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 have to resort to dirtying your bedroom or bathroom floor with messy piles. Some clothes hampers even make for a more organized laundry day, dividing your colors, lights, and darks before you make the trek to the washing machine. But if you want to find a storage solution that is just as functional as it stylish, take a look at this list of laundry hampers and baskets in varying shapes, sizes, and materials.
When shopping, consider how much floor space you can spare (an empty corner, slim space between bedroom furniture, or a sizable portion of your closet), along with how much laundry your household gathers between washes. Then find a hamper with features that tackle a specific problem: wheels that reduce aches and pains after transporting heavy loads, lids that conceal unsightly piles, handles that make it easier to carry laundry to and from the laundry room, collapsible capabilities that save space, or shelves that