The 9 Best Luggage Items Under $300 of 2022

From eye-catching suitcases to the largest duffle you’ve ever seen

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Choosing the right suitcase may feel overwhelming, as there have never been more options on the market. But one really fantastic thing about that is you can find a really solid piece of luggage at any budget. If you’re hoping to keep costs low, you won’t be forced to sacrifice all of the bells and whistles that come with more expensive options. 

From smart luggage and hardshell designs to chic duffel bags and bold softshell suitcases, there’s plenty of style to go around, no matter how much you’re looking to invest. Ahead you’ll find our favorite picks for luggage under $300, from massive duffle bags to an especially eye-catching carry-on suitcase.

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Best Overall, Carry-On: Calpak Terrazzo 22-Inch Hard Shell Spinner Carry-On Suitcase

Calpak Terrazzo Hard Shell Spinner Carry-On Suitcase

Calpak

What We Like
  • TSA-approved lock

  • Waterproof accessory bag

  • Bold design

What We Don't Like
  • The handle sticks a bit

Sometimes an eye-catching carry-on bag is exactly what you need to quell travel anxiety—after all, it is easy to grab someone else’s bag when they all kind of look the same. This terrazzo-print suitcase from Calpak fits most airlines' requirements for carry-on luggage and is surprisingly lightweight. The multidirectional spinner wheels make it easy to drag this bag from terminal to terminal, plus there’s an expansion sleeve built in so you have extra room for those unexpected souvenirs.

Capacity: Not listed | Dimensions: 21.5 x 15 x 10 inches | Weight: 7.5 pounds

Best Overall, Checked: Away The Medium

Away The Medium

Away

What We Like
  • Great color options

  • 360-degree spinner wheels

  • Hidden laundry bag

What We Don't Like
  • Scratches easily

Away has become a beloved travel brand for lots of reasons, but their low price point and minimalist design top the list. This is one of the brand’s checked suitcases, packing a ton of interior space—you can easily fit a week’s worth of essentials in this suitcase. The rich color options are also an unexpected quality of this budget-friendly piece of luggage, from a deep forest green to a sparkly saffron. The spacious interior pocket also includes a compression system and a zippered mesh divider. The tough, polycarbonate shell is durable, but lighter colors of this suitcase will show scratches.

Capacity: 68.8 liters | Dimensions: 26 x 18.5 x 11 inches | Weight: 9.9 pounds

Best $100 or Below (tie): Amazon Basics Hardside Spinner Luggage 26-Inch

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Amazon Basics Hardside Spinner Luggage 26-Inch

Amazon

What We Like
  • Smooth maneuverability

  • Price point

  • Nice design

What We Don't Like
  • Prone to scratching

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 bag at The Lab, and we 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

TripSavvy / Vicky Wasik

Best $100 or Below (tie): Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds Hardside Spinner

Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds Hardside Spinner

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great color options

  • Durable design

What We Don't Like
  • Not expandable

This hardshell suitcase from Kenneth Cole punches way above its weight class when it comes to quality. Made of a tough ABS polymer, it features protective guards on each corner of the case to help take some of the shock out of unexpected falls and bumps. The interior features a tear-resistant lining, as well as an organization pocket and compression straps. The durability, organization, and style boxes are all checked with this pick. And it doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to comfort, either. The handle measures 41 inches when fully extended, and the wheels spin in all directions for easy maneuvering.

Capacity: Not listed | Dimensions: 26 x 18.5 x 10.25 inches | Weight: 8.4 pounds

Best Hardshell: Monos Carry On Plus Spinner

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Monos Carry On Plus Spinner

Monos

What We Like
  • Telescopic handle

  • Great style

  • TSA-approved lock

What We Don't Like
  • May need to be checked on smaller airplanes

Travel brand Monos packs a lot of style into its suitcases, and it’s particularly true with its Carry-On Plus Spinner. Most hardshell carry-on suitcases are quite rigid in design and don’t offer much expansion when it comes to packing. This option is slightly bigger than the brand’s classic carry-on suitcase, measuring in at 23" x 15" x 9.5 inches (easily enough for up to a week’s worth of clothing). Plus, it’s super durable, thanks to a polycarbonate shell. It was also designed to be stored in the larger suitcases from Monos, as well, which is a perk that can never be underestimated.

Capacity: 48 liters | Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 9.5 inches | Weight: 7.38 pounds

Best Softshell: Lipault Plume Medium Trip Packing Case

Lipault Plume Medium Trip Packing Case

Amazon

What We Like
  • Bold color options

  • Comfortable handle

  • Multidirectional wheels

What We Don't Like
  • Lighter color options show dirt and scuffs

The color options for this suitcase from French brand Lipault are absolutely stunning, from a cobalt blue to a saturated bordeaux. This suitcase comes with a bit of give when it comes to how much you can pack inside. There’s also a sleek and subtle zippered pocket on the front of this suitcase, making it hard for anyone to sneak into your things without you seeing. The double wheels are also worth mentioning, as they were designed to keep your suitcase sturdy and upright on the tightest of turns.

Capacity: Not listed | Dimensions: 24.8 x 17.8 x 9.8 inches | Weight: 5.6 pounds

Best Set: Traveler's Choice Pagosa Indestructible Hardshell Expandable Spinner Luggage Set

Traveler's Choice Pagosa Indestructible Hardshell Expandable Spinner Luggage Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • USB port

  • Great color options

  • Expandable design

What We Don't Like
  • The wheels could be sturdier

As the name suggests, this set of two suitcases is made of a textured polypropylene, which is a wonderful surface for hiding scratches and scrapes. The set includes a 22-inch carry-on and a 26-inch checked bag, both expandable thanks to an adjustable zipper design. The carry-on suitcase also has a USB port built into the bag, making it easy to charge your devices on the go. Another underrated design detail: The interior features four pockets, which encourages better organization by default.

Capacity: Not listed | Dimensions: 22 x 14.25 x 9.25 inches and 26 x 17 x 11 inches | Weight: 6.3 pounds and 8.2 pounds

Best Small Duffel: Calpak Luka Duffle Bag

Calpak Luka Duffle Bag

Calpak

What We Like
  • Scratch-resistant

  • Shoe pocket

  • Shoulder strap included

What We Don't Like
  • Lighter color options can stain

Sometimes a duffel bag is a beat-up canvas sack that houses a tee shirt or two. Sometimes it’s a super-chic, ultra-organized powerhouse of packing. The Luka Duffle from Calpak is certainly the latter. Made of a soft, scratch-resistant polyester fabric, its cloud-like exterior houses tons of pockets and a surprising amount of space. This lightweight duffel also has a zippered side pocket that works great for storing an extra pair of shoes. Another helpful detail: There’s a sleeve on the back of the bag, so you can pop it over your suitcase handle.

Capacity: Not listed | Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 7 inches | Weight: 1.95 pounds

Best Large Duffel: Samsonite Tote-A-Ton Duffel Bag

Samsonite Tote-A-Ton Duffel Bag

Samsonite

What We Like
  • Easy storage

  • Lots of packing space

What We Don't Like
  • Few pockets

When you need to pack a lot of (non-fragile) items together in one space, a duffel bag is always a good option. This option from Samsonite doesn’t lie: You can really store a ton of clothing in this bag. Available in 11 colors, this duffle also packs down super small so you can slip it into a closet or under a bed. The biggest downside is that you won’t find many pockets built into this design (there is one zippered pocket on the interior and one on the outside of the bag). If you’re looking to travel with breakable items, this may not be your best option. It also makes a great gym bag.

Capacity: Not listed | Dimensions: 33 x 17 x 11.5 inches | Weight: 1 pound

Final Verdict

If you need a trusty suitcase that can be put through the ringer that is the life of luggage, The Medium Suitcase from Away Travel (view at Away) is always going to be a safe bet. It’s a hardshell suitcase with a bit of a bend, meaning you can pack just a little bit more a few times over. The Out Of Bounds Hardside Spinner from Kenneth Cole Reaction (view at Amazon) is a fantastic option for budget travelers and has the quality you’d expect for a much more expensive suitcase.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Erika Owen is a frequent traveler and matching-set enthusiast (she owns the cobalt blue spinner from Lipault mentioned in this article…and a duffel in the same color). All of these suggestions have been tested or researched for durability, quality, packing space, and more.

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