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Looking for the ideal laundry hamper that’s not only space-saving, washable, and able to stand up but is also compact, collapsible, and foldable? Then keep reading our honest, hands-on, unsponsored, and in-depth review to see if the CleverMade Laundry Backsak LUXE w/ shoulder straps is the right fit for your household, along with what we love or stood out for us (and what didn’t).

In this post, we provide plenty of in-person pictures, information, comparisons, FAQs, experiences, where to buy, hamper alternatives, as well as any pros and cons and our rating in the Conclusion.

***Not sponsored by CleverMade

What is the CleverMade Laundry Backsak LUXE?

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Sometimes referred to as the Clevermade Laundry Backpack LUXE Hamper & Tote, the Clevermade Laundry BackSak is designed similar to a large and durable tote bag or backpack more so than a traditional basket.

Key Features

  • Carries up to 40 pounds.
  • Has strong shoulder straps that easily shift from “Backpack Node” to “Shoulder Bag Mode”, or even “Handheld Mode”.
  • Features a brown leather, snap-button closure, and shoulder strap handles.
  • Easily wiped clean.
  • Can be used in a number of rooms or settings, whether on the floor, stowed in a drawer, or hung up on the wall.
  • Provides a small, zippered compartment inside for small items (e.g., delicates).

Our Hands-On Product Photos

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Product Specifications – Click to expand

Here’s a little spec information on the Clevermade Laundry Backsack LUXE.

  • Open Dimensions: 17.5” L x 6” W x 21.75″ H
  • Product Weight: 1 lbs.
  • Weight Capacity: 40 lbs.
  • Material Type: Polyester
  • Origin: China

The key standout features and differences between the two items as well as any product videos that might be available.

What’s the Diffference Between the Backsak LUXE and Duffle Bag LUXE?

At first glance, the CleverMade Laundry Backsak Luxe Shoulder Bag and Backpack Tote and their Laundry Duffle Bag Luxe Backpack look very similar, but they still have a few distinct differences when it comes to their looks, overall features, performance, and function.

The two CleverMade laundry bags are also a little too similar in their names and branding, with both often products often being called a backpack. As a result, shopping for it online can be a little difficult at times. However, you can find the links throughout this review, including here and in the Conclusion. Otherwise, make sure to pay attention to their shape and features when seeking to purchase one.

Below, you’ll find some of the key standout features and differences between the two items. We’ve also included any product videos that might be available.

The Clevermade Laundry BackSak Luxe

The Clevermade BackSak Luxe Laundry Backpack functions as both a backpack and a convenient shoulder bag. You can also hold it similar to a large handbag tote if you’re tall enough. We own and love this one in particular.

Key Differences and Features: BackSak Luxe

  • Rectangular shaped
  • ‎14.57″ x 12.52″ x 4.65″; ‎1.03 lbs.
  • Carries up to 40 lbs.
  • Thicker trim at the top (easier way to tell the difference)
  • Strong, durable, well made
  • Has 5-star ratings throughout numerous online stores
  • Features a leather strap snap-button closure that does not fully close the top of the bag
  • Allows you to carry the bag horizontally, like a duffle bag, or backpack
  • Has adjustable straps that allow you to carry the bag in backpack, shoulder bag, and handheld modes
  • No duffle bag carrying mode

You can find a video for the Clevermade BackSak Luxe here. Just look in the product’s images.

You can also get almost the exact same bag for beach trips with the CleverMade Backpack Beach Tote with Mesh Bottom, which you can find here in two different fun, colorful and extra-stripey options here.

Our Experience with the BackSak Laundry Bag (Expand to Read)

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I initially got the CleverMade Laundry Bag BackSak because I love having extra, conveniently-placed hampers around to keep clothes off the floor (trashcans too). Tossing clothing on the floor was always one of my worst habits that having spare hampers always helped alleviate that.

The problem was I didn’t have a whole lot of room and wanted something that I might be able to hang on the wall if I found I didn’t like it on the floor. More so if the thought of picking more stuff up kept me from vacuuming.

We also were on the lookout for something that would be easy to care down multiple flights of stairs after moving into a 2-story house—especially for the sake of my 70-something-young mother.

Handling & Function

The BackSak ended up working really well for us when it came to navigating the stairs. In fact, I really appreciate it for days when I have to cart numerous items downstairs and don’t want to make the extra trips.

We found that it’s much, much easier to cart down than a traditional stand-up hamper or regular-sized laundry basket. It also feels a lot easier to manage weight-wise.

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Shoulder straps can be adjusted by sliding them up and down to switch from backpack to shoulder bag mode.

Convenience Factor

Because I can sometimes still be “lazy” or motivationally challenged when it comes to cleaning, I really try to make sure whatever I buy for around the house—especially for the sake of tackling household chores—is going to make life easier.

This is something that most CleverMade products I’ve tried tend to accomplish, and that’s certainly been the case for this CleverMade Laundry Backpack Should Bag.

It’s also great that you can carry the bag in various ways. My favorite method is to use it as a shoulder bag, but backpack “mode” is great for when I need to use two hands while venturing downstairs. I also like that I can grab and carry it one-handed, which I often do too.

Storing

My favorite thing about the BackSak is being able to hang the bag up when it’s not being used. That might sound weird, but when you’re short on floor space or space in general, it can be really handy.

At the same time, the bag can stand up fairly straight while sitting on the floor and on its own. However, it doesn’t have the framing as a collapsible hamper or foldable hamper might, which means it doesn’t stand up perfectly—especially without anything in it.

Still, it’s great for dorms, closets, apartments, kids’ rooms, bathrooms, or transporting to the laundromat/coin-op.

Multitasking

I love that it allows me to juggle more than just a load of laundry as I head downstairs, which saves me time, steps, and energy—a blessing for those of us who have ADHD and/or are motivational challenged.

If I want to cart down my obnoxious amount of dishes or trash and anything else, I can easily do so as I take my wash downstairs.

The CleverMade BackSak Laundry Bag is also ideal due to its versatility and ease of use. Thanks to being water-resistant, it can be great for transporting damp clothing, such as for line-drying methods or carrying damp swimwear.

You can also use it for shopping, road trips, beach trips, and a variety of other activities.

What Goes Down Must Come Up

While the BackSak is super-convenient and extremely easy to carry—maybe more so than any other laundry hampers, baskets, or bags I’ve used before—it may not be completely ideal for people who like to fold their laundry downstairs, in the laundry area, or before heading upstairs since it is a bag.

However, what I sometimes do is either toss laundry in the bag and carry it up to fold in my room, or I bring a laundry basket with me as I go to retrieve things from the dryer. I then bring up laundry and the BackSak in one go.

We also like using CleverMade’s other cult classic—the CleverMade Collsapisble Laundry Basket—as our other go-to hamper to bring everything back up, especially since it’s so easy to collapse and stash.

Afterward, I hang the bag back up on its hook in my bathroom, fold laundry on the bed, and collapse and tuck away the collapsible hamper in its hiding spot.

You can find our review for it here. Otherwise, how you handle your laundry after it’s been washed is something to think about.


The Clevermade Laundry Duffle Luxe

The Clevermade Duffle Luxe Backpack Tote looks a lot like the newer shoulder bag version, or BackSak Luxe, only it’s somewhat rounder and can be carried similar to a duffle bag.

The duffle bag’s carry feature is partly due to the laundry bag’s drawstring closure at the top, which helps the bag close fully. This differs from the single leather strap on the BackSak Luxe, which has a snap-button closure and cannot be carried horizontally.

You can find other differences in the list below.

Key Differences and Features: Duffle Bag Luxe

  • Round shaped
  • ‎15″ x 15″ x 22″; ‎15.5 ounces
  • Carries up to 40 lbs.
  • Small trim at the top
  • Might break more easily, according to online reports
  • Has a lower online star rating
  • Features a drawstring closure that fully closes the top of the bag
  • Allows you to adjust and carry the bag horizontally, like a duffle bag, backpack, or an optional handheld (for us tall folks).
  • No shoulder bag mode

You can find the Clevermade Laundry Duffle Bag Tote and more pics and info here.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can you wash the Laundry Backpack LUXE Laundry Bag in the washing machine?

According to the care instructions for the Clevermade Laundry Backpack LUXE w/ shoulder straps, the bag is not machine washable and is meant to be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

2. Does the Clevermade Laundry Backsak LUXE have a zippered closure?

No. The Clevermade Laundry Backpack, or Backsak, doesn’t come with a zippered closure but rather a leather strap that has a snap-button closure to help keep the laundry hamper semi-closed. There is, however, a small compartment inside the bag that comes with a zippered closure. Click here for images of these features.

3. Can the Clevermade Backpack Laundry Bag stand up on its own?

The Clevermade backpack laundry bag can stand up on its own to some degree when enough laundry is inside of it, but it lacks structural support to stand on its own, otherwise.

**Need a collapsible laundry hamper, bag, or basket that can stand on its own? Check out our Alternative Suggestions at the very end.

4. Is there any difference between the CleverMade Laundry BackSak and CleverMade Laundry Duffle Bag?

Yes, there are several differences between the Clevermade Laundry BackSak (or backpack) and their Laundry Duffle Bag Tote Luxe. Likely the most significant difference would be that the BackSak has a leather button-snap closure and the Duffle Bag Luxe has a drawstring sack closure. You can find more differences and key features here.

5. Is there any cardboard inside the inner lining of the CleverMade Laundry BackSak?

No, there is no cardboard inside the CleverMade BackSak Shoulder Bag. Though it is lightly padded with a foam-like material from what we can tell, which seems to help provide some structural integrity.

Conclusion – Final Thoughts

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The CleverMade BackSak Laundry Should Bag and Backpack Tote is ideal for a variety of different needs and settings, whether it’s a large household or a single apartment, or a dorm room.

In this post, we provided loads of in-person pictures and went into specifics about the product’s features, such as its handy shoulder strap and backpack carrying modes, and high-quality construction.

We also explained the difference between its look-alike sibling, the CleverMade Duffle Luxe, answered some FAQs, and briefly discussed our personal experiences while using the product.

You can find our final thoughts on our top-3 favorite things and things we’d improve below. You’ll also get to see the full list of Likes and Dislikes (or Pros and Cons), our Neatish Rating down, and alternative suggestions at the end.

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Top 3 Favorite Things

  1. The shoulder straps on the Clevermade Backpack Should Bag Luxe make it extremely easy, convenient, and comfortable to carry laundry through tight spaces and up-and-down multiple flights of stairs. Far more than traditional laundry hampers, bags, and baskets I’ve personally tried.
    • Might be helpful for individuals who have trouble navigating down the stairs.
  2. It’s extremely well made and feels quite sturdy and durable. Because of this, I love being able to hang mine behind the bathroom door.
  3. You can comfortably and safely multitask or juggle several items at once, which can be super-helpful for cleaners who are motivational challenged or hate too many steps.
    • It’s also great if you have ADHD or similar disorders, such as when you might need to cart your laundry and all those extra cups or drinks you keep forgetting about as you make your way downstairs and just so happen to be passing the kitchen *cough*.
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Things We’d Improve

  1. The shoulder straps, while sturdy, aren’t padded. Given the high-quality look and feel seen throughout the rest of the bag, this would have been a nice, comfortable touch.
  2. While it can stand up okay on its own, it’s not able to do so like an upright hamper that has a frame. This isn’t necessarily a con or a dealbreaker, but worth mentioning and we think a little more padding or inner lining could be added to improve this somehow.
  3. Confusing branding or similar names make it a little confusing to shop for, especially since the Backsak Luxe, which this review is about, and the Duffle Bag Luxe look so similar. Make sure to pay close attention if you shop for it at other locations not linked here. The closures at the tops of the bags are the most obvious way to tell them apart.

NEAT-ISH RATING

CleverMade Laundry BackSak LUXE: 5 Stars

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What You Might Like

  • Good-looking bag!
  • Durable and well-made (apparently even more so than the Duffle Luxe)
  • Quality materials
  • Affordable and well-priced for the quality
  • Carries up to 40 pounds
  • Easy to carry
  • Hand straps and shoulder straps
  • Can be worn on one shoulder, as a backpack, or carried by hand
  • Great for multi-story homes
  • Ideal for dorms
  • Excellent for small and large spaces
  • Can be used for multiple things
  • Foldable and compact
  • Easy to wipe clean
  • Carries extra-large loads
  • No noise when using, unlike several other hampers similar to it
  • Makes carting laundry around much easier
  • Can be kept off the floor by hanging it up on the wall or in a closet
  • Consistent 5-star ratings across multiple stores
  • Waterproof

What You Might Dislike

  • Not machine-washable
  • Doesn’t stand up straight as well due to lack of framing unless clothes are in it or without some fussing about. But still easy to get into and not really a con but worth mentioning
  • Easily confused with their very similar but rounder version (and more poorly rated) Laundry Duffle Bag LUXE with shoulder straps, which reportedly breaks easily. So it can be a little hard to shop for and reviews seem a bit mixed up.
  • Shoulder straps aren’t padded, which would be a nice addition
  • Can’t be carried like a duffle bag

Final Thoughts

Would we recommend it: Yes. So far, we love this product and it’s even exceeded our initial expectations. But if that happens to change in the near future, we’ll certainly be eager to update.

Would we buy it again: Yep! In fact, I’m strongly considering ordering a third for our laundry area.

Where to Buy

While we’ve not seen it at any brick-and-mortar stores yet, you can currently find the CleverMade Laundry Backsak at these online stores.

You can see more Clevermade items by checking out their online Amazon store, here.

Or see our review on the Clevermade Collapsible Laundry Tote Hamper Basket, 2-Pack.

Keep scrolling if you want to see alternative laundry bag, hamper, basket, and backpack options.


Alternative Options

In this section, you’ll find several popular options for laundry bags, laundry hampers, and laundry baskets that we’ve curated and are comparable to the Clevermade BackSak Laundry Backpack/Shoulder Bag that this review is based on.

We also provide a few different options for those who want more laundry basket-styled choices, different types of laundry bags, or to see more laundry hampers that also stand upright on their own and/or have framing.

Popular Laundry Hampers

Laundry hampers are our favorite for in-room storage of dirty close—especially types with lids when there’s enough room for it. Lids not only keep those dirty clothes out of sight and out of mind, but they can sometimes help reduce odors.

We also love soft woven baskets, which you could easily use as a good-looking basket-styled hamper and ideal for portability. Simply toss a nice-looking blanket casually on top to help hide them if you wish to.

Well-rated Baskets (Collapsible)

Here are some popular collapsible laundry basket alternatives. You can also find our review on the CleverMade Collapsible Laundry Basket, 2-pack from Costco here, which is also similar to their SnapBasket Luxe that you can find easily at other stores (see vid below).

Handy Laundry Bags

Laundry bags are great for places with light space and/or storage. They can also be used inside hampers that may not be portable to help with transporting clothes or simply to help minimize odors.

Laundry Backpacks & Shoulder Bags

Below are a few laundry backpacks and shoulder bag options that are similar to the CleverMade BackSak Backpack Hamper & Tote.


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