Product Type: Lakeland in Homeware
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A Wet Jumper's Best Friend!
Lakeland Dry-Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
Member Name: Machair1
Lakeland Dry-Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
Advantages: A brilliant way to dry washing cheaply and quickly.
Disadvantages: Rather large and the power on off button is towards ground level.
I could have called this review " I wish I Had One Of These Years Ago" and I mean it! When my family were all living at home I did three loads of washing every day, and although in the summer I would hang items out to dry the winter months were a time I would dread. Although yes I could tumble towels, bed clothes, and some non delicate items, there were always a mountain of things with no place to dry but on clothes horses or on hangers- I have even been known to use curtain rails in the past to suspend hangers from which looked unsightly and chaotic. It doesn't help not having a utility room, which I would dearly love in my next house where laundry could dry out of the way. It was when I started to hang tablecloths over the bannisters I decided it was time to do something as my washing was taking me over!
With my family now grown up and only returning for visits I was of course doing less washing. That was true until my son came home from university this summer and reminded me of all the extra loads I had been missing! It was then that I came across the Dry-Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer and pondered the possibility for some months, finally taking the plunge and making a purchase in September. I am just so glad I did!
The Lakeland Dry-Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer is an appliance that has the appearance of a very sturdy clothes airer but is heated. It is this heated aspect that facilitates clothes drying so much more quickly, and provides a real alternative to the tumble dryer as well as a method for drying delicate items safely and quickly.
There are actually two sizes to choose from. I hesitated for a moment but plumped for the large as it was only £15 more, and offered substantially more drying area. I am so glad that I made this decision as even with two of us it means that I can do less loads and fill the machine to capacity and then dry it all on one day. This saves time and energy and of course reduces fuel consumption.
Delivery was free and as with all Lakeland items I have been highly delighted with customer service, delivery times and accuracy - the item was delivered in just three days. It does come in a very large box and sadly because of these it can only be delivered to mainland UK addresses.
To give you an idea of the dimensions, the appliance is when fully open 73 x 75 x 137cm H. (28 3/4" x 29 1/2" x 54"); it folds to a depth of 8cm (3"). Also it arrives packaged in a large box that is 142cm x 80cm x 9cm. (56" x 31½" x 3½"). 300W.
The appliance has three shelves and has the capability to be open half way to allow for drying smaller loads if required. When open fully it has 21m of drying space and is easy to move around as it is remarkably lightweight. When fully loaded it will take the weight of 15kgs of washing as it is incredibly sturdy and in my opinion very well made indeed.
What I really enjoy is the benefit of being able to dry delicate items like knitwear as these can lie flat on the shelves. Smaller items can be placed over the shelves with ease and it will even take the weight of a freshly laundered duvet.
Dries Clothes And Heats the Room Too!
The running cost of this is 5p per hour and in my experience this will dry most items in 8 hours. What I tend to do is to do a wash in the morning, load up the dryer for 8 hours and then switch it off and leave the clothes in situ overnight. By the morning they are beautifully dry, and an added bonus is something that may appeal to those who have chilly houses as the appliance acts like a little heater when it is on and really warms up the room. My daughter who is a student is very interested in this appliance, not only to dry her washing, but also to provide a source of heat in her flat so it may be on her Christmas wish list! I wasn't expecting this but when my boiler died last week and we had no heating it was fantastic, as not only did it dry my clothes but it also warmed us up!
I still use my tumble dryer for towels and sheets because these do impart a lot of moisture into the air due to their large surface area, and so it isn't ideal to have these items drying for long periods of time in enclosed spaces as this can lead to condensation and mould issues. However if you don't have a tumble dryer this would be much better than using radiators or trying to dry items in cold rooms on conventional clothes horses.
Although the appliance is heated it is not a risk to pets or young children as it is not boiling hot, and also this means that if you accidentally forget to turn it off promptly you are not going to find clothes singed or damaged.
The Smaller Option
If you have a very small family you may wish to purchase the smaller option which is less expensive to run only costing 3p per hour. This gives 13m of drying space and is £69.99. It will give you a maximum weight allowance for wet laundry of 10kg and when fully open is 75 x 73 x 99cm H. (29½" x 28¾" x 39"). This model folds to a depth of approx. 8cm (3"). 200W. I think this option is certainly one to consider and is ideal for a student living on their own or an elderly person who maybe finds difficulty hanging washing out of doors. This model has won a House Beautiful award this year so comes highly recommended.
I always like to study reviews very carefully indeed before making purchases and one of the things I really value about Lakeland, and other online retailers who do this, is that they allow reviews to be posted about their products warts and all. Because of this it isn't unusual to find dreadful reviews next to products which are always answered by the Lakeland team who take feedback very seriously. The 3 Tier Airer scores 4 out of 5 and the 2 Tier 5 out of 5 so this is excellent, and really instils confidence in the product. Also I would note that there are almost 400 reviews of the Three Tier Airer on the website and 14 on the smaller version.
An example of the way that the customer service team interact with the review writers is seen in the latest review on there in which a lady points out that the washing dries much more quickly if it is covered by a sheet. This is also suggested in many other reviews prompting a suggestion that maybe Lakeland should supply a cover for it. After extensive testing the answer Lakeland give for not doing this is that it produces a lot of condensation which can damage flooring making it wet, and so I have deduced from this that it is probably ok to cover it if you have ceramic rather than laminate flooring wood or carpets which will quickly become saturated if the condensation is allowed to build up.
I think the only negatives if there are any is that the Three Tier Airer is quite a large item so you do need room for it, and secondly the on off switch is at the bottom meaning you have to lean down to press it, which is not ideal for anyone who is disabled or elderly, but you can of course unplug it at the main wall socket.
Overall I think this is an amazing product that I can honestly say I wish I had had years ago. It has made laundry days simple and easy, and has saved money already on my electricity bill over using my dryer and has made my house free from the clutter of wet washing. It really is a fantastic product.
This review will also be posted on Ciao under my user name Violet1278
Summary: An absolutely fantastic product!
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