The 11 Best Luggage Brands of 2021

Luggage labels that make some of our favorite suitcases

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Away

"Successful for its direct-to-consumer sales approach and simplicity."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Samsonite

"Known for delivering durability and style at an affordable price."

Best for Adventure Travel: Eagle Creek

"Its products are built to withstand life on the road."

Best Budget: AmazonBasics

"Reduce costs significantly by opting for this no-frills brand."

Best Luxury: Tumi

"Synonymous with high-flying fashion—and carries a price tag to match."

Best for Business Travel: TravelPro

"Long-lasting and highly functional luggage for frequent business travelers."

Most Innovative: Delsey

"Known for its innovation as much as for its fashion-forward designs."

Best Style: Kenneth Cole Reaction

"As stylish as the fashion label's high-end clothing and accessories."

Best Value: Briggs & Riley

"Promises that if your bag is ever damaged, they will repair it free of charge."

Best for Durability: Victorinox

"Exposes each piece of luggage to 30 quality tests."

Luggage options have grown substantially over the years as travel has become more convenient. There are now so many different luggage brands out there it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Some brands offer stylish luggage, while others build pieces that are meant to be carried easily through the airport. Different brands also offer luggage that includes smart features like charging your phone while on the go. Finding the right luggage brand should depend on a couple of factors, though. You should consider how much you're willing to spend, what features are most important to you, and what size bag you'll likely need.

Read on to see our picks for the best luggage brands available.

Best Overall: Away

Away carry-on

Courtesy of Away

5
What We Like
  • Available in trendy colors

  • The wheels are easy to maneuver

  • 100-day trial period

What We Don't Like
  • Lighter colors show wear and tear

Founded in New York in 2015, Away is one of the highest funded female-backed startups and despite its relative newness, has been making major waves on the international luggage scene. There are two main concepts behind its success, the first being its direct-to-consumer sales approach, which reduces mark-ups to keep costs relatively low. The second is its simplicity: the brand essentially sells one main product–a stylish hardshell suitcase that comes in up to 10 colors and four sizes.

The sizes range from The Carry-On to The Large and each one is made from lightweight polycarbonate with an interior compression system, a removable laundry bag, a TSA-approved lock, and four spinner wheels. Away also makes a carry-on for kids, a carry-on with a nylon front pocket, and various accessories including a daypack and garment bag. A benefit of buying from this brand is that it actively supports Peace Direct, a charity that helps build peace in global conflict areas.

“The wheels, along with how light the suitcase actually is, made it a breeze to steer it from my New York City apartment to my parents’ place in Paris.” — Charlene Petitjean-Barkulis, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Samsonite

Samsonite Spinner

Courtesy of Samsonite

4.5
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Offers different options

  • Expandable

What We Don't Like
  • Little organizational features

Respected luggage brand Samsonite was founded in Denver in 1910 and has been at the forefront of the industry ever since. It's known for delivering durability and style at an affordable price–allowing you to save money without sacrificing quality. Whether you prefer softshell or hardshell suitcases, Samsonite offers both in a full range of sizes, styles, and colors. Most of their carry-on and checked bags feature four spinner wheels for easy maneuverability. Matching luggage sets are also available.

Despite being over 100 years old, the brand remains current with new technology, such as built-in USB charger pockets for their carry-on cases. Patented innovations include GeoTrakR (which provides real-time luggage location via your smartphone) and Curv (an extra light, extra strong hardshell material that reduces your overall luggage weight considerably). Softshell suitcases are treated with SamGuard to protect them from oil, dirt, and water, keeping them looking new for longer. The brand also sells backpacks, duffels, and laptop bags. 

“I hauled this hardside suitcase a quarter mile on foot to the train station, and while I’ve heard that 360-degree spinner wheels are inferior to two-wheeled rolling luggage on rough terrain, I rolled the suitcase behind me without issue over brick streets and uneven sidewalks.” — Maria Adelmann, Product Tester

Best for Adventure Travel: Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek duffel bag

Courtesy of Eagle Creek 

What We Like
  • Lifetime warranty

  • Use eco-friendly materials

  • Offers travel accessories

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

Eagle Creek makes luggage especially for expedition-style trips. It specializes in duffels and backpacks and with every buckle, zipper, and swatch of fabric rigorously tested for longevity, its products are built to withstand life on the road. Many luggage items are covered by the brand’s No Matter What warranty, which promises repair or replacement if they fail at any point during their lifetime, regardless of the cause. The company’s less-than-one-percent return rate is a testament to the quality of its luggage.

Backpacks are a particular highlight and are ergonomically tailored for men and women with clever features including padded laptop sleeves and a book-style opening system. Prefer to keep things traditional? Eagle Creek also sells two or four-wheeled suitcases in a variety of colors and sizes. Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the company makes every effort to protect the planet you love to explore. Its fabrics are covered with a water-resistant coating that’s made from recycled landfill plastic.

Best Budget: AmazonBasics

AmazonBasics luggage

Courtesy of AmazonBasics

What We Like
  • Fast shipping for Prime members

  • Affordable

  • Hardshells are scratch-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

With many luggage brands, you’re paying over the odds for the label. You can reduce costs significantly by opting for a no-frills option from Amazon’s house brand, AmazonBasics. Originally launched in 2009, the brand sells all kinds of everyday necessities at rock-bottom prices. These are achieved by keeping designs simple and eliminating fancy packaging. The quality is better than you might expect, too.

As an example of just how much you can save, a 28-inch hardshell spinner suitcase from AmazonBasics retails for under $100. Mid-range brands like Samsonite sell a similar product for around $125–while luxury brands like Tumi can charge in excess of $750. The brand offers plenty of choices in terms of style, size, and color. Decide whether you prefer hardshell or softshell and accessorize with matching garment bags, packing cubes, and travel backpacks. If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you can save even more with free shipping on all AmazonBasics items. 

Best Luxury: Tumi

Tumi carry-on

Courtesy of TUMI

What We Like
  • Complimentary tracing system for lost bags

  • Durable exterior

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Luxury travel brand Tumi began in 1975, with founder Charlie Clifford selling leather bags imported from South America. Today it has become synonymous with high-flying fashion (and carries a price-tag to match). Although the brand still sells a few premium-grade leather suitcases, most of its range is now crafted from polycarbonate alloy or softshell ballistic nylon. All options are high-quality and built to last, going through 30 unique tests before being put on the market. These include tests for abrasion resistance, colorfastness, and zipper pull strength.

Tumi is also known for its innovations. Tumi T-Pass technology allows you to leave your laptop in your backpack when passing through airport security, while the Add-a-Bag strap lets you connect two or three luggage items so you can transport them all with one hand. The brand’s exceptional customer service includes complimentary monogramming and immediate in-store attention to minor repairs. You can even use the Tumi Tracer system to locate your luggage if it gets lost.

Best for Business Travel: TravelPro

TravelPro luggage

Courtesy of TravelPro 

4.3
What We Like
  • Easy to maneuver wheels

  • Fold-out garment bags

  • Expandable

What We Don't Like
  • Basic designs

TravelPro was founded by Northwest Airlines pilot Bob Plath, who recognized first-hand the wear and tear caused by traditional two-wheeled suitcases (both on the case itself and on the traveler pulling it). Determined to find a solution, he invented the four-wheeled spinner suitcase and named it The Original Rollaboard. Since then, TravelPro has been the brand of choice for pilots and aircrew. Frequent business travelers can also take advantage of their long-lasting and highly functional luggage.

All suitcases are tested to above the maximum allowable weight for checked bags and submitted to 15 different tests. Most have fold-out suiters to ensure that your clothes are wrinkle-free upon arrival and come in professional black, gray, navy, or deep red. Although the classic TravelPro suitcases are made from DuraGuard-coated nylon, there are hardshell options as well. For a truly seamless corporate look, pair your carry-on or checked bag with a matching briefcase or laptop backpack. 

“The ergonomic, high-tensile-strength zipper pulls on this bag are super sturdy. Unlike most zippers, which can feel a tad harsh, we found that these zippers were pleasant to the touch and easy on the hands.” —  Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

Most Innovative: Delsey

Delsey luggage

Courtesy of Delsey

What We Like
  • Stylish

  • Patented security features

  • Interior organization

What We Don't Like
  • The outer shell can show wear

French brand Delsey was founded in 1946 and originally sold leather camera cases. In 1970 they brought out their first hardshell luggage, and have been adding a touch of Parisian style to people’s journeys ever since. The brand still specializes in hardshell luggage (although there are a few soft-sided options) and pairs sleek lines with classic colors. One of the most popular and instantly recognizable style icons is the Chatelet Air, a four-wheeled spinner suitcase available in three sizes and four luxe colors–including Angora, Terracotta, Chocolate, and Silver.

Delsey is known for its innovation as much as for its fashion-forward designs and has no fewer than 50 patents and awards to its name. The SecuriTech Zip is 40 times more resistant to breaking than regular travel zips. The brand also sells backpacks, briefcases, and children’s suitcases (for the modish junior traveler). Nothing says chic like all of your family members turning up at the airport with matching luggage. 

Best Style: Kenneth Cole Reaction

Kenneth Cole Reaction

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What We Like
  • Available in trendy colors

  • Durable

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Exterior shows scratches easily

Kenneth Cole's line of luggage is as stylish as their high-end clothing and accessories. Founded in 1982 with a woman's shoe collection, the global brand has been renowned for its socially-conscious advertising, including the support of HIV/AIDS awareness, gun control, women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. The fashion house still supports charitable causes today, but they've also become popular for its watches, sunglasses, sportswear, and yes, luggage.

The luggage bags from Kenneth Cole, which mostly fall under the Kenneth Cole REACTION collection, stay true to the brand's modern, sophisticated style. They're known for their hardside suitcases, and the Reverb Expandable Hardside Spinner is a particular favorite—a durable, yet lightweight and spacious spinner that's available in sleek colors like Rose Gold, Silver, Black, and Ice Blue. Still, most of the brand's high-quality suitcases retail for just under $100.

Best Value: Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley expandable luggage

Courtesy of Briggs & Riley 

4.8
What We Like
  • Lifetime warranty

  • Compression straps

  • Flexible repair policy

What We Don't Like
  • The two-wheelers can feel shaky

When upscale brand Briggs & Riley started out in 1993, they revolutionized the travel industry with their Simple As That lifetime warranty. It promises that if your bag is ever damaged, they will repair it free of charge, no questions asked. There’s no need to provide proof of purchase and the warranty even covers airline damage. This exceptional commitment means that although Briggs & Riley are at the upper end of the price spectrum, their luggage can genuinely be considered an investment.

They offer carry-ons and checked bags in a variety of materials and sizes, many of them expandable. They also sell stylish briefcases, backpacks, duffels, garment bags, and totes. Depending on the product and style you choose, colors range from muted blacks and olive greens to statement-making Fire. The brand is also responsible for several innovations including the Outsider handle (which provides a flat packing area by keeping trolley handlebars outside the suitcase) and the CX Expansion Compression system (which increases your packing capacity by up to 33 percent). 

“You either bring the luggage into a local repair center, get a do-it-yourself kit for minor issues (the cost is just $10), or ship it off to Briggs & Riley for a fix.”   Hailey Eber, Product Tester

Best for Durability: Victorinox

Victorinox hardside

Courtesy of Victorinox 

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Security features to locate missing bags

  • Easy to spot clean

What We Don't Like
  • Usually available in limited colors

From the company famous for creating the Swiss Army Knife comes a line of luggage known for its durability. You have two choices: hardshell suitcases made out of 100 percent virgin polycarbonate or softshell suitcases made out of abrasion-resistant nylon. Like Tumi, Victorinox exposes each piece of luggage to 30 quality tests—although their prices are slightly cheaper. All cases come with reinforced seams, puncture-resistant YKK zippers, and telescoping handles that are made out of strong yet lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum.

In addition, all suitcases have a unique tracking ID (handy if your bag gets misplaced en route), a TSA-approved lock, and a set of four spinner wheels. The latter affords flawless mobility in all directions and eliminates strain on your arm and shoulder so that you can last longer too. If packing space is a priority you’ll love the Spectra Expandable collection, which can increase capacity by up to 47 percent. Many cases include the Pack More System with five different space-making solutions. 

Best for Families: Osprey

Osprey Transporter Wheeled Carry-On Duffel

Courtesy of Osprey

What We Like
  • Offers different types of luggage

  • Lifetime warranty

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Outfitting a family for a trip can be incredibly expensive—paying for one $100 suitcase is a lot different from paying for four. But suitcases are something where quality corresponds to a certain degree with the price tag, and we’re fans of buying something just once whenever possible. If you’re able to make an investment, Osprey will have the family covered for years to come. It might be known for its backpacks, but its entire range of luggage, including rolling and carry-on luggage, measures up to the brand’s famous quality. The company’s All Mighty Guarantee declares that “Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge—whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. If we are unable to perform a functional repair on your pack, we will happily replace it.”

Final Verdict

Away’s luggage (view at Away) is one of the best examples of a brand that successfully delivers style, quality, and value at a price that, while not cheap, reflects the durability and longevity of the bags. Add to that excellent organization, zippers and wheels that hold up, and some fun colors to boot, and you’ve got carry-ons, checked bags, and sets that’ll last for many trips ahead. 

What to Look For in Luggage Brands

Price

Cheap suitcases generally tend to be, well, cheap—the quality of a bag tends to go up with the price tag, and putting money in one might mean you don’t have to replace bags for a decade or more. This doesn’t mean you need to shell out: brands like Away offer great value bags at prices that don’t cost your rent. 

Warranty

Wheels can pop off, zippers can break—getting a bag with a warranty might just pay off in the long run. Look for warranties that cover manufacturer defects and flaws like this so you don’t have to shell out for another bag after an accident. Osprey and Eagle Creek have two of the best in the industry. 

Organization

Some people love the possibilities of a single compartment; others like divided interiors with a space for everything—and there’s a suitcase out there for everyone. Know your style before you invest in luggage to take a little stress out of the packing experience—and be sure to peek inside a bag you’re considering before buying it on its exterior looks alone.

FAQs

How should you clean your luggage? 

Typically a damp cloth with a bit of water or gentle soap will remove most of the wear and tear from the road. 

What style of luggage should you get?

The right luggage for you depends a lot on the terrain you’ll be trekking across. If you’re going over cobblestones with frequent trips to Europe, for example, a rolling bag might not be your best bet, and a backpack from a well-respected brand might be the right fit for you.

What size luggage should you get? 

Luggage sets, of course, offer the best variety, but if you’re just choosing between two carry-ons or choosing between sizes of checked bags, it’s always best to go with the bag that fits the most of your frequently flown airlines’ restrictions. Beyond that, think about whether you overpack at the beginning of your trip or shop at your destination (or both).

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