Best Clothes Drying Racks (UK)

Clothes drying racks are very useful if you don’t have a garden or if it’s too cold and wet to dry your clothes outside. Even if you normally dry your clothes outside, you will need an indoor clothes airer to dry things in the cold, dark winter months.

Here are some of the best clothes drying racks available in the UK. We’ve included something to suit all budgets, from cheap basic clothes racks to more expensive heated dryers.

Minky Trio Concertina Tubular Airer

Price: Mid-priced (see on Amazon)

The Minky Trio Concertina Tubular Airer is a sturdy concertina-style dryer made from high-grade steel. It gives you 15 metres of drying space and can be folded flat to save space. The airer can hold as much as two washing loads and has special corner hangers for hanging shirts.

Features

  • Can hold 20 kg of wet cloths, or two washing machine loads worth
  • Auto-lock mechanism
  • Strong and sturdy; it won’t break under the weight of wet toweld
  • 15 metres of drying space
  • Dimensions when open: 141cm high x 59 cm wide x 55 cm deep
  • Folds up to 77x 61 x 6 cm

Pros

  • No complicated assembly procedure. You can use it straight out of the box.
  • Can be used inside or outside

Cons

  • Quite large even when folded up

Bottom line

The Minky Trio Concertina Tubular Airer is a tough and stable drying rack that you can put a whole wash on. It’s attractively priced and should last you years.


Radiator Airer With 5 Adjustable Arms

Price: Low (see on Amazon)

This airer attaches to a radiator at a temperature up to 70 Celsius. It’s a good choice if you don’t have much room and want to dry your clothes quickly in the winter.

Features

  • Five bars
  • Adjustable arms
  • Folds flat for storage
  • Dimensions: 51 x 33cm
  • Weight: 499 g

Pros

  • Saves space
  • Easy to fold
  • Good value for money
  • Adjustable

Cons

  • Quite flimsy and easy to break
  • Doesn’t fit every radiator

Bottom line

This product is good for drying clothes in small rooms and apartments. It’s not especially durable, but it is very cheap.


Minky Automatic Multidry Airer

Price: Mid-priced (See on Amazon)

The Minky Multidry is a large airer that can be used inside or out. It uses tubular steel to make it strong and sturdy, and also has wheels so you can easily move it around.

Features

  • 25 metres of drying space for up to two washloads
  • Flat section for delicate items
  • Has wheels
  • Can be used outside
  • Folds flat for storage
  • Dimensions: 64.8 x 127 x 121.9 cm
  • Weight: 2.5 Kg

Pros

  • Good capacity
  • Light given its size
  • Feels durable and sturdy
  • Easy to move thanks to the wheels

Cons

  • Wires are close together

Bottom line

The Minky Multidry  is a very good clothes dryer for the price. This drying rack is very large, so you need to check you have enough space before buying it.


Fine Elements Foldable Heated Airer

Price: Mid-priced (see on Amazon)

Fine Elements Foldable Heated Airer is one of the cheapest clothes airers you can get in the UK. It can accommodate 10 kg of wet clothes and folds flat so you can store it away easily.

Features

  • 4 m cable
  • Dimensions: 98 x 56.2 x 6.4 cm
  • Weight: 4 kg

Pros

  • Quickly heats up
  • Good value for money
  • Stores away easily
  • Lots of bars for drying smaller items of clothing
  • Energy efficient
  • Good for drying sheets

Cons

  • Doesn’t feel very sturdy
  • Doesn’t dry clothes very evenly

Bottom line

This product feels quite cheap, but it’s a good solution if you need something to dry your clothes over the winter, especially if you’re short on space.


Lakeland Dry-Soon Electric 3 Tier Heated Indoor Clothes Airer

Price: High (see on Amazon)

The Lakeland Dry-Soon clothes airer is an electric drying rack that is useful for drying your clothes quicker in the winter months or if you don’t have a garden. Running it costs less than 6p an hour, which offers good value for money.

Features

  • Dimensions: 145 x 79.2 x 8.6 cm
  • Supports 15 kg of washing

Pros

  • Clothes dry quicker than on a regular drying rack
  • Large amount of drying space (21 metres)
  • Quiet
  • Heat is gentle
  • Helps prevent mould and condensation

Cons

  • The manufacturer doesn’t deliver it to the Scottish islands and other places off the UK mainland due to its large size
  • Doesn’t work so well if you put too many clothes on it
  • Works best with a cover, which costs extra

Bottom line

The Lakeland Dry-Soon isn’t for everyone. If you live in a flat it’s a good way to dry your clothes quicker and prevent condensation accumulating. It might take a while to find the best way to arrange your clothes to get them to dry quickly and evenly—if you use it incorrectly you will be disappointed with the results.


Lakeland Dry-Soon Deluxe Electric

Price: High (see on Amazon)

This is the model up from the Lakeland Dry-Soon reviewed above. It’s very similar to the regular Dry-Soon but with some added features including a timer.

Features

  • Timer function
  • Hold 15 kg of washing across 21 metres of drying space
  • Dimensions: 70 x 74 x 132.5 cm

Pros

  • The timer lets you choose when the dryer turns on and off, which is good if you have an Economy 7 electricity meter
  • Easy to set up
  • Light and easy to store
  • Reduces the amount of ironing you need to do

Cons

  • Not delivered to the Isle of Man or other locations off the UK mainland
  • Seems a bit wobbly if you put too much washing on it

Bottom line

The Lakeland Dry-Soon Deluxe Electric is more expensive than the regular Dry-Soon, but it’s worth paying a bit more for the timer feature.

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