The Andrew James Easy Hang Foldable Clothes Dryer was kindly provided to me by Andrew James UK Ltd free of charge in exchange for a fair and unbiased review on Amazon.co.uk. No additional compensation was given in exchange for posting this article on my blog.
The Andrew James Easy Hang Foldable Clothes Dryer is available in the UK from Andrew James UK Ltd on Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £16.99 + £4.99 P&P. It is also available directly from Andrew James at a cost of £18.99 with free P&P. (Prices correct at time of posting).
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PACKAGING & CONTENTS.
The Andrew James Easy Hang Foldable Clothes Dryer is supplied in large rectangular shaped corrugated brown warehouse style box bearing little about the product within. Inside the product comes supplied in two separate sections, each wrapped in a clear plastic bag with no other contents to be found within.
Unassembled the bottom section measures 67.5cm long and with the legs closed they form a triangle shape with the tip of each leg spaced 12cm apart. (When the legs are collapsed and locked into place and held off the ground the distance is 12cm. If you place the base section on the floor with the legs collapsed and locked into place the legs can be separated up to 24cm apart tip to tip with the legs remaining locked to make it more stable when storing freestanding and collapsed).
The top section measures 68.9cm long and with the arms collapsed, they again form a triangle in shape with the tips of the arms being spaced apart by 12cm.
With the two sections assembled and with both the arms and legs collapsed, but the legs spaced 24 cm apart (to make it stable free standing) the total height is 129cm.
When the legs and arms are extended so that the device is setup for use the height from the top of the arms to the floor is 131cm. The arms when extended protrude by 33cm from the upright support.
Finally, at the top of the dryer is a mounting hole with an internal diameter of 2.5cm and the total weight of both sections is 1271g.
ASSEMBLY, SETUP & STORAGE.
Assembly is very simple, the tip of the bottom section has an ABS, blue plastic cap that has a small groove down one side and the base of the top section has a slightly larger blue ABS plastic hollowed out cap that slots over and on to the bottom section.
The plastic cap on the top section has a small raised lump which should be aligned with the groove on the side of the bottom section and the two sections simply slot together. When the cap on the top section fully covers the cap on the bottom section simply twist the top section to the left a little while gripping the bottom section. The twist is only about 1cm and there is no click or other feedback once the two sections are secured.
As an able bodied person assembly is very easy, but for those with disabilities affecting their hands or wrists I would advise placing both sections on a table when assembling. While each section weighs less than 650g they are top and bottom (respectively) heavy, so assembling while holding both sections in the hand can put a notable amount of pressure on the thumbs and wrists.
Setting the dryer up for use is simple, but there is a bit of an art to extending the arms. To extend the legs simply lift the device off the floor holding the middle section with one hand, then with your other push on the top edge (not the middle) of the oval shaped grey button located just above one of the legs. Then slide the legs downwards to retract them or lift them up if packing away for storage.
With the arms there is an identical button located between two of the arms that again must be pushed on its bottom edge and not in the middle. To access the button and be able to push the arms upwards to extend them up you must bring your hand up from underneath and use your thumb to operate the button, otherwise your hand will obstruct the arms as they rise or will get trapped / squashed when retracting them.
For storage you have several options. At the very tip of the top section is a mounting hole with an internal diameter of 2.5cm that can be used to hang the device when it is assembled. If you plan to do this you are going to need a hook located 10cm away from the nearest wall if the hook is hung from above or that protrudes from the wall by 10cm if it is mounted on the wall. (Ladder hooks should prove suitable).
You could just separate the two sections and store them on a shelf or cupboard or you can simply leave it assembled and freestanding. When the legs are locked folded away there is some movement in the legs and if you want them secured as retracted as possible you will need an elastic band, however with the legs like this it is not that stable free standing. As such, while the legs are locked closed they can be separated by about 10cm so that it is stable while freestanding.
Each arm has 10 recessed grooves on the top edge for retaining coat hangers, between each recessed groove there are also two sets of very slightly raised ridges. Outdoors you should only use the recessed grooves as if you use the small ridges and there is any sort of breeze they do not prove capable of retaining hangers and the hanger will shift to the nearest recessed groove.
My interest in this product isn’t so much with the drying capabilities outdoors (I’m more interested in using it as an ironing aid) but in the interests of testing it I did use it for a day outside to see what it was like. On the particular day the weather was 16c with gusts of up 29mph, our garden is 5m wide and there is a 6′ high fence on one side and a 5′ high fence on the other (all this info is sort of relevant as it gives an idea as to what sort of wind break there is).
For my first test I put 3 T-shirts on one arm, 3 T-shirts on another and a pair of shorts and two Tee’s on the last. Despite a few moments where I thought it might topple the fact is after 20 minutes it remained upright.
I then loaded one arm up with 8 T-shirts, another with two summer jumpers, a winter jumper plus a pair of shorts and the final arm with six pairs of trousers. This setup was perhaps a little heavy on the trouser arm as it was a little lopsided, but the dryer was notably more stable in the wind with this additional load. Again, after some 20+ minutes the dryer remained upright with gusts of up to 29mph.
If you do make use of all of the hanger mounting points the clothes are quite closely stacked and it isn’t going to compare to using a rotary drier because of this. If I were to use this to dry clothes outdoors such as when family from abroad come to stay I would happily use it, but I would use every other mounting point to space clothes out more.
If the clothes were spaced out more they will dry quicker so rather than leaving 30 items out all day to dry you should be able to dry 45 in a day airing 15 at a time.
DRYING INDOORS & USE FOR WHEN IRONING.
When drying indoors wind is obviously not a factor and so you can dry as little as you like or as much as the dryer will carry (max 22Kg). Indoors the additional raised grooves can be utilised (works with lots of Tees but not larger items like jumpers or folded trousers) at least with the right hangers.
For us, however the most interesting use for the Andrew James dryer is as an ironing aid. We do our ironing in the kitchen and in the past clothes waiting to be ironed were hung around the edges of a three tier cantilever style airer and once something was ironed it, then got hung on either kitchen cupboard handles, the oven door handle or anywhere else that was suitable.
Over time this has caused notable scratching on the door handles and also leads to a semi frequent need to adjust or tighten the cupboard door hinges. Now using the Andrew James dryer, two arms are loaded with clothes waiting to be ironed and the third it them used for clothes that have been ironed. When the empty arm is filled the newly empty arm is then used for the final batch of ironed clothes from the third arm.
While the dryer isn’t stable with just one arm filled (it will topple over) with two arms filled it is stable. (It’s stable enough for our intended use, but if there a toddler or dog running around it might not be stable enough when only two arms are filled). Quite frankly for the use we were most interested in we couldn’t be happier with the Andrew James dryer and I can now replace my kitchen cupboard handles (something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but didn’t bother doing as they would have just got scratched up again and now they won’t).
I do have to admit that I agree with WKReviews review on Amazon.co.uk when they state “wished it was a bit more premium”. The plastic moulding is a little rough around the edges (and there’s a lot of edges and joins), folded up for packing away the device is very rattly and it does feel (and sound) a bit basic although setup it feels much more robust.
I hate to be critical as we do like the product very much and it is most defiantly a keeper, but if Andrew James can improve the quality slightly and keep the price under £25 it could very easily be a 5 star product. That said, it does have a 2 year warranty with a UK based company and as long as you do not abuse it or overload it, it should last much longer.
Thank you for taking the time to read this review, I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments regarding this review, please post a comment below and I will do my best to answer them.
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