If you love traveling as much as I do, then you must appreciate how important a suitcase is for a hassle free travel. I will rest my case, about how important suitcases really are, with a personal experience.
I found myself traveling across a state once, and as soon as I reached my destination, one of the porters in the hotel ended up breaking my suitcase handle. Now the suitcase was pretty old, and quite honestly, needed a replacement anyway, but being in an unknown city with a half-broken suitcase was not something I was prepared for.
That is why every time I travel now, I make sure that my suitcase is up to the mark, and everything is in working order. Keeping that in mind, I have prepared this roundup for the best suitcases of 2019, along with a definitive buying guide that will help your purchase much easier.
The best picks of suitcases listed here are judged against the important factors of safety, durability, best usage and of course the budget.
So which suitcase best serves your traveling purposes? Let’s find out.
*PC: Polycarbonate *HS: Hard Shell *SS: Soft Shell
|1stSamsonite Omni PC|
Style & Substance
|3rdDELSEY Helium Aero|
Durable & Thoughtful
|4thTravelpro Magna 2|
Best for Suits
|6thSamsonite Winfield 3|
Capacity & organization
|7thBriggs & Riley Baseline|
For Frequent Flyers
|8thVictorinox Spectra 2.0|
Lots of Storage
|10thAmerican Tourister Ilite|
For Casual Traveler
|11thTravelpro Maxlite 4|
First things first, the Omni 24″ is made out of a polycarbonate body with a diamond pattern on the exterior. At first this pattern seems to be there just for the looks, but it actually gives way to a lot of structural integrity, making this suitcase, one of the sturdiest options available in the market. The gliding on this suitcase is among the finest; it is functional and smooth as anything.
Another thing I really like about this suitcase is that it is available in 3 size options, and upwards of 9 different colors to choose from. Last but not least, the suitcase also comes with a fairly roomy interior that can be expanded as well.
With all the good things aside, one can only wonder if there are any downsides to this suitcase. Well, for some people who are on a budget the price can be a little high. However, based strictly on its performance, the Samsonite Omni24″ more than justifies the price.
Coolife Luggage – Best Stylistic Suitcase
Coolife is like the new kid on the block mark in the luggage industry, but the company has really won the market in a short period with their exceptional products. Their suitcases are well known for durability, function and style and also have a great value for money as well.
For this review we are looking at the 28 inches Coolife suitcase with aluminum frame. If you are looking for smaller options, they do sell those as well. What makes this suitcase worthy of our review? Let’s find out.
The first thing that made me realize just how much I love this suitcase was the style; I do not buy something based just off the style. However, in this case both style and the build quality remains amazing.
The best part about this suitcase, which is now becoming a norm is that it is made out of a polycarbonate shell instead of your usual ABS, or softer shell. This gives the suitcase structural integrity when combined with an aluminum frame.
The suitcase is also available in a few different colors, as well as sizes. So, really do not have to worry about not having enough options. You can buy the suitcase individually or in the set of three, which includes the smallest, medium, and the largest suitcase.
Finding a downside at this price tag is a bit hard, really. My only complaint is that the largest suitcase, the one that I am reviewing, is a bit heavier than most would like.
DELSEY Paris Helium Aero – Best Durable Suitcase
Delsey Paris is a company known for creating some of the most iconic suitcases available in the market. Their suitcases are more like fashion statements. Now before you think that they are all style over substance, just take a dive in to explore the wonders.
So what actually makes the DELSEY Paris Helium Aero a winner suitcase?
Starting off with the good things; the suitcase is made out of polycarbonate, a sturdy and lightweight material. The suitcase also expands by 2 inches, so if you have more than the usual stuff, you can easily put it in.
Additionally, the hard, outer shell provides added protection for your belongings. Even if you decide to wait sitting on the suitcase, it will not be a problem. The best thing about the DELSEY Paris Helium Aero for me is the fact that it is made for clumsy packers.
Imagine you have to leave town the next morning, it’s way past midnight, and you haven’t even started packing. You can just get up, throw a bunch of clothes, and you are good to go.
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 – Best Suitcase for Suits
If you ever had to travel with your suits, you can tell the nuisance it can be. Especially when you have to attend a wedding, and you reach, only to realize that your suit is all wrinkled, and there is nothing you can do.
This is where the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 comes into play. I am saying this because this is the best suitcase for suits. You can easily carry your formals in this suitcase without having to worry about wrinkles anymore. How well does it fare in general? Let’s dive in.
So, right off the bat, you will realize that this is not a suitcase made out of polycarbonate. Instead, it is made out ballistic nylon, and leather which still provides a sturdy build quality.
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage – Best Budget Friendly Suitcase
It’s now become a tradition for Amazon to come up with a budget friendly option in a lot of consumer products categories. Surprisingly more than often their products can prove to be a real value pack.
Same is the case with AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage. At first it might look like an ordinary suitcase. However, once you take a closer look, you will realize just how good it is, especially when it comes to value for money.
For a very affordable price, you are getting a 20-inch suitcase with compartmentalized space that allows you to organize everything properly. The shell is made out of thick ABS plastic rather than the more premium polycarbonate, but for the price, you cannot really complain.
You get to choose from 4 colors, and more importantly, you get large wheels with decent maneuverability.
Honestly, with so many good things around, you would wonder if there is anything wrong with this suitcase. Well for the price you are paying, the suitcase is extremely sturdy and a plenty of packing space. My only concern is that the ABS plastic shell, which although offers a decent enough strength, is not as strong as polycarbonate. Then again for the price you are paying you get a decent enough sturdy suitcase for you.
Samsonite Winfield 3 – Best Suitcase for Frequent Flyers
Samsonite, for the longest time, has been my go-to company when it comes to suitcases or bags in general. Their quality and attention to detail are unrivaled. Samsonite has always inspired the market by offering the best value for your buck.
Now one of their star products that made our list is the Samsonite Winfield 3. For those who do not know, Winfield 3 is the successor of the much popular Samsonite Winfield 2; a suitcase with a large fan base of happy users. The Winfield 3 builds on the same, strong foundation set by its elder brother, but does come with some improvements of its own.
Samsonite Winfield 3 is a mid-range suitcase, but do not let that fool you. The suitcase is every bit capable of providing the premium value. For starters, it is made out of 100 percent polycarbonate shell, means great sturdiness with a lightweight experience.
Additionally, the suitcase has more than enough space for you to easily put all your belongings. The Winfield 3 also comes with signature Samsonite features such as top tier wheels, self-retracting carrying handles, and most importantly, TSA locks to ensure security with convenience.
Last but not least, the Winfield 3 comes with the 10 year Samsonite warranty, and you can buy it in 3 different colors including blue, silver, and black.
Honestly, finding flaws in a Samsonite suitcase is a bit difficult for me. When a company is manufacturing suitcases, and bags for a 100 years, it becomes a perfection that many adore.
Briggs & Riley Baseline – Best High-End Suitcase For Frequent Flyers
In a list of companies that have some great luggage and suitcase options available for the masses, Briggs & Riley is known for its signature products and amazing warranty.
Let’s take a look at the Briggs & Riley Baseline suitcase and see how it makes a name for itself in a highly saturated market.
To start with, the Baseline series has a frame that is made out of fiberglass; it is one of the sturdiest materials and the best part is that it is extremely lightweight. You also have materials such as rubber, nylon, and aluminum. Needless to say, Briggs & Riley did not hold back on the corners.
The durability of the suitcase is exceptional. Thanks to the way it is constructed, everything ranging from the zippers to handles, and wheels are made out of solid material. And if this is not enough Briggs & Riley provides an amazing lifetime warranty with their products. So your days of worrying over your luggage are over.
The inside of the suitcase is spacious and roomy; you can easily put your folded clothes without having to worry about any wrinkles coming in the way. You also have the chance to expand the suitcase with a push of the button. You have a total of 4 wheels, free of any rotation limitations. Last but not least, you get 3 color choices to choose from.
As far as the downsides are concerned, I do not think there are any major issues with the suitcase that will break the overall bank. Although one important thing to note here is that, like other Briggs & Riley products, this suitcase is a premium purchase. So it’s a high end purchase with equally or even more premium features and if this is not enough, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
Victorinox Spectra 2.0 – Best Suitcase for Light Travelers
Victorinox is a company that has a history of some pretty amazing suitcases at varying price points. Although they charge a premium for their offerings, they are worth the money, and hence, justify the cost the company expects the customers to pay.
The product that I am reviewing here is the Victorinox Spectra 2.0; a suitcase built for light travelers and for those who are looking for both style and substance.
The build quality overall is sturdy, and the suitcase itself is made out of solid polycarbonate, which allows it to retain an overall lightweight. You also get a TSA approved lock, providing you security with convenience.
I do not always say this, but the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 has one of the best wheels in any suitcase. They are built from high quality material and provide an absolutely smooth maneuverability.
CHESTER Carry-On Luggage – Great Value
Chester might not be as well-known as some of the other luggage brands, but they have inspired us with some real quality products.
The product we have here is the CHESTER Carry-On Luggage, a 22″ suitcase. So normally, this would fit in a mid-range due to its compact size. Is it good enough? Let’s find out.
To start with the good things, there are quite a number of them. The suitcase is made out of a polycarbonate shell, so if it ensures a solid build quality without adding weight.
Additionally, the handle of the suitcase extends quite a lot. This feature is not something that stands out, but it is nice to see Chester paying attention to detail. This is specifically important for people who are tall. The sliding mechanism is also smooth, so no complaints there.
The suitcase has quite a roomy interior and gives you a lot of space for packing. It also has a TSA approved lock; which means added security to your valuables.
Normally, when I am using a suitcase, the one thing that bothers me the most is the wheels; they are either too smooth or not smooth enough. The CHESTER Carry-On Luggage strikes the perfect balance between both and gives you some of the best wheels you can get.
American Tourister Ilite Xtreme Spinner – Best Spacious Suitcase
American Tourister is a company known for producing affordable suitcases, which have a lot of depth and space in comparatively smaller sizes. These suitcases are available in a variety of different sizes, which gives you the liberty to choose as per your travel needs.
Let’s explore the American Tourister Ilite Xtreme Spinner; a suitcase with a compact design and yet a surprisingly huge internal space. How well does it hold against the competition? Let’s find out.
To start with, the one feature that stands out the most about this suitcase is the size of it; although it is just 21-inch in dimensions, you get an unexpectedly huge space to fit your travel stuff.
If you are a clumsy packer like me, you can easily fit a lot into it and that too, with ease. Additionally, I really love the fact that there are different color options that you can choose from. For anyone who is looking for a suitcase that is sturdy, and lightweight, this is the one to go for.
Travelpro Maxlite 4 – Best Low-Priced Suitcase
TravelPro happens to be one of my favorite companies when it comes to good quality suitcases; the best part about them is that they offer a ton of features with high affordability. This makes them a strong contender for a lot of people who are in look for something cheap, yet highly effective.
The suitcase I am reviewing is called the Maxlite 4, and it is a 21-inch, expandable suitcase with some neat tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it is one of the lightest suitcases that you can buy, weighing in at just 5.9 pounds. Carrying this suitcase is extremely easy. It comes with 360-degree spinning tires for easy mobility. I know many people do not look for spinners in small suitcases, but it is always nice to have such features because it future proofs your purchase.
One of the most interesting things about this suitcase is how you handle it. There are 4 ways through which the MaxLite 4 can be handled; there are handles on the top, sides, and one on the bottom. Now the bottom one might seem insignificant, but if your suitcase is placed in such a way that the bottom is the accessible part, it will be easier for the handler to pick it up.
At the end, I would like to reflect on the great value of money that this suitcase provides. I have reviewed many suitcase options, but this one surpasses most of the competition in terms of price to value ratio.
Suitcase Buyer’s Guide
Choosing the best suitcase can be a difficult process, especially for people who do not have much experience in buying a suitcase or do not have so much time to scour through the endless options available.
At times, people end up buying entirely the wrong suitcase just because they miss to notice the relationship between the important features of the suitcase and their individual travel needs.
The thing here is to make sure that you know the purpose of the suitcase. If you are buying a suitcase for carrying suits, then you need to get the suitcase that is fit for that.
For added assistance I have included a definitive buying guide below which outlines the important factors to consider before buying a suitcase perfect for your travel needs.
Things to Consider When Buying a Suitcase
Let’s suppose you are in the market looking for a suitcase, and while this is not the first time you are buying a suitcase, this time around, you want to buy a good one that can last you long enough. The process, in reality, is much simpler.
However, there are some determinants that are more preferred as compared to others. Which means that you must consider a few things beforehand. This will only serve as a cornerstone that will make your buying experience much easier.
So, without wasting any more time, let’s dive in.
Soft vs Hard Exterior
When you are exploring the suitcases in the market; the one common trend that you will see is that there will be suitcases available with a softer exterior, as well as suitcases with harder exteriors made out of ABS or polycarbonate.
The decision can be a difficult one for the uninitiated. However, if you want something that is sturdy, can take a beating, and can protect your belongings all the time; go with the hard shell suitcase. It will be heavy, and not as easy to store, but it is a great option.
For anyone who is looking for a suitcase that can easily fit into tight spaces, and is lightweight as well, go for a soft shell suitcase. However, do keep in mind that the chances of getting damaged are a bit higher as there is no protective layer on top of the frame.
When buying a suitcase, one thing that I would always suggest you look at is expandability. This is a feature that was previously limited to the soft exterior suitcases but can now be found in the hard shell suitcases as well.
The expandability is not a drastic measure, but by removing the fabric from within the case, you can gain additional, 2 or more than 2 inches of storage space that you can get. While it may not make a huge difference for some, it still is a nice thing to consider.
The best part here is that expandability is one of the features that does not cost a lot of money.
Compartments and Pockets
If you are meticulous about packing, and you want everything to be packed properly, and in order, then one thing I would definitely suggest you is to go with the suitcases that have built-in compartments and pockets.
I know it might sound trivial to some, but the benefit of having compartments is more organization and convenience. For instance, some suitcases come with compartments that can be used to store not just documents, but also your laptops or tablets. These compartments are lined with shock absorption material, so there is nothing to worry about.
As someone with large hands, the one thing that I absolutely detest about suitcases is their smaller than usual zippers. It normally is not a problem but when I am traveling and need to access the suitcase or one of the pockets, reaching for them in a hurry can be a difficulty I do not like dealing with.
That is not all, the thing with small zippers is that they are really, really easy to take off. There have been so many instances where I was just opening a zipper and it just came off. Now putting the zipper back on is not that difficult, but in moments of a hurry, it becomes something that you do not want to deal with at all.
So, always make sure that you go with larger zippers whenever you are buying a good suitcase.
This is something that not many people might understand but whenever you are looking to buy a suitcase, try and go with an entire set. Why? Because it will be cost effective for you.
More importantly, the biggest reason why I suggest everyone buy the suitcases in sets because when it comes to traveling, you do not need to take the biggest suitcase with you filled with clothes, and other belongings.
For example, if you are traveling out of town for just 2 or 3 days, you do not need to take out the biggest sized suitcase, because that would be counter-intuitive, and you will have a harder time managing. In a situation like that, you would rather carry a suitcase that is small, and compact.
Look for a Carry on Option
Another thing that I would suggest you is if you are a frequent flyer whenever you are buying a suitcase, try and see if they have a carry on option. The reason behind that is rather simple, carry on variants are great because you can just bring them with you on the flight, or on the bus and you can just put them in the compartment with ease.