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When my first daughter was born I started to find it harder and harder to keep on top of drying clothes in a flat. I bought a *Dry:Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer made by Lakeland from Amazon.
As my eldest child had a lot of allergies, and was unwell frequently, it was just impossible to stay on top of the washing so a heated clothes airer made sense.
Now that I have two children I use the heated airer from around September – March time, alongside a dehumidifier, to get the clothes dried and put away as fast as possible.
I’ll be discussing a little more about my own thoughts on this heated airer alongside an idea of the cost of use per hour and how long it takes to actually dry clothes.
You absolutely can get by with a normal airer, if you need to, but if you have a little money to spare, and can afford a slight increase on your energy bills it feels well worth it to me.
Especially because I am not blocking off my radiator or constantly having lots of washing drying around my home everywhere when guests visit. I want to get my clothes dry and away as soon as possible.
While you’re here be sure to check out my top tips for saving money on heating too.
Before I placed my order I asked a LOT of other parents I know online what they thought of them.
The reviews were mixed, which made me feel a bit nervous about spending well over £100 on the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer. I have been very pleasantly surprised with ours and it is still going strong 6 years later.
I figured I would order it and if it was rubbish I could just send it back via Amazon! Anyway, here is it – my review of the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer.
When I bought my airer in late 2017 I paid £149.98, including the cover, which seems to have been the full price, and the RRP as of late 2023 is currently £204.98, however it is frequently cheaper and keep reading for a few tips.
Here is a look at the heated airer I have:
Before we dive in with my review this is the exact model that I have in my home (and really rate!):*
When I bought this from Amazon it was similarly priced to buying direct from Lakeland, and knowing that Amazon have good customer service on electronic items I opted to use Amazon just in case I had any problems.
In the past, I’ve had electrical items break at around a year old and Amazon usually just arranges to send another one out and then collects the broken one. Without charging me for the second item in the process. They have a great returns policy, at least in my experience.
Obviously the price has increased since I purchased this, but it has been 6 years! I’d not hesitate to buy it again tomorrow if mine broke as it has been a godsend for my family particularly in the last year or two.
Cost to run heated airer
It typically costs around 300 watts per hour to use this heated airer. This means that each kWh on your electric bill is around 3.3 hours of run time. This energy consumption is better than I thought than I thought before I bought mine.
As of late 2023 this is a cost of 27p. This does vary per region though so check your bill for an accurate figure. You will have a standing daily charge to pay for using electricity too.
Obviously there is the initial fee to purchase this. I have used mine around 120 times a year, from September to March, and I have done this 5 or 6 times now. 600-700 uses so far, works out to under 25p per use already and this will get lower the more I use it of course.
Features of the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
- Lightweight when empty.
- Simple to fold down and move when not in use.
- Folds to just 8cm when not in use.
- Individual shelves can be positioned as needed.
- 21m of drying space.
- Holds 15kg of laundry.
- Thermostatically-controlled bars.
- 1.35m cord length.
The fully open dimensions of the airer are 73 x 75 x 137cm.
Setting up the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer / Lakeland Dry:Soon
I am chronically ill, and sometimes suffer with my hands. Despite this I can comfortably set it up and open the bars. It all clips into place easily and while mine has always felt a tiny bit wobbly it is not a problem once it is full of washing.
When I first unboxed this it felt a little on the flimsy side. I was slightly worried that I was going to have wasted my money, but I followed through with using it for the first time and was pleasantly surprised with how sturdy this airer feels once it is in use.
Anyway, to get it settled up you just open the two sides up and then fold the shelves into place. This is a 3-tier airer so there are 6 shelves with 6 individual bars on each.
This is great as it means you can hang long items down on one side or use all the shelves if you have a lot of washing. Personally, I tend to use all of the shelves, as I’m usually wanting to get all of my washing done and on the horse within a couple of hours.
Is the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer any good?
Yes. I’m LOVING it. I’ve got more to say than just yes of course. Read this review as I share all my random thoughts about it…!
How much washing does the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer hold?
I’ve got a washing machine that holds 8kg of washing. As it can complete a wash in 28 minutes it is really simple for me to run a small cycle and load up the airer.
This airer can hold 15kg of wet washing. One full wash load is what I wash and place on to the heated airer at a time.
If I need to I will also wash a small load of clothes, face cloths or hand towels and drape those over the airer at the top.
With 36 bars I am able to put a good amount of washing on the airer at one time, but I would not recommend overloading it or it’ll hinder the drying process.
Do you need to stretch the washing over the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer?
I’ve tested out a number of scenarios now as I love doing things like this and sharing my findings with you..!
- Using each rung for one-two items of clothing and filling it as full as possible.
- Draping items over multiple bars and not hanging anything over the top.
- Using one rung for one-two items, hanging items off the four corners and draping items over the top.
In each of these cases I have left the airer running all evening, from 6pm – 11pm roughly. Turning it off before bed to leave it to continue naturally drying.
In the morning I’ve found that almost all of the washing is dry in all of these scenarios so it seems you can do whatever you fancy really and it’ll still dry well.
Lightweight items such as knickers, pants, socks, vests, t-shirts, pyjamas etc are all bone dry. Some items, such as towels, need a couple more hours of heat to finish drying and I usually re-adjust them when I wake up in the morning and then pop it back on for 2-3 hours.
Is a heated airer safe to leave on overnight?
Personally we always try to be cautious with electrical devices. We have a timer that automatically switches the heated airer off around the time we go to bed. This means by the morning it is usually dry, and it also helps us save some money too!
I don’t like to leave appliances running overnight just in case there was an electrical fault or problem. As I work from home it just makes sense to have the heated airer turned on in the daytime in my office. It helps to warm the space slightly and I can be present just in case.
I have also tested running the heated airer overnight. All of the washing was dry in the morning after 12 hours of heat. This is fantastic as I was able to remove the washing, fold it down and not have washing everywhere for 2-3 days.
We are only having the airer out 2-3 times a week at the moment, although I’m probably washing items I haven’t washed in a while – like the curtains and nets, just because I can!
Does the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer generate heat?
Yes, a little. In the evenings when it is running our home is usually getting pretty chilly now the weather has turned, however, sometimes we are managing without putting the heating on, as long as we are in the same room.
This is good as it negates some of the expense of course and means that I can sit next to it in my office if I want a little blast of warmth!
In the Summer months, we can just use this as a normal airer, or put it away when we use the rotary washing line in our garden.
In Autumn I will sometimes carry this outside, when no rain is forecast, and just quickly carry it back in if I think it is beginning to look like it will rain. Indoor clothes dry fast too even if this is not turned on for long.
What are my thoughts on the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer?
Buy one! Seriously. A few people told me not to get it, and that it would be a waste of money. I haven’t found this to be the case and I am still loving it 4 years on.
If you’re battling with washing constantly in the colder months then this will be a godsend.
How does a heated airer compare to a tumble dryer cost wise? Which is cheaper to run a tumble dryer or electric airer?
This costs 0.3kWh per one hour of use. A tumble dryer cycle, typically up to 2 hours, uses over 5.3kWh (Source). That would mean you’d need to use the heated airer for over 17 hours to spend the same money as just using your tumble dryer.
How to use the Lakeland heated airer?
It is so straight forward, you open the arms up, put the shelves up on their notches and then you can load it up, plug it in, turn the switch on near the bottom of one of the legs and you’re good to go.
All of the shelves have clips in place and they’re sturdy once they’re in place. I’ve been using mine for 6 years now and despite sometimes overloading it I haven’t had any issues.
Do heated airers cause damp?
Drying clothes inside your home can cause condensation. You can use a dehumidifier to help with this and opening windows in your home can also help.
My tips for using the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
Fill it up before switching it on as it heats up quite fast. If you’re doing a few loads of washing then get them done and positioned before you turn it on.
Rotate the washing if you have time and effort. Turn items over, reposition them etc to minimise the drying time and help them dry out fully.
Don’t overfill it. Don’t stack items on top of items. Have items across 2-3 bars if you can. However, if you have a large amount of washing then hanging the items over the individual bars will still get you dry washing, just expect it to take more time of course.
Use a high spin speed on your washing machine. Ours goes up to 1400 so I use this to ensure that the clothes are wrung out really well. Sometimes I do a second spin cycle just to get clothes as dry as possible before hanging them up.
Switch it off overnight. If you can try to do your washing in the day, turn it on, let it warm up nicely and then turn it off overnight.
If it isn’t done in the morning then rotate the clothes, remove any dry items and spread the rest out before you pop it back on. If you are short on time then leave it turned on overnight and give it a good 12 hours to dry everything.
Don’t expect a miracle. Don’t put 3 loads of soaking wet washing on it and expect things to be dry in a few hours. This isn’t a tumble drier…!
If you can afford to and don’t mind slightly fiddly things, *buy a heated airer cover. I bought mine after the airer and it has made a noticeable difference.
Tips for saving money on heated airers:
- Check if it’s cheaper to buy the airer and cover separately
- Look on the Lakeland website for special offers or discount codes
- Look on TopCashBack to see if cashback is available
- Look on Facebook Marketplace for a second hand one
- Try a * drying pod
- Wait for Aldi to sell theirs again
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