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The Laundry Sorter: Bringing Order to the Chaos of Laundry

Updated on March 30, 2012

Do You Need a Laundry Sorter?

Nearly all of us have either a laundry basket or a laundry hamper to store dirty clothes prior to laundering. At some point however, we may decide that being able to sort our clothes prior to reaching the point of laundering them may be ideal.

It can certainly save time on laundry day.

In addition, it can reduce errors. There's no bigger laundry "error" than to accidentally throw favorite white shirt in with a load of bright red towels and sweaters only to have it emerge as a new pink shirt. It's not uncommon when you're rushed on laundry day. For this reason a laundry sorter can help reduce dingy whites!

Of course sorters can also help encourage everyone in the household to take responsiblity for getting dirty laundry where it belongs. With no hamper lid, it's easy to just give things a toss.

Laundry sorters can also ease the burden of laundry day. You don't have to tote heavy laundry baskets around the house. Most these devices can just be wheeled down the hall and right in front of the machine without straining back muscles.

Learn more about choosing a laundry sorter and see some of the high quality models available on this page.

Choosing a Laundry Sorter

Laundry sorters aren't complex devices and choosing one should be a simple task. However, there are a few things to consider before you make your choice.

1. Mobility
Some laundry sorters are stationary devices, much like a laundry hamper. However, if you want the convenience of being able to wheel your sorter from say a bedroom or bath into the laundry room without having to lift the load, you'll want wheels or casters.

Not all casters are created equal however. Certainly metal casters are the most long lived. Swivel casters offer greater mobility and turning ease. Casters that include locks can be very useful as you're working and don't want the sorter to be moving around.

2. Ease of Use
Some laundry sorters have a hinged lid, just like a hamper. This allows you to keep it closed so that you don't see the laundry inside. However, this can also slow down the process of loading and unloading laundry. If you want to be able to just toss laundry in, a sorter without a lid is actually preferrable. This is particularly handy if you're wanting kids and spouses to take care of getting laundry in the sorter/hamper themselves.

Another ease of use issue relates to unloading the laundry. Having removable bags can be important if you don't want to have to keep bending over and lifting laundry out of the sorter bins. Sturdy handles can make lifting the sorter bins out much easier. Handles that are removable can assure that you're able to launder the sorter bins themselves from time to time.

3. Durability
As mentioned above, metal casters are more durable than plastic ones. In addition, a very sturdy, well braced metal frame is necessary to assure a long-lived laundry sorter. Plastic is seldom the best choice. It's wise to read current customer reviews (generally viewable if you click on a given prouct) to see what they have to say about the sturdiness and durability of a particular product.

You'll also want to think about the durability of the bins. The heavy duty canvas is more durable than a soft cotton blend. Metal hangers and rings are more durable than plastic ones.

4. Size
Before you choose a one of these products you need to decide what size is right for you. If you live by yourself or with just a spouse, the largest available sorter probably isn't necessary. For a family of four however, having more capacity maybe important. Another important factor however, is the frequency with which you plan on emptying the sorter and doing your laundry.

You may also need to consider how you like to divide up your laundry. Whites, colors, and darks are common separations. But if you want an extra bin for delicates, or perhaps for dry cleaning, an additional bin could be important.

Finally, you also need to determine how much space you have available to keep the laundry sorter itself. Dimensions are provided to help. While some sorters are collabsible, they tend to be less sturdy.

5. Other features
If being able to easily view what is inside the sorter bins is important, then you might prefer mesh bags to canvas.

If you want the ability to hang shirts up as you finish up your laundry, some laundry sorters offer a hanging bar. They will require more space, but some of them do allow you to lower the bar as needed.


This laundry sorter offers 3 removable sorting bins made with white poly-cotton fabric. The sorting bins are removable and easy to carry with the attached metal handles. They are washable too once the handles are slid out of place. The cart itself is sturdy and durable. It's made of rust resitant chrome-plated steel.

The high-traction, swivel rubber casters allow the sorter to roll around easily but can lock to keep it stationary as you're working. This sorter measures 31" W x 16" D x 33" H.

Household Essentials -Compact

With four durable cotton canvas bags, this laundry sorter can easily sort a household size laundry into whites, darks, colors, and delicates. It's easy to load and unload using the steel handles without even having to bend over. It has a tube style steel frame with an attractive antique bronze finish.

It moves eaisly with gliding, swivel casters and saves space with it's slim profile. It measures 16 2/5" x 36" x 33 3/5".

Seville Classics

This laundry sorter features 3 large washable canvas bags, each capable of hold a load of laundry. The bags themselves measure 15.75" x 8.66 x 23.62". They feature chrome plated wire handles for easy loading and unloading.

This sorter has large metal wheels that are sure to last for many, many years. It also features a hanger bar which can be raised or lowered, and even removed if desired. It's total measurements are 30.75" W x 18" D x 66" H.

Neu Home

This compact laundry sorter from Neu Home is great for small laundry rooms and will even fit into most closets with ease. It has 3 heavy duty canvas bags for sorting your laundry, wheels for easy transport, and a chrome finish tubed metal frame for durability.

Household Essentials - Mesh

This sorter allows you to easily view what is in each bag. It features 3 removable, breathable nylon/nylon-mesh bags suspended from a steel frame with a black finish. The 4 durable casters allow you to easily transport the entire unit even over deep pile carpet without a snag.

It measures 31.5" H x 35.5" W x 18" D.

Household Essentials - Family Size

Ideal for handling a family sized laundry capacity, this laundry sorter features 4 removable, machine washable sorter bags made of durable, heavy weight canvas. The attached handles make loading and unloading easy and the sturdy chromed tubular steel frame assures many years of service.

This sorter also has 3" industrial strength casters which make it mobile, but locks are provided on two wheels to make it more stationary when needed. It measures 33" x 16 3/4" x 33 3/4".

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      Janice S 6 years ago

      I actually own that Household Essentials 4 bag laundry sorter and I LOVE it! Laundry sorters just cut down so much on time. Thanks for sharing.

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      Emma 6 years ago from UK

      Why do I live in a house with no basement?! I s need one and a laundry organiser.

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      PaperNotes 6 years ago

      I would love to have this laundry sorter. You are right, sorting the clothes before laundry can really take time and sometimes, some clothes get mixed with others which can cause some problems during washing.

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      Seakay 6 years ago

      My Dad put a laundry chute in the hallway of our house. It looked like a cabinet. You just opened the door and threw the clothes into a laundry bag in the basement!

      He was a very clever man!

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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      A great idea and one I will try soon...This beats four separate laundry bags!

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      bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I think I want one!

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      Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Good ideas: Flag up and useful!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      This is what I need! Really good idea!