Looking for the best rotary washing line for the summer? When it comes to drying our clothes, we're spoilt for choice with everything from tumble dryers to a heated airers helping us out during the colder months. But when the warmer months roll in — even with the unpredictable British weather — many of us turn to mother nature and the classic washing line to dry our laundry.


Different washing lines have different benefits, whether it's capacity, space or the ability to use both indoors and outdoors, so picking between a rotary washing line or a retractable washing line will depend on your needs.

To save you the job of finding a washing line yourself, we've scoured the market and asked parents in our Top Testers Club for their recommendations, taking into account drying space, ease of use, storage, weatherability and value.

And if a rotary washing line isn't for you, we've also got our list of the best retractable washing lines to help you out.

Best rotary washing lines at a glance

  • Best rotary washing line for big families: Vileda 60m SupaDry Hoist Rotary Dryer, £100
  • Best budget rotary washing line: Argos Home 40m 3-Arm Rotary Airer, £25
  • Best rotary washing line for indoor and outdoor use: Leifheit LinoPop-Up 140 Portable Airer, £76.99
  • Best rotary washing line for small gardens: Argos Home Wall Mounted Airer, £46
  • Best rotary washing line for cover and accessories: Brabantia 4-Arm Lift-o-matic Washing Line With Accessories 50m, £100
  • Best rotary washing line for the rain: Argos Home 45m 4-Arm Rotary Airer with Shower Cover, £60

Our pick of the best rotary washing lines for 2024

1. Vileda 60m SupaDry Hoist Rotary Dryer, £100

– Best for big families

Vileda 60m SupaDry Hoist Rotary Dryer

Drying space: 60m | Height: 175cm-206cm | Weight: 7.5kg

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  • Large amount of dying space
  • Adjustable height
  • Rust-resistant
  • Can be folded and stored
  • Breeze brake for loading
  • Hangers on arms
  • Line tensioners


  • Heavy to carry
  • Large to store

The rotary line has 60m drying space and you can adjust the height, meaning you don't have to reach up to load the washing on, making it ideal if you've got a seemingly endless load of washing to do.

The 4-arm rotary line is made of strong steel and the frame is painted and galvanised to prevent any rusting. When not in use, it can be folded which is great for storing away in the winter.

It can spin round in the wind but the breeze brake stops it spinning during loading.

For heavier items, there are thick outer lines and hanging hooks on the end of the arm. The lines are kept taut with tensioners and the hoist mechanism makes it easy to lower and raise the line.

Available from: Amazon

2. Argos Home 40m 3-Arm Rotary Airer, £25

– Best budget buy

Argos Home 40m 3 Arm Rotary Airer

Drying space: 40m | Area of turning circle: 2.5m Weight: 3.2kg


  • Good size
  • Light to carry
  • 3-arm design for big items
  • 4-stage locking mechanism
  • Folds away
  • Affordable


  • No breeze brake for loading

This 40m rotary airer would work well for a medium-sized family and is a great budget option. It can hold about 4 loads of washing and thanks to the 3-arm design, it can hold larger items, such as bedding.

Home tester Natalie was after an affordable rotary washing line and said, "It's a great size for me and my 2 boys."

It opens and folds like an umbrella and has a 4-stage locking mechanism, making it really quick and easy to put up.

For when not in use, it folds and can be easily stored away. It is also quite light to carry.

Available from: Argos

3. Leifheit LinoPop-Up 140 Portable Airer, £76.99

– Best for indoor and outdoor use

Leifheit LinoPop-Up 140 Portable Airer

Drying space: 14m | Height: 111cm | Weight: 3.6kg


  • Portable
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to open and close
  • Folds down


  • As this is freestanding, you need to be careful in the wind
  • Bigger families may need more space

This handy portable rotary washing line can be used indoors and outdoors. Therefore, you can hang your laundry out to dry on it, and then if it starts raining just bring the whole thing in, with no need to unpeg all the clothes.

Although smaller than most rotary dryers with only 14m drying space, it should still carry 1 or 2 loads of washing.

It's easy to open, just push the top handle down and to close just pull the green collar up. It has 4 legs so can stand up on its own which means you don't need to dig a hole in the garden for it.

Available from: Lakeland, John Lewis and Amazon

4. Argos Home Wall Mounted Airer, £46

– Best for small gardens

Argos Home Wall Mounted Airer

Drying space: 19m | Height: N/A | Weight: 2.3kg


  • Does not take up any garden space
  • Children can't pull laundry off
  • Folds to the wall


  • Always slightly visible
  • Not a huge amount of drying space
  • No breeze brake for loading

If you lack garden space but still want a rotary washing line then a wall mounted one like this is ideal.

It takes up no ground space and doesn't get in the way of your kids playing. They also can't pull your laundry off the line as it will be secured out of their reach.

This mounted dryer has 19m drying space and can attach to a wall, fence, shed or garage.

When not in use it folds up compactly against the wall. However, do note that it's not detachable so will always be visible.

Available from: Argos

5. Brabantia 4-Arm Lift-o-matic Rotary Washing Line with Accessories 50m, £100

– Best for cover and accessories

Brabantia 4 Arm Liftomatic Rotary Washing Line with Accessories 50m

Drying space: 50m | Height: 192cm | Weight: 6.4kg


  • Good size
  • Comes with accessories (pegs, cover)
  • Hooks on arms
  • Folds away compactly
  • Adjustable height


  • No breeze brake for loading
  • One of the heavier options

This rotary washing line is the second biggest featured on this list. It is very similar to the 60m Vileda option. You can adjust the height, so you can load the laundry on at a lower height and then hoist it up to dry.

It comes with a ground spike to root it into place, a cover to protect it when not in use and pegs to hang your laundry.

Parent tester Kiera said, "I like that it comes with a cover. It's so handy to pop my washing on."

It has hooks on the end of each arm to give you a space to hang clothes with a hanger. When not in use, much like the others, it folds compactly away.

Available from: Argos and Dunelm

6. Argos Home 45m 4-Arm Rotary Airer with Shower Cover, £60

– Best for the rain

Argos Home 45m 4 Arm Rotary Airer with Shower Cover

Drying space: 45m | Area of turning circle: 2.05m Weight: 3.85kg


  • Has a rain cover
  • Good amount of drying space
  • Folds to be stored away


  • No breeze brake

If you love drying your clothes outside, then there's nothing worse than a little rain shower. With this rotary washing line you don't have to worry about the odd shower thanks to its handy cover which goes over the top to aim to keep your washing dry.

It has 45 m of drying space and can hold approximately 5 loads of washing.

When not in use, it can be folded away. It's not too heavy to carry either.

Available from: Argos

What are the benefits of drying laundry outside?

Tumble drying your clothes, although quick, does use quite a lot of energy and therefore costs a fair bit of money. Another option, the heated airer, is cheaper than using a tumble dryer but still costs more than drying your clothes outside. Obviously, there are free ways to dry your clothes indoors, e.g. on airers, but then you run the risk of mould and damp growth. It also takes longer as there's no breeze or sun and with all the family's washing to get through, it can feel like you are constantly surrounded by damp clothes.

Other benefits of drying your clothes outside include stain removal, the sun is a brilliant natural bleach to help remove those food stains you're constantly trying to get out of your kid's clothes. Also, we all know drying your clothes outdoors gives your laundry a lovely fresh smell, but did you know that line drying is actually better for your clothes than putting it in the dryer? Ths is because it is much more gentle and doesn't expose your clothes to extreme heat. Take a look at the best handheld clothes steamers for crease-free laundry.

What to consider when choosing a rotary washing line

Drying space – All rotary washing lines will tell you their drying space in meters. They tend to range from 30m to 60m but other sizes are available outside of that range. It's estimated that 40m of drying space equates to roughly 4 loads of washing. However, this very much depends on the size of garments and how large your loads are. It's important to ensure your rotary washing line is a suitable size for your family without taking up too much room in your garden or being too difficult to carry and store away.

Height – As you will have to hang the clothes onto the line, it's a good idea to take a look at the height and make sure that youwill be able to reach the line comfortably. Some rotary washing lines have adjustable heights where you can lower it to hang the washing and then hoist it up to dry. If you're on the short side, this may be beneficial.

Number of arms – Most rotary washing lines have 4 arms but some come with 3. A 3-arm rotary washing line can be very useful if you need more space but don't want a larger rotary line. It's also good for hanging large items, such as bedding, sheets, towels and blankets.

Cover/accessories – A cover is a great addition as it protects your washing line from rusting and protects it when not in use. Other useful accessories that can come with rotary washing lines are pegs or a cover to keep the clothes dry during rain showers.

Breeze brake – Although the spinning of the rotary washing line can help speed up the drying time, it can be frustrating if it spins while you're trying to load it. A breeze brake is a useful function that prevents this from happening and keeps the line still while loading and unloading your laundry.

Storage – Most rotary washing lines fold compactly, a bit like an umbrella, and can either be left out with a cover or lifted out of the ground and stored elsewhere when not in use.


Weight – If you're going to be putting the washing line away often, you need one light enough for you to comfortably carry.

How did we choose our 6 of the Best?

When testing and selecting the best rotary washing lines, we considered drying space, ease of use, storage, weatherability and value.

Our Best lists are compiled by qualified and experienced parenting journalists. They rely on a number of sources, including our independent reviews, testing undertaken during the MadeForMums Awards, and feedback from our home testing panel and Top Testers Club. Each year thousands of products are put through their paces by hundreds of parents across the country on behalf of MadeForMums, to ensure we’re bringing you honest and true reviews and recommendations.

Our list is not an ordered ranking from 1-6, instead it is a carefully selected group of tried-and-tested products, each of which we believe is best for a different situation or requirement. We don't just tell you what is best, we help you discover what is best for your family.


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Chloe BrightwellDigital Reviews Writer and Coordinator

Chloe is a Digital Reviews Writer and Coordinator for Immediate Media's Parenting team, specialising in household and trying to help parents save money. She researches and writes articles, recommending the best products, ranging from best cordless vacuums to best playpens. She has a First-Class Honours Psychology degree where she developed a strong interest in child development. During her teenage years she worked as a play worker and Brownie volunteer to support children's play.