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, 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 lack a suitable outdoor space, have been thwarted in your line-drying attempts by the good old British weather, or are simply looking for the most time or cost-efficient way to dry washing during the colder and wetter seasons, we think a heated airer is a 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 a fan to circulate warm air to dry your clothes. Either option makes tackling a pile of wet washing ten times easier and eliminates that dreaded 'damp washing' smell that can linger on colder laundry days. Better yet, some even help to minimise wrinkles and creasing, too. 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.

Below, you can find the Ideal Home team's tried and tested heated clothes airers that we couldn't be without. For top results, we recommend pairing it 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 best Amazon Prime heated clothes airer deals

Status Portable Heated Clothes Airer | was £49.99 now £31.99 at Amazon

Status Portable Heated Clothes Airer | was £49.99 now £31.99 at Amazon

Considering we crowned this the 'best affordable heated clothes airer' before there was any discount, the current 34% off just makes this model look even more appealing.

Black + Decker 3-Tier Heated Clothes Airer | was £155.00 now £110.80 at Amazon

Black + Decker 3-Tier Heated Clothes Airer | was £155.00 now £110.80 at Amazon

This is an Amazon bestseller for a reason, and with 29% off it may be time to give it a go.

The quick list

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

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Best heated clothes airer overall

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1. JML DriBUDDi Indoor Airer

A super fast fan-powered heated clothes airer

Specifications

RRP: £79.99
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.

Best large capacity heated clothes airer

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2. Minky SureDri 4 Tier Heated Airer with Timer & Cover

The best large capacity heated clothes airer

Specifications

RRP: £160.00
Washing held: 20kg of washing on 23m of drying space
Size: H147 x W73.5 x D67cm
Wattage: 300W
Timer: Yes
Foldable: Yes, folds down to 15.5cm deep

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity – 4-tiers can dry a 20kg load at one time
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Angled tiers offer more hanging space
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Can be half-opened for use against a wall
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Auto shut-off timer
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Cover included

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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Control panel a little awkwardly located on the base

A new launch from laundry specialist Minky, the brand's 4-Tier Heated Airer with Timer & Cover looks set to give the market-leading Dry:Soon 3-Tier Deluxe Heated Airer a run for its money.

Similarly to the Dry:Soon Deluxe, each drying rack on the Minky SureDri can be folded down independently, which makes it a great option for drying longer items like trousers, towels, and sheets. Like the Dry:Soon Deluxe, it also offers a useful timer function, meaning you can set the airer to heat for drying intervals of up to 9 hours before it will automatically shut off.

On testing, we were also impressed by the Minky SureDri's angled tiers which make hanging washing easier, and allow a little more space to hang longer items without them touching the rack below. Plus, the SureDri comes with a zip-up cover included, whilst the Dry:Soon's must be bought separately. The cover helps to retain the heat and can speed up drying times a little.

However, our favourite feature has to be the fact that the SureDri's clever adjustable feet mean it can be used with one half of the airer folded flat so it fits against a wall – perfect if laundry space can sometimes be limited, or you only have a small load of washing to dry.

And, whilst the SureDri is a bit more bulky when folded flat than the Dry:Soon (the Minky airers folded depth is 15.5cm compared to the Dry:Soon's 8cm depth), because the SureDri is freestanding, it can be stored upright which the Dry:Soon can not.

The only real niggle we have with this airer is the fact that its control panel is on the base of the airer next to the floor, which makes it slightly awkward to operate. The Dry:Soon Deluxe has solved this issue by offering more user-friendly eye-level controls.

The Minky SureDri isn't cheap, and drying times are slower than either of the drying pods in our round-up (either the JML DriBUDDI Heated Indoor Airer or the Dry:Soon Drying Pod), but, if you have a large volume of washing to dry indoors then we think this model is one of the best large capacity heated drying racks available right now.

Best heated clothes airer for small spaces

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3. 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.

Best affordable heated clothes airer

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4. Status Portable Heated Clothes Airer

An affordable heated clothes airer with wings

Specifications

RRP: £59.99
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 Kitchen Appliances 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.

Best collapsible heated clothes airer

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5. Beldray 3-Tier Electric Heated Airer

The best collapsible heated clothes airer

Specifications

RRP: £114.99
Washing held: 30kg of washing on 20m drying space
Size: D70 x W73 x H147cm
Wattage: 300W
Timer: No
Foldable: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Collapsible frame makes it easy to store in small spaces
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Holds up to 30kg of laundry across 3-tiers
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Lightweight and portable
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Energy-efficient

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks a heating timer

If you're after a heated airer that you can easily store when it's not in use but still big enough to dry a family-size laundry quickly, this 3-tier model from Beldray is definitely one to consider. Its sturdy aluminium structure also makes it perfect for drying heavier items like bedding and towels.

Having tested it for several months now, Ideal Home's Senior Digital Editor, Jenny McFarlane, says, 'With 36 heating bars, it's got 20 metres of drying space and the three-tiers holds up to 30kg of laundry. It's more energy-efficient than a traditional tumble dryer at 300 watts.'

'The collapsible aluminium frame is super easy to store, which is perfect for homes with limited space. It's also light enough to be portable, so you can move it about as you need. Sadly, it doesn't feature a heating timer so it needs manual monitoring,' adds Jenny.

Best versatile heated clothes airer

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6. Minky Sure Dri Heat Pod Drying System

Converts a standard tiered airer into a heated drying pod

Specifications

RRP: £90.00
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.

Best heated clothes airer for drying bed sheets

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7. Dry:Soon 3-Tier Deluxe Heated Airer

Best heated clothes airer for bed sheets

Specifications

RRP: £219.99
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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Best option for drying longer items like bed 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.

Bestselling heated clothes airer

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8. Dry:Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer

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

Specifications

RRP: £179.99
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