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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of our laundry favorites before — like wool dryer balls, drying racks, and at-home dry-cleaning alternatives — here we’ve rounded up the best hampers and baskets, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) hamper
Many reviewers were surprised by the high quality of this collapsible mesh hamper, especially at such a low price point. Buyers say it’s “actually pretty sturdy,” and “durable, yet light and easy to carry.” One reviewer likes that the handles “make for easy carrying to distant laundry facilities,” and another declares: “This hamper doesn’t quit.” Many were also fans of the side pocket that a reviewer calls “strong and able to hold items without tearing,” and others love that the hamper can “collapse or pop up in a fraction of a second” for easy storage or transport.
Besides its heavy-duty construction, reviewers also note the hamper’s impressive capacity. “It actually holds more laundry that you would think by looking at it,” writes one, and another says, “I can transport both my clothes and large tub of laundry detergent in it without feeling like it will rip.” It’s not surprising that one reviewer says this workhorse of a hamper “makes doing laundry almost fun.”
Best three-compartment collapsible hamper
For a collapsible style that can also sort your clothes, reviewers like this “nicely designed hamper” that’s divided into three sections. “This hamper holds way more laundry and is sturdier than I expected,” says one reviewer and another, who’s been using it for a year, writes, “this bad boy has held up beautifully. I use it to carry towels and it handles the heavy weight without any signs of straining in the fabric, mesh, or wire.” Others appreciate how it helps them “get to the laundry room with the laundry presorted,” and how it “collapses to a very reasonable storage/space-saving size when not in use.”
Best three-compartment hamper on wheels
For even more convenient laundry sorting and transporting, reviewers like this easy-to-assemble cart because it “rolls very easily and feels sturdy” and has “enough room for a full week of laundry and then some.” One reviewer says it’s “the best laundry hamper I have ever owned,” and another writes, “I love rolling the laundry cart instead of carrying that heavy old basket back and forth.” Others like that it’s “solid and has nice, lockable casters on the bottom” to keep it from rolling away. “The wheels are amazing and the ability to lock them is even more helpful,” writes a happy customer.
Best two-compartment hamper with magnetic lid
Along with being durable (one reviewer writes, “I’ve now had this for over a year and it’s still in perfect condition”), this hamper earns praise from reviewers for its good looks. “This blends perfectly with the neutral and brown tones of my decor,” says one reviewer, and another adds, it “looks so nice and does not need to be hidden inside a closet.” And thanks to the lid, one reviewer raves, “this sucker looks nice and modern and hides your stinky clothes like a garbage wearing a tuxedo.”
Best foldable hamper
This no-frills, affordable hamper has over 1,000 reviews (mostly positive), likely because, as one reviewer describes, it’s “very good quality … subjectively stylish and fits well in my room aesthetic.” The same reviewer says, “I’ve been using it to carry large loads of laundry around [and] it doesn’t feel like it’s going to break on you.” Another agrees: “I was surprised by how well-built this laundry hamper appears to be. The handles feel like they will last and I have a hard time imagining the rest failing either.”“I’m a cheapskate, so I just needed something cheap but sturdy in order to be organized and haul laundry. This is a really sturdy, well-made basket, so it’s easy to haul laundry. It looks nice, too. It’s just enough for one person with a pretty moderate amount of laundry — about a full week of clothes.”
Best hamper on wheels
One reviewer exclaims, “my back has been saved” thanks to this wheeled hamper that, they say, has “passed every test possible! It rolls on the thick carpet, and wood floors!” Another calls it “definitely a lifetime hamper” and “one of the most useful items I have ever invested in.” This reviewer likes that she can easily wheel the hamper on her own “without having to ask my husband to carry around ‘the mountain’ of laundry we have every week,” and another says its large capacity and wheels make it “a life saver.”
Best hamper trolley
As one reviewer writes, “I would never imagine a better hamper for people that live in an apartment building with stairs or even a home where the laundry is located downstairs,” and lots of apartment dwellers do love this stair-climbing, rolling hamper. One says it’s “exactly what I needed.” Another writes, “I live on the top floor of a three-floor walk-up with the laundromat a block away and it was very easy to get up and down the stairs and [it] rolls nicely on sidewalks and streets.” It’s also durable: A reviewer who’s been using it for a year and a half says, the “wheel casing is holding up great after many trips to laundry room.”
Best hanging hamper
“This is a genius invention,” a reviewer raves of this space-saving hanging hamper. “The rolling carts and laundry bins we’ve tried take up too much precious floor space,” explains one reviewer, and another notes that this one “makes my small laundry room feel bigger.” Along with saving floor space, reviewers love that “it doesn’t stick out too far, even when towels are in it,” and has “a zipper down the back making it easy to empty into the washer without having to pull everything out from the top.”
Best bamboo hamper
“Gorgeous and somewhat rustic looking,” according to one reviewer, this hamper is a top choice for those looking for something that’s not too industrial-looking at a good price point. “The bamboo is super nice quality and it’s incredibly sturdy,” says one reviewer. Another who’s had it for over two years says, “all of my fears about it breaking are completely gone.” Reviewers especially like the removable inner bag: One writes, “I love being able to lift the bag out, with all the clothes in it, and take it down to the washing machine.”
Best wicker hamper
Multiple reviewers note that this was the second or third LaMont Home hamper they’ve purchased because the products stand the test of time. One reviewer says a previous one “lasted for years and years,” and another says, “this hamper replaced an older LaMont wicker hamper we bought at least ten years ago. This one seems even more sturdy.” Others also note that it “looks stylish, well-made, and holds A LOT of laundry” and that the “wicker provides ventilation but doesn’t snag your clothes.”
Best two-compartment wicker hamper
With two compartments for separating clothing and a woven wicker exterior, this hamper is a favorite among reviewers looking for something “roomy, sturdy, and great to look at.” They also like that “it’s well-built but light” and has handles that make it easy to carry. One reviewer explains that because each section has its own separate bag, “I can remove one bag and leave the other inside the hamper.” One reviewer goes so far as to say, “I truly believe this hamper was the mark of adulthood for me. It was a huge step in becoming an organized person who values their belongings.” Marie Kondo would certainly approve of this reviewer, who says, “I experience joy when I lift up the little wicker flaps.”
Best rope basket hamper
Decorative enough to display on its own, reviewers say this attractive rope basket “has done a great job of being a durable laundry basket.” One busy parent says, “not only is it super spacious, but you can put your arm through the handles so your hands are free to carry other things (like my toddler!)” One reviewer gave it to a college-age daughter who “loves it” because it’s a “stylish hamper for her room rather than a plastic bin.”
Best striped hamper
One of the few highly-rated hampers with a pattern, reviewers like that this subtly striped basket “stands up on its own and is a great size for a week’s worth of laundry.” Several reviewers mention the benefits of the plastic liner that “prevents staining from any wet dirty clothes,” and others also agree that it’s “light and easy to transport with the attached handles.”
Best four-compartment hamper
Large families (and the super-organized) appreciate this hamper with its four separate compartments. “Having a sorter cuts down on unnecessary laundry sorting time and saves space by not having to have different piles of sorted clothes all over the place on laundry days,” says one reviewer who also finds that it can hold two week’s worth of clothes for a family of four. Reviewers find the hamper itself, along with the wheels and bags, very durable. One writes, “it is easy to wheel from one room to the other room” and another likes that it’s “made out of a respectably heavy material.”
Best hamper with a clothes rack
The consensus among reviewers is that this hamper is “very easy to assemble,” and one even writes “my husband couldn’t believe how fast I assembled it!” Another fan says, “it rolls easily in and out of the elevator and has held up to being carted around every week over the last six-plus months,” and many agree with the sentiment that “it makes laundry day a snap” or that it at least “makes laundry less of a daunting task.” Others appreciate the rack for hanging clothes to dry, and one says, “the frame is so strong, sometimes it surprises me when it holds up all the clothes on hangers, including a bunch of jeans.”
Best tote bag-style hamper
Roomy, collapsible, and sturdy are three words reviewers frequently use to describe this easy-to-carry hamper that doubles as a large tote bag. “This is the best thing I have ever spent my hard earned money on,” raves one reviewer who loves how easily it makes carrying laundry. Reviewers also like that it “stays upright when you load it” and “also can be wiped down, if it should happen to get dirty.” A reviewer who has to lug their hamper to a laundry room writes, “the bag distributes the weight in a way that makes carrying it even when it’s really heavy easier and it feels less bulky than other bags.”
Best plastic hamper
With four baskets in a set, lots of reviewers like that these can be used for sorting laundry or for different family members. “These are the perfect size hampers. Not too large, not too small” writes one reviewer. “And with a four-pack, everyone can have their own and it fits conveniently in the closet without taking up a lot of space.” Another likes using them “to help get laundry under control in a busy house with several kids.” Others like that they can easily remove the lids to stack the baskets when not in use.
Best hamper for kids
Doubling as playful kids’ room décor, reviewers say this frog hamper (also available as a lavender elephant) gets kids excited about laundry. “How do you get a three year old to pick up her dirty clothes? Get them a super cute hamper that has a funny cute lid,” says one reviewer, and another parent says, “I have two boys, 5 and 3, and they love ‘feeding the frog’ their dirty clothes!” Besides its looks, reviewers are also fans of the hamper’s solid construction. “It has held up well to toddler abuse,” writes one, “and it’s relatively well made. I expect to get years of use out of it.”
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