You’ve bought a great rotary line, dug in the ground spike and erected the line so you’re ready to go. To load it with your first laundry cycle you’ll need a set of clothes pegs, and maybe a peg bag to keep them in too.
Clothes pegs aren’t the sort of thing that many people get excited about, unless you include the frustration of the cheap ones snapping in half when you’re trying to secure wet clothes as you hand them out to dry.
Today we’re going to have a look at some great choices, and what you should consider in your selection of the best clothes pegs to use on your line.
The Best Pegs
Before we go into any detail, let’s give you some options to buy. As we said, it’s not the most fascinating subject, so if you’re just in the market for a new set of pegs, cast your eye over these…
Choosing the best peg set is relatively straight forward. There’s not huge list of features to consider, and it actually boils down to just a few things. In fact, there are two key things to think about – how many pegs you need, and how long they’ll last.
It’s easy to be tempted to buy the cheapest set you can find, but before long you’ll find they snap or disintegrate entirely. Typically these low quality ones are the brittle plastic sort you find in the pound shop, or even in the supermarket on special offer. Admittedly, they can last for a while, but if you’re anything like me, I’d rather spend a bit more and be a bit more confident that I’m not going to be in the market for another pack or two at any time in the next couple of years.
Plastic pegs aren’t all bad, it’s normally just the thin ones that bend easily that fail quickly. The old adage that ‘you get what you pay for‘ certainly applies here, as you’ll typically see them advertised as 24 for a quid or similar. In my experience, cheap though they are, avoid, avoid, avoid!
On the other hand, well made plastic pegs can last for years. The problem is, just like the cheap ones, they’re typically sold tightly encased in shrink wrap, so it can be difficult to know how sturdy they are without opening them. Of course, by the time you open them, you’re already at home and it’s too late to rectify your mistake easily.
The best way to avoid mistakes like this is to buy the decent quality pegs online, as not only will they likely be cheaper and delivered to your door, you’ll also be able to check out previous customer’s reviews and thoughts about them too.
Low quality wooden pegs are far less common that their plastic cousins, but that’s not to say they don’t exist. They very much do! Fortunately, the same rules apply – thinner varieties tend to be more flimsy and fail sooner, so buying something a little chunkier is almost always the way to go.
Wooden pages do tend to stand the test of time better than plastic varieties on the whole – and they’re better for the environment too – we all know we should be reducing our plastic use by now.
In summary, make sure you’re not drawn to the cheapest pegs and be conned into thinking all are created equal. A good, well made, sturdy pack will last several times as long as the cheapest, and whie we’re not pretending they’ll last you a lifetime, it’s likely that you’ll spend less over time than you would replacing them repeatedly.