Excalibur 3900 Food Dehydrator
The 3900 series is primarily sold directly by Excalibur and is comparable to the 2900 which is sold primarily through distributors. The nine trays provide 15 square feet of dehydrating area which is great for knocking out large batches of jerky, apples, or anything else. This product comes in either white or black exterior (both have black trays and a black door; the white unit cost $10 more). If you are looking for a dehydrator that provides a lot of square footage, you might also consider the Nesco FD-1010 which can expand up to 30 square feet. However, tall items work much better in the Excalibur unit since you are able to remove trays to get extra height.
This model includes an instruction manual with over 50 recipes.
The Excalibur Product Line
Excalibur is a leading manufacturer in the dehydrator market and has been solely focusing on dehydration technology for over 30 years. They are a family owned business that manufacturers their products in the US. Their product line is broken out into the 2000 series and the 3000 series with the primary difference being that the 2000 series are sold through resellers and the 3000 series are sold directly from Excalibur. Here are the key features included in their products:
- Rectangular trays that slide in and out of the unit versus circular stackable trays. This allows for large items to be dried since the entire rectangle can be used (versus a hole in the middle of circular dryers). In addition, trays can be removed to allow for drying taller items.
- Horizontal airflow versus vertical - Turbo Charged Parallexx™ Horizontal-Airflow Drying System draws cool air from the back, heats it, and distributes it evenly across each tray. During the dehydration process, warm air removes moisture from foods and is pushed out the front of the machine.
- Excalibur trays are dishwasher safe, almost unbreakable and FDA approved for food contact.