There’s something incredibly satisfying about finding a piece of kit which is affordable, timeless and can add endless value to your home. One of these things is a retractable washing line.

In our opinion, everybody should own a retractable washing line. Regardless of whether your garden (or room) is large or small, owning a retractable washing line saves you space, protects it from wind and rust, and is a handy piece of kit to own – particularly in summer months. There are a number of options available, and if you have a large household you can also buy a double retractable washing line which is incredibly handy and just as durable.

The great thing about retractable washing lines is you can use them inside or outside, so even if you don’t own a garden – you can benefit from one. They are easy to set up and can be used in a bathroom, spare room, bedroom or front room. They’re sturdy and provide enough support that you can hang a full load of washing on a long washing line in seconds.

Long gone are the days of standard washing lines – no more digging holes in your garden for the metal pole, no more cobwebs and grime; and of course, no need to buy large, clunky clothes dryers that scratch the walls and take up a ton of unnecessary space.

We review six of the best washing lines, taking into account their composition, durability and overall suitability. We’ve also included some buyer considerations at the bottom as well as a list of frequently asked questions.

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Minky Retractable Reel Washing Line (30m)

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Starting with the Minky Retractable Reel Washing Line. this clothesline comes with two lines that stow into its own UV protected casing reel. The brand can be trusted to deliver simple but effective solutions for the household. It comes with an easy to fix bracket that and the reel can be unclipped from the bracket for storage. With a recommended maximum weight of 25 kg, the line is strong, easy to clean and maintain because they are given protective PVC coatings. it has a reel that looks good on the eye, making sure that you will not have an abomination hanging in your yard.

The biggest flaw in the product is that the plastic hooks at the bottom break easily. However, You can replace them with cleat hooks and voila, problem solved.

The product is suitable for use in outdoor gardens, verandas, and of course conservatories.

Key Features:

24 ft. of drying space

PVC coated lines that are easy to clean

Clip-on bracket

Double line

Specification:

Brand

Minky

Colour

White

Weight

1.22 kg

Length

30m (2 lines x 15m)

Pros

Sturdy lines

Efficient use of space

Easy to use

Cons

Plastic lugs can be a little fragile

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Hisome Retractable Washing Line

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The Hisome Retractable Washing Line can be attached to your house wall without disturbing the aesthetics or sacrificing its quality. It comes with durable steel rings instead of the regular PVC lines.

If you live in a tiny apartment, don’t have much outdoor space or don’t do too much washing, this product is fitting for you. The clothesline is made of ABS, aluminium alloy and 304 stainless steel string, that ensures its strength and durability as well as being waterproof and rustproof.

One interesting thing is the ease of usage, you just have to pull the line to the needed distance, attach the brackets on both sides with glue or screw and lock in the line to keep it from dropping to the floor. It has a durable mounting box and swing bracket, quite a number of people have used it as a cloth rack because of the tautness.

We also think it is can be suited for indoor usage and it can be used to hang lightweight clothes and underwear. 

Key Features:

24 ft. of drying space

Steel lines that are easy to clean

Swing bracket

Double line

Lock in lines

Specification:

Brand

Hisome

Colour

White

Weight

522 g

Length

30 m (2 lines x 15 m)

Capacity

20 kg

Pros

Sturdy lines

Swing brackets

Taut lines

Cons

Length may not be long enough for some

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HomRush Heavy Duty Wall Mounted Retractable Washing Line

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Before you go check other products out first, you have to realise that the HomRush Heavy Duty Wall Mounted Retractable Washing Line comes with a year’s warranty – great if you’re planning to leave it out amongst all seasons. Now that we have your attention, this nice looking line saves an immense amount of space and can be unclamped from the wall without having the wall looking too bare.

The dual lines have a total length of 26 meters, are made of PVC and plastic and are designed to be very durable. A maximum load of 20 kg means you can hang a significant weight of clothes at one time, the clips are strong and don’t jam.

It is not difficult to install and can be used indoors and outdoors. Speaking of warranty, the product has a 30-day money-back guarantee with a one-year free replacement warranty if you do not like the product. This is very useful because the recoil may end up failing at times and you might need to have it fixed.

Key Features:

26 m of drying space

Durable PVC lines

Swing bracket

Double line

Lock in lines

Specification:

Brand

HomRush

Colour

White and grey

Weight

962 g

Length

26 m (2 x 13 m)

Capacity

20 kg

Pros

Sturdy lines

Swing brackets

Taut lines

Cons

The recoil may jam occassionally

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Vileda Cordomatic Automatic Retractable Clothes Line

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The Vileda Cordomatic Automatic Retractable Clothes Line is a simple and small product that does nothing ‘spectacular’, though its selling point is in the sheer strength that it possesses. The 15 meter washing line is made of PVC and is locked in an ABS container attached to a steel hook frame. Now I’m sure you won’t mind the fact that it is a single line product 😏. This line is great for use in places that have strong winds and is also good for people who regularly hang out a heavy load. It is very durable.

It is easy to set up for use and has a swivel mount, ideal for indoor and outdoor garden use. The greatest undoing of the product is the fact that although it is very durable, it has just one line.

Key Features:

15 m of drying space

Durable PVC lines

Swing bracket

Double line

Lock in lines

Specification:

Brand

Vileda

Colour

Black

Weight

621 g

Length

15 m

Capacity

20 kg

Pros

Sturdy lines

Very durable

Good for homes with limited space

Cons

Just a single line may not be to all tastes

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Metaltex 30 m Retractable Clothes Line

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The Metaltex 30m Retractable Clothes Line is 30 meters of pure clothesline joy. The brand can be trusted to deliver simple but effective solutions for the all households. From a functional perspective, it is easy to use. You simply attach the reel to the wall and pull the retractable washing line, using the 2 screws, to the point of use. With a recommended maximum weight of 25 kg, the lines are one of the strongest not only in this review but for a retractable washing line we could find. Having multiple wet towels at once wouldn’t trouble the Metaltex, and you can be sure that they wouldn’t fall off at ease. This is due to the quality of the materials that it is made out of the lines, coated with PVC to ensure durability and no damage to your wears.

The only sticking point with this product is that it has some flimsy parts that can break easily. The product is suitable for use indoors and outdoors with little wind, ideal if you’re based near the coast.

Key Features:

30 metres of drying space

PVC coated lines easy to clean

Clip-on bracket

Double line

Specification:

Brand

Metaltex

Colour

White

Weight

1.06 kg

Length

30 m (2 x 15 m)

Pros

Sturdy PVC coated lines

Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use

Cons

Lines can feel a little thin

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LIVIVO Dual Washing Line

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The first thing that sets LIVIVO Dual Washing Line apart is that it is beautiful. In a mellow black casing that protects the line from dirt and debris, it just looks good. Not to confuse its bark for no bite, this is an easy-to-use product that comes in a nice eye-pleasing and strong pack. The casing is a UV-stabilised protective ABS casing, resistant to the the tough environment around it, making it similarly suitable to outdoor or indoor usage. The lines come in a swivelling and detachable mount.

The case is actually heavy but the cord is strong and does not slack easily from both the weight of the product and the actual wear from use.

Key Features:

30 metres of drying space

Durable PVC lines

Swing bracket

Double line

Lock in line

Automatic recoil

Specification:

Brand

LIVIVO

Weight

1.8 kg

Colour

Black

Capacity

20 kg

Length

30 m (2 x 15 m)

Pros

Sturdy lines

Great, aesthetic design

Swing brackets

Taut lines

Cons

Recoil may begin jamming after multiple uses over time

Summary

Choosing a retractable washing line sounds like it’d be an easy task – however there are a lot of things to consider. In summary, they’re an amazing space-saving item which can also be stored away with ease and take seconds to keep clean and maintain. They free up more space for other garden furniture such as a garden storage bench, hammock stands and outdoor bar tables and stools. If you don’t have a garden, you can still benefit from owning a retractable washing line – as these mighty pieces of home-technology can be used indoors, taking up minimal space and still providing you with endless value.

We’ve outlined a few things to consider before buying your washing line, which should hopefully help you make your decision overall!

Outside or inside?

The great thing about retractable washing lines is that they can be put inside the home as well as on an outside wall leading out to the garden. If you choose to have your washing line inside, you may want to choose one that is more compact and will match with the aesthetics of the room. Also, if you choose to have one inside you’ll be less bothered about its durability in extreme weather or it being UV resistant, as it won’t be exposed to as many conditions.

Quantity

There are a few double washing lines available on the market, which can work particularly well if you know that you live in a larger household or your clothes are heavy when wet. Have a think about what an average wash looks like and whether you’d benefit from having a double washing line or not.

Material

There are two main materials used for retractable washing lines, steel and PVC/plastic. Although steel isn’t stainless, it may require a bit more maintenance than PVC. Also, be mindful that PVC and plastic is more likely to stretch and become weaker in comparison to steel – it’s all down to personal preference and what materials work best for you.

FAQ

How do I attach retractable washing line to the wall?

It’s a really simple process that will either require you to use screws, or to stick it to the wall which you’ll require strong adhesive for. Most brands will advise you on the installation process.

How do I use a minky retractable washing line?

How do retractable washing lines work?

They work on a similar system to a retractable tape measure – you pull it out, click it into place, use it and then it’ll retract with another quick “click” and be packed away in seconds.

How do I fix a retractable washing line?

Usually you should be able to pop open the box where the line retracts, and check for tangles or small breakages which can be repaired with glue, however extreme breakages would require for you to buy a new retractable washing line.

How do I know if I need a retractable washing line?

If you struggle with making space in your garden to hang your washing, then you should look at purchasing a retractable washing line. Similarly, if you don’t have access to an outdoor space to dry your washing you should also look at purchasing one as it’ll save you time, space and money.

What can I attach my retractable washing line to?

Any sturdy wall, or a fence that is smooth. Do not under any circumstances attach your washing line to greenhouse heaters, doors, rattan side tables or rattan garden benches