Which clothespins are best for line drying your laundry? We’ve tested several and can make some recommendations to save you wasting your money on clothespins that don’t work.
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!
What’s in My Clothespin Bucket?
Update: As of June 2021 Kevin’s clothespins are backordered due to the tragic loss of Kevin, the carpenter behind these genius clothespins. They are catching back up on orders, though, so just be patient as they adjust to this change in their business and their lives. These clothespins are absolutely worth every penny. I’ve had mine for about six years and they’re still working just like the day I purchased them! This article was originally written when we lived out west; we now live in a very humid climate and these pins are holding up just as well.
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. After a lot of use, I can report that Kevin’s clothespins are:
- Incredibly strong, even in a strong wind!
- They don’t twist or break because they’re made so well.
- The springs don’t pop out, again, because they’re so well made.
- They done well in sun, rain and even snow!
- They have different tension levels and can hold undies as well as they hold bulky towels and blankets.
Kevin’s Quality Clothespins are, hands down, the best clothespins I own and I’ve bought several more bunches of them, so that I use them almost exclusively. Update as of 6/21: Six years later, these are still my best pins and I use them every week, nearly every day. Love them!
In the picture above, the Kevin’s pins are on the far left; the Italian stainless steel pins are in the middle; the cheap-o pins Chinese-made pins are on the right.
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.
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 every week.
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 only thing these clothespins are really useful for is various crafts, but not laundry.
The Clothespins Made in Italy
I got some stainless steel clothespins from Extreme Clothespins of Italian 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.
Their springs do sometimes pop out 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 we can put them back together.
They’re not cheap but, on the other hand, they’re not cheap. If line drying is something you’re going to be doing consistently, I suggest you invest in quality clothespins upfront. Because their lifespan is longer than the average cheap clothespin, you’ll get your money’s worth out of them.
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