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Choosing the right hanger can be a dramatic upgrade for both your clothes and your closet. Some options are designed to help keep you organized or save space. Other hangers are made specially to keep garments in top condition, with wider shoulders or non-slip fabrics. As you browse, you'll want to consider what material is right for you, along with how much space you have, and your budget.
No matter if you’re looking for wooden or velvet, we’ve scoured the market to find the best hangers.
Best Overall: ZOBER Wooden Suit Hangers
Dimensions: 13.94 x 13.7 x 5.2-inches | Weight: 5.29 pounds | Material: Lotus wood | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 20
Feature chrome hooks with a 360-degree swivel
Boast a snag-free, lacquer finish
Only 20 hangers are included in each pack
If you could only buy one kind of hanger for the rest of time, wooden ones would be the way to go. These hangers are affordable and lightweight, but also sturdy enough to hold items like jackets. They come with shoulder notches for securing skinny straps, chrome hooks that swivel 360 degrees, and a trouser rod, which is coated in vinyl to help keep pants from slipping. They're sold 20 to a pack, and crafted from lotus wood, which has been sanded and coated with a lacquer finish to prevent snags.
Best Wooden: Container Store Basic Walnut Wooden Hangers
Dimensions: 17 x 1/2 x 9-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Lotus wood | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 6
Crafted with lotus wood
Variety in types of hangers
Sold in six-pack sample sizes
Not available in larger quantities
You can expect these classic-looking hangers to last for decades: They're crafted from solid lotus wood (with a walnut finish) and sold in packs of six, so you can try them out before you decide to commit to buying a closetful. Three different types of hangers are available, including ones for shirts (with or without a ribbed trouser bar) and another for blouses, which has built-in notches and non-slip material at the shoulders to help keep silky fabrics in check. They aren't the least expensive option on our list, but they're worth it for the varied options.
Best for Skirts: MAWA by Reston-Lloyd Space-Saving Hangers with Non-Slip Clips
Dimensions: 13 x 8 x 8-inches | Weight: 2.55 pounds | Material: Steel | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 12
Adjustable clips help to accommodate different sizes
Variety in the hanger sets
Can tend to get stuck together
It makes sense to hang skirts using clips, but you want to make sure the clamps are coated, so they don't damage the fabric. These space-saving, German-made skirt hangers come with adjustable clips that can be slid horizontally to accommodate items of different sizes. They come in four colors (black, red, white, and silver) and are sold in sets of 2, 10, 12, or 300.
The holders are covered with a non-slip finish that will keep clothing securely in place, even if it's yanked hard. Nestled within each clip is a five-coil spring, which is easy to pinch open but also strong and durable. Rubberized end caps on the bars help keep them from getting stuck and damaging clothing.
Best Velvet: Rebrilliant Margaret Premium Quality Velvet Non-Slip Hangers
Dimensions: 9.25 x 17-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Velvet | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 100
Non-slip surface provides stability
Can be used to hang pants or tops
Help to declutter a closet space
Hang too closely together
In the last several years, slim velvet hangers have busted out onto the home-organization scene, thanks to their ability to save room (some experts estimate you can gain double the space) and instantly give your closet a calming, uncluttered vibe. They provide non-slip surfaces, but keep the slim profile of wire hangers. Because these hangers are have the closed triangular shape, they can be used to hang pants or tops. They also come with shoulder divots to help keep strappy tops or dresses from slipping off the hangers.
Best Luxury Hanger: Kirby Allison Women's Dress Hanger with Felted Trouser Bar
Dimensions: 15 or 17 inches wide | Weight: Not listed | Material: Wood and felt | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 1
Design helps to preserve clothing shape
Hanger comes in two different widths
Diversity in hanger finishes
Not available for bulk purchase
The first thing to know about this high-end wooden hanger: It is most definitely not cheap, and it isn't sold in bulk. But the hangers designed by men's style expert Kirby Allison are about quality, not quantity, so you'll want to reserve them for your more expensive articles of clothing.
This particular hanger, which is sized for women's jackets, is meant to perfectly fill the shoulder area of your favorite pieces as if someone was still wearing it, which helps preserve their shape, especially in the collar area, and—bonus—helps them look better on your body, too. Because not all women are the same size, this hanger comes in two widths, 15 and 17 inches.
Two different finishes are available: Traditional is glossy birch wood with brass hardware, and Natural is a lighter maple wood with a chrome hook. Kirby Allison also makes similar hangers for men's clothing, which come in larger sizes.
Best for Organizing: Huggable Hangers 40-pack of Shirt & Suit Hangers
Dimensions: 17 x .25 x 9-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Velvet-covered plastic | Capacity: 20 pounds | Amount: 60
Variety of color options
Available as both shirt and suit hangers
Sold in bulk packs of 60
Not as durable as other hanger sets
Craving color inside your closet? Whether you just want to spice things up visually or plan to use it to help you stay organized (you can assign each type of clothing its own color, or if you're sharing space, give each person their own hue), you'll find these Huggable hangers both practical and attractive. They come in six different shades, including blush, black, navy, and taupe with chrome-plated hooks. They're sold in packs of 60, with each set containing 30 shirt hangers and 30 pants hangers. Smaller sets of shirt and pants hangers (sold separately) are also available.
Best for Petite Clothing: IKEA HÄNGA Children's coat-hanger, natural
Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Steel and b beech wood | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 5
Made from a renewal resource
Help to preserve the shape of clothing
Only sold in packs of five
These solidly constructed hangers, which are sold in packs of five, are made from beech wood, which is a renewal resource, and come with an astoundingly low price tag (around 80 cents per hanger). They're stained with a clear acrylic lacquer to help prevent snags, and have chrome hooks. Our editors love them for petite clothing—the smaller hangers prevent shoulders on tops or jackets from getting misshaped on smaller clothing items.
Best for Ties: Tenby Living Black Tie Rack
Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.6 x 0.73-inches | Weight: 7.2 ounces | Material: Plastic | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 2
Can hold up to 20 ties per hanger
Take up little to no closet space
Rotatable, 360-degree feature
Less versatility with other clothing items
Each of these black plastic hangers holds up to 20 ties, but they have a streamlined footprint that takes up very little closet real estate. Curved clips provide pressure on the ties to keep them in place, but are gentle enough to prevent creases. You can rotate the hanger a full 360 degrees, making it easy to pull out exactly the tie you want. If you have a lot of scarves, this could also be used to keep them organized and easy to access.
What to Look for in a Clothes Hanger
Clothes hangers are made from assorted materials, including wood, plastic, metal, and more. Some materials are more slippery than others and may not be the best choice for silky shirts or lightweight tops. Other materials hold up better with heavyweight items like winter sweaters or wool coats. For the most streamlined look in your closet, it makes sense to choose only one or two types of hangers.
It can be a fine line to balance your clothing budget against the money you spend on hanging up those clothes. Some hanger sets are an investment that might mean a little less money spent on next month’s wardrobe. Budget hangers are always an option but may not provide the same level of grip or be made of snag-proof material like pricier options.
If you always seem to be pushing back hangers to try and capture more closet space, it might make sense to seek out slim profile hangers or hangers that allow you to hang multiple garments. Some hangers are flat and thin so they can be pushed closer together without heavily angled sides or thick hooks. Others have tiers of hanging space, which is perfect for multiples of the same item, like skirts or pants.
Why Trust The Spruce?
Lexi Dwyer writes about furniture and home decor for The Spruce. She has a soft spot for IKEA's Bumerang hangers, although her current go-to is the Container Store's non-slip velvet. She agrees with the reviewer who claims that switching to slim hangers is a life-changing experience. To make this list, she considered each pick's material, price, and size.