Lately, when you look around at the airport, you’ll likely notice most travelers walking through terminals with their luggage gliding smoothly beside them instead of trailing behind. Four-wheeled suitcases, called “spinners” because they can easily turn 360 degrees, are recently becoming more popular, mainly thanks to the ease of handling. Each wheel rotates completely so it's super simple to change direction.
Carry-on spinners roll down airplane aisles with little effort, and they can be pushed sideways to fit through narrow spaces. And unlike two-wheeled suitcases, spinners won't put weight on your shoulders or wrists as they move along. That feature is especially attractive for passengers in ever-expanding airline terminals, particularly in between a tight connecting flight.
Heavier check-in spinners feel almost weightless as they move, even when packed to capacity. When the situation requires — when you're walking over uneven ground, for example, spinner suitcases can also be pulled on two wheels — making them versatile. Because the wheels on spinner bags are exposed to an extent allow for turning, you'll want to pay extra attention to quality housings and materials to ensure their durability. Weight, construction, and packing space are considerations, as well.
Our research has turned up the below spinner suitcases as some of the top picks in each luggage category: hardside, softside, underseat, and beyond.