The 17 Best Luggage Brands For Your Long-Overdue Trip
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, as well as a wide range of prices. So how do you even go about determining which are the best luggage brands to choose from?
Our Picks At a Glance:
Scroll down for in-depth reviews of each.
- Best Overall Luggage: Victorinox
- Best Budget Luggage: U.S. Traveler
- Best Luggage for Families: Samsonite
- Best Luggage for Frequent Flyers: Travelpro
- Best Luggage for Business Travel: Away
- Best Luxury Luggage: Tumi
- Best Hard Shell Luggage: Delsey
- Best Softsided Luggage: Bric’s
- Best Lightweight: Rimowa
- Best Matching Set: Coolife
- Best Color Range: July
- Best Pattern: Calpak
- Best Looking: Paravel
- Best for People Who Hate to Pack: Solgaard
- Best Wheeled Duffel: L.L. Bean
- Best Capacity: Briggs & Riley
- Best Sporty: The North Face
The Best Luggage Brands for Every Budget
The sweet spot in luggage overall with value, strength, inner capacity and lightweight construction, the Victorinox line has a variety of soft and hard side models to choose from. Though Victorinox has only been in the travel case business since 1999, it’s respected for its utilitarian styling (recalling the brand’s signature product, the Swiss Army Knife). The Airox Frequent Flyer carry-on, for example, is only a shade over five pounds and dual-caster wheels that endure all those airport curbs and other indignities.
2. U.S. Traveler
Best Budget Luggage
This carryon has two in-line wheels rather than the four 360-degree wheels so popular on spinner bags these days. But that’s nice, actually, since when you stand it up, you don’t need to worry about it rolling away from you. And the tote bag, which comes in a set with the 21-inch rolling case, has a “piggyback strap” to fit onto the larger case. And we appreciate the easily retractable handle, since we’ve struggled a few too many times trying to get a suitcase handle retracted while an Uber driver is hustling us out of the airport.
Best for Families
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 in case you are also chasing multiple children. Parents will appreciate the USB port for charging devices, because you won’t always be near an airport charging center.
Best for Frequent Flyers
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 by working aviation professionals. Also, the little details here are so well thought-out: An exterior pocket fits laptops up to 15.6 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 for Business Travel
Away’s carry-on has a water-resistant leather nylon exterior pocket that can hold those important papers you need to keep crisp, or that 15-inch laptop that needs to stay accessible. It also has an ejectable, TSA-approved USB charger that can charge a phone up to four times. It’s available in 4 chic colors, like the light blue “coast” colorway,has matching packing cubes and the so-called Everywhere Bag which has a zippered waterproof umbrella pocket and a trolley sleeve that slides right over your luggage handle to keep it all together. And everything is available with monograms, a thoughtful touch that communicates B-O-S-S no matter what your initials actually are.
Best Luxury Luggage
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. While both hard-sided and fabric cases are in the lineup, take the nylon carry-on as an example of how well these are made. Not one but two entrance points let you have access to the main storage compartment, and there’s a garment sleeve, complete with hanger bracket, that will keep a suit nearly wrinkle free. Interior pockets have 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. And there’s a built-in USB port to charge your devices (although at these prices, we wish the battery was included rather than being sold separately). 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.
Best Hard Side
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 Soft-Sided Luggage
This Italian-made brand debuted in 1952, and there’s something about the bygone glamour days of the emerging jet set in its styling. Bric's X Collection comes in water-resistant polyamide fabric accented with durable Tuscan leather trim. We like that it’s well-priced, and comes in a wide range of styles and colors. Interesting fact: The whole collection began with the Sportina, a globally patented shopper tote that’s water-resistant, washable and folds into its own matching envelope. Now the line includes backpack, duffels, spinner bags and more.
At less than five pounds, the ultralightweight 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 sports-car blue 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 Matching Set
A great value, this three-piece set by Coolife includes 20-, 24- and 28-inch suitcases made of vividly hued heavy duty oxford cloth fabric with nylon lining. Multi-directional spinner wheels (and a sturdy telescoping aluminum handle) make moving even the largest one, stuffed with lots of vacation purchases, easy to maneuver to the check-in counter. And a two-year warranty means that even if a baggage handler mistreats one of your suitcases, you’re safe in the knowledge you can get it replaced.
Best Color Range
The 12 colors of polycarbonate carry on suitcases range from the chic sand to the bold rose quartz, and this Australian luggage brand sells a wide range of tote bags and packing cubes that coordinate with their luggage. Recently launched in the U.S., July has put a lot of thought into its designs, from totes with a laptop sleeve and a flap that holds it onto your luggage handle to a hidden laundry bag and a water-resistant hardbody clutch bag that you can use as a crossbody in transit.
The two-piece Terrazzo set (one carry-on, one checked luggage size) gets the prize for most fashion-forward look in all today’s contemporary luggage. The cases are designed to appear as if they are made of composite stone set into a white background, a pattern that’s trending in interior design. (There are matching luggage organizers, too.) And surprisingly, these coordinate with practically any cases you already have in your luggage collection, from black to red. And there’s even a TSA-approved lock.
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. We consider the packing cube set a sort of gateway drug to the whole line. And the Cabana Tote is spillproof thanks for a protective silicone covering which makes even a spilled cup of coffee wipe right off without staining.
Best for People Who Hate to Pack
If you constantly find yourself in a packing anxiety spiral, unable to fit everything in or rearranging over and over, this ingenious six-shelving system invented by company founder Adrian Solgaard after living on the road for three years will help you out. Basically, you pack and unpack this suitcase with it standing on end, the handle outstretched so that you can pull the interior compartments (the “closet”) upward so that folded clothes fit neatly inside. Then you collapse the closet and use a strap to fasten it while you close the case. The whole thing is even perfectly balanced so that it doesn’t fall over while you are using it. Now if we could only keep our home closets as tidy…
15. L.L. Bean
Best Wheeled Duffel
L.L. Bean duffels are beloved by generations for their ability to withstand repeated abuse thanks to ultra-durable 420-denier nylon with water-resistant polyurethane coating as well as a reinforced base and corners. The smooth-glide wheels don’t get stuck, nor does the telescoping handle. And the extra-long zipper doesn’t do all that terrible sticking and getting off track that cheap zippers do. Plus, the bag’s been tested in a 24-hour deep freeze to see if it would crack (it didn’t) and dragged, fully loaded, across 50 feet of concrete to see if it was truly abrasion resistant (yup). We’re giving the monogrammed Rolling Adventure Duffle as a gift to all the adventurous teens and young adults on our list.
16. Briggs & Riley
Briggs & Riley has innovated a better mousetrap, since it has exterior-mounted hardware that leaves extra room for your interior shoes and whatnot. And there’s a wide range of shapes and sizes, including a 21-inch rolling garment bag that has its own shoe pocket and exterior zippered compartment for your travel documents, all in ballistic-grade nylon. Finally, in the unlikely event of a mishap, each case comes with a warranty.
17. The North Face
Tough materials and dependably rugged construction make this wheeled duffel in water-repellant material the suitcase equivalent of a pair of duck shoes, and just as outdoorsy-cool. There’s an internal mesh pouch on the top flap, but you’re not buying this back for lots of micro-managing. You want dependably non-stick wheels (so eye-catching in red) and a durable single-piece molded polycarbonate back panel, all at just over 7.5 pounds. And the large North Face logo is a cool design flex.