Each type of clothesline is designed to allow installation or maximum compatibility within a specific location or usage scenario, for example, a portable can be used in compact spaces or where a homeowner simply cannot have a permanently fixed clothesline in his home.
Fold-downs and Retractables boast very compact/discreet exteriors and can offer generous air drying space when the lines are deployed, the former can be customised to your desired dimensions and colours while the latter has variable capacity since retractables can be locked at any length so these are pretty flexible and can suit small or large homes.
Standard and Folding Rotary Hoists offer the highest capacity within a given amount of space and these are also known for boasting the best performance of the bunch due to the nature of how they are designed, the top assembly rotates and can be raised to catch some breeze but due to this design they need quite a bit of room all around in order to spin freely.
Portable and Ceiling Airers are best used as accessory airers in case your main one is not available for use, portables can be stowed away when not in use and most can be folded flat while ceiling airers take advantage of often unused overhead space inside or outside your home so these space-saving clothes drying solutions can pretty much work in any type of home.
Size it Right
Since you now know the difference between each clothesline category, now's the right time to give you an idea as to how much drying line space you and your family might require. Proper sizing of a clothesline is important since an airer that is too small will make it a hassle to do big loads of laundry at once, too big and you might end up with a humongous eyesore in your backyard and let's not forget the unnecessary expense.