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Excalibur Dehydrators: 4 Tray versus 5 Tray

So I am about to get my very first dehydrator and I am trying to decide whether to get a 4 Tray (2400) versus a 5 Tray (2500) Excalibur Dehydrator.

The only difference I was able to detect was that the 2500 has an off switch but I am not sure if there are other differences in quality, etc . .

Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated and thanks very much!!


  • Have you heard of or seen the NEW Good4U Dehydrator? It has prettier design, no need for fake flimsy door, is more compact, the motor is quieter, more efficient, you can see your food through innovative new design, the design is stronger my previous Exs all broke because were thin, cheap and flimsy, Good4U Dehydrator is really great at a great price and comes with teflex sheets, 10 year warranty (Ex has 1 to 2), recipe book included, also new Nano Technology Cloths for cleaning. they have a 6 tray that I use and love it, just wanted to share info, it retails for $135 making it much cheaper than EX!

  • FeeFee Raw Master

    Hoorah – Id say go for the biggest you can. I originally bought a 3 tray Stockli dehydrator which I have just sold so I can upgrade to an Excalibur – I only dehydrator for myself but I still went for the 9 tray version!! Because you can remove trays so easily you can put bowls for things in to warm through and still haveroom to dehydrate on the other trays. So go for the 5 tray I say and be prepared to fall in love when it arrives and drive everyone mad talking about how wonderful it is.


  • What would be the safest, high-quality, yet reasonably priced dehydrator to choose. I was thinking about choosing a stainless steel dehydrator, but even those can be a health hazard since they usually aren’t made of surgical grade steel. If there was a surgical grade stainless steel dehydrator, I’m sure that would be out of my price range as well. Would covering trays with parchment paper be sufficient in minimizing the health risk?

  • vegan2rawvegan2raw Raw Newbie

    I never notice a plasticy taste or chemical taste b/c it is always done at sooo low of temps you do not IMO have to worry about leaching chemicals. Stainless steel ones tend to heat up b/c they are metal thus making temp control hard. I own the big excalibur and loooooove it you can fit big bowls and trays of snacks all at the same time. I do not think the on of switch it worth the extra dough b/c you can buy a timer at any homeimprovement store to turn it off when you want and I find that the timing guides are usually wrong since they depend on the humidity location to h2o etc. I think Excalibur is worth it and has a long reputation cheaper is not always best.

    Also parchment paper sticks to some things so be careful about crackers breads etc we gave in and got the teflex sheets after many ruined batches.

    Peace and enjoy your excalibur ( I know I do

  • Keep in mind too that you may have something in one tray that takes up more than one level. I have a nine tray but over the weekend had six trays in use but was using 7 slots. I was originally going to get the five tray, but am glad I went for the nine, I actually only ended up with that because they were out of the five. Oh and you also get more tray space going from the four to the five. I would definitely at least get the five.

  • In case money is an issue, I bought my 9 tray Excaliber on their ebay store. They sell factory blemished models there for a big discount- though I honestly could not tell you what’s wrong with it. It looks (and works) perfect to me. fyi…it doesn’t come with teflex sheets, so you’d need to order them in addition.


  • I was actually considering the Good4U dehydrator, but I’m a bit wary of the ABS plastic trays. I’m thinking of going with a 5 tray Excalibur at this point, but I’d like to hear what people have to say about the Nesco, L’Equip, and other dehydrators.

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