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Leifheit 81520 Clothes Dryer Pegasus 200
Member Name: MALU
Leifheit 81520 Clothes Dryer Pegasus 200
Date: 05/06/13, updated on 06/06/13 (104 review reads)
Advantages: big, but light
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.
Summary: a German clothes dryer
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