Best Heated Clothes Drying Racks and Airers

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We have got to that time of year when drying clothes on the washing line is becoming increasingly impractical.

However, this year, we all face significantly higher energy costs, and we all want to find ways to be more economical with our gas and electricity. Sadly, many people will be reducing energy by simply not heating their homes (or significantly reducing usage). This makes drying clothes even harder.

Heat pump tumble dryer vs heated clothing rack – Cost to run

I have previously covered the running costs of tumble dryers, and I was surprised to find that a heat pump-based tumble dryer didn’t use quite as much electricity as I expected. It is the condenser and vented tumble dryers where the bad reputation comes from.

A heat pump tumble drier will use about 1.1kWh for a half load or 1.85kWh for a full load. Heated racks use between 200-300Wh, meaning they will use about the same electricity in around 5 hours.

Heated clothes airers and drying racks can still be expensive to run

We don’t have room for a tumble dryer, so we are reliant on radiators and clothes racks.

Heated clothes racks have become hugely popular as an affordable alternative to tumble dryers and avoid having to use central heating to get your clothes dry.

We have used one for years, and they are effective. However, I would warn you that they can use more electricity than you planned if you are not careful. I find it is easy to switch the heating rack on and then just forget about it, I have left mine on for 24 hours before, and it uses about 200W per hour.

If you are forgetful like me, I’d recommend pairing it up with a smart plug and setting a timer or schedule.

Some of the more premium options below have timers that you can use to minimise electricity usage.

Best Heated Clothes Drying Racks and Airers

Lakeland Dry:Soon

Dry:Soon Deluxe 3-Tier Heated Clothes Airer Dry:Soon Deluxe 3-Tier Heated Clothes Airer No ratings yet £219.99Amazon Prime
  • RRP: £179.99
  • Washing held: 15kg of washing on 21m of drying space
  • Size: H137 x W73 x D75cm
  • Power Usage: 300W
  • Timer: Yes
  • Foldable: Yes, folds down to 8cm deep

Buying direct from Lakeland appears to be your best bet.

This range of 3-tier dryers appears to be the gold standard of heated clothes racks and they are priced accordingly. Considering the cost of living crisis, many people probably don’t have the spare cash to be parting with £150 for a clothes dryer, and it will likely take a while to see a return on investment. However, they are supposed to be superb. You can also get a cover with it, which helps contain the heat while allowing moisture to vent through.

For smaller homes, there is also the Dry:Soon Mini which is a bit more wallet-friendly at £120

BLACK+DECKER 3-Tier Heated Clothes & Cover

  • RRP: £119.99
  • Washing held: 15kg of washing on 21m of drying space
  • Size: H140 x W73 x D68cm
  • Power Usage: 300W
  • Timer: No
  • Foldable?: Yes

This is basically a clone of the Dry:Soon system with a three-tier design and cover. It is well reviewed but costs about the same as the Dry:Soon, and it lacks a timer.

It has been as low as £120 back in 2021, but I expect it is unlike to drop back down to this price again.

While this is good, I’d only buy it if the Dry:Soon is out of stock.  

Eezy-Dry Electric Clothes Dryer

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  • RRP: £90
  • Washing held: 15kg of washing on 21m of drying space
  • Size: H140 x W73 x D68cm
  • Power Usage: 1300W
  • Timer: No
  • Foldable?: Yes

This works slightly different, you have a frame that provides two layers to hang your clothes, then a heater that sits on the floor. This is then enclosed within a cover to contain the heat.

With it heating the air, the power usage is quite high, but it should only take a couple of hours to dry your clothes.

This used to retail for around £70 but has since gone up by over £20

The Dry:Soon Drying Pod is a similar product, but it has a smaller capacity.

Minky Heated Clothes Rack – Or any generic brand

Also available from Argos

  • RRP: £55
  • Washing held: 10kg
  • Size: H93, W84, D54cm
  • Power Usage: 230W (for the Minky)
  • Timer: No (model dependant)
  • Foldable?: Yes

There has been a huge amount of demand for clothes airers this year, for obvious reasons. This has meant a lot of the cheaper ones with a common design are out of stock.

The Minky Heated Clothes Rack is the most commonly recommended rack, but all the winged design racks are practically the same.

They are all about the same in terms of build quality and the electricity they use. They will all benefit from being covered up or rotating the clothes regularly. As I learned, it would be best to use a smart plug or any sort of timing plug to ensure you don’t leave these on for too long.

Alternative Options

Drying Rack + Dehumidifier

One of the issues with drying clothes indoors is that it will increase the humidity in your home. If you are then also keeping your heating to a minimum, this can increase the likelihood of mould growth.

An alternative option is to use a clothes rack and a desiccant dehumidifier to dry your clothes.

You need to be cautious with how you use a desiccant dehumidifier as they use a lot of electricity, but they also give off a lot of heat. You can either use it in a room you want to heat, or put your clothes in a small box room, reducing the amount of moisture the dehumidifier will try and remove.

You could use a clothes rack with a cover and a dehumidifier under it to maximise the drying performance. This would likely provide superior performance vs Dry:Soon Drying Pod and other heated airers.

Last update on 2024-06-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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