We’re frequently asked about the differences between the Excalibur 2000 Economy series and the Excalibur 3000 Deluxe series dehydrators.
The Excalibur 2000 and 3000 series dehydrators are the same size and shape (2500 vs 3500 and 2900 vs 3900), but the components used in the 3500 and 3900 dehydrators are upgraded. On the outside, the two series look and function the same but on the inside, different components are used:
Motor: The deluxe heavy duty motor in the 3000 series has stronger internal components and is rated for heavy, longer use – 20+ years. It has different windings, different coatings on the windings, uses different materials and has different thrust components. The 2000 series has an 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: The heating element on the 3000 series is made of different metal and rated higher than the 2000 series.
Thermostat: The 3000 series has a thermostat that has 5 times the cycling contact rating as 2000 series. Basically, it is designed to last through 5 times the normal cycles without it wearing out.
Plastics: The 2000 Economy series features food grade polycarbonate cases, trays and screens (food grade polypropylene #5). The plastic on the 3000 Deluxe series uses Noryl and food grade polypropylene #5. Noryl has a higher insulating property and is better at lower and higher temperatures. It costs more for this reason.
Warranty: The warranty is twice as long on the Deluxe models – 10 years versus 5 years on the Economy models.
Free Book: The 3000 series includes a free copy of “Preserve It Naturally”. Normally $24.95, this 200 page book covers everything you ever wanted to know about dehydrating. It’s a great way for you to learn new recipes and techniques for drying all kinds of foods.
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