The 9 Best Kenneth Cole Reaction Luggage Items of 2021

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Best Overall: Kenneth Cole Reaction Renegade 3-Piece Lightweight Hardside Expandable Set at Amazon

"With Instagram-worthy good looks, this set is one of the top-rated picks from the brand."

Best Budget: Kenneth Cole Reaction Port Stanley 20" Pebbled Vegan Leather Carry-On Duffel at Amazon

"This duffel is the grown-up version of your go-to gym bag for weekends away."

Best Splurge: Kenneth Cole Reaction Continuum Hardside 8-Wheel Expandable Upright Spinner Luggage at Amazon

"The splurge-worthy Continuum is decked out with the best of what the line has to offer."

Best Hardside Luggage: Kenneth Cole Reaction Renegade 28" ABS Expandable 8-Wheel Upright at Amazon

"The Renegade line combines durability and aesthetics in a range of colors."

Best Luggage Set: Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 3-Piece Lightweight Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Luggage Set at Amazon

"This stylish luggage set offers pretty much any bag you’d need at a value-minded price."

Best Carry-On: Kenneth Cole Reaction Gramercy Collection Lightweight Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch Carry On at Amazon

"Reinforced corners add a retro look and durability to this sleek carry on."

Best Lightweight: Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On at Amazon

"Throw in a smoothly telescoping handle and 360-degree spinner wheels, and we're sold."

Best Duffel: Colombian Leather Duffle Bag at Kenneth Cole

"The Columbian leather take on the travel essential is a great investment."

Best Underseat: Kenneth Cole Reaction Women's Chelsea Collection Underseat Bag at Amazon

"If you just need a change of clothes or two, grab this efficient underseat bag."

Kenneth Cole Reaction is known for good-quality luggage at relatively affordable prices. For casual and business travelers alike, the wide range of suitcases, carry-ons, backpacks, and duffel bags offer up good looks and great value. They are available at a variety of major retailers, including Macy’s, Amazon, and Kenneth Cole Reaction, and come in a variety of price points and styles.

Whether you’re packing for a cruise vacation, planning to stay put on a beach in the Caribbean, trekking to Disneyland, or heading on a tour of Alaska—or just heading to a conference—there’s Kenneth Cole Reaction luggage out there for you. Read on for some of our favorite Kenneth Cole Reaction luggage pieces and sets and shop them below.

Best Overall: Kenneth Cole Reaction Renegade 3-Piece Lightweight Hardside Expandable Set

What We Like
  • Eight-wheel multi-directional spinners

  • Expands to add another 2 inches

  • Carry-on fits most air carriers' requirements

  • Available in several colors

What We Don't Like
  • Zipper quality isn't the best

With Instagram-worthy good looks, this Kenneth Cole Reaction set is one of the top-rated picks from the brand, and its construction upholds the brand’s reputation for value and quality. Each piece can expand to add another 2 inches in depth to its standard measurements, and the carry-on is sized at 20 inches to fit most U.S. air carriers’ overhead bins and to stay within their luggage size requirements. Plus, each suitcase has eight spinner wheels for super-smooth maneuverability. It’s available in a variety of colors that remind us of a certain other Instagrammable luggage brand, including a twist on the usual forest green color with a more modern-feeling cilantro-green tone.

Best Budget: Kenneth Cole Reaction Port Stanley 20" Pebbled Vegan Leather Carry-On Duffel

What We Like
  • Versatile weekender bag

  • Fits as a carry-on

  • Zippered pockets for extra storage

What We Don't Like
  • Obvious 'faux leather' look

This vegan leather carry-on duffel is the grown-up version of your go-to gym bag for weekends away—and the price point means this bag is fantastic value for money, too. It’s 20 inches long, and it’s comfortable to carry whether you choose to do it by the handles or shoulder strap (it has a handy non-slip pad, too). Inside, the bag is fully lined and has a zipper pocket as well as two slip-style ones; on the exterior, there’s another zippered side pocket for at-hand items.

Best Splurge: Kenneth Cole Reaction Continuum Hardside 8-Wheel Expandable Upright Spinner Luggage

What We Like
  • Eight wheel spinners

  • Expands add an extra 2 inches

  • Well organized interior

What We Don't Like
  • Can sometimes scratch easily

One of the premium picks from the Kenneth Cole Reaction lineup, the Continuum is decked out with the best of what the line has to offer. It has eight wheel spinners so you can get where you’re going quickly and easily, and expands another 2 inches beyond its normal depth in case you do a little shopping on your trip (or have to pack heavier clothing for colder climates). The interior is well-organized with double-sided packing, zipped pockets, shoe storage, and garment straps. At its unexpanded size, the bag is compliant with most domestic U.S. airline guidelines and can fit easily in the overhead bins.

Best Hardside Luggage: Kenneth Cole Reaction Renegade 28" ABS Expandable 8-Wheel Upright

What We Like
  • Available as a set or single luggage

  • Expands to add another 2 inches

  • Telescopic and retractable handle

What We Don't Like
  • Zipper quality isn't the best

Kenneth Cole Reaction’s Renegade line combines durability and aesthetics in a range of colors that stand out from the usual muted tones (think bold red and bright blue, as well as rose gold); it's a really style-forward and practical option. After all, who says suitcases have to be boring to be functional? Inside there are well-designed spots for shoes and toiletries, and there are reinforced corners and a telescopic handle on the exterior, so this luggage can travel on trip after trip with you. It’s also available as a set or in its 24-inch checked or 20-inch carry-on sizes.

Best Luggage Set: Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 3-Piece Lightweight Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Luggage Set

What We Like
  • Double-sided packing

  • Organization pockets with garment restraints

  • Telescoping trolley handle

What We Don't Like
  • Only has four wheel spinners instead of eight

This sleek, stylish luggage set offers pretty much any bag you’d need (or combination of bags) for a holiday at a value-minded price point—and it delivers when it comes to quality and durability, too. Each of the bags is designed with organization in mind, with double-sided packing, zippered organization pockets, and garment restraints to keep your items from getting shuffled around. The suitcases are equipped with four wheel spinners that glide easily in any direction, and the longer sides of the suitcase have feet so you can rest it upright on its side as well. The included bags are a carry-on at 20 inches, a checked bag at 24 inches, and a checked bag at 28 inches.

Best Carry-On: Kenneth Cole Reaction Gramercy Collection Lightweight Hardside 4-Wheel Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch Carry On

What We Like
  • Reinforced corners

  • Double-sided packing

  • 41-inch retractable handle

What We Don't Like
  • Only has four wheel spinners instead of eight

Kenneth Cole’s Gramercy collection is sleek and polished, including its carry-on, which is sized at 20 inches to fit within most U.S. airline carry-on size requirements. Its reinforced corners add a retro look to its modern, sleek ABS front (while adding to the bag’s overall durability). And to make days of lugging it with you a little easier on your spine and arms, it has a push-button retractable handle that extends to 41 inches.

Best Lightweight: Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 20-Inch Carry-On

What We Like
  • Lightweight luggage

  • 360-degree spinner wheels

  • Telescoping handle

What We Don't Like
  • Only has four wheel spinners instead of eight

The Out of Bounds set we love above can be broken into individual purchases as well, and the carry-on is one of the standouts from the set. This hard-sided Kenneth Cole Reaction carry-on is sized to be within the bounds of most U.S. airline restrictions, and its weight is on the lighter side of luggage at 6.25 pounds. That, plus the business-travel good looks Reaction is known for, makes it a great pick—but throw in a smoothly telescoping handle and 360-degree spinner wheels, and you’ve got our full attention.

Best Duffel: Colombian Leather Duffle Bag

Kenneth Kole Colombian Leather Duffle Bag

Courtesy of Nordstrom Rack

What We Like
  • Durable leather construction

  • Five feet to preserve the bottom

  • Several compartments

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

We already named Kenneth Cole Reaction’s vegan leather duffel as one of our best budget buys from the line, but if you’re looking to upgrade to the real thing, the Columbian leather take on the travel essential is a great investment. It’s top-loading with a wide zipper that makes packing easy. Inside the main compartment are two slip pockets, though it has four more pockets on the exterior as well (the bag is capped with large zippered ones). You don’t want a bag like this sitting on damp pavement, though, and luckily the bag is designed with five little feet to help prevent just that.

Best Underseat: Kenneth Cole Reaction Women's Chelsea Collection Underseat Bag

What We Like
  • Pocket for tech devices

  • 41-inch retractable handle

  • Available in several colors

What We Don't Like
  • Limited capacity

Available in solid black or a stylish olive-and-gold color way, this under-seat bag holds the essentials for business and weekend travelers who just need a change of clothes or two. The interior organization is especially great for travelers who are trying to keep it all to one bag. It has a tablet pocket to keep your tech devices safe, and the main compartment comes equipped with shoe pockets. The luggage has four spinner wheels to make getting around the terminal speedy and hangup-free, and the trolley handle smoothly retracts in and out 41 inches.

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