Is The Compact Excalibur 3526TB Food Dehydrator As Productive As It Is Attractive?
The Excalibur 3526TB 5 Tray Dehydrator is a small, 5 tray food dehydrator that uses a 5 inch fan, adjustable thermostat and 26-hour timer to put buyers in greater control of their food.
It is advertised as a “small garden” dehydrator for families that presumably have small kitchen gardens and want to play with the produce to create interesting snacks. This is an interesting target audience but what do real buyers have to say about their experiences?
What benefits have buyers noted when testing this Excalibur 3526TB Food Dehydrator on their own produce in their kitchens?
To start with, the operation of this dehydrator is praised by a number of users, with many mentioning the use of the timer and the variable heat settings because of the peace of mind they bring, especially to busy owners that cannot keep a eye on it all the time.
Additionally, many feel that the performance is enhanced by the capacity as this Excalibur model uses a rack system with a lot of versatility and space, apparently providing 8 square feet of drying area. The end result of the process seems to be a lot of produce of varying standards from meats to vegetables and there is the added advantage that it is easy to clean out afterwards too.
This benefit is partly due to the inclusion of the polyscreen tray inserts that stop food getting stuck. The final selling point to note is one that is of less importance when it comes to the quality of the food but is still important to many buyers – the looks. Some products of this type are bulky and ugly but this one has an appealing look and smaller footprint that makes it more suitable for use in the kitchen.
The problem with the consistency of the produce is that some buyers have encountered rubbery fruit and some failures.
Apparently this Excalibur dehydrator “dries the contents of all trays evenly” meaning “everything is done at once”; this is not always the case and practise is needed. Rather predictably, as this is a dehydrator that buyers wish to use in their kitchens, the biggest complaint that has been received is about the noise levels.
Occasionally it is just a case of buyers saying it is noisier than they had hoped for but others go into specifics a little more and blame the high noise level on the construction and the rattly parts, notably the door which is a bit loose to begin with.
Summary: are these flaws enough to stop this Excalibur 3526TB 5 Tray Small Garden Food Dehydrator from being recommendable?
There is still a lot to love about this product, just be aware that even though it is slightly more expensive and a nicer looking model, that does not mean that you will not have to put up with some noise and have flawless results.
Not all fruits and vegetables give the exact texture and flavour that buyers have been hoping for but the fact that they are enjoying experimenting with options and settings shows that this compact, variable Excalibur dehydrator is still highly recommendable to those looking to get into the hobby of food dehydration.