Whether you opt for a classic standing rack, a heated version or one that goes on the wall or the ceiling, make sure you dry your washing safely.
Below is our edit of the best racks and devices. To minimise a build up of allergy-aggravating house dust mites or mould spores increased by damp clothing, Allergy UK recommends drying washing in a space closed off from the rest of the house, like a covered porch or garage. Or, if drying in another room, keep windows open and the door closed.
1. Fine Elements Heated Airer: £31, amazon
If you’re after a heated rail this bargain buy is currently half price. Not as much capacity as the Lakeland alternative (11m to their 21m) but it can hold up to 10kg of wet washing. It folds away nicely, too.
2. JML Dri-Buddy: £90, amazon
A telescopic stand opens like an umbrella so you can pop your drying on hangers (not included) and then close a zipped bag around damp laundry. Warm air then blows around up to 18 garments, and can be timer-set. Quiet, and perfect for shirts and lighter items which will dry in a couple of hours.
3. Vileda Viva Dry Cascade Indoor Airer: £33, amazon
This three-tier airer can pack on a machine-full and has useful hooks for hangers too. Best for kitchens and utilities with limited space as it has height rather than width. More robust than some flimsy racks on the market, it won’t collapse under a full load.
4. Extending Clothes Drier in Chalk: £100, amazon
Dreaming of a Farrow-and-Ball-toned utility space? This fold-away airer will fit in nicely. In a tasteful chalky white, it’ll house all those organic linens easily, with seven zinc rails and an additional six wooden hooks that are useful for extras on hangers.
5. Brabantia WallFix Dryer with Fabric Cover: £80, John Lewis
This is a great idea if room is limited if you still want to keep floor space free. It opens easily in one movement to give a whopping 24m of clothes line and folds away again when not in use. Drill templates and solid fixings make it easy to assemble. Can also be used outdoors.
6. Lakeland Dry Soon: £95, amazon
A sturdy, heated drier that Lakeland promises can be run for less than 5p per hour. 21m of drying space or just fold out half for smaller loads. Not a quick fix for heavier garments, but our tester dried jeans in just over half the time of a normal, fold-up airer.
7. JVL Wooden Folding Clothes Airer: £27, amazon
More compact, with 5m of hanging space, this is a traditional, well-made option. The untreated wood won’t stain clothes and there are two height settings. Good if it’s to be a pretty-much permanent feature in your laundry room as it doesn’t fold as flat as some others.
8. Favonio Radiator Clothes Airer: £6, Tesco
Drying clothes on the radiator can increase dust mites and mould spores in the home, aggravating allergies. This airer lets more air circulate around your smalls. Just hook this over your heater and you have the perfect solution for quick drying a smaller batch of hand washing or undies.
9. Lofti Drying Rack: £80, amazon
No one wants to stare at damp undergarments, so get your drying up and away with this modern- take on your Granny’s airer. Instead of wooden slats, this has lightweight aluminium and since it’s got five separate rails and is a metre and a half long, a whole machine load fits.
10. Nomess Copenhagen Dress-Up Rack: £200, John Lewis
Trust those stylish Scandinavians to drip dry clothes in style. If you can’t bear the thought of your ‘pieces’ touching plastic, darling, this minimalist ash and painted aluminium rail is just the thing for hanging delicates on hangers.
Verdict: There’s something to be said for ‘out of sight, out of mind’, and that’s why we love the Lofti rack. But when it comes to it, speed is of the essence, and if you want a load of washing dry in less time then it’s the Lakeland Dry Soon that will make a warmly-welcomed addition to your laundry room.
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