10 Best Luggage Sets Consumer Reports 2019

If you travel frequently for work or for leisure, you probably understand the importance of having quality luggage. When traveling by plane, especially in the situation where you have to check your baggage, the luggage is not handled delicately. If you use luggage that is not made of durable materials it will often be damaged and can lead to a loss of your personal items. Sturdy luggage doesn’t have to be heavy. There are many lightweight luggage pieces that are made of durable materials and are designed to last, even through airport travel.

Many pieces of luggage have inside zippers and pockets that help to keep your clothes and other items organized. It can be helpful to find a piece of luggage that has a separation in the middle so that you can pack both sides of the luggage neatly. It’s also useful to find luggage that has 360-degree rollers on the bottom so you can easily move it about through the airport or through the hotel once you arrive at your destination.

Top 10 Luggage Sets

Bestseller No. 1
Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase 3 Piece Set with TSA Lock Spinner 20in24in28in (sliver)
203 Reviews
Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase 3 Piece Set with TSA Lock Spinner 20in24in28in (sliver)
  • 3 piece small, medium and large luggage set made from extra strong ABS material.
  • Mounted TSA combination lock provides peace of mind when checking cases through security.
Bestseller No. 2
U.S Traveler New Yorker Lightweight Expandable Rolling Luggage 4-Piece Suitcases Sets - Red
1690 Reviews
U.S Traveler New Yorker Lightweight Expandable Rolling Luggage 4-Piece Suitcases Sets - Red
  • Crafted from durable and shinny dobby fabrication with PVC backing
  • Push-button easy glide handle system. Dimension(In inches) - 15 Tote Bag - 15 W X 11 H x 6 D. 21 Inch Rolling...
Bestseller No. 3
Merax Luggage 3 Piece Sets Lightweight Spinner Suitcase 20' 24' 28' - P.E.T Material (Gray)
419 Reviews
Merax Luggage 3 Piece Sets Lightweight Spinner Suitcase 20" 24" 28" - P.E.T Material (Gray)
  • [Innovative Material] Eco-friendly P.E.T material build; meets FDA's food-grade material standards; strong...
  • [Rigorous Quality Assurance Testing] Wheel and handle testing ensures luggage can withstand 50lbs of force...
Bestseller No. 4
Flieks Luggage 3 Piece Sets Spinner Suitcase with TSA Lock, Lightweight 20 24 28 (Gray)
33 Reviews
Flieks Luggage 3 Piece Sets Spinner Suitcase with TSA Lock, Lightweight 20 24 28 (Gray)
  • [Innovative Material] Eco-friendly P.E.T material build; meets FDA's food-grade material standards; strong...
  • [Strong Resistance] 2-ton cargo truck roll over test, PET will not be damaged under instense pressure and can...
Bestseller No. 5
Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Suitcase Spinner Softshell lightweight (blue+sliver)
326 Reviews
Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Suitcase Spinner Softshell lightweight (blue+sliver)
  • Worldwide 2 year warranty. Three piece luggage in one set with 20 inch,24 inch,28 inch upright,can be stored...
  • better than polyester material ,the luggage is made of 1680D oxford cloth. 210D nylon lining
Bestseller No. 6
Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase PC+ABS 3 Piece Set with TSA Lock Spinner 20in24in28in
476 Reviews
Coolife Luggage Expandable Suitcase PC+ABS 3 Piece Set with TSA Lock Spinner 20in24in28in
  • ABS+PC material, durable and lighter hard shell, features textured finish to prevent against scratches. The...
  • 20inch and 24inch luggage is perfect for business and personal travel, 28in is expandable add 15% to the...
Bestseller No. 7
3 Pieces Spinner Luggage Sets black Suitcase Sets Hardshell Lightweight ABS Travel Luggage Trolley...
19 Reviews
3 Pieces Spinner Luggage Sets black Suitcase Sets Hardshell Lightweight ABS Travel Luggage Trolley...
  • 【PROMOTION LUGGAGE 3PCS HARD SHELL SET】luggage set contains 3pcs separate suitcases that store into one...
  • 【100% ABS ANTI-SCRATCH MATERIAL】Lightweight Hardshell Body: Scratch-resistant, Pressure-resistant,...
Bestseller No. 8
Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Suitcase with TSA lock pinner softshell 20in24in28in (Black.)
195 Reviews
Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Suitcase with TSA lock pinner softshell 20in24in28in (Black.)
  • Worldwide 2 year warranty. Three different size: Size: 20inch (23 x 10x 14), 24innch (16.5 x 11 x 27) 28inch...
  • 3color Jacquard oxford cloth, making the color even richer and looks more three-dimensional. Much better and...
Bestseller No. 9
SHOWKOO Luggage Sets Expandable PC+ABS Durable Suitcase Double Wheels TSA Lock 3pcs Blue
66 Reviews
SHOWKOO Luggage Sets Expandable PC+ABS Durable Suitcase Double Wheels TSA Lock 3pcs Blue
  • Top Quality Luggage Sets: Made of brand new extra-thick 100% ABS materials for hardshell, which make the...
  • Silent & Smooth Multi-directional Spinner Wheels: Benefit from brand new soft TPU and lubricating balls inside...
Bestseller No. 10
SHOWKOO Luggage Sets Expandable Suitcase Double Wheels TSA Lock Red Wine
134 Reviews
SHOWKOO Luggage Sets Expandable Suitcase Double Wheels TSA Lock Red Wine
  • Top Quality Luggage Sets: Made of brand new extra-thick 100% ABS materials for hardshell, which make the...
  • Silent & Smooth Multi-directional Spinner Wheels: Benefit from brand new soft TPU and lubricating balls inside...

Luggage Buying Guide

Leading an adventurous and well-traveled life comes with baggage. Well, luggage at least.

If your kit and kaboodle have seen some mileage, buying new gear can be a money-saver in the long run. And toting the right type of luggage to fit current-day airline luggage rules will help you avoid extra fees and enable you to comply with carry-on restrictions and check-in weight limits.

But figuring out which luggage to buy isn’t easy. With countless styles, sizes, and prices to compare, the task can be overwhelming. To help you arrive at your luggage decision destination, Consumer Reports reviewed a variety of luggage types. Consider these factors before you shop.

Soft-Sided or Ironsides?

Soft-sided luggage continues to dominate the market, but hard-sided is quickly gaining popularity because of newer lightweight materials.

Soft-Sided Luggage
Soft-sided luggage is made of fabrics that move and yield, usually a woven nylon fabric, such as Cordura or ballistic nylon. Ballistic is the shinier of the two and over time can abrade, but abrasions will not compromise the strength of the fabric. Cordura is a little softer and abrasion-resistant, preferable for an over-the-shoulder bag. If you consider a suitcase made of ripstop nylon, or “parachute material,” make sure that it is a high-denier (pronounced duh-NEER) fabric. Fabric denier is a measurement of weight, not quality.

Pros: Usually lighter in weight and can flex and compress to conform to tight spaces. This flexibility also enables you to squeeze in an extra outfit, (which could be a con if you tend to overpack). Also, a yielding material might be the difference between keeping the bag onboard and having it relegated to gate-check. Fabric flexibility also comes in handy when packing a car trunk and storing the bag at home.

Cons: Not as protective as hard-sided and vulnerable to ripping (accidental or intentional) if not high-quality.

Hard-Sided Luggage
Today’s hard-shell or hard-sided luggage is made with high-tech plastics such as ABS and polycarbonate, which are both lightweight and durable. ABS is the lightest, but polycarbonate is more durable. The most durable, but also the heaviest, is aluminum. Hard-sided luggage sometimes features a 50/50-split opening, allowing you to pack two sides equally and stabilize the contents with an X-strap or middle divider. Note: Because they close like a clamshell, you need double the surface space to open these. Most hard-sides are built this way, but some on the market have a top-lid opening.

Pros: Best for protecting breakable contents, and offer better security because of integrated locks. They can’t be ripped open with a blade. Most composite plastic hard-sides close with a zipper, which can be vulnerable—aluminum luggage often has metal draw-bolt latches instead of zippers. Hard-sided luggage stacks easily, making it ideal for cruise ships, which stack the baggage in the belly of the boat before departure. If you tend to overpack, a hard-sided piece will rein you in. There’s no chance of overstuffing it. For a carry-on, this guarantees that the piece will fit easily in your airline’s luggage sizer.

Cons: They scuff and scratch easily and are inflexible, so you can’t squeeze in extras, and you need fixed storage space for it. Also, few hard-sided suitcases have outside pockets.

Time to Upgrade? Some Shopping Tips.

Take a Tape Measure
Don’t pay attention to tags, labels, or promotions that proclaim “official carry-on luggage.” There’s no regulation that dictates carry-on size—airlines impose their own restrictions, and the limits can vary among airlines and even among aircraft. Know the rules of the airlines you plan to fly. Measure the dimensions yourself and make sure the measurements account for all parts, including outer pouches, wheels, and handles.

Hold That Handle
Check the wrist angle and the feel of the grip. For maximum durability, the handle should have little to no wiggling or rattling as you pull the bag. Also, check for smooth movement as you pull it up and retract it.

Wheel It Around
The wheels should roll smoothly and stay in place. Gently jiggle the wheels with your hands to make sure they are firmly attached.

Check the Interior Capacity
The outside measurements are important but don’t forget to consider how roomy the inside is. This can be difficult to do because many manufacturers do not disclose the interior volume. Look for the features that maximize interior space. These include:

• Squared edges: Interior volume is sacrificed with curved corners.
• Integrated outer compartments: Outside zip compartments should be on the same geometric plane as the main part of the bag—protrusions waste space.
• No wheels or handles: If you really need to make the most of every interior inch, forgo wheels and handles. They impinge on total packable space.

Check the Warranty
If you want your bag for the long haul, get the one with the best manufacturer’s warranty. A lifetime warranty to repair or replace the bag is, of course, the best option. Some examples of manufacturers offering the best warranties include:

• Briggs & Riley
• Boyt (on some product lines only)
• Eagle Creek (some product lines)
• eBags (house brand)
• Lands’ End
• L.L.Bean
• Osprey
• Travelpro (Platinum 7 Collection)
• Victorinox (some collections)

Always make sure to check the warranty statement for specific requirements, such as exclusions for airline damage.

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