I love almost everything about traveling that includes hanging out in the airport. Long lines, hectic check-ins, overstuffed airplanes they don’t really bother me because I’m usually giddy about getting away. But I do dislike packing. Mostly that’s because I can’t decide what to bring. But sometimes it’s because of my suitcase.
I admit that I’ve been embarrassed once or twice at the baggage carousel by stepping up and pulling off that suitcase.
I’ve also cursed out a suitcase several times once when I was zig-zagging through crowds at LAX desperately trying to catch my flight home and one wheel snapped right off. Before we get started with our video detailing the best luggage on the market, we have included links in the description for each product mentioned, so make sure you check those out to see which one is in your budget range.
Starting off with the best overall luggage we have the Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable Rollaboard 26-inch Luggage.
Travelpro invented rolling luggage when founder and pilot Bob Plath got tired of carrying his bags through busy airports. The company has been well-known for innovation ever since. The Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable Rollaboard 26-inch Luggage may not be the snazziest piece of luggage on the baggage carousel, but this durable, easy-to-use polyester piece is lightweight at 5.6 pounds and very affordable with its sale price of around $100.
The Maxlite 4 comes in black or blue, and if you buy the 29-inch option, you get a few more colors, including red and purple. The two high performance, ball-bearing in-line wheels, with protective crash guards last a long time and help you navigate many surfaces. The expandable handle has two stops: 38-inches and an extra-tall 42.5-inches, so you can roll it along at any height. Unzipping hidden compartments expands the storage space to suit your needs. The Maxlite 4 has a limited lifetime warranty, so you should be covered if anything happens to your bag. User reviews on Amazon are mostly positive, with many verified purchasers touting the lightweight and simple, yet sturdy suitcase. “This is a great suitcase,” wrote one reviewer in May 2016. “I am pretty sure this suitcase is at least 5-7lbs lighter than our broken one and when traveling with two kids, those 5-7lbs can make a huge difference.” Adds another consumer in March 2017: “What a great suitcase —travel pro quality for a low cost. I travel internationally at least 6 times per year. This suitcase stands up to the abuse, with excellent zippers, wheels, and hardware. Rolls real smoothly too!” Around the web, professional reviewers, including those from Outdoor Gear Lab, Apartment Therapy, Luggage on Tour, and the Covet List give high marks to the Travelpro Maxlite 4.
Next up we have the best hard case checked luggage which goes to the Delsey Helium Aero25-inch Luggage.
The Delsey Helium Aero 25-inch Luggage is a highly rated suitcase, made by the respected French company Delsey. It is constructed out of 100 percent lightweight polycarbonate with a glossy finish. To be clear: most luggage in this price range is made of a flimsier ABS-polycarbonate blend. Available in four colors, including black, brushed charcoal, emerald green, purple, and titanium; this luggage relies on four twin spinner wheels that roll in all directions and put no weight on your hands. The sturdy, ergonomic comfort grip handle is composed of industrial-grade aluminum and snaps up and down with the push of a button. The simple interior has two basic compartments: one with straps to secure your clothes, and another with a mesh bag ideal for laundry. A zipper-based expansion system can provide an extra two inches of packing space. Finally, the three-dial combination lock, approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), keeps your belongings safe. User Reviews on Amazon are highly positive, with verified users singing the praises of this durable, lightweight luggage. “We love them. Sturdy. Well made exterior and interior. Plenty of room. No complaints. Recommend,” wrote one reviewer in June 2017.
Around the web, professional reviewers, including those from Wirecutter, Best Reviews, and Luggage On Tour recommend this durable piece as an exceptionally good buy.
Next we have the best high-end luggage which goes to the Briggs Riley Baseline Large Expandable Spinner Luggage.
The Briggs Riley Baseline Large Expandable Spinner Luggage is one of the best checked bags you can have with you on your many trips around the globe. The shell on this sturdy bag has a unique composition of 95 percent nylon, three percent aluminum, and two percent rubber. But it is the ballistic nylon that keeps it moisture and dirt-free. Four durable double swivel wheels make it easy to navigate the bag anywhere, no matter how much you have packed into it, and you can pack a lot. The huge interior is perfect for long trips. The company’s patented CX expansion-compression technology increases the space inside the luggage up to 26 percent by simply pulling on a lever. One push will compress the suitcase back down to its original size. Briggs Riley, a Long Island, New York-based company founded in 1993, is well-known for its “Simple as That” Lifetime Guarantee. Not only will the company repair your bag free of charge if it is ever broken or damaged, but it will do so even if the problem was caused by an airline. You don’t have to show proof of purchase or even that you are the bag’s original owner. User reviews on Amazon are mostly positive with verified purchasers raving about the lifetime guarantee and the ease of use. “These spinner bags roll around so easily you’d think NASA made the wheels. It honestly saves a tremendous amount of physical stress on one’s legs, back and arms compared to the older 2-wheel roller bags,” wrote one reviewer in August 2016. “It combines innovative design with sturdiness and the guarantee of lifetime repair,” wrote another reviewer in June 2016. Around the web professional reviewers, including those from Wirecutter and Outdoor Gear Lab, give the bag high marks. In fact, Wirecutter calls the Baseline Large Expandable Spinner, “The most satisfying packing experience money can buy.”
Up next we have the best duffle bag luggage which goes to the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32.
The Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32 is an oversized bag that uses high-strength, ripstop nylon material that is both water and abrasion resistant. It easily withstands rough weather and rough handling. Four large treaded wheels mean you can roll the bag over any type of surface. Multiple handles and ten lockable zippers, which are protected by buckled flaps, give
you plenty of options for carrying this lightweight bag. There are multiple compartments for packing, both inside and out. These inclu e a top quick stash pocket and a tethered zip-away strap on the outside to
hold gear like helmets. The bag is available in black, tan, and two-tone blue. The Gear Warrior 32 is covered by Eagle Creek’s legendary “No Matter What Warranty,” which promises lifetime repair or replacement due to product failure, regardless of the cause. Buyer reviews on Amazon are mostly positive. “Wow, I love this bag!! It is lightweight, and easy to pack. It holds LOTS! Sturdy and stylish,” wrote one verified purchaser in July 2016. Across the web, professional reviewers, including those for Fitness Travel Gear and The Gear Institute name the Gear Warrior 32 one of the best check-in duffel bags on the market. In fact, The Gear Institute calls the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 32 “the best bag we tested,” adding that “it excels in every way a roller bag should.”
And now for our last pick we have the best versatile checked bag which goes to the Timbuk2 Quest Rolling Duffel.
If you’re the kind of traveler who looks for versatility in a checked bag, look no further than the Timbuk2 Quest Rolling Duffel. It looks like a normal roller bag at first glance, but with its many handles, you can carry it as a duffel bag or wear it as a backpack, too. The bag’s versatility is perfect for those moments when you have to carry your bag upstairs instead of wheeling it around or you feel like it’s a pain to navigate through a crowded
airport with it rolling along behind you. Conversely, if the Quest starts getting too heavy to carry as a backpack or duffel, it’s super easy to unzip the special pocket that hides the telescoping handle. At first, it may be a bit hard to get the handle to extend all the way. I had some trouble with it initially, but it loosened up after a while. The two wheels are great they spin like rollerblade wheels and they won’t break easily. Since it has a duffle bag shape, the Quest is very spacious inside. You can fit enough clothes and gear for a long trip and still have space for an extra
pair of shoes. The bag is very well made and the material on the outside is super strong. You won’t rip this bag easily.
Timbuk2 also has a lifetime warranty on its products, so if something should go awry, you’re covered. However, given how sturdy this bag is, I doubt it will. The bag comes in two sizes, and the large one makes a great checked bag. It measures 27.2 x 11 x 25.6 inches. You can get it in black or gray. Carryology loves this bag, and Forbes went so far as to call it “stylish”. Only four Amazon customers reviewed the bag, but they all gave it 5 stars.