Mid-Range Price, Perfect for Light Usage
The Excalibur 2400 is a good middle-of-the-road dehydrator for users who want a powerful dehydrator for occasional use. It comes with four polyscreen trays that make clean-up easy. While it would not stand up to daily usage, it is a very effective dehydrator that requires minimal oversight during use and can stand up to any dehydration project. It is built to last for years and its compact size and easy storage is a boon for those who want to dehydrate once or twice a week, but don’t want a huge piece of equipment. While the unreliable temperature control feature will frustrate more experienced users who want a full range of control over the dehydration process, it does not significantly affect the quality of the output.
Compact, 4 tray design
The Excalibur 2400 offers 4 trays and 4 square feet of space for dehydrating small quantities of food. This is one of the more space-friendly models on the market today, and can easily fit in an average kitchen, though heavy-duty consumers will probably want something that can dehydrate greater quantities of food at one time. This unit will accommodate approximately 2 ½ pounds of meat or fruit jerky.
4-inch fan, 220 watts
This model includes a 4-inch fan and a 220 watt heating element; this is average for the price range, and is enough for any basic dehydrating projects. The lower wattage does mean that the unit does not dehydrate evenly without manual rotation, so expect to rotate the trays once or twice during the process.
Designed to be a starter model
The Excalibur 2400 is designed and marketed as a starter model for anyone who wants to experiment with dehydrating without investing in a heavy-duty machine. For this purpose, it outperforms many other dehydrators in its price range. Its design is far more functional than the rounded, tower-style dehydrators that have a top-mounted fan. However, do not expect this model to live up to the standards of an industrial or more expensive model, as it is simply not built for it.
Polyscreen trays are easy to clean
The Excalibur 2400 comes with four mesh trays that are easy to clean and keep food from falling from one tray to another. The polyscreen trays are suitable for dehydrating even fine particles like herbs and flowers.
This dehydrator’s small size makes it easy to store, and it fits well into any normal sized kitchen, or even smaller apartment kitchens. While it will not stand up to the needs of a large family, it is ideal for a 2 or 3 person household with minimal dehydrating needs.
Due to its smaller fan and lower wattage, the Excalibur 2400 is significantly less noisy than more powerful models. While this will not benefit anyone who plans to dehydrate large quantities, it will be a boon to anyone who has only a few pounds of food to dehydrate and does not want to hear the dehydrator from two rooms away.
Temperature control is unreliable
The temperature adjustment feature on this unit is highly unreliable, and you will generally find yourself using the highest setting for all of your food. For an average user who is just starting out, this is not too much of a problem, but experienced users will be frustrated by the lack of temperature control.
Cheap feel and appearance
The Excalibur 2400 is made mostly of plastic, and some users will be bothered by the generally “cheap” appearance and feel of the exterior and shell. These factors do not influence the actual dehydrating process, but they can influence your overall satisfaction in using the machine.
The Excalibur 2400 will not hold a candle to more expensive, larger models, but it is also not designed to. As a starter model or an occasional-use device, it is a great introductory machine. While the inconsistent temperature control is a major flaw, the machine does dehydrate up to par with industry standards and its small size make it ideal for anyone with limited space and basic dehydrating needs.