You Think You Have a Good Reason Not to Upgrade to a Rolling Suitcase, But You Don’t

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Any time is a good time to travel but without great luggage, your trip could be more hectic than happy.

Rolling suitcases combine security and convenience to take the hassle out of travel because the last thing you should be worried about when traveling is the state of your luggage.

That’s why we pulled together this list of great rolling suitcase options. We’ve got options big and small, hard and soft, cheap and pricey and nice-looking and basic-looking. Just about every rolling suitcase we’ve included here comes in multiple sizes, so if we’ve included a pick and you want it in a larger or smaller size, there’s a good chance you can get it.

But before we jump in, here are a few things to keep in mind while you shop around for rolling suitcases:

  • Hardshell vs softshell: Hardshells, typically made from plastic or polycarbonate, are more durable, protective and shock-resistant than softshells, typically made from nylon, but they have less give for those occasions when you’re returning with more than you came with. Softshells also give more in the other direction, like when you have to squeeze a bag into a small trunk space. Hard shells are generally more expensive, but you can find cheap and expensive options for both.
  • Sizing: Do you want something you can carry on or something larger that will likely have to be checked? Most of the bags below come in multiple sizes, but we tended to lean toward the carry-on sizes because who wants to pay a fee to check a bag?
  • Price: Luggage, especially rolling suitcases, is just generally an expensive thing. Even the cheapest bags will run around $50 and luxury rolling suitcases can cost over $1,000. Like all things, price roughly correlates to quality (higher price, higher quality), but you start to get diminishing returns around $200, and there are plenty of great rolling suitcases for a lot less than that (and plenty of great rolling suitcases for a lot more than that).

Now that you’re armed with those basics, it’s time to arm yourself against luggage-related headaches with a great rolling suitcase. We’ve listed our picks roughly from cheaper to pricier to give some order to the sheer variety of options, so check them out below and get yourself a decent rolling suitcase and worry about one less thing when traveling.

  

1. Amazon Basics Hardside Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Luggage

If you’re looking for cheap rolling suitcases (or cheap anything, really) Amazon Basics exists for a reason. The Amazon Basics Hardside Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Luggage is perfect for short flights and weekend getaways. It’s extremely affordable for a rolling suitcase, it’s got four double spinner wheels for any-direction rolling, an ABS hard shell, a collapsible and expandable handle to drag the bag and the suitcase is expandable for up to 15% more capacity.

But the upside is also the downside: At this low price point, you can expect durability issues down the road, and some reviewers reported breaks on the wheels or handles on the bag’s first or second use.

But overall, if you’re willing to accept the small risk of receiving a dud rolling suitcase, the Amazon Basics bag is an excellent bet.

Black Amazon Basics Hardside Carry-On Spinner Rolling Suitcase, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Amazon

Amazon Basics Hardside Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Luggage

$74.99

  

2. Amazon Basics Softside Carry-On Luggage Suitcase

We promise this list isn’t all Amazon Basics, but it’s hard to deny that Amazon almost always wins on price, so if you’re looking for something cheap but don’t want a hard shell, check out the Amazon Basics Softside Carry-On Luggage Suitcase.

This bag is nothing special but it’ll get the job done. It holds about 40 liters of stuff, has two big built-in wheels so your bag isn’t made taller like it is with spinner wheels, a telescoping handle, sewn-on grip and a TSA-friendly lock if you’re worried about valuables.

On the downsides, it’s not clear what material the bag is made from, which is universally not a great sign. It also reportedly struggles to stand upright in some cases, which could be annoying while waiting in line and if you prefer spinner wheels, you’re out of luck.

But if you’re just in the market for a cheap, softshell bag for occasional travel, this one will do just fine.

Black Amazon Basics Expandable Softside Carry-on Rolling Suitcase, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Amazon

Amazon Basics Softside Carry-On Luggage Suitcase

$156.99

  

3. Rockland London Hardside Spinner Wheel Luggage

For another affordable hardshell bag, the Rockland London Hardside Spinner Wheel Luggage is a solid pick.

This bag promises a hard ABS shell, a telescoping handle, four spinner wheels and 2 inches of expandability for when the souvenirs just get to be too much.

Alas, you do get what you pay for here. Multiple reviewers reported cracks in the bag after they checked it, which makes a bit of sense considering ABS is among the weaker materials used for hard shells. On a less utilitarian note, reviewers also found the interior print designs to be a little silly, so make sure you check out the interior before buying.

But for every one of those folks, there were five who said the bag held up fine, so this bag is a bit of a gamble, but not the worst one at well under $100.

Grey Rockland London Hardside Spinner Rolling Suitcase, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Amazon

Rockland London Hardside Spinner Wheel Luggage

$67.16 $120.00 44% OFF

  

4. Skyway Nimbus 2.0 Hardside Expandable Spinner Luggage

Skyway’s been in the luggage business for over 100 years and it’s always had moderately priced luggage for the average traveler. The Skyway Nimbus 2.0 Hardside Expandable Spinner Luggage is just one claimant to that tradition.

This carry-on rolling suitcase doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, but it gives you what you need to make traveling a little less of a headache. You get your telescoping handle, four spinner wheels and an expandable main compartment with a mesh pocket and elastic straps for organizing.

But reviewers keyed into one major issue, namely, the strength of the hard shell. Multiple reviewers documented significant damage to their bags after they got the checked-bag treatment, so if you go with this bag, we’d recommend carrying it on as intended.

Black Skyway Nimbus 2.0 Hardside Expandable Spinner Rolling Suitcase Courtesy of Amazon

Skyway Nimbus 2.0 Hardside Expandable Spinner Luggage

  

5. Amazon Basics Vienna Spinner Suitcase Luggage

For the last of the Amazon Basics (we promise), we give you the classiest rolling suitcase Amazon Basics offers, the Amazon Basics Vienna Spinner Suitcase Luggage.

Just because a bag is cheap doesn’t mean it has to look cheap, and that’s what Amazon seemingly set out to do here with this rolling suitcase.

It’s got a modern-looking design, with a hard, black, scratch-resistant shell and a faux brown leather trim that’ll fool most people at first glance and remain easily identifiable for years to come. The 26.7-inch model is very spacious, holding up to 70 liters of stuff, and four spinner wheels and a telescoping handle make rolling the suitcase a breeze.

But as is the case with the previous Amazon Basics rolling suitcases, be wary of the long-term durability of this luggage. Though we couldn’t identify any common pitfalls or weak points, if you’re a frequent flier, you may wish to choose something a bit pricier that’s proven to be more durable. (If that’s you, the bottom half of picks will be more your jam.)

Black-brown Amazon Basics Vienna Spinner Rolling Suitcase Courtesy of Amazon

Amazon Basics Vienna Spinner Suitcase Luggage

$84.00

  

6. Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage

If there’s one name in travel you definitely know, it’s Samsonite. The brand has become synonymous with travel luggage and it’s always worth throwing into the ring when buying.

The Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage lives up to the Samsonite promise of quality luggage. This 24-inch suitcase uses scratch-resistant polycarbonate for its hard shell, four spinner wheels and a telescoping handle for rolling and a mesh divider and cross straps in the main compartment to help you separate and organize your stuff.

On the downsides, reviewers noted that the non-telescoping handle gets weaker over time and eventually falls off. You can also expect some denting to the shell if the suitcase is heavily packed and mishandled and eventually some wheel breakdown, especially if you’re regulating rolling over uneven, rough terrain.

But, only one of those issues, the wheels issues, affect the long-term utility of the bag (though a dented bag is indeed an eyesore). So if you don’t plan on putting the bag through the ringer, it should hold up for a good while.

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Rolling Suitcase Courtesy of Amazon

Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Expandable Luggage

$199.99

  

7. Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage

The Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage is a pretty solid bag with not much to complain about.

This 21-inch softshell carry-on bag has all the basics you want in rolling suitcases: a solid telescoping handle with two lock points, expandability (up to 2 inches), four well-made spinner wheels, 46 liters of storage and multiple pockets inside and out. It also has a water- and stain-resistant coating on the shell for added durability.

Take all that and you’ve got a pretty great travel bag. The only issues we identified aren’t dealbreakers either. The bag is a little prone to tipping, especially if it’s packed awkwardly, and some reviewers reported less-than-stellar zippers, some of which did break.

But those were the exceptions, not the rule, and compared to pricier options, this Travelpro bag is a solid deal.

Black Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Spinner Rolling Suitcase Courtesy of Amazon

Travelpro Maxlite 5 Softside Expandable Spinner Wheel Luggage

$159.99

  

8. SwissGear Hardside Luggage Trunk

The SwissGear Hardside Luggage Trunk makes for a classy piece of luggage at a reasonable price point.

It basically takes a retro cross-strap design and brings it into the modern age, adding four spinner wheels, a telescopic handle, reinforced corners, pockets and a mesh divider in the main compartment, wetness protection on the zippers and a couple of inches of zipper expandability.

Just be wary of the so-called reinforced top handle. If one issue emerged from negative reviewers, it was the detaching of the handle from the suitcase.

Black SwissGear Hardside Spinner Rolling Suitcase Trunk Courtesy of Amazon

SwissGear Hardside Luggage Trunk

$169.99

  

9. CALPAK Hue 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On Suitcase

The CALPAK Hue 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On Suitcase promises a sleek, vintage-inspired design in a compact package.

The suitcase doesn’t have bells and whistles but instead marries the essentials together in a quality way. You can count on the polycarbonate hard shell to protect your things, four spinner wheels and a telescopic handle for easy rolling, zipper expandability up to 2 inches and a main compartment with pockets and straps to keep you organized.

Overall, the CALPAK Hue doesn’t have much to dislike, and it’ll get the job done in style.

Black CALPAK Hue 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On Rolling Suitcase Courtesy of Nordstrom

CALPAK Hue 22-Inch Expandable Carry-On Suitcase

$175.00

  

10. Target Open Story Hardside Checked Suitcase

Yeah, we’re as surprised as you are to be recommending an in-house Target brand, but here we are. The Open Story Hardside Checked Suitcase is a surprisingly strong rolling suitcase given that Target isn’t strictly in the business of making luggage. That may be because Target went the opposite direction of Amazon and bet people would be willing to pay a bit more if they could expect higher quality and better features. We think Target delivered.

This 29-inch suitcase has a polycarbonate hard shell, a telescoping handle, YKK zippers, four so-called Silent Run spinner wheels, two zipper meshes with additional pockets in the main compartment and a little laundry bag too. It also has a couple of inches of expandability via the zippers. All that’s pretty much just advanced basics, but this back also looks good and comes in multiple colors.

And because this is a Target-owned brand, it’s backed up by a 365-day guarantee, which will be honored with an exchange or refund.

Target Open Story Hardside 29-Inch Rolling Suitcase, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Target

Target Open Story Hardside Checked Suitcase

$179.99

  

11. Béis 21-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase

The Béis 21-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase is proof that you start to get those diminishing returns once you start hitting a certain price point. This bag promises a ton of quality for under $200.

It’s got a modern, tough design meant to make traveling the breeze it should be. First, there are the upgraded essentials: double hard-side construction with a polycarbonate exterior, water-resistant zipper tape, four solid spinner wheels, a cushioned telescopic handle and expandability up to 2 inches. But Béis goes above and beyond to include a retractable bag attach strap for a light bag, TSA-approved locks and, incredibly, a weight indicator on the side handle, so you can always stay under the weight limit.

Back all this up with the Béis Limited Lifetime Luggage Warranty and you can see why reviewers rave about this rolling suitcase.

Black Beis 21-Inch Spinner Rolling Suitcase Courtesy of Nordstrom

Béis 21-Inch Rolling Spinner Suitcase

$198.00

  

12. Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On

The modern traveler’s suitcase, the Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On has an excellent handle on what the modern traveler will actually find useful. The best example of that is the front pocket with multiple compartments for a laptop sleeve, travel documents, books and whatever other small items you need readily accessible.

On another note, Away manages to combine the best of hardshell and softshell with its tough, water-resistant nylon exterior. With this shell, you get most of the protection promised by a hard shell with the packing flexibility of a softshell.

In short, all signs point to an unmatched thoughtfulness about what travelers need — like a compression pad in the clothing compartment, four spinner wheels, 1.75-inch expandability, etc. — and can afford.

Away The Expandable Bigger Carry-On Rolling Suitcase in blue Courtesy of Away

Away Expandable Bigger Carry-On

$245.00

  

13. Victorinox Swiss Army Connex Medium 26-Inch Spinner Packing Case

SwissGear is good and all, but Victorinox makes the great stuff. The Victorinox Swiss Army Connex Medium 26-Inch Spinner Packing Case doesn’t like much because it doesn’t need to. It’s just a well-made rolling suitcase, with a strong nylon-polyester blend soft exterior, four spinner wheels, a smart zip panel to expand capacity and mesh pockets in the main compartment.

It’s simple, it’s strong, it’ll last. What more could you want in a rolling suitcase?

Victorinox Swiss Army Connex Medium 26-Inch Spinner Rolling Suitcase in black Courtesy of Nordstrom

Victorinox Swiss Army Connex Medium 26-Inch Spinner Packing Case

$339.00

  

14. Hartmann Global Carry-On

For classic, premium luggage, you can do a lot worse than the Hartmann Global Carry-On.

It looks basic, but it’s extremely well-made, with a nylon exterior, actual leather trim, a contoured telescopic handle, a front pocket for a laptop and documents and smooth wheels that are almost tucked into the bottom of the suitcase for maximum compactness.

If you just want one of the best rolling suitcases without too much fanfare, go for the Hartmann.

Hartmann Global Carry-On Rolling Suitcase in black Courtesy of Amazon

Hartmann Global Carry-On

$311.99

  

15. Briggs & Riley Transcend Softside Expandable Luggage

Briggs & Riley is right up there with Hartmann in the running for the maker of the best, basic rolling suitcases, and the 29-inch Briggs & Riley Transcend Softside Expandable Luggage delivers.

The soft exterior uses a strong nylon fabric to resist moisture and abrasions and also includes what B&R calls Permasquare fabric, an ultra-durable fabric, in areas prone to abrasion. A lightweight fiberglass frame ensures the bag feels sturdy without being heavy, and the wheels and handles are all strong enough to last.

But don’t take our word for it. Briggs & Riley backs this rolling suitcase up with a lifetime performance guarantee, which includes airline damage. If Briggs & Riley is offering that, you know the bag has got to be durable.

Briggs & Riley Softside Expandable Spinner Rolling Suitcase in rainforest Courtesy of Amazon

Briggs & Riley Transcend Softside Expandable Luggage

$544.94

  

16. Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket

If you’re looking for electronics-friendly gear, then the Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket is the rolling suitcase for you.

First, the upgraded essentials: A polycarbonate hardshell, including a zippered hardshell front pocket, tamper-proof double-coil outer zippers, ultra-quiet (15% quieter than standard) spinner wheels and silver-enhanced antimicrobial interior lining.

But the real nonessential but still desirable quality is the built-in removable 10,050 mAh charger with USB C and USB A ports. In 30 minutes, you can get your phone to a half charge, which can be a real saving grace when you don’t want to fight fellow travelers for an outlet or don’t have time to stop.

Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket Rolling Suitcase in blue, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Arlo Skye

Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket

$375.00

  

17. Thule Revolve Global 22-Inch Carry-O

Looking like it’s straight out of 2050, the Thule Revolve Global 22-Inch Carry-On is the rolling suitcase for those who want the sleekest, hypermodern design. Only the Swedes could make a suitcase that just looks this cool.

This compact polycarbonate hardshell suitcase comes in an eye-catching black and white colorway that definitely belongs on a plane (or in space). Add in nice little details like four spinner wheels, a TSA-approved lock, a telescopic handle, a puncture-resistant zipper and a rigid frame and interior compression system, and you’ve got a winning suitcase for short trips on your hands.

Thule Revolve Global 22-Inch Carry-On rolling suitcase in black and white Courtesy of Nordstrom

Thule Revolve Global 22-Inch Carry-O

$399.95

  

18. Roam Jaunt XL Wheeled Carry-On Hard Case

If you’re willing to spend your prettiest penny in the service of a truly unique rolling suitcase, there’s only The Roam Jaunt XL Wheeled Carry-On Hard Case. It’s got all the essentials covered — polycarbonate shell, telescopic handle, water-resistant zipper, smooth-as-hell wheels, a spacious interior with a compression system — but it’s the customization Roam offers that makes this suitcase special.

When you buy from Roam’s website, you can customize the color for just about every detail on the suitcase, including the front shell color, the back shell color, the zipper color, the binding color, the wheels color, the carry handle color and the monogram patch color, which Roam will also monogram for you.

If you want a long-trip sturdy suitcase that will last a lifetime and will only ever be yours, Roam is the place to go.

Roam The Jaunt XL Wheeled Carry-On Hard Case in white and red, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Roam

Roam Jaunt XL Wheeled Carry-On Hard Case

$525.00

  

19. Rimowa Essential Cabin Lightweight Carry-On Suitcase

If premium functionality is what you need, Rimowa has you covered with its Essential Cabin Lightweight Carry-On Suitcase.

If we were to list the features, the suitcase would sound pretty typical; it’s the fact that Rimowa uses its best-in-class German design that really makes this suitcase worth it. Sure, you have the strong polycarbonate exterior, interior dividers and telescopic handle, but take something like the wheels. These wheels use cushioned axles and a ball-bearing mount, which means a lot less stress and friction on the wheels over time, ensuring they last a lifetime.

Alas, at nearly $700, we can’t promise you’ll get your money’s worth if you’re not a frequent traveler, so we’d only recommend spending this much if you travel very regularly or if you put a premium on long-lasting durable luggage.

Rimowa Essential Cabin rolling suitcase in green, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Rimowa

Rimowa Essential Cabin Lightweight Carry-On Suitcase

$680.00

  

20. Tumi Alpha 3 International Dual Access Expandable Carry-On

If you’re into luxury branding, we think you should at least check out a brand that specializes in luggage, like Tumi. The Tumi Alpha 3 International Dual Access Expandable Carry-On is an excellent, well-made rolling suitcase. Highly durable polyester-ballistic nylon fabric makes up the soft shell but bumper rails ensure the suitcase holds up against the bumps and bruises of frequent travel. The bag is plenty spacious, with multiple external and internal pockets as well as two ways to open the bag, one on the front for quick access and the traditional bookcase-style opening.

Conveniently, this suitcase has a built-in USB port, though it inconveniently does not include a battery pack. And if the worst happens and you lose the suitcase, because it’s Tumi, you have a Tumi Tracer 20-digit number affixed to the bag that’s registered to Tumi, so you can work with Tumi to recover your bag.

Overall, this luggage is great, but at this price point, you’ve officially hit the point of diminishing returns. Of course, the Tumi rolling suitcase is excellent, but you’re not just paying for luggage, you’re paying for brand-name Tumi luggage, which is something to keep in mind for all higher-end / higher-priced luggage.

Tumi Alpha International Dual Access Expandable Carry-On Rolling Suitcase, best rolling suitcases Courtesy of Nordstrom

Tumi Alpha 3 International Dual Access Expandable Carry-On

$850.00

  

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