The moment you see the Excalibur 3900B, you’ll notice that it doesn’t look anything like a food dehydrator. In fact, it looks more like a DVD or CD holder than a food dehydrator. But, looks can be deceiving. The 3900B is an exceptional model that has an immense food holding capacity and is meant for the avid user that loves to dry their foods.
This model looks just like the Excalibur 3926TB, but it’s more affordable and almost as powerful.
Excalibur 3900B Features
- 9-tray model
- of drying space
- Perfect for dehydrating large batches
- Poly-screen trays
- 600 watts of power
- Adjustable temperature control of 105 – 165 degrees
- Parallex horizontal airflow technology
Excalibur 3900B Review
During my Excalibur 3900B review, I dried everything from banana slices to meats and delicate tomatoes. The 9-tray capacity can hold a lot of food – more than I personally need – and is ideal for big families that love dried foods.
You can even rise dough in this model by removing trays.
On top of the unit, you’ll find an on/off switch as well as an adjustable temperature dial. This is the ideal option for anyone that loves having more control over the drying process. If you want to dry meats, crank the heat up to 165 and you’re good to go. Plan on drying tomatoes? Place the heat between 105 – 115 and you’ll have delicious, dried tomatoes without losing that perfect flavor and texture you love.
I do want to make note of the Parallex Horizontal Airflow. This technology ensures that heat is evenly distributed among all of the respective trays, and there is also Hyperwave Fluctuation technology built into this model. Hyperwave ensures that the temperature inside of the unit is always accurate.
What normally happens is the moisture inside of the food evaporates into the air, cooling it slightly. This makes the internal temperature of the unit inaccurate. With the 3900B, the technology includes built-in monitors and adjusts the temperature for accurate drying consistency.
I was surprised by the weight of this model (22 pounds) and its larger size: 19” x 17” x 12.5”. While bulkier than most models, the 3900B simply outperforms the competition. I made beef jerky that was delicious and not overly dry while simultaneously dehydrating apple slices that popped with flavor.
You can even dry 3 – 5 pounds of meat inside of the unit at one time.
It’s very energy efficient, too. Even when using it for 20 – 30 hours, I didn’t notice a spike in my energy bill.
- Massive drying capacity
- Accurate temperature control and monitoring
- Even drying
- No built-in timer
If you’ve read my reviews before, you know that I always try to find something wrong with every model. The only thing I didn’t like about the Excalibur 3900B is that it didn’t come with a built-in timer. An easy fix for this is to buy a timer that plugs into the wall socket and plug the unit into the timer.
This will shut the unit off according to your settings.
While I would have really liked a timer to be included, it doesn’t take away from the quality of this unit. You’ll notice that the trays are durable, far more durable than circular models, and that you have a lot of drying space.
The temperature control and airflow distribution allows for foods that are always perfectly dry.
If you dehydrate your foods often or want a machine that will last for years and offers immense power and control over the dehydration process, the 3900B is the right choice. The foods are perfectly dried without any over-drying or loss of flavor in the process.
I hope this review was useful and it helped you to make a more informed decision. For more information about food dehydrator, head back over to the site for more reviews and guides.