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?

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.

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 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.

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...

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.

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

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 Thu 17-Oct-13 12:04:03


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 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!!

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.

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>

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 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

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!

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

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

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..

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