With winter soon to arrive, it’s time to wave goodbye to the luxury of drying our clothes outside. So too may we want to be rid of our usual tendencies of chucking a fresh load into the tumble dryer, owing to the sharp rise in energy prices. But what’s the solution? Enter a heated clothes airer.
A tumble dryer can cost up to £1.26 an hour to operate (depending on the model), while a heated dryer is a far more efficient way to dry your clothes and is likely to cost less than 40p an hour to run.
Thankfully, budget-friendly retailer Aldi has brought back its sell-out heated clothes airer (£39.99, Aldi.co.uk) to help supercharge your drying time and keep costs down – welcome news, thanks to the cost of living crisis.
Aldi’s model is arguably one of the cheapest on the market and was a sell-out hit in 2021 and earlier in 2022. Thankfully, you now have another chance to get your hands on one, as it’s back to buy online now. However, they won’t hang around for long.
If this nifty household appliance has piqued your interest, here’s everything you need to know about the Specialbuy that makes easy work of your large loads.
The large drying surface and 20 heated bars mean you can dry those bulky items such as bath towels and bedsheets, then simply fold it down and neatly pack it away once you’re finished.
Lightweight and easy to assemble, it’s ideal if you don’t have the budget or capacity for a tumble dryer. Eliminating those frantic dashes out to the garden to get your washing in before the heavens open, it’s a simple and practical way to dry your clothes.
But more than that, it’s also cost-efficient. With the help of Sus-it, an energy efficiency website for electrical appliances and products, we calculated that Aldi’s heated clothes airer will cost just 8p per hour to run.
Busy families and larger households will particularly benefit from the reduced drying time, enabling you to get through your huge load faster.
If you happen to miss out on snapping up Aldi’s budget buy, fear not, as there are plenty of other affordable heated airers on the market that don’t scrimp on quality.
Earning the top spot in our round-up of the best heated airers, Dry:Soon’s drying pod (£89.99, Lakeland.co.uk) seriously impressed our reviewer. They praised it for how compact it was when stowed away, its ease of set up and quietness, as well as how incredibly light it was. For even speedier drying, the cover’s snug fit can be utilised for 30, 60, 90, 120, 150 or 180-minute drying periods.
While pricier than Aldi’s airer, the Homefront electric heated clothes airer (£64.99, Amazon.co.uk) is still an affordable buy. “A slimline dryer that is ideal for smaller homes, this sleek heated garment airer resembles a standard bathroom towel rail and costs less than 3p an hour to operate,” our reviewer said.
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