Heated Clothes Airer

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Hi,
Not sure if i am posting in the correct section.
I am considering by one of these heated clothes airers from aldi tomorrow https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-20th-october/product-detail/ps/p/heated-airer/?pk_campaign=uk_product_newsletter&pk_kwd=2013-10-17_15-55

Has anyone got any experience of what they are like and the cost of running one.

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  • MyserMyser Forumite
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    It looks similar to this one:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/ELECTRIC-HEATED-CLOTHES-ALUMINIUM-WATERPROOF/dp/B00BAA96YA

    It says on the Aldi advert that it costs around 5p an hour to run in the UK.

    Have a look at the Lakeland ones which seem to receive good reviews:

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/around-the-home/washing-and-laundry/clothes-horses-and-airers

    Lakeland use to sell this portable indoor dryer but don't seem to anymore:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dri-Buddi-Motor-Unit-Cover/dp/B007RDEPHM
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  • Ken68Ken68 Forumite
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    If the heat came from the bottom it would make sense.
    You would be better off using a standard clothes airer stood near a radiator.
  • AvoriazAvoriaz
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    How many live in your house?

    We dry clothes using over the bath and free standing airers if it is raining or very cold outside, otherwise we use a rotary washing line.

    However there are only two of us and we have two baths plus plenty of spare floor space in unused bedrooms.

    If there are quite a few of you and space is short then a heated airer should be worthwhile. As Ken posted, perhaps one with low level heated rails might be better.

    Running costs are low and in winter you will benefit from the heat although be aware that you need to ensure decent ventilation to avoid humidity and damp problems.
  • YORKSHIRELASSYORKSHIRELASS Forumite
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    I bought one of the Lakeland ones last year. Yes its handy but very expensive for what it is. If you can get one of the Aldi ones for that price I would snap one up.

    If you cover the Lakeland airers with a sheet they are very effective and do dry clothes a lot quicker than a standard airer near a radiator.
  • jessmistjessmist Forumite
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    Avoriaz wrote: »
    How many live in your house?

    We dry clothes using over the bath and free standing airers if it is raining or very cold outside, otherwise we use a rotary washing line.

    However there are only two of us and we have two baths plus plenty of spare floor space in unused bedrooms.

    If there are quite a few of you and space is short then a heated airer should be worthwhile. As Ken posted, perhaps one with low level heated rails might be better.

    Running costs are low and in winter you will benefit from the heat although be aware that you need to ensure decent ventilation to avoid humidity and damp problems.

    We are a household of 4 or 5 when our eldest is home from uni
    Just thinking one of the clothes airers would save using the tumble dryer. In winter we usually put the clothes on a airer and then finish them off the next day in the tumble dryer.
  • Yorkie1Yorkie1 Forumite
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    That Aldi dryer doesn't have much drying space although it should work effectively.

    I've got the 3-tier Lakeland airer which works along the same principles. It's very good - I use it indoors and only heat it in winter. You do need to be alert for the humidity issues mentioned by another poster though.
  • jessmistjessmist Forumite
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    I bought one of the Aldi heated airers this morning. Very pleased with it had it full of washing for around eight hours and they are just about dry.
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    jessmist wrote: »
    I bought one of the Aldi heated airers this morning. Very pleased with it had it full of washing for around eight hours and they are just about dry.
    8 hours?

    I can dry faster than that with a standard airer with a 40W fan pointed at it.
  • martinsurreymartinsurrey Forumite
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    lstar337 wrote: »
    8 hours?

    I can dry faster than that with a standard airer with a 40W fan pointed at it.

    all depends on the ambiant temp of the house, 8 hours with a lot of heavy clothes in a relativly cold house is fast.

    your house could be 10degrees warmer than the OP's.
  • DoozergirlDoozergirl Forumite
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    I bought one of the Lakeland ones last year. Yes its handy but very expensive for what it is. If you can get one of the Aldi ones for that price I would snap one up.

    If you cover the Lakeland airers with a sheet they are very effective and do dry clothes a lot quicker than a standard airer near a radiator.

    I have the Lakeland one too. There's five of us in our house. I try to get a duvet cover in each wash so I can open it and slide it over everything else once it's hanging. It means the airer looks like a tardis but it does help to dry things a bit quicker, especially the bottom rungs.
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