Rotary Washing Lines
Outdoor Airers and Clothes Lines
Rotary washing lines are a superb alternative to a traditional washing line, and millions of people in the UK use them to dry their clothes. They take up hardly any room in the garden and leave the rest of the space free for relaxing and playing, whereas a normal line can render the whole space unusable when it’s wash day. We’ve got plenty of rotary washing lines to pick from, so have a read of our guide to choosing your line to zero in on the best one for you.
Choosing a rotary washing line
Rotary washing lines may all look the same, but there are subtle differences between them that determine which one’s for you. The main factor is length. You’ll see that each one has a length in metres in the description. That’s the total length of the line, or how long it would be if it was unwound. They tend to be 30m, 40m, 50m or 60m (98ft, 131ft, 164ft, 196ft) in length. If you can imagine a straight washing line, even the shorter ones are quite some length, and are more than adequate for most households. However, if you do get through a lot of washing, for example if you have a big family or are the designated football kit cleaner, you’ll probably need one of the bigger ones.
Another difference is what comes in the package. Some come with just the frame and line construction, whereas others come with accessories such as covers, peg bags and ground tubes. Finally, they do work in slightly different ways. Most lift up just like a parasol and are at a fixed height, but others, like the Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Advance let you decide on the height of the main line. They also have tension adjusters, which let you make the line more taut if you’re hanging heavy things on it. Check the individual descriptions for more details.
Rotary washing line accessories
The most important accessory you need is the ground spike . It needs to be sunk firmly into the ground (usually a lawn) to hold the line in place. If your rotary line doesn’t come with its own cover, don’t worry – we stock rotary airer covers that help keep yours clean when it’s not in use. It’s especially important if you don’t tend to use it in winter. Your cover will keep it, and therefore your clothes, clean.