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Product: Minky Trio Concertina Tubular Clothes Airer
When moving into my new home a few months ago I decided to buy an indoor clothes airer as I knew that the weather would be soon changing and I would no longer be able to dry my items on the outdoor clothes line. I do have a small tumble dryer but it is stored in the garage outside plus with the rising costs of household bills I do try to keep drying items in the tumble dryer to a minimum if possible.
I decided to choose the brand Minky as I have used Minky in the past and have always been really pleased with the quality and durability of their products. The product I bought was the Minky trio Concertina Tubular Clothes Airer which claims to be Minky's best selling airer. I bought this from Amazon for £19.99 and received free postage and packaging.
The airer is easy to erect, it's extremely lightweight but very strong and sturdy and best of all it doesn't take up too much floor space. The airer has an auto locking feature and has a total of 15m of drying space. This is perfect for my washing as this tends to hold a full washing load for me. The airer has a maximum weight tolerance of 18kg. I often dry heavy towels and duvets on here and touch wood it's as yet held the weight of them well with no collapsing.
The slats in the airer have a plastic coating on them and in the top corners of the airer it has holes which enables you to hang a clothes hanger through, very handy for shirts or any other lightweight items.
The airer is extremely easy to fold and enables me to fold it flat after use. This then enables me to store it perfectly in my under stairs cupboard.
I'm really pleased with the product and wouldn't hesitate in buying another one of these in the future.
Dooyoo Stars Rating: 5/5
I'm old fashioned enough to prefer drying the washing outdoors whenever I can. In our climate, though, there are too many times when that's impossible. Tumble drying is an option, but many clothes aren't suitable for this. The cost of running the tumble dryer is a consideration with rising fuel prices. Most of us have to find alternative ways of drying laundry. Our solution was the Minky airer.
It was my husband's idea. Years ago we had an appliance that was a bit of a monstrosity - a base that provided heat, an airing rack and a cover that enclosed it, keeping the heat in. I was sceptical and thought he'd bought something similar, as he's inclined to come up with household solutions that he thinks are brilliant but don't always work for me!
We've owned it a few years now, and I don't actually remember where it was purchased - Argos or Homebase most likely. He brought in a fairly large, flat package, took it into the conservatory and unpacked it there.
On removal from the plastic packaging, we found it simple to assemble. We pulled the frame up to its full height and locked the tabs into place. On the newer models I think these are pale blue, but mine is a lot older and they are black. At full height I guess it's about 140 cm high, with three tiers on each side. The locking tabs aid stability. Each tier has four wires or rungs across them. I believe it offers something like 15 metres of drying space, though I've never had the urge to test this out. The floor space it occupies when upright is about 60 square centimetres. There are plastic feet which protect the floor from scratch marks. It's quite simple to collapse it down for storage just by unlocking the tabs and pushing gently on the concertina folds. I've never trapped my fingers in the locking parts, but it's as well to be aware of the possibility.
We use the airer in the conservatory most of the time. When we need to dry clothes indoors they often dry quickest in there, with the exception of cold, dark winter days, when I find it better to bring it into the dining room. We store it in there when it's not in use. Folded down flat, it stores pretty unobtrusively next to my husband's desk. In summertime we do sometimes place the airer outdoor, usually if there is so much washing it won't all fit on the rotary airer. In windy weather, though, you need to watch out for the possibility of it blowing over. We have no small children or pets, so stability in that context isn't an issue for us.
I tend not to put underwear, socks etc to dry on here. It seems quite fiddly to do. I prefer to use it for larger items of clothing. I rarely use it for items like bedding or towels, where size and weight make it impractical.
I have an adult son still living at home. At 6'2", of broad build and with a liking for chunky clothing, drying his laundry can be a challenge. He seems to buy clothes that aren't suitable for tumble drying. I don't like putting thick tops from Weird Fish, Craghoppers on radiators, so they go on here. Now the rungs on the airer have about 10 cm between them, so it can be a tight fit to get some of his clothing on and they seem to take a long time to dry. That's a disadvantage, but I'm not sure whether to attribute it to the airer or the son and his clothing!
I haven't found anything better for my purpose. There are other models from Minky available now, but I see no advantage in replacing until necessary. This is a piece of kit I can't claim to be in love with, but neither would I want to be without it. It has some limitations but is still very useful. A four star rating seems fair.
Although I can't recall what ours cost, if I ever knew, I believe Minky products are widely available and you would probably expect to pay around £20, for example, from Amazon UK.
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©Verbena October 2013
In my opinion nothing can beat the lovely fresh smell you get from getting into bed having dried your sheets and duvet cover outside on the line on a nice sunny day. However as this is something which is probably only possible to do about half the year, I need to find another way to dry my washing. I owned a tumble dryer for years and thought I could never do without it, and when it gave up on me about three years ago I said I would replace it straight away, however due to lack of money at the time I didn't do this, and as the time went on I sort of got used to not having one.
I am not keen on drying my washing on the radiators because as well as stopping the heat coming through which wastes money, things seemed to be very creased and needed extra ironing which is obviously something to be avoided! I bought this Minky Trio Concertina tubular clothes airer from Dunelm Mill and think I paid around £18 for it. It is currently £18.95 at Dunelm and £18.99 at Amazon with free delivery.
The airer folds down quite flat so you can store it easily without taking up too much room and it measures 138cm tall, 59cm wide and 56cm deep when it is up. I would say that mine is usually up more than it is down but it is easy and quick to put up. You just pull it apart with both hands and the two catches slot into place to secure it. When you are ready to collapse the airer you just pull up the two blue catches simultaneously and it folds down. The airer is coated in a strong durable plastic and is smooth to the touch, there are no sharp edges where you can catch or snag your clothes. I would describe it as having six sections which are angled upwards, each one having four tubular bars, so there are twenty four bars to hang your washing.
I know I put far too much on my airer at one time and tend to usually fill every last bit of space, so I often find that the clothes which are on the inside don't dry as quickly as the outer ones do, but as soon as things are dry I will remove them and move the things from the inside to the front. The manufacturers Minky claim that it can hold 15 metres of washing and 18kg of weight which is quite a heavy load. I will often put half a dozen towels and sheets on in addition to my normal washing so I am sure that I get pretty near to this weight. Obviously if things are particularly long I will hang them on the top rails and let them hang down but I try not to fold things up too much as this prevents them from drying quickly.
It does feel quite heavy when full if I need to move it around for any reason but it feels secure when I do this and I never think that it is going to break or collapse on me. I usually put the airer in the conservatory as I find it dries best in there especially when it is sunny, and I will occasionally carry it outside and place it on the patio or gravel if it is especially nice. Again I have no problems moving it and it sturdy and strong enough to be left outside without worrying that it will blow over.
It has two blue brackets which open out at the corners where you can put coat hangers which I do use often as my husband wears shirts for work and I find that if I dry them on the hanger it really does save on the ironing and they also seem to dry faster. I also dry some of my dresses and tops this way and will usually keep several hangers with the airer for this purpose.
I can say that this airer is used very regularly and has shown no signs of wear and tear and none of the rails have bent or moved. You can probably get much cheaper models but this one does feel very sturdy and good quality and I am sure that it will go on to last me for some time. If it did ever break for some reason I would definitely replace it.
The product description on Amazon states that this airer - the 'Trio Concertina' is Minky's best-selling airer. It isn't difficult to see why. I have been using this for a while now and it is the best clothes airer I have ever had. It is sturdy, well designed and user friendly - and is offered at a very reasonable price. Currently £19.99 on Amazon (11/07/2013) although the price has been lower than this - I got mine for under £16 December 2012.
It is easy to put up as the catches slot easily and safely into place - unlike my old airer which threatened my fingertips whenever I used it. The edges are rounded on this product so there is nothing for your clothes to catch on. The slats are plastic coated so there is no problem with rust - or the staining my old wooden airer used to leave on clothes sometimes.
It holds an impressive 15 metres of clothes, which for me is a washing machine full. The slats are spaced out enough to allow for enough airflow to dry everything. So far it's proved very robust as I have put quite heavy duvet covers and coats on this and it has held them all very well. I think it is common sense, however, to make sure that you distribute the weight evenly on these things. According to information on the Minky website (www.minky.co.uk) it holds up to 18kg of weight. Despite its capacity it takes up very little space when it is erected which is ideal where space is limited. Its dimensions are 138cm (H) x 59cm (W) x 56cm (D).
A very useful little design feature is that it also has holes on the corners where you can hang coat hangers - enabling you to hang your shirts and blouses to air dry with as few creases as possible which saves on ironing time. Although, I haven't yet seen an airer which would qualify as a thing of beauty - I think this is fairly aesthetically pleasing as airers go.
When you've finished with it, it concertinas back up and packs neatly away. Mine stores away easily in the bottom of the wardrobe. It is light enough to carry from room to room.
Moreover, since I've been using this rather than the electric drier I have noticed a reduction in my electricity bill - so I reckon it has already paid for itself. Would recommend.
We always have plenty of washing in our house with sometimes up to 7 people staying at a time it gets busy and the washing really piles up. I don't like to use a tumble drier because its just too expensive and my one happens to be particularly noisy so I try to avoid it at all costs. Also, I wanted to reduce my energy bill to keep costs down and save some money so it was worth investing in a clothes airer. Now that its winter I can't hang my clothes outside or stretched out across the trampoline I had from when I was younger (random note: if you have a trampoline in your garden they really are great for drying, the black of the material makes them really hot as they absorb the light so they do tend to try things quicker, even towels and duvets! Obviously this takes up a bit of the garden though). So when this is the case I just open up my clothes horse
When I first bought this it came in a thin plastic covering and was flat packed. This meant it was easy to transport and I already knew how small it would fold down to when putting away in my house. I bought my clothes horse from Homebase around a year and a half ago for about £20 however now they are around £25. They have a lot of range in terms of indoor airers and so if you're looking to buy one in a shop this is a good bet. It retails on Amazon for £19.97 and is delivered free in the UK.
This has a capacity of 18kg and the multiple tiers mean I can place lots of different bits and pieces of different sizes on at the same time, from sock to tshirts to towels. The height is pretty reasonable at 140cm, a little under my own height and only a little awkward to reach across from one side (my arms just reach lol). The weight is around 3 and a half kilos I'd say which is easy to carry around even for someone little like me. This is important as I like to store it away in my garage to make more space so its useful I can lift it easily.
When you open up the frame it snaps into place and locks down. One thing I've found in the past with clothes horses is they tend to lose strength and sag, or simply the lock breaks and you either have to use a cord to keep it together, or throw the thing away entirely. This, however, does not do this or at least has stood the test of time the last year or so in my case.
To fold down you unclick the blue tabs and it folds down easy, much better than my cross-section clothes line which used to just completely swing across and slap me in the face. I always have to be careful not to catch my fingers though, which is probably something I should do anyway being a clutz and this isn't really a huge issue.
Overall this is an excellent product which I get use out of throughout the week. It is big enough to be efficient, lightweight and easy to store. The price is reasonable and if you look around you can still get the Minky name for around £18 in some places. It really comes in handy especially in small places like my utility room and I can easily move it about to other rooms or outside even when full of clothing.
I ordered this clothes airer from Amazon around 8 months ago now. When I had my first baby 9 months ago, I did not realise how much washing a baby creates! I can be doing 3 loads of washing a day sometimes! I bought one of these clothes airers to put my washing on, as I didn't want to keep using my tumble dryer, as it costs a fortune.
This is one of the best buys I made. It cost me £18, and I did think it was very expensive, however I like to buy good quality items now, as you only end up buying again when a cheap one breaks. I am really impressed with this clothes dryer for £18. I think this is a great price, I wouldn't have paid anymore for it.
This clothes dryer is silver, and looks a nice decent quality item. It doesn't look cheap, and the plastic corners are a light blue colour.
You can get a good two loads of washing on this airer, there is so much space, unless I am drying towels on it, they hang over the other rails and you can't really dry much else on there. I put them on the middle rack, and then I can get some washing on the top rails. You can't hang them any lower than the middle rack, or they touch the floor. There is 15 meters in total, and no matter how much washing I put on it, it stays stood up and never moves, it is so sturdy! Even if you knock into it, it doesn't fall down, it is so strong and well made. It does feel quite heavy to move with all the wet washing on it, so it does hold a decent weight no problem. It is definitely an item worth paying more for, you can get airers for around £8 in cheaper shops, but this one is just so well made, it is worth paying the extra for.
It is so easy to put up and down, it folds up flat, so it is easy to store away. It isn't too heavy either, I can easily move it from upstairs to downstairs myself. I usually leave this put up in a spare bedroom, but sometimes I put it outside if it is warm and windy, and it never falls over, it stays up perfectly.
In the top corners of this clothes airer, are holes, which you can actually hang a clothes hanger through. I find these handy if I am drying my dressing gown, as it takes up a lot of space on the airer which can be used for other things. Even with hangers of heavy wet clothes on the corners, this clothes airer still stays up.
I can't recommend this clothes airer enough, if you are looking for one, definitely give this one a go, even though it may seem expensive, it is worth it for such a solid and sturdy item, which will last for years. Mine has lasted 8 months so far, and still as good as new! This is currently selling on Amazon for £19.97, and is definitely worth every penny!
Minky Trio Concertina Tubular Clothes Airer
One of the first items that we purchases when we moved into our own flat was a clothes airer and after much browsing and deliberation we decided on a Minky Trio Concertina Tubular design. This model was not the cheapest by any means but it is considered a very good quality clothes airer from all the research that I did and I can now verify it too.
Milky is a UK brand born in the 1970s by a family who started producing prepackaged cleaning cloths. The brand now makes many household cleaning related items such as ironing boards, carpet sweepers and of course clothes airers.
Trio Concertina Tubular Clothes Airer
The clothes airer comes flat packed and shrink wrapped when you buy it it with illustrations and use instructions included in the pack. There is no need to do any DIY or assembling with this as it is all ready made and ready to go. The airer is a fold up and down design which makes it perfect for small spaces and for houses with storage issues and when flat has approximate dimensions of 56 cm x 59 cm and 10 cm depth. The airer is predominantly silver with blue plastic detailing and cornering.
To upright the airer you simply pull up the top layer of bars to full stretch and then drop it slightly and the airer will clip securely into place with the clip sections on either side of the device. It feels very strong and stable when erect and is said to be able to hold 18 kg of wet clothes, which is more kg's than you'll get in an Easyjet bag allowance!
The airer has three levels of bars to hang your laundry on and when at full height has dimension of 56 cm, 59 cm and 140 cm height. The three racks are made up of 6 sections of 4 tubular racks so you could really get 24 good sized jumpers on if that were all that you were washing. This amounts to 15 m of washing space altogether and I find is just about right for our 7 kg washing machine without having to overlap any items or squash clothing together.
The four legs of the fairer has little plastic caps to protect your flooring and on the top four corners of the rack are fold out corners of strong ridged plastic that you can hook additional pieces of clothing on that don't have to be spread flat to dry.
To flat pack the airer again you simply unclip the latches and let the rack go down slowly so that you don't trap your hand in it!
This Minky airer is great, it is good quality, strong, space saving and value for money for years of use that you get out of it. These cost at full price £25 but can be found cheaper in supermarkets and online such as at Amazon. Well worth the investment in my opinion!
We live in a flat with a shared garden, this means that the clothes line space is on a first come first served basis. It's safe to say that I am never there first, so we tend to rely on our two Minky Trio clothes dryers to get most of our washing done.
We got our two from our local Asda for about £20, and currently Amazon is selling them for the same price. They are supplied fully assembled in a clear plastic wrapping, and once this is removed, the dryer is ready to use. The frame is made from tubular metal, so it's fairly sturdy. It weighs 3.4kg, and states it can hold a max of 20kg. I can't say I have ever weighed my wet washing, but no load I have ever set up on the rack has ever looked unsafe or over-heavy. The build quality is pretty good: the frame is solid, and there are plastic buffers on the bottom, so it won't scratch your floor. The tiers are held in place by rivets, and over the years ours have never come loose. It could be damaged if you were to be harsh with it - the tubular frame may be sturdy but could collapse if over-stressed, however under normal circumstances this shouldn't happen.
The rack is supplied collapsed, and extends up into a three tier rack, and stands approx. 4 ½ ft. tall. The rack takes up approx. 3ft square area of floor space, so make sure you have a good bit of space to set it up in. Each tier has two 'wings' each with four rows of hanging space. This, according to Minky, this adds up to a total of 15m of drying space. I find that this is usually just about enough space for a full load of clothes, although sometimes a few socks end up on the radiator. The rack is best suited to clothes and underware, as larger towels or bed sheets will not fit on it unless you fold them over.
There are also four plastic hangers at the top corners that can unfold. Once unfolded, these hangers have ridges on them that you can catch a piece of clothes on a clothes-hanger on, or other hanging rack upon. I can't say I have really used these corner hangers as they are actually quite hard to open up. Maybe it's because I don't have any nails, or maybe I'm just a big wimp! The only thing I found is that you have to be careful not to make the rack too top heavy with wet clothes. Since the frame is quite light, it could be knocked of balance if all the weight was to the top.
The rack is held in its extended position by two plastic handles which lock it into place. To release and collapse the rack, you simply have to lift the handles up slightly, to move a couple of catches out of their corresponding notches. Once released, it folds up neatly into a nearly flat shape, which can easily be stored away when not in use. This is all very simple to do, however, I did have one incident when collapsing a rack, when the rivet that works as the catch, slid along the handle, and pinched a chunk of my palm skin under it. I was literally stuck to the rack for over 10 minutes! It was kind of comical, but also a little bit painful. Thankfully, nobody took any pictures of it. I finally extracted myself but unfortunately I lost a fair amount of dignity in the process.
Overall I have found these dryers invaluable considering our frequent lack of outside line. I should also say that at one point a few years ago I bought a cheapy Asda own-brand copy of this rack, but it was a poor imitation of the Minky. It was less sturdy, and poorly constructed. This cheap model lasted less than a year, whilst our Minky's have lasted three years plus, and are still in perfect condition. Considering that these racks are not exactly expensive, I don't recommend buying cheaper copies. If you need a drying rack for inside, these are the perfect solution. Just don't get stuck to one like I did...
Living in a flat means that my washing has to be dried in a tumble drier or aired and as utility bills are so high I do like to air dry my smaller items, every penny saved helps and all that!
I bought this airer way back in T.J Hughes and it set me back at the time £15.00 though it is now retailing on sites such as Amazon for almost £20.00 and I've seen it in Tescos as well and believe this is still offering us value for money!
The airer comes in a see through plastic wrapper and all you do is stand it up, pop the light blue hangers on to the edges of the silver tubes (where you can place hangers through) and then theres a few clips on it to secure which is simple then when you've initially set it up it simply folds back up making storage of this item really easy.
What you end up with is a tallish clothes airer and to me its like three airers in one as its stacked. On each piece of mine I have 4 rungs giving me 24 separate rungs for putting things on not to mention the light blue rubber sections where I can use to pop hangers on with larger items of my clothing. In total I get 15m of drying space although that isn't in one area and is spread but thats more than enough for me and a full load of my washing.
This is a strong airer though saying that you do need to carefully balance your items out, its easy to put up, the clasps that hold it all together are easy to do and all in all I love my simple airer and think its very worth the money indeed. Living in a flat I only have a limited storage space and even when is erected I don't want it to take up all of a room which is why I like the fact that it is taller than it is wide!
Look about for this one!
It's winter time and the rainy season will soon be upon us, (although the rain never really stops in this damp country anyway). So, there's even less chance to get that freshly cleaned washing onto the outdoor washing line to dry in the natural breath of mother nature herself. That means there's three other ways of getting your clothes dry, those being throwing them into the tumble dryer, draping them over the radiator or hanging them over an indoor clothes airer, (or clothes horse).
The first two options are the easiest but are getting more and more expensive, especially due to the recent energy price increases, that only leaves getting the clothes dry using a clothes airer.
Unfortunately, when I dragged my usual airer out of the cupboard and opened it up it just fell apart in my hands, with the metal cross bars clanging to the ground with an almighty noise, so it was then a matter of going out and buying a new one.
Luckily, in a well known supermarket, they were selling such a device with a very good name and an even better price. The device in question is from a company called Minky, who are well known in the household item business, with this particular airer being called the Concertina Tubular Airer.
**WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE..?
It's initially flat, being wrapped in a thin plastic covering. But once I'd ripped the package open I opened the airer fully, and it then stood quite tall, being 1400mm high, 500mm wide and 580mm long, with a 60mm foldaway 'hanger hook' on each top corner giving the length another 120mm, these hanger hooks can hold up to 6 hangers each, although as they are plastic I wouldn't hang too much weight on them.
It weighs approximately 3.5 kilos when it is not covered in clothes of course os is light enough to move around to the warmer parts of the house.
As for the actual drying area, this is approximately 15 metres in all, counting all the 'lines' on the airer, with there being 10 on the lower section and 8 each on the middle and top section, plus the four hanger parts.
It has an auto locking mechanism which snaps into place as soon as you lift the top section from the bottom. To unlock it you have to lift the blue plastic arms and the airer collapses on itself, so watch your fingers as it does so.
All the hinges and the locking mechanism are made of a solid feeling blue plastic which is shaped quite nicely with no sharp corners to cause any unnecessary accidents
** MY OPINION...
Before you ask, yes I do do some of the washing in my house, I share a lot of the house hold chores with the wife, apart from ironing as I just can't stand ironing.
That means that hanging a few items of washing out on the line, or in this case, on a clothes airer, is something I do quite often, especially considering that my two daughters change there clothes several times a day, depending on what they're doing and where they're going.
So I have used several clothes airers, from those shoddy wooden contraptions that should have a health and safety certificate attached to them, to ones that are held together with so many nuts and bolts that it takes a specialist degree in iron mongering to put it back together when if falls apart, which tends to happen every time you open it, like the last one I had.
I had heard the name Minky before, and not just when watching Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther saga, I had heard the name when it came to household laundry equipment, such as ironing boards, mops, brushes and, as I am mentioning here, Airers. So when this came into my possession after the unfortunate demise of my other airer I snapped it up.
It's constructed well, with the thin looking metal rods being spot welded onto the main cross bars, but although they look thin they are pretty strong and can take some weight, such as a damp woolen jumper, so hanging a few shirts over them won't be a problem at all.
It is so easy to use, considering it's only something that you hang your clothes on, and it doesn't take a scientist or engineer to open it up, it is just a matter of holding the top section and lifting it upwards, the way it's designed does the rest, opening it up to its full height and automatically locking it into a safe and secure position, ready for all those clothes that you can't put into the dryer.
I particularly like the little additions that minky have thought of, such as the hanger brackets on the top corners, which fold away to make it look neat and tidy, which allows you to hang clothes on it without taking them off the hangers. This not only adds extra drying space but also means that the clothes you hang in this way dry with out having any fold in them at the end. But as these are made of plastic there is a chance that they may snap in too much weight is added at the tips.
And when you've finished with it, (if ever the washing stops piling up), it simple flattens down into a flat pack, by pulling on the two blue side locking clips, and can be stored in a cupboard without taking up too much room.
What about the price then?
As I said, I managed to bag this one at a good low price in a well known supermarket, as usually this particular size sells for around the £25.00 mark, but I got it for £15.00. Minky do other sizes which range in price, such as the smaller version, a two tier, for £18.00, and the larger tower version which goes for £35.00, but this middle range one was just what the doctor ordered.
As we are living together now it's fair to say that we have needed the vast majority of things that you may use on an almost daily basis in your horse. One of the items that we have now had to purchase again is an airing horse, this is due to being given this Minky Trio clothes airer. The brand is a good brand and you would think that you would be getting good quality with this three tier airing horse costing around £20.00 from various stockists including Amazon & Homebase.
This airing horse comes wrapped in plastic with a piece of paper within that has some very basic product information and the barcode on it. This is all very straight forward and minimal packaging is used. I felt that there was just enough packaging to avoid getting scratches and blemishes on the product before getting it home any extra packaging would just have been too much!
This horse is very easy to fold out; you simple lift up the horse and then there is a level that folds down and locks the airing horse in to place. The horse stands neat, straight and quite sturdy and we were able to use this for quite a few months with one or two machine loads of washing on it, however, as we have gone through a few airers in the past it's fair to say that we don't overload one of these, preferring just to hang lightweight tops, shirts and work trousers on it and we will hang up vast quantities of underwear in our bathroom and dry jumpers and heavy items either over doors or on radiators to ensure there is only a minimal amount of weight on the airer.
We had this airing horse for around 5 months before it was badly damaged and could not be fixed. This airing horse was lent on by a guest in our house, very lightly, when they were trying to reach our kitten and within just a few seconds the airing horse was seen to visibly dip down low. The safety lock did work in the respect that it stopped the airer folding up with either our relatives hand inside or our kitten's tail, however, as soon as the mechanism was lifted in order to fold the airing horse down this was the moment when one side of the airer decided to completely snap. The airer was then folded down almost completely, turned on it's side and when the other side was touched in order to try and work out how the broken side should look this just broke as well meaning the airer was unusable and could not be fixed.
The metal of the airing horse had actually broken in two places on both sides and at the point of looking at the second side there was no weight being applied on the airer at all as all the washing had been removed and it was laid down on it's side to try and prevent any further damage.
We were quite annoyed that we have had to go out and purchase another airing horse and it's quite disappointing that a relative of my partners went out and spent this money in good faith and the airing horse was poor quality. This airer was definitely not overloaded and when it was lent on it was not with full body weight and probably no worse than putting a large towel or a jumper on the airer. We were very disappointed with the poor quality and it's fair to say that after spending another £20 on a different airing horse that we won't be returning to the Minky brand in the future and would not recommend it to friends or family at all.
I have used various clothes horses over the years but the Minky Trio Concertina is by far the best. It is very big and I would say it holds about 2 loads of washing at any one time whereas my experiences with previous clothes horses were that I struggled to get one load of washing on them, so I always used to have 2 clothes horses but there is no need now as it holds a lot more! It is a little bit more expensive (not by much) than some cheaper varieties but defiantly worth spending the extra on.
It is better quality than my previous buys which would wobble when putting washing on but this doesn't wobble at all and is very sturdy. It would be ideal for families as it will take so much washing. Only downside is that it is larger than your average clothes horse but I don't find this a problem at all.
I would recommend this product if you are constantly doing washing and looking for something that will last, it is well worth the money.
I've never really been a fan of clothes lines, all those knickers waving in the breeze can be quite embarrassing.
With summer fast approaching I wanted to find something that I could air my washing on that wasn't going to take up the entire garden.
I looked through a few sites to see what was on offer and finally decided to try the Minky Trio concertina airer.
Bought via amazon at the reasonable price of £18.00 .I was surprised at just how compact it is when folded,it folds flat and is approximately 2 ft high, .I store mine in the garage where I use the top rungs to hang it on hooks , so it's not taking up any excessive space and it's right out of the way.
The airer comes with idiot proof instructions for setting it up.
To set the Minky airer up you just open the top tier , which concertinas out, about half way down between the second and third tier there is a catch which you can adjust to level it out for the best effect..for instance ..
You may like me want to air dry some sheets, which as we all know can be quite cumbersome, the Minky airer allows you to open the concertina wide enough to take a double or king size sheet, If you place the sheet through the top two bars of the airer you have no need to use pegs, which is a godsend , as pegs usually leave small marks where they have been placed.
The benefits of using an airer as opposed to a washing line.
I find that the airer is much more convenient , I can move it around the garden to the sunnier spots , or on a really windy day place it in sheltered spot where it can do it's thing, there's nothing worse than a line full of washing that has to be rewashed because the wind was too strong and it has whipped itself off of the line and into the ever present puddle of mud.( or is that just my garden ?).
* at this point I should mention that you can air any washing on the Minky airer.. sheets don't have a priority .Even those tricky socks that you know you've washed 12 of but can only find 9, have a place where they can air it would be a good idea to use pegs for them though ;).
For the money this arier is worth every penny, its simple and effective to use.Takes up no space when in storage and the biggest benefit as far as I am concerned ...no more knickers on the line.
I am only giving it 4 stars despite the rave review, because, I do think that they could improve it by making the airer another tier higher.If they did this you would be able to dry an entire machine load of washing in one go.