“ Brand: Argos / Misc House Type: Laundry Basket „
I have had this linen basket for about 7 years. Having cost £10, and the fact it's still going, I have to say it represents decent value for money. I bought it as a stop gap when I was moving house and didn't want to spend much money on this type of thing, just something to 'start with'.
Its a simple set-up, with a basic chrome-look criss-cross frame and 4 cross-pieces, with fairly tough cream fabric making the 'basket'. The shape and volume of the basket is maintained by 4 straps which go underneath the frame and hold together underneath by strong velcro. The top rails of the bin are also fastened with velcro , so you don't need to take the frame apart if you want to wash the fabric. It was a while ago now, but as far as I recall it was easy and very quick to put together, the only tool you need is an allen key. Once it's put together, it folds flat if you need to move it. There is a flap of the fabric which stretches over the top and is held in place with velcro as a 'lid'. Mine is in my bathroom so it's good to be able to cover the top over if I'm having visitors, I don't want my dirty laundry on show!! I have to be honest though, most of the time the lid's not it because the large opening which is about 50x50cm is all too inviting just to throw things at/in! Don't be deterred by all the use of velcro - the fastening of all of it is really secure.
I live alone and I do all my washing at the weekend, so over the course of the week I accummulate normal everyday clothes, a bath & hand towel and one set of bedding. This holds a week's washing no problem, as well as a little more if all the washing isn't done on one day.
Whilst it has lasted 7 years, its not the sturdiest construction, you can 'wobble' it if you lean on it. Over the course of the time I've had it, the chrome finish to the frame has worn off in places and become discoloured. Some of the discolouration has started to come through the fabric, so it's time to change, but to go back to the start of my review - a lifetime of 7 years for a £10 linen bin which is in constant heavy use in the steamy environment of a bathroom, I think represents pretty good service. I am looking for a replacement, but alternatives (solid type) are costly and if push comes to shove I won't have a problem buying the same again.
EDIT 28/10/13: I did indeed replace my linen basket like-for-like, and assembled my new one yesterday. There are a few things I'd like to add. The framework/legs of the basket are now produced thinner than my original version. It does not feel as sturdy, even though it's the identical construction, and the same product. I don't expect to get another 7 years from this one based on the structure. The other thing that's slightly different from my review is that the canvas bag itself now threads over the cross-bars at the top, stitched rather than fastened by velcro. This will make it more time consuming (and me more reluctant) to keep it clean, as the frame will need to be undone to get the bag off.
I'm not going to reduce my 4-star rating, as I feel 3-star makes it sound just average, and it's better than that - this remains a quick, cheap fresh-looking option and even if this new version lasts half as long as the last one, I can have few complaints.
I bought this when I was a student several years ago as a method of hiding my dirty washing without spreading it around my room too much (whilst saving it up for trips home to my parents).
The Argos Laubndry basket consists of a metal frame and a linen basket which hangs off the frame. The Legs of the basket have rubber caps to prevent scuffing on your floor and the basket incorporates a linnen flap as a cover.
Being from Argos, the washing basket does need a bit of assembly. This is extremely simple to do by using a few screws to fix the crossbeams to the legs. I do remember making a mess the first time by putting threading the linen basket onto the frame incorrectly and having to dismantle the frame and start again. Basically no matter how simple it is, it is worth having a glance at the instructions (Not very manly I know).
The basket is smaller than I expected by looking at it. It measures 71cm high, 43.5cm wide and 51cm deep which holds about one decent sized wash. If you tend to build up dirty clothes like me then it will start to overflow quickly.
The linnen cover is a flap of material which is placed over the top. I find that it doesn;t cover the washing particulary well and moves about a lot revealing the dirty clothes. Also the thin material shows the colours of the clothes through the sides. In my opinion the main pooint of a laundry basket is to hide the washing, hence having it visible through the basket means it looks a bit unsightly.
I have since upgraded washing baskets a few times, ending up with a slightly more expensive, better lookng one. On my way up the ladder of laundry baskets I tried some other cheap ones and found an IKEA basket similar in price with a wooden frame to be far more sturdy and reliable.
I bought this quite a long time ago and can't remember the exact price but I believe it was around a tenner, and it currently sells for £9.99 in Argos. Whilst this seems good value, due to the basket being quite small and extremely flimsy I think it could be a tenner spent better elsewhere.
The material is thin and cheap. The frame is flimsy and moves around a lot, even bending when you put too much washing in it. It looks far better in the shop than in use and I would strongly recommend going for a different product.
When I moved to the house I live in now, I didn't have a laundry basket after the one I had at the old house ended up getting thrown out in the rush to get everything sorted. In reality, it was really past it anyway, and we did honestly need to replace it, so it was a good thing we finally got rid of it, but then we had no idea where to purchase a replacement from that would be sturdy and last a long time - the previous one lasted about 4 years, after all.
After having a bit of a look around a number of shops, I eventually went into Argos and decided to purchase on of their basic laundry baskets; a fabric container on metal poles that would hopefully be plenty big enough to hold my dirty laundry before I had a chance to get it washed.
However, I found that it wasn't quite as good as I had hoped it would be. After only a few weeks the bag had started to sag and look a bit of a mess. The poles weren't exactly strong in the first place, but all it took was my cat deciding to get in the laundry bag a few times before they bowed from her attempts at getting out and knocking it over in the process; not really what you'd expect from a product that cost you around a tenner, when all it should do is hold clothes.
I know I did put in some clothes that had gotten covered in mud or whatever while I was out walking my dogs, but it really did begin to look quite grubby after a couple of months (and I did wipe it clean and everything, of course), losing it's white colour I got it in and becoming slightly grey, if not brown, in the end.
I soon decided I didn't like the look of the lop-sided and grubby looking laundry basket that sagged in the middle and generally looked very unloved, and I ended up buying a replacement from Ikea that has proven to be much more substantial than this one, and it cost me half as much money.
To be honest, I wouldn't bother with buying this product because it simply doesn't stand up to being used as a laundry basket, or being knocked over on occasion like I'm sure it would do in most households.
When I split up with my husband in 2009 I didn't really take much from our house and so I needed to purchase most things again. I like argos for reasonable priced bathroom accessories and so from there I purchased the chrome finish folding frame and linen bag laundry basket for holding laundry in the bathroom prior to me washing it.
The laundry basket cost me around ten or eleven pounds from memory but they are currently £9.99 in the argos catalogue and online. There is minimal assembly to be done with the chrome frame and then you need to attach the linen bag over the frame. Instructions were provided but they aren't the clearest and so I did have a few issues with making sure parts of the frame were the right way round but it didn't take me a massive amount of time to fit it together. It would have been nicer to come ready made though I think!
The basket consists of a silver coloured chrome base which has contrasting black caps on both the tops and bottoms of the chrome and so it looks nice but it also won't mark or scratch your floor should you have it on a wooden floor. The laundry bag is made from a cream coloured canvas material which looks nice with the chrome effect base too. What I like about this laundry basket is that the canvas bag has a flap which comes over the top of the basket and can be sealed with the Velcro tab to hide all of your dirty washing should you have guests over! You can also fold this linen basket up when it isn't in use but to be honest mine is always in use in the bathroom and I don't ever see the need to fold it up and hide it away.
The laundry basket is a reasonable size and the actual dimensions taken from the argos website are that it is 71cm high, 43.5cm wide and 51cm deep. I find that it sits nicely in the corner of my bathroom and doesn't look too big at all. In my last house we actually had one of these too in our much smaller bathroom and again it looked fine so I don't think it is a particularly intrusive item at all.
What is great about this laundry basket is the fact that it does hold a massive amount of washing I think. It can certainly hold two good sized loads for my washing machine and still be able to have the lid closed on it but for the most part it never gets that full as I do tend to try and keep on top of the washing as often as possible really. I think this would suit a small family really well and possibly a larger family if you are like me and like to keep on top of the washing. There are no separate compartments in the basket for sorting darks and whites for example but I don't mind this as it is very rare I separate things anyway as I am the ultimate lazy washer!
You will find that the inside of the laundry bag will become marked from time to time as it is bound to have wet towels go in it and things and so I do take the bag off from time to time and stick it in the washer to clean it up. It washes well but seems to come out pretty creased and so I need to run the iron over it a little to make it look its best again. You do have to unscrew a few nuts to take off the bag for washing but it is no big deal for the amount of times I feel the need to have to wash it anyway.
For the price paid I am more than happy with this product. It fits in nicely with the chrome look to some of my other bathroom accessories and it is a perfectly functional storage piece. Whilst it isn't the sturdiest item it is still holding its own three years down the line and so I feel I have had my moneys worth and then some really. It meets my needs and so I cannot complain at all really!
Thank you for reading my review!
This time last year I was getting ready to move into my new flat in University accommodation but before I moved in I had to buy all of my essentials. A linen basket was a definite necessity for me as there was nowhere provided for me to dump my dirty washing and I do like to be organised and not have a pile of clothes in the corner of the room! The obvious choice for me when choosing a linen basket was Argos as I'd previously purchased cheap kettles and pots and pans from there. After a quick flick through the Argos catalogue I spotted this linen basket at a decent price, I think it was around £10 so I reserved it online and picked it up the next day.
The linen basket came flat packed in a plain brown box and I was afraid to take it out as I hate assembling things and I needed to practise putting it up for when I needed it in my flat. The instructions were surprisingly easy to follow and there wasn't much in terms of construction just a few poles to slot into the fabric. The fabric was quite thin which I was wary of but due to only my clothing needing to be stored in it I decided that I would keep it as it would do the job.
The fabric is cream coloured and quite grainy and the poles are silver and metallic. It is a simple design but I think it looks modern and fitted in well in the corner or my little flat.
I was also surprised that when the washing basket was half full the basked didn't sag or bulge because the poles are sturdy. I only ever half-filled the basket before emptying it and washing my clothes as I was paranoid that my room would start to smell!
I am yet to wash the linen basket but I do know that the material is so easy to remove so when I do wash it I will have no problem in doing so. Overall, I'm impressed with the linen basket. Although the linen basket was the cheapest I could find it did the job well for me but probably wouldn't in a busy family home as I would imagine the flimsy material would tear!
When I moved into my new house I needed to purchase some form of keeping the washing stored away neatly. Now that I have had these for a while I thought it was time to write a review on what I thought about them.
*~* Price and Availablity *~*
I paid around £9 each I believe which I thought was decent value especially as the wicker set I used to have was much more expensive and never lasted long at all. I found this available from the Argos website so a nationwide product.
*~* Packaging *~*
There isn't much to say about the packaging for this at all. It comes flat packed in a brown box. Some cellophane wrapping protects the poles in transit but apart from that there is nothing else.
*~* The Laundry Basket Itself *~*
This basket required assembling, if you can call it that. The linen holding is cream coloured and thankfully can be detached very easily to be washed which I would say is a definate must. It fits snugly on the frame meaning that if you have a heavier load of washing it doesn't sag and trail along the floor. I did find that it was a little flimsy, not that this is a problem for me as it is only me and my son I don't have a lot of washing but I found that it fitted my needs perfectly but for those with larger families, you may find that the basket just isn't strong enough to hold a large amount of washing.
The rubber feet are very sturdy and hold it in place. I found that on the laminate flooring it didn't move in the slightest. The chrome finish looks very stylish and modern and fits in well with my colour scheme. It does tend to get dirty pretty quickly. I find I have to wash the bag once to twice a month to keep it looking clean and the chrome frame gets dusted at least once a week which I have to say I wasn't expecting.
Although stable I have found that even with a couple of wet towels alongside a washing load it becomes much less stable than what it normally is. It's not dangerous or anything but I did think it was worth pointing out.
I would say that for me it holds a loads worth. So a couple of days worth of clothes for both me and my son and nightwear, 2 bath sheets, a couple of teatowels and hand towels. I wouldn't pack the washing down at all as I believe that the linen may rip and therefore ruin the whole basket.
The other thing that I really like about this is that when it doesn't have to be used it can be folded very easily by pushing the legs together and storing it in a small corner or space out of sight or being in the way. Not that it has to happen often but when it does it's a good option to have.
*~* My Opinion *~*
All in all I really like this. I feel it was good value for money and sits neatly in the corner of my room. Although it can't be moved around like some other storage forms I do find that this is not a problem. For the cheap price I feel this is a much better option for storing laundry than what the expensive wicker basket set was. Yes I may need to wash the bag a couple of times and dust it every week but it's not a problem for me anyway. I would say 4 stars for me, it looses a star purely for the fact that I feel it wouldn't be much use for large families.
Whenever we are hunting for new household equipment we will take a look on the Argos website. Argos usually offer good value for money and they have a decent selection of goods. Laundry equipment cannot be described as exciting but it is essential. Our bathroom is not overly large but we do require a decent sized laundry basket. The large wicker laundry baskets are fine but they do gather the dust. Argos had this folding frame laundry basket on offer at just under £10. The laundry basket is plain and simple. The chrome frame folds down and the canvas laundry bag is cream so it fits in with all bathroom colour schemes.
The Argos laundry basket is sold as a flat pack but in reality there is very little to assemble. The laundry basket is 71cms high and 42 cm wide. It looks functional but when it is stood up it doesn't feel very sturdy. The chrome frame looks modern and smart and the cloth bag can be removed and washed which is a bonus. Each of the four feet have a small rubber capped casing. Presumably this casing is to stop the feet from marking the floor and to allow the laundry basket to grip the bathroom flooring. The canvas type linen bag fits the frame quite well and the stitching is adequate.
Argos are offering this lightweight laundry basket at an affordable price. If you have a family who are likely to haul the basket about then this is not the one for you. The chrome frame is strong enough to hold a couple of loads of washing but it not built for heavy duty dirty laundry storage. This Argos laundry basket looks clean but the chrome stand does attract the dust. When the laundry basket is filled with dirty washing it is stable but it could easily be pushed over. Although the creamy coloured linen bag looks clean and bright there is a possibility that it would not stay that way for long. But the bag can be removed and laundered.
Argos have a quite a few other laundry baskets to offer. Although these folding frame linen baskets look good they may not be sturdy enough for family use. The larger pine laundry boxes would be a much better bet for family bathrooms, plus they can be used as a seat.
We purchased two of these just over two years ago to keep all of our washing tidied away. I can not remember the exact price but think they were about £10 each. They currently sell for £9.99 at Argos so that is probably correct.
On first impression they looked nice enough at the top of the landing. The bag is of a good heavy fabric and easily removes for cleaning. However it soon started to sag and a bit less tidy. The chrome covers quickly fell of the tops of the bars. I snagged the edge of one on my coat, got tripped up and fell with it, and it was forever bent out of shape.
The metal rods are very thin and easily bent, and not much thicker, certainly not any stronger, than a Coke tin. I really should have gotten rid of them or at least gotten them out of the hall at that point, but it was only when one of my sons scraped his face on the top edge of the chrome bar that I binned the worst one and moved the other one to a corner between two dressing tables. The seams had come undone on the one as well, but it did have two rubber feet left which were removed to replace the missing ones on the other unit. I haven't a clue what happened to them, but will mention that the legs of this can make rather unsightly marks on your wood floors as well.
I am really trying to think of some good point to these as well in the interests of a balanced review. Try as I might, there is little I can think of.
The fabric, though poorly stitched is heavy and strong enough and does not appear to stain easily. If you can find a corner in which to place this with a wall on two sides and dressing tables on the other two it is not too bad, but it certainly is not good either. I do realise they were cheap, but considering the quality, the price was not low enough. In fact if I were see them in Poundland I still would not consider buying another one. I think the wooden frame ones would be better as you would not be dealing with the problems with the metal bars, but even they don't seem to get the highest of ratings.
I ended up with a plastic laundry bin from Lidl's which is much better. I think I paid about £7. These bags belong in another bin. The rubbish bin.
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