If you don’t know yet, you’ll know soon just how much laundry a teeny little newborn can generate. It’s kind of insane, actually. If you haven’t added a laundry hamper to your baby registry yet, now is a great time. You have a few considerations to make. Will the hamper sit in the closet, tucked out of sight, or will it be on display in the nursery? If it’s going to be out in the open, you may want to go with something cute and fun that matches your nursery decor. If it’s going to be in a closet, something more practical and neutral may be best. Other than style, you also want to think about durability, portability (will you have to lug the nursery hamper to a laundromat or into your basement laundry?) and size.
I’ve collected a list of the top 10 best nursery hampers based on popularity and ratings. Most of these are under $30, and many are under $20, so go forth and choose your favorite today.
1. Best Basic Nursery Hamper: Modern Littles Color Pop Folding Double Laundry Basket with Handles
The Modern Littles Color Pop Folding Double Laundry Basket with Handles is a super affordable, practical hamper for your nursery. It comes in three colors: black, purple and black-and-white chevron. The black-and-white chevron version is a great semi-neutral piece, especially if you plan on storing this in your closet. This product folds up compactly for storage and portability. It has handles and a lid, so you can cart it around and cover it up to get dirty laundry out of sight. It also has dual compartments so you can sort out your lights from your darks. The colors and designs are not plentiful and may not match your nursery decor. Some consumers complain the materials used on the hamper are not very sturdy. Some consumers also report a strong chemical smell upon opening up the package.
- Folds up for compact storage
- Has handles, dual laundry compartments and a lid
- Colors and design are not that special or nursery-appropriate
- Materials used are not very sturdy
- Some consumers report a strong chemical smell upon first opening
Find more Modern Littles Color Pop Folding Double Laundry Basket with Handles information and reviews here.
2. Cutest Nursery Hamper for Boys: Sea Team Folding Cylindric Canvas Fabric Laundry Hamper Storage Basket with Drawstring Cover
The Sea Team Folding Cylindric Canvas Fabric Laundry Hamper Storage Basket with Drawstring Cover is an inexpensive 100% canvas laundry hamper that comes in five different adorable animal patterns that work great in a baby nursery. The whales featured above are a great almost neutral off white and navy color combo. The hamper is super lightweight and has a durable waterproof cover with drawstrings. It measures 19.7 inches (height) by 15.7 inches (diameter). It holds about two full loads of laundry. This laundry hamper, according to some consumers, does not stand up well on its own when empty. The hamper cannot be machine washed, so watch out for staining and hand wash/spot wash when appropriate.
Price: $16.99 (15 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Sea Team Folding Cylindric Canvas Fabric Laundry Hamper Storage Basket with Drawstring Cover here.
- Cute whale pattern (also comes in four other animal patterns)
- 100% canvas with durable waterproof cover
- Not very sturdy; does not stand well on its own when empty
- No lid
- Must be hand washed
Find more Sea Team Folding Cylindric Canvas Fabric Laundry Hamper Storage Basket with Drawstring Cover information and reviews here.
3. Best Collapsible Nursery Hamper: Skip Hop Zoo Pop-Up Hamper (Otis Owl)
The Skip Hop Zoo Pop-Up Hamper featuring the Otis Owl design is a totally cute kids laundry hamper with a fun and colorful owl design. It matches other Otis Owl products, such as the Skip Hop Zoo Large Storage Bin. This product also comes in three other cute animal designs (prices vary a little between styles). This hamper has handles for easy portability, and it packs flat when not in use. Some consumers have complained that the hamper is not very sturdy and falls over easily. The major complaint, however, seems to be the size. It measures in at 17 inches tall and 13 inches diameter, which many consumers find to be smaller than expected. It will probably hold about one load of laundry, maybe a bit more. Because of the small size, some consumers are disappointed in the value for the price of this product.
Price: $15.87 (21 percent off MSRP)
- Has handles for easy portability
- Cute owl design (plus three other cute animal designs)
- Packs flat when not in use
- On the small side
- Not very sturdy; falls over easily
- Some consumers disappointed by value for price
4. Best Wooden Nursery Hamper: UPPAbaby Hamper Insert & Bassinet Stand (Espresso)
The UPPAbaby Hamper Insert is a unique product that gives additional life to the UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand. It’s a canvas bag with dual laundry compartments that fits perfectly on the wood bassinet stand, also by UPPAbaby. If you are already an owner of the UPPAbaby bassinet and stand, then it makes sense to get some extra life out of your stand by purchasing this hamper insert product. Or if you just like the look of it and don’t mind spending the money, you can purchase both the insert and the stand for a lovely neutral laundry hamper that looks great in a nursery or any bedroom or laundry room. The bassinet stand comes in two colors: espresso (featured above) and white—both look great and match most styles. The price is quite high compared to other hampers, but in general consumers seem to be impressed by the quality, style and functionality of this product. Some consumers have complained that the hamper insert is too big for the stand and falls off, but if used correctly it should fit perfectly. Keep in mind you do not want to purchase this hamper insert if you do not already have the bassinet stand or plan on purchasing it.
Price: $49.99 for hamper insert | $149.99 for bassinet stand
- Hamper insert works with UPPAbaby Bassinet Stand, so get some extended life if you have the UPPAbaby bassinet
- Stylish neutral design to match every room
- Conveniently sorts laundry into two different hampers
- Can’t use hamper insert without purchasing bassinet stand
- Some consumers complain hamper insert is too big and falls off of stand
5. Best Character Nursery Hamper: 3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper (Lion)
The 3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper in Lion is another cute character laundry hamper under $20. Similar to the Skip Hop hamper featured above, it also has matching storage bins that you can purchase for some of the styles (though at the moment there is no lion storage bin available). Plus, it comes in six other fun character styles, including a polar bear and a pink swan. This hamper has two handles and folds flat when not in use. It measures 19 inches high by 11 inches in diameter. This laundry hamper is made out of 100% polyester, not canvas, which some consumers find disappointing. It does not have a lid. Some consumers have complained that the designs on the hamper are printed on, not sewn on in felt as the storage bins are. However, the reason behind it is that it makes the hampers easier to wipe down/clean without worrying about damaging the felt; dirty and wet clothes can make a hamper take a beating, but this one should stand up to the mess.
Price: $19.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
- Cute lion character design (plus six other cute designs)
- Two handles and folds flat when not in use
- No lid
- Designs are printed on versus sewn on in felt
- Made of polyester, not canvas
6. Best Dual-Compartment Nursery Hamper: Honey-Can-Do Dual Compartment Lights & Darks Hamper
This Honey-Can-Do Dual Compartment Lights & Darks Hamper is a sturdy steel-frame hamper with heavy duty polyester laundry bags, sorted into two dual laundry compartments. Each compartment has its own mesh drawstring bag for toting laundry back and forth easily. The hamper is neutral and stylish, with the words “Lights” and “Darks” printed on the outside of the polyester bags for easy sorting. This would be a great option for parents sharing their bedroom with their baby, or for a nursery where there is ample room in the closet for a hamper. The dark brown may match your nursery decor, but it may be too dark and bold. This hamper does not have a lid. It is not eligible for Prime shipping.
- Stylishly sorts laundry into two compartments
- Solid steel frame
- Heavy duty polyester exterior for long-term use plus two mesh drawstring bags for toting laundry
- Dark brown color may not be perfect for a nursery
- Not eligible for Prime shipping
- No lid
7. Most Stylish Nursery Hamper: Pehr Designs Painted Dots Hamper (Multi)
The Pehr Designs Painted Dots Hamper is one of the cutest nursery hampers I’ve seen, with its multi-colored dots that have the look of being hand-painted on. This company also makes several other adorable hamper designs, such as the Noah’s Ark hamper, the alphabet hamper, and the pom pom hamper. (Prices vary somewhat between styles.) The Pehr Designs hamper is made from 100% cotton canvas, which is a durable material but may not be as easy to wipe clean as polyester. From the product description, this hamper has been designed more for toy storage than laundry, but I think it will still work great as long as you don’t leave wet laundry in it to mildew. It has two handles for portability. It does not have a lid. The hamper is average size at 18 inches tall. This hamper is on the expensive side at $66.26.
- Adorable rainbow colored hand screen-printed design (plus several other cute designs)
- Made from 100% cotton canvas
- Two handles for portability
- No lid
- Somewhat difficult to clean
8. Best Nursery Hamper with Lid: JJ Cole Heather Hamper (Blue)
The JJ Cole Heather Hamper in Blue is a nice, large hamper that comes in a pretty baby blue color, perfect for a traditional baby boy’s nursery. The hamper measures 22 inches by 13.5 inches by 13.5 inches. It has a lid and two handles, and it collapses when empty for easy storage. This product is made from canvas and metal. Part of the JJ Cole Storage collection, it can be matched with several other stylish products, including this Diaper and Wipes Caddy and this Storage Bench. It has no interior liner, so the jury is out on how difficult it is to keep clean. Some consumers report worry about keeping it clean, as it must be spot cleaned. Again, it’s probably not a good idea to store wet laundry in this hamper. Some consumers have reported the hamper is flimsier than expected and that it expands outward when full.
- Includes a lid
- Comes in a nice blue color for a traditional baby boy room
- Collapses for easy storage
- Must be spot cleaned, not machine wash safe
- Some consumers report this product is flimsier than expected
- No liner on the inside
9. Best Wicker Nursery Hamper: Home Decorators Collection Animal Bathroom Hamper (White)
The Home Decorators Collection Animal Bathroom Hamper is an adorable wicker elephant-shaped laundry hamper, perfect for an animal-themed nursery. The hamper is hand woven from water hyacinth on a metal frame. It includes a removable lid and liner with a Velcro attachment. Some consumers have reported that the Velcro comes unattached easily. In addition to the white version featured above, this hamper comes in brown, gray and natural colors. Each hamper comes in three different sizes, the smallest of which is 20 inches high, which is fairly tall for a nursery hamper. This product is definitely one of the more expensive ones on the list, but consumers (and their kids) love it for its unique and adorable style. Some consumers have noted that this hamper is better used as a decorative piece than as a practical laundry hamper due to the fact that it does not take wear and tear easily, showing scratches in the stain fairly quickly.
Price: From $88.12
- Cute elephant design that comes in four colors of wicker and three different sizes
- Includes a lid and liner
- Hand woven from water hyacinth
- Some consumers say it is better used as a decorative piece than as a hamper
- Some consumers complain that the Velcro used on the lid comes detached easily
Find more Home Decorators Collection Animal Bathroom Hamper (White Elephant) information and reviews here.
10. Cutest Nursery Hamper for Girls: BirdRock Home Baby Clothes Hamper with Lid (Pink)
The BirdRock Home Baby Clothes Hamper with Lid comes in the sweetest shade of baby pink gingham accents on a white hamper. The color and design are perfect for a traditional girl’s nursery. This product has a sturdy design with a lid and two heavy-duty circular handles; it can be collapsed when not in use. This hamper has only one bin, so it can’t be used to sort your colors. This hamper is made from polyester linen, which should wipe clean fairly easily, but it is not machine-wash safe. Due to the light color of the hamper, it may stain easily. The dimensions are 21.25 inches tall by 15.75 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should fit about two loads of laundry.
- Cute pink color for a traditional girl’s nursery
- Can be collapsed when not in use
- Includes a lid and two handles
- White hamper can stain easily
- No easy way to clean; must be spot cleaned
- No dual laundry compartment
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