“ The Lakeland Heated Tower Airer speeds up the process of drying laundry. It is easy to use and folds away nicely. Whilst initial outlay is slightly high, it is much cheaper to run than a tumble dryer. „
I bought this for around £70 after reading very good reviews from people saying it was a must-have and could dry a load of washing overnight.
My experience has not quite been that, but I still find it a very useful gadget to have in the house when drying is needed for a few bits of clothing overnight. It also says on the box that it costs only 5p a day to run so more gentle and less expensive than a tumble dryer!
When I first received the drier I put a whole load of washing on it, each piece draped over the heated rails, but found that obviously the areas not touching the rail were still damp in the morning. People online said to put a large sheet over the top to create a kind of warm tent which would heat up the process so I tried this a few times, but the fear of making a damp area on the floorboards underneath, and of starting a fire soon put paid to that! Saying that, I always turn the drier off when I leave the house just to be on the safe side!
The way that I mainly use the drier is to completely dry damp clothes off the line or another drier! Also last night I could wash my daughter's school coat, lay it on the drier and have it completely dry by morning so in that way, it is a godsend to know it is there!
The actual drier seems a bit flimsy and I am worried about breaking or bending the delicate rails when I move it. It also takes up quite a bit of space in a small spare room and it can be hard to switch on and off the small, insulated switch at the bottom of the drier.
I am glad I bought it and rely on it for emergency drying and it has certainly helped enormously over this long, rainy winter! Recommended!
This product is just like a traditional clothes area, but with an added bonus. The contraption plugs and and so the rails that your clothes hang from become heated to around the temperature of a hot radiator. As far as I know, this product is a Lakeland exclusive. Other sizes do exist in the range but this is the only one I personally own. It cost me around £90 about six months ago.
DRYING TIME - as you might expect, drying time is considerably reduced compared to drying on a traditional airer. This has an added benefit of avoiding that musty smell clothes sometimes get when they have taken too long to dry
FLEXIBILITY - the airer gives you the options of only having half of it up. Each rail can be put up or down as you wish meaning that you could have one half down and so it could be stored against a wall without half of it with clothes. This isn't a feature I use much though, for reasons explained in the 'size' part of my disadvantages section
SIZE - perhaps this is just me but I would like one that is even bigger. I cannot comfortably put a whole load's worth of non-tumble clothes on this without really cramming it on so I still need to turn to my traditional airer for over spill.
TURN OFF - it can be easy to leave this on way longer than you meant to. There is an orange light that is on when the airer is on, that shines at the botton of one of the legs. We keep this in our spare room and it is easy to forget its on. We're pretty good at remembering but it coulc be on for hours on end. I think the option of an automatic shutdown after, say, ten hours, would be useful. At 5p an hour its not something you want on for days on end.
In our last house we didn't have space for a tumble dryer so I decided to try a different method to drying clothes when I couldn't hang them outside. Enter the foldable three tiered heated rack! Purchased a few years ago from Lakeland for about £79.
There are two sizes, the three tier and the two tier. We are a family of two and we still preferred to purchase the 3 tier. I think it is the better option as the only space difference between the two is the height.
Now even though I am in a new house and was gifted a tumble dryer I do still prefer my heated rack!
The rack is pale grey in colour, has two sturdy legs that the tiers are attached to. The tiers are made up of "barred" levels that fold down flat. The two remaining legs pivot 90 degrees to create this rectangular structure.
The tiers can be lifted like flaps, and then a little plastic hook holds them in place.
Due to this design you can have half the rack up, so just pivot one of the two movable legs, and lift the tiers on this side only. This will mean the other half remain hanging down.
A flex and plug come from one leg at a decent enough length and there is a soft on/off button just below where the flex attaches to the rack.
Folds down nice and flat for easy storage, though in truth mine stays up most of the time as I am always drying something when the weather is bad!
The rack can hold a full wash of clothes, two if you have lots of small things. The trick is definitely to fill it well. Can be a bit tricky to fill, the best way is to open the bottom tier and fill it, then open the next tier etc. If you open it all up and then start to fill it, you find the tiers above get in your way.
The bottom tier is the hottest so anything that needs a lot of heat to dry can go on here. It is best to hang things over the bars such as t-shirts and PJs rather than lying things out flat.
If you do use a tumble dryer and things are still a bit damp, the heated rack is great for finishing them off. As a dryer itself it does dry clothes quickly, however depending on your room, clothes, amount of water they have in them will depend on just how quickly they dry.
If you leave it on overnight most items are dry - though jeans, jumpers and bulky items can take a little longer.
I noticed that if I put a wash on 30 degrees, it was usually too wet for the heated rack so I now put my wash on an additional spin (especially when I have bulky items) just to reduce the amount of water they hold and thus get better drying capability out of the rack.
One method I found that works well, is if I have washed bedding I can fill the rack and then drape the bedding over the top of the rack. This creates a stronger heat that allows the clothes to dry faster.
One point to make though, I find that if I put a wash from the washing machine onto it and hang the t-shirts / blouses/pants over the bars, straightening them out that I have no need to iron these items. The wrinkles just fall off them.
An additional bonus was that it kept the room it was in at a nice temperature when it's on. Saved me having to put the radiator on in that room!
This item is very cheap to run costing as little as 3p per hour.
The heated rack does get hot so don't prolong your touch of it when it's on and keep children and animals away from it. It is recommended to put things on while it is off or while it is warming up (takes a few minutes to reach its temperature).
While it can be left on for 24 hours, I always prefer to have it on a timer to come on and go off throughout the 24 hour period as I never feel comfortable having heated appliances on for extended periods. This is my personal preference though and no way stating the product is unsafe.
~Points to consider~
* Takes a bit of time to dry bulky items
* Can get hot, so keep children/animals away
* Bit more time consuming than loading/unloading a tumble dryer.
* Like with all indoor drying, without ventilation you can end up with mould so it is advised to have a window open or on vent when you are drying clothes.
Much better than hanging things on the radiators, use mine all the time in winter and very happy with it.
The Lakeland 3-tier heated tower airer is one of the best purchases I have ever made.
We initially bought it because we were having a baby soon and planned on using cloth nappies. He was due in winter time, meaning it would be near impossible to get the nappies dry either outdoors or on a typical airer.
The Lakeland airer is nothing short of a life-saver, whether you have kids or no! Clothes usually dry in less than 24 hours, and it only costs a mere 3p/hr to run - MUCH less than a tumble drier. I can fit an entire load of adult washing on it with no difficulties. Even heavy things like jeans or sweaters it has no problems with.
If you only need to dry a small amount, its compact design means you only unfolded as much as you need, keeping it from taking up a lot of room in your house. When you're not using it, it folds down completely flat and will easily slide in behind something or in a closet. It's extremely sturdy and even though it dries your clothes effectively, it won't burn any small hands that happen to get too close.
A top tip to increase its effectiveness: drape a sheet or large cloth over the top like a tent - this partially traps the heat inside and will dry your clothes even faster.
The only improvement I can think of for the heated airer is a longer cord - the cord is comes with is a bit short, but plugged into an extension lead, is just fine.
I cannot recommend this airer enough - £75 is a great price for those who can't have a tumble drier.
I'm not normally a gadget geek, nor am I normally one to get over excited by homeware products, but this really is a nifty little device!
It is a clothes airer with the added bonus that you plug it in and it heats up to gently dry your clothes. And it helps keep your room warm at the same time too!
You have the option to purhcase this in two sizes - with two or three tiers. I have the three tiered option, which holds about 1-2 washloads of clothes.
You can open this up so that it uses both sides, or just one side depending on how much washing you have, so it can be placed up against a wall for convenience if needed, or it will support itself if both sides are open.
You can also fold the whole thing down so that it is flat (albeit tall) and compact and can slide it into narrow spaces for ease of storage.
It is not unattractive, it is simply silver in colour, and unoffensive.
When it heats up the heat is gentle, and you can still touch the metal bars without getting burned, so perfectly safe if you have kids running around. However, it does manage to give off enough heat that you can feel it, and it really does help dry the clothes quicker.
Obviously, you don't have to plug it in and you can use it as a general airer. You can use the layers to hang out your washing as you like: things can be laid flat, they can be draped over, or hang big sheets or towels over the top of it. Very versatile.
Lakeland claim that it offers up to 21m (69ft) of drying space. In real terms I'm not sure what that equates to, but like I said before, I can personally get on 1-2 wash loads.
The dimensions on the website are given as fully open 73 x 75 x 137cm H. (28¾" x 29½" x 54"); folds to a depth of 8cm (3"). 300W
It costs about 3p an hour to run - so is much cheaper than using a tumbe dryer or hanging your washing over several radiators (which is not an option in my electricity-only flat).
Unfortunately, this can only be purchased online and is not available in store. And the price tag is pretty high at £74.99 for the three-tiered option. But every review on their website sings it's praises and so do it - it really is worth every penny! I use mine everytime I do a washload and wouldn't want to go back to a convential arier.