In this guide we’ll look at the best cable reels for the UK market.
We’ve compared style, features, cable length and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
What Is the Best Cable Reel?
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The best cable reel for the UK market!
Without a double, the most versatile and useful cable reel is the Masterplug LDCC2513/4BL-MP. The open cable reel means you can always get untangled, the rubberised handle is super easy to carry and with 25 metres of cable, you can reach the back of even a big garden.
Things to Know Before Buying a Cable Reel
When you need to reach the back of your garden or the very back of your loft, it makes sense to use the best cable reel you can get your hands on. There are a few different types of cable reel to choose from and a few safety precautions to take before you start though.
An open reel cable is set up with a metal frame that stands on the floor and a drum that holds the cable wound around it. You can pull the cable out or hold the handle and walk with it to where you need to go.
Cassette cable reels work in the same way but the cable itself is hidden inside a plastic casing. This keeps the cable safe from scuffs and cut when wound up, but they tend to get tangled up and can be harder to unwind.
Unless you buy a weatherproof cable reel, you should never attempt to use a cable reel in the rain or on wet ground. Cable reels are not meant to be used as permanent electric supplies for outbuildings or gardens and should only be used to temporarily power devices.
Be careful when you reel out an electrical cable as it can easily cause trips and falls. If you’re using an extension cable to power a lawn mower, always remember where your cable is routed to avoid cutting it. This is when a high-visibility cable comes in handy.
Never overload a cable reel- they’re not designed to have high load electrical devices plugged in- always refer to safety guidelines on the case.
Everything I Recommend
More Detailed Cable Reel Reviews
Masterplug Four Way Cable Reel Review
The Masterplug LDCC2513/4BL-MP Four Socket Open Cable Reel is one of the best extension reels on the market thanks to its 25 m cable, comfortable handle and safety rating for use with high Amp electronics.
Masterplug are indoor and outdoor power experts with a huge range of quality extension reels, cables and travel adapters. The cable reel we got hold of is a great addition to any garage or home workshop due to its rugged steel frame and extra long cable. Unless you’ve got an enormous garden, it’ll reach just about anywhere you need it.
Rated for 13 Amps, it can handle the most demanding equipment including lawnmowers and corded power tools when the cable is fully unwound. It stands up nicely on the frame and you can reel everything back in again using the big handle.
Masterplug Two Way Outdoor Weatherproof Case Reel Review
Another quality cable reel from Masterplug is their HLP2013/2IP two-way weatherproof cable reel. When you want to run your garden equipment and not worry about the weather, the pair of dust and splash-proof sockets with protective flip covers are just the thing you need.
Whether you’re mowing the lawn or trimming the hedges, it’s the best cable reel for outdoor use. With 20 metres of cable to play with, you’ll reach even the furthest corners of your garden without worrying about rain stopping play.
Although you should never use an outdoor cable reel as a permanent electricity supply for an outside building or shed, you can rest easy knowing that the Masterplug HLP2013/2IP comes with a safety cut-out switch and complies to all British safety standards.
Status Four Way Socket Cable Reel Review
Built for when you need four sockets and 20 metres of cable, the Status four way is a reliable open cable reel that is ideal for use around the home and even in the garden. We looked at the 20-metre version, but you can get up to a whopping 50 metres of cable for the biggest of gardens.
The bright green or red case is made from tough plastic and the cable reel is black tubular steel with a plastic handle. A rubber grip on the handle would have been a nice touch, but it’s not uncomfortable to reel out and back again.
SMJ Electrical Pro Cable Reel Review
Proudly designed here in the UK, the RP2010 Pro Cable Reel is just one product from Berkshire based SMJ Electrical. They’ve been making quality electrical goods since 2001, so they know all about how to make the best cable reel.
The cassette style pro cable reel uses a patented design rigid plastic housing that feels seriously solid but is still lightweight at just 1 kg. We like the bright yellow cable, it’s easy to see it no matter how untidy your work area is. All the safety bases are covered, and the rewind action is fast and smooth.
Status Two Way Outlet Cable Reel Review
Another reliable cable reel from West Yorkshire’s cable experts Status, the S18M2G13ACR4 is a two-socket cable reel with high visibility green plastic casing. With 18 metres of cable to reel out, you shouldn’t have any problems reaching the bottom of your garden or the top of your tallest ladder.
It’s a well-made and robust cassette style cable reel with the cable tucked inside the plastic housing- if you only need two sockets then this is the best cassette cable reel you can get hold of for the money.
Masterplug Pro-XT Four Way Medium Cassette Cable Reel Review
This is a quality cassette style cable reel from Masterplug’s Pro-XT line of extension cables. Boasting four shuttered plug sockets and a safety cut-off switch with LED warning lights, it’s the best professional cable reel we’ve tried out.
What sets this cable reel apart from the rest of the competition is the power switch on the cable reel body itself- you don’t have to traipse back to the wall socket to turn everything off- it’s a nice touch. And with up to 50 metres of high-visibility cable available in the range, you’ll never be out of reach.
Cable Reel FAQ
When you power a device with your cable reel, it creates heat within the cable. This heat needs to be able to dissipate into the air around it, but if the cable’s wound up it’s got nowhere to go. A mass of wound-up cable can become extremely hot and fuse together or even set on fire. Luckily, the best cable reels have thermal cut-offs, but it’s better to not risk it and always run your cable reels completely unwound.