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Dehydrator Comparison Chart

  Excalibur 2400 Excalibur 2500 Excalibur 3500 Lequip 528 Lequip FilterPro   Excalibur 2900 Excalibur 3900 Sedona Dehydrator
Picture Excalibur ED-2400 4 tray Excalibur ED-2500 5 tray Excalibur ED-3500 5 tray thlequipdehydrator.jpg (3039 bytes) Lequip Filter Pro Dehydrator Excalibur ED-2900 9 tray Excalibur ED-3900 9 tray Sedona 9 Tray Dehydrator
Dimensions 6 1/8" High
13" Wide
16 1/4" Deep

8 1/2" High
17" Wide
19" Deep

8 1/2" High
17" Wide
19" Deep
10" High 
17" Wide
11" Deep
11 3/4" High
17" Wide
11" Deep
12 1/2" High 
17" Wide
19" Deep
12 1/2" High 
17" Wide
19" Deep
14.6" High
17" Wide
19.7" Deep
Weight 10 pounds 17 Pounds 17 Pounds 10 pounds 12 pounds 22 Pounds 22 Pounds 23.4 pounds
Fan Size 4" 5" 5" 2" 2" 7" 7" 2 x 4.5"
Upgraded Motor NO NO YES N/A N/A NO YES N/A
Air Flow Horizontal Horizontal Horizontal Vertical Vertical Horizontal Horizontal Horizontal
Adjustable Thermostat YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Upgraded Thermostat NO NO YES N/A N/A NO YES N/A
Thermostat Range 85 - 155 degrees F 85 - 155 degrees F 85 - 155 degrees F 93 - 158 degrees F 95 - 158 degrees F 85 -155 degrees F 85 -155 degrees F 86- 155 degrees F
Computer controlled temperature NO NO NO YES YES NO NO YES
Built in Timer NO NO NO NO YES NO NO YES
Has On/Off Switch NO
unplug to turn off
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Run at 1/2 power when half full NO NO NO NO NO NO NO YES
Wattage 220 Watts 440 Watts 440 Watts 550 Watts 550 Watts 600 Watts 600 Watts 600 Watts
Usable Size of Trays 11" x 11" 14" x 14" 14" x 14" 17" x 11" 17" x 11" 14" x 14" 14" x 14" 14" x 11.5"
Space between trays 3/4" 3/4" 3/4" 1" 1" 3/4" 3/4" 1"
Number of trays 4 trays 5 trays 5 trays 6 trays 6 trays 9 trays 9 trays 9 trays
Usable drying area 3.36 square feet 6.81 square feet 6.81 square feet 7.79 square feet 7.79 square feet 12.25 square feet 12.25 square feet 10.06 square feet
Approximate Cost Per Square Foot of Drying Space $44.64 $26.43 $29.37 $15.40 $21.82 $17.96 $20.41 $37.67
Includes Dehydration Guide YES YES YES NO NO YES YES NO
Includes Preserve it Naturally book (A $24.95 value) NO NO YES NO NO NO YES NO
Horizontal Air Flow YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES
Tray Rotation NOT REQUIRED NOT REQUIRED NOT REQUIRED NOT NEED
(with 6 trays) add more trays and REQUIRED
NOT NEED
(with 6 trays) add more trays and REQUIRED
NOT REQUIRED NOT REQUIRED NOT REQUIRED
Add more "trays" later? NO NO NO YES (up 20 trays) YES (up 20 trays) NO NO NO
Hole in middle of tray NO NO NO YES YES NO NO NO
Reusable Non-Stick Sheets available separately (non-stick) YES YES YES YES (cut to fit) YES (cut to fit) YES YES YES (cut to fit)
Made in USA USA USA Korea Korea USA USA Korea
Colors Available Black Black   Black / White Grey / White Grey Black   Black / White Black
WARRANTY 5 Years 5 Years 10 Years 10 Year 10 Year 5 Years 10 Years 5 Years
YOUR PRICE $139.99

$179.99

$199.99 $119.99 $169.99 $219.99 $249.99 $379.00
RETAIL PRICE $149.99 $199.99 $249.99 $149.99 $199.99 $249.99 $299.99 $410.00
SAVE $10.00 $20.00 $50.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $50.00 $31.00
WE PAY FOR UPS GROUND  SHIPPING to US 48 States? YES YES YES NO NO YES YES YES

Frequently asked Dehydrator Questions:

What is the difference between the Excalibur 2400, 2500 and 2900?   They look like they do the same thing?
Basically the dehydrators are all the same design.  The only aspects that are different are their size, heating element, fan size, and the amount of space in each unit available for drying. The larger the unit, the larger the fan, and heating element.

Why is there a drastic jump in price between the 4 tray and the 5 tray Excalibur model?
That is just how the manufacturer sets the pricing.   Pricing on the dehydrators, are "mandated" by the manufacturer to us.   If you look at the TOTAL drying space, it is actually double the space even though its only 1 more tray, this is due to the larger tray size.. Look at the 9 tray model, its almost 4 times the space of the 4 tray, not just double, as you might think (this is because the size of the trays are larger on the 5 and 9 tray models.  To help with comparison of the dehydrators, we added a "cost per square foot" so you can see the real cost of the dehydrator.

What's the difference between the Lequip dehydrator and the Excalibur Dehydrators?
The main difference is the air flow, the Excalibur units have horizontal air flow (from the back), while the lequip has a vertical air flow (heat source at the bottom).  The size and shape of the trays are also different.  Lequip claims you do not have to rotate the trays if using just 6 trays, since the unit will maintain the same temperature throughout the trays (We have found differently).  You can ADD up to 20 additional trays (available from the manufacturer- about 2 for $30) to the lequip for more space.

Why do you feature the Excalibur dehydrators?
After testing many dehydrators, we found the Excalibur units to provide the most even drying due to the parallel air flow technology used.  In addition, the Excalibur units are one of few brands that have an adjustable thermostat.   This is a very important feature in our opinion.  In a dehydrator we purchased at a discount store, the temperature was non-adjustable, and we measured it at 170 degrees F.  We believe this is just too hot.  To preserve enzymes in food, we believe a temperature of about 115 degrees should be used when dehydrating fruits/vegetables/herbs and nuts/seeds to maintain enzymes and nutrients.    If you want to make jerky, these machines will also do that.    Specific information is included in the instruction booklet that is included with the Excalibur dehydrator.

What are teflex™ sheets? Do I need them?
Teflex™ sheets are non-stick, solid sheets that were sold by Excalibur..  They are washable and re-useable.  They are used for dehydrating liquids (such as blended fruits- to make fruit roll-ups)  or really sticky/gooey items that would normally drip through the mesh sheets that are included with the dehydrator.   They are also useful for making sprouted essene breads and crackers. They were discontinued by Excalibur, but we offer our Premiflexx non-stick dehydrator sheets which are of the same high quality.  Click here to learn more about our non stick dehydrator sheets.

Will the 600 watt unit (9 tray) dry faster than the 220 watt unit (4 tray?)? 
Not necessarily.  Efficiency of design is most important.   Too much heat can cause the outside of the fruit to caseharden, like searing in juices in steak.  This greatly lengthens the drying time.  All EXCALIBUR models have their heating elements properly sized for highest efficiency, lowest energy consumption and fastest drying time.

How long does it take to dehydrate foods in the Excalibur dehydrator?
Dehydration times varies, and depends on several factors.  Please see the dehydration times page for guidelines.

What is the space between the trays on the Excalibur?
About 3/4" between trays. The trays above the tray you are using the dehydrate may be removed for extra space (if you want to put a dish or dehydrate a thick bread dough). 

Do all the trays need to be filled in order to use the Excalibur Dehydrator or can you use just a few of the trays? 
You can run the machine mostly empty, half empty or full.  You can fill the trays partially full, or all the way full.  It does not need to be filled in order to run.   I recommend purchasing the largest size dehydrator you would ever need, since you can run it partially full, but you can not add space if you get one too small.

How much does it cost to run the dehydrator?
Your actual cost will depend on your local utility company, and how much they charge per kW/hour.  The dehydrators use 600, 440 and 220 watts for the 9,5, and 4 tray models.  With our current utility prices here, the 9 tray works out to be about 4 cents and hour to operate.

Why don't the units you offer include a built in timer?
Excalibur does not let any retailer sell the dehydrators with built in timer.   What we recommend is that people go to a local store (Radio Shack, Home Depot, Wal-mart, Sears or Kmart) and obtain a "appliance timer", these generally cost about $5-$10, depending on the features.  These external timers can be used for other uses (ie: turning on and off lights when you are on vacation).      (The units with built in timer are about $60 more than the units than we offer).  I personally feel the built-in 26 hour timer can be a limitation for people in to living and raw foods.  This is because the lower the temperature you are dehydrating at, the LONGER it takes to dehydrate, in some instances, with the timer model, the unit will shut off before your item being dehydrated is ready.

Do you offer the Excalibur in White?
Yes, we do offer the Excalibur 3500 - 5 Tray and the Excalibur 3900 - 9 Tray in White.  All the White models we offer come with black trays and a black door.   The Excalibur 2400 - 4 Tray is not available in White.

Do you sell the Excalibur 3000 series dehydrators?
Yes, we are now offering the Excalibur 3000 series dehydrators.   They are the deluxe, upgraded model over the economy 2900 series, and include upgraded thermostat, upgraded motor, upgraded heating element, upgraded plastics and a 10 year warranty. Click here for the 3900 model and here for the 3500 model.

What are the specific difference between the Excalibur economy 2000 series and the Excalibur Deluxe 3000 series dehydrators?
The Excalibur Economy 2000 series and the Excalibur Deluxe 3000 series dehydrators are the same size and shape, but the components that make up the dehydrator are upgraded.  A  good analogy would be a "stock" car, that has the "normal" engine.  You can most often times order the car with the "upgraded" or more powerful engine.  On the outside, the car looks and even functions the same, but under the hood are different components.  Lets look specifically at the differences one at a time:

  • Thermostat - the 3000 series has a thermostat that has 5 times the cycling contact rating as Economy Series in layman's terms, it will last through 5 times normal cycles without it wearing out.
  • Motor - The 3000 series has an upgraded, higher quality/cost internal components designed to last longer.  The Deluxe Heavy Duty Motor has different internal components and is rated for heavy, longer use- about 20+ years- it has different windings, different coatings on the windings, uses different materials and has different thrust components. The Economy series has a excellent motor but is rated to last about 10 years. It does not have the upgraded components as the 3000 series motor has.
  • Heating Elements are made of different metal formulation - higher rating on the 3000 series and lower on the Economy.
  • Plastics on the Economy - Food Grade Polycarbonate cases and tray/screens are Food Grade Polypropylene #5. The plastic on the Deluxe Series are Noryl and Food Grade Polypropylene #5. Noryl has an increased insulating quality and is better at lower and higher temperatures and costs more for this reason.
  • The warranty is twice as long..  on the Deluxe model is 10 years vs the 5 Years on the Economy model.
  • The 3000 series, currently includes the "Preserve It Naturally" Book, a 192 page book, which basically covers EVERYTHING you have ever wanted to know about dehydrating.  It's a $24.95 Value.

Do you feel the Excalibur 3000 series is worth the extra money? 
Yes, our opinion is that the Deluxe 3000 series is worth the extra money.  We believe a kitchen appliance should "last" and not be disposable, like so many are these days..  Currently the difference is about $30.00.    For that $30 you get twice the warranty (Extra 5 Years..  There is no need to purchase "an extended" warranty).  You also get a fabulous book, that will answer ALL your dehydrator questions, and includes dehydration recipes.   Not to mention all the upgraded components that are designed to last longer. Bottom line is the 3000 Deluxe series is built to run 24 hours a day for 20+ years - the 2000 Economy series is built to run 24 hours a day for 5-10 years. 

I have heard that if you set the Excalibur temperature knob at 105 degrees it may not be 105 degrees inside the dehydrator?  Is this correct?
Yes, we have had reports of the same problem. I have spoken with the owner of Excalibur about this subject.   According to Roger Orton, the owner of Excalibur, "Excalibur was never really designed for Living Foods... Its designed to work on the upper end..."      What happens is that the temperature knob setting on the dehydrator is the "average" temperature that will be maintained during the dehydration process.  We have heard incidents that the temperature can fluctuate as much as 15 degrees.   In another case, we have heard that the machine is not calibrated correctly from the factory, so setting the machine at a certain temperature (say 100 degrees) will result in a constantly hotter or colder temperature(110 degrees or 90 degrees).  You would think that if you set the dehydrator at a certain temperature, it would maintain that exact temperature...  This is simply not the case with the Excalibur.  For this reason, we recommend that everyone who is concerned about the temperature at which their food is dehydrated take matters into their own hands and monitor the temperature of their dehydrator regardless of where the thermostat on the dehydrator is set.  For this reason, we offer the Taylor Digital Thermometer and Timer. The digital thermometer will constantly show the temperature inside the dehydrator (and food temperature) as well as alert you if the temperature gets hotter than you would like.  In addition, the timer option will help to assist in letting you know when your dehydration job is done.   The Taylor thermometer/timer has a lifetime warranty. In addition, you might want to read the statement Excalibur came out with at the International Living and Raw Foods Festival regarding the thermostat and temperature.

Im into raw foods, and am considering the 4 or 5 tray, which one is better?
According to Roger Orton, the founder of Excalibur,  says he doesn't recommend the 2400 (4 tray)  for raw food, low temp drying because it's so small. It works better at higher temperatures and is designed for "treats and jerky." He said the 5 tray and 9 tray work much better.   In our opinion, its better to have more space, and run the dehydrator half full, than to run out of space.  We feel the 11" x 11" usable tray size on the 4 tray model is just too small.

What dehydrator do most people in Living and Raw Foods Use?
The short answer...  They use Excalibur.  You can read some testimonials here.

Do you have any hints and tips for Living and Raw Foodists and dehydration?
Yes, you can read our special web page that have special dehydrator tips and techniques for raw foodists. 

Do you offer any of the dehydrators in 220 volt models for overseas use? 
No, we do not offer 220 volt dehydrators for overseas use.  Our dehydrators are designed for use in the USA.
We do not sell Excalibur Dehydrators for export either directly or indirectly.

How much is shipping? 
We pay for UPS GROUND Shipping is to the continental US 48 states for the Excalibur dehydrators.

Can you show me the difference between the Excalibur 2000 series and 3000 series?
Sure. See the video below for the difference between the 2900 and 3900 dehydator.

Can you show me the difference between Standard Round Dehydrators and the Excalibur?
Sure. See the video below for the difference between Excalibur and other rear flow dehydrators and a Standard round (or bottom fan) dehydrator.

What size dehydrator do you recommend?
We recommend the Excalibur 9 tray model, for an average size family.   Since the cost per square foot of drying space is the least expensive.  With the Excalibur units, you can't add more space, but when your dehydrating, you can quickly run out of space.  You can always run the dehydrator when it is not full. Of course, if your not going to dry much, the smaller 4 or 5 tray model would probably be best.  Please see the video below for further information:

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