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8 Best Laundry Hampers and Baskets to Keep All of Your Dirty Clothes Out of Sight

Even the options with lids, wheels or shelves are stylish enough for your space.

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We updated this article in March 2022 to add more information about each featured product, based on extensive testing done by the Good Housekeeping Institute. We've updated our picks to include more plastic-free options and selected new picks for best overall, best with two compartments and best large hamper.


Laundry hampers may not be as exciting as other home buys (think: new mattresses and cozy duvet covers), but they serve an equally important purpose. They collect everything — clothes, linens and towels — in one spot, so you don't clutter your bedroom or bathroom floor with messy piles. The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab likes clothes hampers that make laundry day more organized by dividing your colors, lights and darks so your loads are ready to go straight into the washing machine without any additional sorting needed. For a storage solution that is just as functional as it is stylish, here are our recommended laundry hampers in varying shapes, sizes, and materials to fit any space and decor.

Our top picks

Best Overall Laundry Hamper
White Seagrass Handcrafted Divided Hamper & Liner Pottery Barn Read More
Best Value Laundry Hamper
Mesh Popup Laundry Hamper Handy Laundry Read More
Best Laundry Hamper for Small Spaces
Bamboo Wicker Corner Hamper Honey-Can-Do Read More
Best Laundry Hamper with Lid
Double Laundry Hamper with Lid Simple Houseware Read More
Best Large Laundry Hamper
3-Bag Laundry Sorter with Ironing Board Top Amazon Basics Read More
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Best Overall Laundry Hamper
White Seagrass Handcrafted Divided Hamper & Liner
Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn

  • Removable liners
  • Stylish enough to be part of your room decor

  • Pricey

This hamper from Pottery Barn has all the features the GH Cleaning Lab looks for in a laundry hamper: dividers to separate your clothes, a lid to keep your laundry out of sight and cut-out handles that make transporting clothes from bedroom to washing machine a breeze. Plus, it's made from a hand-woven rattan and seagrass material, meaning this hamper provides the airflow needed to keep your clothes from getting smelly.

Dimensions: 28 x 13.5 x 27 in.
Material: seagrass and rattan with a metal frame

Best Value Laundry Hamper
Mesh Popup Laundry Hamper
Amazon
Handy Laundry

  • Folds completely flat for easy storage
  • Large handles

  • Easily tears

Great for travel, dorm rooms or other small spaces, this hamper can fold flat when it's empty. The mesh material isn't just for aesthetics and weight: It allows air to circulate properly, reducing unwanted odors from musty towels and sweaty clothes.

Dimensions: 24 x 13 x 14 in.
Material: Plastic

Best Laundry Hamper for Small Spaces
Bamboo Wicker Corner Hamper
Amazon
Honey-Can-Do
Now 39% off

  • Unique corner design
  • Easy to assemble

  • No lid so soiled laundry is in plain sight

Fill up an empty corner with this bamboo hamper, lined with washable cotton for easy upkeep. It doesn't have any handles for carrying, so it's best to use the liner as a bag come laundry day.

Dimensions: 15 x 14 x 24 in.
Material: Bamboo with cotton canvas bag

Best Laundry Hamper with Lid
Double Laundry Hamper with Lid
Amazon
Simple Houseware

  • Collapsible for storage
  • Compartment bags are washable

  • Made from plastic

Take a cue from other Amazon shoppers — nearly 19,000 have given this hamper a five-star review! This lidded pick has two sections, so you can divide your lights and darks. Use the attached bags to conveniently move your clothes to the washing machine and back.

Dimensions: 23 x 13 x 22.75 in.
Material: Polypropylene plastic

Best Large Laundry Hamper
3-Bag Laundry Sorter with Ironing Board Top
Amazon
Amazon Basics

  • Removable laundry bags
  • Wheels can lock into place

  • Laundry bags are not washable

Sort, fold and iron clean clothes and linens on this spacious laundry hamper and ironing board combo. With removable laundry bags and wheels, you have two easy ways of moving your laundry to your washing machine on wash day.

Dimensions: 31.5 x 33 x 16 in.
Material: steel frame with polyethylene and cotton laundry bags

Best Stylish Laundry Hamper
Cotton Rope Laundry Basket
Amazon
OIAHOMY

  • Handles for easy carrying
  • Plastic free

  • No lid

If you have to (or want to!) leave your laundry hamper out in the open, go for one that fits your decor. This two-tone rope basket doesn't take away from your room's overall look, and at just 18 inches tall, it's the perfect size for small and large homes.

Dimensions: 18 x 16 in.
Material: 100% cotton

Best Laundry Hamper with Two Compartments
Tota Laundry Separation Basket
Joseph Joseph
Joseph Joseph

  • Removable tote bags
  • Comes in two sizes

  • Assembly could be easier

A lidded laundry hamper with a sleek look, removable tote bags and a compartment for your lights and darks? Check! This hamper from Joseph Joseph has everything you need to streamline your laundry day prep. Our pros loved how convenient the handle at the bottom of each tote bag made emptying the hamper, and it scored well for sturdiness in the Lab.

Dimensions: 28 x 22.25 x 15.75 in.
Material: cotton tote bags with polyester exterior

Best Laundry Hamper with Wheels
Rolling Laundry Hamper
Wayfair
Wayfair Basics

  • Removable liner
  • Minimalist design

  • Difficult to wheel up or down stairs

Wheel your clothes and linens from room to room in this industrial-style hamper. The canvas insert is also removable, so you can throw it in the wash when it stains or smells.

Dimensions: 25 x 17.75 x 19.75 in.
Material: metal frame with polycotton liner

How we choose the best laundry hampers
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In the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we’re continuously testing the best laundry room essentials from major appliances like washers and dryers to basics like detergents, accessories and tips that make laundry day an easier task. Using our extensive expertise along with researching trends and the most popular options across multiple home goods retailers, we determined the top laundry hamper recommendations.

We considered capacity as well as whether there were multiple compartments for sorting. We factored in aesthetics, material (for sustainability and airflow to prevent odors), portability and whether it included removable liners. When possible, we chose hampers with a lid for keeping soiled washables out of sight and odors contained.

What to look for when shopping for the best laundry hampers
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✔️ Size: When shopping, considering the space, both inside and outside the laundry hamper, is important! While large hampers with dividers will cut time out of your laundry day by allowing you to separate your clothes up front, these can often be bulky and take up a lot of space in your home. Think about how much floor space you can spare (an empty corner? slim space between bedroom furniture or near your washer and dryer? a sizable portion of your closet?), along with how much laundry your household generates between washes. If your family of four usually does laundry once a week, you’ll want to make sure that your hamper will be able to hold one weeks’ worth of laundry for everyone.

✔️ Ventilation: Proper ventilation will go a long way in keeping the hamper itself as well as your laundry room, bedroom or bathroom smelling clean. Your hamper should not be completely sealed. A laundry hamper that's constructed with a loose weave or made from a breathable material like cotton, linen or bamboo will be the best option for making sure air can properly circulate through your laundry to keep odors down.

✔️ Features: Find a hamper that will tackle your specific needs: Wheels and handles make it easier to transport heavy loads to and from the laundry room; lids conceal unsightly piles; collapsible designs save space. There are even hampers with shelves for organizing or that double as an ironing board. Finding the right hamper for your home will make doing laundry less of a chore (all while making it possible to finally see your kid's bedroom floor again).

How do I keep my laundry hamper from smelling?
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Your laundry hamper can start smelling for two reasons: Poor ventilation traps soiled clothing odors, or wet clothing placed in the hamper causes a smelly mold to grow. To keep your laundry hamper odor-free, make sure that the hamper you’re using is made of a breathable material. If possible, wash laundry often enough to keep the hamper from overflowing and allow damp, sweaty clothing — like wet towels or sweaty gym clothes — to dry out before tossing them in.

And it’s important to clean the hamper itself from time to time. Hampers with removable cloth liners are also great for keeping things fresh. You can throw the liners in the washing machine together with your regular load of laundry to keep it clean and odor-free.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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Jodhaira Rodriguez joined the Good Housekeeping Institute in 2021. She tests and writes about home appliances, cleaning products and tips on cleaning. She holds a B.S. in forensic science from Hofstra University and previously worked in an environmental lab where she sharpened the analytical skills she applies in her testing of vacuums, dishwashers, detergents and more.

Amanda Garrity is the editor for Good Housekeeping, where she covers all things home and holiday, including the latest interior design trends, inspiring DIY ideas and gift guides for any (and every) occasion.

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