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Excalibur 3926TB Review

This is our preferred option if you're after high-volume dehydration and professional results
Excalibur 3926TB
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Price:   $370 List | $299.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Massive capacity, quick clean-up trays, uniform food results
Cons:  Difficult to clean interior, no viewing window, expensive
Manufacturer:   Excalibur
By Nick Miley and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 11, 2021
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  • Dehydrating - 25% 9
  • Temperature Accuracy - 25% 8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 25% 6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 7

Our Verdict

We found the Excalibur 3926TB to be the best full-size dehydrator in the class. While it is one of the more expensive machines in our review, the steep price is matched by the vast amount of tray space. This model might not be for everyone as it leans towards production food processing as opposed to compact storage. However, if you have the space available and want across the board high-performance, then this is the model for you.

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Pros Massive capacity, quick clean-up trays, uniform food resultsMetal trays, easy clean-up, digital interfaceAccurate temperature controls, easy clean-up, nice lookingEasy to clean, economic, simplistic controlsLow-cost, minimalistic, quick and easy clean-up
Cons Difficult to clean interior, no viewing window, expensiveTemperature settings in 10 minute increments, inaccurate on high heat settingsFood sticks to trays, poor dried meat outcomesPoor temperature regulation, flimsy traysSingle setting controls, no timer
Bottom Line This is our preferred option if you're after high-volume dehydration and professional resultsA modern-looking machine with intuitive controls, metal trays, consistent heat, and primo outcomesThis high performance, middle capacity dehydrator is the best-looking machine of the lotThis affordable stackable dehydrator offers copious square footage that is easy to cleanA minimalistic, fixed temperature machine that requires monitoring, but is easy to clean
Rating Categories Excalibur 3926TB Magic Mill Food Deh... Cosori Machine Hamilton Beach 32100A Nutrichef PKFD12
Dehydrating (25%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Temperature Accuracy (25%)
8.0
9.0
10.0
7.0
5.0
Ease Of Cleaning (25%)
6.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
9.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
7.0
8.0
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Specs Excalibur 3926TB Magic Mill Food Deh... Cosori Machine Hamilton Beach 32100A Nutrichef PKFD12
Outside Dimensions 19" x 17" x 12.5" 18" x 14" x 13" 13.4" x 17.8" x 12.4" 10.5" x 13" x 11" 12" x 7.5" x 13"
Capacity 15 sq ft N/a 6 sq ft 3.75 sq ft 3.25 sq ft
Tray Dimensions 15" x 15" 13" x 12" 12" x 13" 10.5" x 13" 12" diameter
Number of Trays 9 7 6 5 5
Tray Material Plastic Stainless steel Stainless steel Plastic Plastic
Power Consumption 440W 480W 600W 500W 250W
Temperature Range (F) 105-165 95-165 95-165 100-160 Max 180

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Large and in charge, this model has tray space to share.
Large and in charge, this model has tray space to share.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Quality and Consistency


The most important aspect of a dehydrator's performance is how the food coming out of it tastes and feels. While the dehydration process is simple enough to understand, it can be easy to mess up. The 3926TB produces uniformly delectable results in terms of texture, evenness, and flavor with beef jerky, vegetables, and fruit.

The lack of a transparent door means an extra step when checking the...
The lack of a transparent door means an extra step when checking the progress of the food.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Easy to Use and Accurate


The main contributors to quality outcomes with a dehydrator are timing and consistent internal temperature. When a product is designed to allow these elements to be controlled by the user it can help a great deal. The 3926TD has a pair of knobs to manage time and temperature. The problem is that the temperature knob is marked off in temperature ranges, making precision temperature settings difficult to attain. This is a likely cause of the temperature deviations we observed in our test.

Tray liners make food removal and unit cleaning quite a bit easier.
Tray liners make food removal and unit cleaning quite a bit easier.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Clean-Up


Our testing has revealed that, with few exceptions, dehydrators are a bit of a pain to clean up. There are two parts to this process. First, there are the trays. Next is the interior and in particular the floor of the machine where all the drippings accumulate. The Excalibur has easy to clean trays thanks to its removable, non-stick mesh tray liners. The interior of the machine is another story. The plastic of this model has a rough texture, and as such it adds some difficulty to the wipe-down process. However, we've seen much worse, and it's nothing a little elbow grease can't overcome.

Value


The 3926TD is a very expensive dehydrator. However, this hefty price tag is congruent with the size and performance of the product. As such, we think this model is well worth the money assuming that you actually need the tray space.

Old school knobs make it a bit harder to attain accurate temperature...
Old school knobs make it a bit harder to attain accurate temperature settings.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


The Excalibur delivers a consistent, high-quality performance in our side-by-side tests. That is not to say that there are no other machines that delivered similar results, but none that boast the capacity of this machine. It's a large, expensive production dehydrator that is designed for serious cooks. If you're looking to make dehydration a regular part of your life, this is the model for you.

Nick Miley and Michelle Powell

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