- The Best Carry-on Luggage of 2020, According to Travel Editors
- Domestic v. International Carry-on Bag Sizes
- Softside v. Hardside Carry-on Bags
- Two-wheel v. Spinner Carry-on Luggage
- How to Make Sure Your Carry-on Works for You
- Best Softside Carry-on: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-inch Expandable Spinner
- Best Hardside Carry-on: Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable 21-inch International Spinner
- Best Carry-on Spinner: Samsonite Spettro 20-inch Spinner
- Best Two-wheel Rollaboard Carry-on: Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Carry-on
- Best Lightweight Carry-on: Delsey Turenne International Carry-on Hardside Spinner Suitcase
- Best Large Carry-on: Roam The Jaunt XL Wheeled Carry-on Hard Case
- Best International Carry-on: Briggs & Riley Baseline CX International Carry-on Spinner
- Best Underseat Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-on Bag
- Best Affordable Carry-on: AmazonBasics 20-inch Hardside Spinner Luggage
- Best Zipperless Carry-on: Arlo Skye Polycarbonate Carry-on Max
- Best Leather Carry-on: Hook & Albert Men's Leather Garment Weekender Bag
- Best Luxury Carry-on: Rimowa Original Cabin Spinner Luggage
- Most Durable Carry-on: Tumi Latitude International Carry-on
- Best Wheeled Duffel Carry-on: eBags TLS Mother Lode Mini 21-inch Wheeled Carry-on Duffel
- Best Carry-on Backpack: Tortuga Setout Backpack
- Best Lightweight Luggage You Can Buy in 2020
- 14 Best Luggage Brands 2020 – Top Checked Suitcase Brands to Buy
The Best Carry-on Luggage of 2020, According to Travel Editors
We know the original “Keep Calm and Carry On” slogan wasn’t initially intended to have anything to do with luggage, but we really do believe in skipping a checked bag whenever possible.
With all of your belongings on board, you can take comfort in knowing everything you'll need upon landing is with you — not headed to a different destination because it didn’t make the connection or lying alone on a tarmac somewhere, probably in the rain, which is how we tend to visualize our luggage when we're feeling particularly anxious watching dozens of not-your-bags roll out onto the baggage claim carousel.
Related: 13 Surprisingly Roomy Pieces of Underseat Luggage
And less stress isn't the only pro of going carry-on-only. A carry-on bag is also much easier to handle. Have you ever had to schlep a 50-lb. bag up four sets of broken escalators to catch a train that’s about to depart? Trust us, the extra three pairs of shoes won't be worth it again.
Though, if you're a very clever packer and can squeeze quite a lot into a small space, you generally won’t have to worry about weight limits you do with a checked bag.
As long as you can compress that thing back to its original size dimensions and lift it above your head without throwing your back out, you can fill a carry-on with bricks and no one will call you out. Except maybe the TSA's Instagram account.
Here are a few more helpful points to consider when choosing your new carry-on luggage.
Domestic v. International Carry-on Bag Sizes
While there are generally only a few inches of difference between carry-on luggage dimensions, you'll want to pay attention to the carry-on size restrictions of the airlines you fly most often. A good rule of thumb for domestic U.S. flights is to adhere to suitcases sized 22″ x 14″ x 9″.
If you're often flying internationally, you may want to opt for a bag that stands at 21 inches instead, just to be sure you won't run into any issues when boarding.
I've found that international carry-on luggage rules tend to be a bit more strict, especially if you're flying with a budget carrier.
Softside v. Hardside Carry-on Bags
If you always seem to be forced to gate check, you may want to opt for a soft-sided bag.
They generally hold up best to wear and tear, though hard-shell bags are adopting more aesthetically durable materials as their popularity grows.
Hardside luggage is generally a little more protective of what's inside, while softside bags may allow you to squeeze in an extra bit of baggage for the way home because the fabric has that added give.
Two-wheel v. Spinner Carry-on Luggage
Spinner luggage has four wheels, usually multidirectional, that will allow you full control of the bag.
This is helpful if you feel more comfortable wheeling your bag beside you when walking instead of hauling it behind you, and if navigating the bag down tight airplane aisles always seems to be a struggle.
Do keep in mind, however, that two-wheeled suitcases don't have to lend as many inches dimension-wise to the wheels — so you may be sacrificing already precious packing space if you opt for a spinner.
Related: The Best Lightweight Luggage for the Upcoming Travel Season
How to Make Sure Your Carry-on Works for You
Once you receive your bag, test it out before your trip. Did you just the look of it or is it really functionally the best suitcase for how you travel? Stuff it full and wheel it around to see how it handles. Pick it up and lift it over your head to mimic putting it in the overhead bin.
Familiarize yourself with all of the pockets and features.
Even if you've read tons of luggage reviews and bought a bag from one of the best luggage brands, you'll want to evaluate the quality before traveling with it, because if there's one true law of luggage it's that if your luggage is going to break, it will absolutely find the most inconvenient time during your trip to do so.
Check out our list of this year's best luggage choices in every category and keep reading for even more details on each.
Best Softside Carry-on: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-inch Expandable Spinner
Travelpro has been an industry leader since its founder, pilot Bob Plath, first added wheels to a suitcase to create the Original Rollaboard back in 1987. And the company’s commitment to advancing technology is still super evident in its new Platinum Elite line.
This spinner incorporates a contoured, comfortable handle, wheels that are aligned by built-in magnets for effortless rolling, damage-resistant zippers, a fold-out suiter, and tons more organizational components into a sleek, leather-trimmed package.
And all of that’s offered at a reasonable price point.
To buy: ebags.com, $215
Best Hardside Carry-on: Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable 21-inch International Spinner
This glistening suitcase really is the full package. The Sympatico carry-on is one of Briggs and Riley’s top sellers.
It’s equipped with double swivel wheels, an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell, and a pretty incredible compression system that you can simply snap back down to regulation size after packing 25 percent more inside.
With the lifetime warranty — the best in the business — to boot, it’s absolutely worth the investment.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $579
Best Carry-on Spinner: Samsonite Spettro 20-inch Spinner
Samsonite is a household luggage name for a reason; it’s been crafting quality travel bags for more than a century. The just-released Spettro, however, is decidedly modern.
Its four multidirectional spinner wheels allow for 360 degrees of easy wheeling, meaning no struggles as you navigate your way down narrow plane aisles.
Inside, there are two built-in packing cubes and and three additional zippered pockets to make sure everything is securely packed and organized. And outside, the honeycomb texture atop the polycarbonate shell makes it resistant to scratches.
To buy: samsonite.com, $160 with code CHEERS (originally $320)
Best Two-wheel Rollaboard Carry-on: Victorinox Lexicon 2.0 Global Carry-on
Organized travelers will be delighted to pack up this roller. Aside from the spacious, expandable main compartment, there is a removable garment sleeve, zippered external pockets, and a U-shaped front pocket with padded sleeves for both a laptop sized up to 17 inches and a tablet. The robust wheels are worth noting, too. Bring on that cobblestone.
To buy: ebags.com, $420
Best Lightweight Carry-on: Delsey Turenne International Carry-on Hardside Spinner Suitcase
French luggage company Delsey released its lightest hardside suitcase yet earlier this year. The elegant Turenne weighs in at only 4.8 pounds and is made of 100 percent virgin polycarbonate to withstand the wear and tear of a gate check, if needed. Two packing bags, intended for shoes and laundry, are included.
To buy: macys.com, $200
Best Large Carry-on: Roam The Jaunt XL Wheeled Carry-on Hard Case
Roam Luggage is completely customizable, so you can design your suitcase exactly the way you want it. From zipper pulls to stitching, you can make a Roam suitcase entirely your own. Plus, the innovative brand was founded by two former Tumi executives, so you know that quality is key.
The hardside suitcases are made from 100% virgin polycarbonate that's designed to hide scratches. The brand offers four different sizes of luggage, including two carry-ons, including the Jaunt XL (measuring 22'' x 15.
75'' x 9''), which is accepted as a carry-on on almost all domestic flights in the US.
To buy: roamluggage.com, $475
Best International Carry-on: Briggs & Riley Baseline CX International Carry-on Spinner
If you want to be able to comply with international carry-on luggage requirements, this is your bag. Another excellent pick from Briggs & Riley, this Baseline model also incorporates the brand’s revolutionary zipperless CX compression-expansion tech.
The ballistic nylon fabric is designed to resist abrasion, wear, moisture, and dirt, so it’ll stay this sharp-looking over years of travel.
Plus, there’s a quick-access pocket between the handle bars on the back which, if you ask us, is the perfect place to store your passport and boarding pass while you’re between security and boarding.
To buy: ebags.com, $639
Best Underseat Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 Rolling Underseat Carry-on Bag
Though it be but little, this bag is mighty. The polyester exterior is both water-repellent and stain-resistant while its high-performance inline skate wheels make for effortless navigation.
At just 15.25″ x 13″ x 8″, it's sized to fit snugly beneath all standard airline seats. And it even comes with a matching hanging toiletry organizer to stow all of your 3.4-or-less-ounce liquids.
To buy: ebags.com, $94
Best Affordable Carry-on: AmazonBasics 20-inch Hardside Spinner Luggage
If you only travel a few times a year, it’s definitely worth considering a more affordable suitcase.
More than 3,500 five-star reviews suggest the online retailer giant’s own line is certainly on to something in the luggage category.
As the name suggests, this little polycarbonate spinner packs in all the basics: TSA locks, expansion, zippered pockets, and an internal compression system to keep belongings secure and as wrinkle-free as possible.
To buy: amazon.com, $50
Best Zipperless Carry-on: Arlo Skye Polycarbonate Carry-on Max
You may never realize how much time you're wasting with zippers until you try out a suitcase that clasps shut. This carry-on from luggage startup Arlo Skye — which was founded by Tumi and Louis Vuitton alums — checks all the boxes of today's busy traveler. It's got a durable shell, a removable charger, Japanese Silent Run wheels, and an elegant yet simple design.
To buy: arloskye.com, $475
Best Leather Carry-on: Hook & Albert Men's Leather Garment Weekender Bag
We’re slightly obsessed with this clever weekender bag, which essentially functions the origami of packing.
Rendered in gorgeous top-grain pebbled leather, the bag zips open so that it’s totally flat and can store up to two suits around the outside structure.
Then, zipping it back together will give you room inside for shoes, accessories, and more. It’s also available in a women’s version, which has different pocket configurations.
To buy: hookandalbert.com, $690
Best Luxury Carry-on: Rimowa Original Cabin Spinner Luggage
Rimowa’s grooved suitcases are nothing short of iconic; it’s no wonder the brand has built a following of loyal A-list clientele. Not only are its cases made to look good, they’re made to be used — really used.
They’re water-resistant, secure, and so very strong for how lightweight they are. And all of the dents, scars, and stickers you may pick up will only add character, telling micro-stories of the places you’ve been.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $1,050
Most Durable Carry-on: Tumi Latitude International Carry-on
This carry-on by Tumi is the perfect example that a suitcase doesn't need tosacrifice style for durability.
Part of the brand's lightweight Latitude collection, it's built to stand up to hundreds of trips, with a new, reinforced wheel system, bumpers to guard common impact zones, a sturdy telescoping handle made of aircraft-grade aluminum, and a specially woven material that's designed to flex and bend on contact, protecting whatever's inside.
To buy: tumi.com, $750
Best Wheeled Duffel Carry-on: eBags TLS Mother Lode Mini 21-inch Wheeled Carry-on Duffel
Almost 5,000 reviewers have given this best-selling wheeled duffel a 4.6-star rating on eBags' site — safe to say it's a crowd favorite.
It's super compartmentalized — much more so than your average one-compartment duffel — with two main packing sections, a divider, and plenty of auxiliary pockets, too. The two wheels are quiet and smooth to roll.
The four external compression straps will make sure your contents stay secure. And it's available in eight colorways, so there's sure to be one for every traveler's style.
To buy: ebags.com, $120 with code 2020 (originally $220)
Best Carry-on Backpack: Tortuga Setout Backpack
This popular backpack has the capacity of a suitcase, but can be worn for hours of exploring without discomfort or the annoyance of having to rake your rollaboard across cobblestoned sidewalks. It also packs a suitcase, with a front-zip panel instead of the traditional top-loading style most “backpacking” packs tend to have.
It's got a water-repellent coating, lots of smart organizational components for your tech, padded straps and a removable hip belt, lockable YKK zippers, and many more features you'll be thankful for on the go.
If you’re bringing a week’s worth of clothes on board with you, might we recommend also investing in the brand’s packing cubes?
To buy: (men's) tortugabackpacks.com, $199; (women's) tortugabackpacks.com, $199
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Best Lightweight Luggage You Can Buy in 2020
Anticipating a vacation is part of the fun, but if you’re most travelers, you don’t look forward to packing your suitcase for the trip. And even fewer vacationers relish the thought of lugging heavy, overstuffed bags into and planes, trains, and automobiles, not to mention baggage carousels.Whether you’re someone who has your suitcase packed a week early or one of those who waits until a few frazzled hours before leaving, you want to be sure to have the lightest luggage you can find.
Related:12 Suitcases That Will Make You Love Hardside Luggage
These selections are some of the best lightweight luggage options available. They’re sturdy, stylish, and most are four-wheeled so they’ll be easy to handle.
Instead of being pulled along behind you, four wheelers glide effortlessly alongside, a well-trained puppy.
Lightweight carry-on bags are easier to hoist into the overhead bins, and lightweight check-in suitcases might just prevent some post-arrival backaches.
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Ah… the security of knowing your bag is nearby so you can scoot off the plane at your destination, bypassing the throngs in the baggage claim area as they wait at the carousel with fingers crossed.
The downside can be getting your bag stowed overhead after dragging it down an airplane aisle.
A lightweight carry-on bag will make that process easier, weighing up to a pound less than a traditional carry-on.
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This sharp spinner from eBags has a luxurious raised rib design with mirror finish, expansion gusset, and TSA-recognized combination lock.
For convenient packing, the bag has two sections: one large zippered mesh compartment and one divided compartment with built-in packing cubes.
There's even a pouch for you to hook up an external power bank to that makes the USB plug easy to access from the outside of the bag.
Weight: 7 lbs. 12 oz.
To buy: ebags.com, $250 (originally $250)
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This lightweight polyester favorite has been updated with four wheels and an adjustable handle for smooth handling. The expansion is tapered, so it won't tip forward when you use the extra two inches of packing space. An interior mesh pocket is convenient for separating contents, and the large exterior zippered pocket is the perfect place for magazines, newspapers, or a tablet.
Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz.
To buy: ebags.com, $102 (originally $280)
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This glistening carry-on from Tumi’s lightest luggage collection is beautiful as well as durable and functional inside and out. Three zippered pockets keep contents organized, and integrated TSA locks keep them secure. There’s a five-year warranty and a retractable, adjustable handle for easy maneuvering.
Weight: 6 lbs. 3 oz.
To buy: ebags.com, $750
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The lightest suitcase on our list, this carry-on from Lipault Paris is essentially a duffel bag in the shape of a suitcase. It's made with durable water-resistant nylon and several color variations.
Weight: 4 lbs. 2 oz.
To buy: ebags.com, $245
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This expandable bag, available in four colors, will keep travelers organized with designated compartments and an embedded packing checklist. Exterior pockets and a removable laundry bag add to its convenience.
Weight: 7.8 lbs.
To buy: amazon.com, $258
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This international spinner is Rimowa's lightest suitcase to date, and that doesn't mean they've sacrificed on durability. The nearly indestructible polycarbonate exterior is more durable than aluminum, while integrated TSA locks add extra security.
Weight: 4.2 lbs.
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $490
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If you typically don't need a lot of packing space, consider going for an underseat bag, which you can also bring as a personal item when you have to pack heavier. It has a pass-through strap for easily securing over the handle of another suitcase.
Weight: 6 lbs.
To buy: ebags.com, $100
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Longer vacations and special occasion trips usually require more wardrobe options than a carry-on bag can handle. This is when a sturdy lightweight bag is at its best. Tough enough for checking in or tossing into the trunk, these lightweight bags will protect all those outfits and make handling your large bag easier and safer.
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The newest luggage line from Swiss brand Victorinox is made with 100% pure Makrolon polycarbonate. With self-repairing YKK zippers, high-quality Hinomoto wheels, and Lisof silent tires (that are manufactured by Mitsubishi), this 27-inch spinner is built to join you on the road for many years to come.
Weight: 8 lbs., 14 oz.
To buy: ebags.com, $349
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This practical, convenient two-wheeled bag provides more packing space with its outside handle and large exterior pocket. An interior foam roller and tri-fold system for suits minimizes wrinkles. Its hybrid fiberglass frame and ballistic nylon outer fabric ensure lightweight durability. The bag is guaranteed for life.
Weight: 10 lbs., 14 oz.
To buy: ebags.com, $679
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The metallic finish makes this a great looking bag, and its features make it a practical choice. Roomy and organized, it has two zippered pockets, internal straps, and a hanger bracket to keep contents secure. The three-stage telescoping handle and sturdy wheels enhance maneuverability.
Weight: 8.2 lbs.
To buy: tumi.com, $850
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The scratch-resistant, matte finish polycarbonate exterior is durable and attractive. Open-book styling with one zippered compartment and one open section with straps make packing easy. Handling is convenient, with padded side and top grips in addition to the adjustable handle.
Weight: 12.5 lbs
To buy: amazon.com, from $120
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Looking stylish and put-together – and keeping track of your belongings – are some advantages of matched lightweight luggage sets. These sets offer convenient choices and versatility. When you’re not using them all at once, just grab the one that meets your travel needs, and you have a familiar friend for your trip.
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This incredibly durable set includes three spinners: a 20-inch, 24-inch, and a 28-inch. The scratch-resistant lightweight shell absorbs impact, protecting your belongings and maintaining the bags’ good looks. The fully-lined interior has a mesh divider and cross straps for easy organization.
Weight: 6.81-10.35 lbs.
To buy: ebags.com, $240 (originally $470)
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These polycarbonate hardside bags with stylish geometric lines come in four colors. All have four dual-spinner wheels, carry handles on top and sides, and telescoping handles for ease in handling. Interior straps, zippered pockets, and an expandable gusset provide versatility for packing and protection of contents. A six-year warranty is included.
14 Best Luggage Brands 2020 – Top Checked Suitcase Brands to Buy
No matter how often or why you're traveling, you’ll need a suitcase that suits your needs. It has to be spacious enough to hold all your stuff, light enough to carry around, and durable enough to last year after year.
The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Textile Lab tests luggage of all kinds, from carry-ons, to checked bags, and more.
We evaluate in them in the Lab by measuring things abrasion and scratch resistance, water resistance, weight and size, ease of use, and durability in our drop tests. We also perform packing tests to compare compartments and see how much each can hold.
Then we bring in consumer testers to use the luggage in an obstacle course and give feedback on aspects handle comfort, wheel performance, and maneuverability.
One thing we’re always asked: Is soft or hardside luggage better? The answer: It’s a personal preference. For hard shell luggage, we recommend going with polycarbonate because it’s both durable and lightweight.
Aluminum is heavier and ABS plastic is less durable. For softer fabric luggage that’s more flexible to stuff into tight spaces (e.g.
car trunks or overhead bins), nylon's your best bet because it's strong and water resistant.
After combing through the past 10 years of test data and researching new styles, we’ve selected the best luggage brands top-performing cases from our tests, our expert favorites that we use when we travel, and newer styles with unique features. Read on to learn more about our top picks, but in summary the best luggage brands to shop in 2020 are:
Best Overall Luggage: Away
Best Value Luggage: Open Story
Best Under-$100 Luggage: AmazonBasics
Best Luggage for Families: Thule
Best Luggage for Long Trips: L.L.
Best Luggage for Frequent Flyers: Hartmann
Best Luggage for Infrequent Flyers: American Tourister
Best Luggage for Business Travel: Samsonite
Best Luggage for Adventure Travel: Eagle Creek
Best Luggage for Flight Crews: TravelPro
Best Luxury Luggage: Bric’s
Best Classic Hardside Luggage: Rimowa
Best Printed Luggage: Heys
Best Customer Service: Tumi
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Best Overall Luggage: Away Luggage
This direct-to-consumer brand makes suitcase shopping a whole lot easier: It offers a top-quality bag in a variety of sizes and colors. The luggage is made of 100% polycarbonate, so it’s durable yet lightweight — even lighter than some fabric bags we’ve tested.
It’s also surprisingly spacious and has an easily removable battery so you can charge your phone or other devices, while still complying with airline regulations.
The company offers a 100-day any-reason return policy, so you can send it back for a refund even after you've used it.
Best Value Luggage: Open Story
Target's new luggage brand gives you top-quality hardside materials and a lower cost than its competitors.
The carry-on size is just $150 and is lightweight, spacious, and has lots of compartments to keep you organized.
It even comes with a detachable laundry bag and a USB port in case you want to add a battery to charge on the go. The checked size is $180, and both sizes have polycarbonate shells and come in nine different colors.
Best Under-$100 Luggage: AmazonBasics Luggage
It’s hard to find luggage for under $100, but Amazon’s brand does not disappoint. There are soft and hardside styles to choose from, plus travel backpacks, duffels, and more.
We recently reviewed the underseat luggage and found it was a total steal.
Amazon also boasts extensive testing to make sure it’ll hold up and though it might not be the absolute best quality out there, the price can’t be beat.
Best Luggage for Families: Thule Luggage
Thule's luggage is made of durable materials that you can count on to last, and the Subterra duffel collection has a unique 2-in-1 design that let's family members share luggage while still keeping their items separate.
The two compartments can be attached and rolled as one suitcase, then when you get to your destination you can take them apart as two separate duffel bags.
It comes in three sizes and uses a mix of a hardside and softside materials that aced our durability tests.
Best Luggage for Long Trips: L.L.Bean Luggage
If you’re going away for weeks or just have lots to pack, L.L.Bean’s duffels are roomy enough to stuff in everything you need.
There are options with or without wheels and lots of sizes to choose from (the extra-large bag has a whopping 36-gallon capacity!).
The flexible shape also allows it to store easily under your bed, so it’s perfect for college students or summer camp goers. It’s also made of a durable, water-resistant nylon fabric to last no matter where your travels take you.
Best Luggage for Frequent Flyers: Hartmann Luggage
This luxury brand is on the pricey side, but has timeless designs —from hardside to tweed fabric — that never go style. In fact, the brand’s marketing and aesthetics are focused heavily on its heritage.
It has been a top performer in our tests thanks to its spacious interior that's easy to pack and its wheels and handles that make it smooth and comfortable to maneuver.
It outperformed even pricier styles, so you know you’re getting good bang for your buck.
Best Luggage for Infrequent Flyers: American Tourister Luggage
If you don’t use luggage regularly — i.e. it doesn’t need to be the most durable and you don’t need all the bells and whistles —American Tourister offers good value and lots of options to choose from. There are lots of options if you prefer bright colors and fun pritns, plus there are cases for the entire family, including kids.
Best Luggage for Business Travel: Samsonite Luggage
Samsonite’s another brand that has proven high quality as we’ve tested it over the years, including both hard and soft styles.
It has specifically stood out for durability and ease of use: There’s been no struggling to open and close the cases, and packing them has been a breeze thanks to the functional compartments, making them perfect for someone who is constantly on the go.
We also love the designs, including the Stryde Glider which turns the luggage on the side so it’s wide (not tall), making it more stable and less ly to tip if you stack another bag on top.
Best Luggage for Adventure Travel: Eagle Creek Luggage
Whether you’re backpacking through foreign countries or exploring a national park, Eagle Creek gives you both the convenience and durability you need in a bag.
Some have various compartments so you can stay organized (or store dirty laundry separately), and some bags have straps so you can wear it as a backpack if you need to be hands-free.
We especially love the Cargo Hauler Duffel: It’s affordable, spacious, lightweight, and folds up into a small pouch for easy storage.
Best Luggage for Flight Crews: TravelPro Luggage
This company was founded by a pilot and it makes luggage specifically for airline personnel who travel for a living. It’s primarily soft fabric luggage (though it does have some hardside available).
There’s excellent attention to detail that makes frequent flying easier, cushioning around the handles, self-aligning wheels that let you roll the luggage in any direction, and abrasion-resistant nylon fabric.
Best Luxury Luggage: Bric's Luggage
If you’re willing splurge, Bric’s luggage is both high quality and super chic. The Italian brand is best known for its leather, which it even uses as trim on non-leather cases.
The Bellagio spinner was a top performer in a recent luggage test: It was lightweight yet held a lot inside and proved to be durable.
And if you’re on a budget, check out the brand’s sale section — it has some of its bestselling styles in last season’s colors.
Best Classic Hardside Luggage: Rimowa Luggage
This brand has always been at the cutting edge of luggage materials and made the first polycarbonate suitcase in 2000.
It only makes hardside luggage, but has several different collections ranging from the Essential Lite, which is the lightest and least expensive, to the Original, which is made of durable aluminum and clever packing compartments.
It’s super pricey — the cheapest case is over $500! – but its polycarbonate spinner was among the best in our test its weight, packing space, durability, and maneuverability.
Best Printed Luggage: Heys Luggage
This brand increases the fun factor and makes it easier to spot your luggage in a sea of dark, solid colors.
It has adorable animal sets for young kids, fashionable marble designs for adults, and even a printed world map so you can keep track of your travel wish list.
Even cooler is its Smart Luggage, which uses airline-approved AAA batteries instead of lithium-ion to weigh your load via the handle and let you lock and unlock it with your phone.
Best Customer Service: Tumi Luggage
Rolling TUMI luggage through the airport is a status symbol; the brand is highly recognized for its luxury products for both business and leisure travelers.
In addition to its luggage, it makes accessories briefcases and backpacks and has components that make traveling easier, an anti-slip strap on carrying bags and an extra hook on rolling bags so you can wheel multiple items at once.
On top of that, the brand stands out for its unique service offerings, repairs and luggage registration to help you find lost bags.