The Best 5 Heated Clothes Airers For The Home (2020 updated)
When it comes to trying to dry clothes during the cold wet months of a British winter, it's easy to get excited about a heated clothes airer. The idea of taking damp clothes off the radiators and bannisters appeals to so many that there is now a whole market sector tempting many of us with the solution of easy drying and a more presentable home.
A heated airer for clothes is far cheaper to run and far kinder to clothes than a tumble dryer can ever be. Tumble dryers usually costs staggering 35p per hour to dry clothes while heated clothes airers can cost as little as 6p per hour to run, making them greener and far, far cheaper both in running costs and in the cost of replacing clothes.
So which heated clothes airer is the best in terms of running costs and features? With almost 800 models on the market, it can be nigh on impossible to choose the right one. To take the guesswork out of the equation, 5 of the most popular and best rated clothes airers were scrutinized and tested to find the one that offered the best results in terms of value for money, build, customer care and of course drying ability.
The Best Heated Clothes Airer For The Home 2020 (Updated):
The Dry:Soon 3 Tier Heated Clothes Airer (Editor's Choice)
And this is why....
The Dry:Soon 3 Tier heated clothes dryer is most suited to a large family or someone who has a fairly large wardrobe. with its capacity to to dry up to 15kg of wet laundry at a time. The simple "X" frame, along with its height of just over 1.35m offers a total of 21m of line space.
While not as tall as some of the clothes airers in this review, it is extraordinarily stable, and with its gateleg design, it can be neatly positioned against a wall if room space is at a premium. Despite criticism about its height, the Dry:Soon airer is actually tall enough to accommodate trousers and bath towels.
As with all the airers under test, the Dry:Soon airer needs to be assembled , which is extremely easy to do, and takes only 20 minutes or so thanks to clear, precise instructions.
The heating feature is supplied by a 300W fan heater which is at the base (giving extra stability). While not seeming to be very powerful heater in this Dry:Soon heated airer provides enough gentle heat to dry clothes without damaging them. The added advantage of having only 300W drawn by the heater is that Dry:Soon claims that the cost of drying is only 6p per hour.
It's not just the heater alone that makes this heated dryer effective, the secret ingredient so to speak is the vented polyester/cotton cover that is fitted over the dryer, which retains the heat within while absorbing the moisture from the drying laundry. The cover also doubles as a storage case for the dryer when it's not in use.
Trousers, towels tops and jumpers are well catered for as well as smaller items such as delicates , socks and underwear. with a peg hanger and 3 mesh shelving units for clothes best dried flat.
The heater has a timer which can be set for up to 12 hours drying, so it can be set and left to quietly get on with its job of drying.
Weighing in at a very light 5.5kg, the Dry:Soon electric airer fold down to an almost flat 9cm, making it easy to store under a bed or a space under the stairs, while the cover/ storage case will protect it from scratches and dust.
The Dry:Soon 3 Tier Heated Clothes Airer comes with a 3 year warranty.
Yes, this heated clothes dryer has been well thought out and very well designed, but there is one very slight drawback. The cord length is, as is the case with all home appliances, just too short. At only 1.35m, the cord must be connected to, an extension cable.
It can be quite difficult to be excited by such a thing as an electric clothes dryer, however it is very difficult NOT to be enthused by the Dry:Soon Heated Clothes Airer, its design is well thought out, and it is highly cost efficient. Along with the generous 3 year warranty, the "Dry:Soon 3 Tier Heated Clothes Airer" can be called the best heated clothes airer
- Extremely cost effective to use. At only 6p per hour compared to 35p per hour for a tumble dryer.
- Very lightweight and easy to handle.
- 15kg of wet laundry can be dried at a time.
- Easy to assemble.
- Very stable, even when fully laden.
- Folds down to 9cms width, so is easily stored.
- 1 to 12 hour timer, set and forget operation.
- will not damage clothes due to gentle prolonged heating.
- Peg hanger dryer and mesh shelf accessories included.
- 3 year warranty.
- Very short electrical cord. An extension cable is vital.
The Anion 3 Layer 1200W Electric Laundry Drying Rack.
Boasting a huge 60kg wet laundry capacity The Anion 3 layer electric drying rack sounds impressive. However this drying rack turns out to be little more than a mobile wardrobe with a heater.
This Anion clothes dryer comes in kit form and due to poor packaging with components mixed together, and the entire instruction manual in Chinese, assembly is both time consuming and extremely frustrating.
With its height of 1.70m, the Anion 3 layer electric drying rack is one of the taller models under review. in addition to its height this clothes airer is extremely narrow and is mounted on castors. While be extremely mobile, even when unladen this electric clothes airer is inherently unstable due to its narrow centre of gravity, with a real risk of toppling over.
The Anion heated drying rack comes with a 1200W air heater which is fitted at the base. While some will say that the heater will have a high energy consumption footprint, the rate of 16p per hour to run this airer pales into insignificance when compared to the 35p an hour cost of a standard tumble dryer.
A basic remote control is included with this dryer, and is used to switch the heater on and off, as well as to set the drying timer from 10 to 240 minutes. While sounding and appearing to be all very high tech, the addition of this little gadget is really nothing more than a gimmick.
To make any heated clothes airer more effective, many manufacturers will include a cover to use with the heater. The ideal cover should be made of a washable slightly absorbent material with vents strategically placed to allow optimal air circulation.
While the Anion 3 Layer Laundry Drying Rack has a cover included, it has clearly not been designed to help dry your clothes. There are no vents in the material to allow outflow of moist warm air to carry away moisture, and the material is thick IXP-1 rated fabric, which means that the fabric is actually water resistant and will allow condensation to form.
This heated clothes airer does fold for storage, but while being 13cms and therefore relatively flat, its height may make it difficult to store away after use.
It has to be noted that the Anion 3 Layer Electric Laundry Drying Rack has a 1.4m cord fitted with a 2 pin plug, so an adapter and an extension cable are both necessary.
The Anion heated laundry drying rack is covered by a 1 year warranty.
While sounding impressive, this airer has more disadvantages than advantages, and is in essence more of a mobile wardrobe, and as far as heated airers for clothes is concerned is not one of the best.
- Can enough hanging space for 60kg of wet laundry.
- Relatively lightweight.
- Cheaper to run than a tumble dryer.
- High centre of gravity making it inherently unstable, especially when fully laden.
- Remote control is more of a gimmick than anything else.
- Water resistant cover with out venting, making condensation form inside.
- Timer has a maximum setting of 240 minutes.
- Poorly packaged, with components mixed together.
- Instructions are only in Chinese.
- Very short cord fitted with a 2 pin plug.
The Amos "Eazydry" Pro Electric Clothes Dryer.
This is, as its name would like to suggest, a 2 tier clothes airer. More realistically the Amos "EazyDry Pro" is more of a mobile wardrobe that tries to double as a clothes airer heated by quite a powerful fan heater. While being adequate as the former, this dryer is not a particularly good at being the latter.
The Amos "EazyDry Pro" arrives in kit form and no tools are required for its assembly. While assembly time is relatively quick, some components are mixed together, and some owners have said that parts are either damaged or are missing.
Build quality as well as the choice of materials used in the "EazyDry" heated airer a little surprising, such as the corner and folding brackets are made of plastic, which will weaken after time due to them being load bearing.
Heating is generated by a 1300W electric fan heater situated at the base of this airer, its 1300W of power comes at a cost. To dry your clothes will cost an estimated 18p per hour to run (manufacturer's estimate), which makes the Amos "EazyDry Pro" the most expensive clothes airer in this review.
A basic remote control for on/off and timer is included. The timer can be set from 10 to 240 minutes drying time. With just these 2 functions on the remote, this boasted feature is really more of a gimmick than anything else.
In an attempt to enhance drying time a cover is supplied to cover the airer. However, being of a heavy plastic material and without vents, purchasers have found that this electric clothes airer acts more as a giant humidifier rather than a dryer.
The Amos "EazyDry Pro" is mounted on caster for easy manoeuvrability, however, as it is extremely tall at 1.86m and quite narrow in depth, it is fundamentally top heavy with a relatively high centre of gravity, especially when fully laden, which makes it prone to toppling over.
When not in use, the Amos "EazyDry Pro" does fold down to being almost flat. The problem however, is that it is not that easy to store away. As it is a concertina fold the 1.86m height becomes 2.05m. It must be remembered that a standard door frame is 2.10m high, so moving from room to room can be a little awkward, and storage space under the stairs, or under the bed is unfeasible.
The Amos "EazyDry Pro" comes with a 1 year warranty.
For its sheer size, the Amos "EazyDry Pro" is offers poor drying space and a heater, that according to some owners, acts more like a room humidifier than an electric clothes airer. It is actually more suited for use as a wardrobe more than anything else.
- Can dry up to 15kg of wet laundry at a time.
- Its size. At 1.84m high, the Amos "EazyDry Pro" is just to big and bulky for home use.
- Fundamentally unstable and prone to toppling over due to height and being fitted with casters.
- Very expensive to use at 18p per hour.
- Poor quality components, either to week or very poorly designed.
- Cover is thick PVC, not allowing absorption of moisture in the drying space.
- Cover has no vents, stopping circulation of air to outside the airer.
- Very basic remote control included. More of a gimmick than anything else.
Home Republic "Deluxe Maxi Plus" Electric Air Dryer.
For the minimalists amongst us, the Home Republic " Deluxe Maxi Plus" electric clothes airer could be seen as a thing of beauty. Its design is simple, with clean sharp lines.
Its assembly is simplicity itself, taking at the very most 15 minutes or so to have it "ready for action". Consisting of 2 tiers of racking on a main "A frame", the design allows this heated laundry airer to be folded away in seconds, and because of its 1m height,this little electric clothes airer can be slid under the bed or put in the space under the stairs when it's not in use.
The classic "A frame" design makes this clothes airer extremely stable, and with its aluminium build it is also extremely light and easy to handle.
At its base the "Deluxe Maxi Plus" has what Home Revolution call foot racks, designed for socks and shoes to be dried. Disappointingly there are only 4 of these, so only 2 pairs of socks or shoes can be dried at any one time.
Designed to be able to dry only 5kg of wet laundry at any given time, the "Deluxe Maxi Plus" is really designed for the singles market, as a couple or a family generates more than 5kgs of laundry.
Supplied with a 300W heater which sits at the airer's base, a gentle convection current does shorten drying. However, much of the warm air flow is wasted as the Home Revolution "Deluxe Maxi Plus" does not come with any sort of cover to contain the airflow. So the heater acts more as a small room heater!
The Home Revolution "Deluxe Maxi Plus" is incredibly cheap to run. At only 4p per hour this little electric clothes airer is the most economical of all the airers in this review.
As with all large domestic appliances the electric cord is too short, at 1.35m an extension cable is necessary.
There were a number of comments from new owners that the Home Revolution "Deluxe Maxi Plus" was perhaps a little too flimsy for their liking, however it must be said that if this clothes airer is loaded with the recommended 5kg of laundry, the frame is quite sturdy enough.
While it has a good basic design and is very economical, this Home Revolution electric clothes airer is expensive for what you get, and can not really be considered value for money.
The Home Revolution "Deluxe Maxi Plus" comes with a 1 year warranty.
- Simple "A frame" design, giving stability.
- Lightweight and easy to handle.
- Extremely easy to store away after use.
- Very economical, drying costs only 4p per hour.
- Too small, has capacity for only 5kg of wet laundry at a time.
- Its price. For what you get this heated airer is not value for money.
- Does not have a cover included. No cover means the heated air is very quickly dissipated, taking longer to dry your clothes.
- Only for sock / shoe racks.
The Amos 230 Electric Heated Clothes Dryer.
This electric heated clothes dryer is a direct adaptation from the traditional "la-la pole". With its "X" shaped folding legs design and main horizontal drying rails and "winglets" on either side, Amos have made the drying rails heated.
Designed to hold up to 10kg of wet laundry at a time, this "traditional +" clothes airer is a no frills heated rail drying rack with no fan heater or remote control gimmickry.
The Amos 230 Electric Heated Clothes Dryer folds down to just 6cms width, making it easy to store literally anywhere in the home, when it's not in use. While being extremely lightweight, the Amos 230 may be considered by some to be too flimsy.
There is an on /off switch and a simple built in thermostat which regulates the temperature of the heated rails to between 45°C to 55°c, making this airer very easy to use.
Included with the Amos 230 heated airer is a 15 peg hanging dryer which needs to be hung either on one of the heated rails or completely separately.
While being of a very basic, traditional design, the Amos 230 may be a little top heavy when fully laden, and if not evenly loaded, could topple over.
This very simply designed heated laundry airer comes with a 1 year warranty.
The Amos 230 may not be the most stylish or largest of the heated clothes airers in this review, but for a single person who needs to dry their laundry, it is perfectly adequate. However, it does not really come close to being the one of the best heated clothes airers.
- Very simple design, based on traditional airers.
- Very economical to run.
- Folds to a width of just 6cms. Can be stored in almost any space.
- Very light weight, almost flimsy.
- If not loaded, could easily topple over.
- Capacity of just 10kgs of wet laundry.
- The electrical cord is very short at 1.35m.
- No cover included.
What To Look For When Buying a Heated Clothes Airer.
While the Dry:Soon 3 Tier Heated Clothes Airer is judged to be the best out of the heated clothes airers in this review, there were certain criteria that had to be satisfied, many of which may be obvious, while some not so.
One of the most important things to consider is the energy consumption and the cost per hour to run. Generally speaking a heated clothes airer should be about 75% cheaper than a tumble dryer
Stability of the dryer when fully laden is also an important factor, especially when there are children around.
The amount of actual drying space that the best heated heated clothes airers provide is usually very large, and is a good indicator of the true drying efficiency of the appliance is.
Quality of build of the appliance and how easy it is to assemble is one of the most important factors, as usually the airers that have the best quality components and the clearest instructions usually prove to be the longest lived and the easiest to use.
Whenever possible try to see your potential purchase "in the flesh" so to speak, whether it be in a showroom, or in a friend's home. This simple act could dispel any doubts that you may harbour, as well as to give you some idea of what the product actually looks like.
Frequently Asked Questions.
- how quickly do they dry stuff? Could I put it on in the morning and have dry clothes by evening?
Generally speaking, clothes put out to dry in the morning will be dry by the evening.
- can you fit a full load on one?
The best heated clothes airers will be able to take a full load of wet laundry.
- How good are heated clothes dryers?
They are much cheaper to buy than tumble dryers and a fraction of the cost to run. drying clothes indoors is actually really unhealthy due to the extra moisture in the air causing mould. An airer helps reduce this moisture content quickly.