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If you’re in the market for new luggage this year, choosing a high quality, durable bag is crucial. After-all, most travelers get at least 5 – 10 years out of a good bag, if not finding something they can use for life.

The last thing that you want is for your luggage to get ruined while you’re on the road, and shopping around is not something you want to continually have to do.

Research is crucial to finding a high quality bag, and you should definitely compare the market before deciding to buy. That said, if you’re not a big research person, there are a couple of brands who you can rely on every-time.

After examining the best luggage brands revealed by review sites, the following are the top five luggage brands this year.

The Top 5 Luggage Brands of the Year

Samsonite

Samsonite is by far the top luggage brand this year, and has been leading the industry for the last couple of years. The brand exudes elegance, quality, and resilience, and the wide-range product line makes it accessible to every budget.

Whether you are traveling for work or vacation, you can never go wrong with Samsonite luggage. The wheels are durable and the handles comfortable to carry and drag at the airport and on the streets.

You can choose from a variety of lightweight suitcases as a carry on for short business trips or a quick getaway on the weekend. Though Samsonite also offers hard-cased bags if you are looking for heavy-duty luggage that can withstand more weight and long travels.

Samsonite on Instagram

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Tumi

Tumi is a high-end brand, but you get what you pay for in terms of benefits like style, innovation, quality, and reliable customer service.

The materials used in Tumi luggage are of the highest quality, and the luggage is beautifully designed without compromising functionality and durability. The materials vary from hard plastic to leather and abrasion-proof nylon.

Luxury lines can be purchased with complimentary monogramming. Every bag comes with a warranty, and the company offers onsite repairs.

A great addition to the product is lost baggage tracing. If you have a jam-packed business trip or you are traveling in a group, having a lost baggage tracing service will give you that extra assurance that you need.

Tumi on Instagram

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Delsey

Delsey has been one of the top luggage brands for a couple of years now. Founded in Paris in 1946, Delsey quickly became a standard in manufacturing handbags with one main compartment.

This brand is famous for its modern and stylish design that complements the quality of the build of the suitcases. Apart from suitcases, Delsey also offers garment bags and duffel bags that are conducive to traveling.

Delsey on Instagram

TravelPro

You’ve probably seen TravelPro sold in major retail shops or at the airport carried by flight crews and other flight officers. This is because this product was invented by an airline pilot who understood the importance and the benefits of having wheeled luggage when traveling.

The prices of TravelPro bags are in the mid-range. There are various styles and sizes to choose from, and you can purchase more than one for extended traveling without burning your wallet.

You can choose between a two-wheel rollaboard or a four-wheel spinner made from premium leather or durable nylon materials. TravelPro aims to compete with high-end luggage makers with the Platinum Magna 2 product line offering a “Worry Free” lifetime-warranty for their customers.

TravelPro on Instagram

American Tourister

American Tourister is an excellent alternative to luxury brands if you are looking for a lower to mid-range luggage and duffel bags that are also durable and dependable.

American Tourister offers well-made products that are affordable. The styles vary from bright and neon body to basic and minimalistic look.

You can buy a set including three sizes of four-wheeled luggage and a foldable duffle bag for extra storage.

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    22 Comments

  1. I love the look of Samsonite. So rugged and tough, whenever I see it moving around conveyor belts at airports. Envious LOL; though of course I could buy one myself, right? I also recall that brand and American Tourister well before I began traveling, seeing the commercials on TV as a kid in the USA. As a guy who burned through cheap luggage during my early travel days I learned spending more dough for that 5-10 year window you mention Meg is the way to go.

    • Absolutely Ryan – luggage is one of those investments where it’s definitely better in the long run to pay more up front for quality, as opposed to replacing crappy suitcases every year. You end up spending more doing that than you would have from one that is built to last 🙂

      Samsonite is an incredible brand – I can highly recommend them if you’re looking to pass that envy onto other travelers around you lol

  2. Army duffel bags are the best! Save on weight and will stand anything.

    • Great tip Marcia! I haven’t used army duffel bags in the past, though it totally makes sense – they’re built to withstand the most extreme of conditions. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Always check the warranty and online reviews – sometimes they are not worth the paper they are written on.

    • Great advice Penny, definitely something to consider for online purchases 🙂

  4. Can never go wrong with Samsonite.

  5. No backpack brands huh

    • Patagonia, Eagle Creek and Fjällräven are awesome brands if you’re looking for a reliable backpack 🙂

  6. Our current suitcases are American Tourister, but they’re at the end of their lifespan! Time for a new brand.

    • You can’t go wrong with Samsonite if you’re looking for a new brand that’s similar 🙂

  7. If you’re buying new luggage, don’t buy black. It’s so common, and usually pretty tough to tell apart when it come out on the conveyor belt.

    • Great tip Becky, thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Great brands. Very durable. Durability is key. I used to work for Qantas as a baggage handler so I’ve seen first-hand how your luggage is handled behind the scenes.

    • Thanks Dean – yikes, I can only imagine!!

  9. Victorinox makes great suitcases too 🙂

    • Thanks for the tip Betsy – I haven’t actually tested out Victorinox before, I’ll have to see if I can get a bag at some point to review 🙂

  10. American Tourister is actually owned by Samsonite. I like both brands.

    • I didn’t actually know that, it seems like every industry really only has 2 or 3 companies nowadays, and the rest of the competition are sub companies.

  11. We have bags from Eagle Creek – they’re fantastic for rough outdoor travel. Really tough and heavy duty. They’re above mid-range in price, but very practical, so worth every penny.

    • Glad you’ve had a good run with Eagle Creek Kris – I agree, we have a couple of their packing cubes and one or two packs, and they’re a really fabulous brand 🙂

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