If you buy one thing this winter, it should probably be a heated clothes airer

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This heated airer is about to make laundry in winter a whole lot easier. (Dry:Soon/Lakeland)
This heated airer is about to make laundry in winter a whole lot easier. (Dry:Soon/Lakeland)

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It’s not just the chilly weather that makes us dread the winter. The plummeting temperatures mean drying laundry becomes something of a slog - particularly for those of us who don’t own a tumble dryer or don’t want to send our electricity bill sky-rocketing by using it constantly.

If you’re tired of having your clothes hanging off chairs, airers, bannisters and radiators for days, it’s time to upgrade to a heated clothes airer.

Yes, it’s a thing.

While there are many versions available, there’s one in particular that boasts glowing reviews: the Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer.

The clever, space-saving gadget express dries up to 15kg of laundry in between four and six hours, thanks to thermostatically-controlled bars. Clever, huh?

Buy it: Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer | £129.99

It’s more economical than chucking everything in a dryer, too, as it costs less than 6p an hour to run. It can also be folded to just 8cm deep to be stored in small areas.

At £129.99 it is a little more expensive than your traditional dryer, but, as numerous customers say, it’s worth the cost.

“Wouldn’t be without one”, “worth every penny” and “how did I ever manage without this amazing gadget?” are just a few of the other phrases by hundreds of five-star Lakeland reviews.

What the reviews say:

  • “I purchased my heated tower airer after doing much research and I am thrilled to bits with it. It dries a load of washing over night (I put an old duvet cover over the top of mine like a tent) and I was impressed with it drying two pairs of jeans as well as numerous t-shirts in one night.”

  • “This was recommended to me, and I'm glad I bought one . This warms the room whilst drying clothes and its cheaper usage than a dryer.”

  • “How did I ever manage without this amazing gadget! I no longer worry about how to get the clothes dry, rushing around on sunny days only to have to bring the clothes in after a shower of rain..... It's as easy as summer, just wash whatever you like, it'll be dry in a day or over night. Excellent item!”

  • “Very pleased with this airer, it takes a full washing load and dries t-shirts, blouses, shirts, pants and socks in approx 6 hours. Larger items and waistbands on jeans take a bit longer but I put them in airing cupboard to finish off, so a full washing load dried in under 50 pence is good value.”

  • “Absolutely love my heated airer so much that my most recent purchase was for our grandson who bought his own home. He just can’t believe how easy it is to use, how quickly it dries his clothes and how versatile it is in terms of opening sides or lifting up shelves - you don’t have to use it open all the time!”

  • “I debated getting this item last year but I didn’t for some reason. Kicking myself for not getting it now - it takes seconds to build and is super lightweight. Dries clothes quickly and is gentle on the fabrics.”

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Shop 7 more affordable heated airers from Amazon

Fine Elements Foldable Heated Airer | £44.99

Status Portable Heated Clothes Airer | £43.69

Bargains Galore Heated Clothes Airer | £64.95

Argos Home 11.5m Heated Electric Indoor Clothes Airer | £40 from Argos

3-Tier Heated Indoor Clothes Airer | £100 from John Lewis

Status 220W Portable Heated Clothes Airer with Wings | £39.99 from Robert Dyas

Argos Home 2 Tier Heater Airer | £75 from Argos

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