Whitmor 18-in Collapsible Hamper

Last updated date: September 5, 2019

DWYM Score

8.2

Whitmor 18-in Collapsible Hamper

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We looked at the top Pop-Up Laundry Hampers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Pop-Up Laundry Hamper you should buy.

Editor's Note November 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Pop-Up Laundry Hamper for a detailed review of all the top pop-up laundry hampers.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 42 expert reviews, the Whitmor Whitmor Collapsible Hamper placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Whitmor's 6155-699, Collapsible Laundry Hamper, is strong and flexible which lets it fold flat and tie, then spring back to its original shape quickly and easily for transport & storage. The breathable mesh hamper with zippered top holds clothes safely inside while helping them air, thus minimizing odor. This 18" hamper has a large capacity, so you can store all of your laundry in this hamper at once. There are also two sturdy carrying straps that make transport easy. Made with white polyester mesh and blue accent trim that covers the spiral steel spring this hamper will fit in with any decor.. Whitmor is a 4th generation family-owned and operated business. Since 1946, Whitmor has been dedicated to bringing organization home by creating products that simplify everyday life. Ensuring that those products are built with integrity, value, and innovation is our commitment to you. And our promise is that we will always be here for you should you ever need us as we stand behind our product 100%. Whitmor customer service is available in English and Spanish Monday through Friday from 8am - 4:30pm CST. Call us and we will gladly assist you in your language. Whitmor customer service Department, 1-888-944-8667 From the Manufacturer Hamper has pop open feature, collapses down and ties for easy transport or storage. Made with white polyester mesh with blue accent spiral that covers the spiral steel spring. Comes with zipper lid and carrying straps. The mesh feature allows any damp clothing to be able to dry and not mildew. Great item for closet, bathroom, dorm room and camping.

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

8.2
236 user reviews

What experts liked

The long strap handles make it convenient for you to move the basket, after all, it is lightweight.
- All Top Ten Reviews
May 9, 2019 | Full review
Many of the positive reviews come from people using it for something other than laundry
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 18, 2019 | Full review

What experts didn't like

There are still a lot of people reporting that it falls apart easily.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 18, 2019 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Kate Desmond 
Parenting Pro and Safe-Sleep Expert

Kate Desmond is a writer and infant safe-sleep expert. She has spent the last eight years working as the marketing director for Charlie’s Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to educate families about SIDS and safe sleep. In that role, she travels around the country learning and educating caregivers and providers on the latest and greatest safe-sleep information to prevent infant death.

As mom to two elementary-aged daughters, she spends hours researching the best and safest products for her own kids. She is quick to get in the weeds with other mamas, and uses humor to cope with parenting woes from potty-training to teaching kids to read. She writes about the ups and downs of parenting on her blog.

An Overview On Pop-Up Laundry Hampers

Laundry probably isn’t your favorite chore. But it’s much easier if everything is in one place. Pop-up hampers have long been popular with college students and apartment dwellers who want to set up a collection bin without having to commit to a hard-sided hamper. But its portability makes it ideal for anyone who simply wants a way to carry laundry from one place to another.

Portability isn’t the only benefit of a pop-up hamper, though. With some designs, particularly mesh, you get air circulation that keeps all those odors from being trapped in one confined space. If you toss a wet washcloth or towel into your hamper, air circulation can also help keep things dry.

Some pop-up hampers fold up easily to let you store or transport them in your trunk once all the laundry is out of them. If you opt for this model, make sure you find one that can stand up on its own when items are in it.

“The biggest things to consider when selecting a pop-up hamper are size and sturdiness,” Kate Desmond, a parenting blogger and the mom of two children, says. “Is this hamper big enough to fit a week’s worth of laundry? Will it collapse?”

A hamper that’s constantly collapsing can become more of a nuisance than a convenience.

One thing to consider if you’ll be carrying your hamper to a laundromat or the laundry room in your dorm or apartment is how you’ll handle items like detergent. Some collapsible hampers have handy pockets helpful for storing bottles, your key, your mobile device or whatever other items you need to take along with you. If you choose one with pockets that are large enough, you may even be able to store your delicates separately from your main laundry.

“Make sure your pop-up hamper has handles,” Desmond says. “This type of hamper can be awkward to carry, especially full, and having something to hold onto can really help.”

She notes that you may want to consider finding one with a lid, too.

“This is a nice feature, particularly when the lid fastens with Velcro or a snap,” she says. “Imagine carrying your laundry across campus or even just to the laundry room; a lid is beneficial to holding the laundry securely inside.”

You’ll also need to make sure you choose a hamper with enough capacity to manage the amount of laundry you need. If you only do laundry once a week, for instance, you may want a larger hamper that can keep everything in one place. But those who want a hamper they can use to take a load or two to the laundry room may opt for a hamper with a smaller profile to make it easier to carry.

The Pop-Up Laundry Hamper Buying Guide

  • The first thing you’ll notice as you search for pop-up hampers are the varying heights available. One great thing about large bags like the Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper and the DOKEHOM Large Laundry Basket is that you can not only keep laundry in them, but you can also store and transport items like quilts, coats and even toys.
  • Hampers can be ideal breeding ground for unpleasant odors and unwanted moisture, especially if you toss wet items into them. The Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper is built with flexible, stretch mesh that not only makes room for your items but also promotes airflow.
  • If you take your laundry to a room in your building complex or to a laundromat, finding a way to transport detergent and other items can be tough. The House Again Pop-Up Laundry Hamper has side pockets that are large enough to hold a midsized bottle of detergent, fabric softener, keys, mobile devices and whatever else you might want to take along with you.
  • When your hamper is empty, it can be handy to either fold or collapse so that you can transport or store it. The Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper and House Again Pop-Up Laundry Hamper both fold down to shove into a small space when not in use. Other models can either fold or collapse for easy storage.
  • Unlike many other foldable laundry hampers, the DOKEHOM Large Laundry Basket can stand on its own even when empty. That gives you the option of setting it up as a semipermanent hamper in your home or dorm room.
  • Pop-up hampers are typically designed to be carried, so make sure you choose one with good handles. The handles on the DOKEHOM Large Laundry Basket are made from aluminum for strength, while also being padded to protect your hands while you’re carrying it.
  • You don’t have to sacrifice durability for portability. The Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper features heavy-duty construction that includes thin metal bands that hold the mesh in place.
  • The dyes in the Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper not only provide brilliant color, but also ensure that they won’t fade over time.
  • Cost is an important consideration, particularly for buyers on a budget. Although most pop-up hampers are affordable, the Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper is a true bargain.
  • The look of your hamper can become a part of your décor, so that will likely be a big factor in your choice. The Handy Laundry Pop-Up Laundry Hamper comes in a variety of whimsical options that will be perfect for children. However, teens and adults can also opt for plain white, black or red designs that are more mature. The fun patterns available with some baskets make them a refreshing change from the typical collapsible hampers. Although the DOKEHOM Large Laundry Basket comes in multiple colors, you’ll either love or hate that the word “Laundry” is printed in large white letters on the side.