Hills Rotary Hoist Clothesline – Review and Giveaway!
This giveaway has now ended – Congratulations to the lucky winner Beth Dally!
There really are very few Aussie icons that are more recognisable, and bring back more happy memories of our childhood than the famous Hills Hoist – still going strong for over 65 years! This is the one I grew up with!
The house suddenly became a home when a Hills Hoist was plonked into the backyard giving Aussie families all over the country the chance to stake their claim of The Great Outdoors! And hands up who’ll admit to that great Aussie past-time of hanging on the big old clothesline while the kids from the neighbourhood would swing you around…. and around…. and around.* Not that we ever did that of course **cough, cough**
A lot has changed in our backyards these days. Our families are bigger, the backyards are smaller, and we want to be able to utilise our outdoor space for more than just servicing our household chores.
It was only a few weeks ago that I found myself hanging washing over the pool fence and out outdoor chairs because our old clothesline just couldn’t hold even two loads of our everyday washing. It was crazy. The sun was shining, the clothes were flapping in the breeze, but I couldn’t get through any more washing because I was restricted by the size of our crummy little clothesline. Now in all fairness, when the family of 3 built this house, they probably didn’t consider the future family of 6 that would one day call this place home.
And as a first time mother I thought there was something quite charming and sweet about filling up my clothesline with teensy little baby clothes and cloth nappy squares. But then as the family grew, the joy of washing became a stark necessity. I needed to be able to get it done when I had the time – whether that meant 1 load or 3 loads, or catching the sun when it was shining. My clothesline was letting us down. It was the weakest link. It had to go.
And with much fanfare and celebration, and squealing and Hip Hip Hoorays, we welcomed our brand new member of the family – the Hills Premium Rotary 8 Folding Head Hoist.
This little baby packs a punch with 8 lines, totally a MASSIVE 58 metres of line space.
Take THAT Mt Washmore! The outer lines are plenty big enough for blankets, quilt covers etc and are even big enough for king size sheets! And it’s a rather gorgeous looking clothesline if I do say so myself (OK, I admit to falling in loving with it at first sight). It’s smooth and sleek and is a beautiful Ocean Breeze blue colour.
It doesn’t fight me when I want to wind it up, it just turns smoothly and I can almost hear it whispering “As you wish, madam”.
I was so excited to test this baby out, so I started washing like a mad woman. As I was hanging the clothes, I noticed how closely the lines were positioned, which of course is the secret to the huge capacity.
On a huge wash day, I will use up all the linespace I can get. However if you have a smaller load, you could simply miss a line between rows, giving the clothes more space to flap in the breeze. I washed and I washed, and then….. I ran out of dirty clothes! The contest was over. Hills Hoist 1, Mt Washmore 0 !
Below is 1.5 loads, which would have filled up my old clothesline! I couldn’t possibly wait for another sunny day – I had to put it through it’s paces in all sorts of weather (OK not really, it’s probably not recommended for rainy days, or snow… just sayin’).
All this line space does not mean that you have to sacrifice backyard space. In fact, the head diameter of the Rotary 8 is only 4m – which is roughly the same size as my old clothes line, and yet has double the hanging space.
And the clever thinking people at Hills have designed the clothesline to be very light and easy to remove from the ground socket (I even did it myself!), and once the cap is in place, you wouldn’t even know it had been there – perfect for entertaining or setting up a game of tennis or soccer in the backyard.
I think sometimes we just don’t realise how simple it can be to fix such a frustrating problem. I put up with my old clothesline for far longer than I should have, because I simply didn’t realise how quick and easy it would be to upgrade. And of course, I never dreamed of how much easier it has made our entire laundry routine.
To make the most of your Rotary Hills Hoist, here are a few tips which will help you to become a laundry goddess:
- Raise your hoist for maximum drying efficiency and to ensure clearance for longer items.
- The wind brake assists in the pegging and unpegging on windy days by restricting the free rotation of the clothesline. It can be engaged by winding the “head” of the hoist fully down.
- Place smaller items of clothing on the lines nearest the centre and work your way outwards for larger items.
- When hanging thick or bulky items you may hang the item over more than one line.
- When you do not expect to fill the capacity of your hoist, hang your clothes on the outer lines; this will allow your clothesline to spin more easily.
I could go on and on about our Hills Hoist. But I won’t. Instead I’ll tell you that I am giving one away to one of you! That’s right – this awesome Hills Premium Rotary 8, valued at $347 could be yours thanks to our generous friends at Hills!
To win this competition, please follow ALL FOUR steps in the Rafflecopter below, including leaving a comment below telling me your best laundry tip. It could be washing, hanging, folding, ironing or more. If it’s to do with dirty clothes, then that’s what we want to hear! Entries close at midnight on Monday 6th August, 2012. Australian residents only.
* Do not allow children or pets to swing on your Rotary Hoist or items of laundry.
** Disclosure: I was supplied with this clothesline to review from Hills. All opinions are my own, of course (who on earth would admit to being in love with a clothesline?)