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This airer comes in a flat-pack box with installation instructions. It took me roughly 30 minutes to build and the instructions were relatively straight forward. There are 8 drying racks. 4 on each side. There are also spaces to hang clothes on hangers at each side at the top. The airer is also on wheels which I have found helpful for when i need to move it. The 8 drying areas do not all need to be used at once. You can put the drying shelves up in any combination depending on your drying requirements. I have found this helpful especially when drying bath towels as you can leave yourself a larger drying space so as not to touch any other garments being dried. If you do not have much washing to dry you also have the option of folding half the airer away so that the airer can go flat against the wall. However, i find that it is not as stable in this position so rarely use it in this way as i have a baby that enjoys grabbing onto it and feel that it may topple if tugged hard enough.
I do around 5-6 laundry wash loads a week in our house and my clothes horse has finally buckled under the pressure due to overuse. I try to line dry clothes as much as possible, however not wanting to use my tumble dryer too much I often dry my clothes on a clothes horse in the house.
The Minky Tower Indoor Airer was on offer in Argos for £24.99 (usually £29.99). It is a large tubular steel airer with a white coated frame. Yes, it's expensive for a clothes horse, but it can hold up to 4 wash loads, has a drying capacity of 25kg, total drying space of 40m, it's ideal for flat drying and can dry long items such as trousers and sheets. The indoor airer is made by 'Minky' who are a British company based in Rochdale and they specialise in homecare. Products in their range include: cleaning products, mops, ironing boards and small household appliances.
This is the tallest clothes horse I have ever seen - 172 cm tall. Minky claims that the Tower airer can hold up to 4 wash loads, however I have to disagree with this. Four very small loads, yes, but not four full washing machine loads. At the most I have been able to air dry two loads as I tend to place the clothes over 2 racks, as it spaces the clothes out and dries quicker.
The Minky Tower Indoor Airer comes flat packed and I assembled it on my own and it took 20 minutes. There was an instruction manual which was simple to follow.
When opening the airer and securing the racks it is best to start from the top down. If you secure the racks randomly they tend to fall down, so it's always best to start from the top, which makes the airer sturdy. The airer also folds flat (length ways) for easy storage.
You can use the airer in a number of settings as it is versatile. There are 8 drying racks (4 each side) and each rack has 8 lines to it, so plenty of space to dry large wash loads. To dry long items such as towels, trousers and sheets just use the first two racks. This leaves plenty of room to dry the long items without them touching the floor. On the top of the airer there are two sections where you can hook 8 clothes hangers. Handy if you want to make sure that some items don't lose shape/become too creased when drying.
The only slight disadvantage would have to be the height; it's not good for people around 5ft as you will need to stretch to put clothes on the top rack. It is very tall and won't fit properly in the cupboard under my stairs when folded, so it's new home is behind the fridge/freezer in the kitchen.
The clothes airer has 4 small plastic castors at the bottom. These are a little wobbly but are fine when moving along the floor or across the patio and have yet to fall off.
Overall, I do recommend the Minky Tower Indoor Airer and rate this 4 stars out of 5. It enables me to dry a lot of clothes in one go and has a range of drying options, making it easier to dry long item such as blankets and sheets. The only slight disadvantage, being 5 foot 5 inches tall is that I have to go on my tip toes to hang clothes from the top rack, but other than that, the airer is good value for money and is sturdy.
For further information, please visit: www.argos.co.uk
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