Laundry basket buying guide

Laundry basket buying guide

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

An essential item in your bathroom or laundry room, laundry baskets store your dirty washing until wash day. In addition to limiting bacterial growth, these bags and baskets can also add a decorative aspect to your space. Here are a few key points to consider before choosing your laundry basket.

Important features

  • Material
  • Style
  • Volume
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Laundry basket materials

Plastic laundry baskets


Available in a range of colours, plastic laundry baskets can blend in with the existing decor of your bathroom. In addition, they're easy to clean and maintain and can be used to put ironing in.

Steel laundry basket


Usually equipped with a lid, these laundry bins allow you to conceal your washing discreetly and avoid unpleasant odours. What's more, a stainless steel laundry basket adds a sleek, modern twist to your bathroom storage and homeware.

Fabric laundry basket


Often foldable and collapsible, this type of pop-up laundry basket offers a practical solution for saving space when your basket isn't in use. Often combined with a wooden supporting structure, fabrics, such as linen, have the key advantage of being very lightweight.

Bamboo or wicker laundry basket


Thanks to its moisture resistance, this type of lidded laundry basket is particularly well-suited to use in the bathroom.

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To make your job of transferring clothes from basket to washing machine a little easier, some baskets are fitted with wheels. Others have strong handles to facilitate their movement between rooms.



To help you sort your laundry, some laundry bins have separate bag compartments: one for whites and another for colours. Some even have a third compartment for delicate fabrics.



Standard models have a capacity of 50 litres and are suitable for a three-person household. Other models, with smaller or larger capacities as appropriate, can be found to suit single professionals or larger families.

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Guide written by:

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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