The best outdoor rotary airers for sunny weather

For many of us, the winter months are also musty laundry months. Drying your sheets and clothes indoors is slow and unsightly – or expensive, if you’re left resorting to a tumble dryer. We’re so ready for the warmer weather and those good drying days! As spring rolls around, it’s time to embrace outdoor drying. In the United States, they’ve even established ‘National Hanging Out Day’ to get as many people as possible airing their laundry under the sun. So, in that spirit, let’s take a look at the best equipment for the job: the rotary airer!

Why use a rotary airer for your clothes?

Rotary dryers offer the best of two worlds; they can hold more washing than your traditional clothesline, and yet they’re incredibly space efficient. When not in use, a rotary clothesline can fold neatly away, or be packed up entirely if you need the garden space. Our installation guide will help you get the knack and the know-how. Their design means that they rotate in the breeze, drying clothes faster than static lines. On a windy day, your washing will be shaken dry in no time as the clothes get max air exposure.

How much space do you need for a rotary washing line?

The good news is, not too much. If you have a small garden, a portable airer is probably the one for you, as once your laundry is dry, you can fold it away and pop it inside, allowing you to use your garden for other things. When working out whether you have enough space for a particular airer, you want to look at the turning circle or diameter – if this is bigger than your garden space, or the space you’d planned to put the airer, it won’t fit. Height shouldn’t be an issue, this is more of a consideration for the person using it – you want to be able to reach the top. If height might be an issue, an airer with adjustable heights is a good choice.

How do you get a rotary washing line spike in the ground?

Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think. The way you install a rotary airer can vary depending on the airer – some require concrete to set them in place. We don’t like to make things complicated, so we only sell rotary airers that come with a ground spike, making them easy to install and, more importantly, requiring no concrete.

  1. The first step very much depends on the soil in your garden. If it’s soft, start by marking the soil where you’d like to install your airer, making a cross with a spade.
  2. Place your ground spike over the cross, pop a wooden block over the top of your spike to protect it, and then gently (or more firmly if required) tap the spike in with a hammer or mallet. It’s very important to insert the spike perfectly straight and not at an angle, otherwise your airer will be at an angle too.

And that’s it! If your soil is quite hard and rocky, follow these steps instead:

  1. Choose the spot where you’d like your rotary airer and mark with a spade.
  2. Dig a hole to the depth of the length of your ground spike, and slightly wider, removing any stones as you go.
  3. Place your ground spike in the hole, and pack the soil in tightly around it.

And you’re done. A small amount of work and you’re ready to attach your airer and enjoy line-dried freshness.

Please note: these steps are a guide only. Installation will vary depending on the airer you choose, so it’s very important you read the instructions that come with your airer carefully.

Which rotary airers are best?

There are so many rotary dryers, airers and clotheslines out there. Trying to find the right one for your garden is enough to make you break out in a sweat. But don’t worry, we’re here to help lighten your laundry load with these top recommendations.

Large rotary airer: 50m Lakeland Telescopic Rotary Airer

Price              £99.99

Reasons to buy                  Adjustable height. Can hold multiple loads of washing. Protective cover and ground spike included.

Specifications                     50m drying space (2.65m turning circle).

For larger families, Airbnb hosts and anyone needing to whisk out large loads of laundry, we’ve got just the thing. The Lakeland Telescopic Rotary Airer can hold up to 30kg of laundry – that’s over three loads of washing. Not only is this a super satisfying feat, but getting everything clean and dry in one day is a huge timesaver.

The mega laundry capacity needs only a mini spot in the garden. This dryer only takes up 2.65m of space as it turns, but packed into that is an impressive 50m of clothesline. It’s more than just reels of line too, this model has loops on the end of each arm for clothes hangers. Having the option to dry your shirts on hangers means less ironing later on.

When you’re done, simply fold the arms in and pop a rotary airer cover on to keep your airer protected and looking tidy.

Premium dryers: 40m Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Airer

Price  £121.99

Reasons to buy      Adjust height at the touch of a button. Ground spear included – no need for concrete. Accessories available to buy separately.

Specifications         40m drying space (2.71m turning circle).

The Brabantia Lift-O-Matic Rotary Airer is here to make your laundry life a breeze. It’s patented Lift-O-Matic system let’s you adjust the height at the touch of a button. You can easily hoist your airer higher for large sheets and towel or bring down the height for quick and easy unloading.

Where a clothesline will force you to trapse along your garden with your washing basket, a rotary dryer enables you get everything out without having to move. This premium option comes with 40m of PVC-coated washing lines, with 50m models also available.

Even a gentle wind will set the Brabantia Lift-O-Matic spinning, drying your clothes in no time. It’s super sturdy too, with a metal ground spike that anchors it to the spot. Make hay while the sun shines and complete your seasonal domestic with some extra Brabantia laundry accessories.

Go portable: Lakeland Freestanding Rotary Airer

Price  £69.99

Reasons to buy      Freestanding – move it to where the sun is. Can store inside after use. Can go on a patio or on your lawn – no ground hole needed.

Specifications         19m drying space.

For those of your that value a garden view uninterrupted by dangling socks, a portable rotary airer is just the thing. With its lightweight aluminium frame, you can easily pick up this airer and move it out of sight – or chase the sunny spots across your garden throughout the day.

The Freestanding Rotary Airer doesn’t use a ground spike but has four fold out legs that lock into position for stability. This is a great option for patios or for gardens that don’t get full sun all afternoon.

If the weather turns against you or you’re finished with your laundry, it can be quickly taken down and stowed away in its storage bag.

Other outdoor drying options

Sometimes our weeks just run away with us and, before you know it, you’ve got a bumper load of laundry. If you need some back up options or overspill space for extra laundry, consider these two options.

A retractable clothesline can be quickly pulled out in case of a washing overload. The Metaltex Double Retractable Clothes Line attaches easily to strong surfaces like walls or fence posts and offers you that extra line. On the days you don’t need it, it takes up next to no space at all.

For those little extra items, like wash cloths and socks, save yourself the pegs and space on your main line and use the 16 Soft Grip Pegs Smalls Dryer. Clip it to your rotary airer, a tree branch or inside on rainier days.

Ready to say goodbye to musty-smelling laundry? Then welcome a rotary airer into your life. Make the most of your drying days with some snazzy laundry accessories, like soft grip pegs and peg bags. Once you’re kitted out you just need to wait for the sunshine!