Are you looking for the best clothes airer or drying rack? We find ourselves in this predicament, too. Living in the city and in a building that only allows us the privilege of a washer, we rely heavily on these racks. And, after all the workout clothes, work clothes and the evening clothes we wear on a weekly basis, racks are one of those necessities we can’t seem to function without.
Just recently, our wooden, bodega-find clothes airer just collapsed under all the weight of the weekly washings and we found ourselves on the market for another one. So, do we go back to the bodega and buy a new one or just do it right this time and find the best clothes airer that will actually do the job it was intended to do?
Although the convenience of the bodega, being just a few steps outside our door, kept calling our name…we went on an internet hunt and decided we could just wait a few days for the shipping.
And, we spent an enormous amount of time looking for the best clothes airer. I mean, who does that? Ohhh…that’s right…we do!
So, first we searched for a clothes airer that was going to hold our wet clothes through the summer and onto the winter. Then we searched for a clothes airer that was going to be able to hold all of our clothes since we only do laundry once a week. Finally, we sifted through the reviews and looked for the clothes airers that have the highest ratings.
And, we chose the 5 best performing clothes airers on the market. So, to recap, durability, size and consistency were the requirements for our list. And all of these picks exceeded our expectations.
One pick in particular caught our eye and we had it sent our way. And, this clothes airer has literally been a dream come true. You can find this pick in the middle of our list.
In addition, we also included a budget option at the end of our list. So, there’s a clothes airer for everybody and every budget.
Best Clothes Airer
Best Clothes Airer
Moerman 88346 Y-Airer Indoor Folding Clothes Drying Rack
This clothes airer offers a whopping 79 feet of drying space. It has a 24 inch by 42 inches drying table with a 20 inch by 24 inch bottom table. When folded flat, it measures 42.3 inches by 23.2 inches and 2.7 inches. And of course, folding it flat makes it convenient for storage.
The Moerman 88346 Y-Airer Indoor Folding Clothes Drying Rack can be used upright if you have longer pieces to hang or it can be used flat for those delicate items. You also have the option of having one side upright, while the other side lays flat.
This clothes airer is designed for indoor or outdoor use and has a powder coat finish to protect the rack from odor, mildew or stains. It also comes with plastic feet to protect your floors while in use or in storage.
Finally, for those of us that don’t like monkeying around, there is no assembly required. And for those of us that are picky about our colors, the Moerman 88346 comes in your choice of silver/blue or black.
Minky 3-Tier Trio Concertina Indoor Drying Rack
This accordion style clothes airer comes with 49 feet of drying space with 4 corner hangers and can hold up to 2 loads of wash. It measures 55.5 inches by 24 inches by 21.6 inches. When it is folded flat for storage, it measures 30.3 inches in length, 24 inches in width and 2.4 inches deep.
The Minky 3-Tier Trio Concertian Indoor Drying Rack is made with extra strong tubular steel construction and is extremely stable – it can hold up to 44 pounds of weight . When setting it up, it has a double sided auto-lock mechanism that securely clicks into place. In addition, it has non-slip feet for extra stability and to protect the floors.
This Drying rack is strong and sturdy and the additional plastic hinges provide the extra durability that is needed to prevent it from collapsing. And this is something that unfortunately happens with a lot of other clothes airers.
Minky is one of the top laundry brands in the UK and they hold the Royal Warrant. Which means, they are the supplier of products to the Royal Household. And if that kind of commitment isn’t enough to convince you this is one of the best clothes airers on the market, just read the reviews.
Brabantia Folding Clothes Drying Rack T-Model
This is perhaps the most expensive rack on our list, however, you totally get what you pay for with this one. The Brabantia Folding Clothes Drying Rack T-Model has 65 fee of drying length which will accommodate a full load of wash. It measures 75 inches in length, 24 inches in width and is 60.2 inches tall.
This T-Model style drying rack works in a few different ways. You can prop both sides up if you have longer items to dry, you can lay both sides flat to create a table like platform for delicates or you can prop one side up while leaving the other side flat. Additionally, this clothes airer has a flat, bottom drying rack.
The Brabantia also features protective floor caps and a transport lock to prevent collapsing when adjusting. And, this drying rack folds down for easy and convenient storage.
Another mentionable feature of this clothes airer is the legs are adjustable. And this is due to the bottom drying rack being adjustable. So, if you need a bigger rack on the bottom or a wider stance for the legs, you have this option available.
Overall, this was our pick to replace our busted, bodega-find of a clothes airer. And although spendy, we looked at it as an investment. The Brabantia is extremely sturdy and well built. In our opinion, the best clothes airer you’ll ever be able to find. And, we never thought we’d catch ourselves saying this but, it actually made laundry fun for the first 10 or so uses.
Furthermore, it has an enormous amount of space. Even after a weeks worth of wash, we still have extra room to spare.
StorageManiac 3-Tier Folding Water-Resistant Compact Steel Clothes Drying Rack
This classic accordion-style drying rack is lightweight, yet, sturdy. It is made of steel with a water-resistant and durable epoxy finish. And this finish makes it resistant to mildew and rust while being waterproof. So, you can use this drying rack both indoors and out.
The StorageManiac 3-Tier Folding Water-Resistant Compact Steel Clothes Drying Rack offers 20 feet of drying space with 11 steel rods. It is 41.34 inches tall, 22.44 inches wide and 14.57 inches deep.
The top part of this drying rack acts as a shelf for clothes that need to be placed flat to dry. And this shelf contains four rods to mimic a shelf.
This clothes airer is easy to use, just drop into position and it locks into place. Once finished, just fold it down and store it wherever convenient and out of the way.
The StorageManiac comes with black caps at the top and the bottom of the steel rods. These work to prevent clothes from snagging and to protect the floors.
Overall, this is one of the best clothes airers in the accordion-style we have come across. And, we almost picked this one to replace our depleted rack.
Instead, we chose a Y-shaped drying rack just to switch things up a bit. However, if you’re set on an accordion-style, this is most likely the best clothes airer in the accordion-style you will find.
Honey-Can-Do Dry-01610 Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack
We decided to add a budget option to the list. And, with budget options, you may find yourself loving your purchase or you made find yourself as one of those unhappy customers. However, there’s not much we can do when we are on a budget, so it’s the chance we take.
The Honey-Can-Do Dry-01610 Heavy Duty Gullwing Drying Rack offers 46 feet of drying space. The rack extends to 64 inches in length, it is 23 inches wide and 42 inches tall. When it’s time to store, this clothes airer folds down flat to 3.5 inches in width.
This rack stands out from the rest because the wings can be set in 6 different positions. And these positions are key when you need to hang clothes that may be too long for a flat rack surface.
In addition to the wings, the Honey-Can-Do drying rack offers a hanging space, a sweater shelf and a shoe rack. And the shoe rack can be removed to create space for smaller items such as socks or undies.
Overall, this is a great budget pick. And, yes, we do highlight budget. For what you get, it’s pretty impressive. It’s extremely roomy, it’s sturdy and it offers 6 different wing positions. However, we can’t ignore the reviews. And there have been some complaints about the drying rack rusting. On the other hand, there are many customers who rave about this drying rack and have stated that they have had no problems with rust.
Again, this is a chance we all take with budget options. But, after reviewing all of the options, we found this to be the best clothes airer in the budget category, hands down.