The 8 Best Clothes Hangers of 2021

The right options for all your clothing needs

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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. 

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Small details keep your clothes in top shape, like a lacquer coating to prevent snags and vinyl pant rods to prevent slipping.
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You can expect these classic-designed hangers to last for decades, thanks to their solid wood structure.
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These rubber coated clips protect the material of your skirt, and are fully adjustable to accommodate different sized clothing.
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These lightweight suit hangers are perfect for tops or pants, and their slim design allows you to keep more in your closet.
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You'll want to reserve this splurge-worthy hanger for your more expensive articles of clothing.
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These hangers will add a playful touch to your closet—and can also be used to color code your clothing for easy organization.
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These hanger's smaller size prevents stretched out or misshapen shoulders for those with petite clothing.
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Each of these slim hangers holds 20 ties or scarves, while taking up very minimal space in your closet.
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Best Overall: ZOBER Wooden Suit Hangers

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

What We Like
  • Affordable price-point

  • Feature chrome hooks with a 360-degree swivel

  • Boast a snag-free, lacquer finish

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Container Store Basic Walnut Wooden Hangers (Pack of 6)

Dimensions: 17 x 1/2 x 9-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Lotus wood | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 6

What We Like
  • Crafted with lotus wood

  • Variety in types of hangers

  • Sold in six-pack sample sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • 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

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

What We Like
  • Adjustable clips help to accommodate different sizes

  • Variety in the hanger sets

  • Space-saving features

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Rebrilliant Black Velvet Hangers

Dimensions: 9.25 x 17-inches | Weight: Not listed | Material: Velvet | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 100

What We Like
  • Non-slip surface provides stability

  • Can be used to hang pants or tops

  • Help to declutter a closet space

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Kirby Allison Women's Jacket Hanger

Dimensions: 15 or 17 inches wide | Weight: Not listed | Material: Wood and felt | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 1

What We Like
  • Design helps to preserve clothing shape

  • Hanger comes in two different widths

  • Diversity in hanger finishes

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive price-point

  • 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

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

What We Like
  • Variety of color options

  • Available as both shirt and suit hangers

  • Sold in bulk packs of 60

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Hänga Children's Wooden Coat Hangers

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Steel and b beech wood | Capacity: Not listed | Amount: 5

What We Like
  • Made from a renewal resource

  • Affordable

  • Help to preserve the shape of clothing

What We Don't Like
  • 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

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

What We Like
  • Can hold up to 20 ties per hanger

  • Take up little to no closet space

  • Rotatable, 360-degree feature

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Final Verdict

Our best overall pick is the ZOBER Wooden Suit Hangers (view at Amazon), which are affordable and lightweight, but also sturdy enough to hold items like jackets. If saving space is a top priority, check out the Rebrilliant Margaret Velvet Non-Slip Hangers (view at Wayfair).

What to Look for in a Clothes Hanger

Material

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.

Price

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.

Space

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.

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