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What is the Best Heavy Duty Washing Line for UK Buyers? 

By  Carol

Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews on the best heavy duty washing line that are currently available on the UK market. Normal washing lines typically come in 50 metre lengths, have a steel core and will be coated with PVC. Most of these are about 2-3 mm thick.

You can pick up one of these in many stores in the UK and also online. On average they cost around £10.

Some home owners prefer a natural cotton clothesline as these are kinder to clothes, and also classed as heavy duty. They can certainly take more tension than a standard steel core washing line. (130 Kg compared to 70-85Kg)

How Much Does a Washing Machine Load of Clothes Weigh?

A typical full load of wet washing, after it has been spun dry, weighs around 7-8 Kg (15-18 lbs). Once it has dried the weight on your washing line that drops to about 4-6 Kg (10- 12 lbs) That doesn't sound like a great deal of weight. However when pegged to a line, which is then hoisted using a pole, the line is then subject to the wind blowing.

The washing line is weakest at the two anchor points where the line may rub against whatever mechanism yo have used to attach it to a wall or a pole. This could be something like a strong hook or a bracket.

Most standard washing lines can handle a single load without breaking. The line will eventually wear out over time as it gets stretched, and is also weakened by the weather over time.

For the vast majority of people a standard line will do nicely. You should really only consider a heavy duty line if you regularly hang out more than one wash at a time. You should also consider a heavy duty line if you hang out heavier items such as blankets, towels, and jeans.

Best Heavy Duty Washing Line Reviews

Heavy duty washing lines tend to be slightly thicker with thicknesses of 4-6 mm as compared to 2-3 mm for a standard washing line. They also tend to have a full steel core. Some of the standard washing lines only have a few threads of steel running through them.

A bigger 4-6 mm thickness makes a heavy duty line stronger and also the full steel core also makes them tougher and more durable. They will last longer than any standard line, but they will eventually break as well, just not so often. 

The Strongest” Steel Clothesline by Smith‘s

92% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

This is the best selling heavy duty clothesline that is currently available on the UK marketplace

It is 30 metres long (100 feet) and comes with a 2 year guarantee

It has a pulling force of 200 Kg making it one of the strongest lines on the market

This line has a 1.5mm solid steel core covered with a 2.5 mm medical grade PVC coating making a total thickness of 4 mm

As one buyer mentioned this line is "long and strong."

Smiths Natural Cotton Washing Line

94% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

As the name would suggest this washing line is made from natural cotton that has been twisted into a strong and durable rope.

This particular line is 20 metres long (66 feet) and is 5.5 mm thick, an ideal size for pegging out clothes.

Some home owners much prefer using this type of natural rope as it doesn't mark or damage more delicate fabrics when hung out on the line

Some people just prefer the look of this type of a line.

In terms of being heavy duty, it does offer really good tension, so you will not have to worry about a sagging line.

GZBtech 30m Clothes Line (Heavy Duty Extra Strong)

94% buyer satisfaction based on 150+ online buyer reviews

This line has a steel core (7 strands) and is covered with a white PVC (also available in a blue or green PVC)

This particular line is 30 metres long (98 feet) and is 4 mm thick, an ideal size for pegging out clothes.

It has a weight capacity (pulling force) of 120 Kg (265 lbs)

You will need wire cutters or pliers to cut this to length so a sign that this one is very well made

Hampine Heavy Duty Washing Rope Line

92% buyer satisfaction based on 50+ online buyer reviews

This line has a steel core and is covered with a grey PVC which blends in to the background very well (think grey skies)

This particular line is 20 metres long (66 feet) and is 4 mm thick, an ideal size for pegging out clothes.

Some buyers liked this colour, and stated that it is very strong with a nice thick steel core.

The PVC is washable and it is also resistant to UV rays so the colour will not fade over time.

That is our selection of heavy duty washing lines. Hopefully we have helped point you in the right direction in terms of understanding the difference in washing lines. Heavy duty lines should have a steel core and be at least 4 mm thick.

photo of Carol Manse

Carol


I hope that you find my How to articles helpful as I know that ironing can be a real chore. On this website, I have tried to help out with buying guides and reviews for the many forms of ironing.

Carol Manse

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  1. i would like to know where i can ge heavy durty minimum 62m washing line to redo my rotary dryer and replace that annoying elasticated plastic line

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