Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer with Cover - Honest Review

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Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer with Cover - Honest Review


Why did we buy the Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer? 

At the start of the month, our tumble dryer set on fire. There is thankfully no lasting damage but it was a big fright. The reason for the fire was 'wear and tear' at the back of the drum. Our dryer was 2-3 years old and was used daily. This could happen to us again and I am not ready to use another tumble dryer just yet. Maybe in the future, but not yet. 

We have always had a tumble dryer (minus a terrible few years when I thought a combo washer-dryer would be a good idea). I was daily, sometimes more than daily when I need to wash bedding / towels etc... and as a family of 5 with three older kids who all need clean and fresh uniform every other day (we have two sets at the moment) and play sports, I need to be able to dry clothes quickly and efficiently. 

We could use radiators but we don't really have enough radiators with sufficient space to dry a full load. Plus I just don't like the way clothes over radiators looks. I know that lots of people had and recommended heated airers so I decided to take the plunge and buy one. We ordered the standard 3 tier version from Lakeland with a cover. I ordered direct and it arrived within 7 days. 


Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer - Where To Buy,  Discounts & Offers 


Option One
: We paid £155.88 for our Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer with Cover direct from Lakeland. I used TopCashBack to receive £6.50 cashback. If you haven't already signed up to TopCashBack, what are you waiting for? Click here to read more, sign up and start earning free money when you shop online. 



Option Two: I notice that QVC currently has the Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer with Cover as a special buy - 3 payments of £48.32 plus p+p. This deal includes 4 wash bags too.

Click this link to use my QVC referral code : https://mention-me.com/m/ol/jf6wo-samantha-rickelton and receive £10 off your order too (simply follow the instructions). You can find the Heated Airer on QVC here. 

Option Three: Amazon sell the 3 Tier Heated Airer and they may run special deals on Black Friday / Cyber Monday etc.... You can check the current price here. 

Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer - Negative Points 

  1. It takes a long time - I have used a tumble dryer all if my life. I am used to being able to wash and dry a full load of washing in less than 3 hours. Using a heated airer has more than doubled this time. I would say it takes 6-8 hours to dry a load of washing for us so not ideal if you have a quick turn around of clothes like we do. 

  2. It is bulky - You can use the dryer as a half dryer if you just have a few things and you can fold it away but as we wash every day, we just keep ours up all of the time and it does take up a fair bit of space. I recommend buying the cover as it looks much tidier and helps with dry time too. 

  3. Condensation - Condensation can be an issue. We originally had our heated air dryer in the conservatory which was perfect but condensation started forming on the roof and there were drips all over. Not great. I have since read that you usually need to buy a dehumidifier if you use an air dryer regularly. That's another £100+! Some people also recommend opening a window for the first few hours but this is not something I would be keen to do in winter. 

    We have moved the heated airer to our bedroom now and condensation doesn't really seem to be a problem here at the moment. We will see though. 

  4. It might not save you money

    The heated air dryer costs around 6p per hour to run. I use ours during the day and it is usually on for 6-8 hours. Sometimes a little more. I know many switch it on overnight. 10 hours at 6p per hour is 60p and a tumble dryer averages 67p per cycle (some of the more energy efficient models may be less). Many people say heated airers are cheap to run but I don't think that's always the case.

  5.  The cable is not very long so it needs to be next to a plug or you need to use an extension lead. 


    Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer - Positive Points 

  1. It does it's job - I will say, the heated airer does it's job. It dries our clothes perfectly. 

  2. You can easily fold it away - We don't fold ours away as we use it daily but if you wanted to or didn't have much space, it is super easy to fold away and lightweight too. 

  3. Very simple to set up and operate - You simply take out of the box, plug in and switch on. It couldn't be easier. 

    This photo was taken when I first set up the heated air dryer - hanging clothes over one bar like this is not really recommended for speedy drying. It is best to hang over multiple bars. 



  4. Clothes do not smell damp - A few people have asked about this but our clothes just smell of fabric conditioner. We haven't had any damp smells to contend with at all. 

  5. Quicker than air-drying - I think a lot of people who love the heated air dryer have never had a tumble dryer and are used to air drying, the heated air dryer is so much quicker than drying on a non-heated airer. 

  6. It lasts a long time - Heated air dryers don't tend to break often (or set on fire like tumble dryers) and I know a few people who have had one for years and it is still going strong. 

  7. It is sturdy - I think the air dryer looks flimsy but it's actually really sturdy. Even when you use the dryer as a half stand, it is very sturdy. 

Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer - Tips For Using


I have been using our dryer for a few weeks now. Here are my tips: 
  • Place thicker clothes on the top tiers and thinner clothes / underwear on the bottom. Heat rises and the clothes at the top dry more quickly. 
  • Spread clothes out over a few bars for maximum drying space, especially items like sweatshirts and jeans. Our dryer holds 15kg and can usually manage to hold a full load from our 12kg washing machine when hanging like this. 
The Air Dryer is very easy to fold down - you can use all / some of the shelves

  • If you do not want to buy a cover, you can hang a sheet over the dryer. Lots of people recommend this. Personally, I think a cover is definitely worth the investment as it looks so much tidier. 
  • I don't iron clothes anyway but they don't seem to be any more or less crinkled when using a heated air dryer. They are nice and soft once dry. 
  • Be aware of condensation - you may need to buy a dehumidifier. 
  • Some people swear by hanging the clothes, leaving them for a few hours uncovered and then turning the heat on and covering. Others recommend covering straight away and then leaving the clothes hanging for a few hours once you have turned the heat off. If your clothes aren't drying as you would like, play around and find out what works for you. 

Lakeland Dry Soon 3 Tier Heated Airer - Would I Recommend? 


Overall, I am still pleased we bought it. I am just frustrated at the time it takes when compared with a tumble dryer which I am used to. 

I would say a heated air dryer is perfect if you are short of space (especially if you don't have room for a tumble dryer) or if you are a couple / smaller family / someone who doesn't need to wash clothes daily. 

If you are a larger family or someone who does a lot of washing, I still do think a tumble dryer is the better option due to the fact that it takes up less space, is quicker and more convenient. You may be like us and not want to buy a tumble dryer and if you are in this situation, a heated air dryer is the next best thing. 

Hang thicker clothes from the top and use a few bars

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2 comments

  1. I have heard good things about these heated airers but it doesn't seem like they're all that.
    I use non-heated airers and can dry a load of washing in about 6 hours if the heating is on which it usually is at this time of year. I put them in the bathroom with the window open and we haven't been bothered with condensation.
    We have a tumble dryer in the garage which I am reluctant to use. I will only use it when we have weeks on end of rain and can't keep up with the washing on the airers. x

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  2. Do you know how much electricity it uses in comparison to a tumble dryer? Is it more energy efficient?

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