The 9 Best Luggage Brands of 2022, Tested and Reviewed

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Globe-Trotter, Monos, Briggs & Riley, and Paravel

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No matter where you're going or how often you travel, luggage can make or break your trip. It helps with planning, packing, and staying organized while away — and sometimes determines whether you can bring back souvenirs.

There's a wide range of checked suitcases, carry-ons, duffles, weekenders, underseat bags, and backpacks on the market. Beyond that, you've got hardside and softside options with various organizational features. Amid what you might call the Golden Age of luggage, it can be hard to sift through your offerings.

To figure out what brands stand out from the rest, Travel + Leisure tried over 170 pieces of luggage first-hand, assessing capacity, maneuverability, durability, and design through a series of tests and simulations. Our top pick is Travelpro, a reasonably priced brand with a diverse selection of carriers that earned all-around high scores from our testers.

These are the best luggage brands based on our tests:

Best Overall: TravelPro



Why We Love It: The suitcases are durable, smooth-rolling, and spacious with built-in expanders, and the brand has a generous 100-day return policy.

What to Consider: Some are harder to pull on two wheels, and the checked models are a bit heavy.

All 11 pieces of Travelpro luggage we tested earned overall scores of 4 or higher, with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 each. The brand's hardside and softside models were a hit in the lab, and both carry-on and checked options have spacious interiors and expandable capacities. Though we could fit everything on our packing list without using the expanders, it's nice to know there's wiggle room. Our testers appreciated the various organizational features, like zipper panels, cross straps, and pockets.

With self-aligning spinner wheels and sturdy telescoping handles, Travelpro luggage is also easy to maneuver on hard floors, carpet, and even gravel. However, some are slightly harder to roll on two wheels than four, especially when packed full. And while the carry-ons are generally lightweight, one thing to note is that the checked models weigh almost twice as much when empty.

After shoving the suitcases off a table and whacking them with a baseball bat, we were pleasantly surprised by their durability. Our testers only noticed a couple superficial marks — no scratches or dents and nothing that wouldn't wipe clean. Travelpro offers a generous 100-day return policy and backs its luggage with warranties ranging from 10 years to a lifetime. All things considered, we think the price range is right on point.

Return Policy: 100 days | Warranty: 10 years to lifetime

travelpro testing

TRAVEL + LEISURE / Vicky Wasik

Best Overall, Runner-up: Samsonite



Why We Love It: Backed by a 10-year warranty, Samsonite luggage is compact yet spacious, easy to maneuver, and exceptionally durable.

What to Consider: The softside models aren't the most modern-looking, and most suitcases don't come with laundry bags.

Ten of the 14 Samsonite bags we tested earned overall ratings of 4 or higher, with an average score of 4.2 out of 5. The brand's suitcases are generally lightweight and compact on the outside, with spacious interiors and built-in expanders. Though most don't come with laundry bags, our testers appreciated the zippered compartments, compression straps, shoe separators, and easy-access pockets.

The hardside suitcases are made of high-strength thermoplastic, and the softside exteriors are sourced from recycled plastic bottles. They sustained hardly any damage after being hit with a bat and shoved off a table. Samsonite luggage also maneuvers without a fuss, even on carpeted floors and gravel. The sturdy, lockable aluminum handles are a nice touch too. Prices are more than reasonable, and while you'll have to make any returns within 30 days, the brand backs its products with a 10-year warranty.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: 10 years


Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Best Budget: Amazon Basics

Amazon Basics


Why We Love It: Amazon's luggage is not just budget-friendly but also lightweight and sturdy with unexpectedly large capacities.

What to Consider: Color options are limited, and the suitcases don't have USB ports or other smart features.

We tested two suitcases and one backpack from Amazon Basics. Each piece earned an overall rating well above 4, with an average score of 4.6 out of 5. We can confidently tell you there's much more to love about this luggage brand than a budget-friendly price tag. More pockets would have been appreciated, but the carry-on and checked models easily fit everything on our packing list without the expanders, which adds another 15 percent to the capacity.

The hardside suitcases have extra-thick thermoplastic shells that passed our durability tests with flying colors — no scratches or dents in sight. They were generally easy to maneuver, too, albeit a little more difficult on gravel. Color options are limited, and while most Amazon Basics carriers don't have TSA locks or smart features, the designs exceeded our expectations.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: 3 years

amazon basics testing

Travel + Leisure / Vicky Wasik

Why We Love It: This splurge-worthy luggage brand boasts expandable main compartments, ample pockets, impact-resistant exteriors, and smooth spinner wheels.

What to Consider: The price might be hard to justify, and the checked bags are somewhat heavy when empty.

If you want the crème de la crème of luggage, Tumi is where it's at. Three of the five bags we tried earned a score above 4, with an average overall rating of 4 out of 5. The suitcases and underseat bags fared better than the duffle we tested, but all in all, we were impressed. There was plenty of space to pack everything on our list, even without the expanders. This brand also stands out for its organizational, smart, and security features. We're talking ample pockets, removable garment bags, laptop sleeves, USB ports, lockable zippers, and TSA-approved locks.

Whether you go softside or hard, you can count on reliable durability. Our testers observed virtually no scuffs or scratches after whacking the bags with a bat, save for one carry-on that sustained a pretty big dent. Tumi luggage is easy to maneuver, thanks to the spinner wheels, but bear in mind the checked sizes are pretty heavy when empty. If you can swing the steep price, we think the brand is an excellent choice for long trips, frequent fliers, and those who like to stay organized.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: 5 years

Tumi luggage

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Best for Staying Organized: Paravel



Why We Love It: A perfect choice for Type-A travelers, Paravel luggage has lots of organizational features and a sophisticated appeal.

What to Consider: The suitcases don't expand, and the lighter colors are prone to scuffing.

Four of the five Paravel bags we tested clocked an overall rating of 4 or higher, with an average score of 4.1 out of 5. While we weren't huge fans of the foldable duffle, the suitcases and weekenders were hits in the lab. Perfect for Type-A travelers, this brand takes the cake for organizational features. We loved the dual compartments, many pockets, dividers, and removable laundry bags. While the suitcases don't expand, the compression pads make fitting everything a cinch.

Most luggage held up well during our durability tests, though the lighter-colored hardside models are prone to scuffing. The suitcases are also easy to pull, push, and roll over various flooring materials. What's more, Paravel luggage is undeniably stylish with a sophisticated appeal and a cool mid-century flair. Prices are somewhat steep, but in the end, we think it's worth the investment.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: 5 years

Paravel testing

Travel + Leisure / Jhett Thompson

Most Durable: Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley

Briggs & Riley 

Why We Love It: With ballistic nylon or shock-absorbing polycarbonate exteriors, Briggs & Riley suitcases can really take a beating.

What to Consider: This is one of the most expensive brands, and the checked models are slightly heavy when empty.

The most durable luggage we tested comes from Briggs & Riley. Of the eight we tried, six earned a score over 4, with an average overall rating of 4.1 out of 5. The brand carries softside suitcases with ballistic nylon exteriors that resist premature wear and tear, as well as hardside models with shock-absorbing polycarbonate shells that promise to protect your cargo from getting crushed. We were impressed by how well they stood up to our shoves and bat swings — virtually no dents or scratches to speak of.

Durability aside, Briggs & Riley suitcases roll effortlessly on hard floors and carpet, over bumps, and around tight corners. They also have decent capacities, many with built-in expanders. This is one of the most expensive luggage brands, but it's backed by a lifetime guarantee. Our testers said they wouldn't be surprised if the suitcases last 10 or more years. Not only that, but there are a few options for remedying potential damage, including self-repair kits, authorized repair centers, or shipping back to Briggs & Riley for a tune-up.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: Lifetime

Briggs & Riley Luhhage

Travel + Leisure / Tamara Staples

Best Style: Away



Why We Love It: Beyond aesthetic appeal, Away flaunts a longer-than-average return window and a limited lifetime warranty.

What to Consider: The hardside suitcases might scratch under heavy use.

Away luggage has a minimalist-modern aesthetic and a sophisticated yet practical appeal. Six of the eight pieces we tested earned a score of 4 or above, with an average overall rating of 4.1 out of 5. Though we're not sold on the backpacks and duffles, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend the brand's suitcases and weekenders. The checked baggage and hard-shell carry-ons are light yet durable and easy to wipe clean. They didn't sustain any dents from our bat tests, but there were a few scratches after being shoved off a table.

Our testers liked the dual main compartments, compression systems, expanders, and dirty laundry satchels. The suitcases were a breeze to maneuver on their 360-degree spinner wheels, and carrying the weekender was comfortable with the padded shoulder strap. Away is certainly not the cheapest luggage brand out there, but it's also far from the most expensive. Considering the 100-day return window, lifetime warranty, and stylish designs, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to pretty much any traveler.

Return Policy: 100 days | Warranty: Lifetime

away testing

travel + leisure / Vicky Wasik

Best for Smaller Bags: Calpak

Calpak Trnk Carry-On Luggage


Why We Love It: Calpak luggage is compact yet still spacious enough to hold the essentials, and maneuvering it is a piece of cake.

What to Consider: The two-year warranty is substantially shorter than most other brands.

If you're looking for something you can stash in the overhead bin or under the seat in front of you, Calpak might be your best bet. Of the six bags we tested in the lab, five earned a rating of 4 or higher, and the average overall score was 4.3 out of 5. While the backpack we tried was just okay, our testers loved the duffles, underseat bags, and suitcases.

The compact designs fit enough stuff to get through a weekend getaway or short business trip. Even when packed full, they rolled beautifully on two wheels or four. And the duffle-style weekender bag was comfortable to carry with its shoulder strap. Despite the small size, the modish silhouettes and refined color options will leave no confusion over whether this luggage is for an adult or child. Though the two-year warranty is shorter than most other brands, we think Calpak's prices are more than fair.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: 2 years

calpak testing

Travel + Leisure / Tamara Staples

Best Spacious Bags: Delsey


Delsey Paris

Why We Love It: The brand's large-capacity suitcases are impressively spacious yet lightweight, with built-in expanders and smooth-rolling wheels.

What to Consider: The hard-shell models are prone to scuffing.

Delsey is a go-to for large-capacity luggage. Four of the five pieces we tested earned overall ratings of at least 4, with an average score of 4.3 out of 5. This brand carries both hardside and softside suitcases, including surprisingly spacious carry-ons and checked baggage with built-in expanders. Our testers were thrilled by how much they fit, noting that they could easily pack all items on our packing list with room to spare, even without expansion functions.

The suitcases maneuver well on their four spinner wheels, even over carpet, cracks, and bumps. Most models are also lightweight, so lifting them into an overhead bin is no problem. The only downside is that the hardside models are prone to scuffing, but this may not be an issue with darker colors. We appreciate Delsey's accessible price points, plus the brand backs its luggage with warranties ranging from five to 10 years.

Return Policy: 30 days | Warranty: 5–10 years

Delsey Luggage

Travel + Leisure / Tamara Staples

Our Testing Process

The T+L team tried upwards of 170 pieces of luggage in the lab, our New York City testing facility. We tested several models from many top-rated brands, performing a range of assessments to evaluate the capacity, maneuverability, durability, design, and overall value. Each bag was weighed, then packed with enough clothes and personal items to get through a four-day trip (give or take, depending on the size).

To see how the luggage would perform in a real-life environment, we rolled them on different flooring materials, across gravel, over bumps, and around corners. Then we hoisted the suitcases overhead, slung the duffles and weekenders over our shoulders, and stuffed the carry-ons underneath seats and into makeshift overhead bins.

Each piece was also pushed off a table and whacked a few times with a baseball bat to test for potential wear and tear. Considering standout features, size, and price, the luggage brands with the highest average ratings were ultimately chosen for this roundup.

Luggage Test

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Tips for Buying Luggage

Decide if you want hardside or softside

You'll see a range of hardside and softside models when browsing luggage, and many of the best brands offer both. Hard-shell suitcases have rigid, crush-resistant exteriors that are generally better at protecting what's inside. While the polycarbonate shells are easy to wipe clean, lighter colors are sometimes prone to scuffing.

On the other hand, soft-sided suitcases are typically (but not always) lighter-weight. After testing both types, we can tell you they're often just as durable as hardside options. Although a textile exterior might be trickier to clean, it can be better at concealing scuffs and dirt.

Be sure to buy the size you need

You'll also want to consider what size luggage you need. Carry-ons are smaller — usually no bigger than 24 x 16 x 10 inches — as they're meant to fit into a plane's overhead compartment. Checked suitcases are typically at least a couple of inches larger on all sides, but airlines may restrict them to 62 linear inches in total. If you need extra space, look for something with an expander.

Know your organizational preferences

Material and size are important, but some of the best luggage brands stand out for their organizational features. This may include dual main compartments, various pockets, a shoe separator, zippered sections, a removable laundry bag, a garment bag, a laptop sleeve, and maybe even a USB port with a powerbank pouch. While it's not a top priority for all travelers, this can make packing and accessing your belongings much easier.

Look for durability and mobility

The best luggage stands up to wear and tear for several years to come. As noted, both hardside and softside options can be very durable. It's really a matter of whether you want to safeguard your stuff from getting crushed or protect the exterior from superficial blemishes (though many models we tested check all the boxes).

Additionally, think about maneuverability. Four-wheel spinner suitcases tend to be easiest to pull and push over different surfaces, even better if they have a sturdy telescoping handle. Grab handles and padded straps are ideal for other types of luggage, and a lightweight design will make your travel experience much easier.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is hardside or softside luggage better?

    It really comes down to personal preference. Some people appreciate how crush-resistant hardside suitcases protect their belongings. They're also easy to wipe clean and have a sleek, modern appearance. However, softside models are a little more flexible and easier to stuff full. Plus, they resist scuffs and often have external pockets where their hard-shell counterparts don't.

  • What size should my carry-on luggage be?

    Size limits for carry-on luggage vary among airlines. That said, most allow suitcases no larger than 24 inches tall, 16 inches wide, and 10 inches deep. Some are a little more strict, with limits set around 22 x 14 x 9 inches. Keep this in mind if your suitcase has an expander, as the additional inch or two could put it over the allowed size limit. We recommend checking the airline's website if you're not sure whether your luggage will pass as a carry-on.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

T+L contributors are travel and shopping connoisseurs who know how to find first-rate products for every excursion. For this article, commerce writer Theresa Holland pored over our in-house testing insights, checked return policies, read the fine print for warranties, and evaluated price ranges to create a comprehensive roundup of the best luggage brands out there today.

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