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Why You Need the ROBA Laundry Hamper: REVIEW!

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Today I want to share a review for a really neat product: the ROBA Laundry Hamper. It was designed by Nathan Housberg during his senior year at Brown University to address the needs of students using shared laundry rooms. Prototypes were so successful that he launched a Kickstarter campaign and is now selling his brilliant invention!

The point of the ROBA is to be an all-in-one system: You fill the hamper with dirty clothes, toss the whole hamper into the washer, and then remove it all and put it in the dryer. When it’s dry, you just take it out and bring it back home! No laundry falling on the dirty floor. No losing socks in the dryer!

Even though most of our readers aren’t sharing dorms anymore, they may be bringing laundry to a laundromat. And in my case, my laundry is in the basement, so I also hated clean clothing falling on the dusty concrete! Nathan sent me a ROBA to try out, and I love it. Read to the end to get a special 20% off discount code!

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Images via ROBA

As you can see from the picture above, the ROBA looks very similar to your mesh delicates bag — but instead of being flimsy, it’s built tough to withstand many washes. It also comes with blue rubber agitator balls. These help move the laundry around so it gets clean and dry.


Images via ROBA

Does this picture look familiar? Your nice clean clothing pulled out by a stranger and tossed on top of a dusty dryer (or thrown on the floor…). No more with ROBA! Not only do you get the handy hamper, each ROBA comes with a magnet with a QR code that you place on the washer or dryer so someone can text you to let you know your laundry is done (and hopefully not throw it on the floor).


Images via ROBA

Look how easy that is!

The only downside of the ROBA is that you can only do one load at a time. But that’s also the beauty of it! If you’re like me and have toddlers and need to do multiple loads a day, you’ll want at least two ROBAs. That will allow you to toss a load into the washer while another one is drying. Or if you’re someone who waits a couple weeks before heading to the laundromat, you may need at least two to get the job done.


Images via ROBA

Word to the wise: Don’t overfill it! I know it’s tempting to load it up to the top, but the clothes won’t get clean or dry if you do it that way (ask me how I know…). Also, make sure to zip it shut!!! I forgot and the clothes escaped and got all tangled in the ROBA handles. Oops…

Also, be warned that this only works in washers without the agitator in the middle. I have a front loading washer and dryer, but if you try to put it in a standard washer with the agitator pole in the center, the washer will be unbalanced and won’t clean the clothing well.

Finally, make sure you clip all your bras together before putting it in the ROBA, or place your delicates in a smaller mesh bag within the larger ROBA prior to washing. The clips will get caught on the mesh. Again…ask me how I know…


Images via ROBA

So what are you waiting for? Get a ROBA!

Nathan offered our readers a special deal! Enter the code TINYHOUSE20 at check out, and you’ll get 20% off the purchase price. It’s usually $29.99, so you’ll pay just $24 for yours. Click here to purchase.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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