Reliable, High-Powered Dehydrator
The Excalibur 2900ECB is a great dehydrator for bulk dehydrating or large families. It comes with an on/off switch, accurate temperature control, 9-tray capacity, and a side-mounted fan for even air distribution. While large, the unit is designed to handle even the largest dehydrating projects with ease. Its user-friendly design makes it easy to set the temperature and forget about it until it is time to take the food out, with minimal cleanup afterwards.
This model comes with a built-in on/off switch. The benefits of the on/off switch will depend largely on personal preference; many users are satisfied simply unplugging the machine when they no longer need to use it, while others actively appreciate this added feature.
Fits 9 trays
With a total of 15 square feet, the Excalibur 2900ECB can fit 9 trays at one time, making it one of the more spacious and efficient dehydrators in its price range. Consumers wanting to dehydrate goods in bulk will appreciate the extra space in this model.
7 inch fan, 440 watts
The Excalibur 2900ECB comes with a 7 inch fan and 440 watts of heating power; while the fan size is fairly average for the price range, the wattage does fall slightly below expectations.
Accurate, adjustable temperature control
You have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of temperatures with the Excalibur 2900ECB, with temperatures as low as 95 and as high as 155 degrees. This is sufficient to fill most dehydration needs, including jerky, yogurt, and herbs. This model is particularly good at staying at the temperature you set it for.
The Excalibur 2900ECB has a side-mounted fan and motor, which means that it leads among comparable units in terms of evenly dehydrating food on all trays. While top- or bottom- mounted fans tend to dry the trays closest to them quicker than those far away, side-mounted units can evenly distribute air across all the trays at the same rate, so you don’t need to worry about manually rotating trays.
Since the fan and heating element are located at the back of the machine, you don’t have to worry about moisture or food dripping onto them, like you do with bottom-mounted units. This keeps the whole machine running well without having to constantly worry about cleaning.
Many users have complained about the high noise level of the Excalibur 2900ECB; some have compared it to the sound of a microwave, while others have no problem with the noise level. Whether or not the noise will affect you will largely depend on your general sensitivity to sound and where you store it. If you can find a place in your home where the noise will not bother you throughout the day and night, the noise factor should not be a problem; if you are living in a small space with thin walls, you may want to consider a quieter model.
Due to its size, this model is not apartment-friendly or easy to store in tight spaces. Large families and heavy users looking to dehydrate lots of food at once may want to make the space sacrifice due to the Excalibur 2900ECB’s nine trays and quick drying time, but those living in smaller spaces without much storage might want to consider a more compact model.
The Excalibur 2900ECB is one of the most functional and trusted devices among its peers. If you have the space to store it and are not worried about being bothered by the noise, you can trust that you have invested in a high-quality, user-friendly dehydrator when buying this model.