What We Like
Saves space in your suitcase
Keeps items organized
Mesh panels allow you to see what’s in each cube
What We Don't Like
Heavier than some competitors
More expensive than non-compression packing cubes
Some say packing and unpacking is the worst part of a vacation. These convenient cubes will make that process as quick and painless as possible by increasing organization and maximizing luggage capacity. With so many packing cubes on the market, why choose LeanTravel, though? Read on to find out why we think this set is worth the investment.
Performance: An ace at its job
LeanTravel’s packing cubes come in sets of three or six and arrive packaged neatly in a durable plastic zipper bag that can also be used to stow accessories like shoes or dirty laundry. Each three-piece set includes two large cubes which measure 15.5 x 11.5 x 4 inches and one medium cube which measures 11 x 11 x 4 inches. For those packing for two or looking to fill a bigger checked bag, the six-piece set includes two large cubes, two medium cubes, and two small cubes which measure 11 x 7.5 x 4 inches.
In the medium cube, we fit a pajama set, two bras, two swimsuits, three pairs of shorts, and a week’s supply of underwear—with room to spare.
Having never used packing cubes before, we tested out the three-piece set and were impressed by just how well the compression feature worked. We were able to fit six pairs of women’s pants in one of the larger cubes, and two women’s sweaters, five tee shirts, and one denim jacket in the other. In the medium cube, we fit a pajama set, two bras, two swimsuits, three pairs of shorts, and a week’s supply of underwear—with room to spare.
Each cube features a second zipper which compresses the cube’s thickness from 4 inches down to one. However, if you fill the cubes to the brim (as we did), don’t expect to see them magically reduced to one inch in height. For us, it was closer to 2 inches, but we were still happy to see the cube’s height shrink by half.
All three cubes fit comfortably in our go-to, 22-inch carry-on—the standard carry-on size limit for most airlines in the U.S. We were disappointed to find that the pieces did not fit side-by-side in the suitcase, though, forcing us to stack the two large cubes on top of each other with the medium cube resting next to them on its side.
Had we not used the compression set, we still could have fit all of the aforementioned items in our carry-on, but the packing cubes freed up our suitcase’s organizational pockets and also provided space for a full-size pillow, shoes, and other accessories.
The convenience of the cubes carried over to our travel destination, too, where we saved valuable vacation time by simply moving the cubes from the suitcase to the dresser drawer in our hotel room.
Unexpected bonus: As a somewhat disorganized clotheshorse whose idea of packing is shoving half the items in our closet into a suitcase and hoping for the best, we found that the cubes helped us be more practical with what we brought.
Material: Worthy of the slightly higher price tag
LeanTravel packing cubes are made of durable, high-quality polyester and their sturdy construction makes them worthy of their slightly higher price tag. Even when we pushed the cubes to their limit by squeezing in as many items of clothing as possible, the reinforced walls still kept their shape and the compression feature remained effective. The cubes’ SBS brand zippers are made with anti-catch technology and did not snag or rip any of our clothing.
Design: (Relatively) stylish
These packing cubes are pretty stylish compared to others out there. They come in a variety of colors including black, gray, brown, and green cactus print. The mesh top minimizes odors and adds visibility, so you can easily access your clothing. The breathability also minimizes wrinkles. After hours of travel, we found that our clothing remained uncreased.
These packing cubes are pretty stylish compared to others out there.
Price: More expensive than your average packing cube, but worth it
Though some competitor packing cubes, like AmazonBasics or Mossio, retail at half the price or offer more cubes for a lower price, we believe you will get more bang for your buck with LeanTravel. The cubes’ space-saving compression feature and wrinkle-free design are definitely worth the few extra dollars.
LeanTravel Compression Packing Cubes vs. Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Compression Cube Set
LeanTravel gives most other compression packing cubes a run for their money, checking all the boxes in terms of style, function, affordability, and durability. One of its toughest competitors is the Eagle Creek Pack-it Specter Compression Cube Set, which is sold in sets of two and three (both for roughly $40).
Eagle Creek cubes are a customer and critic favorite and are valued for being incredibly lightweight compared to other cubes, including LeanTravel’s. Eagle Creek’s three-piece set (with a small, medium, and large cube) weighs just .96 ounces, while LeanTravels three-piece set comes in at 1.3 lbs. Another plus for Eagle Creek cubes is that they’re machine washable, while LeanTravel cubes must be washed by hand. Eagle Creek cubes are also water-repellent to protect against toiletry spills, but this means they don’t feature a mesh panel for breathability, visibility, or wrinkle reduction. We’re inclined to say the latter features tip the scales in favor of LeanTravel since you likely won’t have to wash them much.
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- Product Name Compression Packing Cubes
- Product Brand LeanTravel
- Price $29.99
- Weight 1.3 lbs.
- Color Black, gray, cactus print, mixed set
- Dimensions 15.5 x 11.5 x 4 in. (large cubes), 11 x 11 x 4 in. (medium cube)
- Material Polyester
- Cleaning Hand washable