"I happily purchased the 14' diameter orange model simply because we have no bed sheets smaller than queen size. I also wanted a cleaver way to counter the frequent hefty gusts of wind we encounter regularly here on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With Lake Superior surrounding us, the winds approach us unabated from most directions. Our previous linear arrangement (3 strands of 25' vinyl coated metal) actually bent the steel channels that held them up with a full load of sheets, towels, clothes and two light blankets. Last summer I needed to support each standard with a "V" of aircraft cable guy wires to help prevent them bending yet again. This spring the same thing happened with a 20 MPH gust pulling the deeply embedded ground screw type stakes up, bending and twisting the channels beyond repair and dropping the laundry on the ground.
The new umbrella style design works marvelously. We've already had 20-30 MPH gusts with the drying rack basically full and it whirled two loads of misc clothes, jeans, sheets, blankets and bath towels dry in less than an hour! The force of the wind is greatly reduced by the elegant rotational feature of the umbrella design. The sturdy construction of the drying rack is a key feature here. We've had neighbors in the past who had aluminum frame umbrella style dryers but no way would they last a season here in the U.P.! We're extremely pleased! It is built to last!!"