Just as you shouldn’t air your dirty laundry in public, nor should you put up with an unsightly clothes bin for all and sundry to see.

It may be a humble thing but it is a household product we use every day, and as such, it needs to be sturdy and well-designed to earn its place in our bedroom, bathroom or hallway.

Think about sizing and functionality: do you need a bin that’ll serve the whole family, or one for every bedroom?

Do you need a versatile laundry hamper you can carry from bathroom to kitchen without the back ache?

Or would you prefer a robust and rooted number that’s literally part of the furniture?

With a host of smart design-led storage pieces on the market, and a renaissance in the world of the hand-woven, there’s no excuse not to think about aesthetics when choosing the right laundry basket.

From the minimalist and monochrome, to the fun but equally functional, we tested ten of the best.

Artisanne Alibaba laundry basket: From £106.50, Artisanne

A clothes bin with a conscience, our unique Alibaba basket was hand-woven from sustainable Ndiorokh grasses intertwined with long strips of salvaged plastic in a remote village near Thiès in Senegal. A fair trade brand to truly get behind, Artisanne cut out the middlemen to bring us quality wares direct from the skilled artisans they work with. We found this substantial laundry bin to be as practical as it is pretty. It also smells divine.

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Maisons du Monde two laundry baskets in natural fibres: £64, Maisons du Monde

This woven basket duo would complement both minimalist and boho-inspired schemes, offering a natural but clean-lined look complete with chic white painted bases. We found these baskets to be super sturdy and they worked well as a little 'n’ large pair: ideal for separating the delicates or smalls from the rest of the load. We loved the integrated handles for versatility. As solid as they are, you can whisk them away to the washing machine with ease.

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Ferm Living laundry basket, Grid: £59, Ferm Living

Offering a gentle take on the monochrome trend is this graphic number by design-led Danish brand, Ferm Living. The laundry basket is made from 100 per cent organic cotton with a fusing paper interior and boasts a GOTS (global organic textile standard) certificate, to boot. Its papery appearance belies its strength. We loved the addition of the leather handles, allowing us to carry this lightweight clothes bin from room to room.

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Raft jumbo jute two-tone basket: £99, Raft

It’s tempting to plump for a simple belly basket as a receptacle to throw your dirty laundry into but they don’t always take the strain and can swiftly lose their shape. Enter Raft’s jumbo jute: an altogether sturdier alternative, and one that can easily handle the weekly wash, size-wise. The traditional weave is given a contemporary twist with bold colour blocking in this hefty basket. Smart and substantial.

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Fusia basket set, smoked grey: £149, The Taylor

If natural woven wares aren’t your thing, you can’t go wrong with this sleek pair of contemporary laundry baskets in the most tactile of manmade materials – felt. As with all the best minimalist products, the baskets’ beauty is in their simplicity. Zip them up and carry them off using their large circular cut-outs as handles. We loved these for their unique streamlined design and effortless functionality.

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3 Sprouts laundry hamper, lion: £19.50, Kidly

Getting the little ones to make use of a laundry basket, when a bedroom floor will suffice, is a battle. You’d be wise to start them young, then, with their very own clothes bin they’ll actually enjoy throwing their dirty garbs into. This cleverly designed hamper morphs from bag to bin in an instant, with handles that fold over to create an opening that’s just waiting for a hungry lion to get his teeth into the laundry.

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Umbra Woodrow storage stool: £79.90, Red Candy

Sleek and chic, this stylish space-saver allows you to keep your dirty laundry well hidden while doubling up as a place to perch, too. The ideal choice for Scandi enthusiasts, the bin’s pale wood with its natural patina offers instant calm while a circular lid in pure white is a pleasing contrast. Add to that ergonomic integrated handles and we’re calling this a win for form and function.

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Aquanova Resa laundry basket, dark grey: £62, Amara

Cleverly crafted from a single piece of thick polyester felt, this handsome laundry bin from Belgian bathroom brand Aquanova arrived flat packed with ready-punched holes for its leather ties and toggles. Its enveloping form allows for a strong square base with a rounded top, awarding it extra style points. We found the doubling up of the fabric helps to keep its shape, too – shrewd design indeed.

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The Farthing oval woven laundry basket: £27.50, The Farthing

We loved this traditional woven laundry basket for its deep crescent shape. Not only is it easy on the eye, we found its curvy form ideal for loading and unloading the washing machine and dryer. Made from natural seagrass, the basket is beautifully woven in a chunky plait-like pattern, giving it a charming rustic look. It also looked much more expensive than its modest price tag.

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House Doctor Tau seagrass storage basket with lid: £154, Hurn & Hurn

This Moroccan style basket is diminutive but voluptuous. What it lacks in height it makes up for in width, and can hold more laundry than you’d think. It may be our most expensive pick but it doubles up as a decorative object for the home and you’ll want to award it pride of place. Intricately hand-woven from seagrass and plastic, and in warm terracotta tones, it is a thing of beauty.

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The verdict: Laundry bags

Artisanne’s Alibaba baskets are both sustainably made and fair trade, which will appeal to conscious shoppers. We love homewares with a back-story and were able to read up on the baskets’ origins and even see the skillful weaving in action online. All of this makes the substantial price tag worthwhile – these are products to cherish for years to come. For a more affordable option, and a versatile one at that, The Farthing’s oval woven laundry basket is a great buy.

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