BEST LUGGAGE SETS | AUGUST 2018

No matter where they are traveling and how they're getting there, all travelers have at least one thing in common: luggage. And, with so many suitcases on the market today, you can rest assured that there is a luggage set out there to meet your needs. To help you make a smart purchase, our team has done extensive research to find you the best luggage sets for multiple categories, including hardside luggage, luggage for kids and carry-on luggage. For each of our recommendations, we provide important information about interior design, wheel functionality, durability and other things you should know before making your purchase. Bon voyage! Read more about our methodology.

Best Overall

92

The perfect luggage set for the frequent traveler that needs a lot of space and a TSA lock to keep valuables secure is the Samsonite Omni Spinner Set. It’s durable and scratch resistant to ensure that it will last you for many trips.

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If you want a luxurious looking, lightweight and expandable luggage set, the Caribbean Joe Castaway Luggage Set will not disappoint. This is a durable, four-piece luggage set that will serve you for many years.

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Best Value

89

The four-piece Traveler’s Choice Amsterdam Luggage Set offers a lot of value for the price. Enjoy popular luggage features, such as retractable handles and inline skate wheels. Another big plus is the interior organization.

 

 

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If you want an affordable luggage set with features like fully lined interiors with a four-wheel 360 spinning system, the Travel Gear Star Bright Luggage Set is the perfect option. Providing all of the luggage essentials needed for traveling, this set is perfect for any trip.

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Best Hardside Luggage Set

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The Merax Dreamy Luggage Set features three sharp-looking hardside suitcases. These bags stand out from other similar sets because they are expandable. So you get the best of both worlds with our top pick for hardside luggage sets.

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85

The Samsonite Winfield Luggage Set stands out as being super durable. Two of the three pieces are expandable, there are interior organization features and the bags includes a TSA lock, making this a great choice for a hardside luggage set.

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Best Luggage Set for Kids

96

The Lola Ladybug Luggage Set is the perfect luggage set for kids. This fun, two-piece set weighs less than five pounds and the handle is capable of being adjusted from child height to adult height when needed.

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85

The iPlay, iLearn Luggage set is a fun hardside set that is suitable for boys and girls up to age ten. It’s locking telescopic trolley handle makes it easy for them to pull it along and it’s also both easy to assemble and clean.

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Best Carry On Luggage Set

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The U.S Traveler Rio Luggage Set is designed to let you pack plenty of stuff and still be able to carry it on a plane. This two-piece set is very affordable and comes with convenience features: The tote can piggyback on the suitcase and there are multiple straps and handles for different carrying positions.

 

 

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The Delsey Helium Sky Luggage Set is lightweight, durable and expandable. And the best thing is, it's a carry-on set, so you can avoid baggage fees and baggage claims. 

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Luggage Sets BUYING GUIDE

  • KEY CONSIDERATIONS

    Weight

    When purchasing a luggage set you want to make sure that you’re going with a set that is lightweight. The less the set weighs, the more you’re going to be able to pack without having to worry about an overage fee when flying. Also, it’s easier to maneuver lightweight luggage sets.

    Expandable

    Having an expandable luggage set allows you to be able to use it for all of your travel needs instead of having to have different sets for different trips. When you need to go on an extended trip you can expand it and when you’re going on a shorter trip you can reduce it. Expandable suitcases are made of soft materials, such as canvas.

    360 Wheel Spinning System

    The 360 wheel spinning system is your key to making hauling your luggage around a breeze since the wheel system will allow you to cruise around with your luggage beside you versus having to pull it while it lingers behind. Plus, bags with a 360 wheel spinning system (often hardside bags) tend to stand upright on their own.

    Interior Organization

    Having interior organization features such as mesh pockets, straps, and interior pockets make unpacking a breeze once you’re at your destination. You can organize your important documents in a place where they can be easily accessed in addition to making sure that important items aren’t thrown all around while in transit.

    Security

    When you arrive at your destination, you don’t want to find out that someone has run off with your valuables. To decrease the probability of this happening you could go with a hard side luggage set, which won’t easily be able to be broken into with a blade, or a set that has a TSA-approved lock, which makes it easy for your luggage to be checked but hard for thieves to get in.

  • PRICE BREAKDOWN

    For $100 or less you can get a budget luggage set. Budget luggage sets are usually made of lower quality materials and don’t have extra features such as TSA locks and 360 spinning wheel systems. A decent quality luggage set will run you in the $140-$200 range and these sets will suit most travels needs. They are spacious, come equipped with locks and will last you for a good amount of use. However, if you want the next best thing to a high-end luxurious luggage set without paying their outrageous prices, you’re looking at spending around $250 and up. This investment will get you something with all of the bells and whistles including scratch resistance, five pieces or more and longer warranty periods.

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Best Overall

TOP PICK

Samsonite Omni Spinner Set

For most travelers the Samsonite Omni Spinner Set is a perfect choice being that it’s scratch resistant, lightweight, durable and TSA compliant, making it our best overall luggage set. It’s expansive to make sure you don’t leave any essentials behind, rolls comfortably beside you versus you having to pull it, and its side-mounted TSA lock gives you a peace of mind knowing that your items will be safe during your trip. It’s built to last for multiple trips, which makes it the perfect luggage set for everyone from the occasional traveler to those who go on 50+ trips per year.

  • 92overall
  • 95quality
  • 65value
  • 90brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Lightweight 360 spinner wheels. Users report that when moving this luggage set it is almost like it is moving on its own. Since the wheels spin, you don’t have to wear yourself out by dragging your luggage behind you, instead, it comfortably rolls right beside you.
  • Consumer preferred expansion. All three suitcases in this luggage set are expandable so you can have more than enough room for essentials during your trip. With all three sets combined, you could fit enough items for a month-long – or longer – trip.
  • Micro diamond texture. The micro diamond texture on this set makes it very scratch resistant. You won’t have to worry about your luggage looking like you’ve had it for years after just one trip.

Other Considerations

  • Interior design could be improved. The interior of this luggage set consists of a mesh zippered section, divider and a small pocket. Due to its lack of outside pockets, the interior could be updated more to help travelers keep items organized. Even if just packing the carry-on bag, if you don’t have a lot of items in it, everything will have rearranged itself by the time you reach your destination.
  • It’s not scratch proof. While the micro diamond texture is scratch resistant, these bags are still susceptible to scratches, users report.
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Caribbean Joe Castaway Luggage Set

The 4-piece Caribbean Castaway Luggage Set delivers high-end performance at a reasonable price. It comes with a large bag, medium bag, carry-on and tote. The three larger bags each have eight 360-degree spinner wheels for easy transport, expansion functionality and impressive interior organization. And the suitcases are made of a lightweight material (the largest bag weighs only 10 pounds) so you can pack more without worrying about having to pay airline overage fees.

 

 

  • 92overall
  • 95quality
  • 64value
  • 90brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Extremely durable. Users report that this luggage set lasts years and many trips. And the manufacturer offers a generous five-year warranty. You won’t find many of its competitors offering a warranty that lasts nearly this long.
  • Attractive design. Many purchasers say they love the design and look of this luggage set, with some adding that it is easy to see on a baggage claim conveyor belt.
  • 360-degree spinner wheels. Users report that the wheels are very flexible, move effortlessly and seldom get stuck. With eight wheels instead of four, you will find that moving through the terminals will be relaxed.
  • Lightweight but spacious. This set is constructed to be lightweight to prevent you from having to deal with airline fees. However, with the 2-inch expansion, you are sure to be able to fit all of your essentials and have some room to spare. Plus, unlike some of its competitors, there are multiple organization pockets in its fully lined interior to help you keep everything organized.

Other Considerations

  • Flimsy handles. Consumers report that, while these are very well made suitcases, the handles could be more sturdy.

Best Value

TOP PICK

Traveler’s Choice Amsterdam Luggage Set

The Traveler’s Choice Amsterdam Luggage Set comes with a large bag, medium bag, carry-on and tote. So it has you covered no matter where or how long you're traveling. Highlights include retractable handles, inline skate wheels, expandability and excellent interior organization – not to mention the very reasonable price. All-in-all this luggage set truly offers a lot of bang for the buck.

  • 89overall
  • 89quality
  • 91value
  • 83brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Great interior organization. This luggage set is an organized person's dream. It features multiple front pockets, a large zippered mesh lid pocket, elastic tie straps, dual shoe pockets and even an ID window on the back panel.
  • Larger than expected. This luggage set puts the true meaning in an expandable luggage set with its 25 percent more packing capability once expanded. Multiple consumers report being able to pack everything that they needed for extended trips and having a lot of space left after adding in some items they picked up during their travels.
  • Sturdy zippers. With all of the zippered compartments on the interior and exterior of this set, it’s relieving to know that consumers report the zippers holding up during airport travels. This is great news for those who have items that they like to put in the outside pockets of their suitcase.

Other Considerations

  • Wheels don't spin. The inline skate wheels do not spin 360 degrees.
  • Handles could be better. A handful of users report that they have experienced broken handles with bags in this set.
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Travel Gear Star Bright Luggage Set

If you’re looking for the best value for your money you will find it in the Travel Gear Star Bright 5 Piece Luggage Set, which includes two suitcases, duffle, tote and garment bag. The suitcases have four 360-degree spinner wheels that make rolling down the airport terminal a breeze. When you factor in the durability and how spacious all of the pieces are, the price for this set is nearly unbelievable.

  • 91overall
  • 91quality
  • 94value
  • 86brand

Why We Recommend It

  • The set is more spacious than expected. Numerous consumers comment on how spacious the tote, duffle and the large suitcase is. The smaller suitcase is recommended for short trips while the large one will more than fit all essentials required for extended trips.
  • Well made. Consumers have reported using this set on cruises, international trips, road trips and much more without having bags fall apart or lose any wheels.
  • Wheels move in all directions. With the 360-degree spinning wheel system, you can effortless roll your luggage where it needs to get to. This is a feature typically found on higher-priced suitcases.

Other Considerations

  • Material may stain. While this set is perfect for any trip, you can expect some staining to occur due to the type of material.

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Best Hardside Luggage Set

why buy?

Providing an added degree of protection for your belongings, hardside luggage is less likely to be crushed or punctured. Hardside suitcases stand up straight and often come with four wheels, making them easier to maneuver around an airport or train station. 

Top Pick

Merax Dreamy Luggage Set

When traveling, you expect your items to arrive at your destination undamaged and all still inside of your luggage, and the Merax Dreamy Luggage Set is the perfect hardside suitcase to make that happen. Unlike some other hardside suitcases, the three bags in this set are expandable. They also feature spinning wheels and great interior organization. And they are easy to store, as the bags fit inside one another.

  • 92overall
  • 94quality
  • 82value
  • 89brand

Why We Recommend It

  • They are expandable. Unlike many of its hardside competitors, this luggage set is expandable so that you are able to enjoy a 25 percent more packing capacity. Expanding and reducing the case is a breeze.
  • Dual spinning wheels. Dual spinning wheels not only make it easy to maneuver your luggage set, but they also increase the possibility of the luggage set standing upright without much effort on your part.
  • Organized interior. When packing for your trip, you’ll not only be very pleased with the elegant design, but there are multi-use pockets and a divider to help you keep everything organized.
  • Easy storage capabilities. All three pieces are designed to fit inside of each other when not in use. This means you won’t have to worry about finding space for storing three pieces – just one.

Other Considerations

  • It’s not easy to reset the TSA lock. While the TSA lock will keep your items safe during travel, consumers report having to resort to YouTube videos to figure out exactly how to do a reset.
  • Removing the plastic is annoying. When the set arrives it is covered with a protective plastic film. Multiple consumers report that the removal process is annoying.
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Samsonite Winfield Luggage Set

Travel in style with the Samsonite Winfield Luggage Set. The three hardside bags in this set are surprisingly roomy (two of the suitcases are expandable) and feature a mesh pocket and divider to help keep your belongings organized. A side-mounted TSA lock keeps your belongings secure. And as an added benefit, these bags are easy to store when you're not traveling.

  • 85overall
  • 88quality
  • 54value
  • 90brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Very durable. Multiple consumers admit to being extra rough with their Samsonite Winfield Luggage Set – throwing it on and off of a bus, for example – and only having minor scratches as a result. 
  • More spacious than they look. Appearance-wise, the Samsonite may look like it can’t handle more than a couple of days of clothing. However, once unzipped there is space for days. Plus, if you use the expansion feature you can get in some extra items you thought you were going to have to leave behind.
  • Easy storage. All three pieces fit inside of each other to ensure that they won’t take up much space when they are being stored.

Other Considerations

  • Only two suitcases are expandable. The smallest bag in this set does not expand.
  • Wheels not great for carpets. A handful of consumers complain about the wheels not rolling as smoothly when going over airport carpets.

Best Luggage Set for Kids

why buy?

Luggage sets for kids are smaller and lighter to accommodate younger users. They often come in fun colors or patterns. And, because of their smaller size, these suitcases can often be used as carry-ons

Top Pick

Lola Ladybug Luggage Set

The Lola Ladybug Luggage Set works for overnight visits or longer trips. It’s lightweight enough for a youngster to be able to carry it themselves – weighing in at under five pounds – and the stylish design makes it simple for kids to keep up with their luggage. Plus, because of its weight and size, it can easily pass as a carry-on item so you avoid having to wait for it at baggage claim.

  • 96overall
  • 96quality
  • 96value
  • 92brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Accommodates children’s heights. The handle is adjustable so it can be the perfect length for your child’s height. In the event that they get tired out from rolling the luggage, you also have the option of adjusting it to adult height.
  • Can be used as a carry-on. Your child can take the luggage on the plane as a carry-on, thus avoiding additional baggage fees.
  • More durable than expected. Multiple consumers report that the luggage set is very durable.

Other Considerations

  • The backpack is small. Several users say that the backpack is very small.
  • Scratches easily. A handful of consumers report that the bag is prone to scratches.
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iPlay, iLearn Luggage Set

Whether your child is going to a sleepover, spending a weekend away or flying on a plane for a family trip, the iPlay, iLearn Luggage set is the perfect travel companion. With its rotating 360 degree wheels, hard shell, and lightweight design, it makes for the perfect high-end luggage set for kids at an affordable price. The 12-inch backpack serves as the perfect carry-on item so they can keep their travel activities near them at all times to stay entertained.

  • 85overall
  • 86quality
  • 82value
  • 80brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Both pieces can be carried on the plane. The set is small enough and light enough for your child to be able to carry it on the plane to keep their belongings close.
  • Perfect size for preschool through elementary age children. Many consumers report that the set allows their children to fit in their clothes and toiletries into the suitcase for cruises, multi-day trips, and other travel excursions without any issues.
  • It has four wheels. The four wheels make it much easier for children to move the luggage around without struggle.

Other Considerations

  • The plastic lining takes a bit of work to get off. The set arrives with plastic on it. A handful of consumers complain that it can be a little difficult to get off. 

Best Carry On Luggage Set

why buy?

Carry on luggage sets are great for travelers who pack smart and want to avoid the hassle of checking in a bag and then waiting at the baggage claim. These suitcases are smaller so they can fit in an aircraft's overhead storage compartment.

Top Pick

U.S Traveler Rio Luggage Set

Affordable, elegant, and easy to maneuver are just three of the terms that come to mind when referencing the U.S Traveler Rio Luggage Set. This set may not have a high price tag but it has some pretty amazing features, such as the fabric piece on the tote that allows you to attach it to the suitcase, expandability, retractable push-button/self-locking handle and more.

  • 90overall
  • 91quality
  • 87value
  • 83brand

Why We Recommend It

  • It’s easy to clean. Since the set is made out of polyester, you don’t have to worry if it gets a little dirty while traveling. Once at your destination or back home you can spot clean it to keep it looking brand new.
  • Multiple ways to carry. With side, bottom, and top handles, there’s an assortment of ways you can handle this luggage set.
  • Proper carry on size. Multiple consumers agree that this set is the perfect size to bring on a plane. The tote fits under the seat and the carry-on fits nicely in the overhead compartment.

Other Considerations

  • May need to be aired out. A handful of consumers say that the luggage set had to be aired out before it could be used due to a chemical smell.
  • Handle could be better. Multiple consumers say they wish the handle felt sturdier.
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Delsey Helium Sky Luggage Set

The Delsey Helium Sky Luggage Set comes with a lightweight carry-on suitcase and tote. Both the suitcase and the tote feature telescoping handles and inline wheels for easy transport. Exterior pockets make it convenient to access items you may need while traveling. And both pieces have interior organization features.

 

 

  • 85overall
  • 87quality
  • 69value
  • 83brand

Why We Recommend It

  • Corner protection. This set features corner protectors and a molded polypropylene kick plate to slow down the wear and tear process.
  • Both bags are wheeled. Both the suitcase and the tote have inline wheels and telescoping handles.
  • Tote secures to suitcase. The tote is designed to be securely attached to the carry-on, allowing you to transport both with one hand.
  • Very spacious. For this set to be a carryon set, you sure can fit a lot in it. Combine the amount of space with the lightweight design and multiple organization pockets, inside and out, this the perfect carry-on bag for any traveler. Plus, let's not forget that it can also be expanded.

Other Considerations

  • No shoulder strap on tote. The tote doesn’t feature a shoulder strap or even connectors to add one, users report.
  • The handles don't feel very sturdy. A few consumers say that the handle doesn’t feel very sturdy.