Clothespins Comparison

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What’s in My Clothespin Bucket?

I’m not what you’d consider ethnocentric. I love other cultures, from the food to the religion to the music – I think the world is full of amazing people and places. However, in this particular case, I must say that I’m proud to be an American.

I recently received a package of American-made, Kevin’s Quality Clothespins in order to do a review. I was excited to try them since we do a lot of line drying in our arid climate.

Even in winter, some days I can get a good batch of laundry line dried if the space indoors gets overrun. (Honestly, with how dry it is here in winter, I’m happy to have the wet clothes providing some moisture in our house. Don’t get me started on Utah and bloody buggers.)

I have several kinds of clothespins that I use and some I like better than others. The following is a basic comparison of what’s in my clothespins basket – these are a necessary tool for any line dryer!

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The Clothespins Made in China

Someone gave me a big package of those cheap-o wooden clothespins. I also bought some at a local grocery store when I was first experimenting with line drying.

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The best part about these light, wooden clothespins is that they’re cheap. The worst thing about these clothespins is that they’re cheap.

They fall apart at the slightest provocation – a simple twist can undo the clasp that makes them pin. My son has gotten really good at putting them back together (a skill I do NOT have) but that gets to be a pain when I’m hanging laundry for seven people.

Plus they’re not very strong and I always need to use a few extra to keep the clothes on the line on particularly windy days.

The Clothespins Made in Italy

I got some stainless steel clothespins off Amazon from a fellow homesteading family at Henry Berry and Dairy, although they’re Italian in origin. I must say that I like them quite a bit.

  • They’re strong, can take the weather and the elements and have a great grip.
  • I was concerned that I’d burn my fingers in the summer heat, but I haven’t really had a problem with that since they come off the line easily and quickly.
  • There are two notches in the each pin that allow for larger and smaller amounts of fabric and, therefore, grip on the line.

One Drawback

Their springs do sometimes pop out and even my son has a hard time getting them back in but they’re far more sturdy that their Chinese brothers and of much higher quality. These things will never wear out. I just have to make sure that I keep track of the springs on the few occasion when they pop out so that my husband can put them back together.

The Clothespins Made in America

Ah, these are clothespins that Caroline Ingalls would have been proud to use and Charles Ingalls would have been proud to make!

These Kevin’s Clothespins are sturdy and strong. I’m able to easily pin the thicker clothes to the line without over extending. That means that thick items won’t weaken the pin’s grip on the line, unlike the flimsier brands.

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Kevin’s Clothespins look massive but they’re not too heavy to handle. Actually, my toddler does is better able to work these clothespins than the smaller ones. She likes to help mamma hang out the clean laundry.Clothespins Comparsion l American Made Kevin's Quality Clothespins are sturdy enough for homestead kids to use l Homestead Lady

They’re not cheap but, on the other hand, they’re not cheap. I’ll have these Kevin’s Clothespins forever, I’m thinking. Plus, (is this shallow of me?), they’re so beautiful. What a nerd, but I can’t wait to get some more for this summer!

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31 thoughts on “Clothespins Comparison

  1. Thanks first, for the super clothespin giveaway. Thanks, second, for the great list of Pinterest folks that I now follow! Happy Trails!

  2. I’m so glad that I found your blog. I cant wait to take a vacation from my dryer. I can’t have a clothesline in this neighborhood. Can you recommend an indoor clothesline?

  3. LOVE these clothespins. Growing up in Germany, everyone had a clothes line and now I do the same for my family’s laundry. We so rarely use the dryer and I can’t image doing it any other way.

  4. I have boughten some of these pins and I love them! Your terms and conditions say you are giving away only 2 sets of 10 pins not 3 sets of 30 pins.

    1. Thanks for catching that, Shirley! Our computer code was all set up and then Kevin’s Clothespins decided to donate another set. I’ll pass that on to our code lady. Glad you stopped by!

  5. Enjoyed your clothespin article. Just to let you know, I have not owned a clothes dryer for more than 40 years. We heat with wood and my 4 children learned that if you want to wear a garment tomorrow, you’d better ash it today and hang it up high so it will be dry when you need it tomorrow.
    They used to complain, but not much. Now they are grown with their own children, they say it wasn’t that bad!

  6. I would love to win the clothespins, because the cheap Chinese pins are so frustrating! I hope to be able to purchase some, because made in America matters!

  7. Maybe I am misreading, it says 3 winners of 30 clothespins but the terms and conditions link says 2 winners of 10 pins? Either way is OK but just wondering if I am misreading.

    1. No, you’re reading that correctly. The code was written and then Kevin’s Clothespins decided to donate some more – they’re just so generous! I have a note in to the organizer of the giveaway. Thank you for your eagle eye!

    2. They look great. I live by a very windy beach and looking for strong pins, but the ones you recommended are just too expensive.

      1. Oooh, hanging laundry by a beach is probably extra wonderful! They are an investment, for sure! The Italian metal ones are really, really good and a little cheaper. I save up and by myself a pack of the expensive ones every year.

        Thanks for stopping by, Sonia!

  8. The best clothespins I’ve ever used were plastic Italian ones (Tontarelli brand) that I bought at the dollar store. They have lasted for over 20 years. I wish I could find them here in the US again. We use clothespins for a lot more than laundry–red clothespins are clipped to checks to be deposited, yellow pins go on mail ready to be sent, snack foods are re-sealed with others, etc. Over the years we’ve lost enough that I’d like to re-supply. Not one from that original bag of 50 clothespins has broken.

    1. That’s awesome, Paola! Twenty years ago would be when everyday plastic was a lot more durable; these days, things like clothespins and water bottles are made out of recycled plastic that often isn’t as durable. Sadly, a lot of things aren’t made like they were twenty years ago! I can honestly recommend those Kevin’s clothespins – I’m ordering some more for this coming season of summer line drying.

    2. It’s now 2019 and I’m responding to 2015 comments… But they still come up on Google search so…
      I just ordered 10 of Kevin’s clothespins and 30 plastic Italian clothespins. Both are very highly rated. Not the brand you mentioned but I’m sure they are the same type and quality. The name is Cosatto Julia.

      1. You’re welcome to comment any time, Jim! I hope you like the clothespins – I’m still loving mine years later. Not one has fallen apart; same for the Italians.

        Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I’d love to have a clothes line and win clothespins. I was discussing with my hubby about how I want it on pulleys so I can stand on my deck and hang them.

  10. I’m sure that Kevin makes a lovely clothespin, but at $1.87 for EACH single pin ……. There’s no way on earth that my frugal self will ever try them out!
    Ordinary clothespins work just fine for my needs and are way more sensible to my wallet. If I accidentally twist one apart occasionally, they are easily fixed in a couple of seconds.
    for extra heavy items such as a quilt or jeans, steel binder clips from the office supply store work great and are available for about twenty-five cents or less.

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