If you have never experienced the simple joy of crawling into bed with sheets that have been dried on an outdoor line, then you have been missing out. There is nothing quite like it. The natural scent of laundry that has been dried in the outdoor breeze simply cannot be matched.
Many people are using retractable outdoor washing lines now as an alternative to using a power dryer. Whether you are just following tradition, are trying to lower your carbon footprint or it’s just your preference, there are many options on the market to choose from.
We have taken a look at some of the most popular and high-quality products available and reviewed them based on convenient features, price and durability for your review
Our selection of the best retractable washing lines available in the UK market in 2018!
1 - Minky Retractable Reel Washing Line - 30m
This is the perfect washing line for those who don’t have a huge amount of space. The dual lines each stretch to a maximum of 15m giving you a full 30m of drying area. The specially designed reel housing keeps your line taut and locked in place to support the heavier loads.
The UV resistant coated line will stand up to even the harshest sun and can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. It comes with a clip-on bracket so that the line can be easily removed and stored for the winter.
- Fully retractable
- 30m of line designed for tighter spaces
- For small patios and gardens
- Full wall attachment kit included
- Fast clip off removal
- PVC coated durable washing line
2 - Vileda Cordomatic Retractable Clothes Line - 15m
This convenient line can be used indoors or outdoors. With a durable ABS plastic container, it can last through any weather. The line is fully retractable after use to help protect it from wear and dirt buildup keeping your laundry stain free.
The unique line is coloured a bright red to increase visibility and help avoid any injury. This kit comes with complete instructions and mounting kit. All fittings are galvanized metal to protect against wear that will last for years to come.
- 1 -15m of drying space
- Indoor and outdoor use
- Great for smaller patios and gardens
- Red line increases visibility
- Can be fully retracted when not in use
3 - Metaltex Double Line 30m Retractable Washing Line
This heavy-duty washing line gives you double the room for your laundry while not requiring a lot of space. The two independently retractable lines allow you to reach up to 30m of laundry space if needed.
Each line locks in place to stay taunt and secure and is automatically retractable when not in use. This unit comes with everything that you need for installation including a swinging bracket, brickwork screws, raw plugs and line hooks ready to go.
Use it indoors or outdoors to hang all your items. This is perfect for anyone with limited space, especially narrow yards and gardens that are unable to fit a rotary drying rack.
- Durable plastic construction will last through tough weather
- Strong PVC coated line can be cleaned with a gentle cloth
- Great space saver while providing a ton of drying room
- Simple installation
- Quick retractable lines for storage
- Comes with swinging bracket for premium positioning
4 - Addis 15m Laundry Sense Retractable Graphite Line
This is perfect for indoor and outdoor use. If you are limited to space in your small garden, porch or carport, this is the line for you. It gives you up to 15m of drying space and is fully retractable when not in use.
The unique mounting bracket allows you to swivel the unit in any direction that is required. For line tightening simply extend to the desired length and then wrap the line around the bottom hook attached to the durable plastic cover.
Quick and easy to assemble and install with all fittings requires included with the reel. Made from durable plastic and stainless steel fittings, this line will last you for years to come.
- Durable casing and bracket materials
- Perfect for smaller spaces
- Can be mounted indoors or outdoors
- Comes with the Addis guarantee of quality
- Up to 15m of drying space
5 - Retract-A- Line 5 Line Retractable Washing Line - 21m
This 5-line retractable line is designed to be mounted between two parallel walls. Easy to mount in your shower, utility room, balcony or patio. Each of the five lines is just over 4m long giving you a full 21m of drying area.
The sturdy cord material is weather and sun resistant and approved for up to a 15k load. Making this a great option for the heavier items that need drying. The reel design holds the lines taunt to support your washing without fail.
The casing is designed to withstand corrosion and is suitable for humid and wet conditions indoors or outdoors. Delivered with all of the necessary mounting hardware, this efficient and space saving unit also comes with a 2-year money back guarantee.
- Ultimate space saver for tight areas
- Corrosion and rust resistant
- Retracts away for discreet storage
- Easy and quick to install
- 2-year money back guarantee
6 - Sweeton Stainless Steel Retractable Washing Line - 2.8m
This elegant and stylish looking retractable washing line is perfect for small spaces. It can be installed in just minutes in your shower, patio or small balcony to air dry your washing items. For flat dwellers, this is a great item for space and energy savings.
The stainless steel casing is coated with a nickel and chromium coating to make it virtually rust proof. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The 2.8m cord length is perfect for smaller items or drying your delicates.
It comes with all of the necessary fittings for easy installation. You can mount the bracket on any type of surface including brick, metal, board or ceramic.
7 - JVL Retractable Reel Clothesline - 12m
This simply designed clothesline is fully retractable and reaches up to a 12m span with tons of space to fit all of your washing. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, this is perfect for those narrow gardens or patios.
The JVL Retractable Reel is constructed of durable plastics that won’t fade in the sun or rust in the rain. The cord is coated with a UV protective casing to shield it from sun damage.
Everything that you need for the quick installation is included. The mounting comes with a clip bracket, allowing you to easily remove the reel when it is not in use.
- Excellent for indoor and outdoor use
- Great for narrow yards or patios
- UV protected cording to protect from sun damage
- Durable plastic housing
- Removable reel for easy storage
8 - Betterdri Heavy Duty Retractable 5 Washing Line - 35m
If you do a lot of washing, this is the line for you. Perfect for larger loads and heavier items like towels or jeans. There are 5 individual retractable washing lines that each extend to 7m, giving you an incredible 35m of total line space.
Imagine being able to dry multiple loads of laundry all at once even it the tightest areas. The heavy-duty plastic housing and individually attaching lines give you the choice of how many lines you need to use at any time.
Perfect for outdoor spaces including your porch or small garden or can be used indoors. The independent lines eliminate the need for a parallel wall attachment making this choice much more versatile.
- Heavy duty reel casing and cording
- Up to 35m of washing space
- Easy and quick to install
- Perfect for small patios, gardens or indoors
- 5 lines at 7m each