The 10 Best Luggage Items Under $300

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The Rundown

Best Overall, Checked: Delsey Paris Hyperglide Expandable Spinner 25-Inch at Amazon

"If you prefer a well-organized suitcase with pockets and compartments for everything, this Delsey bag is for you."

Best Overall, Carry-On: Travelpro Platinum Spinner Suitcase at Amazon

"The 21 x 14 x 9-inch dimensions of this suitcase meet the carry-on size restrictions for most airlines."

Best Below $100: Amazon Basics Hardside Spinner Luggage 26-Inch at Amazon

"It's got plenty of space, durability, and maneuverability at an incredible price point."

Best Hard Shell: Delsey Medium Checked Luggage at Amazon

"Made from 100 percent virgin polycarbonate for added impact resistance."

Best Soft Shell: Travelpro Luggage Spinner Suitcase at Amazon

"Ideally sized for longer trips and expands by up to two inches."

Best Style: July Checked Bag at July.com

"It’s similar in appearance to other popular, design-forward brands such as Away and Arlo Skye, but at a lower price point."

Best Set: Samsonite Omni Spinner Set at Amazon

"Includes a carry-on suitcase, a medium checked bag, and a larger checked bag."

Best Small Duffel: Bric’s Luggage Cargo Duffel at Amazon

"It tips the scales at just 3 pounds and is made from weather-protected, heavy-gauge nylon."

Best Large Duffel: Eagle Creek Warrior Wheeled Duffel at Amazon

"Measures 16 x 30 x 12.75 inches and has a total capacity of 97 liters."

Best Backpack: Briggs & Riley Accelerate Backpack at Amazon

"Perfect for everything from weekend getaways to the daily commute."

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Best Overall, Checked: DELSEY Paris Hyperglide Expandable Spinner 25-Inch

DELSEY Paris Hyperglide Expandable Spinner 25-Inch Luggage

This bag is money well spent. While not a super-chic hardshell piece, the Paris Hyperglide Expandable Spinner is everything you need in a quality piece of checked luggage, and you won't shell out a crazy amount for it. We love the organizational packing features and the overweight indicator that lets you know if you've passed the 50-pound limit. It's also sturdy and maneuvers well over just about any surface.

Tested by TripSavvy

We tested this Delsey piece at The Lab in Brooklyn. We loved the removable, hanging tri-fold organizer for placing toiletries, jewelry, or other small items for easy and organized storage when you arrive at your destination. What's more, there are two interior pockets and two exterior pockets. 

This suitcase even has a built-in overweight indicator that shines red when the bag weighs more than 48.5 pounds. We tested that a few times with the bag weighing more than that limit, and it worked; (though it’s such a subtle red that it was difficult to determine whether it was triggered). Another plus: This bag maneuvers really well, gliding over smooth and rough surfaces with no issues. —Jamie Hergenrader, Dotdash Editorial Director of Travel and Finance

overweight indicator

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Best Carry-On: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-Inch Expandable Carry-On Spinner

Travelpro Platinum Elite 21” Expandable Carry-on Spinner Suiter

Amazon

The 21 x 14 x 9-inch dimensions of this Travelpro Platinum Elite suitcase meet the carry-on size restrictions for most airlines. When you’re not traveling by plane, the case’s tip-resistant expansion feature gives you an additional two inches of packing space. Made from high-density nylon, it’s available in four different shades and complemented by genuine leather accents and chrome zippers. We love it for traveler-friendly elements such as the removable, quart-sized wet pocket that adheres with TSA rules for transporting liquids.

Other storage features include a sophisticated tie-down system with zippered accessory pockets and a drop-in, fold-out suiter. On the outside of the bag, a built-in USB port lets you charge your smartphone or Kindle on the go, while the dedicated power bank pocket complies with FAA regulations. The power bank must be bought separately. Like its larger Travelpro sibling, this suitcase features self-aligning, 360-degree spinner wheels and an extending Contour Grip handle with three height settings. It’s also protected by a limited lifetime warranty.

Best Budget: Amazon Basics Hardside Spinner Luggage 26-Inch

Amazon Basics Hardside Spinner Luggage 26-Inch

Amazon's hardside luggage could pass for a more glamorous brand like Away at first glance. And while it might not have all the features of a more upscale suitcase, it's got all the space, durability, and maneuverability you need at an incredible price point. The four-wheeled bag is expandable and comes in four attractive colors.

Tested by TripSavvy

We tested this Amazon suitcase at The Lab, and easily packed seven shirts, seven pairs of pants, five dresses, a few sweaters, a couple purses, three pairs of shoes, and our souvenirs inside. If that's not enough, the bag also has an expander that adds 2 inches to the depth. Maneuvering the bag was easy, better on four wheels than two; it did occasionally sway a bit as it was rolled around. This bag showed more damage than the others during our durability tests, but even so, it wasn’t significant. Black scratches from the ledge and ladder drops were very visible, and the fabric suffered a minor tear. Our weight and dimension measurements revealed it’s slightly smaller and lighter than advertised, but it's an overall great pick for the fantastic price. —Jamie Hergenrader, Dotdash Editorial Director of Travel and Finance

Amazon Basics Hardside 26-Inch

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Best Soft Shell: Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 29-Inch Expandable Spinner Suitcase

Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 29" Expandable Spinner Suitcase with Suiter

Amazon 

Those who prefer soft shell luggage can’t go wrong with the Travelpro Luggage Crew 11 29-Inch Suitcase. At 31.5 x 20.25 x 12.5 inches, it’s ideally sized for longer trips and expands by up to two inches. The ballistic nylon fabric is protected with DuraGuard coating for optimum stain and abrasion resistance. A highlight of this suitcase is its PrecisionGlide system, with self-aligning magnetic wheels that roll straight in any direction. The telescoping handle is made from airline-grade aluminum and adjusts to three different heights, while the Contour Grip top is designed for comfort with cushioned touch points.

Inside, the suitcase boasts a full-length lid pocket in addition to a side mesh pocket and wet pockets for storing your toiletries. Use the adjustable hold-down straps to keep everything in place and the deluxe suiter to stop special garments from wrinkling. The SUPRA zipper heads are extra-durable, while leather carry handles provide an extra touch of class. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a lifetime warranty and choose from colors such as black, indigo, and blue.

Best Hard Shell: Delsey Luggage Chatelet Hard + Medium Checked Luggage

Delsey Luggage Chatelet Hard + Medium Checked Luggage

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Hardshell luggage fans will appreciate this medium-sized suitcase from French brand Delsey. It measures 24 x 16.5 x 11 inches and is made from 100 percent virgin polycarbonate for added impact resistance. We particularly love its chic appearance; it's available in champagne or chocolate, boasts faux leather exterior accents, and has a luxurious red lining. The clamshell interior provides two full packing compartments, one with tie-down straps and the other with a zippered divider. Use the removable hanger, laundry bag, and shoe bag to keep your suits crease-free and your dirty items separate.

A telescoping pull handle and silent-running Japanese Hinomoto spinner wheels allow for great maneuverability. When you get to the check-in desk press a button to activate the clever braking system, which locks the two front wheels and stops the suitcase from rolling away. Other highlights include a recessed, TSA-approved lock and a tracking plate on the back of the bag which can be used to help find it if it gets lost. Make sure to register on the Delsey website for free.

Best Style: July Checked Bag

July Checked

Luggage newcomer July, founded in Australia in 2018, has made quite an entrance with their stylish and reliable products, lifetime warranties, and free trials. Their hardshell Checked Bag features an integrated TSA lock, an included laundry bag, an extremely adjustable telescopic handle, compression abilities, and other useful features. We particularly love the eye-catching style, though, and the bag is available in a wide range of colors. It’s similar in appearance to other popular, design-forward brands such as Away and Arlo Skye, but at a lower price point.

Tested by TripSavvy

This particular suitcase comes in 12 color options, including pastels and jewel tones as well as neutral hues. We ordered the rose quartz, which was a light-medium pink, a little lighter than the photos on the July website. 

Besides its appealing aesthetic, it also earned high scores for its maneuverability. The handle raises and lowers easily (no sticking points), and the bag glided freely over smooth surfaces and carpet; it performed well over cobblestone, too (better on two wheels than four).

While it was still functional after our durability tests, this bag was more vulnerable to our ledge and ladder tests than the rest. During one ladder test, the bag landed directly on one of the wheels, causing it to invert inside the bag. To the bag’s credit, we were able to pop it back out and continue to use it; however, despite multiple bags landing on their wheels, this was the only one that showed significant effects. —Jamie Hergenrader, Dotdash Editorial Director of Travel and Finance

July Checked, Rose Quartz

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Best Set: Samsonite Omni PC 3-Piece Spinner Set

Samsonite Omni Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

Amazon

Matched luggage sets like this one from Samsonite are the trademark of the stylish frequent traveler. It includes a carry-on suitcase (19 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches), a medium checked bag (24 x 17.5 x 11.5 inches) and a larger checked bag (28.5 x 20.5 x 13.5 inches). When empty, all three stack inside one another for convenient storage. Each case has a polycarbonate hard shell with a micro-diamond texture that prevents scratching. Four multidirectional spinner wheels provide excellent mobility without exerting any pressure on your arm — perfect for long walks between terminals.

Other handy features include a retractable, push-button handle that locks in its stored and extended positions and retracting top and side carry handles. Inside, the suitcases have a full-length lid pocket, a zippered accessory pocket, and buckled cross-straps. A TSA-approved lock keeps your belongings safe without the need for easy-to-lose keys. The luggage set comes in a range of colors. Opt for classic black or choose a shade that’s easy to spot on the baggage carousel like Caribbean blue or radiant pink. 

Best Small Duffel: Bric’s Luggage Pronto 22-Inch Cargo Duffel

Bric's Luggage Pronto 22 Inch Cargo Duffle

Amazon

The Bric’s Luggage Pronto 22-Inch Cargo Duffel is the ideal go-to weekend bag. At 22 x 13 x 10 inches, most airlines will also allow it as carry-on luggage. It tips the scales at just three pounds and is made from weather-protected, heavy-gauge nylon that can withstand tears, punctures, and abrasions. The zippered top opens to reveal a roomy main compartment complete with a secure pocket perfect for organizing your phone or keys. There’s also a large zippered pocket on the outside of the duffel which is useful for keeping your passport and other travel documents within reach.

Rolled top handles make it easy to transfer the bag from the trunk of your car to the luggage trolley at the airport. Alternatively, sling it across your body using the removable, adjustable shoulder strap or slide the luggage sleeve at the back over the handle of your main spinner suitcase. With its handsome faux leather trim and contrast stitching, the duffel is as fashionable as it is practical. Choose yours in timeless black or a sophisticated dark blue.

Best Large Duffel: Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 95l/30-Inch Wheeled Duffel

Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 2-Wheel Rolling Duffel Bag

Amazon

If you’re looking for an extra-large duffel for overseas adventures, take a close look at this Eagle Creek Gear Warrior. It measures 16 x 30 x 12.75 inches and has a total capacity of 97 liters. The water-resistant PET ripstop fabric is reinforced with a laminated exoskeleton in the high-wear areas and the oversized, treaded wheels are made for off-road durability. Even the impact-resistant pull handle is designed for more strength and less wobble. Use the Equipment Keeper cord to attach your jacket or sleeping bag to the top of the duffel and the Porter Key attachment to open a cool beer once you get there.

Inside the duffel, primary and secondary compartments keep dirty laundry and hiking boots separate from your clean clothes. Compression wings adjust the fit of the bag so that the contents are held securely even when it’s not full. Other handy features include lockable zippers and multiple sturdy grab handles. Whatever color you choose, your duffel comes with the brand’s famous No Matter What lifetime warranty.

Best Backpack: Briggs & Riley Accelerate Backpack

Briggs & Riley Accelerate Backpack

Amazon 

Perfect for everything from weekend getaways to the daily commute, the Briggs & Riley Accelerate Backpack has a total capacity of 26.1 liters. Its lightweight nylon twill resists moisture, dirt, and abrasion, while a series of clever compartments provide space for all your essentials. Keep your pens and business cards in the gusseted organizer section and your credit cards in the RFID-blocking pocket. A lockable, padded compartment secures laptops of up to 17 inches; while the CordPass organizes your power bank and cables and allows you to charge your computer without taking it out of the backpack.

Other useful features include a fleece-lined slip pocket for your tablet and a SpeedThru pocket on the front of the backpack for storing items quickly at security. Keep your water bottle in the purpose-built side pocket. The padded back panel provides lumbar support and is also aerated to prevent you from getting too hot. You can adjust the padded backpack straps for easy wearing or carry the bag briefcase-style using the comfortable, neoprene top handle. The zippers are self-repairing and lockable. 

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