This smaller capacity model is ideal for people with smaller gardens or a few fruit trees. The Excalibur D500D dehydrator contains 5 large drying trays with a total area of 0.74 square meters. This dehydrator is equipped with a 13-cm fan, 400 Watt motor, adjustable thermostat, and door and panels made from stainless steel. All components are manufactured and assembled in the United States unlike some faulty Chinese copies sold under various brands.
The motor is placed on the side, which prevents more juicy items from leaking into the motor, unlike dehydrators with motors mounted in the bottom. This protects against short-circuiting of the motor, or dried spills attracting pests. Another advantage lies in the use of drying trays. Like oven trays, they can be easily removed, making space for more bulky items which is impossible with round stacking dehydrators. Unlike competing dehydrators, the trays are compact, square, and have no hole in the middle. The clear door is not hinged but removes completely for easy access. Excalibur is the only dehydrator with the unique Parallexx ™ horizontal airflow.
The Excalibur D500D dehydrator comes with an adjustable thermostat and an easy-to-use 26-hour analog dial timer. This lets you set it and forget it. You needn't worry about when to turn it off, or over-drying herbs or produce.
Removable trays let you customize drying space for small or large items which is impossible with stacking dehydrators. Bulky items get dry up to 10 times faster than in round dehydrators. When drying liquids of mixed fruits and vegetables or yogurts, you can cover the drying trays with Paraflexx non-stick sheets. Dried fruits, vegetables or meat jerky are just the beginning! The Excalibur dehydrator is truly a multi-purpose device. Fruit, vegetables, flowers, bread, yogurt and many other things are possible.
Most Excalibur models except for the RES10 and EXC10EL are based on the same "box" format, with vertical sliding trays and a rear-mounted fan blowing air from back to front. The differences lie in the number of trays (5 or 9), the color/materials (black, white, stainless steel, and with or without a timer. Performance among all the "box" models are similar, with uniformly excellent results. The D500D has the smaller 5-tray capacity, and has the benefits of a 26-hour analog timer and panels and door made from stainless steel.
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