After several hours of research and in-depth examination of more than thirty models, we have come to the conclusion that the Leifheit Pegasus 150 folding clotheshorse represents the best that is currently on the European market. In addition to benefiting from an efficient stretching capacity, it uses qualitative materials, which guarantee significant robustness and stability, and has lateral supports allowing it to adapt to the needs of the user.
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The foldable clothes dryer is a great alternative to the electric clothes dryer . Indeed, in addition to allowing you to take a step towards ecology by considerably reducing your energy consumption, it especially offers the possibility of saving your budget.
At a time when the market is full of models of all kinds and at all prices, making a choice can sometimes seem very complicated.
To help you see more clearly and so that you can make the choice that best suits your needs, we have listed some criteria to take into account when you want to checkout.
- Dimensions : this first point is particularly important since the dimensions of your clothes dryer must necessarily depend on the space you benefit from. So, if you live in an apartment, head instead to tall models. On the contrary, if space is not a concern, favor the longer dryers more. These offer a more efficient spread and a significant possibility of drying laundry flat.
- The drying capacity : this depends directly on the amount of laundry you have to dry. For a person living alone, a hanging capacity of around 10 m is more than sufficient. Families (large or small) will rather turn to models with a drying area of more or less 20 m.
- Robustness : the purpose of the clothes dryer is to dry wet textiles and, therefore, heavier, it is essential to opt for a model that can support this weight, especially if you want to use it outside . In this specific case, you must not only ensure that the device can withstand the wind, but you must also ensure the rustproofness of the materials used.
- Additional advantages : in addition to having different dimensions, spreading capacities and robustnesses, certain dryers can also stand out by offering functions intended to make your life easier. So while adding wheels and locking systems allows you to easily move the device from one room to another, the presence of hooks and hangers gives you the opportunity to optimize the space on your dryer, for well organized laundry.
Based on these elements, we have managed to isolate more than thirty models. However, it is truly thanks to the opinions of experts and users that we have been able to identify what we believe to be the 6 best foldable clothes dryers currently available on the market.
Our Choice: Leifheit Pegasus 150
Made from qualitative materials, this model enjoys a high performance seal which allows it to adapt to different types of environment. Thanks to its wide configuration, it offers a spacious drying surface which gives you the possibility of hanging laundry flat. In addition to benefiting from optimal compactness, it also has side supports allowing you to dry even the smallest textiles.
This dryer has a more than efficient compactness. Indeed, while it is only 55 cm wide when folded, it displays dimensions 55 x 157 x 87 cm once deployed.
In addition to offering it an apparent compactness which allows it to be easily moved, these dimensions are obviously put at the service of its hanging surface, which amounts to no less than 15 m, the equivalent of a whole laundry.
Since the Leifheit Pegasus offers a configuration in width and not in height, it is also possible for you to hang linen flat, which turns out to be a considerable advantage if you are the type to wear noble textiles like cashmere or the silk.
In addition to being made of solid and stainless materials, it also has great stability thanks to its two parallel feet. Combined with its watertightness, these few elements make this dryer a device that can adapt to both an indoor and an outdoor environment.
Better yet, the presence of two lateral supports gives you the possibility of optimizing your drying surface. In fact, not only can you put your socks and gloves on, but these foldable wings up to 150 cm also allow you to hang long clothes.
The Best Cheap Foldable Clothes Dryer : AmazonBasics Foldable Clothes Dryer
More than affordable, this dryer is characterized above all by its compactness. Indeed, in addition to its apparent lightness, this model is easy to fold and transport. Its height configuration allows it to slip into the smallest spaces, which makes it an ideal traveling companion if you live in an apartment. Unfortunately, this minimalism directly affects the storage space which is, let’s face it, quite poor.
It is true that this dryer marketed by Amazon displays a lower cost, compared to what is done on the market, but at what price precisely?
If it allows you to optimize your space thanks to its height design (36.8 x 74.9 x 106 cm), it only offers 8 m of drying surface, which is just enough for one person. It must be said that in view of its capabilities, it is intended more for single people living in small spaces.
If the AmazonBasics, with a weight of 2 kg, is easy to transport and store when folded, this optimization of space also applies when it is deployed. Indeed, thanks to its accordion configuration, it finds its place in the narrowest places like the shower or the bathtub.
Unfortunately, this “tour” model does not only have advantages since some users regret the lack of flat surfaces for depositing the laundry and complain of the closeness of the clothes, those at the top touching those at the bottom.
Apart from these few weaknesses, this model made of durable steel with a white epoxy coating can boast of being as easy to clean as it is waterproof, which means that you can use it both indoors and outdoors. outside.
The best high-end foldable clothes dryer: Todeco
In addition to offering a large spreading capacity, robustness and more than qualitative materials, this model is distinguished above all by the presence of wheels, hangers as well as a central rod. If its price is somewhat higher than those of the models presented in this selection, there is no doubt that this device is designed to make your life easier.
As its dimensions of 87.9 x 66.0 x 163.1 cm attest, this dryer has a configuration all in height. If it is not an “accordion” type model, you are dealing with a tower offering no less than 26 m of hanging space, to the delight of large families.
Thanks to its eight half-shelves, you benefit from a fairly large surface area only to offer you the possibility of laying flat a large number of garments.
It is certainly the least compact model of all those present in this selection, but it is also one of the most resistant. Designed from water-resistant stainless steel, its 5.6 kg provides effective stability which remains significant for outdoor use.
Let those who are already wondering how to move this bulky object be reassured, since it has six wheels that facilitate its transport without damaging the soil.
In addition to sparing your back, the Todeco gives you the possibility of optimizing your drying surface by proposing hangers to hang your jackets and shirts on the one hand, and a central bar to hang your comforters on the other .
A cheap alternative: Ikea Frost
The strong point of this model is undoubtedly its excellent quality / price ratio. For less than 20 euros, you get a compact clothes dryer which has a substantial hanging capacity.
However (and unfortunately), if the brand claims that this model is designed for indoors and outdoors, many users have noticed the crumbling of the paint after placing their dryer on their balcony or in their garden.
Indispensable in everything related to the essentials of the house, the now famous brand Ikea offers a model whose dimensions rise to 134 x 59 x 93 cm once the device unfolded.
In addition to being characterized by a modular drying space, this offers you no less than 19 m of drying space for drying the laundry of the whole family, a surface that can be considered competitive when you know that more models expensive do not even benefit.
Extremely easy to fold, it nevertheless has a fine structure which is difficult to resist unexpected wind gusts. If Ikea promises a steel dryer designed to adapt to an outdoor environment thanks, in particular, to its anti-UV plasticized layer, the reality is quite different.
So, certainly, this length model finds its place even in the least well ventilated rooms of your house (if it is the case, a dehumidifier is welcome), but placing it on a balcony or in a garden is not recommended .
Despite these inconveniences, the Ikea Frost remains a powerful and compact dryer, which can be installed and uninstalled in a fraction of a second, easy to maintain and capable of bringing out the scents of the best detergents and softeners .
A mid-range alternative: Addis Easi 3 floors
Easy to install and uninstall, it has an equally convincing drying surface. This compact and solid model displays an ideal weight, which should be able to reassure you about its stability. In addition to benefiting from a blocking system praised by the users, it consists of anti-crease bars, clamps and hooks.
Once unfolded, it measures 58 cm in width, 155 cm in height and 60 cm in depth. It offers a drying surface of 15 m and can count on its “tower” design to optimize the space as much as possible.
If some users tend to abandon this type of model, especially because of the lack of space between the different textiles that fall on each other, the Addis stands out by offering an inverted structure. In addition to allowing you to hang your clothes easily, the latter offers an airy organization on the dryer and, therefore, more optimal drying.
With its 3.88 kg, it displays an intermediate weight which is certainly far from the 6 kg of Brabantia but more efficient than the 2 kg offered by the Amazon Basics dryer .
This is obviously reflected in the robustness of this steel device, which can count on good stability thanks to the quality of the materials used as well as the presence of non-slip feet.
However, and contrary to what these characteristics might suggest, the Addis is not intended for an external environment. On the one hand, the manufacturer himself does not mention it, on the other hand, the steel used does not seem to be treated to withstand bad weather.
It is rather unfortunate since besides that, it has many additional advantages.
Thus, in addition to its highly qualitative blocking system, it has anti-crease bars that make your life easier for the ironing part . As for the four hooks and the six clothespins provided, they allow you to arrange your clothes at best, respecting their sizes, materials and functions.
A high-end alternative: Brabantia 476068
This model appeared quite a few times during our research. It must be said that in addition to its large spreading capacity, it is also endowed with an effective stability, already overcome after more than one gust of wind. Designed to adapt to outdoor environments, it also has side surfaces, a 5-year warranty and a locking system that makes it easy to move.
Unlike our best top of the range, this model in “T” format and dimensions of 61 x 191 x 153 cm extends all in length. Its display area is less than that of its competitor since it amounts to 20 m, which is still honorable.
In addition to giving you the possibility of hanging laundry flat, the presence of its two side wings adjustable in height will also allow to dry longer laundry.
Weighing no less than 6 kg empty, this indoor and outdoor model can only offer effective robustness. The latter is expressed both in terms of the materials used and in terms of the stability of the device.
In fact, in addition to being made from an anti-corrosion metal, it also has robust protective feet, which provide it with stable support against the wind and careful transportation of your floors.
On the other hand, if it effectively prevents potential scratches, the absence of wheels is cruelly felt. Certainly, the Brabantia has a blocking system supposed to allow you to move it with extended linen, but transporting its 6 kg – to which are added in addition to the weight of wet textiles – is a significant challenge.
Vileda Mixer 3 : offered at a modest price, this dryer offers an unequaled drying capacity which amounts to no less than 30 m. Very modular and “tower” type, it is characterized by an efficient compactness. For proof, you can use it by folding one of its sides on a wall. We preferred other mid-range models to it, for an obvious lack of stability and robustness.
Brabantia Wall-mounted dryer : this wall-mounted dryer offers 24 m of drying surface. Simple and practical, it is supplied with fixing materials and a protective case. It is made of corrosion resistant materials and benefits from a 5 year warranty. If we decided to favor the standing models in this selection, it remains an effective alternative for those who wish to optimize the space.