Another heated clothes airer question (sorry!)

(56 Posts)
Madratlady Sun 13-Oct-13 22:32:23

So I want to save money by not using the tumble dryer. I could buy a heated clothes airer. Could some of you people who already have one answer me a few questions about them?

- which one would you recommend? Lakeland? Something else?

- how quickly do they dry stuff? Could I put it on in the morning and have dry clothes by evening?

- can you fit a full load on one?

- does the water coming off your clothes make the room damp?

- some people have said on other threads that you need to put a sheet over, does that mean literally drape a bed sheet over or what? I see that some of them come with covers, are those better?

LetUsPrey Sun 13-Oct-13 22:39:49

I have the Lakeland three tier one.

I would say yes, stuff put on it in the morning would be dry by evening.

I can fit a full load on mine.

Not noticed the room it's in being damp.

I don't put a sheet over it but I know some people do.

In short, I bloody love my Lakeland drier and am very grateful to MN for pointing me in its direction grin

QOD Sun 13-Oct-13 22:43:33

Pleased to see this as I have been dithering this weekend, I have a voucher for a whole £5 off too ...

It'll take years to pay for itself but for me it's the convenience. My dh is an XL/XXL and I can't tumble his clothes as then they aren't long enough for his giant self.

Madratlady Sun 13-Oct-13 22:54:44

Thanks. I am very tempted but it's just the initial cost that puts me off, and the fact that our house is prone to being damp. I'd probably get the lakeland one.

Madratlady Sun 13-Oct-13 22:55:58

I was hoping it would pay for itself by reducing my electricity bills a bit, especially with a baby and re-useable nappies over winter

beachesandbuckets Sun 13-Oct-13 22:56:17

I am about to buy one! Is the £5 off a voucher code, and if so, can you pretty please share? X

Do you have radiators you can use? Apart from some people not liking how they look its no different - would contribute to increased humidity levels just as much as a heated airer. (We've found the increased humidity useful for dds asthma, just need to make sure it doesn't get high enough to cause mould)

Madratlady Sun 13-Oct-13 23:15:18

I do have radiators but the heating isn't fantastic and the room isn't as warm if the radiators are draped with wet washing. It's a very cold and badly insulated house. I would also think I could put more washing on one of these if I had one than on the radiators.

BackforGood Sun 13-Oct-13 23:26:44

I'm confused as to having a heated airer on all day is going to save on electricity.... ?

Don't forget if you go through the Mumsnet Partner offers link you can get £50 towards a case of wine, so a possible 6 bottles free (£4.99 postage to pay).


Madratlady Sun 13-Oct-13 23:40:19

Back I think they use a lot less electricity than a tumble dryer. I'm sure I read that they use less than a light bulb.

A regular clothes horse isn't an option before anyone suggests that, stuff takes a couple of days to dry at least. I dried some socks on it this week and they were barely dry on day 3.

BackforGood Sun 13-Oct-13 23:45:03

I'd be intersted to see some official test figures on that. I presume the consumption per hour would be quite a bit lower, but then I'd also think that you were going to have them on for many, many more hours ?

Not criticising btw - more wondering if it would save me money grin

MistressIggi Sun 13-Oct-13 23:46:01

I gave in last week and ordered one. Hasn't come yet though (hurry up, lakeland). Think it's meant to cost about 5p an hour?
I don't have a tumble dryer and am planning not to use the radiators as much this year. We will all wear jumpers and huddle around the airer!
On website had option of some cake decorating thing or the naked wines voucher.

Madratlady Sun 13-Oct-13 23:58:35

Back good point, I'm not sure where to look but I'd like to see whether I'd really be saving much before I actually buy one. If I find any official figures I'll link them.

Madratlady Mon 14-Oct-13 00:10:14

I'm guessing they can be used for a couple of hours then switched off and used like a normal airer? In which case 5p/hour which is what I've seen as the estimated cost wouldn't be too bad.

My neighbour has just bought one of these and says seems good so far. Dries stuff within a couple of hours. She wqs considering the JML one but this was cheaper. I have a tumble dryer but am thinking of getting one of these for the stuff that can't go in it - DC seem to think having their hoodie sleeves shrunk is Not On.

sorry messed up the link.

bigTillyMint Mon 14-Oct-13 07:17:05

I have just bought the 3tier Lakeland one as I am so fed up of clothes drying all over the house on radiators. It is fab and dries a load in 3 or 4 hours.
However, DH and DD are moaning - they say it is taking up too much room. DH says we have been using radiators for years - what's the problem?
So it may have to go backsad

I've just had a quick look at how much it might cost to run a tumble dryer. For a 3kw model it would cost about 35-40p per hour. (Depending on your tariff). The new a++ rated vented models use about half that so you could be looking at 20p an hour. That tornado thing costs 9p an hour, so not much difference between that an a super efficient tumble dryer but of course the a++ dryers are very expensive.

(Based on the fact that you would use the tornado thing for 2-3 hours to get a load to run as compared to about an hour for the dryer)

bigTillyMint Mon 14-Oct-13 07:57:01

But that Tornado thing looks like it only dries a few things at a time. So you would need more time?

No space for a tumble drier in our kitchen. Well not the way it is set up ATM!

yeghoulsandlittledevils Mon 14-Oct-13 08:06:14

I have a 3 tier Lakeland drier. Not the type with a cover (like the tornado). I suppose you could put a sheet over to keep the humidity down, but ours is in a drafty conservatory so we dont need to. We can fit 2 full loads on (shirts go on hangers and hang around the edge.
Have not needed to use it very much, but yes it can dry most light/small things in a few hours. Bigger, heavier things like jeans need to be moved a bit after a few hours (if left lying flat on 'shelf' if you want them quickly. I haven't had it long enough to try it out in winter, but will probably get another one soon. It is sturdier than another non heating) airer we had of similar design but still not sturdy enough to take much weight unevenly. Have noticed whwre teens have hung washing on one side it can twist and be in danger of falling over.

yeghoulsandlittledevils Mon 14-Oct-13 08:07:46

I'm going to get a timer switch for ours so that I don't leave it on all the time by accident.

chickydoo Mon 14-Oct-13 08:15:27

I use my Lakeland one every day.
I don't like to put everything in the tumble drier ( shrinkage) don't like to put things over radiators ( can make them rusty)
The airer is great. When people come over it's easy to put away.
It's usually in the kitchen, but could just as easily go in in a bedroom.
Love it!

TheUnstoppableWindmill Mon 14-Oct-13 08:17:41

I have the 3 tier lakeland and it's absolutely fantastic for drying reusable nappies. They dry really fast and you can use it for all-in-ones/wraps/bamboo nappies that couldn't go on radiators or in a dryer. I'd say you can get a full load on but it probably wouldn't dry that fast- It takes a while to work out how to hang and space maximum stuff for quickest drying time, and to dry things overnight for me it's more like 1/2-2/3 of a full load (but I do very full loads!) I drape a dry double sheet over it and it really helps. You can indeed switch it off and use it as a normal airer but as the rungs are very close together it doesn't work brilliantly for that- best to transfer to a normal airer. Ours is in the draughty conservatory so damp is not an issue- might be worth having windows open a crack while it's on. I love it!

If it was on for over night it would perhaps cost the same as a a non energy efficient tumble dried load? You would only need it on for 8 hours to be the same cost as an 3kw drier being on for an hour.

So whilst there are advantages that people have found here, it won't necc save you money.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Mon 14-Oct-13 08:57:10

And its nearly a hundred quid shock

It would take several centuries to recoup that, surely.

Madratlady Mon 14-Oct-13 09:03:59

My tumble dryer is fairly inefficient so I would guess 50-60p a go. It takes well over an hour to dry stuff and makes a horrible noise. I still think one of these would be cheaper to run but the more I think about the more I think I'll wait a few months rather than rushing off to get one now.

amazonianwoman Mon 14-Oct-13 11:49:49

I'd invest in a more modern tumble drier if you already have the space smile Mine was only about £200 in the John Lewis clearance (own brand). It dries a whole load of towels in less than an hour - so about 30p?

If you need to leave the heated airer on for a few hours to dry the equivalent load, there's no real cost saving at all. And you end up with all that moisture dissipating into your house and causing damp (waits for PigletJohn to come along and confirm this grin)

Madratlady Mon 14-Oct-13 13:48:56

Hmmm you may actually be right amazonian we'd have to get a second hand one though because we're pretty skint right now. Unless I can find an amazing bargain.

MistressIggi Mon 14-Oct-13 14:55:07

I am hoping the airer will also warm up the room it is being used in, which a tumble drier doesn't do, meaning I can keep the heating off during the day!
It's a moot point for me, as we cannot have a tumble drier - I'd prefer one to an airer if I could for reasons of space if nothing else.

MistressIggi Mon 14-Oct-13 16:02:52

...Has just arrived and I put a load of washing on it at half three, so can post tonight to say how long it took to dry/if it dries at all..

valiumredhead Mon 14-Oct-13 17:05:12

I doubt very much there's much difference between an airer and an Arated drier tbh.

QOD Mon 14-Oct-13 19:42:21

It's the shrinkage for me though, oh and you have to fold tumble stuff before its cold or you may have to iron!

QOD Mon 14-Oct-13 20:26:22

Anyway, you've convinced me and I have ordered one!!

Thru the link too so £50 of wine for £4.99 and had my £5 off

Madratlady Mon 14-Oct-13 22:23:29

This thread has just made me more undecided about whether to get one!

Yes please report back MistressIggi

The wine is tempting but I'm pregnant so couldn't drink it anyway.

QOD Mon 14-Oct-13 22:33:00

I know, I decided that for me, it's not to save tumble dryer costs, it's to stop stuff taking 2 to 3 days on the Airer, I don't iron if I can help it, so the Airer is perfect for me. I don't like the clothes hanging all over radiators thing so .... Perfect

MistressIggi Tue 15-Oct-13 18:51:11

Well not sure if really impressed, so far.. Was on for about 6 hours yesterday, not dry (any bits touching the heated rails were dry, just not all the other bits!) and left on airer (off) overnight and mostly still not dry in the morning. It did make the hall were I had it nice and warm, might be better to stick it in a bedroom! BUT reading all the reviews I've learned Lakeland say it's better apparently to lie a few layers of clothes horizontally on it, rather than hanging. So will try that with next load smile

valiumredhead Tue 15-Oct-13 19:31:43

That surely really limits the amount you can get dry though, doesn't it? I read lots of reviews about dry stripes too, it put me off.

Rattitude Tue 15-Oct-13 19:35:24

Aldi will be selling one in their Special Buys this Sunday. Here it is: Heated airer.

It is not as big as the Lakeland one but it is only £25 and it has a three-year warranty.

QOD Tue 15-Oct-13 20:07:19

I saw those before but it doesn't hold a load even, the Lakeland one seems to take up less floorspace of course too

MistressIggi Tue 15-Oct-13 20:11:30

We'll I think the idea is you put things on top of each other - there is quite a lot of flat space really and if you can put, say, shirt, t-shirt, some underwear all on top of each other I think would still get a full load.
It is certainly not a tumble dryer, but I do think it's better than a normal airer. I was pleased the rails don't get burny-hot, if a child touched it they shouldn't burn.
Sadly don't have enough washing to try another load now grin

Madratlady Tue 15-Oct-13 20:54:56

MistressIggi Is that a stealth boast? As in 'ooh look at me I'm so organised my washing basket is empty?' I don't think I've ever had not enough washing for a load!
<glares at full washing basket>

I don't think I'll rush to get one anyway. Maybe a regular clothes horse or two and radiators will do for now.

Grittzio Tue 15-Oct-13 21:09:04

Love my Lakeland clothes airer, had it 2 weeks, went for the two tier one as the three tier is very big and wouldn't be able to put it away. Can still fit a load on it, to dry over night you really need to cover with a sheet. Also only 3p per hour as oppose to 5p for the bigger one.

MistressIggi Tue 15-Oct-13 21:24:34

Ha ah madrat, my first ever!
Due to airer I could wash two loads yesterday (one on ceiling thingy and one on new airer) so I guess that is a big advantage for me. Think I will give it a name.. <May be a little over-attached>

nbee84 Tue 15-Oct-13 21:51:57

QOD - coming to this slightly late as I see you have ordered one already, but you mentioned your dh is an XL. You'll probably find that the rungs aren't wide enough to put his shirts/tshirts on without folding, so they'll take longer to dry.

Putting a sheet over the top is not so much about stopping the moisture getting into the room, more about trapping the warm air in to help dry the clothes. Try it, definitely helps.

And yes to using a timer. It's too easy to leave it switched on and then you end up using more electricity than drying the load in a tumble dryer.

QOD Wed 16-Oct-13 17:45:11

Oke doke, I plan on putting a thin sheet over and plugging it in on a timer switch

Waiting excitedly!!

greyvix Wed 16-Oct-13 21:26:01

Have most of you gone for the 3 tier one? I am trying to decide which, if either, to get.

QOD Thu 17-Oct-13 12:04:03


GrassIsntGreener Sun 20-Oct-13 13:37:41

I'm looking at buying one of these too. We are stingy with our expensive oil heating and I'd love for us to go down to a warm living room in the morning.

QOD Sun 20-Oct-13 13:53:01

And you get a £50 naked wine voucher .... My 6 free bottles arrive tomorrow and then I won't give a toss of my laundry is wet or dry anyway grin

MistressIggi Sun 20-Oct-13 14:32:47

I got my wine last week, but am trying to be good and keep for presents! Well, maybe one or two..
I am warming to my airer, if I hange most of the wash up on usual roof rack thingy but take the harder to dry items/the ones I want ready quicker and put them on the airer it works well. Fewer items obviously dry faster. I also like using it in the half-way position, takes up less room and I can drape clothes on the three surfaces and also hang them on the back, touching several bars instead of just one. I definitely have been slower to turn the heaters on, based on having this available.

WherewasHonahLee Mon 21-Oct-13 13:26:40

Rattitude Did you get one from Aldi? I'm considering one as they're much smaller than the Lakeland ones. The Lakeland dryers look a bit more solid though...

Rattitude Mon 21-Oct-13 21:57:19

Wherewas, no, I didn't, sorry! I already have two clothes dryer (non-heated ones) which work for me, as I do a couple of washes per week max.

I can't remember spotting them in my local Aldi though.

QOD Mon 21-Oct-13 22:08:58

Mine arrived today from Lakeland, dh is decorating so I'll get it up tomorrow and see how we go!

Rattitude Tue 22-Oct-13 18:25:50

Wherewas, 2kidsintow got the Aldi one and seems impressed with it. She has a thread about it.

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