Unitasker Wednesday: Sweater dryer

All Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

Who among us hasn’t accidentally dried a wool sweater in a dryer only to be left with a tiny version that is useless? What does one do with a garment that can’t be placed in the dryer? Usually the article of clothing ends up laying on a flat surface and dries in a day or so. Now, you can speed up the dry time by up to 75 percent with the Sweater Dryer with Fan. The innovative fan requires 6 C batteries, but the time you save on drying is well worth it.

The Sweater Dryer may look a bit silly and really large and cumbersome, but with a 75 percent decrease in dry time can you pass up such a time-saving device? How else does one increase the efficiency of drying a sweater?

Thanks to reader Andrew for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

31 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: Sweater dryer”

  1. posted by barbara carlson on

    Get a SHAMWOW…

  2. posted by Natasha on

    This is so silly. I can’t imagine devoting that amount of space to drying ONE item of clothing. One of the best Christmas gifts I got last year was a towel warmer. It becomes a multi tasker for me when I dry delicates that can’t go in the dryer. My nice jeans? Dry and warm and ready to wear the next morning, without taking up tons of floor space.

  3. posted by jdb on

    I LOVE my sweater dryers, and I usually have two in rotation (they’re stackable) at all times. The fan, however is overkill.

    I wear sweaters 3/4 of the year (Seattle), and using these mesh dryers to lay my sweaters flat as they air-dry has added to their lives considerably.

    I mean, how else would you dry, for instance, a cashmere sweater? You can’t put it in the dryer. If you hang it in any way it will become misshapen. Dry cleaning is unnecessary and even MORE wasteful.

  4. posted by Manja on

    I’ve got a tower made up of four of this kind of drying racks and I’m very happy with it. I can safely dry my sweaters and delicates on it. It’s standing next to the dryer and under an angled roof, so it only takes ‘useless’ space away.

    I haven’t got the fan (I think that’s the real silly device) but most of my sweaters are dry within 24 hours and they last for years.

  5. posted by Emily W on

    I agree with JDB. The sweater dryers I have live in the spare bathroom and when they are drying something, they fit perfectly across the bathtub and are out of the way.

  6. posted by matt on

    In college, I use to hang up a wash load in my dorm room and turn on my fans full blast.

  7. posted by Josh Baugher on

    I have a flat drying device like this that I use for wool sweaters. It breaks down for compact storage.

    I use a box fan when I need to speed up the drying process.

  8. posted by Jen on

    Well, the mesh sweater dryer is a definite need for most people, but the dryer underneath is crazy. How else would you dry your sweaters so fast? How about a normal fan, that you already have in your house anyway… there’s a crazy idea.

  9. posted by Caren on

    Chiming in here for the first time: I love my stackable sweater dryers also. I had 4 going the other day – these days who can afford dry cleaning?
    The fan may be the only overkill here.

    I can’t believe I am posting on a unitasker Wednesday to say I love the item! Usually I am the reader chuckling at people not seeing the disclaimer or defending the item!

    Love the blog!

  10. posted by Trish on

    A couple notes from a knitter on washing/drying sweaters.
    1) Even if you have to hand wash a delicate sweater, you can still safely spin it out in your washer. (spin cycle only)
    2) If you can’t or don’t feel comfortable spinning delicates in the washer, roll the sweater in a towel and walk on it. If something is really sopping, repeat with dry towel. Then of course, the towels can go in the dryer.
    3) If you have wool, cashmere or other animal fiber sweaters, dry cleaning can really dry out the fibers, eventually causing breakage and accelerating wear. It’s important for animal fiber knits to maintain their elasticity, especially in knits. Hand washing is actually BETTER than dry cleaning. A rinse free wool wash such as Soak or Eucalan can cut down on some of the effort involved in hand washing. Eucalan has lanolin, so it conditions wool at the same time. To maintain softness and elasticity, you can also use hair conditioner on animal fibers after washing.

  11. posted by Amy on

    I don’t think the Unitasker is the rack, I think it’s supposed to be the wacky battery powered fan…

  12. posted by Maureen on

    There is a better dryer than this out by Joy Mangano (speaking of uncluttered – she also does huggable hangers which are a life saver!!) It’s called the CloseDrier and it is portable. It will “airdry” a pair of jeans in about an hour. It folds down to a travel case so you could take it anywhere you want. I’ve been using it for the past couple of months, and I haven’t found anything to beat it yet.

  13. posted by Tonie on

    That little dryer would be *great* when drying washed sheep’s fleece destined for handspinning. It can sometimes take days for fleece to dry, and when I want to get moving on a project I hate to wait :)

  14. posted by Melissa A. on

    Actually I want a sweater dryer, but not like that one. They are very useful if you’re a knitter. When you have to block something it takes forever to dry. I’ve seen the dryers thar are stacked.

  15. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    I had no idea there was such a thing as a sweater drier. I kind of see the point that it’s quicker and probably doesn’t leave your sweaters as stiff as if you let mother nature do it, but it’s still kinda ridiculous.

  16. posted by momofthree on

    Hey, I was without a dryer for a week and it was rough..being a family of 5, one can imagine all the laundry we have (suburban Chicago area).
    I used every spare hanger for the hangable stuff and had every interior door frame being used as a impromptu drying rack. (no basement in this small house)
    My according folding 4 foot tall drying rack needed to be dusted off before I hung all the socks and (ahem) unmentionables from it.

    But now that sweater season is here, I am intringued. Where would I find a four stacking high sweater dryer, SANS that stupid looking, no doubt pricey FAN? Did those of you that have the flat kind just stack 3 more on top? OR did you buy a 4 high dryer. I got a Bed Bath and Beyond near me….guess I will go shopping…but with my coupon!!

  17. posted by Sandy on

    Ah, yes. Taylor Gifts aka Get Organized aka As seen on TV. I got on their mailing list and get their catalogs. I’ve often thought of Unitasker Wednesday when I look thru them. I would take myself off of their mailing list but I do enjoy looking – not buying. That said. The sweater stacker looks useful for more than just sweaters. The fan is silly.

  18. posted by OogieM on

    I second the fan being useful if you are a handspinner who processes her own fleece. Washed fleece can take days to dry in a humid climate and in the mean time it’s at risk from cats and other indoor pets who think a fresh fleece is just for them. And having tried to dry it using a fan I already had, it just blows the fleece around. The fan from underneath really is better. And my fan at least has an automatic cut off switch that won’t let it operate if you lie it down flat. Now I tend to send all but the special fleeces off to a mill for processing and I live in a very low humidity climate so it’s not as big an issue any more.

    The drying flat stacking dryers are actually very useful.

    We don’t even own a dryer but I do have several racks I can stack clothes on.

  19. posted by SK on

    This fan is not a Unitasker. You can also use it instead of a helium tank. Attach eight unblown balloons to the mouths of those cool tubes and voila! instant party.

  20. posted by Peter (a different one) on

    I agree with the posts that the rack itself may be useful. I think the battery powered fan is the ridiculous part. I mean really. 6 C batteries? I wonder how long those last?

  21. posted by lorrwill on

    Very, very intriguing. Especially since I already designed my own fit over the tub rack with PVC pipe and vinyl window screen. Just need to get some kind of a little fan and design the housing.

    sweet.

  22. posted by Another Deb on

    Here in Arizona I can dry a sweater on my back patio in a couple of most days, but in coastal Texas I would still be waiting three days later for the sweater to dry or the mold to cover it, whichever came first.

    In that kind of humidity, you have to get things out of the washer as soon as they are done so they don’t mildew. Letting them sit around where mold spores can fall on them really made it unwise to leave them until nature dried them. I always needed the mesh dryers and a fan to blow across them.

  23. posted by Another Deb on

    Oops, the post above was “a couple of hours” in AZ. I love the low humidity here :-) Of course I can’t pet the cat all winter…. ZAP!

  24. posted by Jenni on

    I have a ironing board behind my door. Shoe bag behind my bedroom door, use the space under the bed and daybed aka
    couch, for storage. One needs space for all this stuff. I wear sweaters, but I don’t have a extra spot for drying just them. I like to see these unitaskers, they amaze me!
    The mesh I have seen before somewhere though. Some of the stuff reminds me of Ron somebody, who did, and does again, all those infomercials for things he invents. I bought a can of spray for bald guys he had, from a store that sold it for $1, and gave it to a friend as a gag gift.

  25. posted by Kimberly on

    I have a drying rack that I use to dry my clothes rather than running my drier. I live in Houston so Humidity can be an issue. If I hung my clothes outside – they would mildew before drying. I wash clothes at night, hang them on the rack before going to work and turn on the ceiling fan. If it is really humid, I add a box fan to speed up the process.

  26. posted by Alisan on

    I use the top of my dryer to gently warm/dry my sweaters. I just arrange the sweater on top of the dryer while I’m drying other clothes inside the dryer. After one load finishes in the dryer, I flip the sweater over and start the next load. The heat definitely speeds up the drying process.

  27. posted by Caren on

    I know what you mean about space, Jenni. Fortunately the version I have of the 2 stack dryer breaks down into pieces. I have very little storage also, I have mine in a little shopping bag in my closet.
    The other version that I have is by Sunbeam, I think, and it is a circular mesh that works as a full size sweater dryer but stores in the size of a gallon zip lock bag. Got it at Publix!

  28. posted by Jacquie on

    I spread a towel (or towels) over the duvet on top of the made bed, and spread my spun out sweaters on there. Four at a time on a double bed. The damp is absorbed by the towels and doesn’t get through the duvet to the bed. If I’m in a hurry I’ll change the not very damp towels after a couple of hours. The towels and the bed are here anyway, so nothing to store.

  29. posted by Horse N. Buggy on

    I have to agree that the sweater dryer is a very handy item. My mother had one of these. I went looking for one at a local housewares store and I think the guy actually laughed at me. I had to get it from Harriett Carter (a great source of unitaskers). I honestly haven’t used it in a while because I don’t have any sweaters that can’t go in the dryer right now. But when I do, I put my sweater dryer in the guest bathroom tub or even my garden tub. There simply is no other good way to dry certain sweaters and allow them to keep their shape.

  30. posted by Abi on

    Good lord. I barely use my tumble dryer, let alone something like this. Just dry stuff on an airer, next to the radiator if you’re running the heat! It’s easy and far more environmentally friendly. I live in the cold, rainy north east of England, and if I can get stuff dry without the aid of tons of electricity, you can.

  31. posted by Kathryn Fenner on

    Hmmm–I have a front loading washer that is great for “handwashing” sweaters. I do find that if I use the spinner, though, on anything other than the lowest setting, I get spun-in wrinkles in a lot of sweaters . I have had some luck with hanging cashmere sweaters on those huggable hangers–I wash them in with my regular wash–cold water (I read that that is okay once, and indeed, it is), give them a shake or two from the hem and hang them carefully on the hangers, aligning the shoulders with the shoulders on the hangers. They dry fairly quickly in the cooler weather when I’m wearing them. Other types of fibers seem to stretch out, though.

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