What Is Aero 360?
Aero 360 is an inflatable steam and ironing system that uses Hot Air Tension Technology to dry, steam, and iron all 360 degrees of your clothes at the same time, simply by pushing a button. The company even claims it’s as easy as hanging up a shirt, and that it does all the work for you.
Well, maybe not quite that easy, since the website advertises that you’ll have to start by pulling your shirt out of the washing machine, and then attach it to the inflatable bag, turn it on, and wait a few minutes before everything’s done.
Despite the additional setup time when compared to traditional ironing methods and machine drying, the manufacturer tells us using Aero 360 will ensure that your clothes always look fresh-pressed, whether blouses, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, or just about any other kind of top.
In addition, it could help you avoid expensive dry cleaning bills (and the associated chemicals), as well as over-priced garment steamers and the stains they can cause. And when you’re finished, it folds down into a small, compact unit for easy storage.
You’ve probably never seen anything quite like Aero 360 before. But just because it features a unique design, does this mean it’ll deliver on the manufacturer’s claims?
Let’s kick things off by taking a closer look at the device’s functionality.
How Does Aero 360’s Hot Air Tension Technology Work?
We didn’t test the device ourselves or read any firsthand customer feedback during our research, but based on what we learned from the website and commercial, Aero 360’s “Hot Air Tension Technology” involves a “thermal superheated air fan unit,” to which an adjustable telescoping rod and hanger attach.
You’ll start by adjusting the telescoping rod to the length of your garment. Then, the commercial indicates you’ll place the “professional-strength nylon inflatable 360-degree shaping bag” over the top of the fan and the hanger, and secure it in place with the four weighted smoothing clips.
From there, hang your shirt over the bag, pull the sleeves through, and turn on the unit. This will cause the thermal fan to blow hot hair and “heat and swell [the bag] to the precise temperature and tension to dry your clothes and smooth out the wrinkles.” It also comes with a built-in timer so you can walk away and return when your clothes are done.
Although Aero 360’s design certainly seems like it could save time by drying and ironing all 360 degrees of your clothes at once, it appears to require a meaningfully more involved setup process than traditional methods. Credit: Tristar Products
How Much Does Aero 360 Cost?
Aero 360 is priced at three payments of $33.33, or a single payment of $99.99, plus free S&H. For this price, you'll receive the thermal superheated air fan unit, adjustable telescoping rod, hanger, shirt shaping bag, and four weighted smoothing clips.
During checkout, you’ll also have the opportunity to purchase the Pants Bag for an additional $9.99 fee.
Like most of their offerings, Tristar Products provides a 60-day money back guarantee on all Aero 360 purchases, less S&H and any fees associated with additional offers. To request one, you can call their customer support department at 973-287-5145.
As a point of reference, let’s briefly discuss some additional details about the manufacturer before moving on to any competitors.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind Aero 360?
Fairfield, NJ-based Tristar Products has been manufacturing As Seen on TV products since 1993, including recent hit like Ab Coaster Max and Clear Dash HD Cam, as well as the Genie product line.
From a company perspective, Tristar seemed to have a mostly positive online customer reputation, which earned them an A+ Better Business Bureau rating. This is despite the fact they had 20 customer reviews (all negative) and more than 670 closed complaints, as of 2/12/18.
The majority of these appeared to revolve around frustrating support experiences and product quality that was lower than expected. A company representative responded in each instance with a solution to customers’ concerns.
Aero 360 vs. the Tubie Ironing Machine and Irondryer
At the beginning of the article, we mentioned Aero 360 features a unique design and approach to ironing and drying clothes, so it probably comes as no surprise we didn't encounter anything exactly like it during our research.
However, we did come across the Tubie, a German-engineered piece of machinery that might seem more at home in a doctor’s office (or laboratory) than in your house ironing and drying your clothes. At its most basic, though, it appears to utilize a very similar inflating system and to achieve many of the same claimed results as Aero 360.
There are some distinct differences between these models, though, not the least of which is the price. While Aero 360 comes in at less than $100 (without the Pants Bag), Tubie offers two significantly higher-priced versions that fall between 698€ and 998€ (about $860 - $1,230). For this money, customers will receive some potentially useful add-ons, though, such as:
- A mesh cover to prevent clothes like t-shirts and polo shirts from stretching out
- An electronic timer (four to eight minutes for drying times, depending on model)
- An automatic cool down program
- Different sized shirt covers
Comparatively, we were left with some important unanswered questions about Aero 360, even after reaching out to several customer support representatives. These included:
- Can it really steam clothes, since there doesn’t appear to be any kind of water reservoir or attachment?
- How wet can clothes be when placing them on the bag?
- How durable and puncture-resistant is the bag? Are replacements available? If so, how much do they cost?
- What temperatures does the thermal fan reach? Is temp manually adjustable based on the material? If so, by how much?
- Is temperature even throughout the bag (in other words, would some areas reach much different temps, causing different drying and ironing effectiveness)?
- How long can you set the timer for? Is it similarly adjustable based on the material?
- Are there any clothing materials this won’t work with, such as cashmere and other delicates?
Let’s go ahead and bring everything home so you can come to a conclusion about Aero 360.
Our Final Thoughts About Aero 360
Despite not receiving answers to any of the above questions, Tristar stands behind Aero 360 with a 60-day refund policy, which should give you more than enough time to test it in many different scenarios and find out if it meets your needs.
But based on what we learned from the commercial, the setup and ironing/drying process seems meaningfully more complicated than simply hanging up a shirt. The company also didn’t provide any support for the claim that it can deliver results similar to what you’d get from the dry cleaner’s, in less time and with less exposure to potentially toxic chemicals.
Finally, keep in mind that it’s not a completely risk-free transaction, since you’ll have to pay to pay to ship the Aero 360 system back to the company if you’re dissatisfied, along with any fees associated with the Pants Bag (if you chose to take advantage of the offer).