Dunelm’s 3p an hour to run heated airer will change the way you dry your clothes

As the cost of living continues to reach astronomical levels, many households may be left with some tough decisions in the coming months.

With energy bills soaring for everyone in Scotland even the thought of completing basic household chores – such as drying your clothes – can seem like an expense.

In fact, the cost of running a tumble dryer according to The Energy Saving Trust last year was around 20.33p per pence/kWh of electricity an hour. Which means it will be even higher this year.

Luckily, one savvy shopper seems to have found the solution for drying your clothes for less- and it will only cost you about 3p an hour to run.

Speaking to The Liverpool Echo, reviewer Emily Sleight shared how she purchased the £100 3-tiered heated airer from Dunelm and “has not looked back.”

Here is how she got on, as originally reported by The Liverpool Echo.

The airer

This airer comes with three tiers that fold away to save space, and although when the product is folded it’s still fairly big, it tucks away nicely. According to the product description, it’s suitable for up to 15kg of washing with an additional storage rack.

I can manage about a wash and a half on the rack depending on what’s been washed, and it takes seconds to heat up. The warmth of the airer also doubles up as a heater, which makes my spare room nice and warm (hopefully saving money on heating bills!)

It’s a real pain to rely on British weather when you’re wanting to hang your washing out, which is why this heated airer is such a great addition to my household items. All I need to do is put a wash on after work and stick it on the airer overnight and it’s usually dry in the morning.

Although you’re not getting that fresh ‘outside’ smell like you would if you were to hang it out, the airer still leaves your clothes feeling soft and smelling fresh. The only downside is the fact that the towels do feel hard once they’ve been dried overnight, which is something I’m still trying to find a solution to.

It costs from 3p an hour to run, saving around 37p with the latest 50% increase this month. As the phrase goes “every little helps”, and the heated airer could save around £1.85 if I were to use it five days a week adding up to around £9.25 a month.

The verdict

I honestly haven’t looked back since purchasing this airer, I never saw the fuss with the product until now. It’s so easy to get my washing done, and the fact that it doubles up as a heater is a bonus.

Washing used to be a real chore, and don’t get me wrong, putting it all away is still very annoying, but at least the drying process is a lot easier now. I’ve learned it’s all about the placement of the clothes, as sometimes they don’t always dry properly if they’re not hung up correctly.

It may seem a bit steep for £100, but I truly believe in the long run it’s going to save me a lot of money, and it’s such a handy product. You can purchase the Dunelm heated airer here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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