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I change my my mind every time I hang up a different load
on 24 January 2012
I have had no problems with the assembly, and the whole structure is more stable than I expected from such a tall item. However, the metal rods are very thin, and bend if I try to hand up anything as heavy as -- goodness me! -- a shower mat.
The good point about this airer is the large amount of drying space compared to its small footprint. Unfortunately, this achievement brings to what I find it most annoying defects: the rods are very thin and very close together, and there is not enough space between the layers (just below 40 cm: my short-for-her-age 2-year-old daughter's trousers won't fit unless folded). So yes, there is a lot of hanging space, but it is difficult to use it all AND have clothes dry in a reasonable time. The other design mistake is the coat hanger hook strip. In principle it is a very good idea: on the top there is strip with 5 holes to hold coat hangers for shirts (the blue thing you can see in the picture). The strip only takes up half the space which would be available, and the holes are so close together that the shirts touch each other and don't dry. If the strip had been longer, more laundry would dry.
The description on the packaging claims the capacity to be three stanndard loads, I can hang up two, less if I need the items to dry quickly.
Whether this is is a good product or not depends a lot on the sort of load one wishes to hang. I find that it is fine for a laundry of nappies, or underwear or children's T-shirts. Problems start with long sleeved T-shirts, my husbands's clothes or towels. Again, it is very good for woollens and delicates which need to be hanged flat. Consider very carefully your laundry habits before deciding whether to buy this.
A last point -- altough I am not particularly short, I find it uncomfortable to use the very top layer, much more so that using the washing lines in hte garden, which are higher up.