Now that the weather is miserable and you can no longer hang clothes out on the washing line in the sun, it is really hard drying baby's clothes. Of course, a tumble dryer is one way, but they can be costly to run, plus, not always kind on clothes. So what about airers? A traditional airer is fine in a warm room, or standing by a radiator, but there are lots of heated airers on the market which do a fantastic job of drying clothes.
The benefit of heated airers is that they are cheaper to run than a tumble dryer, they are kinder to clothes and they will also add a little bit of extra heat to the room they are in. They work even quicker when covered with a cover, or even through a duvet cover over them which creates a toasty environment to dry clothes.
We all know how much washing babies can create, especially with babies needing frequent outfit changes, or toddlers coming home from nursery, or in from the garden, with grass-stained knees, or their lunch down their favourite jumper. Washing baby's clothes is hard work and it can sometimes be a rush to get the washing dried in time for them to wear it again, and more importantly, where do you find the space to hang it all? Heated airers vary in shape in size but most can hold 1 or 2 loads of washing so they are really helpful for drying washing during the winter.
Black Friday deals on heated airers
There are still a whole host of Black Friday Baby deals at the moment, and some great opportunities for items like heated airers to help you dry all of baby's little clothes. So if you want to grab a bargain, here are the retailers that have the best deals right now or keep scrolling to continue reading our buyer's guide.
Save £20: Addis Heated Indoor Airer Drying Pod
Save £40: Dry
Get 21% off : Homefront Electric Heated Clothes Airer Dryer Rack
So if you are looking for an easier, and more cost-effective way to dry your family's clothes, a heated airer might come in useful. It is worthwhile taking advantage of the savings offered this Black Friday to grab yourself a bargain.
Best heated airers at a glance
After a rainy summer, and an equally rainy start to the winter months, we think a heated airer might come in very handy so we have rounded up some of the best heated airers to help you through the chillier months and make drying your little ones clothes easier and cheaper.
Best for large households
Whatever the weather, you will be able to get clothes dry with the Minky XL Balcony heated airer.
Best economic heated airer<br>
This large heated airer dries your clothes quickly and has a running cost of just 9p per hour. It
Best for large items
For gentle and quick drying, this airer is brilliant. It only takes 5 minutes to heat up and can
Best for longer items
This heated airer has a reinforced aluminium frame offering enhanced sturdiness and durability. It
Best for small spaces
This eco-friendly airer is perfect for small spaces. It is lightweight and its flat design makes
Best for drying time
Holding up to 10kg of washing, this is an efficient dryer which has a powerful motor to circulate
How to choose a heated airer?
When deciding if a heated airer is for you, consider how much space you have, how much washing you do and what type of items you are drying. If you do lots of washing for little ones such as babygrows, or tiny t-shirts and socks then you don't need to worry about the height of the dryer. However, children do cause a lot of washing, especially bedding. Don't worry about toddler bedwetting, a heated airer will make changing the bed and getting it dry a lot easier, but make sure you choose one that can hold a bigger load.
With all the toys, buggies, changing mats and other items that babies bring into your home, finding space for a heated airer might be tricky. There are lots out there that fold up flat when not in use, or even heated airers which are fairly flat when standing so you can fit them in with all the other essential baby items you need.
How do heated airers work?
Like traditional clothes airers, you hang the clothes or bedding, even towels, on the rails. However, unlike traditional airers, with a heated airer there is an element in the rails which warms them meaning your clothes dry quicker and you don't have to use a radiator to drape washing over, or stand an airer near to. You can speed up the drying process even more by covering the heated airer when in use, which creates an even warmer environment to dry your washing.
Are heated airers cost effective?
Heated airers are using electricity so they will add to your energy bill, but they are cheaper to use than a tumble dryer and they are kinder to clothes as well. On average a heated dryer will cost about 10p per hour but can be as much as 26p per hour, or as low as 5p per hour. On a plus they will add some heat to chilly rooms too. With drying times ranging from 1 - 4 hours, while they do cost more money than a traditional airer or using a washing line, in the winter when it is hard to get washing dry outside, they are a great value option.
Laura Healy is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby. She is a mum-of-two girls and loves writing about all things parenting. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and enjoys reading and attending literary festivals, as well as writing fiction.