Updated: June 8, 2015
Best Laundry Baskets and HampersLaundry Basket Review - what you need to stay on top of your weekly laundry chores..
If you've got an average family household, chances are you produce and process a lot of dirty laundry every month. Storing all that dirty laundry doesn't have to be an ugly business, though, as laundry hampers and baskets can actually add to the overall decor of a bathroom or bedroom. Wicker hampers are a popular option, but there are several things to think about before you buy either a laundry basket or a laundry hamper. Is it going to hold up to use and abuse by yourself and/or kids over the years? Will it be easy to carry or empty? And are you going for a designer look or just something basic to toss into the closet? In this guide, we will take a look at some of the most popular laundry baskets and hampers on the market, and give you tips on what to look for and how much you should expect to pay.
In preparing this guide, we dug into sites such as Amazon and Consumer Review as well as publications like Good Housekeeping and Home and Garden (and their sites as well). They have helped us come to our conclusions which can help you select the best laundry baskets and hampers for your home.
Comfortable, long lasting, and high capacity laundry basketsOf these two pieces of furniture so important to a home's laundry needs, baskets serve a more functional and less decorative purpose within the home. The laundry basket is of course what is used to transport the laundry from a room or a wicker hamper to the laundry machine itself. If you have a few laundry hampers in the house, you may only need one or two quality laundry baskets. On the other hand, you might choose to use only baskets instead of looking for hampers, and need a few more (in our house, it's baskets only). Whatever your decision, you are bound to be shocked at the sheer number of laundry baskets makes and models on the market today. Virtually every company with a stake in household goods produces baskets, from Rubbermaid to Sterilite to Bajer. And many of these companies make baskets in different styles and sizes, but which one works best? Well, Hip hugger models across all companies certainly seem to do well according to reviews on Amazon, View Points, and others. Hip hugging Rubbermaid laundry baskets and those from other companies are designed to make laundry transportation a little less stressful on the body. Instead of all the weight being put on the arms, shoulders, or worse the back, curves on the ends of the basket are made to mold to a person's hips. That way, your hip can support most of the weight, with your arm only being used for balance.
Because the best laundry baskets are used so much, they also have to be durable. Sterilite's Ultimate laundry basket (about $10/ea, comes in a 6-pack) actually has handles made from titanium on each side. This helps lend structure to the weight bearing parts of the laundry basket, so it lasts for a lot longer. Some companies make laundry baskets out of cloth and wire frames. The idea is that they are more convenient; you just take out the bag and head down to the laundry. However, without those convenient air holes in the baskets like the Rubbermaid Flex N Carry laundry basket, smells from the laundry can accumulate quickly. Also, setting up the frames and the cloth bag within the frames take a lot more time than just picking up an easy to carry model of laundry basket.