Product Type: Lakeland in Homeware
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Hot stuff, this heated rack!
Lakeland Heated Tower Airer
Member Name: SpiderDreams
Lakeland Heated Tower Airer
Advantages: Foldable, very cheap to run, soft colour so not overbearing in a room, holds loads
Disadvantages: Can get a little hot (keep children away), takes longer to dry bulky items
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.
Summary: A good purchase that I couldn't do without now!
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