Like a lot of people I find it hard to dry washing as soon as the summer ends. I feel like we were spoilt with lovely washing drying weather that lulled me into a false sense of security and now that Autumn is here, and with two children, washing wasn’t drying quick enough on our old airer and so we were finding that we don’t have enough drying space to dry washing or enough room to hang it all out to dry. I turned to Twitter for advice at the start of the year on tumble dryers and one of my lovely followers suggested the Dry-Soon Heated Airer from Lakeland and a few other people said that they had also been looking at them.
To be honest, we didn’t really have the room for a tumble dryer and I would worry that it would cost the earth to run and shrink all our clothes. So the Dry-Soon Heated Airer seemed like the ideal solution.
Well, I bit the bullet back in January and purchased the Heated Airer! £93 and Lakeland threw in a £50 wine voucher, so I ended up with an airer and 6 bottles of wine for the £93 – plus £5 for the delivery charge on the wine. The Heated Airer arrived quickly and I was really pleased – apart from it being chucked over our back gate and left in the rain by the courier company! But that’s another story.
We literally used the Heated Airer daily when it arrived and only stopped using it over summer but still turned to it for help on days with bad weather and have been using it again daily since the days have got colder. It fits a big load of washing on it depending on what we wash! If we do a big load of little baby things they take up so much room and it’s chock full of clothes but if we wash a big adult wash then there is often space left over! The product information states that it can hold 15kg of wet washing and there’s 21m of drying space – I’m taking their word for it as I never weigh my wet washing and don’t fancy getting my tape measure out to test the drying space but take my word for it, there’s more than enough space for a load of washing!
We turn the Heated Airer on overnight and everything will generally be dry the following morning – the bottom layer is only really suitable for small things – socks, pants and little baby things – anything bigger than that doesn’t dry very well because of the hot air rising. You can also lay things flat over the drying areas or you can fold down sections of the dryer to accommodate things that need a longer drop when drying. You can also only open one half of the dryer if you have less to dry or if space is an issue.
We have been using the Heated Airer for the best part of a year now and could not be happier. It does exactly what we need it to do! The only negative I have found so far is that we don’t know where to store it when not in use – the Heated Airer folds flat but is still full height and 8cm thick for storage which is a lot bigger than our previous traditional airer. The other slight annoyance is that there isn’t a clip or anything to hold the electrical cable when not in use so it can’t be stored as tidily as I would like.
The Dry-Soon Heated Airer costs 5p per hour to run – I have no idea how this compares to a tumble dryer as I’ve never had one – and smaller sizes are available if space is an issue or you don’t need as much drying space.
This Heated Airer has to be one of the best things I’ve ever bought and to think that last winter I didn’t even know Heated Airers existed! Amazing! If you don’t have the space for a tumble dryer, or can’t afford to run one then a Heated Airer could be a good alternative. Also, you don’t have to plug it in so in nicer weather it can be used like a traditional airer with no running costs!