Heated airers are becoming more and more popular as utility bills soar. People are turning off their tumble dryers and opting for cheaper methods to dry their clothes. On days when hanging clothes outside isn't possible, there are lots of different ways to dry your clothes indoors, some more cost efficient than other.

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If you want your clothes to dry indoors quickly, a regular clothes horse and dehumidifier might not cut it for you. A great compromise between using a tumble dryer and air drying is to invest in a heated airer. They can get your clothes dry in a few hours and cost just pennies to run. Using the government's average kWh (34p), a heated airer cost around 3-11p per hour to run, with some more powerful options costing up to 30p per hour. This is still a big saving compared to a tumble dryer, which on average costs 85p per hour to run.

With the demand for heated airers constantly rising, there are a few stock issues right now, so if you want one, it's a good idea to buy one as quickly as possible before they go completely out of stock.

To help you find the best and most efficient heated airer we spoke to parents around the country from our Top Testers Club and asked them which heated airer they use to dry their family's washing, to get real parents' views on the best options out there. If you'd like to compare the different airers we've also included a handy table at the bottom of the list.

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Best heated airer at a glance

  • Best heated airer for drying a big load: Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer, £149.99
  • Best budget heated airer: Aldi Easy Home Heated Airer, £39.99
  • Best heated airer for small houses: Dry:Soon Mini 3-Tier Heated Airer, £119.99
  • Best heated airer for discreet drying: JML DriBuddi Indoor Airer, £75
  • Best heated airer for drying flat: Argos Home Heated Electric Indoor Clothes Airer, £55
  • Best heated airer for lowest running costs: Homefront Electric Heated Clothes Airer, £64.99
  • Best heated airer for drying a medium load: Dunelm 3-Tier Heated Airer, £95

Heated airer stock

The demand for heated airers has gone through the roof and reatailers are struggling to keep up with this unprecendented demand. A lot of the heated airers in our best list will be in and out of stock, mostly out so if you see it buy it immediately.

We will keep this section updated with all the heated airers actually currently available to buy to save you from the disappointment of viewing out of stock items.

What to look for when buying a heated airer

Drying space – Depending on the size of your family and how much washing you do, you need a heated airer that will fit enough clothes, preferably a whole load. Most heated dryers list the amount of drying space in metres. However, some are not as helpful so it's important to workout how much space you need so you're not disappointed and have to dry your washing in 2 rounds, meaning it has to be on for longer.

Size – Although you may need a large amount of drying space, you also need to be realistic about how much room you have for a heated airer. Fortunately, quite a few of them are tall rather than wide so take up less room, but always check the measurements and think about where you can fit it in your house.

Running cost – With electricity prices so high at the moment, cost of running may be the most important thing when choosing a heated airer – to help you we've included this in the specifications and in a comparison table below. Do consider the fact that higher wattage driers may dry clothes quicker, so will need to be switched on for less time.

Storage – Most of the heated airers are quite compact when folded away. If you want it out of the way when not in use, ensure that it folds away to be stored.

Cover – Some heated aireres come with covers – included or as an added extra – if you want your clothes to dry faster then the covers can really help increase drying time.

Our pick of the best heated airers to dry your clothes

1. Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer, £149.99

– Best for drying a big load

DrySoon 3-Tier Heated Airer being tested

Laundry weight capacity: 15kg | Drying space: 21m | Dimensions: L73cm x W75cm x H137cm | Wattage: 300W | Average cost of running per hour: 10p

When we asked around which heated airer people were using, this was by far the most popular. Although it is quite expensive, it's much cheaper to dry a large load of washing using this in comparison to a tumble dryer. The heated airer costs just 10p to run (exact cost depends on your tariff). Parent tester Cali uses this airer and said, "It uses much less energy than a tumble dryer and the washing doesn't take days to dry."

It can hold up to 15Kg of washing with 21m of drying space making it ideal for big families. The 3-tier dryer has thermostatically controlled bars that won't overheat and can be folded down to 9cm deep for easy storage when not in use.

Parent tester Laura uses this airer to dry her family's clothes (pictured above) and said, "It's fab, it fits almost 2 loads of washing on and a little bonus is it helps heat the room up."

There are also some accessories you can buy such as the cover (£39.99), which Laura said really helped speed up drying time or some extra mesh shelves (£14.99) and a peg hanger (£9.99) to help you arrange your clothing on the airer.

Pros: Can hold a large load of washing, has accessories available, folds down, cost-efficient
Cons: Takes up quite a bit of space, no timer, cover not included

Available from: Lakeland

For an upgraded version try the Deluxe (£179.99)

It offers the same amount of drying space but has additional extras such as a timer feature, control panel as eye level, detachable castors and cips for folding the aier together.

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2. Aldi Easy Home Heated Airer, £39.99

– Best budget buy

Aldi Easy Home Heated Airer

Drying space: 20 bars | Dimensions: L147cm x W54cm x H94cm | Wattage: 230W | Average cost of running per hour: 7p

For a cheaper option you could try the Aldi heated airer it has 20 heated bars and opens out with wings. It's lightweight and compactly folds away to be easily stored.

Unlike the Dry:soon one where you have to buy the cover separately, this one includes a cover to speed up drying time.

Parent tester Amy uses the Alidi heated airer and loves it. "I honestly can't fault it. It's much more efficient than running a tumble dryer and gets things dry in a couple of hours. I tend to shut it in a small room to contain the heat and that way it helps dry other clothes on my non-heated clothes horse."

Parent tester Harriet agrees with Amy saying, "I love how quickly it heats up and dries the clothes, especially if you use the cover provided. It also holds more than one wash load. It also folds up flat, making it easy to store."

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Pros: Affordable, lightweight, folds away, comes with a cover
Cons: Takes up more room than an upright one

Available from: Aldi

3. Dry:Soon Mini 3-Tier Heated Airer, £119.99

– Best for small houses

DrySoon Mini 3-Tier Heated Airer

Laundry weight capacity: 15kg | Drying space: 13m | Dimensions: L60cm x W63cm x H113.5cm | Wattage: 198W | Average cost of running per hour: 6p

This is very similar to the original Dry:Soon 3-Tier heater but is smaller, making ideal for flats or smaller houses where there may not be lots of space for a clothes airer. Not only is it space-saving but thanks it its smaller size, it also only uses 198W compared to 300W for the larger version, costing 6p per hour instead of 10p.

This one is small but mighty, holding up to 15kg of washing and boasting 13m of drying space – impressive considering the size. If you're still lacking space you can use it with just one side folded out so it can be against a wall.

When not in use, if folds down to 8cm deep to be stored away ready for next time.

Again, the cover (£39.99) can be bough separately and is recommended for optimal drying time. All the Dry:Soon accessories are compatible with this heated airer too.

Pros: Lots of drying space despite size, compact, low wattage, accessories available
Cons: Cover not included

Available from: Lakeland

4. JML DriBuddi Indoor Airer, £75

– Best for discreet drying

JML DriBuddi Indoor Airer

Laundry weight capacity: 10kg | Drying space: 1 wash load | Dimensions: L70cm x W70cm x H160cm | Wattage: 900W | Average cost of running per hour: 30p

This heated airer is quite different to the others on this list, although it may not be able to hold as much washing as others it is great for if you don't want your laundry on show as it's zipped away in a pod – no awkward work meetings with your underwear drying in the background!

The warm air motor also helps remove creases and leaves your laundry feeling crisp, meaning there's less need to have to iron afterwards.

Another bonus is it has a timer so you don't have to worry about leaving it on, or, you can set it to run overnight if you have a cheaper tariff then.

Pros: Discreet, stops clothes getting creased, quick, has a timer
Cons: High running cost per hour, smaller option

Available from: Argos, Robert Dyas and Wilko

5. Argos Home Heated Electric Indoor Clothes Airer, £55

– Best for drying flat

Argos Home Heated Electric Indoor Clothes Airer being tested

Laundry weight capacity: 10kg | Drying space: 11.5m | Dimensions: L84cm x W54cmcm x H93cm | Wattage: 220W | Average cost of running per hour: 7p

This airer is a great option if you like to lay your clothes flat to dry as it's very wide and long rather than tiered like some of the others in this list. It holds up to 10kg worth of clothes, and has 11.5m worth of drying space.

When not in use it can be folded away. Although it's large, it does have less drying space than both Dry:Soon options, however, it is a lot more affordable.

Parent tester Kelly uses this airer to dry her family's washing (pictured above) and said, "We've recently had a baby so it's been a huge help drying his clothes. It works out very cheap to have on for the day."

Pros: Great for lying clothes flat to dry, affordable
Cons: Less drying space than others compared to size, does not have cover to speed dry time

Available from: Argos

6. Homefront Electric Heated Clothes Airer, £64.99

– Best for lowest running cost

Homefront Electric Heated Clothes Airer

Laundry weight capacity: 10kg | Drying space: 2m | Dimensions: L53.5cm x W36cm x H90.5cm | Wattage: 90W | Average cost of running per hour: 3p

If you want to dry a few items then this heated airer is ideal, costing just 3p an hour to run. It's also a great option if you don't want a big airer in your house. It has 2m of drying space and with 6 thick bars it can carry wet, heavy washing without any problem.

The airer is made from tough aluminium and ABS plastic. Unfortunately, it doesn't fold away but there's really no need as it's already so compact.

Pros: Compact, durable, low running cost per hour
Cons: No cover, does not fold, can only hold small amount of washing

Available from: Robert Dyas and Amazon

7. Dunelm 3-Tier Heated Airer, £95

– Best for drying a medium load

Dunelm 3-Tier Heated Airer being tested

Laundry weight capacity: 15kg | Drying space: 20m | Dimensions: L78cm x W72cm x H138cm | Wattage: 330W | Average cost of running per hour: 11p

This Dunelm heated airer is very like the original Dry:Soon 3-tier one holding the same weight and almost the same amount of drying space 20m instead of 21m. However, because of the slight difference in size, we recommend this one for a medium wash load.

This heater uses 30W more than the Dry:Soon one so it could be more expensive to run, however, this heated airer is quite a bit cheaper to buy.

Parent tester Catherine uses this airer (pictured above) and said, "It's great, we really like it and can fit all our washing on it. It has been really handy with the new baby."

When you need to store it away it can be easily folded away. Unfortunately, it does not have a cover to speed up drying time.

Pros: Large amount of drying space, affordable option, folds away
Cons: Uses more wattage, no cover available

Available from: Dunelm

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How did we choose our 10 of the Best?

When testing and selecting the best heated airers we considered, drying space, running costs, storage, value and size.

Our 10 of the Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-10, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.

Heated airer comparison

To help you decide which heated airer would work best for you and your family, we have created a comparison table including average running cost per hour. The running cost has been calculated based on an average cost of 34p per kWh based on information from Gov.uk. Using the same calculation an average tumble dryer (2,500W) would cost 85p per hour to run.

Heated airerPriceDrying spaceAverage running cost per hour
Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer£149.9921m10p
Aldi Easy Home Heated Airer£39.9920 bars7p
Dry:Soon Mini 3-Tier Heated Airer£119.9913m6p
JML DriBuddi Indoor Airer£751 wash load30p
Argos Home Heated Electric Indoor Clothes Airer£5511.5m7p
Homefront Electric Heated Clothes Airer£64.992m3p
Dunelm 3-Tier Heated Airer£9520m11p

About the author

Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products for parents, ranging from best sleep aids to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development.

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