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Laundry is referred to as a “chore” for a reason. By the time we’ve sorted the dirty clothes to go in the wash, lugged them to the machine (or worse —the laundromat), hefted them into the washer, then the dryer, folded them, and put them away, we’re pooped, to say the least! But the process of cleaning your clothes doesn’t have to be an energy sucker. With the best laundry hamper on hand, you’ll quickly find that the task becomes far easier — and (gasp!) — dare we even say, enjoyable?
Types of Laundry Hampers
Depending on the type of laundry hamper you choose to buy, these little storage Godsends will do everything from sort your soiled linens ahead of the wash, with divided bins for your darks, lights, or delicates, to help you transport your laundry to the machine via rolling wheels or convenient handles.
Some designs, like tilt out hampers or hamper cabinets, will even blend in with your décor, doubling as shelving space for your bed, bath, or laundry room.
Essentially, you’ll want a hamper that will fit your space, allow for the volume of laundry you need, and include any necessary features you might desire. You’ll also want to take its material into account. Read up on the pros and cons of the most common hamper materials below.
Plastic: Plastic hampers will be a breeze to wipe down and will hold up better than most. As far as aesthetics go, however, they may be less than desirable.
Cloth: The most versatile of the hamper materials, cotton is lightweight enough to be mobile, easy-to-clean, and breathable. It can occasionally fall short in the sturdy department, however, depending on how heavy your laundry loads are.
Wicker: Wicker laundry baskets are plenty chic, concealing your laundry away in style, but they’re not always so easy to clean.
Wood: Wood hampers or cabinets will blend in like a piece of furniture, making onlookers none the wiser that they’re actually housing soiled linens. They’re not ideal for wet laundry, however, as it can warp the material, and they can’t be easily moved.
The Best Laundry Hamper
Whether you’re on the hunt for a laundry hamper that will fit that super small hall closet or something that can fold down for storage, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling for FIRST for Women’s favorite options for the best laundry hamper for your lifestyle.
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Best Laundry Hamper Cabinet
Where to buy: $73.27, Wayfair
This little find from Birch Lane Heritage provides a far more attractive alternative to your traditional laundry hamper. It’s made with a solid, sustainable bamboo, and its slatted design provides superior ventilation, so clothes won't get too stuffy. It comes with a removable linen liner and has a flip-down lid.
Best Double Laundry Hamper
Where to buy: $23.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
Simplify your laundry sorting with this cheeky double container, which has a spot for light-colored laundry on the left and a spot for darks on the right. A laminated interior will help to prevent mildew. You can also store it flat when you’re not using it should you choose to remove the metal frame.
Best Large Laundry Hamper
Where to buy: $160, Macy’s
For a hamper that has few bells or whistles, but plenty of room, check out Whitmor’s round commercial model. With a sturdy chrome frame and a removable cloth lining, this extra-large hamper on wheels offers up the best of both worlds. Its 32 x 24-inch measurements are nothing to sniff at, either!
Best Divided Laundry Hamper
Where to buy: $35.99, Amazon
You’ll never have a problem keeping things orderly with Caroeas’ genius laundry sorter. It comes with six different insertable cards for labeling (think delicate whites, lace and underwear, colored fabric, dark clothes, hand wash only, and clothes for babies), so you can customize it to your own personal needs. Its leather handles are detachable, and a breathable mesh cover will keep your belongings from spilling out. Did we mention it's also equipped with rolling wheels?
Best Collapsible Laundry Hamper
Where to buy: $26, The Laundress
If your washer or dryer aren’t on-site, having a lightweight, easy-to-move laundry hamper on hand is imperative. Take this one from The Laundress, for instance. The brand's collapsible hamper supports full loads, yet can be moved about with ease. You can also squish it in when it’s not in use.