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Best Hangers

Updated December 2018
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    Shopping guide for best hangers

    Last Updated December 2018

    Whether you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet or you have a carefully curated capsule wardrobe hung freely in your bedroom, good hangers are a necessity. Are you sick of picking up clothing off the floor of your closet? Tired of finding necklines stretched and ruined? Yes, it’s true – a poor-quality hanger can deform your high-quality clothing.

    The right hanger can solve these problems. Your slinky evening dresses won’t slide off the moment you hang them up. Your suits will keep their shape. And your delicate clothes will no longer be snagged by wire hangers recycled from the dry cleaner. Throw out those rusty hangers and start fresh with a set of hangers for your space. A good-quality hanger prevents wrinkling, keeps clothing in place, and doesn’t pull or tug at fabric, prolonging the life of your garments.

    BestReviews can help make your hanger shopping easier. Our guide below explains the ins and outs of clothing hangers, from materials to size. We introduce you to the various types of hangers, including some that may be new to you. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices, a quick scroll to the top of the page will reveal a chart that ranges from our favorite budget pick to the very best option available.

    Avoid thin wire hangers. Clothing will fall off of and snag on these.

    Why store clothing on hangers?

    There are a few compelling reasons to choose to hang rather than fold clothing.

    • Keep garments organized: Seeing all your clothes neatly displayed makes it much easier to get dressed in the morning. An organized closet makes it much more likely that you'll put things away properly, too. It’s a lot quicker to flick through your shirts if they’re hanging in your closet. You don’t need to disrupt folded piles or race out the door knowing there’s a mess in your wardrobe.

    • Prevent clothes from getting wrinkled: Unlike folding, hanging clothing keeps wrinkles at bay by giving clothes room to breathe. Gravity helps, too.

    • Help clothing keep its shape: A properly fitting hanger will prevent clothing from stretching or getting misshapen.

    Versatile organization on a budget

    These all-purpose Zober Velvet Hangers come in a handy pack of 50 so that you can use them for your entire wardrobe. The velvet is gentle on delicates and keeps clothes from slipping. The thin hangers also take up minimal closet space.

    Types of hangers

    There are many hanger types. Some are better suited for specific garments while other are multi-purpose.

    • Standard hangers

    These all-purpose hangers are intended for all types of clothing. Standard hangers can be made of a number of different materials from plastic to hardwood.

    • Clipped hangers

    These hangers are designed for pants and skirts. The clips help to prevent the creasing that occurs with improper folding. You’ve probably seen these hangers in clothing stores. They’re an excellent choice for preventing unsightly wrinkles in pants and trousers. Look for models with sturdy clamps that don’t pinch too hard or you’ll end up with noticeable marks in your clothes that must be ironed out.

    • Dowel hangers

    These look like traditional hangers but feature a horizontal dowel (often made of wood but sometimes plastic). You can hang pants or skirts on the dowel and use the standard hanger portion for shirts or jackets.

    • Open-ended hangers

    Some hangers are especially designed for hanging pants. You simply slide the folded pants onto the open end of the hanger. There’s no need for clips or threading your carefully folded pants through an opening.

    • Kids’ clothes hangers

    These hangers are designed for use with smaller-size clothing. Most can be used for hanging tops or bottoms.

    • Accessory hangers

    It’s not always easy to find a spot for accessories like ties, scarves, and belts. There are multiple ways to hang these accessories from built-in sliding tie rods to special hangers with hooks for belts or holes for scarves.

    EXPERT TIP

    Don’t pop clothing in hangers via the collar or neckline. Insert the hanger from the bottom of the garment so the neckline isn’t stretched.


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    EXPERT TIP

    Match clothing to hanger. Plastic hangers for a budget bin t-shirt is fine, but opt for higher-quality hangers for expensive suits and fancy dresses.


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    EXPERT TIP

    Delicate items that you have to hand-wash, such as lingerie or silk, should be hung on padded hangers to prevent them from snagging.


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    Hanger features to consider

    Material and durability

    Hangers are available in a variety of materials, but they’re not all equal in quality.

    • Wood hangers are the best option. They’re very durable and look great. These are a top choice for open-style wardrobes since they’re the most attractive. Wood doesn’t bend and doesn’t allow clothing to slip as easily as plastic. A variety of hardwood options are available, but we recommend cedar. It’s an excellent wood that helps prevent moisture damage and keeps moths away. It also adds a nice, fresh smell to your closet.

    • Plastic is a decent budget choice, but if you opt for plastic, avoid flimsy hangers that bend easily. Plastic holds pretty much any type of clothing from jeans to blouses. However, it is much less durable than wood, and it isn’t a great option for maintaining the shape of clothing. Clothing slips easily off plastic hangers, too. If you go with plastic, choose hangers with notches or textural elements that prevent garments from slipping off.

    • Wire hangers are a poor option that we recommend you avoid. These hangers bend easily and can’t hold heavy clothing. Wire hangers can also rust over time and damage or stain clothing. Clothing slips easily off this type of hanger, too.
       

    Size

    If you want to organize your entryway closet, you’ll need well-made hangers. Hanging up heavy coats requires a sturdy, broad hanger. Choose hangers that are about the width of your shoulders to prevent the fabric from stretching. Thick ends on the hanger help distribute weight and prevent heavy clothing — like men’s suits — from deforming. Narrower ends are best for more delicate clothing like dresses. Here are some typical hanger sizes:

    • Petite and youth: 17 inches maximum

    • Standard: 17 to 18 inches

    • Oversize: 19 inches or more
       

    Padding

    Padding or velveting helps provide grip to keep the garments from slipping off the hangers. These hangers are best for delicate fabrics and clothing. But be careful. Poor-quality dyed velvet hangers can transfer color to apparel.

    Notches or ribbing

    This feature keeps clothing with straps, such as camisoles or slip dresses, in place and prevents them from slipping off the hanger.

    Tiered

    These multilevel hangers are great for closets with limited space. But while these are a good space-saving option, they aren’t as convenient as traditional hangers because you’ll likely need to remove an item from the hanger to get to the bottom layer.

    Color

    When it comes to hangers, opting for a uniform color scheme and style helps your closet look neat and tidy. If you’re an organization nerd, try color coding your clothing. Looking to pare down your wardrobe but don’t know where to start? Use red hangers to designate the clothes you haven’t worn in months. If that unused sweater is still sitting on a red hanger after a few months, donate it.

    All-purpose economical option

    Organize your closet with this value pack of 60 white plastic hangers. With hooks for strappy tops and dresses and plenty of room for pants and skirts, these U.S.-made hangers can do it all.

    Hanger prices

    For the biggest savings, look for hangers sold in quantities from a few to a few dozen, but steer clear of very inexpensive options. Cheap hangers will break quickly and likely won’t be able to stand up to the weight of heavier clothing. You’re better off spending a little more to ensure the longevity of your wardrobe.

    All hanger types come in packages that retail for around $20. For the same price you can also buy a single premium-quality hardwood hanger made of cedar, maple, or walnut. Some higher-quality nonslip hangers, trouser hangers, and clamp hangers are also available in singles at this price point.

    If you’re purchasing an expensive item of clothing, we recommend buying a hanger to go with it. A high-quality suit shouldn’t be subjected to a flimsy, warped wire hanger.

    Make sure your clothing has room to breathe. Packing garments too tightly together in the closet can cause items to snag or wrinkle. It’s also tougher to see all the clothing you have in your closet if they’re packed like sardines.

    FAQ

    Q. Are there any clothes I shouldn’t store on a hanger?

    A. Avoid hanging clothing made of stretchy material because hanging can stretch out the fabric. If you’re short on space, be selective about what you hang, and fold things like sweaters, jeans, and t-shirts.

    Q. Hold on. I shouldn’t hang sweaters?

    A. You can. But in a small closet, sweaters take up a considerable amount of space, which is why people often choose to fold them. We suggest hanging sweaters on hangers with felt tips to prevent slipping.

    Q. What happens if I use a hanger that’s the wrong size?

    A. A hanger that’s too small can ruin the shape of your clothing after a while. A too-narrow hanger can create indents and permanently ruin your clothing. One that’s too big will stretch out your garments.

    The team that worked on this review
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      Production Manager
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