Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing.
Inspired by a stylish laundromat that recently opened in Brooklyn, we set out to find a sturdy and reasonably attractive laundry trolley. This was surprisingly difficult to do (unless you want a canvas laundry bag that says “laundry today or naked tomorrow”), but we landed on a range of bags and carts that will help you reliably get your linens to the laundromat or laundry room. Most even have enough room for your old-school workout-clothes soap and Fran Drescher–approved detergent.
The best minimalist laundry bag on wheels
“I have to transport five sets of bed sheets twice a day from work to home and back again. This is a little workhorse. It hasn’t tipped over, it turns on a dime, it’s easy to set up, and it’s lightweight. I love it!”
The best patterned laundry bag on wheels
“Absolutely wonderful. I’m an old lady without a car and this cart, in many ways, has taken the place of a car. Lots of room, lots of storage, very sturdy, and quite light. I highly recommend it for anyone in need of such a product, even if you’re not old.”
The best collapsible laundry bag on wheels
“I’ve been shopping on Amazon for years, but this is the first time I’ve been moved enough by a product to write a review. The VersaCart is FANTASTIC. I went grocery shopping with it — I walked to and from a supermarket ten minutes away — and it held a heaping amount of goods: six half-gallon containers of soy milk, a carton of a dozen eggs, about eight cans, lots of veg (potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and more), several packs of frozen meat, and much more! It was a breeze to push and didn’t wobble at all. I also use it to tote laundry.”
The best laundry bag–slash–canvas duffel bag
“Oh, laundry, laundry, laundry. I hate seeing clothes thrown every which way, especially if they’re dirty. I feel like everyone should have a laundry bag of some sort — just like this one. There are so many things I love about this. One: It has a strap. I can easily carry it on my back when I go up and down different floors, should I need to when doing laundry. Two: It is made of canvas. It’s a breathable material that isn’t flimsy. Three: It is lightweight and keeps its form. Laundry itself is already heavy, so it’s good that this bag isn’t some sort of heavy and bulky article. Four: It’s the perfect size. I can hold two weeks’ worth of laundry in here and still be able to close it comfortably without clothes spilling out.”
The best nylon laundry bag with backpack straps
“A proud owner of these cool laundry bags! I look so cool hauling our laundry to the laundromat, I feel like a mountaineer walking in. Can easily carry about 30 pounds of load. The cool thing with these bags is the ball that locks the string in place when closed. I bought three of these and have used them heavily for two months now. No rips, no complaints.”
The best laundry cart on wheels, for big items that aren’t socks
“This was exactly what my mom needed to cart her laundry to and from the laundromat near her apartment. The wheels are solid so there is no worry about air escaping. It was very easy to assemble — all I had to do was secure the wheels. This cart easily folds up when not in use, so it takes up very little space. The dimensions are just the right size — not too big or small, and it could also house one of those mesh pop-up hampers perfectly. My mom just leaves the hamper in the cart and when it is full, she goes off to the laundromat!”
The best laundry bag that climbs the stairs
“Am I ever glad I chose the Royi! It’s got an ingenious design. The metal frame folds up to half its size, and is so lightweight that I can lift it with one finger. I’ve hauled a 40-pound box of cat litter on it, and the frame showed no signs of bending or buckling … there are many others on the market with this same ‘stair-climbing’ feature. But I must say, it’s no gimmick. This design really does make it so much easier to pull the cart up stairs, or ease a heavy load down stairs. The real star of this product, though, is the bag. It’s made of heavy vinyl, making it not only very durable, but waterproof as well.”
The best basket laundry cart on wheels without a handle
“This was a great purchase. I can roll it into my guest bath no problem, and it doesn’t mess up the area rug when I go over it. Also, the basket on the bottom is large enough for my detergent, softener, bleach, garment bags, and my iron. And I get the detergent and softener from a wholesaler, so you know they are the BIG containers. I find the basket is perfect for my machine, too … it is a perfect load, so no leaving dirty clothes behind because the hamper was too big and they won’t all fit.”
The best canvas laundry bag with “laundry” written on it
“My daughter is very happy with it. Fits perfectly over her shoulder for easy and comfortable carrying and has a front pocket to hold her laundry pods, dryer sheets, and coin purse. Makes hauling laundry in college much more convenient.”
The best laundry bags that go in the washing machine
“These wash bags exceeded my expectations. The mesh is very fine, which means that if a bra comes unhooked while washing, it will not snag inside the bag. This particular set of bags is generously sized: The small bags will hold a couple of bras, a few pair of panties, or four to six individual knee-high compression stockings, while the large bags will hold a sweater or sweatshirt or a couple of blouses. I’ve used wash bags for many years and was never completely satisfied with any of them until I purchased these.”
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