The worldly-wise traveler knows that while you don’t want to travel with excess baggage, you do need to have the right luggage to see you through. From short city break or business overnighter to dream long haul trip – as well as everything in-between – how and what you carry will make all the difference.
For style and sheer flexibility, just one bag simply won’t do, you need to be able to ‘mix and match’. To prove the point, we’ve put together our list of best luggage sets that we believe offer versatility, durability, and great packability. Go for a luggage set and you’ll never have to try to cram everything in one bag ever again. Now, let’s get packing…
The Best Luggage Set
Samsonite is one of the most recognizable brands in the luggage market, with their flair for quality, good-looking products that stand up to the trials and rigors of hardcore travel. This softshell five-piece set offers the durability and quality you’d expect at a price that is surprisingly affordable. For the less than $140 price tag, you get a practical nested set, with two upright suitcases, a travel duffel, travel tote, and a toiletry bag; that’s enough combinations to cover all your short and long-haul travel needs.
Made from tough polyester with a durable aluminum frame, you’ll get good use out of Samsonite 5 Piece Nested Luggage Set and for a soft shell, there’s sufficient protection for your clothes and gear. The front panel of the stand-ups are padded for extra robustness and both have smooth inline skate style wheels and push-button locking handles for easy transporting. Style-wise, this set is a bit no-frills, but classic, unassuming luggage can also be an asset, especially when they come with the Samsonite credentials.
Samsonite quality at an affordable price
Nested set for easy storing
Made from durable 1200D polyester
Padded carry handles for extra comfort
- Weight23.8 pounds
Great price for a quality five-piece set
Can connect two bags to carry at the same time
Smart, low-key styling
Softshell so not quite as robust as a hardcase
We love it when Amazon goes into impersonator mode – creating great value versions of product bestsellers to offer good quality at a budget price. AmazonBasicsHardside Spinner Luggage can be bought on its own, or to complement the 24 and 28-inch bags to make a user-friendly set.
All three pieces of luggage offer the same good quality spec, and the 20-inch is one of the most versatile as it is the perfect size for an airline carry on. The hardshell is made from extra thick ABS and is scratch-resistant, so up for a tough travel challenge. The interior is fully lined with an internal divider and three zippered pockets, while the case can expand up to 15% for extra packing. This nice-looking ribbed suitcase is finished off with a telescopic handle and four double-spinner wheels to keep it under control.
Hardshell made from extra thick ABS plastic
Can Expand by up to 15% for extra space
Four spinner wheels for good control
Works well as part of a three-piece set
- Weight6.7 pounds
Good quality bag for a value price
Ideal size for airline carry-on bag
Scratch-resistant and expandable
Collapsible handle not as tough as it could be
We really like the ‘look at me’ quality styling of the Winfield three-piece luggage set from Samsonite, which is super-smart for a business trip but cool enough for a city break or lux getaway.
Winfield 2 Luggage Set is at the top end of our best luggage set budget, but you get the high quality and durability you would expect from Samsonite. First up, the hardcase design is made from lightweight polycarbonate, which offers impressive scuff and scrape protection, and the brushed external design hides any minor dents or blemishes you may get after repeated use. The interior of each expandable (up to 1.5 inches on the largest) case is roomy enough, with a full-zip divider and straps to help keep you organized, while the side-mounted TSA combination locks keep your belongings safe.
Comes with a 20, 24 and 28-inch case for the full set
Lightweight polycarbonate for durability
360-degree spinner wheels for ease of mobility
Spacious interior with full-zipped divider system
- Weight26.7 pounds
Durable design with Samsonite’s smart styling
Scratch and scuff-resistant polycarbonate hardshell
Comes with a 10-year warranty
Could do with a side handle on the body for easier carrying
A tad on the expensive side
Cool by name, and we’d say cool by nature, this stylish three-piece set can expand by up to 15% if you find you’re bringing home more than you take. In a range of five eye-catching colors, Coolife has made this hardcase set from tough ABS which has been brushed coated to create a textured finish to help prevent (and hide) the inevitable scuffs and scratches you get from frequent travel. Plus, a bevel-edged design helps to increase the case’s overall resistance to damage caused by bumps and scrapes.
So far, so good but what we also like about the Coolife three-piece set are the ‘silent’ wheel design to create a set of multi-direction spinners that will roll smoothly and quietly as you run for the boarding gate. Pop on top an ergonomically-designed telescopic handle for comfort, non-slip grip and you have a nicely designed travel companion. But what about inside? Well, that’s fully-lined with an adequate separate mesh pocket and elastic cross straps to keep everything neat and in place. This is a luggage set that would suit the smart weekend or business traveler that likes to step it up to long-haul every once in a while.
Lightweight and durable coated ABS hardshell
TSA combination lock for secure travel
Each case can expand by up to 15%
‘Silent wheel’ 360-degree spinner design
- Weight28.2 pounds
Expands easily to offer extra space
Clever brushed finish and PVC coating to resist scuff damage
Can also be stored within each other
ABS is not quite as strong as some other materials available
If lightweight, durable and affordable is what you are after, then this three-piece softshell set from American Tourister could well pack the right punch.
The design is perhaps not the most exciting, but it’s smart enough and the total weight is one of the lightest in our best luggage set review. For no-fuss traveling, we think this set hits the mark: two stand up cases and a boarding bag will neatly get you to where you need to go. You get all the spec you would expect from a mid-priced luggage set and made from 600D polyester with a subtle shine, they will look at home wherever you go. On the outside of the two cases, the spinner wheels are multi-directional to make it behave when pulling and the push-button locking handle fits comfortably in your hand. You can also hook the smaller tote over the handle of the larger, to transport both at the same time. Inside all three bags have a good packing capacity, with several interior and exterior pockets to keep you neat and organized. Day trip, short weekender or two-week cruise, this three-piece set has it quietly covered.
Lightweight 600D shiny polyester construction
Four, multi-directional spinner wheels
Push-button locking handle designed for a comfort fit
- BrandAmerican Tourister
- Weight18.8 pounds
Super lightweight and portable
Smooth multi-directional wheels easy to control
Tote bag is large enough for an overnight bag
Polyester is not the toughest so can wear
Softcase can expand too much to be a carry-on
The Out of Bounds luggage set is a tough trio of good-sized cases that come primed and ready to protect themselves from the rough and tumble of airport travel.
Made from durable ABS, Kenneth Cole Reaction Out Of Bounds 3-Piece Luggage Set has reinforced corners and side bezel buffers to protect its edges, whichever way they are set down or stored. Molded feet give them nice stability as they roll or stand and a retractable, locking handle system gives you solid pulling control. Yet they are all lightweight to carry, giving you more bang for your buck when it comes to packing to the max. Each case has a large u-shaped zipper pocket on the inside of the lid, great for stashing your small stuff, while the main compartments have a tear resistant lining, a side zipper pocket and buckled garment straps to keep everything snug. OK, they may not be quite up to the Samsonite Winfield, but they are a good alternative from both a space and durability perspective and are played-down cool enough for a smart business trip.
ABS exterior with reinforced corners and side bezels
Lined interior with garment restraints and a zipper pocket
Molded 360 spinner wheels
Comes with a 10-year warranty
- BrandKenneth Cole REACTION
- Weight24.2 pounds
Nice extras to reinforce and protect the outer case
Spacious capacity with tear-resistant lining
Side handle for easy lifting
Hardshell case that doesn’t expand
Wheels can pop off
This is a great value four-piece set from the Samsonite-owned brand, American Tourister that will keep you smart, even if you’re traveling on a budget.
With American Tourister Fieldbrook XLT 4pc Set, you get two decent-sized uprights, a handy wheeled duffel, and a boarding bag, all made from lightweight 600D shiny polyester. With the two uprights, these are good hold sized bags that have decent inline-style wheels and a push-button locking handle to keep you moving, with the larger wheeling upright which American Tourister says helps to keep the weight off your shoulder if you are packing heavy. The wheeled duffel is also a nice touch, sling it over your shoulder for in crowds, on hold the handle and wheel when you have a straight run. All four bags in this luggage set have decent main compartments and enough interior and exterior pockets to hold all your bits and pieces. There’s a lot to like about this set, even if the softshell means it may eventually succumb to some wear and tear.
Made from lightweight 600D polyester
Includes a versatile wheel-duffel bag
Uprights have smooth in-line skate wheels
Multiple interior and exterior pockets
- BrandAmerican Tourister
- Weight15.85 pounds
Great value 4-piece set with Samsonite DNA
Smooth wheeling uprights take the weight
Comes with a 10-year warranty
Wheeled duffel doesn’t have an extending handle
Lightweight shell could be prone to wear
Here’s a workhorse of a three-piece luggage set that for the price could well be your go-to for both business and pleasure trips. Makers Merax like to make things simple and effective with all their products, but without cutting corners on design. With the Travelhouse you get a solid looking set of hardcase luggage that is understated in look but nicely spec’d for everyday travel.
A mid-priced set you get all the features you would expect for your money – three cases sized for check in and carry on, made from polycarbonate plus ABS with riveted corners that can absorb most knocks and drops. There are nice and quiet spinner wheels and an adjustable telescopic handle for tight space maneuvering as well as a TSA secure lock built in. Inside you have sufficient packing space, but few frills, just a solid, lined and zipped main compartment and a couple of multi-use organizational pockets, but this case is also flexible enough for you to custom with packing cubes. Easy to use, spacious to pack and airline friendly, simple.
Lightweight durable PC+ABS hard shell material
Riveted corners for extra reinforcement
Quiet spinner wheel system
Adjustable 3-step telescoping handle system
Good value for a durable hardcase set
Rugged hardcase texture hides scratches
Strong handle with a telescopic head
No pockets on the outside for travel documents
Nothing really distinct about its look
This is a three-piece hardcase luggage set that will certainly catch your eye for its sleek black looks and distinct chiseled wave design. But with the Alexis from French lux luggage company, Delsey, it’s a little more than style over substance.
They marry high-quality design with good quality materials that prove the old adage, you get what you pay for. Made from durable ABS, the cases have a fetching grained texture that’s not just there to look pretty but to help make the outer shell resistant to scratches while the wheels and handles are solid and smooth moving to make light work of controlling a full case, although the largest case is just off being monster-sized. Inside you get a decent compartment with a zipped mesh divider and tie-down straps. The cases also expand and there’s plenty of options for packing cubes to make the space your own. To sum the Alexis three-piece up – quality build, nice materials and plenty of space. Just what you want from a super-smart travel luggage set
Made from durable ABS material
Unique scratch-resistant grained texture
Expanding the main compartment
Telescopic handle and double glide wheels
- BrandDELSEY Paris
- Weight25 pounds
The eye-catching grained outer shell that’s also practical
Good internal space that you can adapt to fit
High-quality look and feel
Largest case is a tad on the massive side
Stand out with the super smart looking Rockland which comes in a two-piece set that’s fantastically durable and lightweight. All the quality stuff is there – durable ABS hardshell, strong zips, multi-directional wheels, telescopic, push-button chrome handle, expandable design. So far so good. Add in its lightweight design, meaning you can pack more of your travel stuff without going over the excess and the ease with which these lovely looking cases can be pulled and maneuvered, and you are on to a well-priced winner.
Inside you get a nice and deep main compartment, interior mesh cover and zipped pocket, which is nice and simple and allows you to pack the way you want to, to keep all your clothes and accessories neat and safe. But what sets this set apart is its looks – cool white or vibrant blue, Rockland Expandable Spinner Set says that you have arrived!
Lightweight yet durable ABS material
Multi-Directional spinner wheels
Sturdy ergonomic telescoping handle
- Weight16 pounds
Good value, sturdy and sleek looking
Lightweight but nice and roomy
Telescopic handle can get a bit stuck if you’re not careful
Scuffs will eventually show against the white
Luggage Set Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of Luggage Sets
While you may want to channel a jetsetter vibe with your luggage, you also need to be sure they are tough as well as stylish enough to put your address label on them. We used the following criteria to determine which luggage sets made the final cut:
Brand -we’ve selected luggage brands that are known for their products’ performance, quality and design.
Price – when it comes to protecting your belongings, it is about the right features at a good price
Reviews – you can’t beat the first-hand experience, so we checked out all the consumer feedback and online recommendations
Things To Consider With Luggage Sets
We all travel differently so as well as being durable and easy to transport, your luggage set needs to match your own expectations and jet-setting plans. Make sure you consider the following before buying your new travel luggage:
Material – the main driver behind the material used for a piece of luggage is to create a lightweight, durable product that can cope with the rigors of modern travel. The material selected will also be an indicator of the quality of the bag.
Hard case luggage is commonly made from either Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (or ABS), polycarbonate, polypropylene or PVC. As a guide, polycarbonate is the strongest while polypropylene boasts the lightest weight. If you are opting for a soft luggage set, check out its durability credentials too. A lightweight but sturdy fabric such as ballistic nylon is a good traveler choice but check for its waterproof rating as well.
Weight – every ounce matters when it comes to your luggage so go for as light as you can, without compromising on quality or durability. The weight of your bag counts towards your overall weight allowance on flights so could cost you dearly in excess baggage fees when it comes to the airport weigh in. You also need to be able to carry or transport your luggage around so make your life easier and check the empty weight spec of that luggage set you have your eye on before you buy.
Size – particularly if you fly a lot, it’s advisable to be in the know on the typical size allowance for luggage, both for the hold and carry on so you don’t have any nasty surprises at check-in. There’s nothing worse than being stopped because your hand luggage doesn’t meet airline size regulations and having to discard items in your bag, or worse still, the bag itself. Most luggage manufacturers create their products to fit within the various standard sizes allowed but do check.
Versatility – you can take a lot of hassle out of even the shortest of trips if your luggage set is happy to play ball. We’re talking versatility here, those extra features and adaptable designs that means you can travel and carry your bag with ease, wherever you are. Think wheels, telescopic handles, easy to reach external pockets, carry handles on the top and sides, hidden padded carry straps, quality zips…you get the gist. And pick a luggage set that is neither too ‘off-road’ or too ‘city slicker’ and you and your new luggage can blend in anywhere, while still looking the part.
Storage – let your luggage help you when it comes to neat and easy packing that means you can pack to the max and still zip close the lid. A good-sized main compartment complemented by a range of space-expanding extras such as mesh pockets and zipped pouches is the route to take. A good way to make sure your luggage set can step it up or down when it comes to different styles of traveling is to opt for a luggage set with a good-sized main compartment and a well-zipped mesh pouch in the lid. Then customize your packing with packing cubes to be super-organized.
Lining – this may not seem important until you have a spill or a touch of airport carousel damage but a strong lining inside your luggage can help to keep your belonging safe and confined. If you can, get a luggage set that comes with a waterproof or at the very least wipeable lining to protect against a burst shower gel spillage…or worse. Word to the wise, make sure your toiletries are secured in a zipped-up wash bag and you can protect your clothes too!
Straps – not an essential but a nice addition to looking out for, particularly if you travel for business and want to keep your clothes neat and crease free. Internal straps are designed to secure your packed clothes inside the suitcase and can help to reduce travel-wrinkling. Elasticated straps, with a quick release fastening, are best.
Warranty - a warranty is a must when it comes to your luggage – not only is it a sign that the manufacturers are confident in their product, but it also gives you peace of mind as you put your new luggage set to hard work – there are so many trips to have and you need to be confident your bags are up to the job! Look for the longest term you can find – most come with a 10-year warranty on average and are a good fall back if a zip breaks or there’s a fault in the design. Do check the small print though so you are clear on the exclusions such as airline damage.
Nested sets – you know those Russian dolls in the display cabinet at your mom’s house, those ornaments of varying sizes that fit one inside the other? The same principle applies to nested sets of luggage and are travel baggage at its most versatile. They fit inside one another so you get everything you need while on the road, from toiletry bag and day bag to hand and hold luggage. Neat.
Hardside Vs Softside Luggage
Decisions, decisions – are you ready to go hard or soft when it comes to your new luggage set? It all depends on the main reasons you travel and how you do it but to be honest the final choice is a totally personal one. To help, we’ve got the lowdown on both:
Hardside luggage - just as the name explains, these are the hardshell suitcases that look smart and can pack a lot of gear, particularly if its business or family travel that’s on the map. And, with the technical materials now out there, hard luggage is lighter than ever before.
- Sturdy and rigid so great for protecting its contents
- Waterproof and shockproof qualities
- Easy to clean
Softside luggage - flexible and adaptable, the softside luggage may not have the sturdiness of a hard-shell but they are the versatile luggage style favored by many long-haul travel adventurers.
- Generally more lightweight and easier to carry
- Great for hand luggage as can squish down to fit in the overhead
- More likely to have external pockets for all those travel documents
Luggage Set FAQ
Q: Can luggage be too big for air travel?
A: Yes, particularly if you are carry-on only as there are strict rules on size due to the limited overhead cabin space. You can always pay the extra for hold luggage but who wants to do that? Each airline has their own maximum baggage allowance so rather than give you a definitive answer we strongly recommend you check the guidance on luggage sizes from your airline carrier before you pack and fly. What is reassuring is that the main luggage brands also take the maximum luggage dimensions into account for their luggage products but always check.
Q: What size luggage set do I need?
A: This all depends on your reason for traveling! It’s not always the case of one size (luggage) fits all so look for a flexible luggage set that gives you a combination of choices you can scale up or down. For example, a short city break, or an overnight business trip could see you get away with carry on luggage only if you pack wisely whereas for that long-haul dream luxury trip will see you getting out the largest hardcase and packing it to its max (don’t forget a flexible hand luggage as well so you can bring back your souvenirs and packing ‘overspill’). A round-the-world backpacking trip will need easily transportable baggage that can take all your essential to keep you on the road, so soft baggage with removable day packs could well be the way to go. Whatever type and size of luggage set you choose, pack efficiently and make sure you don’t overload – it’s not necessarily the size but the weight that will catch you out at check-in, and you could be hit with an unwanted excess baggage bill.
Q: What are the best luggage hacks?
A: Who doesn’t love a good hack? And when it comes to packing and traveling, a clever shortcut can make life so much easier. Here are just a few of our luggage hack favorites:
Make the most of that space: Don’t just randomly pack your suitcase until it’s fit to burst, make use of those ‘hidden’ spaces to get everything you need in. Roll your underwear and tuck into gaps and don’t forget shoes are empty spaces that you can fill will smaller items such as socks, recharger cables or jewelry. Or you could look at using compression bags to suck your clothes down to flat pancakes to get more in. Packing cubes are also great ways to organize and separate items.
Luggage scales are a good investment and can save you money at the check-in. Weigh your bag on your out and return journeys to make sure you are not over the allowance.
Don’t just rely on an address label: Pop a business card inside your suitcase and should you and your luggage become separated, you will be more likely to be reunited with your belongings.
Be savvy safe with your valuables: separate your smaller precious items and pack them in disguise – for example, pop jewelry into an empty medicine tub or cash inside an empty (but clean) shampoo bottle and they will be hidden in plain sight, should your luggage get unwanted attention.
Go zip lock crazy: Bulk buy these nifty clear storage bags not only for your on-flight liquids but also to keep your loose items such as keys and headphones secure and easy to find. They are also good for packaging your toiletry liquids such as shampoo to go in your main suitcase, sealing in any spillage and protecting your clothes.