying cycle.

Most food dehydrators keep temperature constant, causing ‘case hardening’: food dried on the surface with remaining moisture still trapped inside – this moisture differential increases the risk of bacterial, yeast and mould growth. The Excalibur’s thermostat creates a Hyperwave™ fluctuation and varies heat through the drying cycle, eliminating ‘case hardening’ and delivering dried food without any residual moisture, dry enough to be powdered!

A versatile best-seller

The Excalibur is versatile and has 9 fully removable trays, letting you customise the drying space according to your own needs. The Excalibur is a best-selling food dehydrator worldwide for good reason: it is made to a high engineering quality and gives reliable performance, time after time. Its case is manufactured from FDA-approved food contact polycarbonate that does not produce any harmful fumes while in use, unlike cheaper styrene dehydrators. The tray screens are manufactured from BPA-free polypropylene #5, the safest plastic for food contact.

All Excalibur dehydrators are sturdy and easy to clean.

Adjustable thermostat and timer

The thermostat ranges from 41°C to 74°C and provides fine-grain control on temperature and precision drying. The range is low enough to preserve living nutrients but high enough to make meat jerky safely.

The timer adds convenience: load the trays, set your desired drying time and come back to perfect results! The Excalibur will turn off automatically once the timer has stopped.

Teflex and Silicone sheets (optional accessories sold separately)

These reusable food-grade solid sheets coated in teflon or silicone are ideal for dehydrating roll-ups, fruit purée and semi-liquid / sticky foods, which would normally drip through the tray’s included mesh sheet.

You can make these living foods easily with the Excalibur:
  • Soups
  • Sprouted seed crackers
  • Dried fruit
  • Dried nuts
  • Fruit roll-ups (Teflex sheet recommended)
  • Dried herbs
  • Beef jerky
  • Stews

Now you can enjoy healthy, easy, raw living food with one of the world’s best quality dehydrators!

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