The Bottom Line
- Large capacity
- Multiple trays for layering
- Mesh inserts for finer herbs
- Easy to clean
- Very large
- Not much room between trays - although can skip a tray for thicker items
- Excellent quality, sturdy plastic design and easy to clean
- Fully adjustable thermostat
- Strong yet quiet fan
- Roomy design, with fully removable trays to accommodate your largest harvest.
Guide Review - Excalibur Food Dehydrator
If you dry more than a single plant or two, it is more efficient to use a dehydrator. The Excalibur is the top of the line when it comes to dehydrating quickly and thoroughly.
The Excalibur comes with either four, five or nine trays. It is a good idea to get the largest dehydrator that you can afford. This will not only allow you to dry the most product, but it is often necessary to remove some trays to allow for a thicker food to be inserted. With extra trays, this will allow for empty rows and still dry plenty of material at the same time.
The entire unit is easy to clean. Every corner is accessible on the inside, the fan is behind a protective screen so there is no worry of damage while wiping with a damp cloth. The trays are fully removable for handy filling right at your work area. They come with a mesh liner that keeps even the smallest herb leaves in place. The trays are dishwasher safe, but in my experience, washing in a sink of hot, soapy water is fine.
Possibly the two most important features that allow the Excalibur to stand apart from other dehydrators is the fan and thermostat. The fan is quiet enough to run on a countertop. Although not silent, it is quiet enough to allow for normal conversation while standing right next to it. The fan is also strong enough to move the air effectively through 9 full trays. It is recommended that you rotate trays midway though drying, for the best result, but it is not necessary in my experience.
The greatest benefit to the Excalibur is the thermostat. My machine is over six years old, and matches a loose thermometer temperature that I use for verifying that the thermostat is still working. Unlike many dehydrators that often have no thermostat, the Excalibur not only has a fully adjustable one. You simply adjust to the correct temperature you need and the dehydrator does the rest.