The BetterBasket

Laundry and Utility Basket

No More Drastic Plastic

Anyone who has tried navigating stairs and narrow hallways carrying a full laundry basket knows how unwieldy the hard plastic baskets can be. Tom Goth, a plastics expert and father of two, decided to do something about it after tripping too many times and cracking too many laundry baskets. His invention is called the BetterBasket.

The BetterBasket is great for laundry, toys, sports equipment, recycling items and whatever else you need to tote or store. It’s made from a woven mesh fabric that’s intentionally see-through
so you can watch where you’re walking (fewer stubbed toes). We really like that it’s flexible, but not flimsy. The fabric and binding are sturdy enough to keep it upright when you’ve got a few items in it. Another useful feature is the built-in partition for separating items. The 27-inch basket has three compartments, and the 20-inch basket has two compartments.

Four sturdy straps allow for one-handed carrying, so you can tote your stuff and grab a handrail or hold a child’s hand at the same time. And when you’re not using it, the BetterBasket folds flat for easy storage. But we’re guessing you won’t be putting it away very often.

— Angella
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Tom

    I am Tom Goth, inventor of The BetterBasket and a growing list of other organizational products for daily use. The BetterBasket was a winner from the state of Arizona in QVC’s Quest for America’s Best Products campaign, which was really cool. The first time I was on QVC as a guest host we sold out the entire inventory of BetterBaskets that I had paid for on credit cards in a little over 3 minutes. Whew! For those minutes and shortly thereafter, I felt like a Rock Star. When I got back home, my wife congratulated me, and said I didn’t look too bald on TV but I did look kind of fat! Oh well.

    The BetterBasket was designed as The World’s Best Laundry Basket, but is used for many, many other uses like toy/book basket, carrying office files, day trips, picnics, camping, fishing, RV’s, hauling groceries, and more. You can carry up to 3 loads of laundry and still have a free hand for going through doorways or up & down stairs. Let me know what questions you may have for me during the feature on Daily Grommet.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    10/19/2009 12:10 PM

    Daily Grommet did a very good job of showing the features and benefits of The BetterBasket. Thank You!

    Any questions or comments from the gallery?

  •  Nancy
    5/21/2012 6:40 PM

    @Tom Goth

    I have replaced all of our rigid plastic baskets with the 2 compartment baskets - love them! My husband has a hard time on stairs and couldn't handle any laundry baskets at all until we got these. They are very versatile. My daughter will take one to college with her this fall.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/22/2012 9:41 AM

    @ Nancy: It's great to hear that the baskets are versatile to suit the various needs of your family. I'm getting one for my son too for keep his dirty clothes separated from the clean ones easily..maybe he'll do more laundry now? ;0) Thank you for stopping by to share your experience.

  • Nicole
    10/19/2009 12:49 PM

    No questions, just a comment - I love this design! It would be great to assign one to each room in the house for those surprise drop ins - easy straightening up and sorting and the same time.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    10/19/2009 12:57 PM

    Very good thought, Nickie. Some customers have given each child their own BetterBasket to help them learn to keep their rooms picked up and help out with the family activities.

  • linda
    10/19/2009 1:14 PM

    i like these a lot. sorting the dirty laundry going down and sorting the clean laundry going back up. looks like a time saver.

  • AMM
    10/19/2009 2:15 PM

    Just wondering if this would fit between two seats in a stationwagon? It'd be great to keep kids stuff organized in the car.

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    10/19/2009 2:57 PM

    @AMM - that's a great idea. Both of these sizes are 17" wide - the 2 compartment option is 20" long, and the 3 compartment BetterBasket is 27" long - so you can measure the depth of your car seat to see which one would fit best. Also, you might want to check the height (14") to be sure your children will be able to reach in and grab what they need.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    10/19/2009 3:56 PM

    AMM, further to the response from Jeanne, since the basket is made of fabric it can be scrunched into odd shapes as the contents permit and may fit into the available space. The biggest end-use besides laundry is organizing stuff for family trips.

  • Robyns Online World
    Robyns Online World
    10/19/2009 4:49 PM

    Is there a single compartment version?

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    10/19/2009 5:03 PM

    To Robyns Online World......I have thought about adding a single compartment version, but have not actually done it. Are you thinking of a shopping bag or something else?

  • JWC
    10/19/2009 8:41 PM

    Hey, I really like the new look of the Grommet site!

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    10/19/2009 8:50 PM

    When folded, this basket is as flat and small as a newspaper (remember those?). I can store it between my washer and dryer. When open, it stays upright without awkward spring popup wires. The high-quality of the weaved fabric and the sturdy edging keeps the basket up. They are really nice looking and a much better quality than what you might find in some department stores.

    @JWC Thanks for your comment! We're glad you like the site.

  • Robyns Online World
    Robyns Online World
    10/20/2009 12:15 PM

    No, just as an actual laundry basket with one compartment. Just to be able to carry one load to the laundry room and back at a time. It is just what I am used to now. The laundry room is on the main floor of my house, but is very small. I sort in a different room and just take one load to the laundry at a time to put in the washer. As soon as they are done in the dryer I take that load out in a basket and take to the other room also. No room for sorting, folding, hanging, etc. in the actual laundry room.

  • Teresa
    10/20/2009 10:45 PM

    This is the best basket ever invented!

  • Deborah Barnett
    Deborah Barnett
    3/19/2011 9:14 AM

    @Teresa: These are made of nylon? An idea might be to make one that is not plastic but a organic materiel.You could make one for travel, and overhead on the plane. Luggage is made of plastic and bulky. Light weight is good for trips. Thanks, send me a test one for the idea. Ha Ha. Thanks Deborah Barnett.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    3/19/2011 9:44 AM

    @Deborah Barnett: If you want a great light-weight luggage check out our feature on Hideo Wakamatsu. It is made of nylon as well. You really need the strong fibers for the abuse of travel.

  • Rick Huwiler
    Rick Huwiler
    1/22/2010 7:56 AM

    Tom, Get a hold of me thru my email.

    Great Job I still have my "Better Basket" your first version from way back when.

    Rick Huwiler(Formally with Tech Plastics)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    1/22/2010 11:34 AM

    @Rick - we will get you in touch with Tom. Thank you for stopping by!

  • Desmond
    6/18/2010 8:52 AM

    I just bought my second one of these. They are great. This time I got the two-compartment version because each compartment is a little bit bigger (and our teenage boys -- and their clothes -- are getting bigger. Great product. One handed uses is key. Low weight. Choice of nice colors.

  • Julie
    Julie – Grommet Team
    6/18/2010 11:55 AM

    @DJP Smart thinking! One-handed lugging is essential when you have kids that's for sure. Thanks for ordering and stopping by to share!

  • Deborah Barnett
    Deborah Barnett
    3/19/2011 9:22 AM

    @Julie - Daily Grommet Community Team: Julia , was commenting on teresa, but wanted you to read it Thanks Deborah Barnett.

  • Ann
    11/22/2010 3:28 PM

    What material is the bottom made of - is it mesh or solid? Also, where the handles are attached to the bags, the handles look as though they might tear from the sides of the bag after a while.

  • Tom
    Tom – Special Guest
    11/22/2010 4:45 PM

    @Ann: The BetterBasket is constructed from a heavy duty reinforced mesh fabric. The mesh fabric is used to build the basket sides, bottom, and partitions.

    Owners have reported using the BetterBasket for as long as 18 years and the basket remaining in fully usable condition.

    Clearview has sold the BetterBasket since 1992 and has never had a complaint or return due to the handles tearing away from the fabric or otherwise failing.

    Both BetterBasket models have been tested by an independent laboratory and certified to hold in excess of 110 pounds without failure.

    We recommend that users of the BetterBasket limit the weight to what they can comfortably and safely carry.

    Thank you!

  • DJP
    8/24/2011 7:06 PM

    I have both the 2-compartment and the 3 compartment models. I like the 2 compartment one much better. Given our children are all now grown teenage boys, the slightly larger compartments in the 2 compartment model are easier to work with their large sized clothes.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/24/2011 11:38 PM

    @DJP: Great insight, thanks for stopping back to share!

  •  Jennifer
    8/16/2012 1:37 PM

    When will the large basket be back in stock?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/17/2012 2:18 PM

    @ Jennifer: Thank you for your interest. We don't know when they'll be available; will be sure to email you when back.

  • Jamie
    9/23/2012 6:35 PM

    @Chew-Hoong I'd really like to get some of these as Christmas gifts. Are they often out of stock?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/25/2012 1:11 AM

    @Jamie Wilcox: The baskets are in stock. Great idea to get them soon before the Xmas rush.

  • Jamie
    9/23/2012 6:34 PM


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