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One easy way to save money and reduce your carbon footprint is to get yourself a retractable clothesline. You can hang these great tools right outside your home and then hang up all the garments your family generates, letting the power of the sun dry them out and letting your clothes dryer have a break.

The benefits to doing this are numerous. For starters, you are going to save money on your gas or electric bill, depending on how your dryer is operated. This is great for the environment as well as your wallet. And on summer days when your electricity is already working overtime, for instance the fans and air conditioners in your house or even an electric pool pump, you will be doing the power grid and the planet a favor by opting for an eco-friendly way to dry your clothes.

And on top of that, your clothing won’t shrink in the dryer! Nothing is worse than having a nice shirt or dress that fits just right, only to find the dryer has shrunk it up. Now you can just enjoy your clothing as it was meant to be enjoyed, without fear of it shrinking in the drying process.

It’s so easy to install one of these great clotheslines, too. It just takes a few simple tools, and, in a few moments, you will have a retractable clothesline you can hang up and put away when guests come over or when all the wash is done. It’s easy!

Best Retractable Clotheslines for Outdoor Use


This clothesline is a bit unlike the others we’ve reviewed, but it is the best in our opinion, and that’s why it’s at the top.


For starters, we rank this one as the #1 line because it has five lines in total you can use to hang your clothes up. You just pull out the line, designed for indoor or outdoor use, and before you know it the whole load of laundry is up.

It holds about 50 lbs. of clothing overall.


So, you will surely get all you need hung up-just don’t overdo it or the line may sag or break.


Installation takes about fifteen minutes. We had an old wood post we mounted ours to, and then used a tree branch to hook on the other end of the line. Just about anybody can install this, but it is recommended you have a drill handy to make the process easier. The hardware included is pretty nice, but you can use your own if you have a different spot to secure it (some might use a metal pole, a concrete wall, etc.).



Securing your line once you have it up is easy, you just use the large tightening knob and this will keep the clotheslines free of tangles, taut and ready for use.


All in all, this is THE LINE to use if you have a big family, need to get a lot done, and just want something that won’t be in the way once laundry day is over. Anybody can install it and the quality is tops.


If we’re talking top notch clotheslines of the retractable variety, this is the one you want. You get TWO great lines you can use to hang up all the garments you like only using half the space. So, it’s a total of 99 feet of line, using two side by side 49.5-foot clotheslines.


One thing we noted was that the max weight for each of the lines was about 20 lbs. This is not like other lines we reviewed in which you can hang 30 lbs. on there, but still, you get 40 in total between the two lines and that’s nothing to shake a stick at.


If you are a consumer buying a clothesline for the environmental impact, this is the product that will likely interest you the most. We read that it was made of eco-friendly materials.


The setup for this product is so easy. Just use the hardware that is already included, especially the helpful wall anchors, and you will be set up in no time.  You can use this for indoor or outdoor use, so you might get one for the basement or laundry room while you’re at it.


To sum it up, this is a great retractable clothing hanger you will enjoy using, have an easy time setting up, and it even comes with some cool green clothespins to get you started. It’s a great gadget that is strong and practical, and we would recommend it to anybody.

Our first thoughts when testing out this lanky lad was “whoa!” The product we got was 98 feet in length. If you have a big family, or just want to be a cool roommate and let others use your clothesline, this is the way to go.

The line comes in one standard color of gray, but this is good because it blends into the background and nobody will really notice it in that color. The line is very easy to retract, and it tucks away so easy when you aren’t using it.

If you live in a place where it snows and you know you won’t be able to dry your clothes during the winter months, this is definitely the line for you. You can just unclip it from the brackets and store it indoors until the weather is nice again. Plus, all the wall mounts are included, so you will be drying your clothes in no time flat.

The hooking mechanism on the line worked well, too. We hooked up the line as we needed only 50 feet of drying space and then hooked up the line, locked it into place and enjoyed hanging up some test clothing. Don’t hang anything too heavy, we didn’t trust it with multiple wet beach towels. A queen blanket spread out evenly over the line was fine by itself.

In sum, this clothesline works, and does a pretty good job getting lots of stuff dry in a short amount of time. The huge length of the line means the work is done in half the time, and you put it away once laundry day is over.

This is a great little clothesline that had us thinking, “Hey, it’s GOOD.” That’s what you get with this product, a GOOD line that will do just what you need with no frills.

For starters, this may be hard for some of you to mount. Our test area for these lines was on the old wooden posts in the garden to the tree on the other side of the yard, and so the flat post was easy to use as a mount. For those of you who want to mount this on an uneven surface, you may have something of a hard time.

We did test this out with a few beach towels; hanging up three of them wet from the washing machine was fine. They dried out in a matter of hours and all was well. The line on this is pretty sturdy and could easily hold a blanket or bedspread.

Much like the other clotheslines we reviewed today, you can easily lock this line in place by wrapping it around the area in which the line is stored. It will keep things from sagging on the ground, so familiarize yourself with it!

All in all, this is a fine clothesline if you don’t plan on taking it with you anywhere. If you really like the look of this one you may wish to buy two so you can have one for someplace else, like your RV or patio. 

The brightly colored included clothespins are a nice add on for this particular product, and they really make it easy to get your drying process on the road without having to buy a separate product. They make a boring household chore a little fun!

You can choose 40 or 20 feet. So, if you have a big family, this is a nice way to cut down on those dryer bills. The product can be used inside or outside, so feel free to hang it outdoors-don’t worry about rain, snow or other elements damaging the line.

If you would like to take this clothesline with you as you travel, it’s very easy to do so. All you have to do is take it down and take it with you. You can definitely use this for camping, road trips, or even to save money on laundromat dryer bills (it’s so small it’s great for apartment dwellers with small backyards).

This neat little clothesline holds up to 30 pounds, and you can also rest assured that your purchase will be a great one thanks to the product’s money-back guarantee. If you do not like the product after 30 days simply return it for a refund.

In sum, we like this little clothesline; 40 feet is a lot of space and the clothespins are nice. But it lacks a locking system which makes it a pain in the neck if you don’t need the whole line. Aside from that, we think this one will be loved by consumers everywhere.


This is a nice little clothesline but seems a bit short for most applications.

For those of you who are single or just live with your spouse, this will be perfect. Or, if you only wish to dry a few of your items outside, this is a nice way to go.

After all, it only goes to 20 feet (or 8 feet if you choose that option), features included mounting hardware, and you can use it inside or outside. You can also take it camping with you if your family loves to go RVing or boating.

The clothesline itself works great. It pulls out nice and smooth, and then you simply attach it to the hook that you mount on a wall or other surface. After that, you have a nice sturdy line to hang reasonably weighted clothes on it.

We would not recommend that you hang super heavy stuff on it, like winter coats or wet beach towels. Depending on how many of these you put on there, it could really break it or damage your mounting area. It’s best to stick with the small stuff when you have this little clothesline.

All in all, this is a fine little clothesline that is great for small families, campers, RVers, and other people with small spaces. It does a great job, but you should not hang too heavy of stuff on here. Get this if you just need a basic product that does a good job.

This is a light, compact and generally excellent little clothesline for your home. This holds up to 30 lbs. of clothing and you can get up to 40 feet of dry line to get all of your family’s stuff nice and dry. Make sure you loop it around the part that holds the line, as this is how you keep the line taut and able to hold all the garments.

The sturdy plastic texture is the first thing you notice upon taking it out of the box. This is great because it will NOT rust in the rain, and if it does fall, you don’t have to worry about it breaking.  The product is totally assembled and ready to go, all you have to do is hang it up using the included hardware.

On that note, assembly is very easy. For the average homeowner, a drill to get this thing mounted into the wall or wooden posts in your backyard will be all you need.

Altogether, we like this little clothesline because it is a bargain, plenty of other customers seem to really like it and it is tough. There is also a great 60-day warranty in the event that you do not like this clothesline for whatever reason. This particular line also features a line lock, so you can just stretch it out to your desired length, hook it up and get ready to dry in style.

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