What are the different types of rotary washing line?

Different rotary washing line styles.

The rotary washing line (or umbrella washing line as they are also known) have become one of the most popular ways to dry clothes in the UK and across the world. There are many benefits to using these devices such as they are compact, affordable, environmentally friendly and easy to use. The simple design is made up of a pole or post and an extendable rotary washing element.

In the rotating section are metal arms which hold clotheslines up to 60+ meters in distance, allowing them to hold up to 3 or 4 loads of washing. When exposed to the wind the top section of the device rotates, this allows more air to flow through the wet washing and increases their speed of drying.

So now you know what is a rotary washing line and how a rotary washing line works, it is time to talk to you about what are the different types of rotary washing line. Luckily for you at Washing-Line we have summarised all the different types of washing line as well as their benefits and drawbacks in this article. We have also completed a full best rotary washing line review which includes all of the different rotary washing line designs.

Fixed Rotary Washing Line

The fixed rotary washing line is the first design you think of when you think of these commonly used clothes drying devices. The fixed rotary washing line is seen in gardens and outdoor spaces all around the world and is a very popular way to dry wet washing. Fixed rotary washing lines vary in how they are installed with some models sitting in a concrete base, whilst others can be installed directly into the ground.

The major benefit of using a fixed device is that is can withstand all different types of weather conditions without any damage or risk of falling over. Some fixed rotary washing lines are also not totally true to their name in that the base stays in one place but they can be moved and stored separately when not in use. They are also relatively easy to fix if they break too. Read our handy guide on how to fix common problems of rotary washing lines.

Portable Rotary Washing Line

The second most common style of the rotary clothesline is the portable rotary washing line. This is exactly the same as a fixed rotary washing line, however, as the name suggests you can move it around. That is the most obvious advantage of a portable rotary washing line as you are not restricted to using the device in just one place. This is a major benefit if you don’t want your rotary washing line taking up valuable outdoor space, or if you want to take the device with you on the move when camping for example. The ability to transport the device also lets you use the rotary washing line both indoors and outdoors which can also be a big benefit, especially if you live in wet climates.

One drawback of the portable rotary washing line is that it is nowhere near as sturdy or robust as a fixed rotary washing line in adverse weather conditions. If you do use a portable rotary washing line in these conditions then you risk the device falling over which not only stops the rotating device from working but also can clean washing to pick up dirt.

Wall Mounted Rotary Washing Line

The latest innovation in rotary washing lines is the wall-mounted option which can be used both indoors and outdoors. This concept combines the convenience of a retractable washing line which are more known for being wall-mounted and the space-efficiency and extra line space of a rotary washing line. The design works exactly how you would expect it to. You simply fit the device onto your wall using the mount and screws provided. 

Once your wall-mounted rotary washing line is up, you simply pull on the handle to unclip and reveal your clothesline. This extends the rotary washing line style device away from the wall providing an unrivalled amount of clothesline space. This works through an extendable arm that holds the rotary washing line coming away from the wall and folding out to present your rotary clothesline.  

After drying your clothes, you then push the device back into the wall, which automatically collapses it down into its casing. Typically, all wall mounted rotary washing lines come with covers to either protect it from the elements when outside or fit your interior design if used indoors. Another great thing about using a wall mounted rotary washing line is that you can set it to whatever height you want which you choose on installation. Which means you can set it at the best height for you making it easier for you to use whenever you’re hanging washing.

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