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Heated airer or drying pod?

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attheendoftheday Sat 06-Oct-12 23:21:23

I am sick, sick, sick of my dining room turning into a laundry drying room every winter with washing hanging all over that never seems to dry. We don't have a tumble dryer, and have no room to put one in. I've been perusing the Lakeland website and I wonder if a heated airer might get things dry, or whether a drying pod would be better. Does anyone have either, and do they work?
Heated airer
Drying pod

Also, has anyone seen similar products cheaper anywhere else?

Thank you!

Hopeforever Sat 06-Oct-12 23:25:41

We chose neither, but went for a dehumidifier in the end. It dries a load of washing overnight if we shut the door on the room. Helps if the room has been warm in the day

AlmostAHipster Sat 06-Oct-12 23:29:13

I've borrowed my mum's Lakeland heated airer today and I'm quite impressed with it. It takes two full loads of washing at a time - I've kept turning the clothes over and it seems to dry reasonably quickly. There's some debate over whether or not to cover the airer with a thin sheet as Lakeland say that it could cause damp problems for the flooring - I've tried it and it appears to speed things up a little.

It's definitely expensive at £85 but I'm hoping that it'll cut down on my tumble dryer usage so that my electricity bills will go down.

So far, I think it's fantastic if you're not in a great hurry to get something dry.

AlmostAHipster Sun 07-Oct-12 08:16:38

Just to add that I left it on overnight and some things weren't bone dry - especially lots of thick sports socks. So I think I overloaded it and didn't leave any space for the warm air to circulate. I've laid the socks out flat and that's working much better.

I still love it - I just need to get the hang of it smile

dollyxdaydreamer Sun 07-Oct-12 10:00:19

I second the dehumidifier, ours has a laundry setting that works full pelt for 8 hours, clothes get dry in this time. We keep it in an upstairs bedroom that gets the most sun so nice and warm, keep the door shut. Cheap to run too - I think the heated airers can be quite hard on the leccy? Never heard of the pod!

attheendoftheday Sun 07-Oct-12 19:46:45

Thanks so much for the replies. I hadn't thought of a dehumidifier, I'll have a look. It's good to know the heated aired does work.

RachelHRD Sun 07-Oct-12 22:01:19

I use my heated airer daily and it costs around 5p/hour to run so not expensive. I usually load it up last thing and leave it overnight and everything is dry by the morning. Best to layer clothes rather than hang them over the bars. It does seem to dry quicker with a sheet or shirts etc draped over the top.


crunchingautumnleaves Mon 08-Oct-12 05:49:44

Lakeland's Dry Soon Drying Pod is better than having no drying device but not as good as a tumble dryer. It has slots for 18 hangers but if you use all the slots, clothes overlap and the bits that are touching don't dry, so do only 9 hangers max as suggested on their website. It does take AGES to dry (but, faster than drying on an airer, especially in colder weather). I found the timer doesn't work after a couple of uses, but that could just be an individual fault as seen no mention of it in reviews and I can still use it on the 'on' setting, turning it off when done. You can use plastic, wooden or metal hangers but you can't dry clothes that shouldn't go in tumble dryer. It was perfect for finishing drying stuff that had been drying outside one cold and humid day. And works well to start the drying process so things don't take as long to dry on airers.

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