Review: Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer from Lakeland

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, almost 2, we have even more washing. Factor in cats, fish and a turtle and we have a LOT of washing. Towels, bedding, clothes, etc etc. Anyway for quite a few years we’ve managed to dry clothes in our flat without a heated airer. Then finally I caved in. Back in early December, 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.

Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer

Before I get started this is the exact model that I have:

 

Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer

I paid £109.99 for this from Amazon. This is the same 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 to run

Lightweight

Simple to move

Individual shelves to position as needed

21m of drying space

Holds 15kg of laundry

Thermostatically-controlled bars

Folds down to a depth of 8cm

Cord length is 1.35m

Fully open dimensions 73 x 75 x 137cm

Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer - A look at the top

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:

Beko WTG941B1 - 9kg load

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.

Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer - In use

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..!

  1. Using each rung for one-two items of clothing and filling it as full as possible.
  2. Draping items over multiple bars and not hanging anything over the top.
  3. Using one rung for one-two items, hanging items off the four corners and draping items over the top.

Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer - A look at the shelves

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.

Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower Airer

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 stand next to it if I want a little blast of warmth!

In the Summer this isn’t going to be ideal but then our home will be SUPER WARM (it sometimes hits 30C inside!!) so I’ll not need to use the heated airer and can just use it as a normal airer for those few months, or days, that we have a warm home!

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.

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!

My tips for using the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Tower 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 maximise the drying time.

Don’t overfill it. Don’t stack items on top of items. Have items on 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 a little 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.

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!

What are you waiting for? Order one now!

 

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26 Responses

  1. Helen January 10, 2018 / 10:28 am

    Oo now this looks like something we could do with! Now that we’re a family of four the washing has increased and using our tumble dryer every time is expensive. Thank you for such a detailed review 🙂

  2. Grant R January 10, 2018 / 10:51 am

    This has just reminded me that I have one in a cupboard which I have forgotten to put up. What a fool! It looks pretty handy 🙂

  3. Hazel Newhouse January 10, 2018 / 10:52 am

    I really should invest in one of these! We are a family of 6- including a baby and our washing is craaaaazy! We don’t own a tumble drier, and instead we use a Victorian ceiling airer. It holds 1 wash load at a time (7kg machine) and forces me to keep on top of my laundry!

  4. Kim Carberry January 10, 2018 / 12:42 pm

    This looks and sounds like a life changer in the damp, cold months….
    I have airers but they are not heated. I think I need to invest in one of these x

  5. Victoria January 10, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    This seems to hold quite a lot of clothing! My fiancé loves airers, whereas I’m a fan of the dryer. I do however need to get a new airer as sometimes the dryer doesn’t do the trick! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Erica Price January 10, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    I’m very tempted to get one – I have been thinking about it for a while. The only thing that puts me off is that fact that I do have room to dry stuff natuarally , so maybe I don’t really need one. I like the idea of not having the washing around all the time though.

  7. Sonia Cave January 10, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    This sounds like something I could do with here to dry all the wet outdoor gear from school during our Swedish winters!

  8. All About a Mummy January 10, 2018 / 7:27 pm

    Very jealous. I am gagging for one of these. Was seriously disappointed I didn’t get one for Christmas!

  9. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons January 10, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    As I write this, we have an airer in the kitchen full of clothes waiting to dry which we hung up last night. This sounds perfect for us! To be able to hang overnight and then have them dry in the morning is a game changer for me – just think of not stumbling over the airer all day!

  10. Kara January 11, 2018 / 11:25 am

    My tumble drier died back in December and I had a normal area – it took 2-3 days to get my washing dry which drived me insane

    • Kara January 11, 2018 / 11:25 am

      This looks fabulous!!

  11. Emma January 11, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    We could really do with something like this in our house. There is always so much washing and it’s such a pain trying to dry everything in the winter, especially things that can’t go in the tumble dryer. I love Lakeland products too, the are always such great quality.

  12. Jenni January 11, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    We don’t have a dryer either. We have an airer that hangs on a pulley system under the kitchen ceiling – it’s a great space saver.

  13. Clare January 11, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    This looks fab! We do have a dryer since we moved house but we’ve put up with many years without one and it can be so difficult to get everything dry! This seems a great solution.

    • katykicker January 12, 2018 / 11:14 am

      I’d love to have a dryer one day! Pipe dreams hey x

  14. Zena's Suitcase January 12, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I think this sounds great. I do use a tumble dryer but there’s loads of things I can’t put in it and still go on the airer. This would sort those clothes out no problem

    • katykicker January 13, 2018 / 10:38 pm

      I’d love the space for a tumble drier still! x

  15. Stephanie January 13, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    Fantastic review, very informative and perfect for the colder months

    • katykicker January 13, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment x

  16. Kira January 14, 2018 / 8:51 pm

    Oh wow I am so jealous!!! I could kill for one of these in our house! The washing is literally endless – I’m talking Mary popins bag endless ha!

    • katykicker January 16, 2018 / 6:29 pm

      Haha, I feel you. This was me before with Daisy vomiting all the time!

  17. Becca Talbot January 21, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Sounds like an ideal bit of kit for drying laundry, doesn’t take up as much space as a tumble drier, and probably less energy consumption too. A great price as well! x

    • katykicker January 22, 2018 / 1:45 pm

      Yeah it’s really good for us (so far!) x

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