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The 4 best clothes hangers in 2021

Submitted by Tech Insider on April 8, 2021 - 11:11am

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  • Without high-quality hangers, you'll find organizing a messy closet to be a daunting task. 
  • Great hangers also help keep expensive clothing and accessories in great shape.
  • We found the best hangers for a range of uses, including for pants, coats, ties, and even kids.

Hangers come in all shapes, sizes, types, and materials. It can be hard to know which ones are best for your clothes and your closet. One thing is for sure, though — cheap, thin, flimsy wire and plastic hangers are not the answer. Sturdy, well-made wooden hangers are best, though velvet and padded ones are also very good. We've chosen wooden hangers for our picks because they last the longest and look the nicest.

While there are many wonderful high-end hangers made of fine wood and other materials, these hangers are rather expensive, and not really necessary. We recommend more mid-range or budget picks that work just as well.

We've also included a range of hangers from special ones that are made for hanging pants and skirts without creases to hangers made for children specifically to a tie rack that can hold ties, scarves, or belts easily.

Here are the best hangers:

Updated 04/08/2021: We're currently rewriting this guide to include new hanger picks after testing and expert consultation. Our previous pick for best velvet hanger, the Joy Mangano Huggable Hanger has been discontinued. We also added a new category of best overall hanger to this guide. 

The best overall

The Ikea BUMERANG Hangers are made of high-quality wood and are both affordable and durable.

Pros: Affordable price, made of sustainable wood, great for hanging knitwear and delicate blouses

Cons: May take some time to arrive due to Ikea's pandemic-related delays

Finding a hanger that you can use consistently with multiple types of clothing can be difficult, especially with the vast number of hanger options out there. The Ikea BUMERANG Hangers easily solve this struggle as they are extremely well-priced and made of strong solid wood. 

These hangers can handle everything from bulky coats to lightweight blouses and sweaters, which can be hard to find in just one hanger. Each pack includes eight hangers, making it easy to fill your entire closet on a budget.

Best for pants and skirts

The Natural Wooden Trouser Clamp & Skirt Hangers are specially made to clamp down on your pants without leaving wrinkles, and to hold your skirts without damaging them.

Pros: Real wood design, strong clamp holds pants or skirts securely, attractive design

Cons: May not fit all pants or skirts

If you have a lot of skirts and dress pants that you don't want to subject to creases, the Natural Wooden Trouser Clamps and Skirt Hangers from the Container Store are a great option.

They easily match with other wood hangers you might already own, and have special features to take extra good care of your pants and skirts. The Trouser Clamp has a felt lining and a notch inside to hold your dress pants gently without creasing them in all the wrong places. 

The clamp is strong enough to hold your pants so they don't fall, but gentle enough not to leave a weird crease. You can use them for skirts, too, or you can get the Skirt Hanger with its two clips and adjustable metal bar instead. The Skirt Hanger will hold your skirts in place by the waistband.

Best for coats and suits

The Superior Natural Wooden Hangers are perfect for suits and coats with their broad, thick wooden shoulders.

Pros: Real wood, sturdy design, angled shoulders for suits and coats, can handle heavy coats

Cons: Pricey if you buy many

If you have heavy wool coats, sturdy leather jackets, puffy down coats, or high-end suits that need stronger broader hangers, you'll love the Superior Natural Wooden Hangers from the Container Store.

These wooden hangers are thicker, sturdier, and stronger than normal hangers, and the arms are specifically made to support the natural shape of coats and suits. The thick, curvy design also ensures that your suit jackets and coats don't get weird hanger bumps in the shoulders. 

If you need these hangers to protect your suits, you may want to opt for the hangers with the ribbed bar that holds your suit pants securely, too. Those who only want to store coats carefully won't need to spring for the bar. And, the hangers live up to their name with superior structure and stability for heavier coats, jackets, and suits.

Best for kids

The Honey-Can-Do Kids Wood Shirt Hangers With Metal Clips can hold your kid's shirts, pants, or both simultaneously with their dual-purpose design.

Pros: Real wood, sturdy, can hold pants or shirts or both, set of five included

Cons: May be too big for infant or toddler clothes

Adult hangers are not ideal for children's clothes, especially if your little ones are really young. Luckily, there are plenty of great hangers out there that are made for kids' clothes. These versatile wooden hangers from Honey-Can-Do are perfect for hanging up shirts or pants and skirts, thanks to the sturdy wooden arms and the metal bar with adjustable clamps for holding your kids' pants or skirts.

The dual-purpose design makes it easy to coordinate outfits for your kids, too, so you can combine shirts and pants or skirts together on each hanger. That'll make it easier to get your kids off to school or daycare in the morning. The hangers come in a 5-pack, too, so it's relatively easy to snag enough hangers to populate your kids' closets.

Additionally, petite women who are sick of shoulder bumps from regular adult-size hangers may also find these kids' hangers suitable for some clothes like tank tops and strappy dresses.

Best for ties, belts, and scarves

The Woodlore Cedar 42-Peg Tie Hanger can hold your ties, scarves, or belts perfectly, and it'll make your closet smell nice.

Pros: Can hang 42 ties, works with scarves or belts, cedar wood smells lovely, high-quality pegs are sturdy

Cons: Expensive

Those of you who have tons of ties, scarves, or belts will need a good hanger for all those accessories. The Woodlore Cedar 42-Peg Tie Hanger fits the bill. Not only does it smell fantastic because it's made from cedar wood, it also has 42 sturdy metal pegs to hold your accessories.

It's a high-end hanger that's so much better than the common plastic, wire, and velvet alternatives you'll find for hanging scarves, belts, or ties. The pegs are universal, sturdy, and won't snag. It's easy to select which tie, belt, or scarf you want with the peg design, and you don't have to worry about annoying hooks or fussy clips.

Woodlore is known for its high-end cedar hangers, and it has a reputation for being environmentally conscious, too.

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