With winter officially here and the need for warm, dry clothes becoming paramount, Aussies are on the hunt for affordable solutions that won't spike their electricity bills, require constant reliance on clothes dryers, or, well...burn a hole in their pockets, figuratively or literally.
As per usual, the internet provides. Enter the winter clothes drying hack we never knew we needed; heated clothes airers. Not sure about the rest of you, but we didn't know this was a thing. And judging by social media, neither did anybody else.
The timely discovery unfolded when an Aussie woman turned to a budget-friendly Facebook group, seeking a solution for drying clothes during winter without breaking the bank. She shared a photo of her ingenious find—a heated clothes airer—and it sparked a wildfire of curiosity among the people. It's safe to say, social media was interested. Very interested.
"A heated clothes airer!!! Who knew? I must live under a rock, I'll be searching for one ASAP," exclaimed one group member, while another user wondered aloud, "Whatttttt? They have heated clothes airers???? where have I been?"
Those who were already acquainted with heated clothes airers chimed in, confirming the practicality and value of the item based on their own experiences.
"I have one of these heated clothes racks and couldn't do without it in winter," one person said, with another quick to share their efficient routine, "I use one of these, get washing done first thing in the morning, it's dry next day."
As the positive feedback continued pouring in, users eagerly shared their personal success stories. One member of the group, who had been using their device for years, exclaimed, "it works a treat!" Another seasoned pro provided a helpful tip, explaining, "I make sort of a hot box with it by placing a towel or jeans or something over the top of everything hanging on the rails. It's the best ever and folds up easily. And the heater bit is so helpful and lovely to warm the towels on before using."
Another person joined in, saying, "I have three of these in my back room and LOVE them!"
But what the internet giveth, the internet also taketh away.
As is often the case, not everyone had the same positive experience. Inevitably, amidst the desire for greatness, there were those who voiced their scepticism. Several group members expressed disappointment and raised concerns about the efficacy of heated clothes airers.
In contrast to the glowing reviews, there were those who also offered alternative drying solutions, such as regular air dryers placed in garages or under verandas.
During the discussion, one group member mentioned the availability of heated clothes airers at Aldi. However, their enthusiasm was dampened by another user who swiftly dismissed the idea, sharing their recent purchase experience: "I bought one from Aldi a few weeks ago, it was $59, it seems to take a while to dry the clothes even though it gets hot quickly and cools down quickly after turn off."
Another user shared their dissatisfaction with an electric heated clothes airer, claiming it only dried items effectively when they were laid directly on top.
And of course, delivering the final blow there was one naysayer who bluntly dismissed heated clothes airers altogether, with a decisive, "Heated ones are crap, don't bother."
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