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Drying washing in Winter is the bane of my life. Actually, drying it in Spring and Autumn is the bane of my life too! Now that we have Daisy, who is 3, we have even more washing. Factor in a cat, dog and a turtle and we have a LOT of washing. Towels, bedding, clothes, etc etc.
For quite a few years we’ve managed drying clothes in a flat without a heated airer. Then finally I caved in. Back in December 2018, I decided to order us a *Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer. 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 over £100 on the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer. However, 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.
Before I get started this is the exact model that I have:*
I paid £109.99 for this from Amazon and then £39.99 for the cover separately. It’s usually cheaper, slightly, to buy the heated airer and the cover at the same time. This is a similar price as buying directly from Lakeland. My main reason for buying from Amazon was that I know they have a great returns policy. In the past, I’ve had electrical items break at around a year old and Amazon just arranges to send another one out and then collects the broken one. While not charging me for the second item in the process. They have a great returns policy, in my opinion at least.
Features of the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
It costs less than 6p per hour to run
It is lightweight when empty
Very simple to move
Individual shelves can be positioned as needed
21m of drying space
Holds 15kg of laundry – I’ve even pushed it a little past this although I wouldn’t recommend that!
Thermostatically-controlled bars – very hot but I have never burned myself on them
Folds down to a depth of just 8cm – ideal for storing away
The cord length is 1.35m
Fully open dimensions 73 x 75 x 137cm
Setting up the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
I have arthritis, and my hands have been bad lately. I was a little worried about setting this up and it being heavy. However, this is surprisingly lightweight. It even felt a little flimsy the first time I got it out of the box. I’ll be honest and say I was a little bit worried that I had wasted my money and would have to have the hassle of sending it back. Anyway, to set it up just open the two sides up and then fold the shelves into place. This is a 3-tier airer so there are 6 individual shelves. 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 on 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 9kg of washing, my Beko washing machine. 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. Now, this airer holds 15kg of laundry, which is presumably the weight of the washing once wet. I’ve never personally weighed my washing machine loads but here is an example of just one load from my new washing machine:
As you can see this is a HUGE amount of washing. I’ve been filling the airer with one load like this, and then one smaller load of hand towels, sheets etc. I have been draping the sheets and towels over the top of the airer, to help keep more of the heat inside.
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..!
- 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. In the morning I’ve found that almost all of the washing is dry in all of these scenarios. Lightweight items; knickers, pants, socks, vests, t-shirts, pyjamas, are all bone dry. Some items, such as towels, need a couple more hours of heat to finish off and I usually re-adjust them when I wake up in the morning.
I have also tested running this overnight. All of the washing was dry in the morning after 12 hours of heat. This is fantastic as I’m 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 the shower curtain, just because I can.
Does the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer generate heat?
Yes, definitely. In the evenings when it is running our home is usually getting chilly, however, now we are managing without putting the heating on. 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 washing line in our new garden.
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’m absolutely loving it over 2 years on.
If you’re battling with washing constantly in the colder months then this will be a godsend. It seems to be cheaper to run than a tumble dryer, if you’re just drying one load and spread it out well, but I don’t have any specific stats to offer to back that up. Also, newer tumble driers are super energy efficient and cheap to run, like condenser ones. For us, though we just don’t have space for a tumble drier so this isn’t an option anyway even if I wanted one!
How to use the Lakeland heated airer?
It is so straight forward, just 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. I’ve been using mine for 2+ years now and despite sometimes overloading it I haven’t had any issues.
My tips for using the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer
How to load heated airer
Fill it up before turning it on. 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/effort. Turn items over, reposition them etc to minimise the drying time.
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.
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 for 12 minutes just to get clothes as dry as possible before hanging them up.
Turn it off overnight. If you can do your washing in the day, turn it on, let it warm up nicely and then turn it off overnight. You’ll be in bed anyway so for those hours it won’t be costing anything to run and your clothes will still be drying. If it isn’t done in the morning then pop it back on. If you’re 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. It adds another £35 to your spend but those I know with them have great things to say. My main reason for not bothering at the moment is I have arthritic hands and not sure I want to be zipping and unzipping it all the time!