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Minky Retractable Reel Outdoor Dryer, 98-Feet Line Drying Space
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- Easy to use retractable outdoor washing line - Stows neatly away when not in use
- Double line - each with 49-feet length
- Fully retractable with UV stable protective casing
- Clips off bracket for winter storage
- Includes all wall fixings needed
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The Minky Retractable Washing Reel is ideal for small gardens, patios or balconies and provides 98-feet of drying space. The strong PVC coated line is sunlight resistant and easy to wipe clean. It attaches to the wall with a special bracket which means it can simply clip off for removal when not required.
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I've never had an outdoor clothesline, having always relied upon an electric dryer. But, in an effort to reduce our use of electricity (and, yes, save some money), I began looking at clotheslines. My husband was very much opposed to putting a permanent structure up, which I couldn't argue with. We looked at various clotheslines, including single string lines, as well as fold-down racks that mount to the wall, and those too, were either impractical (a single line won't be able to accommodate the volume of laundry we have) or unattractive. We wanted something that would provide quite a bit of space, but we wouldn't have to be walking to some remote area of the yard, because 1) we probably would be too lazy to utilize it, or 2) we'd forget to bring the laundry back in. This was the unit we settled on, for two reasons: 1) it has two separate lines which each provide miles of line (ok, 49 feet per line, but it feels like a lot!), and 2) though unsightly, it could be taken down easily when not in use. We've had this for about six weeks, and I have used it countless times since then, as have my husband and kids. It really works as promised. My husband mounted the base plate, which holds the unit, on the wall, and then put the two anchor/hook pieces to which the lines attach, in opposite areas. I think this is one of the best features of this unit. One line goes one direction, and the other line goes a completely different direction. We did this deliberately to utilize as much area under our covered patio, so the sun wouldn't fade the laundry (we are in the Phoenix area, therefore the sun is very intense), while also avoiding obstacles like the patio table, etc. The base plate and hooks are virtually unnoticeable when you are not using the dryer (meaning, I've taken the main unit down), which is wonderful. The lines themselves are easy to pull out and retract without any problem. The two little knobs on the bottom of the unit are used to keep the line taut. They are very easy to use and work perfectly. We placed the base plate and hooks high enough that we're able to hang our California King sized sheets without them touching the ground. I have found in the dry heat, the laundry - including jean shorts, socks, towels and thicker items - dry much, much faster than in the dryer. This was a really pleasant surprise. When it's a bit more humid (it is monsoon season here in Phoenix, after all), the clothes take about as long as the dryer would, maybe a bit longer. But for the vast majority of loads I have done, the laundry is dry before the washer has even completed its cycle for a second load. When I'm finished with the unit, it takes literally one minute to retract the lines and take the unit off the wall - which I prefer to do so it stays clean (and, as I mentioned, it's not the prettiest thing in the world). I wish I had done this years ago. I would highly recommend this retractable clothesline.
I admit, I knew exactly where the thing would break, when it inevitably would. It seemed obvious to me that the plastic nub which you wrap the line around thinned out too much to be strong enough to support the whole line with sheets and towels. First about a month ago, a little started chipping away on the outer edge, then it all snapped off today, and both sides seemed to last the same amount of time.
On top of that the hook you receive to mount the other end of the line to was made of some super soft material, which just bent out of shape. Second clue that this was made cheaply, as the hardware was of low quality. We used this to hang up sheets, laundry and towels on a daily basis.
So this is obviously out of the return window, and to fix it, I purchase "rope cleats" to mount on the exterior wall of my house where the Minky is located. It cost me $8. I spent an additional $2.50 on 2, 1.5" x 1/4" thick hooks. This should work fine. 2 stars for the obvious design flaw, and cheap material, and having to purchase additional hardware to make it work properly. Basically its only purpose at this point is to reel in the clothesline and store it inside of itself, which it does fine.
I will not be purchasing this product, or could recommend it knowing it is so flimsy.