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I never thought there would come a time when I would actually get excited about a couple of laundry baskets—especially a couple of the collapsible versions. Alas, that was pretty much the state of reality once I spotted the Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Basket Tote 2-Pack at Costco.
Not only did I wind up loving these inexpensive laundry baskets, but I also wound up going back a week later to purchase several more sets. Go figure!
Things to Like
- Affordable Price
- Extremely Compact
- Easy to Store
- Sturdiness and Durability
- Metal Frame Design
- Fast Opening and Collapsing via Hinges
- Can Be Used for Various Household Needs
- Large 55-pound/16-gallon weight capacity
Things We Don’t Care For
- Few color/pattern options, aside from Aqua-Navy and Dark Gray-Light Gray (when purchased at Costco)
- As with many Costco-type items, it’s currently not as widely available in the 2-pack set sold at Costco, except for a few sellers on Amazon or if you decide to purchase some of their other versions that are pretty similar, such as the Luxe (Amazon), which we posted their video of down below. So it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for.
Where To Find Them
Currently, the Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Basket Tote 2-Pack sets are only available in-store and online at Costco—at least, when they happen to have them in stock. This is also, by far, the least expensive option in most cases. So, if you’re able to wait or can find them at your Costco, that’s certainly the way to go.
However, you can find similar options at reasonable prices on the Clevermade website as well as some of the stores listed below, which offer alternative options from the same brand.
- CleverMade Collapsible Fabric Laundry Basket (Amazon)
- CleverMade SnapBasket Hamper (Bed Bath & Beyond)
What They’re Good For
While there’s a lot to like about the Clevermade Laundry Totes as far as form goes, I found them particularly useful for several areas or chores around the house.
In fact, I got so excited by them at one point that I probably bought more sets than I needed, but I know they’ll come in handy eventually!
- Waterproof and Easy to Wipe Clean
- Holds average-to-large sized loads
- Easy to store next to or in between washer and dryers
- Long handles make for easy transporting
It probably goes without saying that the Costco Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Basket 2-pack makes for a great laundry hamper. It’s able to carry average to large-sized loads with ease, and the long handles make it great for one-handed operation. I also appreciate the fact that it’s waterproof, making it ideal for damp laundry and can easily be wiped clean.
Because they come in two different color options and two different looks per set, they’re also ideal for designating for different uses or individuals. For instance, they could easily be stored in a laundry room to separate lights and darks, specific textiles, or per room or individual.
One task that I love using the Clevermade Laundry Baskets (Amazon) is decluttering. Because the baskets are collapsible and easy to stash virtually anywhere, I can stash them under the bed, in a closet, behind the couch, or throughout various places in the house for quick access. I then use it to quickly declutter various items that belong elsewhere in the house, cutting down on time and having to go back and forth.
Another reason why I opted to buy several sets of Clevermade Laundry Baskets is that they work great in the car.
My mother and I both had a collapsible bin inside our trunks already but found that we liked how quickly we could open or close the Clevermade Baskets just a bit more. All it takes is a quick snap of side hinges, rather than having to do multiple steps and folds, which was the case with our other bins.
Because of their compact size, we also love being able to stash them in-between or underneath the car seats whenever they’re not in use and we don’t want to leave them open in the trunk. However, on most days, I like to leave in the trunk for quick access while doing grocery shopping.
While the Clevermade Laundry Tote 2-Pack (Amazon) is great for car storage, it can be particularly great for shopping.
They easily hold several of our reusable grocery bags, and I love using a basket to take several bags into the house all at once after I get home. Much of this can be achieved, thanks to the weight capacity of 55-pound, or 16-gallon, weight capacity. So it really ends up coming down to how much weight I’m prepared to carry, but I love to save on those extra trips to and from the car whenever possible.
My mother and I both found them especially handy for shopping at places with large or oddly shaped items, such as what you typically see at Costco, HomeGoods, Michael’s, and clothes shopping.
Since they’re easy to assemble or disassemble, they’re also ideal for clothes shopping and might even speed up checkout time. Much of this is thanks to the basket’s wide-mouth design when opened.
Another cool use for these laundry hampers involves storage, whether for temporary or for long-term use. They can be used inside walk-in pantries, closets, garages, or even a child’s room for housing a variety of things. Their metal frames stay open unless the hinges are pressed in from the outside, unlike many other options.
A couple of ideas I had for storage solutions:
- Bulk toilet paper and paper towels
- Large, warehouse-sized bulk foods
- Toy bin
- Sports gear – especially since they can be wiped out and used for transportation
- Temporary storage for bedroom or living room throws and pillows, as opposed to tossing them on the floor
- Storage for other, smaller reusable bags
Travel & Moving
Believe it or not, one area where I found the Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Baskets can really come in useful was for moving and transportation.
I recently moved to a neighboring county at the last minute. It also turned out that I couldn’t afford to invest in too many boxes at that particular time. Luckily, stocking up on all of those hampers saved me a lot of time and money, because they worked great for carting my loot, including heavier items, from one destination to the next.
Other types of transportation that they might be good for might include:
- Going to the beach
- Kid sporting events
- A cookout at the local park
Here’s a Look at the Clevermade LUXE Version in Action
Although the ones sold at Costco are, of course, the more cost-effective option, you can find several versions that are similar to the style in the 2-Pack online and in stores. For instance, this video shows basically the same design with their Luxe model (Amazon), with the only obvious difference that we can see being perhaps the placement of the handles.
The Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Basket Tote 2-pack set (Amazon link) is great for a wide variety of tasks due to their durability and portability. Thanks to their compact size, they can be ideal for large and small families as well as singles, too.
What I love most about them is the affordable price at Costco, ultra compactness, durability, and versatility. However, even without the Costco price, I still find them fairly marked. I also find their space-saving design, quick assembly, sturdiness, metal frame, and large capacity helpful, making them stand out from the rest of the crowd a little more.
The only major downside for me is that they’re not more widely available. I also wouldn’t mind more color options, but this will be something that Clevermade remedies in the future.
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