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Buying Guide for Clotheslines in Australia

A clothesline is something we use frequently but don’t give much thought to until we need to upgrade.

If you haven’t looked for a new clothesline in a while you may be surprised by the number of options available.

The best clotheslines are simple to use, unobtrusive and provide plenty of hanging space. They are also durable and are constructed from materials that will stand up to the elements.

In this guide, we review and compare some of the best clotheslines in Australia and provide some tips on what to look out for when choosing one.

Best Folding Frame Clothesline: Hills Everyday Single Folding Clothesline

This compact frame is ideal for smaller properties. It can be mounted on the house or a fence and folds flat when not in use.

This space-saving design is best for urban living situations where there is limited space and you don’t want a line up all of the time. It takes just a few minutes to install and is very easy to use.

The galvanised coated finish ensures this clothesline is durable and will last a long time. The unit is designed to be ergonomic and it is lightweight too.

Overall this frame provides 13m of line area making it great for singles or couples.

Best Fold-away Clothesline: Brabantia Wall Fix and Storage Box Clothesline

This compact, fold-away clothesline is space-saving and efficient. With 24m of hanging space, it’s ideal for homes with 4 or fewer people.

This clothesline is easy to install and comes with all the accessories you need. The unit is secured to the wall and can be opened with a single, easy motion.

This line is made from durable materials that won’t rust or deteriorate over time. The storage box keeps the washing line clean, dry and in good condition when it is not in use.

Best Rotary Clothesline: Hills Everyday Rotary 47 Clothesline

While many people complain that Hills Hoists aren’t quite what they used to be, they remain the best option for families with a lot of laundry to dry.

They’re also the best option for hanging oversized items like king-sized sheets.

The frame is made of galvanized steel, and it includes a ground socket for mounting. It comes pre-assembled and the lines are already wired, so installation is easy.

Best Retractable Clothesline: Hills Everyday 5 Line Clothesline

This Hills retractable clothesline is a sleek option that provides up to 47m of drying space. This clothesline can hold up to 50 kilograms of laundry, and each of the 5 lines measures 6.75 metres when fully extended.

This unit is made of galvanized and powder-coated steel, making it both strong and sturdy. The retracting lines are neatly stored when not in use.

The lines are made from UV-stabilised, engineering-grade polycore so you can rely on this unit the dry for years to come. This leads us to our favourite feature of this washing line: ‎the lifetime warranty.

Best Indoor Clothesline: Leifheit Five Line Clothesline

The Leifheit Clothesline is a great alternative for use in small spaces, like a balcony or bathroom.

It’s wall-mounted and extendable, featuring five lines that extend 4.20m, providing 21m of drying space.

The sleek minimalist design makes it easy to store out of sight when not in use, while the re-tensioning mechanism allows for easy adjustments.

Clothesline Buyer’s Guide

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Using a clothesline is the most energy- and money-efficient way to dry your laundry. It’s especially beneficial if you live in an area with plenty of warm weather.

But as you can see from the products reviewed above, clotheslines come in many different shapes and sizes.

Here are a few things. to keep in mind when searching for a clothesline for your home:

Types of clothesline

Traditional Washing Line

This is a single line that stretches across the garden between poles or existing structures. This option is both inexpensive and effective, making it ideal for large outdoor areas.

Rotary

Most Australians would be familiar with the rotary design of the iconic Hills Hoist clothesline.

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This is a common option for drying laundry and bedding, offering multiple lines and ample space for hanging items. A rotary clothesline can be folded down when not in use.

Retractable

If you have a small yard or simply don’t want to install a permanent clothesline in your garden, this is probably the best choice.

A retractable clothesline is generally stored in a small box that is fastened to a wall. When needed, it is pulled to the required length and attached to an anchor point. Once your laundry is dry you unhook it from its anchor point to bring it back into storage.

Wall Mounted

Wall-mounted clotheslines offer the best of both worlds: they are perfect for those who do not want a fixed rotary line and whose homes don’t have any available surfaces to attach retractable versions.

The clothesline unit is attached to the wall and can be folded out when needed. When it’s not in use, it takes up very little space.

Features to look for

Durable – the line should be strong, flexible and resistant to the elements. Metal frames are often the most durable option, as plastic is more likely to be damaged or broken.

Line Length – there is considerable variation in the length of clothes lines from product to product. In general, a 15-30m line will be great for small spaces and lighter laundry loads, 30 -40m works well for medium-sized gardens and medium laundry needs. For larger families, look for a line with 40+ metres.

Ease of use – Whether you choose a traditional or retractable clothesline, it should be easy to set up and take down. Make sure that if you choose a fixed-height clothes line like a rotary model it will be an appropriate height for you.

Warranty – the length of a product’s warranty is often an indication of the confidence manufacturers have in their products and customer service. Look for options that offer warranties lasting at least 5-10 years.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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