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 ($29.99, Macy’s) or something that can fold down for storage ($26, The Laundress), 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 With Wheels
Neatfreak EVERFRESH Laundry Triple Sorter
Where to buy: $99.99, Macy’s
Talk about top of the line! Not only will Neatfreak’s EverFresh hamper make moving your laundry from the bedroom (or anywhere else it might be) to your laundry room a breeze thanks to its four rolling casters, you can take the sorting step off your list of laundry to-dos if you utilize its three divided bins as you go, each one of which has handles for individual use. Best of all, this hamper is equipped with EverFresh technology: self-activating microbes that attack foul odor to ensure none escape prior to washing.
Best Laundry Hamper With Lid
Threshold Lined Hamper
Where to buy: $44.99 (Originally $48.99), Target
I bought this laundry hamper for myself about six months ago, and it remains one of my favorite Target purchases to date. Not only does its paper rope exterior look far pricer than its less-than-$50 price tag, it holds a surprising amount of laundry. Where my basket was once constantly overflowing, this one has the capacity to keep things concealed until I’ve got plenty amassed for a full load. It has an attractive striped linen lining, and, best of all, you can close the lid to hide messes away for company.
I'm not the only fan of this Threshold buy: 96 percent of its 200+ reviewers would recommend it to a friend. "Just the right size and shape," one buyer wrote. "It holds just the right amount of clothes for a large load. It looks nice and the lid stays up well when retrieving the the clothes."
Best Wicker Laundry Hamper
Viv + Rae 2-Piece Wicker Set
Where to buy: $53.06, Wayfair
If you happen to be a fan of wicker, look no further than this gorgeous two-piece set from Viv + Rae. Complete with removable linen bags, these long-lasting hampers give off an easy, rustic vibe that’s sure to please. It has a wide side slot for easy transport gripping and a flip-up lid for added convenience. These pieces also come in white.
Best Slim Laundry Hamper
Neatfreak EverFresh Slim Hamper
Where to buy: $29.99, Macy’s
Short on space? No problem. Neatfreak’s EverFresh slim hamper, which has a tall and narrow rectangular profile, is just what you’ll need to streamline your laundry. It can be flattened for storage and includes the company’s EverFresh technology to keep it smelling fresh as a daisy, no matter what you choose to store.
Best Laundry Hamper Cabinet
Birch Lane Heritage Edward Cabinet Laundry Hamper
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.
Honey Can Best Double Laundry Hamper
Honey-Can-Do Dual Compartment 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 Collapsible Laundry Hamper
The Laundress Collapsible 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.
Best Wood Laundry Hamper
Simpli Home Avington Laundry Hamper
Where to buy: $182.99, Bed Bath & Beyond
If you’re the “outta sight, outta mind” type, this wooden laundry hamper from Simpli Home is for you. At first glance, you’d never guess this stylish piece of furniture was actually a hamper. Upon closer inspection, however, its single door tilts out to reveal a space to tuck your laundry away. It has a limited one year’s manufacturer’s warranty and the top can double as an extra shelf. What's not to love?!
Best Large Laundry Hamper
Whitmor Round Commercial 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
Caroeas Laundry Sorter
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 Tilt Out Laundry Hamper
Household Essentials Tilt-Out Laundry Cabinet
Where to buy: $317, Macy’s
The crème de la crème of laundry hampers comes in the form of this laundry cabinet from Household Essentials. Each side tilts out to reveal a removable laundry bin, and you can rest picture frames, trinkets, and more on its surface. It comes with a one year warranty.