Those Lakeland drying thingies? A query?

(40 Posts)
nkf Sat 28-Sep-13 10:19:15

Am tired of laundry. Am specially tired of it not drying and of seeing it. This is what I hope I will be able to do with the laundry.

Put a load on in the evening after work. Open up the dryer, set it up, put wet clothes on, go to bed, take off dry clothes in the morning, close dryer down, go to work. Repeat until children leave home.

Will it do this for me?

nkf Sat 28-Sep-13 10:25:59

Oh go on. I know it's boring, but I want to know.

SwallowsInSpring Sat 28-Sep-13 10:43:26

Yes it will. It takes up a fair bit of room and the cord isn't long so you'll need somewhere roomy with a plug socket nearby. Some very thick things might not quite be dry but for example I would place jeans so the waist is on one of the heated rails rather than hanging down iyswim.

nkf Sat 28-Sep-13 11:04:31

But can it close down easily. I don't mind it taking up room so long as I don't see the clothes drying.

madasa Sat 28-Sep-13 11:22:20

It goes up and closes down within seconds....love mine

nkf Sat 28-Sep-13 11:23:15

Thank you.

Deflatedgirl Sat 28-Sep-13 11:30:04

Does it cost much to run?
Do you feel safe leaving it on overnight/when you go out? I wouldn't leave tumble drier on in these instances.

<am desperate to buy one so please reassure me!>

madasa Sat 28-Sep-13 11:36:32

Blurb says it costs 5p an hour to run.
I am happy to leave mine on overnight but I turn it off if going out (might be just me being overcautious though)

CaptainCupcake Sat 28-Sep-13 11:40:15

I desperately want one of these! Good news all round, now to convince husband...

Shwmae01 Sat 28-Sep-13 14:11:28

Had mine for 7 days now and am a convert grin. No more tumble dryer noise or condensor tank to empty. Stuff does take a while to dry but its no problem. I do switch off overnight and when I go out. It does feel a little flimsy for the money IMHO - so not sure how long it will last. Easy to fold down and store.

fussychica Sat 28-Sep-13 17:41:45

I'm very happy with mine. Folds down in seconds and I store behind the door in the spare room.

iamadoozermum Sun 29-Sep-13 18:05:08

Love mine. Top tip we were given was not to hang stuff down from the rails but fold flat onto the rails and to pile several things on top of each other. Which we do and it seems to work. It also makes the kitchen warm so we can turn down the radiator in there. Would highly recommend.

bishboschone Sun 29-Sep-13 18:12:37

Can you link please?

BrownSauceSandwich Sun 29-Sep-13 19:17:40

We've been using ours for a couple of years. Yeah it sways a bit under very heavy stuff, but it's tough enough to take it. I'll admit that we have forgotten it at times and left it heating for 24 hours. Not exactly the point of this marvellous money-saving device, but I'm not at all worried about it setting the house on fire. We now have a countdown timer for the plug socket, so we hit the button and it switches off the power after 1.5, 3 or 6 hours.

icecubed Sun 29-Sep-13 19:29:04

Had mine a week love vvv much no more washing hanging round its fantastic grin grin grin grin

JKSLtd Mon 30-Sep-13 11:10:40

I've just ordered one so very relieved to read no disaster stories grin

whethergirl Tue 01-Oct-13 11:57:36

What's the difference between one of these and hanging on radiators? (apart from best part of £100?).

Not that I actually use radiators to dry my clothes because:
1. I hate seeing clothes on radiators all over the house
2. I don't like the way it makes the clothes stiff.

Do the clothes go 'stiff' with the Lakeland dryer?

madasa Tue 01-Oct-13 20:49:59

My clothes haven't gone stiff.

I can't hang clothes on any radiators because my DP is on a one man mission to rid the world of radiators and makes cases for them all. They are beautiful but leave me nowhere to dry clothes in the winter....hence the heated airer.

JKSLtd Thu 03-Oct-13 14:07:21

Mine has arrived and is plugged in and working smile

I like the look and feel of it - more substantial than the normal airer I have been using.

I've only put half up for now as I wanted to see how that fits in the corner of the kitchen and it seems pretty solid.

MrsPear Fri 04-Oct-13 16:32:24

I leave mine on overnight (I use mine if the washing doesn't get dry on the outside line during the day) and the kitchen is really warm in the morning. I don't think we will be needing the radiator on in there in the winter. Another tip is to throw a sheet over which keeps the heat in.

erikab922 Fri 04-Oct-13 16:57:52

I suggested it to my SIL, she's had it for a year now and absolutely LOVES it.

LamaDrama Fri 04-Oct-13 17:14:27

If the cord isn't long, can you use an extension lead? Or isn't it at floor level?

JKSLtd Sat 05-Oct-13 12:39:40

It is at floor level so afaik you can use an extension lead smile

we have ours on practically 24/7. it takes more like 24 hours to dry a wash if you don't rearrange it IMO.

we put a wash on to be ready in the morning and then I take off the previous wash and put the new lot on.

2 in nappies it is perfect!

it feels flimsy but is very durable.

CountBapula Sun 06-Oct-13 11:38:59

Have you all got the double layer or triple layer ones?

triple

JKSLtd Sun 06-Oct-13 15:45:30

Triple here too.

icecubed Sun 06-Oct-13 19:07:19

triple here though discovered after a week draping a double sheet over the top gets everything drier quicker as the hot air us sort of trapped inside grin grin

Mothersruin75 Sun 06-Oct-13 19:19:17

Triple here too - love it had it two years and still going strong.

If I put too much on it and hang it al over single bars it takes more than overnight to dry but with careful hanging can dry overnight.

Didn't know about the piling clothes up flat or draping sheet over I'll be trying both of those this week.

whethergirl Sun 06-Oct-13 23:46:12

It seems like a lot of money for what is essentially a radiator in the shape of an airer.

BeCool Mon 07-Oct-13 00:11:04

I've just got one after converting them for years.

Hung washing at 9pm. At 9 am parts were still quite damp. So would have to leave it there all day (though turned off) and then put away after work.

Thing is my Non Electric clothes hanger will also dry a load in 24 hours. Without any cost.

12 hours (at least) @ 5p per hour vs free?

I'm not convinced and thinking of returning it. Will give it another go first. For now I'm sceptical and disappointed.

BeCool Mon 07-Oct-13 00:15:13

LL. Say manufactures don't recommend sheet over the top as excess warm moisture will damage flooring. I have wooden flooring so I don't think it's an option for me.

fussychica Mon 07-Oct-13 18:06:05

Triple layer and definitely improved drying by throwing a sheet or duvet cover over it trapping the heat inside.

PeppaPigStinks Mon 07-Oct-13 18:12:38

I also ordered one! Washing definitely takes less time to dry- I'm going to try and pile cloths on the rails and see if it's quicker.

The delivery driver said he had delivered quite a few... I wonder how many they have sold since the MN email/thread.

I guess it depends if you use a tumble dryer - and what the comparative cost is.

RachelHRD Mon 07-Oct-13 19:11:19

love mine - had it for 3 years now and use it daily. Rarely use my tumble dryer now. I layer it up and leave it overnight and generally modt stuff is dry by the morning.
Great investmentsmile

SilverSixpence Tue 08-Oct-13 09:13:18

DH has finally agreed we can get one smile

does it make the room humid? I'm a bit worried about it making things damp

BeCool Tue 08-Oct-13 10:18:39

2nd load on LL drier - smaller load and I tried some layering/lying flat.
Not dry after 12 hours - still quite damp in parts.

SnakeyMcBadass Tue 08-Oct-13 10:30:25

I can't see it being cheaper than a tumble drier. I can dry a load of washing in my tumble in around 40 minutes.

BeCool Tue 15-Oct-13 09:30:44

Gosh 2 threads running ATM about these.

I've just returned mine after using for a week. It's not much of an improvement for me.

Lakeland brilliant though. Have refunded me before they have even collected. No problem at all. Very impressed with their customer service.

BrownSauceSandwich Tue 15-Oct-13 18:58:39

Really does need covering. We typically hang one load of washing on half the airer, other half folded down. Hung carefully, single layer, then covered with an old kingsize sheet. Usually put the socks and small stuff on the bottom layer. With jeans, i might hang them over the folded down bits, so theyre in contact with moreheated bars. Set timer to keep it on for six hours, the go to bed or go to work. By the time we come back to it, it's dry. Every time.

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