The 13 Best Luggage Brands of 2023, Vetted by Our Editors

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So, you’re all excited about your next vacation or planning that business trip presentation in your head already, but are you self-sabotaging the whole experience by not considering your luggage? There are so many options out there for durable and good-looking baggage, including checked luggage, carry-ons, hardside and softside collections, in a wide range of prices.

In selecting our favorite brands, we considered a wide range of attributes that matter most in luggage, including range of styles, durability, value and warranties. (Our best overall brand, Away, is an industry innovator that offers an extra-sturdy build and lifetime limited warranty, and we were impressed with some other legacy brands and stylish newcomers, too.)

The Best Luggage Brands At A Glance

Meet the Experts

  • Ofelia Silva is Chief Growth Officer at Travelpro, the brand that innovated the original rolling luggage, popularizing the vertical-case-and-retractable-handle design we know today.
  • Jeannie Shin is Director of Marketing at Calpak, a family-owned company founded in California in 1989. Since its modest origins in a small collection of bags and wallets, the company now creates a wide selection of bright carry-ons, checked luggage and travel accessories.

How to Choose the Right Luggage for You

  • Define your needs/carry on size
    “I always recommend identifying your personal packing needs first,” says Travelpro’s Silva. “We all have different preferences, so some travelers may seek options that are lightweight, while others may look for organizational features that make packing easy or unique colors that stand out at baggage claim.” Silva says she consider the type of trip they are taking, using a larger checked bag such as those in the Platinum Elite collection for leisure travel and opting for the lightweight Maxlite Air (just 6 lbs. for a carry-on) for a work trip.
  • Set organization requirements
    “Pockets have become an absolute favorite among our customers, and they play a significant role in making our products highly functional. Across the board, we find our consumers want more organization, which is why we’ve built it into so many of our products,” says Calpak’s Shin. “For instance, the Stevyn duffel and the Luka duffel both have shoe compartments to make packing for weekend trips easier, and our medium and large clear cosmetic cases have interior mesh pockets to keep things separate and help organize toiletries.”
  • Decide between hard- and soft-sided luggage
    “If you tend to overpack, the construction of softside luggage has a little more give and features outside pockets that are good for storing last-minute essentials,” Silva says. "It is also important to think about what you will be packing—a hardside suitcase can be better at protecting fragile contents.” (More on this in a bit.)
  • Pay attention to details
    “The trolley sleeve has been a fantastic new feature on some of our bags; it makes it really easy to pair our different types of bags together,” Shin says, citing the Calpak Luka tote, which “can easily slip on and off rolling luggage, and keep all of your pieces together in one convenient way.” Silva says that customers appreciate Travelpro features like a wet pocket that makes it easy to pack damp bathing suits and external USB ports/battery pockets that allow you to charge on-the-go, while compiling with FAA guidelines.
  • Check out the warranty
    Before committing to an investment in a bag, be sure to find out what the warranty covers, and how you’d go about having your bag replaced or repaired. A year-long limited warranty against manufacturing defects is a great place to start, while some brands such as Travelpro and Away offer lifetime warranties. Be sure to keep all the paperwork and receipts associated with your luggage purchase, and register your case with the manufacturer if required—especially if there’s a system like the Tumi Tracer program, which reunites lost and stolen bags with their owners.

How We Chose the Best Luggage Brands

We combed through user reviews to determine the top brands, and our staff personally tested many bags, without shying away from each style's strengths and weaknesses. For example, when an editor declared her Away carry-on as her “ride or die” carry case, we noted VP of entertainment Phil Mutz's caveat that "everyone at the airport has one too. Definitely wish they offered more designs so that my black Away doesn't get lost in a sea of other black Aways at baggage claim.” (Note to Phil: Away has granted your wishes with this neon-green number.)

Beyond that, we polled frequent flyers such as travel industry pro Jennifer Hawkins, president of Hawkins International Public Relations, who recommends "finding sturdy stylish luggage that will fit on the overhead in a plane. Get something light, because you want to be able to lift your own bag when filled. And when you’re going on longer trips, a chic hard shell bag is optimum." And finally, she says "spinning wheels are very handy and I like luggage that has a matching carry on case that slides over the handles.…it's convenient, feels more secure and looks more elegant." Finally, we weighed the details we know to be important, including materials, wheel configuration and fabrication and overall design, inside and out.

Where is the Best Place to Buy Luggage Online?

Buying luggage online from large retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Nordstrom can be a great way to compare a broad range of manufacturer features on one site. Additionally, larger department stores can have more flexible return policies, in case you want to return your case—for example, a Calpak bag purchased from the manufacturer site has a 30-day return window and requires $25 shipping cost to return a bag, while the same bag purchased from Nordstrom has no return expiration (if unused) and requires no return postage. Traditionally, end of summer has been the best time to shop for luggage on sale at large retailer, although periodic inventory clearances may offer rolling sales on previous seasons’ collections.

Is Hardside or Softside Luggage Better?

Truly a matter of personal preference as much as color or number of pockets, we've learned a few pointers from our research. Hard cases are popular for checked cases—after all, who knows what indignities your bags are going to endure when you're not there to guard them. As for carry-ons, the lighter the better, since you'll be hoisting that case over your head on board. So while fabric is dependably lightweight, a five-pound Rimowa hard case carry-on is going to be the lightest lift going. Here's our list of 13 favorites to accompany you.

The Best Luggage Brands to Shop in 2023

Best Overall Luggage

1. Away


  • What We Like: optional ejectable power source ($20), offers underseat roller luggage size
  • What We Don’t Like: narrow color selection, entry-level carry-on doesn't offer zip expansion
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty covers any functional damage to the shell, wheels, handles, zippers and more
  • Return Policy: 100-day, no questions asked
  • Hero Item: The Carry-On ($275)
  • Standout Review: "I heart Away! I've had my suitcase for 5 years and aside from the scuffs, you wouldn't know it's so old," says Marissa Wu, associate SEO editor. "It's held up so well on transatlantic journeys. It's the perfect carry-on but also withstands the cargo hold. Super easy to maneuver, and I love the ejectable battery, which makes it easy to get thru security. I can fit a week's worth of clothes in it (at least). They also do fun collabs, mine is from when they did Minions in 2017!"

While many hard-sided cases are made of both molded ABS and polycarbonate, the Away suitcases are 100 percent polycarbonate, making for a stronger, more shatter-proof exterior. The 360 spinner wheels are partially recessed, which helps protect them from too many blows in case you decide to check it, and there's both a 100-day no-questions-asked return guarantee and a lifetime guarantee for repair or replacing the bag if something happens to make it unusable.

Best Budget Luggage

2. Amazon Basics

Amazon Basics

  • What We Like: lightweight, durable
  • What We Don’t Like: telescoping function of handles can wobble, interior stitching less durable than outer shell
  • Warranty: one-year limited warranty
  • Return Policy: free returns within 30 days
  • Hero Product: Amazon Basics 21-Inch Hardside Spinner ($87; $81)
  • Standout Review: "At our last stop in Naples at the top of this huge flight of stone stairs, my suitcase started rolling away, then rolled all the way down the stairs," says U.S.-based Janna, who titled her review "indestructible." She said the fall "didn’t pop the zippers and it wasn't even scratched. I was at that moment a huge fan."

Almost 31,000 five-star reviews for a carry-on suitcase that's well under $100? That's how the Amazon Basics brand rolls. this collection includes hard cases, soft sided luggage, petite underseat carry-on bags and tri-fold garment bags, all well-priced and most available with two-day Prime shipping. Have a last-minute business trip or weekend getaway and no suitable luggage? Amazon Basics is your go-to solution.

Most Carry-On

3. July


  • What We Like: free bag personalization, reinforced corners, colors that promise easy spotting on the baggage carousel
  • What We Don’t Like: pricey, wheels slow a bit on carpet
  • Warranty: lifetime warranty
  • Return Policy: 100-day return window
  • Hero Product: Carry On Pro ($345)
  • Standout Review: "I am obsessed with my July carry-on pro! (I actually check it in most of the time though.) It's been on at least seven trips with me, and it impresses me more and more each time," says assistant editor Destinee Scott. "Just like how the SnapSleeve comes in handy for organizing my laptop and essentials, the interior is suited and booted with a twin-strap compression system and pockets to help me pack like a pro. It also holds quite a bit of stuff without feeling too heavy. I personalized mine (it's free), and I must say it does give it extra charm."

Chalk it up to the cultural traditional of Aussie wanderlust, or the assiduous market research that led to company owners doing a deep dive into thousands of traveler gripes about existing luggage makers. Whatever the inspo, Melbourne, Australia-based July has hit a home run with their suitcases and travel bags. The super-sturdy polycarbonate hard cases have reinforced rounded corners for extra durability and matte finish to stay scuff-free longer. And there's even a carry-on model that has an outer snap/zip system that fits your laptop in a padded compartment on the outside of the case. Rounding out the brand are backpacks and weekenders with trolley sleeves, accessory kits for toiletries and all your cords and personalized luggage tags.

Best Softshell Luggage

4. Samsonite


  • What We Like: smaller spinners have sleeve to stack on larger cases' handles, charging port
  • What We Don’t Like: muted color options, handles can be short for six-foot users
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty
  • Return Policy: free returns within 30 days
  • Hero Product: Solyte DLX Softside Expandable 20-inch Luggage ($200; $168)
  • Standout Review: "I've had the same Samsonite bag since high school," says senior food writer Katherine Gillen. "I can't speak to the newer features like the USB port, but they are very durable—considering mine is almost 15 years old, it's in great condition for a soft-sided bag. They also have great customer service—I once sent it in for a repair because it got a hole and they fixed it up no problem."

Samsonite began 100 years ago as a trunk maker, and today makes low-to-mid-price bags that are long on durability and value. The softside bags with spinner wheels include a wet pack for when your little one just has to take that last swim in the pool before you make your way to the airport. And in a clever design innovation, the smallest spinner bag has a rear strap that lets you stack it on top of the largest spinner bag, so that you aren’t going mad at the airport chasing multiple bags (a godsend, especially if you are chasing multiple children). Parents will appreciate the USB port for charging devices, because you won’t always be near an airport charging center.

Best Hardshell Luggage

5. Delsey Paris

Delsey Paris

  • What We Like: strong polycarbonate material, lots of interior pockets
  • What We Don’t Like: zippers can separate if stressed, small-sized wheels can stick on uneven surfaces
  • Warranty: limited 10-year warranty
  • Return Policy: 30-day return window
  • Hero Product: Delsey Paris Helium Aero Hardside Expandable Luggage ($132; 125)
  • Standout Review: "This handsome luggage does Delsey proud! I love the style and color. Plenty of room and the dividers come with many pockets. The wheels are sturdy and easy to maneuver," writes reviewer Linda K. "[My] daughter took it to her college dorm check in day and it survived. I know this Delsey will travel the world in the years to come!"

This Parisian company is a historic leather camera bag maker that introduced its first hard-sided case 50 years ago, and still specializes in hard cases today. A scratch-resistant twill finish and lightweight, durable polycarbonate shell makes this a durable and stylish option in the mid-price luggage range. Minimalist inner design is utilitarian but simple, which means lightweight—elastic tie-down straps and a mesh divider. And for the vacation collectors among us, Delsey's cases expand up to two inches for your trip home.

Best for Small Luggage

6. Calpak


  • What We Like: Ambeur carry-on weighs only six pounds, comes in all the high-fashion colors (elegant neutrals and metallics, too)
  • What We Don’t Like: spinner wheels vulnerable to snags since they aren't recessed, ABS/polycarbonate material is less strong than all polycarbonate
  • Warranty: items are between one to five years limited warranty
  • Return Policy: 30-day window on unused items
  • Hero Product: Ambeur Carry-On ($195)
  • Standout Review: "Calpak has really revolutionized how I travel, from the underseat Hue Mini Carry-On ($165), which at 16 x 14 x 8 inches won't get gate-checked even if I'm in the last group to board," says senior editor Dana Dickey. "And the Luka Duffel ($128), with its on-trend puffy material slides right over any carry-on bag's handle, so convenient and still chic."

Calpak has a full range of colorful polycarbonate and soft-sided luggage and travel accessories, including matching luggage organizers. Across the line, you'll find cute colors (like moss and linen), and the pieces are complete with all the organizational extras, including zippered interior pockets and TSA-approved locks.

Best Luggage for Business Travel

7. Tumi


  • What We Like: two side-grip handles, Tumi tracer program tracks lost bags
  • What We Don’t Like: 22-inch size may be too large for international flights, quality materials tend to be a bit heavier
  • Warranty: five-year warranty
  • Return Policy: 30-day return window
  • Hero Product: Tumi Merge Continental Expandable Spinner Suitcase ($775; $620)
  • Standout Review: "Love my Tumi Continental Carry-on," says entertainment editor Phil Mutz. "It's super sleek, and people are always complimenting me on it."

The luxury luggage brand, Tumi, deserves its rep with sleek styling, thoughtful design and a sturdiness that makes it the suitcase you’d grab if you needed to look chic while racing through an airport at the end of the world. Both hard-sided and fabric cases are in the lineup; we especially hold the lightweight aluminum case in esteem. It's got the patented impact-resistant X-brace telescoping handle that won't get stuck as you hurriedly fold it up, a removable garment sleeve to keep your clothes from wrinkling, compression straps and interior pockets with security zippers so that you don’t have the entire contents spilling out when you’re just poking around to make sure you remembered your jewelry case. To top it all off the Tumi tracer program means that your lost luggage can be traced back to you, a sense of security that’s priceless.

Most Durable

8. Travelpro


  • What We Like: wide range of two- and four-wheeled, soft- and hard-side pieces, add-on component bags, pouches and other configurations create a customized bag
  • What We Don’t Like: polycarbonate on hard cases may be too thin for some travelers' comfort; the retractable handle takes up interior packing space
  • Warranty: lifetime limited warranty on core collections
  • Return Policy: 100-day returns, with Travelpro paying shipping
  • Hero Product: Crew VersaPack Max Carry-On Expandable Spinner ($270; $229)
  • Standout Review: "Great bag! It fits in all overheads with no problem, very sturdy handles, zippers, lots of inside space," writes reviewer Aris Smith. "I really like all the different pockets and compartments in this bag. I also love that it's lightweight, so it’s easy (as a smaller-framed person) to lift and pull around."

Created by a commercial airline pilot more than 30 years ago who needed an extremely durable and ultra-light bag that was not ultra-expensive, Travelpro is the bag of choice for working aviation professionals. Also, the little details here are so well thought-out: An exterior pocket fits laptops up to 16 inches and the four spinner wheels are self-aligning, so travelers can avoid forward-movement freezing due to wheels pointed every which way, as so often happens on other spinners. Oh, and did we mention the lifetime warranty?

Best Luxury Brand

9. Rimowa


  • What We Like: polycarbonate shells, polyjacquard inner
  • What We Don’t Like: telescoping T-bar is awkward for some users
  • Warranty: lifetime warranty
  • Return Policy: 30-day window
  • Hero Product: Essential Lite ($700)
  • Standout Review: "Absolutely the best luggage! Light and durable. Couldn’t ask for more. Some old-schoolers may be afraid of zippers and lightweight but they don’t know new materials," writes one reviewer. "This is awesome luggage. Ours has survived planes, trains, automobiles and ferries. Lots of space, ease of use and gorgeous."

At less than five pounds, the ultra-lightweight Essential Lite carry on demonstrates how a super-strong case doesn’t have to be super-heavy. Ball-bearing mounted wheels with cushioned axles glide along as you pull the telescopic monohandle, and there are zipped mesh dividers inside to make sure everything stays just as neat as when you packed it. Plus, the glossy colors really stand out in the overhead bin, from the lipstick red to the glossy green options. And there’s a history of quality behind this case: The styling of this polycarbonate iteration is based on the original Rimowa high-end aluminum suitcase launched in Germany in 1950.

Best for Large Luggage

10. Coolife


  • What We Like: pieces nest inside each other for storage, sturdy and attractive soft materials
  • What We Don’t Like: single wheels instead of double, cases are not expandable
  • Warranty: two-year warranty
  • Return Policy: free returns
  • Hero Product: Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Suitcase ($170; $150)
  • Standout Review: "So far, this is by far my best set of luggage!" write reviewer Laura V. "We have taken them on a few trips so far. Very good when handled at the airports. Great maneuvering with the wheels. The material is very durable. Plenty of room inside."

Value, looks and performance are the sell for this line's sets, which feature multiple hard and soft cases for $209 or less on Amazon. We love the soft case trio, which distinguishes itself from the herd of polyester-clad soft cases with fabrication that's 1680 denier oxford cloth and 210 denier nylon lining. And additional sets have duffel bags with pass-through straps to slide onto wheeled luggage, as well as backpacks. Throughout the collection, multi-directional spinner wheels and sturdy telescoping aluminum handles make moving even the largest pieces, stuffed with lots of vacation purchases, easy to maneuver to the check-in counter.

Best Style

11. Paravel


  • What We Like: classic styling, luxe details like inner compression board, laundry bag and separate zip case for doodads
  • What We Don’t Like: smallest carry-on is a tad heavy at 8.2 pounds, telescoping handle wobbles a bit
  • Warranty: 10-year limited warranty on manufacturing defects
  • Return Policy: 30-day window for unused items in original packaging
  • Hero Product: Pacific Tote Set Plus ($720; $675)
  • Standout Review: "Paravel’s vegan leather accents reminded me of the understated elegance of classic T. Anthony luggage—at less than a third of the price," writes senior editor Dana Dickey. "And with greater eco bragging rights."

Our reviewer rated this a solid 95 out of 100 for its sturdy yet lightweight shell made of polycarbonate that’s harvested from 15 recycled plastic water bottles. Vegan leather trim is set into the exterior of the cases and bags, as well as fashioning the top and side handles. And with Paravel, the inside of your case is as great-looking as the outside: There’s vegan leather trim there, too, as well as a zip compartment and internal compression board that keeps your pressed clothes crisp in transit. This line gets top marks for its refined styling paired with high-tech performance—for example, the Pacific Tote ($295) is spillproof, thanks to a protective silicone covering, which makes even a spilled cup of coffee wipe right off without staining.

Best for Over-Packers

12. Béis


  • What We Like: little design extras like key fob, passport pocket and zippered trolley sleeve, minimalist design
  • What We Don’t Like: canvas exterior is best immediately spot cleaned, 49-liter capacity is too large for underseat stashing
  • Warranty: limited lifetime warranty for polycarbonate pieces
  • Return Policy: 45-day return window
  • Hero Product: Béis The Weekender bag ($108)
  • Standout Review: "I also do really like the Béis carry-on. It has tons of interior organizational features, including multiple zippered compartments and two laundry bags, and the cushioned handle is a nice and comfy touch," says wellness director Sarah Stiefvater.

Our reviewer toted the Weekender bag through seven U.S. and European airports on a 15-day trip to six different cities in three different countries, so she really appreciates this bag. Its wire-framed top-opening design makes accessing contents easy, and the padded laptop compartment inside and dedicated shoes/laundry compartment down below keep everything organized. The zippered pass-through sleeve on the outside makes it easy to slide the bag right on top of your wheeled luggage, and the vegan leather trim everywhere looks expensive. And it's so roomy, it seems to be perfect for squeezing in those last few little trinkets for the trip home.

Best for Organization

13. Royce & Rocket

Royce & Rocket

  • What We Like: hidden side pocket, super-smooth wheels, expandable
  • What We Don’t Like: carry-on is 8.5 pounds, thin side straps for shelves
  • Warranty: ten-year limited manufacturing warranty
  • Return Policy: returns within 15 days
  • Hero Product: Castle Carry-On Expandable ($415)
  • Standout Review: "I appreciate the way I can use this bag during a week-long trip to see everything I brought, since the drop-down shelves are there to keep me organized," says senior editor Dana Dickey.

Made of luxe polycarbonate and gliding along on sturdy, smooth Hinomoto Lisof Silent Run 360° wheels, the Royce & Rocket carry-on is worth the cost just for its looks and in-airport performance alone. But according to the PureWow review, the organizational secret inside the case is its superpower: two drop-down shelves where, once you reach your destination, you stack your t-shirts, shorts, swimsuits, whatever for at-a-glance ease. The mom-daughter duo behind this brand have a patent pending on the shelves, which are somehow strong yet lightweight, and support clothes as bulky as jeans. Inner zippered sections and lots of pockets keep everything else in place in transit, in both carry-on and checked luggage sized bags.

Why You Should Trust Us

Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space. Suitcases to sex toys, she's got an opinion on what's best. Dana is based in Los Angeles; her work has also appeared in Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue and The New York Times. Check her out on Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...