The Best Hangers

The best hanger you can buy is The Container Store’s Basic Natural Wood Hangers. They’re available in three styles that will cover almost every piece of clothing you own. Each one is wide and thick enough to be durable and versatile, and the build prevents unsightly creases and tears. At $1.25 a piece, they’re not too expensive to stock your whole closet.

Last Updated: February 24, 2014
Readers complained that we didn't look at the Ikea hangers, which we'd originally omitted from testing due to their lack of a grippy material to hold loose blouses. But based on the demand, we got a few in-hand and found them drastically inferior to our pick. If you're looking for a seriously budget-friendly option, they're okay, but honestly we think you should spend more for higher quality, especially considering how cheap our pick is.
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February 20, 2014: Shifted our pick for winter coat hanger to Mawa and added the Mawa hangers as a budget pick for suits.

But we’re aware that not all closets have the same needs, which is why we recommend different hangers for different budgets and types of clothing, ranging from skirts to suits, below.

How we picked

There’s an overwhelming amount of hangers out there, ranging from dollar-store varieties to those from high-end specialty hanger shops like the Hanger Project and Butler Luxury. Whitmor and Honey Can Do make a wide selection of hangers of every ilk, and The Container Store and Bed Bath & Beyond offer up anything you can ask for. Beyond that, there are dozens of smaller manufacturers of widely varying quality.

Most of the editorial reviews and comparisons we found only identified only the best (or a good enough) hanger for a certain type of clothing: for dresses, for blouses, et cetera. There isn’t a lot out there that attempts to determine the best hanger overall, and that forced us to rely heavily on our own testing and background research. We referenced a number of buyers guides from Oprah, Real Simple, and the Huffington Post. We also talked to a number of experts on the subject, including Kirby Allison, founder of the Hanger Project, and Robert Antón Patterson, owner of Revolver clothing boutiques in San Francisco.

With all this in mind, we developed a set of criteria for what a hanger should be. It should be versatile and have a natural shoulder shape that is supportive of the garment’s structure without stretching, tearing, or creasing it. It should be durable and strong, the clothes shouldn’t slip off, and there should be no sharp edges or splinters that could snag clothes. Plus, it should fit over standard 1” – 1.5” hanger bars, with a twistable hook that allows a hanger to face whichever way you desire.

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We also had to determine how much one should pay for a simple hanger. While it’s tempting to rely on the wire hangers from the dry cleaners (or cheap plastic hangers from the dollar store) and be done with it, this can end up costing you in the long run. Kirby Allison explained that even if your wardrobe is purchased from cheap brands or made from inexpensive fabrics like polyester, the basic level of support a quality hanger provides will make them last longer.

…unless you are looking to hang a suit, wedding dress, or other sensitive piece of clothing, most people don’t need to spend more than $3-$4…
But unless you are looking to hang a suit, wedding dress, or other sensitive piece of clothing, most people don’t need to spend more than $3-$4 on a single hanger, and that’s really on the higher end of the spectrum (though it makes sense to spend more for more expensive garments). So that eliminated fancy concept hangers like this dehumidifying one from Pingi. Packages of hangers can be found for less than $1/hanger, but for most people, between $1 and $2 is the sweet spot. For less, you’re getting cheap plastic or poor construction. Go too much higher than that and you’re spending for specialty hangers, designed specifically for the type of clothing you’re hanging.

With all that in mind, we set to work finding the most qualified testing candidates for an all-purpose pick as well as some garment-specific ones for common needs like skirts, suits, and coats. We drew our picks from the aforementioned guides as well as user reviews on sites like Amazon, The Container Store, and Bed Bath & Beyond. We combed these websites for popular hangers with good user reviews. Ultimately, we narrowed the list down to 25 hangers for various types of clothing that we tested in person over the course of three months.

We used each hanger as intended, evaluating how easy they were to get clothing on and off of and seeing if they’re flexible enough to hold different styles. We also tugged and pulled at their seams, trying to see if they’d break.

For hangers with a bar, we pulled at the bar to see if it would break or snap off of the hanger. Most did come off, but the best ones were easily popped back into place and took much more force to release. This means they are capable of holding much heavier pants and won’t break in half in your closet. Important.

Our pick for everyday clothing

The Container Store's offering comes in three styles to fit your various garment needs. Plus, it's durable and attractive.
Our favorite hangers are The Container Store’s Basic Natural Wood Hangers. They support and fit a variety of clothes well. They’re simple, sturdy, and durable. And aesthetically, they’re attractive and will make your closet look good.

Unlike cheaper plastic models, these wooden hangers come in three styles to fit your various garments’ specific needs, which will help increase the service life of your clothes. You can get basic, barless shirt hangers; shirt hangers with bars, suitable for hanging pants; and blouse hangers with notches (for thin straps) and ribbed plastic to prevent shirts from sliding off. By picking and choosing which proportions fit for your clothing, you can customize the hangers to fit your closet. That way, for example, you aren’t hanging silk shirts on the stay-put plastic ribbing or wide-neck blouses and cardigans without.

The hangers are also wide and thick enough to prevent creases in the shoulders and arms without being so thick they overtake your closet. They’re 17.5 inches wide from end to end; individual shoulder widths will vary (mine is, for example, 16 inches) but generally, shoulders span ranges from about 15-20 inches, and you won’t want more than a 2-3 inch difference between your own shoulders and the hangers. With hangers too wide, your sleeves will have trouble falling naturally; too skinny, and you’ll have unnatural creases before the shoulder. Their half-inch thickness isn’t quite suit-hanger level, but it’s more than enough to keep unsightly creases from developing in the shoulders. This is not the case for thinner, cheaper hangers like the Slimline, from Closet Candy.

They’re incredibly durable. I pulled up and down at the seam—no breakage.
They’re incredibly durable. I pulled up and down at the seam—no breakage. The only fail point I found was the bar for pants, which took quite a bit of pressure (more than any normal pair of pants would use) to pop out of place. But even when it did break, it was easily popped back into place. They’ve been holding my thick ski pants securely for several months. Compare that to Honey-Can-Do’s wooden hangers, which, for several of our editors, broke quickly with heavier items of clothing.

They’re also a great deal. At about $1.25 per hanger, our pick is among the cheapest wooden options out there. And they get even cheaper if you buy in bulk (good to have as an option, but not good when you’re forced to buy at least 50 at a time, like you do with the Proman Kaskade). That, combined with their solid construction and durability, makes them a great pick for anybody with a normal closet of low- to mid-priced shirts, cardigans, pants, and dresses. Reviewers on The Container Store’s website agree, too, giving the hangers 4.9 stars over 13 reviews.

If our pick is sold out…

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*At the time of publishing, the price was $58.
If our main all-purpose pick is sold out, the Proman will is your next best bet.
The Proman Kaskade hangers aren’t quite as sturdy as the Container Store’s offering (the pants bar snapped off easily and was hard to put back in place), and they’re only available in bulk. But if for some reason our top pick is sold out and you need a hanger (or 50) right now, get these.

Besides the Container Store, these were the sturdiest, taking quite a bit of effort to break off the pants bar. And also like our pick, they’re an attractive, uniform blond wood, which goes a long way towards making your closet look more organized. They don’t have grippy spots for loose blouses, but they do have notches for tanks. That should cover most of your wardrobe.

The (big) step up

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The Hanger Project's hangers are expensive but they cover a wide variety of clothing types and are very sturdy.
For most people, there’s no need to get specialty hangers for each of your garments. But an ill-suited hanger can cause creases, warping, and irreversible damage in delicate fabrics. If you’re spending $200-plus on an item, investing an extra $20 in the hanger is a wise investment because that’s where it will spend most of its time. We recommend picking the hangers that suit specific garment styles and sizes from the Hanger Project. Their individual hangers begin at about $15 to $20, running up to around $25 for thicker suit hangers.

The Hanger Project offers several different profiles for both women’s and men’s clothing in several different widths and contours, customized for everything from delicate blouses to heavy jackets. Each hanger is available in different sizes, so if you are a particularly small or large person, your clothing will never be at risk at damage from a poorly-sized hanger.

On trouser bars and blouse hangers, the Hanger Project uses felt to grip clothing and keep it from sliding off onto your closet floor—a step up from the ribbed plastic used in The Container Store’s wooden hangers.

I wasn’t able to break any of them by pulling them, and the hanger bars stayed firmly attached…
I tested several hangers from the Hanger Project, and found all of them sturdy. I wasn’t able to break any of them by pulling them, and the hanger bars stayed firmly attached no matter how hard I tugged.

If your closet consists of mostly mid-priced clothing and synthetics, there’s no need to spend the money on products from the Hanger Project, which could easily stretch into the many hundreds of dollars if you have a lot of clothes. But we do think the expense is justified if you’re already spending money on your clothing.

For Skirts

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*At the time of publishing, the price was $8.
These clamp-style hangers work great for skirts with protective padding to protect your clothing.
Skirts are best-served by clamp-style hangers, but you’ll want to make sure the clamps are covered in a protective padding, otherwise it can cause rips and tears. We found the Whitmor Skirt/Slack Hanger to be the best of the bunch, with a tough grip protected by vinyl casing that won’t tear delicate fabrics. At about $2.50 per hanger, they’re slightly more expensive than The Container Store’s wooden hangers, but they’re worth the slight cost increase: a good skirt hanger requires well-built, sturdy clasps, which do cost a bit extra to add onto a hanger.

As with any good skirt hanger, the clamps slide to and fro along the metal railing, allowing you to place them at the edges of your skirt to ensure the waistline stays taut and even. (But not too close to the edges of your skirt — you do want to allow some wiggle room to prevent stretching.) The little notch on the bottom of each hanger allows you to stack them, which saves invaluable room in the closet.

Amazon reviewers like it—with 87 reviews, it has 4.4 stars. A few reviewers complain about how high the bar falls on the hanger; it’s about 1” closer to the bar than a normal hanger. But most, like me, didn’t find this a problem.

Our pick for suits

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For nice suits you'll need a special kind of hanger to keep them looking good. This is the best option.
Your nice suits need something better than just your standard coat or jacket hanger. Wirecutter founder Brian Lam tested six suit-specific hangers, culled from top picks on blogs and sites like Amazon, The Container Store, and Bed Bath and Beyond, finding his favorite to be the Hanger Project’s offering. At $25, these hangers are more expensive than most others. But suits, unlike other kinds of clothing, deserve better support and generally are costly enough to justify a nice hanger.

…suits, unlike other kinds of clothing, deserve better support…
Why this hanger? Made only of wood and metal, it’s strong enough to survive any twisting and bending I put it through. Most cheap hangers’ pants bars broke pretty much instantly. Our pick also has a generous felt roller bar that won’t leave creases or lines on your pants like some others we tried. It comes in different sizes, so it fits perfectly to your jacket and won’t stretch out or let shoulders sag. And both its shoulders and neck are contoured to fit your suit’s natural shape.

As a bonus, they’re also constructed by the legendary commercial hanger company Beverly Hangers, although these particular hangers are exclusive to and designed by The Hanger Project with the input and direction of suit makers.

Each one is about $24, but as long as you spent more than $400 on your suit, it’s worth the investment. You’re likely to keep these hangers longer than your suit—if not your whole life—since a basic, sturdy hanger won’t go out of style.

A budget pick for suits

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Considerably less expensive than our top suit hanger but still well-built and the grippy coating keeps fabrics from sliding down and stretching.
The Mawa suit hangers are a different kind of hanger than the beautifully-contoured ones from the Hanger Project. They’re made in Germany with a 10-year warranty. The Mawas are extremely sturdy and have a rubber coating that grips fabric, keeping it from sliding down and stretching out the neck area. And they’re only $7.50 each! The neck area and shoulders are a little on the thin side and could cause a little creasing over time, but I don’t think it will be an issue since the grippy surface of the hanger seemed to support things really well and evenly across the entire hanger. They’re also really sleek and modern (and so German!); we like them just for that reason, too. (If you have a jacket size above 44, you’ll want the 18-inch-wide version.)

Note that these hangers cost about the same for the regular clothing kind as the suit kind, and the rubber became a hindrance dealing with more delicate, lighter clothing, which snagged on it during testing. That’s why we didn’t prefer the Mawas for regular everyday clothing. For jackets and suits, though, they’re great.

Hangers for winter coats and jackets

Jacket hangers, which are broad enough in the shoulders to support the weight of a heavier winter coat or sport jacket but don’t have a crossbar to hold pants, can be hard to find.

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A surprisingly inexpensive hanger that can handle heavier winter coats and a grippy coating keeps them from sliding off.
Here’s what I would get: the Mawa Bodyform Nonslip Contoured hangers. They’re cheap at $6, which is odd because usually coat hangers cost 5-10x as much as their regular counterparts. They’re metal, made in Germany, and are a little on the thin side, but that’s okay because it will keep the bulk down when you’re talking about two dozen coats in a closet for an entire family. The thing that makes them better than higher-end and lower-end hangers, which have less and more support proportional to price, is that these hangers have a rubber coating which is entirely able to support a coat without you having to zip or button it up, since the rubber grips the inside of the garment. This kind of grippy feel would be annoying on delicate or everyday materials that could snag. But on winter coats and even jackets and blazers, it’s wonderful; it distributes the load over the entire surface of the hanger so that there’s less worry about creases from the narrow edges of the hanger’s top/neck section.  (They’re available without crossbars but I recommend getting them with, since they cost only $1.50 less and the ones with crossbars are more versatile. They’re also available in larger sizes.)

But you can go even cheaper: if you’ve got a closet full of winter coats that you don’t worry too much about or that are very light (down filled), then regular wooden hangers like The Container Store’s set we recommend will do just fine.

If you want to go really high class, you could get the Hanger Project’s jacket hanger, which has all the wonderful qualities of their suit hangers without the crossbar. But since this hanger is $23, you might as well just buy the suit hangers with crossbars for $2 more. I’d personally get the Mawas, but they are really nowhere near as classy/nice/lovely as the Hanger Project’s hangers.

What makes a good hanger?

A hanger enhances your closet and prolongs the life of your clothes—it shouldn’t be an afterthought. Good ones will be versatile in the types of shapes available and clothes they can handle. They’ll also have a supportive shape and a strong design made of sturdy materials.

When we say a hanger should be versatile, we don’t mean necessarily it needs to do and hold everything.
When we say a hanger should be versatile, we don’t mean necessarily it needs to do and hold everything. Look for a matching set of hangers with a few different variants. At the most basic, you need a hanger for shirts and pants, and you should also have a hanger with grippy material for loose blouses. You also should have a thick hanger for coats, and, if you own a suit, a specialized hanger for that.

We looked at a few hangers that did “everything,” designed to hold blouses, button-up shirts, pants, skirts, coats—everything. Attempting to accommodate so many clothing styles meant hangers poorly accommodated at least one—not to mention shaping a hanger in that many directions meant building it from flexible plastic, which is (as explained below) inferior to wood. You want your hangers to be slightly more specialized but to come with options for different styles of clothes so you can customize to your closet.

Kirby Allison, founder of the Hanger Project says a hanger should “mimic your body.” That means it needs to be about as wide as your shoulders and thick enough to let your clothing fall naturally. It also should taper off at the ends, not circle under, which can lead to a sharp dropoff and warping of the garment at the shoulders. With that in mind, we ultimately eliminated most plastic models, which tend to either have rounded edges, not be thick enough to provide adequate shape or support, or both.

Durability is, of course, a necessity, especially considering a hanger has so many fail points: Where the hook meets the body, where the bar (if it has one) is attached, where the separate sections are enjoined in the middle. There’s no reason a hanger shouldn’t last a long time.

The hanger’s hook should be wide enough to fit over most closet bars and be capable of twisting to face either way, so that you can ensure your clothes all face the same way in the closet no matter how you put them on the hanger. Luckily these are both pretty basic features in hangers, and we found very few without.

As for material, we ruled out all crystal-cut hangers, which tend to be cheap, easily breakable, and not terribly supportive. We also eliminated velvet hangers, which are often too thin (leading to sharp creases) and have many user complaints of velvet flecking off onto the clothing. Ultimately, we found wood the best hanger material: As Allison said, “If you’re paying for a hanger, you want a nice one.

Second, if you’re spending a lot of money on really fine clothing, you’re buying fine natural fibers. In order to honor that garment it needs to be hanging on a nice wood.” Sure, “honoring a garment” isn’t really a quantifiable descriptor, but we did find that overall, wooden hangers were shaped in a way that allowed garments to fall naturally. Robert Antón Patterson, owner of Revolver clothing boutiques in San Francisco, elaborated: “Wood is more eco-friendly and will last longer.” Unlike the plastic hangers we tested, it was quite difficult to break most of the wooden hangers we tested.

You should absolutely not settle for the wire hangers that you get from the dry cleaner. These are designed for transporting clothes only and can undesirably stretch garments if left hanging for too long. While they do have tons of other household uses, they bend and break easily, don’t hold up well over time, and are prone to rusting in more humid environments. So wire hangers were dispatched from the running before the race began.

The everyday hangers we didn’t choose

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They have no grippy option, making them useless for hanging loose tops or strappy tanks, and their pants bar broke quickly under the slightest pressure.
After much demand, we tested out the Ikea Bumerang hangers — and weren’t terribly impressed. If you’re on a super-tight budget, have access to Ikea or don’t mind paying the shipping fee, these hangers are an acceptable budget pick. But we’re looking for the best hangers, not the best budget hangers, and these just aren’t it. Not only do they have no grippy option, making them useless for loose tops or strappy tanks, but their pants bar broke quickly under the slightest pressure. When used side-by-side with our pick, the build quality is clearly inferior. However, as a basic hanger for a simple wardrobe without any heavy clothing or pants, they’ll do alright. We very much recommend spending the extra cash to get the (still very cheap) Container Store hangers, but these are okay in a pinch.

The Whitmor Sure-Grip hanger was the best plastic hanger we tested—it even had a swivel neck, which we found to be a rarity in a plastic hanger—but Amazon and Walmart have had trouble keeping them in stock for reasonable prices.

Bed Bath and Beyond’s Heavyweight White Hangers are sturdy and durable, but without any sort of grip, any wide-necked, sleeveless, or spaghetti-strapped clothing you have will quickly fall off. They’re super cheap at $0.58 a hanger, but they just don’t work.

We found the anti-slip coating pulled fibers out of delicate fabrics…
We had high hopes for the MAWA super-sticky hangers and were pleased to find they are definitely super grippy. But their benefit is also their downfall; we found the anti-slip coating pulled fibers out of delicate fabrics and could also remove excessive fur from your cat. They might be good for artificial fabrics, but we wouldn’t trust them for your delicates.

The plastic All-In-One hangers at The Container Store promise a lot—the ability to hang shirts, blouses, dresses, pants, and tees all on one hanger. Unfortunately, their razor-thin edge will inevitably create unsightly shoulder creases.

The Slim Grips suffer from the same skinny problem as the All-In-Ones, in addition to being much less durable: they easily broke in half with just a slight tug. Plus the material used to create the grippy shoulders stuck together when two hangers were placed side-by-side.

Closet Candy’s Slimline hangers have a unique shape that’s supposed to help clothing stay up without the use of grippy material. In practice, our blouses still slid off. And the edge is too thin.

We tested two padded hangers: the Whitmor Satin Padded Hanger and The Container Store’s Natural Canvas Padded Hanger. Excepting material, both were very similar: generally useless for most closets. Ostensibly, their rounded, soft shapes prevent shoulder lines in delicate garments, but in practice they were difficult to use. For your expensive clothing, we recommend the Hanger Project instead.

Like the Proman Kaskades, these Wooden Wood Hangers are only available in bulk. I don’t think many people need 100 skirt hangers, and even if they did, I’d still steer them away. The clasps aren’t protected and are thus likely to scratch your clothing, and although they are adjustable, they make a terrible, nails-on-chalkboard squeaking sound when moved.

These Homebasix hangers are simple and sturdy, but considering they’re more expensive than our picks and have no grip for wide-necked clothing, they just aren’t the best pick.

The Organize-It-All Chrome hangers are sleek and sturdy, but have nothing to grip shirts and prevent slippage. Without that, you won’t be able to hang loose blouses and shirts.

Honey-Can-Do’s wooden hangers have broken on several of our editors, and Amazon reviewers complain of recent construction changes for the worst. Pass.

Closet Complete Ultra Thin Velvet Hangers are super popular, and the velvet will absolutely prevent your clothing from slipping. However, too many reviewers report velvet flecking off onto clothing, and in the end, they’re too thin and bound to leave sharp creases.

The Honey-Can-Do Crystal Suit Hangers are too expensive, at more than $2 per hanger.

Friction hangers are well-reviewed but pricey ($3/hanger) without being multipurpose enough to justify the price. Since the hanger doesn’t connect all the way around, it’s really only good for pants and light blouses.

Same thing with Organize.com’s Open Bar Hangers, plus they’re even more expensive.

Hangers.com has a lot of hangers in every appreciable variety, but they’re mostly just available in bulk, too pricey for what you get.

These Olka hangers are interesting, but an all-plastic hanger with no grip isn’t the best pick for most closets.

The Woodlore raw cedar hangers will certainly make your closet smell as fresh as a Vermont forest, but raw wood is prone to snagging. The Wall Street Journal agrees, calling it “unpleasantly rough.”

The Great American Hanger Co’s Unfinished Cedar is also dismissed in the WSJ article, and reviewers are equally negative, saying they’re “thin” with “limited use.”

The skirt hangers we didn’t choose

This Whitmor stacking skirt hanger is nice if you want to layer your skirts, but most people would prefer they hang separately.

These Whitman Natural Skirt Hangers don’t have much room for adjustability and don’t use anything to protect the clasps. Pass.

The Container Store’s trouser clamp and skirt hanger set pairs a decent trouser clamp with a incredibly mediocre skirt hanger. If you insist on getting a trouser clamp, this one’s pretty decent, but at $4, hanging your pants over the bar of a normal hanger is a much more cost-effective storage method that’s no more likely to crease your pants.

These Jawbreaker hangers might be clever, but they cost $2 per hanger for seriously inferior quality. As one Amazon reviewer said, “Cheap, low quality garbage.” No good.

Richard’s Homewares skirt hangers look nice, but they’ve got the same clasp we’ve found to make creases and marks on our skirts.

Jacket and suit hangers we didn’t choose

Other suit hangers were either worse than our higher end picks or more expensive than our budget pick.

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If our favorite suit hanger is sold out, the Butler Luxury is a good second option.
In terms of quality, the hanger from Butler Luxury was very similar to the Hanger Project’s. It’s made of all wood and metal and also comes in various sizes, but the ends of the hanger arms and the neck area were too square. It’s not a huge deal, but these are definitely not form-fitting like the Hanger Project hanger. They’re also $3 more, so though they’re very good as a backup if the Hanger Project is out of stock, they’re not our first pick.

We like The Container Store’s Superior Natural Wood Hangers with Ribbed Bar. They survived the torture test and cost only $12, but they’re nowhere near as good of a deal as the Mawa suit hangers which are metal, $7.50 and have that rubber coating that grips the entire garment where it makes contact.

We also liked The Container Store’s Superior Natural Wood Hangers for $10, without a crossbar, for jackets. They’re broad enough in the shoulders to provide adequate support but they aren’t better or cheaper than the Mawas.

I tried the popular Honey Can Do Wood Wide Shoulder suit hangers and I could break their pant bars or unseat the single nail used to hold them in place with 2 fingers. It was horrible. That’s why they’re only $13 for two, and yet so much worse than the Mawa. Avoid.

The Richards Homewares Euro Wood Rib Bar Suit Hangers were only slightly stronger. They’re unsized, generally unimpressively constructed, and cost $16 apiece. For that price, you might as well spend another $10 and get the Hanger Project hangers, which will last forever, or spend $4 less for our budget pick.

We also looked at the Real Suit Hanger with Wooden Pants Bar from Bed Bath and Beyond, which was extremely sturdy for a $13 dollar hanger. This one might have been our value pick, but the jagged pant hanger left dots and creases on our pants after a week of testing. Avoid this one.

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Sources

  1. Deborah Baldwin, The Best Hangers for Your Pants, Real Simple
  2. Diana N. Nguyen, How To Choose The Right Clothes Hangers, Huffington Post, March 27, 2012
  3. Kirby Allison, Founder of the Hanger Project, Interview
  4. Robert Antón Patterson, Owner of Revolve Clothing, Interview
  • Chris

    I highly recommend the IKEA “Bumerang” hangers, which are 8 for $3.99 for a wood hanger. I’ve got probably 100 of them, and have only had problems with perhaps 1 or two ever. It means everything in my house is on wood hangers, rather than plastic, or worse, wire.

    • C.F.

      Yep. Ikea is the answer.

    • paralegalmom

      We have all Ikea hangers as well; the traditional Bumerang hangers and the pants and skirt hangers. Love them. Never had a problem with them.

    • Michael Zhao

      Thanks for the suggestion Chris! I’ve responded above to another commenter above, but I’ll paste our reasons for excluding Ikea hangers here for your convenience as well:

      1) Not everyone lives near an Ikea and $15 shipping for $4 worth of hangers is ridiculous

      2) They don’t have the option of grippy stuff on the ends, which means they’re not good for hanging many types of women’s clothing

      3) This review says they’re okay but not great because of the rough finish: http://www.invertedkeyboard.com/2013/07/ikea-bumerang-clothes-hanger-review.html

      If you’d really like us to test them out, we’d be more than happy to accommodate, but it’s pretty clear that these are limited in their appeal and would be a step down at best.

      • Christian Russo

        100% IKEA for me as well. I also only use their Bumerang Pant hangars for work pants as well. Absolutely budget picks, but for the vast majority of use cases, they’re excellent.

    • Jon Pfeifer

      I recently bit the bullet and purchased a closet full of Ikea hangers. Couldn’t be happier. My closet looks upscale compared to the white plastic ones I had been dealing with previously.

  • Karim Ahmed

    Sweethome, what are your thoughts on Ikea hangers?

  • Mike N.

    This review has no credibility without a discussion of the IKEA Bumerang hangars. Like another commenter I have probably over 100 of those hangars in my house, at $4-5 for 8. They look just like the Container Store hangars. Granted the older versions were better finished but they are still the best deal in hangars for me.

    • RonK13

      Is this the best deal in hangars or the best hangars?

      The great part about the comments for these recommendations is that they add more options for the next round and immediately give readers alternatives. Maybe next round they’ll add them as part of their review.

    • Michael Zhao

      “No credibility” might be going a bit far. We had our reasons for excluding them:

      1) Not everyone lives near an Ikea and $15 shipping for $4 worth of hangers is ridiculous

      2) They don’t have the option of grippy stuff on the ends, which means they’re not good for hanging many types of women’s clothing

      3) This review says they’re okay but not great because of the rough finish: http://www.invertedkeyboard.com/2013/07/ikea-bumerang-clothes-hanger-review.html

      If you’d really like us to test them out, we’d be more than happy to accommodate, but it’s pretty clear that these are limited in their appeal and would be a step down at best.

      • annie

        I have probably 200+ IKEA hangers, all for use on women’s clothing. They have lasted more than eight years, with only one breaking that I can remember.

        Very slick shirts may slide off, but for those items I’ve purchased a few other hanger styles. I’ve never had an issue with the rough finish on the natural hangers damaging my clothing.

        This review really is not complete without considering the Bumerang, as their value and durability cannot be beat, for those who live near an IKEA. The shipping cost remains the same if you order, 10 sets of hangers, which would be more realistic than ordering a single pack of 8.

  • yashrg

    What about shirts of XXL Size? Are there some extra wide hangers that will support XXL shirts shoulder to shoulder?

  • JuttaPickle

    I want to Purchase a best Hanger for daily use.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/117848071@N02/12584128575/

  • drkhrse

    The link for Mawa suit hanger leads to the coat hanger with no crossbar. The coat hanger link took me to the suit one with crossbar. Looks like a good pick.

  • Sarah vG

    Like many other commenters, my husband and I decided on all Ikea hangers after much research and have been quite pleased. They’ve worked extremely well for my wardrobe — and I am a woman who has optimized her wardrobe to include at least 75% dresses. TheSweetHome has reviewed Ikea for other types of products (sheets, wine glasses, etc) in the past so their not-100% accessibility in rural areas doesn’t seem like a reasonable reason to exclude them. In my mind, it’s OK if this isn’t your top pick, but not including Ikea *at all* seems like an extremely huge oversight.

    Frankly, lately, I’m very concerned with a lot of what I’ve seen: I used to trust SweetHome/Wirecutter/Nighlight and that family of websites to provide exhaustively-researched product recommendations, but lately, I have wondered if they are actually trying to actually provide real, useful reviews, or are they just churning out longform content for SEO and affiliates?

  • Anish

    $4 for 8 IKEA Bumerang hangers is $0.50 a piece versus The Container Store’s $1.25 a piece. I think it is worth considering that IKEA’s hangers are 40% of The Container Store’s hangers. IKEA’s hangers may not be the best quality, but maybe a good value? And at such a low cost, one hanger breaking after some usage is not a big deal.

  • Saverylady

    For the price differential, I’ll take the Ikeas hangers every time. Best of all, though are the velvet flocked hangers sold at Costco, 31 for under $10.

  • Christine Mele

    I was wondering if you might have any other suggestions for skirt hangers? I have quite a few delicate skirts and am currently using strips of fabric over the clasps to protect them. However, hanging them this way is frustrating. I was hoping for one that looked a little classier than the recommended Whitmore Ebony and Chrome. I was hoping for a faux wood or wood look. Thanks for the great recommendations!

  • http://blakerobinson.net/ Blake Robinson

    The Amazon Basics hangers are also quite good and affordable.