Asko Drying Cabinet
The Asko Drying Cabinet is a scaled-down electric drying room. It uses natural convection to dry clothes. Heated air is forced down the middle of the cabinet to the base where it rises up the sides again. The cabinet also features a "cold dry" function.
The cabinet is tall enough at 1.7m to let you hang unwieldy items like wetsuits and jackets in it. It's also versatile enough to have shoe and glove racks. Farmers, trampers, skiers and surfers would probably find it handy.
According to Asko, the cabinet has a drying capacity that's equivalent to 16 metres of clothes line.
The cabinet won't suit everybody:
- It's expensive (prices we found ranged from $2299 to $2499)
- It requires ducting or a well-ventilated area to operate properly
- It needs to be fastened to a wall to stop it falling over.
Asko's website says the cabinet will dry everything from linen to boots in less than 4 hours. The company also claims energy savings over conventional dryers.
We packed the cabinet with a cotton washing load equivalent to Asko’s advertising claim of 16 metres of clothes line. This worked out to 4.325kg – 24 percent more than Asko's technical specification of 3.5kg. Nobody (other than test labs) weighs clothes before they wash or dry them, so we think our test load was reasonable.
We tested it on 2 auto functions – auto normal dry and auto extra dry. A load that had been well spun in a top-loader washing machine and put on the auto extra dry programme was dry after 2 hours and 38 minutes. Energy use and running times were comparable to small conventional tumble-dryers.
After our test results were sent to Asko's distributor, Asko said it suggests the cabinet is "used as an accompaniment" to a normal dryer – that is, for items that shouldn't be tumble-dried.
- The cabinet doesn't perform as well as you might expect for the price.
- Check out our test results of conventional dryers.