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The Best Luggage of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Travelpro Platinum Elite 29” Expandable Spinner
Best Checked Luggage

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29” Expandable Spinner

The Travelpro Platinum Elite 29 can hold a ton of clothes, is easy to maneuver through airports and train stations, and doesn’t cost a ton. Read More

Pros

  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Easy front-opening access
  • Premium build quality

Cons

  • Nothing we can think of
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Best Carry-On Luggage

Osprey Transporter Wheeled Carry-On

A unique soft-sided bag with a tough, lightweight aluminum frame to pull on two wheels, over almost any terrain. Read More

Pros

  • Sturdy retractable handle
  • All-terrain wheels
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Not a spinner
  • Easy to overstuff
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Best Under-Seat Carry-On Luggage

Tom Bihn Western Flyer

The Western Flyer is a traveler's dream bag. There are plenty of spacious pockets and compartments in this sturdy, well-thought-out bag. Read More

Pros

  • Plenty of storage space
  • Sturdy construction
  • Customizable

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Away Carry-On

This colorful hard-sided spinner carry-on has plenty of packing space and comes with lots of extras, including a built-in charging battery. Read More

Pros

  • Plenty of packing space
  • Lots of colors to choose from.

Cons

  • It comes with extras travellers may not want
  • Scratches easily
  • Zipper pulls may drag on the ground
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Briggs & Riley Sympatico Large Expandable Spinner

The Briggs and Riley Briggs & Riley Sympatico Large Expandable Spinner is a great piece of hard-sided, checked luggage. Read More

Pros

  • Offset handle a great design
  • Lots of organizational touches inside
  • Resilient

Cons

  • Extendable handle quality makes navigating more difficult

Owning a well-made, abrasion-resistant, thoughtfully designed suitcase or bag can help make traveling feel breezy and manageable. The trick to avoiding lousy luggage is by traveling with as many different pieces of checked luggage, carry-on luggage, under-seat carry-on, and travel backpacks you can lay your hands on. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the time or money to invest in this sort of research. Fortunately, your curious friends at Reviewed do.

Whether you prefer to travel light or insist upon bringing every scrap of clothing you own on your next adventure, we’ve got the perfect bag to carry all of it for you.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

The Travelpro Platinum Elite 29 Inch Expandable Spinner
Credit: Reviewed / Geoff Morrison

If you need a great piece of checked luggage, the Travelpro Platinum Elite 29 Inch Expandable Spinner is the suitcase to get.

Best Checked Luggage
Travelpro Platinum Elite 29” Expandable Spinner

The Travelpro Platinum Elite 29 Inch Expandable Spinner had a decidedly more premium feel than several of the more expensive options we tested for this guide. It’s easily maneuverable, despite its size, and comes with desirable extras such as TSA-approved lock-compatible zippers and a garment bag.

One of the Platinum Elite’s best features is that access to its main compartment is gained by unzipping the front face of the suitcase rather than down the middle of the bag, which is more common. This means that the whole volume of the suitcase’s generous main storage space is available to use as one compartment, rather than being split down the middle into two. That said, the depth of Platinum Elite's cavernous main compartment could have you digging around to find items located at the bottom of the suitcase. However, by using packing cubes this becomes a non-issue.

The Platinum Elite’s main compartment comes packing multiple built-in organization aids, including a removable toiletry bag, to help you keep track of your belongings. At the end of your trip, should you find that you picked up more mementos of your journey than the suitcase can handle, Travelpro has your back: with the simple pull of a zipper, the Platinum Elite’s width can be expanded by two additional inches.

In addition, the Platinum Elite proved to be during testing. High-quality spinner wheels, paired with a sturdy handle, made navigating our obstacle course a breeze.

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Pros

  • Excellent maneuverability

  • Easy front-opening access

  • Premium build quality

Cons

  • Nothing we can think of

Best Carry-On Luggage
Osprey Transporter Wheeled Carry-On

The Osprey Transporter Wheeled Carry-On is durable, lightweight carry-on that you can pack a lot into. With its rugged 3.5” wheels and a very respectable amount of ground clearance, this carry-on can be pulled along over almost any terrain. The Transporter Wheeled Carry-On uses a single, sturdy aluminum retractable handle. That means when retracted, it takes up somewhat less space and adds less weight. It’s worth noting that unlike most wheeled carry-on bags, which trundle along on four wheels, the Transporter Wheeled Carry-On only comes equipped with two, which leaves it less maneuverable than a four-wheeled spinner, yet allows more space for your belongings.

Aside from its aluminum frame and retractable handle, the Transporter Wheeled Carry-On is completely soft-sided. So, there’s lots of room to expand it to its full 38 liters (2,319 cubic inches) if needed and, when empty, the carry-on compresses quite flat to take up minimal storage space. The bag has a large, slightly padded external pocket on the front that fits a laptop plus other miscellaneous stuff; it’s got a zippable RFID pocket too. On the top of the bag is an externally accessed water-resistant pouch ideal for shoes or liquids. On the back, there’s another pocket for a book or a magazine that includes an ID sleeve. Inside, the main compartment is large, though the retractable handle rib does take up some space. You can zip a mesh divider closed to keep everything secure, plus there are two compression panels.

One drawback of this bag is that the laptop compartment isn’t as theft-proof as it could be. While you can thread a TSA lock through the pocket’s tough plastic pulls, they’re attached to the zipper by thick fabric rather than metal, which a thief could cut through when you’re not watching.

See more of the best carry-on luggage we tested and reviewed.

Pros

  • Sturdy retractable handle

  • All-terrain wheels

  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Not a spinner

  • Easy to overstuff

A woman holds a Tom Bihn Western Flyer by its handle
Credit: Reviewed / Séamus Bellamy

The Western Flyer tucks neatly under an airline seat.

Best Under-Seat Carry-On Luggage
Tom Bihn Western Flyer

Constructed from your choice of either 1050 Ballistic Nylon or lightweight 400 Halcyon fabric and available in an assortment of colors, the Tom Bihn Western Flyer will fit under an airline seat with room to spare—a fact you’ll appreciate when you stretch out on your next cross-country flight. Its exterior front panel contains a stowaway water bottle holder and two large, zippered pockets: the first provides ample space for your car keys, passport, and other small essentials. The second pocket is large enough to store an eReader, 8-inch tablet, smartphone or paperback novel to read on your flight.

With 1600 cubic inches of interior space, the Western Flyer is large enough to use as a small suitcase for a weekend getaway with room to spare for a laptop, snacks, and magazines. The bag’s interior space is also broken down into two large compartments.

In addition to all of this, the Western Flyer is incredibly versatile. It can be carried by its built-in handle like a briefcase, be paired with a shoulder strap (sold separately), or worn like a rucksack, thanks to a pair of backpack straps that stow away when not in use. What’s more, thanks to Tom Bihn’s selection of packing cubes, padded electronics cases, and their organization Freudian Slip insert, this bag can be customized to please most any traveler.

See more of the best under seat luggage we tested and reviewed.

Pros

  • Plenty of storage space

  • Sturdy construction

  • Customizable

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Away Carry-On

The Away Carry On is a hard-sided 39.8-liter suitcase with a clamshell design. Once unzipped, you’ll have access to two large compartments: one in each half of the suitcase. Zippered meshed covers ensure that the contents of each side of the bag stay put while the carry-on is being opened or closed. Amesh pocket, located on the flap that divides the bag — is large enough to accommodate a laptop. One side of the Away Carry-On’s interior features compression straps to help you to fit more clothing and sundries into the suitcase. As a bonus, this suitcase comes with a water-resistant laundry bag. It’s also worth noting that the Away Carry On comes with international plug adapters as well as a removable 10,000 mAh rechargeable battery.

The Away Carry-On’s built-in combination lock secures its zippers in place. The zippers themselves are designed so that you can add your own TSA lock too. It’s worth noting that, because of the size of the zipper pulls, you’ll need to make sure that when the bag is zipped up they aren’t located at the bottom of your bag or they’ll drag on the ground. The bag has both a side and a top carry handle, comfortable though not padded. The retractable handle was similar to most other bags we tested, sturdy and smooth.

Unfortunately, this luggage is susceptible to scratches and scuffs. An eraser is included with the Away Carry-On to help mitigate scuffs, plus it comes with a branded cloth storage bag to keep the dust off when not in use or — if the thought of scuffing up your bag gives you nightmares — to protect it while it’s in transit.

Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.7 x 9 Our bag sizer says: It fits!

Pros

  • Plenty of packing space

  • Lots of colors to choose from.

Cons

  • It comes with extras travellers may not want

  • Scratches easily

  • Zipper pulls may drag on the ground

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Briggs & Riley Sympatico Large Expandable Spinner

The Briggs & Riley Sympatico Large Expandable Spinner is a great choice for someone who is set on a hard shell suitcase. Its outer layer is very scratch resistant and was even able to withstand a few hits from a blunt object like a hammer during our testing. There are also several zippered pouches and mesh compression panels on this suitcase that can help you squeeze in extra belongings.

One downside? These pouches aren’t waterproof. The expandable handle is also wobbly and not as maneuverable as other suitcases we tested. This suitcase has an average 5-star rating on Amazon and many reviewers refer to it as “quality” and “top-notch” so if you can overlook the issues we found, you'll likely be happy with this case.

Pros

  • Offset handle a great design

  • Lots of organizational touches inside

  • Resilient

Cons

  • Extendable handle quality makes navigating more difficult

What You Should Know About Luggage

These are the best luggage available today.
Credit: Reviewed / Seamus Bellamy

When it comes to luggage, we advise you to spend more if you travel more. High-end luggage tends to be more durable, so you’ll have to replace it less often.

  • Price: When it comes to luggage, we advise you to spend more if you travel more. High-end luggage tends to be more durable, so you’ll have to replace it less often. The same can’t always be said for personal carry-on-sized bags. Sometimes, as these smaller bags, purses, and backpacks can be used as fashion accessories as part of your daily commute, the price of a bag is commensurate with its brand’s recognition, rather than its durability or utility.
  • Wheels: if you prefer your luggage to glide through an airport concourse on wheels, four wheels are better than two. No matter whether you’re pushing or pulling your bag along, you’ll find it just as maneuverable. That said, two-wheeled bags are still a good get—they’re more portable and can often cost less. For shopping for bags designed to fit under an airline seat, avoid wheels if you can: they eat into the already limited amount of space bags sized to slip under an airplane seat offer. -**Handles:** Retractable handles should slide in and out of position, smoothly, and offer at least a couple of height settings to accommodate different sized users. This style of handle, however, isn’t desirable in under seat carry-on luggage: the handle mechanism takes up a lot of space in such a small bag. Built-in fabric or leather handles should be wide and padded to make the weight of what’s inside of your bag feel like less of a strain on your hand. Handles located on multiple sides of a bag are a win, as they make it easy to grab it out of an overhead bin, no matter how you had to place it in there.
  • Organization: Bags that offer a number of easily accessible exterior pockets for small items like a passport, smartphone, or plane tickets are a smart buy. Look for bags with a large main compartment that can be used with packing cubes, or stuffed full of a number of loose items such as a water bottle, snacks, or a hoodie. If you plan on using your bag for work trips or having it double as a tote for your daily commute, be sure that any laptop compartment, tablet sleeve, or admin panels built into it will suit your needs.

Travel backpacks are kind of their own thing. When buying one, you should look for the following:

  • A main, inner compartment that opens up flat, like a suitcase, to aid in packing and unpacking.
  • The inner compartment should boast at least one zippered pocket for organizing your clothes, toiletries and other sundries.
  • A main compartment with compression panels and straps to compress your cargo and keep it from shifting during transport is a bonus that allows the pack to be used with or without packing cubes.
  • An area that military types often call an "admin panel," which can store a laptop or tablet, pens, maps, tickets, passports, you name it. It's most helpful in the detachable part of a daypack, so you can carry valuables while leaving the cargo bag at their hotel.
  • Speaking of daypacks, travel backpacks that feature one are very handy.
  • A travel pack should come with an internal frame to help protect your belongings and keep your stuff from shifting around on your back while you travel.
  • A padded hip belt is a must: they’re designed to transfer the weight of your pack from your shoulders to your hips, helping to save you from discomfort and injury.
  • Whenever possible, load straps should be integrated into the pack’s shoulder straps to pull the pack closer to the back, transferring more of its weight to the hips.
  • Zippers that can be used with a TSA-compatible lock are essential for slowing down thieves and ensuring that none of your gear is lost while in transit. Some packs come with fabric loops for this purpose. You don’t want that. Metal zipper locks are where it’s at.
  • While there are few bags out there that are truly waterproof, you should at least look for one that's weather-resistant. Lacking that, invest in a rain cover to ensure the contents of your bag don't get soaked in a downpour.

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