For what it is, I do have to say that the Leifheit Varioline M is expensive but at the same time maybe only mid priced when comparing it to other clothes airers. It's also really not the most stylish of things to take up a good portion of the living room but when the weather is miserable and the central heating or wood burner is on, it is an essential and an extremely good one at that.
I already own an over bath airer and a 3 tier airer but they just never seem to be enough and with clothes overlapping or bunched too close together means the air just can't circulate so I can be left with damp clothes for 3 or more days. This is where the design of the Varioline benefits as it has a 15m drying length claiming it takes one to two loads of washing at once - I'd have to agree but I wouldn't put more than one and a half on it.
The name Varioline refers to the adjustable lines which lets you leave a larger gap between clothes or lets you place two lines closer together e.g. for towels so its not folded in half and allows the air to circulate between. The lines are very easy to move and there are little grooves along each side if you really want everything to be the same distance apart. The only downside is heavier items like towels can cause the lines to move closer together so it can be a bit of a balancing act. With both the over bath and 3 tier airers I'd always have everything draped in half over the lines so they're not overlapping but the Varioline also benefits from being tall so hand towels don't have to be hung in half and you can use pegs easily to hold items in place. The Varioline also has some rather handy sock holders on one side which means they can hang singly rather than be folded over a line saving a lot of space.
Although the design of the Varioline is quite lengthy - it is even longer than our largest radiator - it is still very light so not to be so cumbersome for placing outside to make use of any dry days we do get. The top sections will fold inwards to help and the legs fold easily too if needing it flat to move around. Another benefit of the design for outside use is it won't topple over where I found the 3 tier arier would easily with a gust of wind.
When I got my dryer it was just over £40 and currently just under. It's really not something I want in the room if we have guests round but thankfully it can be moved to a spare room and if not in use, can be folded flat (although it is still quite long for storing). However compared to the various airers I've used over the years it has been one of the best and I would have to say is good value for money.