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The biggest issue I have with clothes dryers is that they generally tend to be a bit of a Mensa puzzle in terms of how to fit everything on them without clothes overlapping or sitting on top of each other, or dangling onto others and stopping them from drying. It has always been a bugbear of mine, and sometimes struggling with rearranging on the lower layers results in the catch being snagged and the whole thing collapses. I get frustrated.
My brother and his wife have had a more straightforward device that I have envied and finally captiulated and bought one. Over the Summer, the weather has been a bit hit and miss, although for once the sun has been more prevalent in the sky than the ominous black clouds that spark the onset of rain. I have recently come to think that German products carry more practicality in their design than products from other countries, and this particular clothes dryer strengthens that thought.
The first thing I noticed about this was the space I was going to need in comparison with my old clothes dryer. The one thing going for the concertina design is that it compacts the room and takes up a really small space. The Pegasus spreads quite wide, and so I had to do a little rejigging in my kitchen. The good thing here though is that the extra space kind of looks a bit better when used in this linear fashion. After clearing the bin and the recycling and relocating them to a more practical area, the Pegasus spread its wings out wide for the first time, and actually looks quite good in the kitchen bay window. The linear element describes the bars to hang it on - it's basically a dozen or so metally reinforced plastic coated bars to hang clothes on but somehow in comparison to other similar products (including the one my brother has) it seems sturdier.
With most dryers you have to allow at least a couple of centimetres of dip for when it has a full load on it, mainly to ensure that your clothes don't touch the floor. This doesn't have that issue. The solid base and legs don't give, and although there seems to be an ever so slight bend on the bars in the middle once it's fully laden, there really is hardly any difference at all. The bars are long enough to accommodate pretty much anything I need to dry, with the exception of duvet covers and sheets, although I can drape single sheets and duvet covers over the Pegasus wings of the dryer, which keep the height at a good level and this means that I can drape the whole thing over the dryer without it touching the floor. This does also allow for using the bars underneath the sheet or duvet, although this does create a sort of pocket of damp air and things don't quite dry as quickly as you'd like.
The name comes from the two elevated sections at either end of the dryer, the wings I mentioned above. Again the comparison with standard dryers shows a distinct difference in strength between the two, the wings here staying solid when you hang things from them. The bonus with these is that they're just high enough to hang a shirt on a hangar. My wife was ultimately pleased with this, as it meant no more fighting her way through a field of shirts hanging up on doorframes between the kitchen and front room any more! It also allows my trousers to dry very well, which I have previously had an issue with, especially jeans which I like to hang as opposed to fold over an airer or dryer. The height of the Pegasus wings does help with this, just about.
There are a couple of extra elements to the dryer, such as a bag for pegs and a series of pockets you can put socks in, etc. However, I don't really tend to use these, I just drape socks over the bars along with everything else. This is easy to do with our kids' clothes not taking all of the room up, leaving plenty of room for socks. There's also a sort of netting which I'm not sure how to use, I guess it's for spreading things out although again, the way it hangs on the dryer I haven't really had a need for this.
Hangers are included in this, they seem pretty standard to me. Overall, the whole thing is likely to cost around the £50 mark, substantially more than your bog standard fold up clothes dryer. This is a price worth paying though, if you ask me. It has made things easier for us, no more damp clothes when we think they're drying, which in the long run makes things smell nicer and makes our washing more efficient. Highly recommended dryer.
Our washing machine stands in the kitchen. In front of the kitchen is a balcony with a roof. It's nice to look at because containers with geraniums hang at the railing and it's also convenient because four washing lines, two long ones and two short ones, mean that I can peg out our washing there. I've always had a small clothes dryer, too, for the small things for which there's not enough room on the washing lines. Many a housewife friend has been envious of this arrangement. I don't need an electric dryer. I don't mind waiting until my washing is dry. It smells so much better!
Why have I bought a big clothes dryer then with 20m (65 feet) of drying space? The reason is awkward. I've noticed recently that I don't feel good any more pegging my washing on the outer line. We live only on the first floor, it's nothing really height-wise. I know that I won't fall or jump over the railing, yet, there is this feeling... People who suffer from vertigo and who've made the experience that it worsens over the years will understand me. Now I only use the inner line and peg things onto it standing with my back to the garden.
I opted for an item by LEIFHEIT because it's a sound and respectable German firm for household products founded in 1959 and still going strong. How could I argue against this claim, "Our laundry dryers are not only superior to others, they are also fitted with helpful accessories"?!
They offer different types of clothes dryers, the PEGASUS 200 convinced me most. Its measures are 89x174x66 cm, it weighs 1.7 kg. Its metal parts are white, they're powder-coated for durability and the prevention of rust. The corners are protected by a firm blue plastic cover. It has two wings which - when opened - stand out at a wide angle, their outer side is also painted blue. The maximum height is 107 cm. That's high enough so that shirts hanging on coat hangers don't touch the floor (Five wind-proof hangers come with the dryer). The outer bars of the two wings have a wavy shape so that the coat-hangers stay put and don't fall off 'even in strong wind'. I haven't experienced this yet, but I don't believe it to be true. The wings may have induced the designer to give the gadget the name Pegasus after "one of the best known mythological creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in colour." (Wikipedia) A divine white stallion in the house? The mind boggles.
I bought my Pegasus from Amazon because they deliver to one's house which was convenient then. On principle I think that what can be bought in a local shop should be bought there. When I had unpacked it and put it on the balcony, I was dumbfounded. I thought I had made a mistake. In German there's a word 'to misbuy'. It definitely looked odd. The revenge of the local shops which I had neglected? It was standing on slightly bow-legged legs and was a bit wobbly. It was firm enough for the washing I put on, but I was sure it would crash in the lightest breeze. I was thinking of putting it back into the carton - which I had saved, clever me! - and sending it back. I knew I'd get the money back, but the effort...
I didn't talk with my husband about this. The next time I had washing to peg, he unfolded the clothes dryer for me. When the legs didn't stand as they should, he kicked them. There was a slight click, they snapped into the right position and that was it. I had been too gentle with Pegasus! Now, whenever I open it, I kick it, too, (it wants to be kicked every time) and everything is fine.
Three more extras must be mentioned: two long red plastic clips are fastened to one of the outer rails (they can be taken off) into which small laundry items can be shoved. Socks, for example. No pegs are needed then. On the other side is a blue plastic bag with a zipper for the clothes pegs. Last but not least there's a net-like cover which can be placed onto the middle section of the dryer for pullovers or cardigans. You can spread out the sleeves across this cover so that they can dry better. Good service if you ask me.
To come to a conclusion: I can recommend this clothes-dryer. It does what it should and even shows some character.
British Amazon sell a slightly more sophisticated version from the one I have. I couldn't find out the differences, though. The RRP price is 91.95 GBP, the Amazon price is 40 GBP.
Warranty: 3 years.