Laundry day doesn’t have to feel like a chore. With the right laundry basket—one that is sturdy, can withstand your and your family’s use and abuse, while still looking presentable—you’re well on your way to a more pleasant task. Think of the hamper as a tool: In addition to having a good washer and dryer, and efficient soap, you need a dependable vessel to carry your items in. A hamper, at its best, will be strong, can hold wet or dry clothes, dirty and clean items and be the right size for your needs.
What to Consider
Laundry baskets vary more than you might expect, and are often created with a certain type of user in mind. We’ve outlined key variables to think about before clicking “buy.”
Baskets versus Hampers:While most people (including us) use the terms interchangeably, they’re different. A hamper is generally taller and narrower than a basket, and has a lid. A basket can be used to store and carry laundry around. You may want one of each.
Size: Some laundry baskets are built for one, others are built for large families. Also keep in mind how much real estate they will take up in your closet, bedroom, bathroom or laundry room—and whether you can spare it.
Material:Several of our selections are comprised of malleable plastic, with venting for airflow. If you work out a lot or like to stick wet clothes in your hamper, you’ll want to consider one of those options. But if you are more interested in aesthetics, you may go for a different kind of material (woven, polyester, cotton, etc.).
How We Chose
We considered all of the ways people like to do laundry, and their different needs. Some people have laundry facilities in their residence, while others may need to carry (or wheel) their laundry quite a distance. We picked a variety of critically acclaimed styles and types of baskets, at a variety of our price points. We also looked at thousands of consumer comments before picking the best options, below.
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Best Tall HamperStarplast Tall Flex Laundry Hamper
This plastic, flexible hamper is strong, malleable and well-ventilated, so wet and sweaty clothes won’t get moldy. The sizable handles also mean it’s easy to carry up and down stairs. This hamper is roomy enough (17.75 by 17.25 by 26 inches) to hold two loads of laundry.
Reviewers raved about how perfectly the hamper “fits the bill. The holes in the sides are perfect for grabbing ahold of.” Others note that it is “not beautiful,” or something they’d want “out when guests visit.”
Best CollapsibleDOKEHOME 18-Inches Freestanding Laundry Basket
This polyester laundry basket comes in a range of fun patterns (stripes, polka-dots, floral), and can be set upright and stretched out for laundry intake, and then drawn closed and collapsed when not in use.
At about 17.7 by 13.7 by 13.7 inches, it’s a smallish basket that will hold one load, and is easy to carry around and transport. The basket is ideal for small spaces, baby nurseries, kids’ rooms and college dorms, and thanks to its waterproof coating it will keep combat mold.
Reviewers say they love the “cute laundry basket,” especially if you have “a lot of stairs to go up and down. Laundry can be heavy,” but this one is “just the right size.”
Most Practical SetSterilite 53-Liter Ultra Square Laundry Basket
This set of six baskets are super sturdy and the perfect choice for busy families who have a lot of laundry to do. Each basket can hold one enormous load of laundry, and the airflow provided by the patterned plastic sides allows for ventilation for wet and sweaty clothes.
The 19 by 19 by 13.88–inch baskets are made in the U.S.A. and come with comfortable handles, especially helpful in houses with a lot of stairs.
Reviewers love these baskets, saying they “hold up great to wear and tear.” Several use them for more than laundry too, saying they’re a great way to haul packages around and store toys in playrooms.
Sleek & ModernYamazaki Home Laundry Basket
For those who value style as much as substance, this sleep modern wire Yamazaki basket is both a pleasure to look at, and fantastically functional. The airy metal frame provides maximum airflow, and the collapsible wooden handles make the 12.2 by 16.3 by 10.6–inch basket around. The hamper will hold a medium-sized load of laundry.
Reviewers say it’s pretty enough to keep out “all the time.” One notes that because it’s “not huge, it’s easy to get up and down the stairs. It’s very well made and should last a lifetime.”
Most PracticalMind Reader Laundry Clothes Basket
If you have a picture of a laundry basket in your mind’s eye, chances are, it looks like this one. With a 40-liter capacity, it will fit a large load of laundry (and more), and at 14.8 by 23.25 by 10.5 inches, it is still manageable when hauling up and down stairs. The roomy, malleable plastic laundry basket also has built in comfort handles and plenty of vents to prevent damp clothes from getting moldy.
Reviewers say they are “so happy” with this “extremely well-constructed” basket with “lots of space, good handles for carrying and just the right height.”
Best HandwovenSeville Classics Lidded Double Laundry Hamper
This hamper is a looker. If your laundry hamper has to be on display (or you just happen to like beautiful things), this hand-woven double hamper is a great option.
The 22.75 by 13 by 24–inch hamper features two bins, which also makes it practical for big families and sorting. Plus, the hamper comes lined with a removable canvas bag, which makes transporting it to the laundry room much easier.
One reviewer enthused that this “hamper changed me as a person. I’ve lived the $7 collapsible laundry hamper life … this hamper is beautiful. It smells good. I experience joy when I lift up the little wicker flaps.”
Best Budget Pop-UpHandy Laundry Collapsible Mesh Foldable Hamper
This bargain laundry hamper may not be much to look at it, but it does its job so well, it earned 4.7 stars on average from more than 35,600 reviewers on Amazon. This sturdy mesh hamper is ideal for small spaces and travel; the 14 by 14 by 24–inch hamper stores flat, and is easy to carry and pack.
Reviewers love this hamper, saying it has a “wide opening at the top for easy access,” is “large and sturdy” and is “the best value.” Others warn to always use the handles, otherwise the mesh will be over-stressed and tear.
Best Rolling Laundry HamperHousehold Essentials Rolling Laundry Hamper
This rolling laundry hamper comes with a removable, washable, polyester bag on four wheels. It measures 33 by 19.25 by 17.37 inches, and makes it easy to move room to room (on one floor) collecting laundry en route to the washer.
Reviewers praise the “cute” design and “efficient” way to get laundry from point A to point B. Others point out that the wheels make it ideal for city dwellers who need to haul their laundry a few blocks to do the wash.
Best for Big FamiliesSimplehouseware Four-Bag Heavy Duty Sorter
This four-compartment laundry hamper is great for big families or laundry perfectionists who don’t want to mix their darks with their whites. The sturdy frame is built from steel with durable bronze finish, and each durable bag holds 11 gallons of clothes. This four-compartment sorter also comes on wheels; all told, the setup is 32.25 by 17.5 by 33 inches.
Reviewers say that assembling the basket takes about 30 minutes, but is “smooth” and “easy.” Others say the sorter “simplifies” the process of doing laundry for their family, and is sturdy and “better” than they expected.
Best Hanging HamperHousehold Essentials 148 Hanging Cotton Canvas Laundry Hamper Bag
This space-saving hanging hamper comes with a patented design that can be hung on a doorknob or in closets. The 6 by 16 by 27–inch hamper keeps your laundry off the floor, and is great for apartments, dorms, closets and traveling. The heavy-duty polyester and cotton bag is machine washable.
Reviewers love these “good quality” canvas bags, saying they are “very sturdy,” and perfect for “small laundry rooms.”
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18 best laundry baskets and laundry hampers of 2021
Alongside doing the dishes and vacuuming, one of the most dreaded household chores for many is cleaning a week’s worth (or even more) of dirty clothes during laundry day. Whether you go to a laundromat or have a portable washing machine at home, one of the essentials that could help make laundry day easier is a dependable hamper that can bring loads of clothes to the washer and from the dryer (or from a clothesline outside with much warmer weather here and on the horizon). To help, we gathered top-rated laundry baskets and hampers to consider adding to your washing routine.
SKIP AHEAD Wicker laundry baskets | Collapsible laundry baskets | Laundry baskets with wheels | Laundry hampers with lids | Laundry sorters
Best laundry baskets of 2021
These are among the most highly rated laundry baskets and hampers we came across at Shopping reader favorite retailers including Amazon, Target, Walmart and Wayfair. We separated the types of hampers and baskets we found into five common categories, including collapsible laundry baskets and ones with wheels.
Best wicker laundry baskets
Wicker isn’t actually a material — it refers to the way something is weaved and has traditionally been used in all sorts of baskets. Wicker items can be made with rattan, raffia and straw, among other materials.
Threshold Wicker Hamper
From Target’s in-house home decor brand Threshold, this hamper is made from hand-harvested abaca fiber and uses a metal frame. It features handles on each side and a liner that’s removable and machine-washable. It has earned an average 4.8-star rating over more than 330 reviews.
Seville Classics Handwoven Oval Laundry Hamper
This bestselling laundry basket boasts an average 4.7-star rating over more than 5,300 reviews on Amazon. It features two separate compartments — each side comes with its own machine-washable bag with built-in handles to secure it to the hamper. The basket is handwoven and water-resistant as well. There are two cut-out handles on the hamper to carry it to and from the washing and drying machines. You can choose between two shapes — Oval and Rectangular — and colors like Mocha Brown and Natural.
Bayou Breeze Wicker Laundry Hamper
This hamper is designed to fit into corners. It’s made from a moisture-resistant material and includes carry handles and a removable liner. The hamper is a popular pick with Wayfair shoppers, earning an average 4.6-star rating over more than 2,500 reviews.
SONGMICS Handwoven Laundry Hamper
This hamper is made from a realistic waterproof, rattan-like plastic. It features a removable liner that you can tie around the corners of the hamper. You’ll also find gel feet on this hamper that are meant to prevent scratches on the floor. It has earned an average 4.7-star rating over more than 3,700 reviews.
Best collapsible laundry baskets
Lifewit Freestanding Laundry Hamper
While this fabric might not appear foldable at first, it can be collapsed whenever it’s not needed. It’s made from a thick polyester — the interior lining is covered in a waterproof coating. The brand says the hamper features longer handles to carry it around with just one hand. It currently comes in two sizes, 72 and 100 liters, along with three colors: Blue, Grey and Pink. It boasts an average 4.6-star rating over more than 14,200 reviews.
SALT Collapsible Laundry Basket
A popular pick on Bed Bath & Beyond, this basket has earned an average 4.3-star rating over more than 600 ratings. It’s meant for smaller loads and ventilated with holes to prevent smells, according to the brand. The basket also features gripped handles.
Handy Laundry Collapsible Mesh Hamper
This affordable and bestselling hamper boasts an average 4.7-star rating over more than 32,000 reviews. It’s made from what the brand describes as a durable mesh meant to keep moisture away. The hamper also features a pocket on the side for extra storage. You can choose between five colors, including Black, Red and Navy Blue.
Amazon Basics Foldable Laundry Basket
Another option for smaller spaces, this basket is designed for closets or bathrooms. The basket is made partially from canvas and has silver cutout handles. It currently comes in only one shade: beige with a brown trim. You can also opt to get the hamper with storage cube organizers. It has earned an average 4.5-star rating over more than 6,100 reviews.
Best laundry baskets on wheels
Caroeas Rolling Slim Laundry Basket
This laundry basket is made to be slim for narrower areas around the house. The basket comes with a drawstring mesh cover and features a waterproof lining on the inside. The wheels include a lock and unlock brake as well. It has an average 4.2-star rating over more than 17,300 reviews on Amazon.
Honey-Can-Do Rolling Hamper with Removable Laundry Bag
This rolling hamper features a steel frame that’s meant to be sturdy and is covered with a chrome finish. It includes a removable canvas bag and smooth-gliding caster wheels. It boasts an average 4.6-star rating over more than 1,100 reviews on Amazon.
Sterilite Pack of 3 Ultra Wheeled Hamper
For a couple of rooms in the house, this pack includes three hampers. Each hamper features a retractable titanium handle, additional cutout handles on the sides and a flip-top lid. The roller wheels on the hampers are meant to glide smoothly across different surfaces. A popular pick with Amazon shoppers, the pack of baskets has earned an average 4.7-star rating over more than 3,000 reviews.
Best laundry hampers with lids
Whitmor Laundry Hamper with Rope Handles
This bamboo basket features rope handles on each side, along with a one on top of the lid. It includes a removable bag inside if you don’t want to carry the basket itself to a laundry room. It currently comes in two stains: Dark and Natural. This hamper has an average 4.1-star rating over more than 1,600 reviews.
Threshold Lined Hamper
This hamper is made from a woven paper rope that looks a lot like wicker. It features a polyester lining with strings you can tie to the handles of the hamper itself. It has an average 4.7-star rating with over close to 300 reviews.
Simple Houseware Double Laundry Hamper
While this hamper might seem big, it’s actually made from a lightweight material to help make carrying it around easier. You also have the option of just taking the included laundry bags to the washing machine. The hamper features two compartments to separate clothes. You can choose between eight colors, ranging from Turquoise to Black and Beige. It’s a popular pick on Amazon, earning an average 4.5-star rating over close to 20,000 reviews.
Best laundry sorters
Wayfair Basics Laundry Center with Hanging Bar
Notably, this laundry center from Wayfair Basics, a line of affordable home essentials, includes an adjustable hanging bar for ironed clothes or delicates. It also features three removable and machine-washable hamper bags. The center comes with wheels, too. It has an average 4.2-star rating with close to 700 reviews.
Honey-Can-Do Triple Laundry Sorter
This heavy-duty sorter includes a rust-resistant steel frame featuring a chrome finish. The wheels on the sorter are designed to be high-traction and can be locked to keep it in place. Each of the three sorting bins are made with metal handles to lift them up. It has earned an average 4.7-star rating over more than 1,400 reviews.
Dotted Line Elena 3 Bag Laundry Sorter
Like other sorters, this one features three compartments — but notably, each removable bag can slide out on runners. You can also fold clean laundry right on the sorter as it comes with a table-like top. It also comes with caster wheels. It has an average 4.5-star rating with close to 400 reviews.
Andover Mills Petrone Combo Laundry Center
This functional laundry sorter comes with a tray-style top that doubles as an ironing board and that you can lift up to reach inside each of the three removable and machine-washable bags. The bags come with metal carry handles as well. The center sits on four caster wheels. It boasts an average 4.5-star rating over more than 7,700 reviews.
Where to find laundry baskets and hampers
If you’re searching for more choices for laundry baskets and hampers, the following retailers offer an assortment of styles:
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Laundry Hamper with Heavy Duty Rolling Lockable Wheels; Durable Laundry Basket with Detachable Liner Bag; Waterproof Laundry Sorter with Metal Handle (White)
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- ★【Designed with Heavy Duty Rolling Lockable Wheels】The laundry hamper is designed with heavy duty rolling lockable wheels so that you can easily move and stabilize it.
- ★【Easily Assembled and Wash】The laundry basket is built with removable liner bag. It is convenient for assembling and washing the liner bag.
- ★【Larger Capacity and Get things Organized】The laundry hamper of Dimensions : 17.95" L x 13" W x 29.1"H (45.6×33×73.8cm). The Capacity is about 26.5 Gallons/100L. Max. Load Capacity: 55 lbs.
- ★【Suitable for Many Occasions】The laundry basket is ideal for many occasions such as bedroom, closets, living room and laundry room. It can be used as the laundry basket and toy basket as you prefer.
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|Product Dimensions||29 x 13 x 18 inches (73.7 x 33 x 45.7 cm)|
|Item Weight||8 pounds (3.6 kg)|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||29 x 13 x 18 inches (73.7 x 33 x 45.7 cm)|
|Item Weight||8 Pounds (3.6 kg)|
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Laundry Hamper with Heavy Duty Rolling Lockable Wheels; Durable Laundry Basket with Detachable Liner Bag; Waterproof Laundry Sorter with Metal Handle (White)
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- Question: Can you buy extra liners?
Answer: Hi,dear customer, I am so sorry about that we do not sold extra liners.
- Question: Can this be used outside, rolled down the street to laundromat?
Answer: Yes, the laundry hamper can be used outside, rolled down the street to laundromat.
- Question: Can the liner be put in a washing machine and a drier? what is the material? is it lightweight (thin, dries quickly)? is there any velcro on it?
Answer: Hi,dear The liner can be put in a washing machine and a dryer. The liner of material is cloth. It is lightweight and it is dries quickly after you wash it. It is no velcro on it.
- Question: Can you order extra liner bags?
Answer: Yes, you can order extra liner bags. Please let me know if you need the extra liner bag
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September 28, 2021
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I was looking every where for a small hamper like my old one. This is perfect I have no complaints .. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS. Easy to put together.....looks very nice in my bathroom.
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The Storage Basket is popular in our life for its high availability and favorable price. So this Iron Wire Frame Folding Storage Laundry Basket with Cover & Wheel is highly recommended to you. It's made of high quality oxford cloth, which is sturdy and durable. It's suitable for collect laundry, bag, quilt, underwear, etc. And it is the perfect solution to save space and collect objects, it can also protect these items from scratch and smudge, which is convenient for your life. Moreover, with design of wheel and cover, it's easy to move and not easily dirty. So what are you waiting for? Just take this practical laundry basket home!
1. Made of high quality oxford cloth, sturdy and durable
2. Can be folded, space-saving
3. Can be used to collect dirty clothes, bag, quilt, underwear, etc
4. A perfect solution to save space and collect objects, it can also protect these items from scratch and smudge
5. Design of wheel and cover, easy to move and not easily dirty.
6. Simple and lightweight design, fine workmanship
7. Easy to use and comfortable to touch
1. Material: 600D Oxford Cloth & PE Coating & Iron Wire Frame & Fiberglass Rod & Universal Wheel(With Brakes)
2. Color: White
3. Dimensions: (22.04 x 14.57 x .62)" / (56 x 37 x 60)cm (L x W x H)
4. Weight: 42.32oz / 1200g
5. Suitable for: Laundry, Bag, Quilt, Underwear
6. Style: Japanese Style
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If you want a laundry basket that can hold a lot of weight and can stand up to constant use and abuse, The Container Store Stacking Laundry Basket is the best laundry basket out there. It holds a full week's worth of laundry, it’s easy to carry with the attached handles, and it can stack to make sorting easier. The plastic is strong and the handle design is comfortable even when the basket is loaded with 40 pounds of weight. If you need a hamper, the Starplast Tall Flex Laundry Basket is strong and well ventilated.
The Container Store’s Stacking Laundry Basket is lightweight, sturdy, and easy to carry. It performed better than any other laundry basket in our testing. The handles—which tend to be a point of failure for baskets—held up to thorough testing with their simple but tough design. If you need more than one for a multi-person household or to separate lights and darks, this basket’s ability to stack is a bonus.
If you want a hamper over a traditional basket, we recommend the Starplast Tall Flex Laundry Basket. It’s sturdy and well ventilated, so sweaty clothes won’t get moldy, and because it’s flexible, you can grip both handles in one hand for easy transport down steps.
The Honey-Can-Do SRT-01235 Heavy-Duty Triple Laundry Sorter allows you to separate dirty clothes between people or loads of laundry. Because it’s on wheels, you can roll the whole thing to the laundry room or carry each bag individually.
If your laundry has to be out in the open in your bedroom, the hand-woven Seville Classics Water Hyacinth Oval Double Hamper is a nice option. It has two bins for sorting, and you can remove its canvas bag for transport to and from the laundry room.
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Who should buy this
If you’ve got a laundry basket that holds all of your laundry and isn’t falling apart, you probably don’t need to replace it. Wait for it to fail first. But if you’re still transporting all your clothes from the dryer in a sack that wrinkles them, it’s time to move to a laundry basket.
A basket can store wet or dry clothes, dirty or clean, and will handle everything from holding the dirty clothes as they build up to transporting them to the washer and back. It’s also sturdy enough to carry a box of detergent along with your laundry, no problem.
Baskets vs. hampers
While baskets are open on top and usually wider than tall, hampers are taller with a smaller footprint and sometimes have lids.
Generally, the benefit of a basket versus a hamper or a bag is that it performs double duty: It stores dirty clothes for transport to the laundry room and carries the folded, clean clothes back. Ample ventilation and volume ensure that wet clothes and still-damp clean clothes don’t attract mold or mildew. We have some suggestions for hampers as well, but if you’re only getting one, the basket is all you need.
That having been said, a laundry basket can’t handle everything. If you need to move clothes one-handed or possibly down very narrow staircases, or if you walk or take public transit to your laundromat, a one-basket solution may not work—you might consider a laundry hamper or bag system.
How we picked
No surprise: Buying guides for laundry baskets and hampers are virtually nonexistent. The majority of the “guides” that do exist are nothing more than slideshows of laundry baskets and hampers that an editor considered pretty enough to put on screen. After a good amount of digging, I did find a pair of guides with basic and utilitarian, but important, recommendations.
Even though there are ecological reasons to avoid plastic, we chose plastic laundry baskets for several reasons.
Plastic won’t warp or disfigure from exposure to water and, unlike wicker, resists mold and mildew. Both plastic and wicker are lightweight and portable, but considering laundry is often damp, a hamper that won’t let your clothes breathe isn’t a good pick. I’ve had many workout clothes left in the bottom of canvas hampers develop mold but none that have been left in well-ventilated baskets. Some baskets or hampers are made by covering cardboard with a coated material, like the Rubbermaid 4D06. If that cardboard inside gets wet the basket is ruined.
Plastic won’t warp or disfigure from exposure to water and, unlike wicker, resists mold and mildew.
Plastic is very strong for its weight, making it easy to transport laundry up and down stairs or to and from a car. Loads of laundry can get heavy, especially when transporting wet clothes from a washer to a dryer. A lightweight basket or hamper makes moving laundry easier.
Sturdy, comfortable handles are also important with heavy loads of laundry. Many baskets use trim pieces on their handles that look nice, but create a weaker joint. Some also have ridges on the underside of the handles that add some security, but dig into your flesh. Multiple sets of handles to hold the basket lengthwise or widthwise are nice.
Look for a smooth finish that won’t snag clothes. Wicker baskets especially are prone to small breaks that can snag fabric. A smooth, flat finish will prevent your basket from damaging your clothing.
Ventilation is good for both wet, smelly workout clothes and clean, slightly damp clothes. Damp clothes buried in the bottom of a non-breathable hamper or basket are prone to developing mold. (I’ve had it happen.) A well-ventilated bag or basket can prevent this. It also works well for items that might not get totally dry in the dryer, such as jeans or towels.
A rectangular shape will hold clothes most efficiently once they're folded. Shaped, hip-hugging baskets seem nice, but hold less volume and really aren’t any easier to carry. Most clothes fold into nice rectangles or squares, and the curve of hip-hugging baskets leads to items like pants not lying flat. They then take up more room and are likely to wrinkle. Square baskets hold as much dirty laundry as rectangular ones due to their greater depth, but are troublesome when trying to overload the basket. Round baskets and hampers don’t hold folded clothes well at all.
Most laundry baskets range from 1.5 bushels to 2.2 bushels, but most people will be suited just fine by a basket on the smaller side of that range. A 1.6-bushel basket can hold two full loads of laundry, about a full week's worth of clothes for a tall adult like myself. It easily holds more than a week's worth of clothes for my wife, who is more average-sized than I am, and five to six days' worth of clothes for a pair of toddlers.
A basket with two bushels or greater capacity certainly has more space and can hold a good 10 days' worth of clothes, but also weighs far more when loaded, which puts more stress on the basket handles. If you do laundry weekly, a 1.5-bushel basket should be enough. If you go through multiple sets of clothes every day (work clothes, casual clothes, workout clothes) or do laundry less frequently, you may need to consider larger or multiple baskets.
We knew the qualities we wanted, but actually finding a high-quality laundry basket was much harder than we expected. For as simple a device as it is, most are designed with some critical flaw. With the above goals in mind, I began a thorough survey of all the laundry baskets and hampers on the market. I read hundreds of reviews from Amazon, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, and more to narrow down a list of possible contenders. I visited local stores to examine the contenders up close and in person. Do the handles feel good? Does it hold enough laundry? Does it feel well made?
In the end, I evaluated more than 30 models to determine what makes a laundry basket good and uncover which one you should buy. I went to stores and loaded the baskets up with towels and bedding to get an idea of their capacity and how they felt when loaded. I read countless reviews and talked to people about their laundry baskets. I finally narrowed it down to a few final contenders and bought them for use with my own laundry before determining a final winner.
Our laundry basket pick: The Container Store Stacking Laundry Basket
The Container Store Stacking Laundry Basket succeeds because of its simplicity and lack of outstanding weaknesses, which makes it stand out in the world of laundry baskets. It’s plastic, lightweight, easy to carry, durable and spacious enough for a whole load of laundry. As simple as that sounds, it’s actually the only basket we found that checked all those requirements while simultaneously avoiding failures in other respects.
The Container Store Stacking Laundry Basket succeeds because of its simplicity and lack of outstanding weaknesses.
Its stacking feature is a bonus that didn’t weigh into my selection, but it does make it easier to sort laundry if you’re managing a multi-person household with lots of lights, darks and towels all needing their own separate baskets.
The size of The Container Store Stacking Laundry Basket (which used to be sold under the Sterilite brand) proves to be a benefit when moving up and down narrow stairwells. The two-bushel Sterilite Ultra Laundry Basket we tested left no room for my arms on the side when going down my basement stairwell. The Stacking Basket is a bit narrower and allows more room to maneuver in these tight spots. The square basket also proves useful in narrow stairwells, unlike a hip-hugging design.
If we define “good design” as the form factor most conducive to the task at hand, then this one from The Container Store is very well designed. The interior is smooth and won’t snag your laundry. It is well-ventilated, so wet, dirty clothes or damp clean clothes will both be able to dry out. The basket itself is a single piece of plastic, making it strong and durable. Many baskets have thinner plastic around the handles to allow for two-piece construction, which winds up weakening the joint. I was skeptical of the strength of the handles on the Stacking Basket at the start, but the design is simple yet solid, with few points for failure.
The handles were our only point of concern, but after thorough testing, I’m confident that they will last a long time. When empty, this basket weighs 2.2 pounds. I loaded it up with my laundry for the week: 11 pairs of socks, seven pairs of boxer shorts, three pairs of slacks, three pairs of jeans, one pair of sweatpants and 16 shirts. As a 6-foot-3, 165-pound male, I have fairly bulky clothes, but they all fit inside of The Container Store basket. If you do laundry weekly, instead of every 10-14 days as I do, you’ll fit it all in more easily.
I did everything I could to destroy [the handles] or cause them to pop out, and failed.
With all of that laundry, the basket now tipped the scales at 21.4 pounds. I then proceeded to abuse the handles as much as I could, torquing, twisting and straining them to the best of my ability. I shook the basket violently. I tried to pull the handles out from the sides. I did everything I could to destroy them or cause them to pop out and failed. In comparison, the handles of the two-bushel Sterilite Ultra Basket we tested flexed and broke under this stress. They felt good while they survived, but they did break. The Rubbermaid laundry basket handles dig into your flesh if carrying a full load. The square 1.5-bushel Sterilite was unable to hold the full load due to its less-efficient size but the handles did not fail.
Undeterred, I added 20 pounds of hand weights to the basket as well. Even weighing more than 40 pounds, The Container Store Stacking Basket was still easy on the hands, though much heavier than any load of laundry will ever be. I repeated the same attempted destruction on the basket and the handles held up to the abuse. For further testing, I handed it off to a pair of breakage experts, my three-year-old and one-year-old sons, and let them have their way. After a week of solid usage by them, the handles remained locked in The Container Store basket. Basically, if these handles break off, it will be because it was a lemon that made it past quality control, not bad design.
The Container Store Stacking Basket isn’t large, but it’s large enough (and not so large as to encourage skipping weekly laundering). It has a 1.5-bushel capacity, enough for the average person that does laundry weekly. The rectangular shape makes it easier to stack and sort than a curved or square design. My clothes are large due to my height, but I can fit a full wash cycle folded into this basket without an issue.
Hampers are mostly for storing dirty clothes because their deeper, taller shape isn’t well-suited to carrying folded, clean clothes. As a result, they complement the laundry basket but don’t replace it, and only really need to be bought if you have a reason for one, like stylistic concerns or the need for a one-handed design that can be hauled like a sack.
Ventilation is even more important in hampers than it is in baskets.
Ventilation is even more important in hampers than it is in baskets. The narrow, tall design means that a wet item placed at the bottom of the hamper could be totally buried the first day and not washed until the hamper is full. That means it might be a full week or more for items to sit and develop mold or mildew. Good air circulation will help prevent this by allowing those wet or sweaty items to air out. Airflow also helps get out the smell from clothing that sits in there for a few days.
A good hamper should also be easier to carry with one hand, since that is one of the primary benefits of a hamper over a basket. Hampers with a removable bag are also good, as that makes it easy to toss the bag in with your wash, keeping the hamper itself clean and free of mold and mildew.
The cheapest, most basic option is a round basket hamper. We look for many of the same things in these that we do in the basket: plastic construction, ventilation and carrying handles. Since this basket will typically only hold dirty clothes, being able to carry folded laundry is not as important to our decision here.
Pop-up hampers are another option, but not a good one. Since you’ll always have dirty laundry around, the hamper will rarely, if ever, actually need to be stored away. The mesh makes it very light and breathable but is a very weak material to construct a hamper out of. When completely filled with clothes, the hamper gets weighed down and prone to ripping and falling apart. A conventional laundry hamper takes up the same amount of space and is both more durable and cheaper.
Our laundry hampers pick: Starplast Tall Flex Laundry Basket
The best hamper option is the Starplast Tall Flex Laundry Basket, found at Bed Bath & Beyond. Available in blue or white and costing only $9, they’re everything you want in a laundry hamper. They’re sturdy and well-built, so they won’t fall apart. The plastic construction is smooth and won’t snag your clothes. There is a lot of ventilation so even sweaty clothes at the bottom of the basket will dry out over a week and not develop mold. They're also flexible, which lets you grab both handles with a single hand to carry it up and down the stairs. If you like sorting your clothes into lights and darks, you can get two of the hampers and carry one with each hand. They aren’t fancy and won’t look stylish in your bedroom, but they will do the job.
For sorting your laundry: Honey-Can-Do SRT-01235 Heavy-Duty Triple Laundry Sorter
If you want a nicer way to sort your dirty clothes, get the Honey-Can-Do Heavy-Duty Triple Laundry Sorter. With three separate bags that can each be carried with a single hand, it provides enough space for multiple people to keep their dirty laundry sorted, or for one person to sort their laundry into whites, darks, and colors. The rack is sturdy and won’t wobble or fall apart, and the bags are solid—although they are canvas and thus won’t breathe as well as plastic or mesh. After reading user reviews, we found that the mesh and plastic ones had too many durability issues to recommend.
An attractive option: Seville Classics Water Hyacinth Oval Double Hamper, Hand-Woven
Some people also want a more stylish hamper that can be left out in the bedroom. It doesn’t perform any better, or even as well, as our previous picks, but if appearance really is your primary concern, the Seville Classics Hand-Woven Oval Double Hamper will keep your laundry sorted and the wicker looks much nicer in a bedroom than plastic hampers do. There are two bins to allow for easy sorting of lights and darks. It also features removable canvas bags that are easy to take out and carry while leaving the heavier hamper behind. This also keeps the wicker from snagging your clothes. It's much more expensive than anything else we reviewed, and you will still need a laundry basket to transport clean, folded clothes, but it is the most functional pick of the better-looking hampers.
Rubbermaid and Sterilite make hip-hugger baskets, but neither holds as much as a rectangular basket, and both feature less sturdy handles than on the regular Rubbermaid model.
The Rubbermaid Stack’N Sort laundry basket is a rectangular design, and like our top Container Store pick, these can be stacked on top of each other for sorting. In person, they are hard to stack compared to our pick and the handles pop out of place easily. It costs more than The Container Store basket and doesn’t perform as well.
As far as hampers go, the Seville Classics 3-Bag Laundry Sorter might look like a pretty good option, but the slightly smaller wheels and fewer long-term reviews made the Honey-Can-Do a better pick.
The Whitmor Chrome Laundry Sorter has mesh bags to help prevent mold and mildew on dirty clothes, but reviews indicate that the bags are weak and fall apart fast.
The Household Essentials Hanging Cotton Canvas Laundry Hamper Bag is sturdy and can hang out of the way, but holds very little and doesn’t breathe particularly well. Wet washcloths I left in it were still wet days later. It’s also small—a grown adult would likely fill this up in just a few days. It’s a good option if you need something for a low-traffic laundry area, but wouldn’t work as a main solution.
The Rubbermaid Flex-N-Carry plastic hamper is nicely designed, but compared to the Starplast, its only advantage is a nicer handle. It also costs nearly four times as much as the Starplast, making it a much worse value overall.
The Rubbermaid Foldable Laundry Hamper was the top-selling hamper on Amazon at the time of testing, with a nice design and easy one-handed carrying. Unfortunately, it’s based around cardboard, and there are pictures of it failing if you happen to get it too wet. It also does not breathe well due to the design.
DAZZ Deluxe Pop-Up Hamper has hundreds of reviews on Amazon, giving us a lot of reliability data to use. The overall design looks good, with a pocket for laundry soap and easy carry handles at at top. But more than 10 percent of the reviews report that it rips very easily after purchase and is cheaply made. It also costs more than our regular hamper pick.
The Whitmor 18-inch Collapsible Hamper has far less data to go off of but also an overall good rating. There are still a lot of people reporting that it falls apart easily. Many of the positive reviews come from people using it for something other than laundry, such as a butterfly habitat or chameleon transporter. It lacks the side pockets of the DAZZ model and still costs more that the regular, sturdy hamper from Bed, Bath & Beyond.
About your guide
Chris Heinonen is a senior staff writer reporting on TVs, projectors, and sometimes audio gear at Wirecutter. He has been covering AV since 2008 for a number of online publications and is an ISF-certified video calibrator. He used to write computer software and hopes to never do that again, and he also loves to run and test gear for running guides.
We are a little over a month away from 2021, and given that most of us are working from home or quarantined (thanks to COVID-19!)—you’re probably reevaluating some of the stuff around the house that isn’t as attractive or useful as it once was.
One such thing is a laundry basket. Sure your humble hamper isn’t broken and stores your dirty laundry just fine, but if it’s falling apart or you’re looking for an excuse to get something more functional—like a laundry basket on wheels—well, you’re in the right place.
In this buying guide, we rounded up a bunch of functional laundry baskets on wheels and laundry of all sizes and shapes so that you can find the one that suits you.
But before that, you are probably thinking, what makes a laundry basket on wheels so special? That’s a good question. After all, the main purpose of the laundry basket is to hold dirty clothes. Well, here are a bunch of reasons why it’s time to invest in a laundry basket on wheels.
Let’s get to it.
4 Reasons Why You Might Want A Laundry Basket On Wheels
Convenient To Move Around
Mobility is a major advantage when it comes to wheeled laundry baskets. You can conveniently move the basket from place to place, just like shopping carts. If you have wood or tile floors, you can easily get your laundry to and from the laundry room without much difficulty.
Convenient To Carry Heavier Clothes
Carrying a laundry bag full of laundry to and from the laundry room can be quite daunting, especially for elderly folks or for people with limited strength. A laundry basket with wheels gives you the ability to carry all your heavy clothes and other heavy items to any place you want with ease.
If you happen to live in an apartment or townhouse, and you have to bring your laundry to the laundromat, we can’t recommend you get a laundry basket with wheels enough.
Easier To Carry Toys, Towels, and Other Things To Picnics or Beaches.
Planning a picnic or a fun-filled day on the beach this weekend? If you are planning to take the kids to a picnic or the beach, carrying their toys, beach balls, towels, and food is always a big hurdle. That is until you get yourself a laundry basket with wheels. Wheeled laundry bags are perfect for these scenarios and are suitable for carrying toys, towels, food, and more.
Doubles As Storage Boxes
Laundry bags or hampers are more for storing, rather than hauling dirty laundry. You can even use laundry baskets to store and carry toys, bottles, books, and other miscellaneous items.
7 Best Laundry Baskets On Wheels
Sterilite Ultra Wheeled Hamper
The Sterilite Ultra Wheeled Hamper is a great wheeled laundry basket with 3 hampers and 3 lids. The lid and base is white. Each hamper comes with smooth-gliding wheels and retractable titanium handles.
The handles are comfortable, making it easy to transport clothes to and from the laundry room.
The hampers have adequate ventilation, and everything feels durable and well-built as anyone would expect from a Sterilite. The Sterilite Ultra Wheeled Hamper weighs 18 lbs. and is proudly made in the US.
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CAROEAS 22″ Pro ROLLING Laundry Cart
If you’re looking for a ‘pro’ wheeled laundry basket that has plenty of space, the CAROEAS Pro ROLLING Laundry Cart will suit your needs perfectly.
This collapsible laundry basket has high-quality oxford fabric for safety and a mesh cover on top to allow odors to dissipate and to keep out the dust.
The four wheels are made from high-quality plastic and include brakes on each wheel for additional safety. The CAROEAS Pro ROLLING Laundry Cart is easy to assemble and weighs 1.98lbs.
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Simple Houseware Heavy-Duty 3-Bag Laundry Sorter Cart
The Simple Houseware Heavy-Duty 3-Bag Laundry Sorter Cart is a roll-free laundry sorter container with a well-designed structure.
Made of premium-quality steel with an elegant chrome finish, this laundry cart has three individual bags, and each bag can carry 13 gallons of clothes.
There are four caster wheels, but only two of the casters come with brakes. This laundry bag has a total of six horizontal bars, including the bar behind the bag.
The manufacturers were clever in adding this extra horizontal bar behind the bag making the whole frame even more rigid and capable of carrying heavier loads. The bags are durable and easy to clean.
The Simple Houseware Heavy-Duty 3-Bag Laundry Sorter Cart weighs 10.3 lbs. If you need a large, heavy-duty laundry basket with wheels that will last for a long time, this is a great option.
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Honey-Can-Do HMP-02108 Steel Canvas Rolling Laundry Hamper
The Honey-Can-Do HMP-02108 Steel Canvas Rolling Laundry Hamper is an attractive hamper allowing you to carry your clothes to and from the laundry in style.
This Honey-Can-Do rolling laundry hamper has a sturdy steel frame with a brilliant chrome finish, making it one of the most attractive options considering its structure and style.
The bag itself is made of natural canvas that is washable and removable for easy maintenance. This laundry basket has four caster wheels as well, and the hamper drawstrings secure the bag to the steel frame.
The basket is slim, measuring at 2 feet in height, and does not require much space. Overall, this is an excellent laundry basket with quality craftsmanship built to last for a lifetime.
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Simple Houseware 2-Bag Heavy-Duty Rolling Laundry Sorter Cart
The Simple Houseware Heavy-Duty 2-Bag Laundry Sorter Cart is a well-designed laundry sorter cart made of a premium-quality metal framework with a shiny silver finish.
This laundry bag has two individual bags, and each can hold about 11 gallons of clothes.
There are four caster rolling wheels, but only two of the caster wheels have brakes. This laundry bag has a total of six horizontal bars, including the extra bar behind the bag. The bags are durable and easy to clean.
The Simple Houseware Heavy-Duty 2-Bag Laundry Sorter Cart weighs 6.27 lbs. If you are looking for a fairly large and heavy-duty laundry basket with wheels that will last for a lifetime, this is a great choice.
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WOWLIVE 90L Large Rolling Laundry Hamper with Wheels Collapsible Laundry Basket
WOWLIVE is synonymous with high-quality wheeled laundry baskets, and the WOWLIVE Large Rolling Laundry Hamper with Wheels Collapsible Laundry Basket is no exception.
This laundry basket is an attractive, square-shaped basket with a strong base. It’s well-built, waterproof, and dustproof. There are four rolling caster wheels with brakes. Made of PE board, this basket is resistant to breakage.
The fabric is 600D oxford and effectively keeps moisture and dust away from the clothes. The mesh cover prevents the clothes from falling out. If you want a stylish, beautiful laundry basket that will blend with the balcony, bedroom, parlor, children’s room, or dormitory, this wheeled laundry basket can be a great option.
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Homyfort Laundry Basket on Wheels, Waterproof Laundry Storage Hamper
This wheeled laundry basket from Homyfort is foldable, square-shaped, and easy to assemble and disassemble. This basket will look great in any college dorm room, bedroom, bathroom, and more.
There are four caster rolling wheels, but only two of the wheels have brakes. There are also two sturdy, soft handles on each side for easy carrying.
This basket has a built-in density board below for added strength. The laundry basket is made from high-end, light, and eco-friendly materials.
The canvas fabric is PE covered and effectively keeps moisture and dirt away from laundry inside. The drawstring mesh cover keeps cleaned clothes clean and prevents anything from falling out while transporting.
If convenience and flexibility is your main concern, you’ll like this laundry basket. Not only does this item make an excellent laundry cart, but it also doubles as a storage container for clean clothes, toys, and much more.
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Laundry is a necessary part of day to day life but, that doesn’t mean your dirty clothes can’t be held in style. These laundry baskets with wheels combine form and function for a little bit of fun in an otherwise mundane household chore.
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