My Top Choices for the Best Luggage Brands for Every Traveler

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or an occasional vacationer, the right luggage can make a huge difference in your travel experience. From ensuring your belongings are secure to keeping you organized and stylish, choosing the right brand is crucial. Here’s a guide to some of my top choices for luggage brands, each catering to various needs and preferences.

Jennifer’s Pick: Tumi 

Tumi’s high-end luggage features expandable compartments, ample pockets and impact-resistant exteriors. The Alpha International Expandable 4-wheeled Carry-on is a top pick for its organizational features and durability.

What to consider: If you overpack it or fill the outside pocket, you may encounter difficulties fitting it into the overhead bins on smaller planes.

Best Overall: Samsonite

Samsonite stands out for its durability, versatility and range of options suitable for any budget. The brand offers both hard and softside luggage, all backed by a 10-year warranty. Favorites include the lightweight Samsonite Freeform Hardside Expandable Carry-on and the spacious Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside.

What to consider: While most Samsonite bags perform exceptionally well, some models are better than others, so choose carefully based on your specific needs.

Best Overall Runner-Up: Away

Away luggage has a minimalist-modern aesthetic with a sophisticated yet practical appeal. The suitcases and weekenders, especially The Everywhere Bag, are perfect for various trips and offer plenty of pockets and compartments to keep items in place. Plus, Away has a 100 day return policy and a lifetime warranty!

What to consider: The hardside suitcases might scratch under heavy use, but they are easy to clean and maintain.

Best Style: Paravel

Paravel combines sophistication with functionality, offering suitcases that are as stylish as they are practical. The Paravel Aviator Carry-on Plus, with its sleek design and ample compartments, is particularly impressive.

What to consider: The suitcases don’t expand, and lighter colors can scuff easily.

Most Spacious: Delsey

Delsey is perfect for those who need to pack a lot without compromising on style or maneuverability. The Chatelet Air 2.0 Carry-onand Checked Bag are incredibly spacious and lightweight, making them ideal for long trips.

What to consider: The hardside models are prone to scuffing, but they’re easy to clean.

Best for Smaller Bags: Calpak

Calpak’s compact yet spacious bags are perfect for short trips. The Hue Mini Carry-on is an excellent underseat bag that’s sturdy and can fit a laptop.

What to consider: The two-year warranty is shorter than most other brands, but the prices are reasonable.

Best Budget: Amazon Basics

Offering affordability without sacrificing quality, Amazon Basics luggage is lightweight, sturdy and has surprisingly large capacities. The Hardside Spinner stands out for its durability and ease of maneuverability.

What to consider: Limited color options and lack of smart features like USB ports.

Most Durable: Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley is known for its incredibly durable suitcases, with nylon and shock-absorbing polycarbonate exteriors. The Sympatico Domestic Carry-on Expandable Spinner is a top choice for those needing a tough travel companion.

What to consider: This brand is more expensive, and checked models can be heavy when empty.

Best Design: Beis

Beis luggage is thoughtfully designed with customizable inserts and removable compartments. The Weekender bag and the 29-inch Large Check-in Roller offer great organizational options and are easy to maneuver.

What to consider: Some Weekender bags may not fit under airplane seats, so check dimensions.

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