Whether you’re a frequent jetsetter or you take one vacation a year, you no doubt have a regular style of packing. Exactly what you pack is usually dictated by the purpose of your travel and your packing personality. It may amount to some underwear, a shirt and a pair of pants if you’re away for a weekend, or it could be a whole wardrobe if you’re going on an extended trip. Whatever your style, you’re going to need a suitcase.
Choosing the right luggage for a trip can be a difficult process. It’s hard enough to pick a bag you like with what feels like a million different sizes and designs to choose from, and that’s before you’ve even thrown annoying airline restrictions into the equation. Another element that adds complications to the dilemma is your budget. Everyone at some point has wondered if it’s better to go cheap or whether long-term investments in your luggage are really worth it.
To help you get a handle on your luggage and find the right brand for your needs, we’ve put together a list of the top 11 luggage companies on the market. We’ve included the industry leaders for vacation travel, business travel and adventure travel. We’ve also included options for travelers who love to look stylish as well as an option for professionals looking to transport expensive sporting and camera gear. In short, no matter what you’re hauling, we’ve got you covered with the top 11 luggage brands in 2019.
Believing that “all time away is time well spent,” Away’s aim is to produce the travel products you need without any excess or filler. With function as their guide, Away has produced a limited yet impressive range of products, all of which combine technology with design. In most of their suitcases, you’ll find remote locks, built-in phone chargers and even tracking functions. Add to this their direct-to-consumer approach, which keeps prices reasonable, and you’ll get a top-quality suitcase. Plus, if you aren’t 100 percent happy with your Away bag, you can return for a refund within 100 days of purchase.
In particular, the Away The Bigger Carry-On is part of Away’s majorly successful carry-on range and features an optional battery and is available in a range of attractive colors.
While the name AmazonBasics may conjure up ideas of products which match their low cost with low quality, it couldn’t be further from the truth for their luggage line. You only need to check the reviews of this range to see that Amazon have managed to balance great quality with a fair price point. Check out the thousands (yep, thousands!) of five-star reviews for the AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage, and you’ll see exactly what we mean.
3. American Tourister
BEST FOR VACATIONERS
American Tourister has been a top luggage choice for vacationers for decades. Why? They combine fair prices with well made items for the occasional traveler. You’ll also find American Tourister offers plenty of original products to choose from as well as options in all sizes and shapes, too.
With 90 percent of customers scoring it five out of five, the American Tourister Disney Hardside Luggage is a great example of what this reliable company has to offer. The bag is available in two different sizes as well as a range of beautiful and recognizable designs which help make your luggage feel like your own.
BEST FOR ADVENTURE TRAVEL
If you’re about to head off on a backpacking adventure where wheeled luggage is more likely to meet its maker on bumpy roads and sandy beaches, it’s worth considering Deuter. This German company has plenty of pedigree when it comes to producing backpacks and other travel packs to go the distance. For example, this Deuter Transit 50 Travel Backpack provides 50 liters worth of space and includes a zipped in, removable daypack, giving you a two-in-one travel pack ready for every kind of adventure.
BEST FOR SPORTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY
If you’re transporting expensive equipment between point A and point B, it’s worth looking at what Pelican can do for you. Whether you’re a photographer or professional archer, if you need to know you’re trade tools are safe and protected, look no further than Pelican’s range of rugged and durable travel cases. Most cases on offer are specifically made for carrying expensive equipment, including cameras, bows and rifles. The cases also often provide a range of options for storage inside a tough exterior. For example, the Pelican Air 1615 Case is available in a range of colors, features stainless steel lock hasps, is secured by double throw latches and offers a range of possible interior configurations.
While some companies focus on one or two main products, some go the other way. Delsey fall into this latter category. You’ll find they produce every kind of luggage option, from hard side to soft side to under seat options and more. But, while you may think so many products may result in spreading the design team too thin, the result is actually quite remarkable. Not only are Delsey’s designs and styles on point, their bags are also well thought out and built to last. In particular, the DELSEY Paris Chatelet Hard+ Hardside Luggage looks classy and unique while sporting a polycarbonate build, faux leather accents, a TSA-accepted lock and an innovative braking system to prevent your bag from rolling away.
BEST FOR FREQUENT TRAVELERS
They don’t call themselves Travelpro for nothing. If you travel on a regular basis, making Travelpro your luggage brand of choice won’t disappoint. As Travelpro was originally founded by a pilot, it’s little surprise that their bags feel right to people who are always on the move. After all, there are few people who cover more miles than a captain and his crew.
A fine example of Travelpro’s intuitive approach is the Travelpro Crew Carry-on Expandable Spinner. It’s made from a high-quality ballistic nylon with genuine leather details and also features a dedicated power bank pocket with a USB port for easy charging on the go.
BEST FOR BUSINESS
With their recognizable, sleek finish, it’s easy to see how Samsonite has established itself as one of the top brands for business travelers. On top of the visuals, their products feel durable and are built with users in mind. From high-quality materials, like polycarbonate, to handy additions, like built-in locks, Samsonite products have withstood the test of time and continue to do so. Check out the Samsonite Omni Expandable Hardside Luggage for a great travel case. It sports spinner wheels, a telescopic handle and comes in a range of colorful yet professional options.
BEST SOFT SIDE
Making the choice between hard side and soft side cases often comes down to personal preference. If you prefer soft sides, Victorinox are here to answer your call. Their smart designs allow you to maximize the space available to you, while the durable materials used in production ensure your luggage will be with you for plenty of journeys. Many options also include premium features, like YKK zippers, TSA-approved locks and telescopic handles. Look at the Victorinox Unisex Werks Traveler 6.0 Large Softside Case if that all sounds appealing to you.
If how it’s made comes second to who it’s made by, we suggest you invest in one of TUMI’s premium offerings. Don’t get us wrong, there’s no problem with the build quality or design, but TUMI has established itself as the cream of the crop, meaning your case is as much about who you are as what it can do for you. In the TUMI Tegra Lite Max Continental Expandable Carry-On Luggage, you’ll find a range of handy features wrapped in a stylish and classy-looking case. A multi-height telescopic handle, spinner wheels, protective bumpers and an integrated lock are only a few of the fine features of this bag.
BEST HARD SIDE
As the producers/pioneers of the first polycarbonate suitcase in the early 2000’s, it should come as little surprise that RIMOWA remain on the cusp of modern advancements in the luggage industry, from advancing construction materials to maximizing the space inside. Even though you’re often paying more for a RIMOWA case, you can rest assured you’re also getting more, too. The RIMOWA Original Cabin Plus Packing Case boasts an anodized aluminum shell with a patented Flex-Divider system along with a TSA-approved lock and interior compression straps for making the most of the capacity.