When I first went raw I wasn't sure where to begin when it came to kitchen appliances. Now I am more familiar with my own skills, preferences, and challenges and so I am able to make more educated purchases.
Knowing what I know now I might go for a Vitamix instead of a Blendtec, or a masticating juicer instead of a centrifugal, or a larger cup size food processor versus the day-after-Thanksgiving-sale-processor... the same goes for my dehydrator. I LOVE my dehydrator and I am very very satisfied with it. However, I do wish I had paid more attention to whether or not there was a timer. Other than wishing the dehydrator would magically shut off after 8 hours, I am still very much in love with my Excalibur as I was the day we met.