Best heated clothes airers for drying clothes fast – tried and tested

The best heated clothes airers will speed up indoor laundry drying during cold or wet weather – here are our top recommendations from Lakeland, Dry:Soon, Minky, Argos, John Lewis, and more

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The best heated clothes airers can speed up laundry drying times considerably compared to drying washing indoors on a normal airer.

If you don’t have a suitable outside space, have been thwarted in your line drying attempts by the good old British weather, or are looking for the most time or cost-efficient way to dry washing during winter, then we think this is one household purchase that you’ll soon come to view as an essential.

A heated clothes airer plugs into a wall socket and either uses electricity to warm up the drying rack or uses a fan to circulate warm air around your clothes. Either option makes tackling a pile of wet washing ten times easier and eliminates that dreaded ‘damp washing’ smell that can haunt colder laundry days. Most heated clothes airers are also foldable or can be dismantled, so they can be tucked neatly inside a cupboard or behind furniture when not in use.

Discover the Ideal Home team's tried and tested favourites below. For top results, pair with one of the best dehumidifiers to suck away the moisture that washing releases as it dries, and your indoor laundry regime is sorted.

The quick list

Short on time? This quick list is an overview of the very best heated clothes airers. You'll find more information on each airer and why our testers recommend it if you keep on scrolling.

Best heated clothes airers 2024

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Fastest drying

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1. JML DriBUDDi Indoor Airer

A super fast fan-powered heated clothes airer

Specifications

Washing held: 18 items on hangers
Size: H160x W70 x D70cm
Wattage: 1200W
Timer: Yes
Foldable?: No, but dismantles

Reasons to buy

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Super fast 2-3 hour clothes drying
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Useful for delicates or items that need to be hung
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Reduces creasing
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Auto shut-off timer with 30-180 minute intervals

Reasons to avoid

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Limited drying space
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Harder to dry longer items
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A little fiddly to set up
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Takes up more storage space than a folding airer
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Fan is fairly noisy

This fan-powered heated clothes airer circulates warm air within its zip-up cover to dry washing in super fast times.

Instead of folding clothes over rails, the heated drying pod has six poles at the top of the airer that you can hang coat hangers from. That means drying space is more limited – you can only hang 18 items on hangers within the pod which means it isn't going to cope with a full washing machine load – but on testing, we were extremely impressed with the drying times, with clothes drying in 1-3 hours, dependent on thickness, compared to 8-12 hours on a classic heated airer. Plus, the bonus of hanging garments is that this eliminates creasing and reduces the need for ironing.

The downsides are that the fan does make for a noisier addition to the household than a silent railed rack – we found that we wanted this option set up in a room with a closed door rather than one we were using – and, the setup is more time-consuming. Unless you have the space to leave the airer set up, then there is five minutes of work in slotting together all of the components, and this airer requires a little more storage space than a racked airer which folds flat.

It should be noted that the powerful 1200W fan uses more energy than a standard 300W heated airer. However, in our tests, we only needed this airer turned on for a fraction of the time of a standard heated drying rack, with even the thickest hoodies and jeans drying in 3 hours max. That's why this quickly became our go-to airer for speedy drying.

Large capacity

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2. Dry:Soon 3-Tier Deluxe Heated Airer

Best large capacity heated clothes airer

Specifications

Washing held: 15kg of washing on 21m of drying space
Size: H137 x W73 x D75cm
Wattage: 300W
Timer: Yes
Foldable: Yes, folds down to 8cm deep

Reasons to buy

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3-tiers dry a 15kg load at one time
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Best option for drying longer items like sheets and trousers
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Folds down to just 8cm deep with clips to keep the folded airer together
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Auto shut-off timer
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Control switch at eye-level
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Range of attachments available separately, including detachable castor wheels

Reasons to avoid

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One of the most expensive options in our round-up

Dry:Soon's deluxe heated clothes airer isn't as fast at drying as the fan-powered JML DriBUDDi Indoor Airer at the top of this list, and it's more expensive, but it is silent and can cope far better with large volumes of washing. Plus, the right Lakeland discount code may help you cut down this price tag.

It offers the most drying space of any airer we've tested. The 3-tiered design offers 36 heated drying bars overall, which means 21 metres of drying space that can hold up to 15kg of washing. Its generous size means there's a good amount of space between clothes which allows for better airflow and quicker drying times compared to more compact drying racks. 

The well-thought-out design also means it copes the best of all the drying racks we've tested with airing longer items like trousers, towels, and even bedsheets. Plus, an eye-level control panel makes for easy use, and an auto shut-off timer means you don't need to worry about remembering to switch it off. Although sizeable once erected, the aluminium frame folds down to just 8cm deep, which makes it easy to tuck it out of sight behind furniture or in a cupboard. 

This deluxe version also comes with several attachments (that can be bought separately or as part of a bundle) including detachable castors that mean you can wheel the airer around for loading or unloading, or easily move it out of the way if guests arrive.

Most versatile heated airer

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3. Minky Sure Dri Heat Pod Drying System

Convert a standard tiered airer into a heated drying pod

Specifications

Washing held: works with a 3-tier airer (not included) that can dry 15kg of washing on 21m of drying space
Size: H135 x W68 x D60cm
Wattage: 850W
Timer: Yes
Foldable?: No

Reasons to buy

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Can be used with an existing 3-tier airer
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Speeds up drying times considerably compared to use without
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Enables you to dry more washing at once than a pod airer
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Useful for drying towels and sheets
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Timer

Reasons to avoid

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Airer not included
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Fiddly to assemble
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Needs a fair bit of storage space
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Quality of components could be improved
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Washing needs rotating for best drying
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Fan is fairly noisy

Investing in the Sure Dri Heat Pod Drying System gets you a zippable cover that fits a standard 3-tier airer (which isn't included) and a small motor with a fan that generates warm air and circulates it within the cover to dry wet washing faster.

It's one of the few fan-powered heated airers we've come across that works with a tiered drying rack, which means it combines the larger drying capacity of a tiered rack with the quick drying times of a fan-powered airer. In many ways that combo should this the best heated clothes airer going. However, in practice, we found it isn't quite perfect.

First up, it's fiddly to assemble, and we found that wet washing still needed rotating regularly for even drying, with washing at the top and sides of the airer (furthest from the fan hose) taking longer to dry than items in the middle of the airer. The fan motor is also bulky to store, its controls could be of better quality, and, unlike a silent heated drying rack, that fan motor also means noise.

However, its larger drying space does make the Minky Sure Dri Heat Pod Drying System one of the best heated airers we've come across for drying larger items like towels and sheets, and that circulating warm air meant drying times were considerably faster than using a standard heated drying rack.

Ultimately whether this is the best heated airer for you probably depends on whether you have an existing 3-tier airer you want to convert over winter, the type of washing you want to dry faster, and whether you're happy to accept fan noise in return for faster drying.

Bestseller

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4. Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer

A high-performing heated clothes airer that can dry 15kg of washing

Specifications

RRP: £159.99
Washing held: 15kg of washing on 21m of drying space
Size: H137 x W73 x D75cm
Wattage: 300W
Timer: Yes
Foldable?: Yes, folds down to 8cm deep

Reasons to buy

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3-tiers dry a 15kg load at one time
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Folds down to just 8cm deep
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Auto shut-off timer

Reasons to avoid

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Crossbar supports make hanging clothes a bit more awkward, especially larger items like sheets or towels 
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Control switch is at ground level which can be a little awkward
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Cord could be longer

A little cheaper than Dry:Soon's deluxe model, the brand's original heated drying rack has very similar specifications, but minus the option to add on the detachable castors for easier manoeuvring and with more awkwardly placed controls. 

Whereas the Deluxe model places the controls at the top of the airer, on this model the control switch is at ground level, which is a little annoying in practice and could be a deal breaker for those with reduced mobility or bad backs. It's also designed with cross-bar supporting legs rather than the deluxe model's side supports which makes hanging washing much more fiddly. Those cross-bars also hamper the drying of larger items like sheets and towels as you can't lay them flat over the tiered levels.

Other than that, this option remains a bestseller for good reason, making an easy job of drying up to 15kg of wet washing on its 21 metres of drying space and folding up easily when not in use.

Ideal Home's digital editor, Rebecca Knight, says, 'I bought the Dry:Soon heated airer back in 2015 and it still works as well as it did when I bought it. The three-tier frame is sturdy and I find it takes up less space than a traditional clothes horse when completely unfolded. When not in use, it folds flat and slots neatly behind a sofa.  It works so well as a clothes airer I use it all year round, even when it’s not plugged in. When it is plugged in it I find it takes roughly 5-6 hours to dry a full load of washing, a little longer if your house is colder, and if you leave it on overnight then clothes are extra toasty.'

A budget buy

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5. Status Portable Heated Clothes Airer

An affordable heated clothes airer with wings

Specifications

RRP: £64.99
Washing held: 15kg of washing
Size: H97 X W142 X D52cm
Wattage: 220W
Timer: No
Foldable?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Dries 15kg of wet washing

Reasons to avoid

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Longer clothes can stay wet at the ends
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No timer function
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Cord could be longer

A winged drying rack is generally one of the most affordable options to consider if you're looking for the best heated clothes airer on a budget. 

This Status model has one of the lowest prices in our round-up, plus it's one of the most economical to run, with a relatively low 220W power usage. 

That said, the winged design does mean our testers found clothes were a lot slower to dry compared to a tiered option, with longer garments staying wet at the ends that were furthest from the 18 drying bars – a problem that can be solved by rotating your clothes frequently, but that does make laundry drying a more time-consuming affair.

Ideal Home's ecommerce editor, Molly Cleary, says 'I love my heated clothes airer and have it on most days during winter. However, I do find this winged design means I need to keep shuffling the clothes around so that all sections of a garment get the chance to touch the bars and dry thoroughly.

If this particular model is out of stock when you come to shop, you'll find a host of other winged heated clothes airers on Amazon.

Compact

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6. Dry:Soon Mini 3-Tier Heated Airer

A compact heated clothes airer that's useful for small spaces

Specifications

RRP: £129.99
Washing held: 15kg of washing on 13m of drying space
Size: H113.5 x W60 x D63cm
Wattage: 198W
Timer: Yes
Foldable: Yes, folds down to 8cm deep

Reasons to buy

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Compact design useful for small spaces
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3-tiers dry a 15kg load at one time
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Folds down to just 8cm deep
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Auto shut-off timer

Reasons to avoid

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Compact size means more limited drying space
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Crossbar supports make hanging clothes a bit more awkward
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Control switch is at ground level which can be a little awkward
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Cord could be longer

Cute and compact, this mini version of the Dry:Soon drying rack is a great option for a smaller space, with its footprint and height both of a more manageable size when unfolded.

Of course, that does mean less drying space. Although its specifications state the Mini 3-Tier Heated Airer can still dry 15kg of wet washing – just like the larger Dry:Soon models – there is only 13m of drying rack space compared to both the larger Dry:Soon airer's 21m. 

As well as less heated bars (25 compared to the larger model's 36) each drying bar is also narrower (43cm in width compared to 57cm for the deluxe version) and crucially the distance between each tier is reduced, offering a 33cm gap compared to the deluxe models 37.5cm. This may not sound like much, but in practice, we found it made a real difference to drying times, with the reduced space resulting in reduced airflow around the garments meaning they stayed wet for longer. It also makes hanging longer items without them touching the clothes on the tier below more challenging. 

For kids' clothing in particular, it's still a workable size though, and if space is at a premium, it may be the best option for a smaller home.

Quick-drying alternative

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7. Dry:Soon Drying Pod

A heated clothes airer that will dry delicates without creasing

Specifications

RRP: £99.99
Washing held: 12 items on hangers
Size: H146 x Dia.62cm
Wattage: 1000W
Timer: Yes
Foldable?: No, but dismantles

Reasons to buy

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Useful for delicates or items that need to be hung
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Reduces creasing
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Auto shut-off timer with 30-180 minute intervals

Reasons to avoid

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Limited drying space
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Harder to dry longer items
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A little fiddly to set up
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Takes up more storage space than a folding airer
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Fan makes some noise

Similar to the JML DriBUDDi airer in design, the slightly more expensive Dry:Soon Drying Pod is fan-powered and circulates warm air to dry clothing within the zip-closed cover

On assembly, it became clear that both fan-powered models were very similar in design, although in general, we found the Dry:Soon Drying Pod to be the more sturdy option and the easiest to fit together. The Dry:Soon's threaded components are much easier to twist into a secure fit and the hanging poles are less fiddly to operate as they don't require the depression of a slightly awkward safety catch to lock them into place. However, we did miss the grooves to locate each coat hanger on the DriBUDDi features.

The DriBUDDi can also hold more washing, offering space for 18 coat hangers as opposed to the Dry:Soon Drying Pod's capacity for just 12 items. Both models require clothes to be spread out evenly so that the weight of the washing is well distributed for stability, but when clothes weren't well positioned, we found this model the more stable of the two on its feet.

Performance-wise, the DriBUDDi is slightly more powerful at 1200W compared to the 1000W Dry:Soon Drying Pod, although in practice we didn't see that much difference in drying times. So which would we buy? For the build quality and stability the Dry:Soon Drying Pod gets our vote, but in terms of price, the DriBUDDi is better value in that it's more affordable and has a larger drying capacity, which is why it just pipped the Dry:Soon model to the post in this league table. However, overall, we don't think you'll be disappointed investing in either model.

Easy slipper and sock drying

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8. John Lewis & Partners 3-Tier Heated Indoor Clothes Airer

A ladder-style heated clothes airer

Specifications

RRP: £100
Washing held: 15kg of washing
Size: H135 x W66 x D72.8cm
Wattage: 300W
Timer: No
Foldable: Yes