Stacks of washing (either to be put away or thrown into the drum) can be a problem for most households. No matter how organised you are, it’s likely there's a small mountain of laundry lurking somewhere. And anyone that’s ever struggled down the stairs carrying armfuls of bed sheets, or dropped freshly washed school shirts when taking them off the line knows the key to minimising those unruly piles and precarious loads is having a laundry basket within easy reach.
If you're pushed for space, a collapsible laundry basket is the way to go. Easy to store and whip out when you need it, it's a handy household item that'll help take the load off.
From drawstring hampers to fold-flat baskets, we've rounded up the best collapsible laundry baskets to add to your home, including tried-and-tested recommendations from the Mumsnet forums.
1. Best overall collapsible laundry basket: Dokehom Collapsible Drawstring Hamper
Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon
With eight colourways, and some great colour and pattern options, this is a fab collapsible hamper for busy families. It’s a good size with a height of 45cm and folds down flat when not in use. It has a waterproof coating, so it can be used for dirty washing (or to move damp stuff from machine to dryer). It has a drawstring top too, so you can close it up to stop odours emerging! This one would also make a great storage hamper for kids' toys and small blankets.
- Material: Polyester with a waterproof coating
- Size: 35 x 35 x 45cm
2. Best budget collapsible laundry basket: IKEA Frakta Bag
Price: £1 | Buy now from IKEA
"I use IKEA bags (the big blue ones). Can fold and stack clothes neatly in them. Last forever too: they've been used that way for 8+ years without replacement" - recommended by Mumsnet user, MinesAPintOfTea
"We use the big blue ikea bags, they fold up small when not in use" - tried and tested by Mumsnet user, EasilyDelighted
Yes, it's an IKEA shopping bag, but honestly, everyone raves about these as laundry bags on the Mumsnet forums! And you can see why: they're huge, water resistant, can be folded down to next to nothing, have secure wide handles that don’t hurt your hands when you’re carrying them AND they're as cheap as chips. True, they're not the most stylish things to look at, but for practicality, you can’t go wrong. They're also handy for camping and self-catering trips and for kitting out your student kids’ flats. Every home should have a few!
- Material: Polypropylene
- Size: 55 x 37 x 35cm
3. Best collapsible laundry basket for small spaces: Ihomagic Folding Laundry Bags
Price: £13 | Buy now from Amazon
"Amazon sell some collapsible canvas bags that fit, folded, on top of the washing machine below the worktop" - recommended by Mumsnet user, chocolatecheesecake
These bags come in 13 different colours so they're great for colour-coding family members' washing, or for separating lights and darks etc. They're quite sizeable at 72cm tall, and have a 100-litre capacity. The fabric is a woven Oxford cloth, which is water resistant, but might not be suitable for wet clothes if you're moving sopping washing from the machine to the tumble dryer. Each bag comes with metal handles and a base plate for stability, and it folds down when not being used.
- Material: Oxford cloth woven fabric
- Size: 38 x 38 x 72cm
4. Best stylish collapsible laundry basket: Brabantia Bamboo and Fabric Folder
Price: £26 | Buy now from Amazon
This 40-litre foldable laundry basket from Brabantia is made from a water-resistant poly-cotton fabric and features a solid bamboo rim. It's as stylish as a collapsible laundry basket can be and comes in a tasteful grey colourway which is neutral enough for most settings. It's water resident and can be used for wet and dry washing. It folds down really easily for storage, and is a great little basket for storing other bits and pieces in too.
- Material: Cotton and polyester with a bamboo rim
- Size: 36 x 54 x 27cm
5. Best fold flat collapsible laundry basket: Addis Fold Flat Easy Store Laundry Basket
Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon
This is a great buy as it's robust and easy to use. It has a wide opening for chucking stuff in, and handle holes for easy manoeuvrability and lifting. It folds completely flat too. Because it's plastic, it's great for wet or soiled items, and it can be hosed down in the bath or under the garden tap. This would also be a great ‘tidy up’ basket for kids' rooms. When it’s folded, it’s just 3cm thick, and to assemble, you just pop and click the bottom of it.
- Material: Plastic
- Size: 62 x 46 x 8cm
6. Best collapsible laundry basket for small utility rooms: Lakeland Collapsible Hipster Laundry Basket
Price: £20 | Buy now from Lakeland
This Lakeland basket is a great choice if you spend a lot of time lugging wet washing from the machine to the washing line. It has a squishy feel and a curved hip rest and side handle so it’s comfortable to carry. It has a huge 27-litre capacity so you'll be able to fit a full load in. It squashes flat when not in use, and is then just 8.5cm deep.
- Material: Wipe-clean polypropylene
- Size: 66 x 46 x 26cm; flat: 66 x 46 x 9cm
7. Best collapsible laundry basket for large families: Sammart 25-Litre Folding Basket
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
This large collapsible basket from Sammart is made from BPA-free plastic and has a really simple flat-to-pop-up construction. Its 24-litre capacity makes it perfect for family use, and its size and shape mean it can be used for other purposes too: soaking laundry, using as a storage trunk, bathing pets… It features comfort grip handles so it's easy to carry and loses 70% of its size when collapsed so it's brilliant for smaller spaces, too.
- Material: TPB and Polypropylene
- Size: 49 x 38 x 25cm
8. Best collapsible laundry basket with dividers: Homcom Folding Laundry Basket
Price: £39 | Buy now from Robert Dyas
With two sections and a removable lining, black framed handles, and a sturdy construction, we think this Robert Dyas folding laundry basket ticks a lot of boxes. It has a 115-litre capacity, and its sleek design and muted grey fabric give it a stylish rather than just functional appearance. The liners are completely removable for washing, and the unit, including the lid, folds flat for storage.
- Material: Bamboo
- Size: 39 x 8 x 63cm
9. Best collapsible laundry basket for bedrooms: John Lewis ANYDAY Foldable Laundry Basket
Price: £15 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners
This simple laundry hamper is from John Lewis’s affordable ANYDAY range. It has streamlined good looks, is a muted colour to suit most interiors, and folds down flat to boot. It’s a great size for bedrooms, and if you ever get round to folding it down, it'll slide easily under the bed or behind a chest of drawers.
- Material: 55% polyester, 25% cotton, 20% recycled polypropylene fibre
- Size: 61 x 36 x 36cm; flat: 5 x 36 x 36cm
Are collapsible laundry baskets worth it?
If saving space is important to you, or you have a busy household in need of several baskets to keep on top of the never-ending laundry pile, then collapsible laundry baskets are definitely the way to go as they can be neatly stored away when not in use. They're really useful for collecting and storing toys and household bits of bobs, too.
How do collapsible laundry baskets work?
How collapsible laundry baskets work depends entirely on the style and brand you buy. Some of our best buys simply fold down, others actually collapse flat and need to be popped up and clicked in place to use, while some fold down inwards and need to be pushed back out to re-from. All are mega easy to fold and reassemble though.
Where should you put a laundry basket?
It really depends what you are using your collapsible laundry basket for. If it is to transport clean washing to the dryer or line, and then back into the house, it makes sense to keep it folded down alongside your washing machine. Otherwise, if being used to store dirty laundry, one in the bathroom and individual bedrooms should stop things getting out of control!
What’s the best collapsible laundry basket to buy in the UK?
We really like the Dokehom brand from Amazon. There's a huge variety of colours on offer, it's a great price and it boasts really positive online reviews. It will slot into most rooms, including kids’ bedrooms, and it can be used for loads of different things, too, like toy storage, or it can be kept folded flat in the car boot to pop dirty boots or overflow shopping in.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which collapsible laundry baskets Mumsnet users had bought. We checked out the types they recommended for being up to the job, easy to fold, a good size, and well-priced. We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which collapsible laundry baskets had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.
Having collated all that information, we picked the top collapsible laundry baskets we thought would make the best buys.
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