‘I tried Dunelm’s heated airer that costs 3p an hour to run – you need it’

Journalist Emily Sleight purchased Dunelm’s 3-tier heated airer in the hopes it would cost her less to dry her clothes than using her tumble dryer amid price increases

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Bills are at an all-time high at the moment, so we’ll all be trying to find ways to save a little bit of money.

Liverpool Echo journalist Emily Sleight recently moved out of her family home and has realized just how much it costs to complete simple household tasks, like drying her clothes – especially now with all of the increases.

According to the Energy Saving Trust, the national price average in November last year to use a tumble dryer was 20.33p per pence/kWh of electricity an hour. It’s now rising by 50% this month.

So, Emily’s mum suggested she invest in a heated airer to see whether it would cost less to dry her clothes than using the tumble dryer – and Dunelm’s version fit the bill.

Priced at £100, the three-tier airer is made from aluminum and is suitable for up to 15kg of washing.

It’s supplied with an additional storage rack, has room to hang plenty of clothes and is easy to fold away despite its fairly large size.

Dunelm’s heated airer


Emily Sleigh/Liverpool ECHO)

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“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,” Emily says. “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.”

Emily ‘hasn’t looked back’ since purchasing her heated airer, and while doing the washing is still a chore, it’s “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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