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Does anyone have heated drying rack?

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hyperspacebug Wed 09-Oct-13 11:45:08

We've moved into one of those period houses and I'm sick of things taking forever to dry after washing, with things still damp on day 2 (damp -> mildew...ewww).

I'm betting behind laundry now and started to use disposable nappies sad Buying drier is not an option right now as we live in rented without space for drier.

Is anyone raving about heated drying rack from Lakeland? Worth the cost?

Any other ideas? sad dehumifidier?

LittleMissWise Thu 10-Oct-13 20:29:16

I keep looking at them and am so tempted. We have a dryer but so many of the kids clothes can't go in, their sports kit can't go in and jeans shrink in it.

Can you dry a whole load of washing at once?

namehopping Thu 10-Oct-13 22:13:43

I dry a whole load of towels Etc on it over night

I can get two loads of washing on it at once - and it's fab for laying things flat on it

And it folds up and can live behind the door in the utility room when not in use.

Plus it makes the room nice and warm - seriously it's fab

Patchouli Thu 10-Oct-13 22:19:21

They don't seem like the sort of thing I'd be happy to leave on while out or asleep.

ClaudiaWinklepants Thu 10-Oct-13 22:26:35

Love mine. Do a wash in evening, bung on with large sheet over, and leave overnight. In the morning it's all dry and done, ready to iron and put away. I only tumble underwear and sheets now due to sizes.

LittleMissWise Fri 11-Oct-13 19:09:33

Thanks, I've ordered one. smile

comewinewithmoi Fri 11-Oct-13 19:11:39

Mines arrived, up and running.

BrownSauceSandwich Sat 12-Oct-13 11:56:03

Agree with Elsie and others... The lakeland one is wonderful, but you do have to cover is up with a sheet (or you can buy a cover if you want) to contain the heat while losing the moisture. It really is very safe. We've had ours for best part of two years, and I wouldn't part with it.

My top tip, if you're the sort of person who is likely to forget to switch it off, invest in one of these:

We set it to go on for 6 hours (less if we've part dried it outside) as we're going to bed or going to work, and it switches itself off, but the washing is dry by the time we get back. If its covered up, washing actually continues drying a while in the residual heat after you switch it off.

About the damp/cold house thing. It's a million times better than drying on radiators all over the place, simply because its contained in one room. We have the windows vented, door shut, in the spare room. Because it dries quicker than regular airers, you reduce the need for perpetual ventilation. And it does partially compensate for that by giving out a bit of heat to the room.

comewinewithmoi Sat 12-Oct-13 13:18:52

Put washing on it late last night, mostly dry with some damp spots, sheet didn't cover completely though.

BeCool Sat 12-Oct-13 21:50:50

I'm returning mine to Lakeland on Monday - it is quite good but I can't cover it with a sheet as I have wooden floors (and it forces too much moisture downwards and will ruin your flooring accruing the the manufacturers) - but it doesn't actually get things properly dry any faster than my old non-electric rack unless I leave it on alight AND all day - which is way to expensive. After 12 hours it is mostly dry but still with large damp patches - I need to leave it hanging all day too, which even without being turned on gets a load dry in 24 hours - same as my non-electric rack. It is also much bigger than my non-electric rack which holds at least the same amount of washing.

Disappointed. But really thankful for the Lakeland return policy.

I'm doing a last chance comparative experiment right now, with washing on both racks to compare drying speeds. Rock on it's Saturday night and I am actually comparing washing drying!!

OP in your situation though I would think it would be a godsend. Though I have heard others on here say they have great results with drying rack and dehumidifier.

<Wonders if I have to return the wine voucher too???>

MrsDeVere Sat 12-Oct-13 22:22:51

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bigTillyMint Sun 13-Oct-13 08:38:26

I have just bought one and it dried the washing (admittedly mostly sports stuff) in 3 hours and was heavily loaded! I am going to get one of those plugs, brownsauce as it looks perfect for me! I have put it up in our kitchen which can get chilly in the winter, so hopefully it might be some extra warmth if it is on?!

About the wine voucher. When/how does it arrive?

BeCool Mon 14-Oct-13 15:38:50

I would add Lakeland have the best customer service EVER! I've used mine for a week and they are taking it back no questions asked, in fact they have already refunded me even though they haven't collected it yet - so if you are thinking of it give it a go.

no mention was made of the wine voucher.

BeCool Mon 14-Oct-13 15:40:00

thlenvy re MrsV's wetroom

MrsDeVere Mon 14-Oct-13 15:48:26

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YourHandInMyHand Mon 14-Oct-13 15:51:07

Don't understand why some people are so happy and others have gotten rid or are sending back. confused

I'd like to gain the kitchen space my drier takes up but don't know if I'd want to part with it for the airer, as I like the drier for big bath sheets and bedding.

comewinewithmoi Mon 14-Oct-13 16:08:56

Jury's out on mine at the moment.

BeCool Mon 14-Oct-13 16:38:02

I guess it depends what your alternatives are YourHand.

We live in a tiny space, so I had dreams of washing at night, hanging it up on heated rack and putting it away in the morning. But it didn;t work like that as it doesn't dry everything overnight (I can't throw sheet over it as I have laminate flooring which would get ruined by moisture if I did that).

So it was no better than my non-electric drying rack, which also drys things in 24 hours but has many advantages:
- it is free
- I can move it to hall or bath or wherever as and win I need to
- it takes up less floor space
- it holds at least as much washing

bigTillyMint Mon 14-Oct-13 16:50:38

BeCool, I agree - just spoken to a lovely customer services lady who said I could return it to a shop without the packaging, so if DH is definite he doesn't like it, then I guess we'll do thatsadangry

TBF, it does take up quite a bit of space.

BeCool Mon 14-Oct-13 22:19:15

grin At mrsdv's criminal wet room!

MrsDeVere Mon 14-Oct-13 22:36:27

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Elizabeth22 Wed 16-Oct-13 17:26:46

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MissMarplesBloomers Wed 16-Oct-13 23:57:27

...and now I have bloody Lakeland ads appearing on every sodding page I open!!


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