This is one of the bigger airers available. With three tiers and 30 heated rails, it can hold 15kg of laundry, which works out as about two full loads of most standard washing machines.
If you hate living with laundry draped over your radiators but don’t fancy the running costs of a tumble dryer, you’ll be pleased to hear there is a middle ground.
A heated clothes airer looks like a regular airer, except the rails heat up when you plug the unit into a power socket. It’s estimated these devices cost between 10p to 20p an hour to run, making them cheaper to use than a tumble dryer.
Clothes dry faster over these spaced-out rails than they would on radiators, and the appliances are far kinder on the stitching and material of your garments than tumble dryers, so you’re saving potentially not just on running costs but also the price of replacing clothing ruined by spinning in the dryer.
As heated airers have grown in popularity – it can often be hard to get your hands on one in the winter months – they’ve also evolved greatly in design.
There are ones with wings, large three-tier ones and drying pods aimed at people who are short on space. Some of them have covers to trap hot air inside a confined space, which helps to dry the clothes faster.
The only thing to remember is you need to fully spin your clothes in the washing machine (or drip dry hand-washed items) first, as water and electricity should never mix.
To help you find the best heated clothes airers for your laundry and living space needs, we’ve tested a variety of sizes and shapes. You never know, with one of these appliances in your arsenal, you may even get to see the bottom of your laundry basket, as the devices can help you work your way through piles of dirty clothes quicker.
How we tested
We tested each heated airer with a full 8kg load of washing, to see if it could hold all the items we needed to dry each day. Often, we do two loads of laundry a day, so we tested the larger airers to see if they could really hold 15kg of washing. We tested their weights by seeing if we could lift or push them one-handed, and we came back to each airer every hour to try to work out which had the fastest drying times.
The best heated clothes airers for 2023 are:
- Best heated clothes airer overall – Easylife XL heated airer: £109.99, Easylife.co.uk
- Best budget heated clothes airer – Dunelm heated airer with wings: £40, Dunelm.com
- Best heated clothes airer for families – Black+Decker three-tier heated airer: £135.99, Amazon.co.uk
- Best heated clothes airer for quick drying – Dry:Soon drying pod: £69.99, Lakeland.co.uk