The 8 Best Travelpro Luggage Items of 2023

The lightweight and maneuverable Maxlite 5 Expandable Spinner comes in first

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In 1987, Northwest Airlines pilot Bob Plath invented The Original Rollaboard, one of the world's first wheeled suitcases. The case gained massive popularity among airline pilots and crew, and eventually, Plath founded Travelpro to provide revolutionary luggage items for the general public. Today, Travelpro remains synonymous with quality and innovation. Need help deciding which of the brand's luggage items will best suit your needs? Below, we've rounded up our favorites, from checkpoint-friendly backpacks to lightweight spinner suitcases. We looked for options based on their size, organization, and travel-friendly features.

The Rundown

Best Overall: Travelpro Maxlite 5 25-Inch Expandable Spinner at Amazon

"Combines excellent quality and durability with an affordable price tag."

Best Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 International Expandable Carry-on Rollaboard at Amazon

"The suitcase is part of Travelpro's lightest collection."

Best Checked: Travelpro Crew 11 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter Suitcase at Amazon

"Designed to withstand staining and abrasions."

Best for Durability: Bold By Travelpro 25-Inch Expandable Rollaboard at Amazon

"Its 100 percent polyester material is water repellent."

Best Splurge: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-Inch Expandable Carry-on Spinner at Amazon

"Part of Travelpro's sophisticated collection of suitcases."

Best Hard-Sided: Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-on Expandable Hardside Spinner at Travelpro

"The 100 percent polycarbonate, scratch-resistant shell makes the case durable."

Best Backpack: Travelpro Executive Choice 2 Backpack at Amazon

"A checkpoint-friendly compartment allows you to remove electronics easily."

Best Underseater: Travelpro Maxlite Rolling UnderSeat Carry-on at Amazon

"Plenty of pockets and compartments inside and out keep everything in its place."

Best Set: Platinum Elite Carry-on / Medium Check-in Hardside Luggage Set at Travelpro

"This set has taken everything a traveler needs into consideration."

Best Overall: Travelpro Maxlite 5 25-Inch Expandable Spinner

What We Like
  • Extremely lightweight

  • Limited lifetime warranty

  • Great value

What We Don't Like
  • Feels flimsy

  • Compartments are difficult to organize

The Travelpro Maxlite 5 25-Inch Expandable Spinner is one of Travelpro’s most popular checked cases—and for good reason. It combines excellent quality and durability with an affordable price tag, and (like all of the Maxlite collection suitcases) it is incredibly light. The 100 percent polyester material is strengthened by a water-repellent coating, which held up beautifully during our waterproof testing. The expandable 25 x 18 x 11-inch dimensions are abundantly spacious. Pack your neatly folded shirts into the full-size lid compartment and keep track of your smaller items in the zippered side mesh pocket.

Despite the case’s large size, it is easy to maneuver, thanks to four 360-degree spinner wheels. The wheels are protected by crash-guard housings and rolled easily over gravel, hardwood, and cement. Choose one of two height settings for the telescoping handle with a comfortable patented contour grip. A lifetime warranty also affords you additional peace of mind, while available colors include azure blue, black, dusty rose, mocha, and slate green.

Our testers noted that the internal organization left a bit to be desired in that it was too simple.

Price at time of publication: $220

Size: 27 x 18.5 x 11.5 inches | Weight: 7.3 pounds | Expandable: Yes

Travelpro Maxlite 5 25” Expandable Spinner

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Best Carry-on: Travelpro Maxlite 5 International Expandable Carry-on Rollaboard

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Lightweight Rollaboard Luggage

Amazon

What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Complies with most carry-on regulations

  • Plenty of packing space

  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Not entirely stain-resistant

  • Difficult to access front pocket

  • Limited color selection 

Fly anywhere with the Travelpro Maxlite 5 Carry-on Expandable Rollaboard, which meets carry-on size restrictions for most international airlines. The 20 x 15 x 7.7-inch case can expand to 2 inches, so you can still carry most of your belongings. Our testers reported that packing for a five-day trip was a breeze. At 5.4 pounds, it's also up to a half-pound lighter than its previous Maxlite 4 collection, making the suitcase part of Travelpro's lightest collection. Better yet, its tapered shape prevents the case from tipping if you lose your ultimate carry-on checklist and pack too much.

The suitcase is made of polyester fabric and is designed to withstand water spills and stains (though the lighter hues suffered some cosmetic damage). Its ergonomic zipper pulls add extra durability. It also features inline skate wheels and a handle system that reduces wobble for smooth, seamless transportation. Our one critique is the front exterior pocket is difficult to get in and out of due to its shallow construction.

Price at time of publication: $170

Size: 20 x 15 x 7.7 inches | Weight: 5.4 pounds | Expandable: Yes

Travelpro Maxlite 5 International Expandable Carry-On Spinner

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Best Checked: Travelpro Crew 11 22-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter Suitcase

What We Like
  • Super-durable

  • Internal pocket for wet items

  • Generous warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Not as great for fragile items but that’s true of all soft-sided bags

Made from ballistic nylon and treated with DuraGuard coating, the Travelpro Crew 11 22-Inch Expandable Spinner Suitcase is designed to withstand staining and abrasions. It provides ample space at 22 x 18 x 11.5 inches—with an additional 2 inches if you use the main compartment’s expansion feature. The interior is cleverly designed with a built-in wet pocket, a side mesh pocket for smaller items, and a fold-out suit bag to protect your precious garments.

It has a lifetime warranty, although its many patented parts seem durable. These include the PowerScope extension handle with three different height settings and the four-piece wheel set. The wheels have 360-degree rotation and a unique magnetic technology that helps them self-align for the smoothest possible movement. Available colors include black, blue, and indigo.

Price at time of publication: $220

Size: 222 x 18 x 11.5 inches | Weight: 8.58 pounds | Expandable: Yes

Best for Durability: Bold By Travelpro 25-Inch Expandable Rollaboard

Travelpro Tpro Bold 2.0 25-Inch Rollaboard

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What We Like
  • Durable

  • Lots of pockets and dividers

  • Great warranty

What We Don't Like
  • No middle divider in the main compartment

  • Wheels only roll one direction

A slightly smaller option is the Bold By Travelpro 25-Inch Expandable Rollaboard, which comes in black with stylish navy blue or purple accents. The 100 percent polyester material is water repellent (standing up to a spilled-water test), while the zippered main compartment is expandable by up to 2 inches. The inside of the top lid includes a zippered mesh pocket and a large zippered wet pocket—excellent for keeping your toiletries or dirty laundry separate.

You can further organize your belongings using the interior hold-down straps (all equipped with anti-break buckles) and zippered mesh pocket in the sidewall of the bag. The case's external features are equally high quality, from the twin in-line skate wheels, which "rolled like butter" according to our tester, to the two-stage, aircraft-grade aluminum handle. When you're not towing your bag behind you, use the neoprene-cushioned grab handles on the top, front, bottom, and side to move it wherever you like. Our tester appreciated this suitcase's strong but flexible body, noting that it squeezed into tight cargo spaces.

Price at time of publication: $230

Size: 26 x 16.5 x 10.5 inches | Weight: 8.2 pounds | Expandable: Yes

Travelpro Bold Expandable Rollaboard

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Best Splurge: Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-Inch Expandable Carry-on Spinner

Travelpro Platinum Elite 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner

Travelpro

What We Like
  • Generous expansion system

  • Built-in USB port

  • Business-specific features

What We Don't Like
  • Once expanded, dimensions can size it out of airline restrictions

This carry-on spinner is part of Platinum Elite, Travelpro's sophisticated collection of suitcases. Borrowing some features from the brand's carry-ons, this spinner takes it up a notch with a tip-resistant expansion system that offers up to 2 more inches of packing space; a tie-down system; accessory pockets; and a removable, TSA-approved bag for toiletries. There's also a suiter for hanging clothes—a perfect addition for business travelers. Even more, a built-in USB port makes sure your devices are always powered. The 21 x 14 x 9-inch Travelpro carry-on is also supported by the brand's PrecisionGlide system and a pull handle for smooth mobility.

Price at time of publication: $370

Size: 21 x 14 x 9 inches | Weight: 7.8 pounds | Expandable: Yes

Best Hard-Sided: Travelpro Platinum Elite Carry-on Expandable Hardside Spinner

Platinum® Elite Carry-On Expandable Hardside Spinner

Courtesy of Travelpro

What We Like
  • USB A and C compatible

  • Durability

  •  Lightweight

  • Aesthetically pleasing

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey—but worth the investment if you’re looking for one

This top-of-the-line Travelpro suitcase series is ultra-chic and feature-packed—think external ports for USB A and C charging and FAA-compliant storage for your battery pack in an external-access compartment. It can increase by another 2 inches in size, courtesy of its expansion option, if you do some shopping while traveling. It’s built to last, too, with leather trim, a polycarbonate shell, and an aluminum corner armor.

Price at time of publication: $370

Size: 23 x 14.5 x 9.75 inches | Weight: 8.1 pounds | Expandable: Yes

Best Underseater: Travelpro Maxlite Rolling UnderSeat Carry-on

What We Like
  • Detachable wet pocket

  • Super organized

  • Limited lifetime coverage warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Sectioned interior might not be ideal for everyone’s packing style

  • Inline skate wheels (not a spinner) 



Travelpro's under-seat carry-on is excellent for people who tend to pack light. Plenty of pockets and compartments inside and out keep everything in its place, and the designers have even thought to include a removable hanging wet pocket—great for cosmetics and toiletries. There's even a padded laptop or tablet sleeve to protect your personal devices. Like the rest of Travelpro's soft-sided suitcases, it's made from a durable, stain-resistant, water-repellent fabric exterior, so it'll hold up for many future trips.

Price at time of publication: $150

Size: 17.5 x 14.5 x 8.5 inches | Weight: 5.5 pounds | Expandable: No

Best Set: Platinum Elite Carry-on / Medium Check-in Hardside Luggage Set

Platinum Elite Carry-On / Medium Check-in Hardside Luggage Set

Courtesy of Travelpro

What We Like
  • Combo for range of travel

  • Smooth wheels

  • Lightweight

  • Charging ports 

What We Don't Like
  • Price tag—but if you’re a frequent traveler, these are worth the money

This sky-blue luggage will put you in a traveling state of mind while you’re still packing. The beautifully designed suitcases in this set have taken everything a traveler needs into consideration: There’s a medium-sized checked bag and a carry-on, so you have your bases covered when it comes to trip length. Meanwhile, the self-aligning spinner wheels will glide smoothly through even the busiest airports.

Price at time of publication: $800

Size: 23 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches (Carry-on) and 27.25 x 18 x 13 inches (Checked-Medium) | Weight: 8.1 pounds (Carry-on) and 11.1 pounds (Checked-Medium) | Expandable: No

What to Look for in Travelpro Luggage Items

Size

If you plan on using your suitcase as a carry-on, be sure its dimensions adhere to most airlines' luggage size requirements or be prepared to check it at the airport. Those looking for larger space can upgrade to checked models, including soft-sided suitcases, hard-case models, and duffels.

Organization

Organization-driven travelers will want suitcases with loads of pockets, compression straps, and other elements like a removable hanging bag. Active travelers, meanwhile, will benefit from designs that allow them to isolate their gear from their clean clothes. If you tend to shop during your travels, you should consider bags that come with storage expansion.

Travel-Friendly Features

If you like to stay connected when you travel, models that boast USB ports, internal batteries, and padded sleeves for your electronics are essential. International travelers may favor Travelpro models with RFID-blocking pockets to prevent virtual theft of their passport and credit card data. And if you put your bags through the wringer, a lifetime warranty, and reinforced corners should indicate that the suitcase will live a long life.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I care for my Travelpro suitcase?

    There are two sets of instructions, depending on if you have soft-sided or hard-sided luggage. The nylon exteriors of Travelpro's soft-sided suitcases are treated with water and stain repellent. However, Juan Phillips, Travelpro’s vice president of product design and innovation, says that you can spot-clean any marks with a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent alcohol and gently rub the spot until it’s gone. The only important rule? Don’t use soap or other cleaners, or it’ll mess up the water- and stain-repellent coating.  

    For hard-sided luggage care, Phillips suggests rubbing a solution of mild or gentle soap and water on the affected area with a soft cloth. If it came with a fabric storage bag, be sure to use it for maximum protection against dings and scratches.

  • Should I get a soft-sided or hard-sided suitcase?

    It really comes down to personal preference. Soft-sided suitcases tend to be great for over-packers, as they offer additional give and the exterior pockets allow you to pack last-minute essentials with ease. However, "a hard-sided suitcase can be better at protecting fragile contents, assuming you cushion it well inside,” says Phillips. “On the other hand, that rigid exterior makes hard-shell bags unable to be compressed to squeeze into tight spaces like soft-sided bags are more apt to allow.” 

    It’s also important to consider what each format offers interior-wise. “Soft-sided luggage usually opens to one main compartment that may have interior pockets and/or suiters," says Phillips. "Hard-sided luggage is typically made with 'split construction,' meaning the bag zips down the middle and opens into two shallower main compartments, like a clamshell.” 

    If you're basing your decision on durability, you can't go wrong with either. According to Phillips, “Travelpro puts both its hard-sided and soft-sided luggage through the same rigorous testing. [Our] soft-sided bags are made with high-density nylon fabric, and our hard-sided luggage is made with a lightweight polycarbonate shell.” 

  • What kind of warranty does Travelpro offer?

    Travelpro has many types of warranties to cover the products in their lines, so the best way to find information about your suitcase’s warranty is to look for its specific product family on their website. The Maxlite 5, for example, is under a Limited Lifetime Warranty that covers repairs and replacements for defects in materials and workmanship. Maxlite 5s, like other Travelpro product families, is boosted by the brand’s Trusted Companion Promise, which for the first year of limited warranty covers the shipping cost to repair facilities and the cost of repair for damage caused by airlines or other common carriers. Make sure to look up the warranty that’s right for your suitcase family.  

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