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Wonder if Hercules dried his clothes on a Pegasus?
Leifheit 81520 Clothes Dryer Pegasus 200
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Leifheit 81520 Clothes Dryer Pegasus 200
Advantages: Efficient design, easy to use, good height
Disadvantages: Nothing really
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.
Summary: Effective and well designed clothes dryer,,,with wings!