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      04.02.2014 21:25
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      definitely recommend to those short on space

      as i have never owned a drier, i tend to rely on maidens and radiators to get the clothes dry, due to the fact there is only me and the little one in our house having no drier is not really an issue, apart from when the boiler broke meaning no heating and lots of washing.

      the thing i like most about this is that it is cost effective. the reason i tend to avoid driers and electric heaters etc is because they cost a fortune in electric and as a single mum it just doesn't work well. i would much rather utilise my wages to enjoy life rather than pay a fortune in unnecessary bills.

      anyway not only does it not cost you anything extra, if your short on radiator space then its perfect!! especially for small flats etc, can fit plenty on at once. and when your done it folds away nicely.

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      15.01.2014 10:33

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      you get what you pay for

      I have a few of these clothes airers because I live in an apartment with no garden and no airing cupboard.

      I have found that the item of clothing drys very quickly on the one side, but the rest of the clothes take forever to dry.

      It also sticks out very far, which is an issue in my small apartment.

      As this airer is pretty rubbish, you may as well get a full clothes horse as it gets in the way just as much.

      This airer is ok as long as you're not in a rush for your washing to dry and you don't mind swapping it about to make sure eachpiece is next to the radiator at some point.

      it is very cheap which is always a bonus, they are probably only suitable for people living on their own. I live with a rugby player and so have A LOT if washing to get through each week.

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      04.12.2013 20:11
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      Effective and efficient radiator clothes dryer

      To best make use of the space we have (or rather don't have!), especially in this colder weather, we've started looking at different drying solutions for our clothes. We have a couple of different airers, and although the larger one we have works wonders, sometimes we want to try and use the heat from the radiators to dry things a bit quicker, without actually having to put the clothes directly onto the radiator itself.

      Dunelm Mill seems to have a wide range of homeware products that are just that little bit more targeted than other places. This particular product isn't the first radiator hanging airer we have had, but it's notable for how much better than others it is.

      It has two grey hooks that latch onto the back of the radiator and follow the top and then rest on the front, providing strong and heat resistant support for the clothes you can put on the front. There are five bars on the front, and each one is just about far enough away from the next to hang clothes on to get them dry. Needless to say the one closest to the radiator is likely to dry the quickest as it'll have a direct route to the heat, but the others do get some of the heat and dry quicker than if you had them hanging away from it.

      When the grey hooks come back over, they are actually attached to nearly the middle of the side of the hanging part, which provides better support for the bars. This means you could still hang the heavier items on the bar furthest away from the radiator and it wouldn't necessarily affect the balance. We've done so and it works just fine. Other similar products don't balance quite so well and you can see the strain it puts on the product or in some cases we've even had one fall on the floor, losing its grip on the rear of the radiator due to the weight on the front. Not such a problem with this one.

      There is usually plenty of room on the front bars width-wise as well. My wife and children's clothes all fit just fine, and it's only the larger of my tops that don't quite completely fit on the bars. I'd suggest that if you're after something specifically wide enough then you look for something else, as this may not fit the bill, but in order for it to fit onto radiators in a practical sense then this is fine, as space is often an issue and too wide a product would be detrimental to the effects of having one in the first place.

      The frame is metallic with a coating of plastic, and the plastic coating is surprisingly heat resistant. Of course, it gets pretty warm if you've ahd the radiator cranked right up and then you handle it, but never to the point where it burns, showing that the product is well designed for purpose. We've certainly found that it has been very useful for what we've needed, and although it's not always used, it's particularly if we've run out of room on the main airer or we'd like to hang something close to the radiator to dry it quicker without actually placing it directly onto the heat.

      At under the £5 mark, this is another reliable and good quality Dunelm Mill product that is value for money. Recommended.

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      17.11.2013 18:35
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      a great clothes airer I would definitely recommend

      I am constantly trying to fix up my flat as we have lived here for 3 years and I am always looking out for cheap, practical things to make life easier. I had an indoor radiator clothes airer from a previous rented accommodation that I could hang on the radiator to allow clothes to dry but the white on the plastic bars had come off and it looked really tacky and was all wonky so we threw them away. After reading a lot of fab reviews on here about these radiator airers I headed over to dunelm-mill.com to buy this rack and it has been fab!

      When I lived at my mums she had a tumble dryer and I was so accustomed to drying clothes quickly and efficiently that it was a shock to my system to move out and no longer have one! So we dry our clothes at home naturally and these have been brilliant. I don't like to hang clothes in the living room anymore as when people come over I find it looks tacky, so this airer is currently hanging on the radiator in my bedroom.

      The airer has a really easy, functional large grey hook which hangs over the radiator keeping the airer in place. It's very sturdy, with horizontal bars that hang next to the radiator so the clothes can catch the heat and dry efficiently. It isn't the most aesthetic feature of any room but it's really practical and gets the job done!

      The airer is made of plastic, but underneath it is made of a metal rod which can easily withstand the heat. It is not hot to touch when on the radiator so does not conduct the heat which is really useful as I have a little one who has nifty fingers and last thing I would want is for this to be a hazard. I can easily put on loads of clothes - both adult and child - and it has never buckled under the weight or wained in any way shape or form. I find it best to spread the clothes out evenly across, putting anything I may want to wear urgently or the next day by the front or on the radiator so they dry first!

      The best feature is that when this is not in use, I can fold it away neatly and my bedroom goes back to normal! However, having a 4 year old there is never a shortage of washing to do so this stays out pretty constantly! I still have a conventional free standing airer from Pound Stretcher, and altogether both items give me the capacity to dry up to 3 loads of washing in one time. I do find that whilst this is on the radiator my bedroom is a bit colder, as the clothes tend to block a lot of the heat from warming up the room but not too much I feel I have to turn my heating up a notch so it still saves me money against the cost of a tumble dryer!

      This costs £3.99 on the website so is really cheap and this is definitely a product I would recommend. It's easy to use, really practical and helps me in my housework which is great!

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        31.10.2013 18:19
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        A great value laundry dryer for homes with limited space.

        I live in an apartment so space is limited and also there is no garden for me to be able to peg washing out to air dry. Also with fuel bills constantly increasing in price and me being reluctant to pay them any more than I do I try and limit the use of my tumble dryer. Although I have a clothes airer I still find it difficult to be able to dry enough clothes at once especially in the winter months when it takes longer so I went on the look out for a solution and found this 5 bar radiator arier priced at just £3.99 from Dunelm Mill last winter.

        The airer has 5 bars made out of plastic coated metal and has two arms which hook over the top of the radiator to hold it in place. I live in a new build property and have not had any problems with this arier fitting onto my radiators but it does sit quite low down so you can only hang smaller items on the bars to prevent them touching the floor.

        You can use this airer when the radiator is on or off but obviously laundry will dry quicker when they are on. Although this seems like quite a sturdy device the arms are only so strong so I try and use it for smaller and lighter items of clothing such as socks, underwear etc and also do not want to put too much weight on the radiator.

        I have got on fairly well with this airer and it does increase the level of drying space I have but it does have its problems too. Items placed on the bars next to the radiator will obviously dry quicker so I find myself rotating items which takes time, as previously stated it sits quite low down on my radiators and I have knocked it off a couple of times.

        But although there are a few little problems I think overall this is a great little product for the small price tag and also saves me money in tumble drying costs. I would certainly recommend this product to anyone who lives in a flat or apartment without access to outdoor drying and I would look to replace mine if it did break.

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          31.10.2013 14:16
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          A good idea in theory but not for me.

          I have got a couple of these clothes airers, I don't use them as much as I thought I would as I don't like the site of laundry all over the house and I cant use them behind my full length curtains at night as they intrude quite far into the room and quite a few of my radiators are in silly places where having a airer would just be impractical.

          I brought two airers from Dunelm mill last winter in a bid to dry my laundry a little more efficiently. The airers currently cost £3.99 and I think that is how much they were last year too. The airers are made from plastic coated metal and are quite sturdy. The airer is 52cm wide and 18cm deep and can be hooked over a radiator via two sturdy arms, the bars are then laid out ready for washing to be hung over. The airers fit quite comfortably on my modern convector radiators and I would imagine they would fit on older style radiators too.

          When I do use the airers I use them for lighter clothes such as t-shirts, socks, pants, hand towels etc I would not like to try and dry jeans and bath towels on these as I don't think the bars are strong enough to support the weight. The gap between the bars is wide enough to comfortably place and remove washing without disturbing all the items on the airer.

          Obviously the clothes nearer to the radiator dry faster than the clothes on the outer bars, so patience is required before the whole lot is dry or the implementation or a rotation system is needed.

          All things considered these are a good idea in theory if you can cope with masses of damp clothes lurking around the house, I personally can't cope with this and don't have the space or money for a tumble dryer so have resorted to stringing up a line in the empty garden shed and using this to dry my laundry no matter what the weather.

          Thank you for reading.

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            30.10.2013 23:45
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            A great little airer

            Before moving house, I owned a small airer that sat on the edges of the bath and was brilliant for getting extra bits of washing dried, especially when you don't want to continually put on your tumble dryer. However, when we moved to our new house, the shape of the bath, meant I couldn't use this particular airer and since it didn't sit up particularly well by itself on the ground, it rendered it useless. In the last few weeks, with the weather getting wetter and cooler, trying to get washing dried isn't easy, and so I picked this 5 bar radiator airer on in Dunelm for a very reasonable £3.99.

            It would be worth checking in advance that this airer will fit over your radiators, as part of the handle grip has to go between the radiator and the wall. We moved to an older house and this isn't a problem, but it may be a different story with newer radiators. It is also worth noting however, that this airer fits over the edge of my shower as well, so even if it doesn't fit on your radiators it may not be the end of this product, as it could possibly be used elsewhere in the house.

            This product is very easy to assemble, and when you don't need it, like during the summer months, you can simply fold it up and put it away, so it is easily stored.

            I find this airer brilliant for drying underwear, socks, tights and my daughter's clothes given their size. I would be less inclined given the weight, to put on heavier things like my husband's jumpers etc. You can dry small towels but not large bath towels. There are five bars, hence the name of the product, and I find this an ideal size for putting on my daughter's things, and I can fit quite a lot. I also find that by using this little airer, my larger airer has less small stuff on it, and therefore more air can circulate around and dry the clothes quicker.

            If space is an issue, or you only have a little washing to dry, then this is a brilliant airer for a very small £3.99. There are three in our family, and I wouldn't say that any of us are hard on our clothes, and try to wear things again if we can if they are clean, but I still have a lot of everyday washing like underwear and things touching the skin and so having airers like this is a must, and this is a brilliant extra airer.

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            30.10.2013 13:04
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            indoor airer

            I try to dry my washing outside whenever posssibe, as not only is it cheaper but I love the smell of washing that has dried outside. I do have a tumble dryer that is very efficient but also very expensive to use. Although I do use the dryer when I have a large amount of washing to dry, I wanted something that I could use to dry smaller amounts of clothing. Whilst browsing in Dulelm mill I thought I have spotted the solution- an indoor airer designed to attach over a radiator. Priced at just £3.99 I really thought this would be a very useful buy!

            The airer is a decent size measuring 52 CM in width and 35 cm in length. It is made from metal coated with plastic. There are two *arms* than adjust to allow them to hook over most radiators. There are 5 thin metal bars for you clothes. The bars can be easily wiped clean with a damp cloth.

            The first problem I encountered with this airer was getting it to hook over my radiator. My radiators are all double skinned and therefore quite deep and the plastic arms tend to have difficulty staying attached! The metal bars are thin and feel flimsy and whilst they are fine for drying light items such as socks they would struggle with anything heavy. The airer is quite low down the radiator when attached and this makes hanging anything long impossible without it touching the floor. When in place the airer is easily knocked off the radiator leaving damp washing on the floor!

            When I have managed to get the airer to remain in place it does dry more small items that I would be able to fit over a radiator without using the airer, so I suppose it isn't entirely useless! Another problem with using any airer that attached to a radiator is that it can cause condensation and damp especially if there is little ventilation in the room.

            Overall although was an inexpensive purchase I really don't think it was worth the money!

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              28.10.2013 17:23
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              A great, handy little space saver

              **What is it?**

              The Utility Room 5 Bar Radiator Indoor Clothes Airer is a simple way of extending the hanging space on your radiator out by five bars, for drying clothes.

              **Why buy?**

              I purchased my Utility Room 5 Bar Radiator Indoor Clothes Airer as I have a toddler, and she can easily go through two or three sets of clothes a day, what with accidents, food, paint and so on - plus I need to wash her bedding more often, the cushions of the sofa, her swimming kit and so on. I found that I was totally covering the radiators, which wasn't very efficient, as the room wasn't heating up and the walls were flaking due to the damp coming from the clothes.

              I have some of those stand up airers but they are so cumbersome and get in the way - these radiator extenders are a great way of maximising hanging space but not taking up loads of floor space. I have a tumble dryer, but you can't tumble dry clothes with plastic type prints (which many toddler clothes do) and, of course, I'm trying to save a bit of money since the electric prices went up!

              **Price and Availability**

              I bought my Utility Room 5 Bar Radiator Indoor Clothes Airer from Dunelm Mill for £2.99, but to be honest you can buy much the same thing anywhere - Lakeland, Amazon, Argos, and most larger supermarkets. Anythind under £4 is a good price, in my opinion.

              **Looks**

              The airer is pretty standard in it's white plastic coated metal design with plastic 'rests', it has five bars to hang on (including the end piece) and it's sized up at 52cms width and 35cms in length, so it's not small, and it gives plenty of hanging space.

              **In Use**

              All you need to do is clip the airer onto the radiator - nothing else, so it's very easy to remove and hide when not in use. It frees up the top of the radiator, so it can still heat up the room effectively, but it allows you to dry quite a lot on it.

              You can use it in two ways - by hanging a number of items on the 5 rows, or one large item over the entire unit, to allow for air flow and quicker drying - say for example with towels and bedding.

              I think it's really effective, and it's been really really useful to me. I have two - one for use in the spare room, and one for use in the bathroom, so I can dry a lot of wet towels in the bathroom and spare bedding in the spare. Of course, the items closer to the radiator dry quicker - so it's better to put smaller items there if you are going out for the day, because the heat will hit more if you graduate the size of your washing.

              **Overall**

              Overall I highly recommend the Utility Room 5 Bar Radiator Indoor Clothes Airer - for the price, it's saved me using the tumble dryer on countless occasions and it allows me to do more washing and drying on days where hanging out the clothes just isn't an option (aka, most of the time). It means that the clothes dry well, and evenly, and don't sit there damp for ages and end up with a damp smell to them.

              For the price I highly recommend it if you have limited drying space, or if you're wanting to cut down the use of your tumble dryer over winter, when your radiators will likely be on at full blast anyway.

              Five stars out of five from me - they're simple to use, very effective, easy to store and six months down the line they are still as good as new. If you're tempted, I say give it a try.

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                25.10.2013 21:46
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                Good device

                Having a young daughter who seems to be constantly changing her clothes and is becoming a bit of a fashionista this does tend to create a lot of washing for me and with that comes drying needs as well.

                This airer is a very handy device to allow clothes to dry naturally without the need for a dryer and when the weather is not good for drying outdoors which is my preferred method however with winter approaching those good drying days become fewer and fewer. There are five rails in all, it is made from metal with a white plastic coating, it is easy to carry and lightweight. Due to the fact that this is hanging on a radiator I tend to use it for only small articles of clothing like socks, underwear and tops, I would not put anything too heavy on it.

                The five rails are quite thin and then there is a thicker outer frame from which you can also hand items, the whole thing clips onto your radiator using the two hooks. I find that it does not cause any damage to the radiator at all. These can be adjusted and there are caps at the end of the frame,e to ensure that the radiator does not get scratched.

                It certainly does provide some extra drying space and certainly the clothes do dry at a reasonable rate. It is worth turning the clothes after a while to ensure that both sides dry fully. The heat still reaches the rest of the room and the clothes do not really deflect from this happening unlike hanging something directly on the radiator would do.

                If you need extra space then this is well worth getting. Pretty sure it cost less than a fiver when I bought it.

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                  25.10.2013 18:51
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                  Overall, a very useful product for a reasonable price

                  My husband objects to me using the tumbledryer in anything less than Noah's biblical flood, so radiators are needed for clothes-drying - and with a baby in the house there are more clothes than radiators. Enter, the radiator rail!

                  It's certainly handy for fitting on more clothes than I could otherwise, and whereas I find that clothes hung on a radiator get damp near the fold this hasn't got that problem (although if you hang too many heavy items - for example, jeans - only the ones near the radiator are likely to get dry.) Currently they're selling at £3.99 and for that price they're a useful product.

                  You do need to make sure your model of radiator will work with them - some of ours fit too close to the wall to hang this off. Also, I do worry that if we did fill it with overly heavy items it might pull the radiator off the wall (not sure if this if a fault with us, the radiator or the rail though!)

                  Final word of caution: if you have cats, shut the door when using these. That close to the radiator they make an almost irresistable cat-bed!

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                  25.10.2013 18:38
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                  Not just for radiators, Dry a whole host of items on these versitile drying Airers.

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                  Dunelm Mill White 5 Bar Radiator Airer



                  Why I bought these Airers:

                  I have been using these type of airers for more years than I care to try and work out!

                  The last ones I had came from Argos and the plastic coating was peeling off exposing the rusty metal underneath. So, it was time to replace them. At about the same time my daughter moved into a new house and wanted some radiator airers for her new home. I had been browsing the Dunelm Mill Website for curtains, actually to decide whether to make her some or if it would be more cost effective to buy them from a company like DM. I came across the 5 bar airer and they were on offer, buy 2 get 1 free. So how could I resist? I bought 4 plus 2 free, 6 in total. So that's 3 each, I hear you mutter, well no, actually 2 for me and 4 for her! I did not and still do not have central heating, however, I did at that time have an electric radiator to heat the bathroom, so 2 were ideal for me.


                  Delivery/Packaging:

                  They arrived within about 5 day's packed in shrink wrap plastic and packaged into cardboard. Enclosed was a leaflet with pictures of how to use them!


                  Appearance:

                  Naturally they are a rectangular shape and have with 5 thin tubular bars typical of indoor airers to hang items on, with about 5-6cm between each bar. The airer is attached to the radiator by 2 strong grey formed rigid plastic arms that hold in for storage when not in use. The bottom leg that rests against the radiator has a little nipple end to protect the radiator.

                  They are bigger than expected being about 50cm in length and they protrude about 34cm into the room.


                  In Use:

                  My daughter has 2 young children so hers are in constant use and have worn very well, one of the grey holders partially fell apart after being knocked whilst vacuuming, but it fitted back together OK and is still usable. I no longer have a radiator to fix mine onto, however, we have made up brackets in the utility room and they hang on the wall behind a fireplace and are great for drying things like gloves and are mostly used for herbs. The shape of the airer, with only a slight "fall" means they are also perfect for drying out hats after washing or when they have been out in the rain.

                  Historically, I used them mostly for underwear and hand and face towels - but they are an absolute necessity with young children for drying baby grows and bibs. Much more environmentally friendly than a tumble dryer and kinder on your fuel bill too! I guess they would be ideal for parents using terry nappies.


                  In Conclusion:

                  An absolute "MUST" for anyone with babies and toddlers and very useful for anyone else. What I love about them is you can hang something up to dry overnight and it will be dry in the morning.


                  Who For:

                  Anyone who launders their own clothing etc., but especially for:

                  * Mums and Dads
                  * Drying Hand-washing
                  * Drying Herbs and Flowers
                  * Drying smaller items in wet weather
                  * Drying underwear, but do not put ladies items on the nearest bars
                  * Drying out hats and hairbrushes as they stand on top
                  * Drying small dog coats


                  Price and Availability:

                  I bought mine direct from Dunelm Mill on-line about 2 years ago on offer. A quick check on their website shows that they are currently available at £3.99 each. I think this is a very fair price as they are robust and useful, but look out for them on offer.


                  Thank you for reading my review & I hope you found it useful?

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                    22.10.2013 20:24
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                    Excellent function and value.

                    I dry my clothes in several ways, depending on the time of the year, the nature of the item and my housing arrangements. The latter can be slightly complicated, as I live in southern California but work in the NHS where I live in hospital accommodation.

                    I bought this five rail clothes drying "airer" over a year ago, as it seemed to be the most suitable thing that would meet my clothes drying needs. There is a noticeable lack of privacy in shared accommodation, and this drying rail means that I can dry my smalls in my room and away from the prying eyes of fellow hospital workers! I cannot remember the exact price, but am sure that it was less than five pounds.

                    This lightweight airer's main component is plastic-coated metal. Just as in the picture above, there are five thin rails in the centre that are surrounded by a thicker, supporting bar around the outside.

                    The dryer is robust and sits nicely and safely on my radiator. It's attached with two hooks. The radiator paintwork is protected via the foam "feet" that are part of this dryer. It measures 52cm x 18cm x 35cm.

                    I use this airer to dry a wide variety of items, including jeans, lightweight woollen jumpers, towels and of course the afore referenced underwear. I've never tried anything like a duvet or blanket, so I couldn't comment on this aspect.

                    My clothes usually take "all day" to dry. That is, I usually place them on this airer in the morning, and they are dry by the time I think of removing them that night.

                    I recommend this inexpensive airer as a dryer suitable for single people or families looking to top-up their household's drying capabilities.

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                      19.10.2013 21:19
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                      A well made airer at a good price

                      Although this is called a utility room radiator airer you can use it in any room and I actually use it more in the conservatory as there is more room as I find that the combination of the radiator and the warmth coming through the windows gives the best drying results. I do prefer to dry my washing outside but of course this isn't always possible with our lovely English weather. I am not a fan of drying washing on the radiators as it does stop the heat coming through and also I find that things need extra ironing as the creases seem to be much deeper this way. I bought this 5 bar radiator airer from Home Bargains last year and think I paid around £2 for it which I think is a good price.


                      The airer is made of metal which has been coated in a white plastic so it is not hard to the touch and feels quite smooth. It has five thin rails evenly spaced at around two inches and the end one is much thicker and which goes all the way round. It hooks onto the radiator by two grey angled handles which hook over the top of your radiator one end and clip onto each side of the airer. The handles are adjustable and can be moved to the position where you want the airer to be against the radiator. There is a grey end cap at the end which goes against the radiator which prevents it from scratching or marking your radiator.


                      It measures approximately 14 inches deep and 20 inches wide so it is quite compact but I find that I can get quite a bit of washing on there. I find that it isn't suitable for large or long items such as sheets or duvet covers as you would have to fold them up several times to prevent them dragging on the floor, but certainly for smaller clothing such as tops, trousers and underwear it is perfect. If I am drying shirts I will put them onto a coat hanger and then just hang them on the side bar of the airer and they just hang down with a few inches to spare at the bottom.


                      I find that as the airer is directly against the radiator it seems to dry very quickly and I am often changing the washing round to dry a full load. The rails are spaced out enough for sufficient air to circulate around the washing and also for the heat from the radiator to still radiate into the room.


                      I do use this airer regularly and it is still in perfect condition. It hasn't shown any signs of wear and tear and the rails have not bent or sagged. When I am not using it the handles fold flat so it can be stored in a cupboard or small space. For the small price of £2 I think this is a very useful item to have to dry your washing efficiently.

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                        not for me

                        After my tumble dryer stopped working I decide to purchase a couple of these clothes airers as they were a lot cheaper than buying a new tumble dryer. I could have simply hung my clothes directly over the radiator but using one of these gives you a lot more hanging space, 8 foot of hanging space to be precise so I thought it would mean I could dry more washing in one go.

                        Me being a bit silly didnt give a thought to the fact that using these was going to mean the clothes would dry a lot slower than if they were put directly on the radiators as it tends to dry then in rows from closest to the radiator to furthest away so I wasnt as happy with these as I thought I would be as it still turned out I could dry my washing quicker by putting it directly on the radiator.

                        This is a nice strong designed radiator airer though as others I have seen looked realy flimsey and this was capable of holding towels without bending or falling off so will suit all your washing needs. I have found mine ideal to air washing that has come in from on the line slightly damp or cold over night and it does this realy well but if you are at home all day like me and capable of changing the washing on your radators over regularly I wouldnt buy one of these but they would be well suited to a working person so that you could get all your washing on the radiators in one go.

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