There a couple of schools of thought.
The first is to buy cheap luggage because who wants to spend a pile of money on a suitcase that’s just going to get banged up and mistreated? A suitcase is a suitcase. They all do the same thing.
The second is to spend more. If you want a suitcase that has a lifetime warranty like a Briggs & Riley, or even a very good warranty like TravelPro, it’s going to cost you.
Choice #1 is okay if you don’t do a lot of traveling, and/or you don’t mind taking a risk that your cheap suitcase will fall apart after it’s been tossed around by the many people and machines which handle your bags, and not often gently.
Choice #2 is the way to go if you want your luggage to last. I am biased because I spent a lot of money on a Briggs & Riley carry-on that has been on dozens and dozens of trips with me. Other than the unavoidable scrapes and bruises all luggage will display, this bag is still going strong after nearly 25 years. Yes, 25 years! I have sent it in twice for free repairs (love the lifetime no-questions-asked warranty!) because I overstuffed it and broke a couple of zippers.
So the choice is yours. My choice is always soft sided luggage because I think the survival rate is a lot better. Once a hard case is damaged in any way, it’s usually unsalvageable.
If your choice is #1, here are some Zoonie recommendations. Click on the photos for more information.
TravelPro makes some very good luggage. This is one of their economy models, the Maxlite 4 21″ Expandable Rollaboard Suitcase.
If you need a lot of luggage at a low price, here ya go!
If you chose #2, I will only recommend one brand, and that’s Briggs & Riley. For a couple of reasons, durability and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If something goes wrong for any reason, send it in and they’ll fix it free, no questions asked. I know there are a lot of flashy highly rated, trendy luggage brands out there like Tumi and Rimowa to name just a couple, but Briggs & Riley stands out as the top for their consistently durable, well made cases. I had an expensive TravelPro suitcase which United managed to tear apart on its first trip. Of course, United would not pay for it and neither would TravelPro.
If you want an international carry-on this is the one you want. Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street International Carry-On Spinner.
Briggs & Riley. Transcend VX Medium 26″ Expandable Checked Spinner Luggage.
Need a larger case? This is the Briggs & Riley Transcend VX Large 29″ Expandable Checked Spinner Luggage.
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