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Large vs. Small Utility Totes (and 4 more!)

When it comes to storage and organization solutions for you and your family, the utility tote is a must for every household. There are so many ways to use it that it’s hard to imagine life without it! That’s why we’ve designed an entire line of them in a variety of sizes to fit all of your different needs.

Each of our utility totes has important features that make it sturdy, portable, convenient and super-useful, like a wipeable laminated interior and structured top opening to hold its shape. Some were made to fit inside one another to make transporting items easier. Each one collapses down flat so they’re easy to store, and all of them are available with monogramming or personalization to make them truly unique.

Click or scroll down for a handy comparison chart showing all six styles!

Littles Carry-All™ Caddy

Introduced in 2010
Dimensions: 6"H x 5.5"L x 5.5"D

Designed to help you organize the little things in life, the Littles Carry-All Caddy has a convenient handle strap for easy transport, an easy-to-wipe laminated interior for simple cleaning and an exterior mesh pocket for keeping little extras close by. You’ll most likely want to get a few of these little helpers and use them throughout your house.

Sized just right for:

  • The bathroom for cosmetics, hair supplies, guest bath supplies, perfumes, curlers, manicure products, first aid supplies or cold remedies.
  • Your kitchen for eating utensils, condiments, spices, vitamins and aspirin, napkins, pens and pencils or other junk drawer odds and ends. 
  • As gift baskets for birthdays, holidays and other special occasions. Fill them with candy, coffees and teas, lotions and soaps, novelties, party favours, ornaments, candles and more!
Small Utility Tote

Introduced in 2019
Dimensions: 11.75"H x 11.75"L x 9"D

The new Small Utility Tote is the perfect size for keeping things organized at home or while you’re away. Just under a foot tall and wide, it fits easily into smaller spaces and onto shelves in closets, pantries and garages. With an interior lining that’s laminated, it’s easy to wipe clean. A wire support around the opening helps it keep its shape when standing, but it also collapses down flat when empty for easy storage. The webbed handles are secured with grommets, making it sturdy when transporting items

FUN FACT 2 Small Utility Totes fit perfectly into one of our Deluxe Utility Totes!

Sized just right for:

  • Kids’ rooms for toy storage, video game storage, hats, scarves and gloves, Legos®, dolls, stuffed toys, action figures, art supplies or books.
  • Your car trunk for washing supplies, first aid, repair items, ice scrapers and sprays, flares and jumper cables, pet supplies, emergency water and food items or flashlights.
  • In the closet to hold small toys, game pieces, gloves and hats, pet supplies, craft materials or holiday ribbons and bows.
Medium Utility Tote

Introduced in 2016
Dimensions: 10"H x 18"L x 9"D

The Medium Utility Tote has all the same features as the Small Utility Tote, but it’s longer and has a rectangular shape. Plus, the Medium Utility Tote is available with a Medium Top-A-Tote® made specifically to go with it. The Top-A-Tote® has a clear PVC window on top for easy contents viewing and makes it possible to stack two or more of these totes on top of one another to save space. 

FUN FACTThis Customer-favourite style only comes out once or twice each year, so stock up anytime it’s available!

Sized just right for:

  • Road trips to hold kids’ games and activities, snacks, baby supplies, reading materials and anything you might need at your destination. For example, going to the beach? Pack up towels, goggles, swim fins, suntan lotions, reef shoes and beach toys.
  • The classroom to carry teaching materials, books, arts and craft supplies, folders, papers, notebooks and more. 
  • The garage to hold tools and other repair items, gardening gloves and implements, flashlights, lanterns and batteries or cleaning or painting supplies.
Large Utility Tote

Introduced in 2009 
Dimensions: 11.75"H x 21.5"L x 10"D

Did you know the Large Utility Tote (or LUT as we affectionately like to call it) is our top-selling item and has been for years? It’s a little taller, longer and deeper than our Medium Utility Tote and possesses all of the same great features, including an available Top-A-Tote® with clear PVC window designed to fit perfectly onto the LUT, which allows for stacking.

FUN FACT: Since it was introduced in 2009, more than 13 million Large Utility Totes have been sold!

Sized just right for:

  • Trips to the pool or beach. The LUT is big enough to hold towels, floaties, snacks, lotion, small thermals, toys, balls, hats or whatever else you need for a day of fun in the sun. Long sturdy straps make it easy to carry over your shoulder! 
  • Laundry. Whether you’re sorting and folding laundry for a trip to the laundromat or just storing your detergent, bleach, softener and dryer sheets in your laundry room, the LUT is ideal. Forget the laundry bag or the laundry basket you need two hands to carry; the LUT lets you fold up your clean clothes and sling the tote over your shoulder for easy, hands-free travel.  
  • Sports outings and equipment storage. If you or your kids play organized sports, the LUT can handle all the balls, gloves, masks, shin guards, cleats, jerseys, pads and protectors – whether you’re heading to the field or just staying organized at home.
Deluxe Utility Tote

Introduced in 2014
Dimensions: 11.75"H x 21.5"L x 12.625"D

The Deluxe Utility Tote is the granddaddy of all our utility totes with extra depth and a hard bottom insert that provides extra stability when carrying heavier contents. The DUT, as we like to call it for short, is large enough to carry many of our other products: It can hold two Essential Storage Totes, three Picnic Thermal Totes or three Fold N’ Files®. There are even three exterior pockets for additional storage! And yes, there’s a Deluxe Top-A-Tote® to keep contents clean and covered. 

FUN FACT: Webbed side handles with reinforced stitching give you another way to tote your DUT!

Sized just right for:

  • Camping trips to hold your food items, utensils, bug spray, lanterns, flashlights, power cords, blankets, hiking gear, fishing gear, games and more.
  • Tailgating parties. Load it up with food, drinks, plates, napkins, utensils, tablecloths, barbecue items, plastic wear, cups and thermals to keep your drinks and perishables nice and cold. 
  • Moving and storage. The clear PVC window on the Deluxe Top-A-Tote makes finding items after a big move easy. It also makes those holiday decorations easy to locate every Christmas, Halloween, Easter and Canada Day! Forget flimsy boxes and shapeless sacks: the DUT makes your stored items easy to carry up from the basement, in from the garage or down from the attic. They also make great toy boxes and garage organizers!

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Large Utility Cargo Tote

Introduced in 2018 
Dimensions: 11.75"H x 21.5"L x 10"D

The only way to get your hands on this decked-out, travel-ready version of our famous Large Utility Tote (with 3 pockets including a thermal pocket, plus adjustable straps for your towel or yoga mat) is to host a Thirty-One Gifts party! Start saving on Hostess Exclusive styles like the Large Utility Cargo Bundle, which includes a Large Utility Cargo Tote and coordinating Stand Tall Insert, when you host a $200+ party to shop Thirty-One with your friends, family and coworkers. Connect with your Consultant to learn more about all the ways you can be rewarded just for sharing the fun of Thirty-One!

Of course, your personal needs will determine which size utility tote to use and what to use it for, but we hope these suggestions will give you plenty of ideas to consider. Happy utility tote shopping!