Advice on Excalibur Dehydrator
Advice on Excalibur Dehydrator
I tried doing a forum search, but couldn’t really find what I was looking for, so I apologize if this is repetitious. I have been toying with raw foods for a while now and for the past few weeks have been high raw. I am tempted to purchase a dehydrator and it looks like Excalibur is the brand to go for.
I live in a super tiny apartment and am worried about the noise of the dehydrator as well as the size. I would love to spring for the 9 tray, but it seems quite large and some reviews on Amazon say it is excessively loud. It is also the most expensive. I was wondering if anyone uses the 4-tray and how the noise level is and if it is a quality machine? There doesn’t seem to be very many reviews about this model, everything I have read has been about the 9 tray, which sounds really awesome.
Thank you in advance!
I live in a small space, too. I tried the 9-tray Excalibur and had to get rid of it – it was way too noisy. The 4-tray model is fine for me. It is an excellent machine and is large enough for my needs.
The 4-tray model doesn’t have an on/off switch. I solved that by plugging it into an inexpensive power strip that does have an on/off switch. Works just fine.
I have used both and don’t find them to be noisy at all. It has a soft hum only – not noisy in my opinion. I love love love the 9-tray.
Either way, I’m sure you’ll be happy with anything from Excalibur. Their products and customer service are fantastic :)
i like the 9 tray. it make a hum sound… like a window fan, turned on medium setting. I can easily sleep when it’s running. i use 9 trays for big loads of fruit (to dry), drying buckwheat groats, drying spiced nuts, making pizza crusts, etc. It’s nice to do a big load at once, once a week. That’s why i love 9 trays.
I have a four-tray and it is not too loud. It’s just like a small fan sound.
If you want an on/off or timer, you could get the 5 tray.
I don’t dehydrate too much so 4 trays has been fine for me. We honestly don’t have room for anything bigger, as it is I have to stack stuff on top of it. I have a very small kitchen.
I have two the 5 tray and a 9. the 5 tray bought last year is louder than the 9 and the 9’s door fits better.I took the door off the stove oven and put the 5 tray on top of the last shelf. That way I can pull it out to set the heat and timer. I also have a board over 2 top stove elements removing them of course.
Remember the trays are smaller with the 4 tray.and later on you will kick your self if you get the 4.My opinion of course. smile
Hi again. Beany. I haven’t used my stove in 8 months and really need the counter space. My apartment manager would have a cow if I took the eyes out. Instead I flipped the breaker to off. This way there’s no chance of accidentally turning an eye on and burning the place down. She conducts announced inspections several times a year, and commented about the stuff on top of the stove last time. It’s pretty easy to clear the stuff off the range and flip the switch back to on when I know she’s coming.
I appreciate all the comments about the Excalibur. As a single I’ve really debated about which size to purchase. The 5 tray seems to be the most logical.
I just received my 4 tray in the mail. I am excited to use it, but was disappointed to find it had to no timer. Those who have/had a four-tray, do you find this a huge disadvantage? I got it for a pretty good price on eBay and don’t have the money for a better one right now, but I think I can make it work. (Tim Gunn style… LOL).