Straight washing line versus rortary... your thoughts please!

(47 Posts)
LewisFan Mon 05-Aug-13 23:36:31

I prefer straight lines, but have nowhere to "hook" it on to at the other end; I have a cheap retractable one already, but can't use it due to nowhere to hook it!

I am getting my garden totally renovated soon and would like your thoughts; find somewhere to hook the straight one, or purchase a rotary (to be stored in shed as only used at weekends!)

What would you do?

Also, how hard is it to construct a 6ft pole for the thing to hook on to!

LynetteScavo Mon 05-Aug-13 23:42:12

I am a rotary person. I had no idea, though untill I answered this thread.

Why on earth would you want a line? Unless you are going for the 1940's look.


More line for less space!

None of that clothes prop malarkey as well.

I like my straight, retractable line as it can disappear altogether when I want it to, and we have not shortage of space. Straight lines also suit long thin gardens and stuff dries quicker.

Jan49 Mon 05-Aug-13 23:48:46

I'm using a straight washing line in my rented house for the first time in years. It's a PITA. It fits less than one load of washing. It's heavy to pull up. Some of the greenery is in the way. So I'd rather have a rotary airer. You can fit a lot more on it.

You would probably want a pole taller than 6 feet for a straight washing line. If the top is only 6ft then you'd be walking into your washing when you went in the garden. My garden has fixed posts and I think they are around 14ft. I bring the line down to around 5ft and put the washing on before pulling it up high. You'd need a wooden pole and concrete to secure it in the ground and maybe something to secure the pole to like a fence or wall.

LynetteScavo Mon 05-Aug-13 23:50:18

But every spring I have to bribe my DC to find the hole again...despite noting the coordinates...where the hell the hole go, I've no idea. confused

LewisFan Tue 06-Aug-13 00:25:55

lol Lynette!

I favour a straight (retractable) line because I have a 10ft wide, 40ish ft long garden - it's a double line thingy I have (but can't put up)... and my mother has always had straight ones and I think it's just "what I know"

What are good, reliable retractables?

poppingin1 Tue 06-Aug-13 00:32:01

I have a straight line which runs from one end of my garden right to the other end. It is a very long garden so I can hang two loads at once.

My neighbours have a decent rotary and it seems to take about half the amount my line can take. Plus I get the feeling it takes longer for clothes to dry as rotary's have one garment in front and one behind, reducing direct exposure to air and sunlight. I do put my minky airer out on days I do more than two loads and find items on my airer take longer to dry which is what I am basing that idea on. Plus rotary's can be quite flimsy from what I hear.

So personally, I would have a straight line, even if it would only be long enough to hold one load at a time. My only issue is that mine is a fixed line and I have to take it down if I don't want it in my way during BBQ's etc... But with my line this is relatively easily done. If I could though, I would have an actual retractable washing line.

AlohaMama Tue 06-Aug-13 01:22:51

I have straight lines. It's probably about 10m long, but has 4 rows on it (the poles are T shaped) so it can fit loads of washing on. It works for me as we have a bit round the side of the house that isn't part of the main garden. I guess if it was visible all the time I might not like it. I find rotarys a pain to put up and down so they get left up and look ugly anyway.

AlisonL1981 Tue 06-Aug-13 04:50:07

I had a rotary but it was just a cheap one and found everything was too close together and took days to dry.

Dp put up a retractable between the house and the shed and now my washing dries in no time!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 06-Aug-13 08:33:40

Does anybody have/rate the retractable Brabantia one? It looks like a rotary but don't think it rotates... Looks quite neat although have to drill it into a wall... A straight retractable one won't work in our garden but I don't want to plonk a rotary one in our lawn!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 06-Aug-13 08:45:11

This is what I mean. Rather pricey!

WaitingForMe Tue 06-Aug-13 08:58:22

I have the cheaper Brabantia one (fabric cover for about £70) and it was one of the best purchases of my life. Looks like new at 2 yrs old, pops up and down in seconds and holds 3 loads of laundry with enough space for it all to dry.

I love it!

BeginnerSAHM Tue 06-Aug-13 12:14:08

Ooooh, tempted now!! Thank you!

BoffinMum Tue 06-Aug-13 19:00:37

Definitely a rotary, because if it rains you can bring the whole thing in in a hurry if you want, plus it holds loads and spins them to dry them really quickly.

Straight every time, but I have a long thin garden and a rotary would block the view of it unless I stuck it at the far end in the shade. A long line of washing flapping in the breeze looks lovely and dries in no time. I can fit 2-3 loads on mine by using those smalls driers with lots of pegs on at one end.

Rotary ones are a strangulation hazard for young children unless you either take it indoors or put a tight cover over it (or leave it up the whole time)

ShoeWhore Tue 06-Aug-13 20:14:27

Rotary works for me. Plenty of drying space, easy enough to pack away when we have visitors etc.

maybe3x Wed 07-Aug-13 11:41:37

Rotary for me, no problem drying, fits up to 2 loads of washing on and I can fold it down and put it away when not in use which I like smile

bamboobutton Wed 07-Aug-13 11:45:53

rotary dryers are absolute shite. we lived in the barren middle of nowhere, the wind was strong enough to take the skin off your face some days but washing on the rotary still took days to dryconfused how is that even possible?!

Seff Wed 07-Aug-13 15:15:56

I had a rotary in our last house but have a line now and much prefer it. Things dry so much quicker on a line, I think the wind can get to everything better. In nice weather even towels can dry in a couple of hours.

It doesn't hold as much, but I have an airer which I use for socks, underwear and anything else small.

babyphat Thu 08-Aug-13 19:48:41

Another vote for brabantia wall mounted rotary, it's brilliant. Takes up no space when folded and fits 3 loads. Expensive but worth it. Our last one was on our tiny roof terrace and after 5 years was still good as new.

MissMarplesBloomers Thu 08-Aug-13 20:01:02

Minky retractable

Cheap & easy to use just get a hook for the end & it whizzes away afterwards. I HATE rotaries with a passion as I go cross eyed at the lines & all the laundry touches & takes ages to dry.

sparkle12mar08 Fri 09-Aug-13 12:40:51

We have a large three sided rotary and on a good breezy day I can dry four loads of washing perfectly well. I don't understand how you can't? As long as you peg out properly and don't leave stuff scrunched up and bunged on any old way with just one peg say, how can it nor dry?

fussychica Fri 09-Aug-13 14:56:00

Glad I read this - have an ordinary straight line but hate leaving it up but too much of a pia to take it down so just ordered the Minky retractable. I'll report back once it's in use. I hate rotary lines with a passion toogrin

didireallysaythat Fri 09-Aug-13 21:37:50

I have a covered rotary Not pretty I admit and somewhat dangerous in high winds, but bird and rain protection is good.

Mintyy Fri 09-Aug-13 21:40:54

I have a rotary line because I can hide it completely out of view behind the apple tree at the far end of my long garden.

If I had a tiny garden where washing always had to be visible I would probably use a conventional clothes horse on the patio, tbh.

MousyMouse Fri 09-Aug-13 21:43:31

airer here.
I like that I can just take the whole thing inside when it starts raining. no faffing taking it all off...

MousyMouse Fri 09-Aug-13 21:44:45

ps, it's a large wing airer that takes large items (like bedding) easily without hanging things double.

charlieandlola Fri 09-Aug-13 21:47:28

STraight line here with a prop in the middle ,we had a rotary in our old house and things took significantly longer to dry on a rotary than they do on a straight.
I have washed and dried 3 kingsize duvets/bedding, towels for 4 people and 2 days worth of clothes for 4 people today. It has been a great drying day, lots of wind and warm air smile

charlieandlola Fri 09-Aug-13 21:47:49

oh and kids swimming stuff is out there now and I will bring in before I go to bed.

ChippingInHopHopHop Fri 09-Aug-13 21:49:47

If I had the choice I'd have a straight line - especially in a garden like yours! Clothes get dried much more quickly and it's brilliant for sheets/duvet covers etc. The props are easy & cheap to buy.

get your Dad to

Buy a large pole
Dig a big hole
Stick the pole in
Dump in a bag of ready mix cement
Prop the pole up until it sets

Job done smile

NOW my kitchen has been systematically destroyed and it's all your fault, so now you have to tell me where you got your tiles & cabinets from grin

alemci Fri 09-Aug-13 21:49:55

I have both. rotary line useful for flat drying sweaters. straight line used much more. have 3 in a trianglr

Has anyone ever found a retractable longer than 15m? The length between my two walls is 17m and I have never been able to find one long enough.

mono3 Fri 09-Aug-13 22:23:47

I have this one which I love as it is down one side of the house so away from the main garden and folds when not in use.

MaureenMLove Fri 09-Aug-13 22:25:24

I have a rotary line for two reasons.

Firstly, I can 'hide' my undies on the very inside line, so the neighbours can't see them and secondly I'm too bloody lazy to walk up and down the garden hanging washing! You can stand more or less in one place, with the basket of washing at your feet with a rotary!

fengirl1 Fri 09-Aug-13 22:46:23

Whoknows, could you put a retractable at both ends and hook them together somehow?

Genius! How did I ever not think of that?

mamamidwife Fri 09-Aug-13 23:00:40

I have a Brabantia retractable and it's brill, folds away in a jiffy, very discreet when it needs to be but holds loads of laundry. Rotary style but doesn't rotate, I would definately recommend it smile

Tigerbomb Fri 09-Aug-13 23:04:00

I have two retractables - cheap ones from Tesco. They are brilliant. I can get 4 big washes out on them and the clothes dry much quicker.

I got rid of my rotary after pulling it out of the ground in frustration. I could never hang sheets out properly and it took flipping ages to dry.

I bought my clothes pole from Wilkinsons - think it was a tenner (props are only £3) and my DH cemented it and the spike into the ground.

ZombiesAteMyBigToe Fri 09-Aug-13 23:15:37

I have one of each in the garden.

Things dry so much faster on the line, I can fit a whole load on there, but the rotary is useful for overspill. Things on the line also seem less creased. I do like the fact that I can hide my pants on the rotary though.

Occasionally I drag an airer out too but things dry much much slower on that, especially in the middle.

The best drying area we had was four poles in a square with line strung around them. It took up an obscene amount of our garden though.

AnnoyingOrange Fri 09-Aug-13 23:21:24

I use a rotary but spread the washing out and use every second row to maximise the air circulating between the washing

If I am doing several loads, I move the drier washing closer together to finish off when I hang out the next load

I find I can dry several loads a day in good weather using this method

I have both.

Rotary is good for small things - anything for my DC, underwear, teatowels, etc. Straight is miles better for long or wide things like dresses, DH work shirts, towels, bedsheets, etc.

My "straight" line is actually zigzagged or crisscrossed between the side of the house and the garden wall though (garage width) so it is out of sight and is longer (20m ish).

Mum2Fergus Sat 10-Aug-13 08:52:40

Line drying here, had rotary at last house, probably wouldn't have another so long as I have space for line.

Pudden Mon 12-Aug-13 13:47:10

Line drying here too! I love to see sheets and towels billowing out in a good breeze

BiddyPop Tue 13-Aug-13 09:47:12

DH and I both grew up with straight ones, and both my parents did too. But when we bought our first house, there was nothing and a single hole and post for rotary were easier to get into the ground (very compacted!). And that's pretty much all we could buy either. (And the retractable ones all looked like they would collapse in a matter of months).

When we moved, there was no line in our current house so we went rotary again (small garden). It can be annoying for very wide sheets (our bed is king sized) but pretty much everything else is ok on it. I tend to spread things out initially and, as I finish more loads, will put them closer together. But I can get 3 loads onto it. And it dries pretty efficiently.

If I had a lovely long garden, I would probably have a long line for big wash days, and a rotary set into a recessed hole (so no trip jhazard when we pull it out) in patio near the house to use on winter days when the ground is wet but the weather is dry.

But I'm happy with rotary (and we do a lot of washing!).

BeginnerSAHM Mon 19-Aug-13 14:48:46

Totally love the retractable branbantia one! Got it with the metal box and it's brilliant... £95 was a bit hard to swallow but it's great. Highly recommend it.

krisskross Wed 21-Aug-13 23:24:53

I'm with a brabantia top spinner for 70 quid...50m I think....holds three washes and dries loads faster than a,line.....loads and loads faster. It is hard to get the spike bashed into ground though but worth it. I am ( tragically) evangelical about it.

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