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We spent more than 50 hours researching and testing 22 laundry baskets, hampers, sorters, and backpacks—in a variety of sizes and materials.

Ultimately, we landed on the six most durable, breathable, washable, and portable options to make doing endless loads of laundry as stress-free and straightforward as possible.

This plastic basket reliably carries a large load of laundry, lasts for years, has superb ventilation, and easily wipes clean.

This affordable, reliable plastic curved basket holds more than a large load of laundry, cleans like a dream, and is a favorite among those who prefer a curved “hip hold” model.

Three reinforced cloth compartments make it simple to sort laundry by type, while the wheels are great for people who need to scoot, rather than lift, heavy loads.

This well-ventilated hamper has a lid to keep the mess out of sight but offers the portability of a basket.

This petite steel basket isn’t cheap, but its minimalist design is great for leaving out on display and for those who run small (or frequent) loads of laundry.

This sturdy laundry backpack has padded, adjustable straps to comfortably fit many body types, and it holds more than an extra-large load of laundry.

This plastic basket reliably carries a large load of laundry, lasts for years, has superb ventilation, and easily wipes clean.

The plastic Sterilite Stacking Laundry Basket has been loved by Wirecutter staff since 2017. It can carry 1.5 bushels/53 liters, which is well over an extra-large (around 21 pounds) load of laundry, has excellent ventilation, and cleans up as good as new when wiped down with a wet cloth. The flexible, extended handles make it easier to grip a fully packed basket, thereby minimizing trips to the washing machine on laundry day.

This affordable, reliable plastic curved basket holds more than a large load of laundry, cleans like a dream, and is a favorite among those who prefer a curved “hip hold” model.

With three sturdy handles and a curved rim on one side, the plastic Sterilite 1.25 Bushel Ultra HipHold Laundry Basket gives you two options for holding it. The curve makes it comfortable to prop the laundry’s weight on your hip—an arrangement that makes carrying a fully loaded basket (44 liters, or about 21 pounds for an extra-large load) up flights of stairs less of a chore.

Three reinforced cloth compartments make it simple to sort laundry by type, while the wheels are great for people who need to scoot, rather than lift, heavy loads.

If you have more room, or a dedicated space for laundry, and want to pre-sort your items, the Honey-Can-Do SRT-01235 Heavy-Duty Triple Laundry Sorter is the pick for you. The sturdy metal frame on wheels holds three removable polyester-cotton cloth laundry bags on metal rods, and they can be lifted out with ease for loading the contents straight into a washer. Each bag can hold about a large (11 pound-ish) load of laundry, for a total of over 30 pounds. While not huge, this sorter is not the most compact of our picks, so if you don’t have a ton of space or have no need to sort and wheel your laundry, you may be better off with a single hamper or basket.

This well-ventilated hamper has a lid to keep the mess out of sight but offers the portability of a basket.

While hampers may be able to transport laundry like a basket, they are usually taller and meant for tossing your clothes away and out of sight during the week. The woven-style plastic, lidded Mind Reader 50 Liter Laundry Hamper can hold about an extra-large load of laundry or 21 pounds (similar to our basket picks) and is virtually indestructible. We were able to tote it to the laundry room easily enough using the two sturdy, built-in handles on the sides, but the tall shape could make it a little harder to maneuver.

This petite steel basket isn’t cheap, but its minimalist design is great for leaving out on display and for those who run small (or frequent) loads of laundry.

The moveable handles on the powder-coated white Yamazaki Tosca Steel Wire Laundry Basket in Large easily loop over the crook of the elbow for hands-free schlepping of a compact load of laundry. This basket is also good for those living in small spaces who want a laundry basket that can hold produce, mail, or diapers too. It’s the smallest of our picks, with a capacity of 33 liters (about 8.8 pounds), which is about a medium load of laundry. Unlike our plastic picks, it doesn’t have a solid bottom, so it wouldn’t be ideal for toting dripping-wet laundry.

This sturdy laundry backpack has padded, adjustable straps to comfortably fit many body types, and it holds more than an extra-large load of laundry.

The washable Azhido Laundry Backpack Bag easily stows 115 liters, which is about two extra-large loads of even the bulkiest laundry items—plus, it has a front Velcro-secured pocket for stowing detergent and dryer sheets. The padded straps can be adjusted to make it comfortable for college students or city dwellers to walk long distances to a laundromat, with their hands free to grip stair railings or push a stroller.

I’ve been writing about residential design and interiors for more than a decade. During that time, I’ve done laundry in a variety of setups, including tiny studio apartments with shared basement laundry facilities, a coin-operated laundromat in a long-term residence hotel, and most recently in a single-family home in Massachusetts with a cramped and outdated laundry closet.

As a mom, I run an average of 11 loads of laundry per week—and lots of them are invariably muddy, sticky, or germy. My home has steep stairs, and I am highly incentivized to minimize my trips up them, so I lean into heavy-duty, cleanable laundry baskets that can also be used to cart around other stray clutter like shoes, books, and toys—and because we live in the Northeast, bulky winter clothing is an added consideration during the cold months. In short, washing, folding, and putting away laundry is my least favorite chore, so I’m motivated to get it done in the most efficient and organized way I can each week.

To make this guide more inclusive and useful, I researched the best way to do laundry while living in a college dorm, how wheelchair users unload and put away laundry, and how to do laundry while aging in place. This guide also builds on existing work done in 2017 by Chris Heinonen, who evaluated more than 30 models and tested eight baskets and hampers.

Laundry piles up fast. In fact, the average American household tumbles through 300 loads per year. Whether you’re a freshman in college handling your own laundry for the first time, a city dweller in a walkup apartment with a coin-operated basement laundry room, or a family of four in the suburbs with a dedicated laundry room of your own, you’re going to need a basket or hamper (and maybe even several of them) to get it done.

Baskets and hampers are essential for storing dirty laundry before loading it into the washing machine and then transporting stacks of folded laundry back to your closet afterwards. You’ll probably use your laundry basket or hamper multiple times per day.

There are literally thousands of options when it comes to purchasing a laundry basket or hamper, but the perfect model should fit your space and lifestyle, and it should be something built to last for years that isn’t going to buckle with constant use and end up in a landfill. If you’re going to buy a laundry basket (or hamper) it should make you feel organized and work for its intended purpose every time you transport a pile of dirty clothes to the washing machine.

While it’s true that baskets and hampers can do the same tasks, they differ in shape and intended function. Baskets are open on top and usually wider than tall, and they are intended for transporting laundry from one place to another. Hampers, on the other hand, tend to live in closets and bedrooms and are meant to collect your dirty laundry day-to-day. They are also usually taller, with a smaller footprint than baskets, and can sometimes have lids.

You may choose to buy a hamper if you do laundry only once a week (or even less frequently) and want to “hide” it under a lid. The best hampers offer some form of breathable ventilation but still mask the sight and lingering scent of sweaty workout clothes. With a wider variety of textures and materials available, they also tend to be more attractive than baskets and can complement, rather than detract, from décor if left out in a bathroom or bedroom.

And for some folks, the right answer might be to purchase multiple baskets and hampers—and maybe even a laundry sorter on wheels for separating out a baby’s laundry, work or school uniforms, or items by color. For example, a larger household might want an individual basket for each person so that kids, grownups, or roommates can easily carry their own laundry to the washing machine and then bring a clean, folded pile back to their rooms. Those using a laundromat or shared laundry room in a dorm or apartment building might opt for a hamper at home and a laundry backpack or a pop-up hamper to transport laundry and to transfer multiple loads between machines without dropping clean items on a dirty floor.

For this guide, I sifted through a daunting stack of comments on our basket and hamper picks over the years, as well as reviews on Reddit, Amazon, Target, and Walmart. I also visited dedicated review sites like The Strategist and The Spruce, as well as design-focused buying guides on Clever and Martha Stewart to compare their top picks to my own ultimate recommendations.

But not all baskets and hampers are built equally or to last. When searching through reviews and product specifications, we found the following features to be non-negotiable when it comes to choosing a long-lasting laundry basket or hamper:

Materials: Heavy loads of laundry can put a lot of strain on stitching, seams, and handles. That means the laundry basket or hamper that carries this weight needs to be made from a material that is sturdy enough not to buckle, rip, or crack under sustained pressure.

Portability: We looked for baskets and hampers that can be moved painlessly by people of different sizes and ages. A big dealbreaker was weak handles, which are bearing the brunt of the stress and need to not only be firmly affixed but also sit comfortably in your hands—not cut into them painfully or wobble and snap off as you walk.

Easy to clean: Mold is a fungus that loves damp laundry. The easiest way to avoid it is to dry out wet, dirty clothing before putting it in a hamper or basket, but not everyone has the space or time to do that for every kid explosion or snowy sock. We only prioritized hampers and baskets with adequate ventilation that can be wiped down or washed easily.

Design: We took both aesthetics and functional design into account, like ventilation holes that were so wide that small laundry items fell out. We also considered how attractive a model looked if left out in the open of a bedroom or bathroom while filled with dirty laundry.

After researching laundry baskets and hampers using the above criteria, I composed a list of 41 possible models to test. We then whittled the list down to 22 models to test in my home—making our choices based on availability, reviews, and recommendations by current Wirecutter staff.

I lined the models up next to my laundry closet and systematically tested each basket or hamper for five loads of laundry. I had to cross off several different models from my list after they broke during testing. The average large load of laundry in the US is 11 pounds, and I filled each basket or hamper with that approximate weight and then assessed how easy it was to carry up and down multiple flights of stairs. I also noted whether each model was able to hold bulky household items, like two bath sheets and a set of king-size linens. I recruited another tester (a friend) to test for comfort too. I’m 5′2″ and wanted to see if she, as a taller person with longer arms, had a different assessment of portability and comfort.

Handles proved to be the biggest dealbreaker for many models. I assessed whether the handle dug into my palms in an irritating or uncomfortable way as I carried a full basket or a hamper up and down four flights of stairs. In several instances, the handles literally broke off, and in other cases the handles felt dangerously loose, raising doubt about long-term reliability.

To assess cleanliness, I followed the manufacturer’s instructions (when provided) for cleaning each model after each of the five loads. I evaluated if they could be fully cleaned by wiping them down with a wet cloth or in the case of the fabric models, how they held up in the laundry machine.

Finally, I ran an unofficial wrinkle test. I personally find serenity and a feeling of control in neatly folded stacks of clean laundry, and I prefer a basket that is wide enough to carry my folded laundry back to my dresser.

This plastic basket reliably carries a large load of laundry, lasts for years, has superb ventilation, and easily wipes clean.

The Sterilite Stacking Laundry Basket is affordable, reliable, can be easily stacked to save space when not in use, and cleans perfectly with a damp, soapy cloth. It can hold 1.5 bushels/53 liters of laundry (about 27 pounds), which translated to one extra-large plus one small load of laundry for my house’s standard-size, front-loading Maytag washer. It’s also been our Wirecutter pick since 2017.

This rectangular basket has a subtle curve on two sides for resting against your stomach as you carry it in front of your body. Large squares on all four sides enable generous ventilation and prevent mold. However, the basket’s bottom is solid, so it can hold wet or dirty items without dripping onto you or the floor as you transport them to the washing machine.

While other baskets I tested had handles carved into the plastic, this basket has uniquely movable gray handles connected with plastic hinges. The handles are smooth and comfortable to hold, and because they move they can accommodate people of different arm lengths and sizes. In a previous version of this guide, our tester did everything he could to stress-test these handles, attempting to make them pop out, and failed. We tested the newest version to make sure nothing had changed, and several people on staff own an older model, so we’re confident that the handles are securely attached. It has also passed the test with one of our deputy editors, who wrote an ode to this basket and why she loves it.

After this basket’s being a pick for over five years, we know that it is extremely durable. In my own testing, over the course of two months, I toted around canned goods, a tiny child, library books, and other 40-pound loads, all without the basket cracking or buckling. Particularly of interest to those who live in a larger household, the basket is available for purchase in a case of six, which could allow multiple family members (and even a pet) to have their own basket for laundry day. When the baskets are not in use, they can be easily stacked to take up less space. The ventilation holes are smooth and well-spaced, which means clothes won’t snag on sharp edges and smelly clothes can breathe.

For my petite 5′2″ frame, I found this basket was not as comfortable to carry as the Sterilite 1.25 Bushel Ultra HipHold Laundry Basket, our curved “hip hugger” pick below. It was slightly too wide for my arm span. A taller person with longer arms would likely disagree. Despite my initial hesitation about the movable handles on this model, my testing and other testers’ feedback assured me that they were solid—but if you prefer to not have moving parts on your basket, opt for the curved basket pick with cut-out handles.

This affordable, reliable plastic curved basket holds more than a large load of laundry, cleans like a dream, and is a favorite among those who prefer a curved “hip hold” model.

The Sterilite 1.25 Bushel Ultra HipHold Laundry Basket is curved on one side to make it easier for some people to prop the basket’s weight on their hip. We also think that those with short arms may be able to grip under one arm more easily than they would our straight-sided Sterilite pick. This basket loads and unloads like a dream and easily holds an extra-large load of laundry (about 21 pounds, or 44 liters)—in both dirty piles and then in clean and tidy stacks. The three handles are reinforced with gray plastic grips and provide different choices for carrying ease based on body type. I particularly like this basket’s cross-hold option for increased control over a heavy basket.

“Hip hold” or “Hip hugger” baskets, I learned from reading many reviews, are divisive among users. Some people find them uncomfortable, and others complain that the curved shape prevents them from packing precise stacks of clean laundry in a basket, leading to wrinkling. I didn’t find that during my own testing process.

I also liked how easily this basket cleans. I wiped it down with a wet, slightly soapy cloth in between each load and was able to completely remove all traces of lint and other debris. This basket, like the other Sterilite pick, has a solid leakproof base that during testing helped transport sopping towels and clothes both after a child’s bubble bath and a muddy hike without leaving drips across the floor; the well-placed ventilation holes prevented foul smells—even when items were left longer than 24 hours in a laundry closet.

Even though the curved rim on this basket is subtle, some people may not like that it’s not symmetrical and rectangular like the Sterilite White Stackable Laundry Basket. I didn’t mind this in our testing, but we could see how some users may find the curved edge annoying for lining up neat, rectangular stacks of clothes that may not sit flush to the edge.

This well-ventilated hamper has a lid to keep the mess out of sight but offers the portability of a basket.

The best hamper option we found is the Mind Reader 50 Liter Laundry Hamper. With just two parts—the basket and a hinged lid—it’s quick to assemble by simply snapping the lid onto the hamper. At 21 inches tall, this hamper has ample depth to hold an extra-large load of laundry (about 21 pounds)—which for me translates to all the dirty laundry I accumulate in one week (not including linens).

The faux-woven pattern on this plastic hamper adds a bit of style, as do the five color options available to suit various design palettes (shown here in ivory). I particularly love the comfortable built-in handles on the sides of the hamper, which makes it portable enough to be carried directly to the laundry machine. Other hampers I tested didn’t have built in handles or the handles were not as durable. I couldn’t fold my clean clothes and easily place them back into this deep hamper, so for those who prefer doing this, I would recommend also picking up a basket.

The Mind Reader Hamper does not have as ample ventilation as our basket picks, but it still provides decent airflow. The faux woven pattern was easy enough to clean and wipe down, but we could see gunk or dust getting trapped in the “weave”—we’ll keep an eye on this as we continue using the hamper long-term.

Three reinforced cloth compartments make it simple to sort laundry by type, while the wheels are great for people who need to scoot, rather than lift, heavy loads.

If you want an organized way to sort your dirty clothes, get the Honey-Can-Do Heavy-Duty Triple Laundry Sorter. This sorter has been a pick since 2017, and it continues to impress us. In 2022, we ordered a new one to make sure the quality was still up to par. Using the small wrench provided, I was able to assemble this sorter’s chrome-finished steel base within 15 minutes, and it was extremely stable (it sits on four caster wheels, two of which lock). The three ample laundry bags are made from a reinforced polyester-cotton blend that washed well in our tests (we washed them three times). Each bag holds roughly a large load (we estimate about 11 pounds), bringing the capacity of the entire sorter to about 30 pounds, but the manufacturer notes the total weight limit as being 70 pounds, making this sorter feel extra sturdy.

Unlike similar sorters with removable bags that attach to the frames with Velcro fasteners (which, we’ve found, get linty and detach too easily), these bags are threaded directly onto steel dowels with rubber-coated hook ends (this dowel is also the bag’s handle). All three bags are fully removable, which means you can carry them to the washer for easy loading and unloading. This sorter saved me time by letting me pre-sort my laundry into delicate, heavy soil, and dry cleaning.

For those aging in place in a single-story residence, the four rubber casters on this sorter make it possible to roll laundry from room to room without demanding much heavy lifting. Two of the casters also lock in place for when you need it to stay put.

This petite steel basket isn’t cheap, but its minimalist design is great for leaving out on display and for those who run small (or frequent) loads of laundry.

The Yamazaki Tosca Steel Wire Laundry Basket in Large is a simple and plastic-free option if you don’t need a huge basket, or you do smaller loads more regularly. It holds a medium-large load of laundry (close to 9 pounds or 33 liters), and it really shines for transporting small loads like dish towels or baby items. It could also be useful for people living in small spaces or those who don’t need to carry large quantities. The gridlike pattern and minimalist, powder-coated white steel and wood palette is a respite for a product category that leans heavily toward plastic. I particularly liked how the two wooden handles are smooth and rounded, don’t cut into hands, and are wide enough to ride on the crook of my elbow for a hands-free carry.

The Yamazaki Tosca Steel Wire Laundry Basket also comes in a medium size (which holds 6.6 pounds, or 23 liters) and is attractive enough to leave out in your home, even when it’s not laundry day. The open wire-frame is easy to wipe down and keep clean, and we like that there are no nooks or crannies where mold or dirt can hide.

Hovering around $50, this basket is not cheap—especially when you compare it with our basket picks from Sterilite, which come in about $10 and $15. But we think you get quality materials for a good-looking basket that can be used for stashing plenty of other odds and ends besides laundry. Unlike our basket and hamper picks, the bottom of this basket is not solid, so it’s not a good option for toting wet items.

This sturdy laundry backpack has padded, adjustable straps to comfortably fit many body types, and it holds more than an extra-large load of laundry.

If you need a hands-free way to carry your laundry, get the Azhido Laundry Backpack Bag. This polyester backpack carries an immense 115 liters of laundry, making it ideal for a college student or anyone who needs to do laundry less often and wants to fit up to two extra-large loads of clothes (about 42 pounds). The reinforced stitching remained intact even after multiple uses and trips through the washing machine. I liked how the well-padded straps are adjustable to create a snug fit for carrying laundry several city blocks to a laundromat if necessary. The external front pocket can carry a 50-fluid-ounce detergent bottle, dryer sheets, and a bag of quarters.

This backpack would be good for someone who needs to be able to grip a stair railing or push a stroller while simultaneously moving laundry. It comes in five colors—gray, navy blue, light blue, pink, and purple (we tested the gray version).

If price is not an object and you want a sturdy, well-built hamper with removable bags: The Simple Human X-Frame Laundry Hamper comes in a single and double size. It’s made of a heavy-gauge steel frame and comes fully built, all you have to do is insert the sturdy, polyester gray laundry bags into place by placing the steel rods into the notched placeholders (the rods are also easy to remove whenever you want to run the bags through the wash.) The bags are made of recycled plastic, so it’s best to air dry them to avoid melting. Each bag carries about one large load of laundry. We tested the double hamper, which made it easy to sort dark and lights. Once you remove the bags from the frame they don’t stand upright on their own, which can be annoying for unloading or placing folded laundry back inside. The frame itself cannot be collapsed or folded, which we thought was counterintuitive to the x-frame design. At $150 for the single and $200 for the double, this hamper is definitely not cheap. So while we think it’s a well-built, breathable, and nice-looking hamper, we think it’s a bit over-engineered and just can’t justify the cost when there’s great alternatives for a quarter of the price.

If you want an easy-to-carry, tall “basket”: Consider the Like-it SCB-10 Portable Round Hamper, which functions more like a tall basket than a hamper and whose sides are flexible enough that if it isn’t fully loaded, you can grasp the handles together to carry it one-handed. It passed all of our tests and looked adorable in mint, but we wished it had a lid. One of our editors has owned this pick for more than two years, and she says it’s her go-to laundry solution

If you want a space-saving tote that holds a lot: Consider the CleverMade Snap Basket Tote—smart snappable side panels make this tote fully collapsible for times when it’s not in use, yet it can hold up to 55 pounds (or 64 liters), which is more than two extra-large loads. This was our guest tester’s favorite model. However, the bag gets very wide when filled, which may make it awkward for some to carry over their shoulders for any sort of distance. If you’re not planning on filling it to the brim, we think this versatile model could work well for some people. And because it’s collapsible, you could easily fold it flat and bring it to the laundromat for moving loads between machines.

If you want a good-looking hamper and don’t mind fussy liners: Consider a previous pick in this guide, the Seville Classics Water Hyacinth Lidded Oval Double Laundry Hamper. The woven pattern is attractive enough to sit out on display, and the hamper makes it possible for you to sort your dirty clothing as you take it off, which is a time-saver. However, the double liner shrank slightly with washing and was tricky to keep from falling off the hamper’s rim or to replace. If you’re tall and looking for a good backpack: Consider the BeeGreen Black Laundry Backpack, which ticked all the boxes for our testing but had excessively long straps once the pack was adjusted to fit my 5′2″ body.

I had high hopes for the Mind Reader 40-liter clothes basket, which has a sleek, contemporary design and is an interior designers’ favorite for photo shoots of gleaming new laundry rooms. However, the sharp plastic handles dug into my hands and made the basket unpleasant to carry when fully loaded.

The Sterilite 2-Bushel (71 L) Ultra Laundry Basket is the sibling of our two top picks but lacks the hip-hold or adjustable handle features. When filled to the brim, this 71-liter basket felt too wide and heavy for me to easily carry down stairs while maintaining my balance, though it might be fine for those with longer arms. The Sterilite 1.5 Bushel Ultra Square Laundry Basket came in a fun teal that could brighten up a dorm room, but the one we ordered arrived with busted handles that could not be fixed.

As far as tall, open hampers go, the Yamazaki Wood Handle Round Basket looks attractive, but the holes were too big to keep small items like baby socks or delicate lingerie from falling out when transported around the house. The Yamazaki Rolling Wire Basket Steel + Wood had wheels that were tricky to install and a fixed one-sided handle that made it difficult to lift, but we think it’s a good option if you plan on keeping it near the washing machine, since it can easily roll around.

The INDRESSME Large Cotton Rope Basket would make for adorable and ample toy storage, but it isn’t easy enough to clean to be a long-lasting laundry basket. It also arrived with a strong chemical smell that lingered.

The Organize It All Neu Home Foldable Freestanding Laundry Basket used to be an “also great” pick in a previous version of this guide, and it almost became a pick again due to its ample capacity (it can hold a large load of laundry), its attractive design, and the fact that it can be folded when not in use. However, after a third wash, the Velcro tabs that secure the bag to the hanging metal rods became less effective, causing the tabs to pop open and drop the bag askew the next time I was carrying a load of laundry to the washer.

As one of the pricier options tested, the West Elm Woven Seagrass Baskets Collection natural, large basket offered soothing day spa vibes with its appearance, but the material was so weak that one of the basket’s thin handles snapped off the first time I lifted it, and the included liner was cheap and transparent.

The West Elm Bamboo Storage Hamper checked all the boxes on paper—with its attractive minimalist design, divider for easy sorting, and ample volume. However, it was impossible to clean the fabric and the fabric-coated hamper top felt flimsy.

The Container Store Grey Montauk Round Hamper was beautiful to look at, concealed a week’s worth of laundry for one individual, offered excellent ventilation, and came with a liner. However, the liner quickly ripped and the woven polypropylene began to come undone after more than a month of daily use.

The Dalykate Laundry Backpack carried up to 44 pounds of laundry and doubled as a hanging hamper for the back of a door, but the outer stitches dissolved on the third wash.

We considered but ultimately did not test hampers from Target, Anthropologie, Wayfair, or Brabantia, because they were either not easily available or we had concerns that they would soon be discontinued or hard to find.

The Rubbermaid Stack’N Sort laundry basket is a rectangular design, and like the Sterilite White Stackable Basket, it can be stacked. In person, it is hard to stack compared to our pick and the handles pop out of place easily. It also costs more than our pick and doesn’t perform as well.

As far as hampers go, the Seville Classics 3-Bag Laundry Sorter might look like a pretty good option, but the slightly smaller wheels and fewer long-term reviews made the Honey-Can-Do a better pick.

The Whitmor Chrome Laundry Sorter has mesh bags to help prevent mold and mildew on dirty clothes, but reviews indicate that the bags are weak and fall apart fast.

The Household Essentials Hanging Cotton Canvas Laundry Hamper Bag is sturdy and can hang out of the way, but it holds very little and doesn’t breathe particularly well. Wet washcloths our tester left in it were still wet days later. It’s also small—a grown adult would likely fill this up in just a few days.

The Rubbermaid Foldable Laundry Hamper was the top-selling hamper on Amazon at the time of testing, with a nice design and easy one-handed carrying. Unfortunately, it’s based around cardboard, and there are pictures of it failing if you happen to get it too wet. It also does not breathe well due to the design.

Smart Design Deluxe Mesh Pop Up Laundry Hamper (previously known as DAZZ Deluxe) has hundreds of reviews on Amazon, giving us a lot of reliability data to use. The overall design looks good, with a pocket for laundry soap and easy carry handles at the top. But more than 10% of the reviews report that it rips very easily after purchase and is cheaply made.

The Whitmor 18-inch Collapsible Hamper has far less data to go off of but also an overall good rating. There are still a lot of people reporting that it falls apart easily. Many of the positive reviews come from people using it for something other than laundry, such as a butterfly habitat or chameleon transporter.

This article was edited by Daniela Gorny and Christine Ryan.

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Danna Lorch is a freelance writer with a decade of experience covering the visual arts, design, architecture, the trades, and parenting. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Architectural Digest, and many other publications. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and son.

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