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    • Poppy1984
    • By Poppy1984 11th Sep 19, 5:41 PM
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    Tumble drier vs heated airer
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    • 11th Sep 19, 5:41 PM
    Tumble drier vs heated airer 11th Sep 19 at 5:41 PM
    Hi everyone,
    My tumble drier broke a few months ago, I've been managing ok while the weathers been ok but when it's wet and I've not started using the heating yet it's a nightmare. I was planning on investing in a new drier, but I'm tempted by one of these

    https://www.aldi.co.uk/heated-clothes-airer/p/018734287269500

    What are people's opinions thoughts? Apart from the obvious it's a lot cheaper than buying a drier, what about electricity use and effectiveness?
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    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 11th Sep 19, 5:47 PM
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    It uses hardly any electric.


    And there is hardly any difference to it being on of off. unless you lay maybe 3 items over most of it.


    Depends on how much you want to dry and how quick.


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    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 11th Sep 19, 5:47 PM
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    Having never owned either an item like the above (does look good though) or a tumble drier my only real thought is with the above you may 'gain/keep' some heat in the room where it is, compared to a tumble which by its nature usually throws the waste air outside I think ?

    I'm not sure if they do heat the kitchen by accident (tumble driers that is) during operation.

    Just really thinking that a bit of extra 'free' heat from the drier rack above, but as mentioned if it costs more to run then it may be a counterproductive thought!

    EDIT... Is that wattage correct 230W ? That is quite relatively low, a tumble would be I expect 1KW to 2KW but am not sure on that , slightly worried that may be a typo for the 'rack' as its the same as the voltage rating shown.
    Last edited by AndyCF; 11-09-2019 at 5:51 PM.
    • Poppy1984
    • By Poppy1984 11th Sep 19, 5:49 PM
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    • 11th Sep 19, 5:49 PM
    It uses hardly any electric.


    And there is hardly any difference to it being on of off. unless you lay maybe 3 items over most of it.


    Depends on how much you want to dry and how quick.


    Yes I have one!
    Originally posted by Carrot007
    Hi thanks for your reply, so it doesn't really dry any quicker than a non electric airer?
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    • tboo
    • By tboo 11th Sep 19, 7:36 PM
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    Hi thanks for your reply, so it doesn't really dry any quicker than a non electric airer?
    Originally posted by Poppy1984

    I have a lakeland one with the additional cover


    The cover does make the clothes dry quicker, overnight in some cases especially cottons. jeans a little longer

    This is from the evening when I've put them on the airer,. but I have dried without it and it isn't that much different in time wise it's just that the heat is staying put with the cover on ifyswim



    You don't have to have a cover, before I bought it I used a duvet cover



    Years ago Lakeland advised against this due to condensation but then brought out the cover which I then bought
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    • pattypan4
    • By pattypan4 11th Sep 19, 8:49 PM
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    depends if your home can take the humidity from a heated rack. Humidity can be bad in a house
    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 11th Sep 19, 8:51 PM
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    I wouldn't recommend the Aldi version if you have working radiators.

    The JML Dri-BUDDI is good though, although you towels etc still take ages. I bought mine second hand and it is relatively inexpensive to run, and a Godsend in the winter months when there is no sunshine.
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    • Poppy1984
    • By Poppy1984 11th Sep 19, 9:33 PM
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    Thanks everyone, that's exactly what I needed informed opinions! Love this board
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    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 11th Sep 19, 9:34 PM
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    I agree - if your home is even a bit warm in winter, and doesn’t suffer from condensation, damp or mould, then non-heated racks are good enough.

    My place is only around 19 degrees in winter, but everything still dries quickly, usually overnight.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 11th Sep 19, 9:36 PM
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    Hi thanks for your reply, so it doesn't really dry any quicker than a non electric airer?
    Originally posted by Poppy1984

    Very slightly on anything touching the bars or near. Hence why I said maybe 3 items.
    • upwards
    • By upwards 12th Sep 19, 2:45 PM
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    I second the Lakeland electric airer. It is soooo worth the initial cost. Yes it is more expensive but once you have been spoilt with that, you will never go back to a tumble dryer or the cheaper electric airers. I haven't noticed any extra condensation etc. It dries the clothes beautifully. And most of the clothes don't require ironing either!
    • Poppy1984
    • By Poppy1984 12th Sep 19, 4:36 PM
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    I second the Lakeland electric airer. It is soooo worth the initial cost. Yes it is more expensive but once you have been spoilt with that, you will never go back to a tumble dryer or the cheaper electric airers. I haven't noticed any extra condensation etc. It dries the clothes beautifully. And most of the clothes don't require ironing either!
    Originally posted by upwards
    Is this the one you mean?

    https://www.lakeland.co.uk/21736/Dry%3ASoon-Standard-3-Tier-Heated-Tower-Airer
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    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 12th Sep 19, 4:55 PM
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    Another vote here for the Lakeland heated airer. I've had one for a few years, I find it will dry a double duvet, sheet and pillowcases overnight; I usually put a spare duvet cover over it to help keep the heat in.

    I haven't got enough radiators to hold all my washing, and I hate seeing it draped around the house, and I have not had a tumble-drier for years, too expensive and wasteful in my view. This is perfect, and it folds away when not in use. I haven't used it at all over the summer, but it will be coming back into play now the weather is not so good, I wouldn't be without it.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 12th Sep 19, 5:15 PM
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    It looks like a space liability - once up it'd be in the way unless you've more than one room.

    You could also consider a small de-humidifier unit, which can be tucked away in a corner and gets rid of the damp from the clothes and any other damp that occurs. Of course, they are pricier to buy.
    • CapricornLass
    • By CapricornLass 12th Sep 19, 5:38 PM
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    Yes, it does take up room when all the racks are up - but so does a tumble dryer, and all the time at that! However, I don't think that its floorplan is much bigger than a tumble dryer.



    I've had one of the Lakeland ones for several years now, and I wouldn't go back to a tumble dryer. Like upwards, I've not noticed excess humidity being a problem, but then I am a believer in opening windows, even for a short time in winter.
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    • AndyCF
    • By AndyCF 12th Sep 19, 6:32 PM
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    I think the advnatage of that dryer is you can simply put it in to another room out the way folded up ( ? ) if needed whereas a tumbly drier is always there.

    Those wall mounted or ceiling mounted horses (discussed elsewhere) are not too bad, I still have my Victorian ceiling mounted clothes horse thankfully! But the modern wall mounted ones , at least when empty they fold almost flat so not a big space premium is eaten.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 12th Sep 19, 6:46 PM
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    If you have space and don't get humidity issues victoriana style airers are worth a look.
    • coffeehound
    • By coffeehound 12th Sep 19, 6:57 PM
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    Man alive, you can end up spending £180 on one of those Lakeland ones. Are they really that much better than the £29 Aldi one?
    • maman
    • By maman 12th Sep 19, 7:22 PM
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    If you have space and don't get humidity issues victoriana style airers are worth a look.
    Originally posted by getmore4less
    They also have the disadvantage that if they're in the kitchen, clothes can pick up cooking smells.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 12th Sep 19, 7:38 PM
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    They also have the disadvantage that if they're in the kitchen, clothes can pick up cooking smells.
    Originally posted by maman
    Don't put it in the kitchen.

    They can go anywhere, bathroom over a bath works.

    Spare room where your alternative airer would be

    Once pulled up to the ceiling empty they are out the way.
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