The 10 Best Spinner Luggage
10. Kenneth Cole Out of Bounds
- molded abs corners for longevity
- dual handles for easy carrying
- no external pockets
|Brand||Kenneth Cole REACTION|
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
9. Timbuk2 Co-Pilot
- handles on all four sides
- dual zippers for every compartment
- release mechanism rattles
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
8. Ricardo Beverly Hills Sausalito
- adjustable-height handle
- 360 degree mobility
- meets carry-on restrictions
|Brand||Ricardo Beverly Hills|
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
7. Travelpro Platinum Magna 2
- easy to clean and maintain
- ergonomic grip for wrist relief
- nylon has a protective coating
|Rating||3.7 / 5.0|
6. American Tourister Ilite Max
- bright colors stand out
- plastic lined internal storage
- heavier than other modern luggage
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
5. Delsey Helium Aero
- luxurious gloss finish
- feels light as a feather when moving
- handle locks in fast
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
4. Samsonite Inova
- handle compresses flush
- beautiful brushed finish
- professional design will impress
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
3. Travelers Club Luggage Madison
- many straps to reduce shifting
- designed for one-handed use
- resists scratching and abrasion
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
2. Rockland Carry On
- patterned internal lining
- interior mesh zip pocket
- 3-year warranty
|Rating||4.9 / 5.0|
1. Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2
- three colors to choose from
- comfortable gel handle grips
- water-resistant nylon
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
Four Wheels Are, Literally, Twice As Good As Two
If you've ever had to drag a heavy piece of luggage around without any wheels to help you along, you know that the advent of the wheeled suitcase was a miracle waiting to happen. Spinner luggage takes that miracle a little further, but not by simply adding two more wheels.
Think, if you will, about a skateboard. You could–if you have an older suitcase and you want to hold out on purchasing a new one as long as possible–you could beat up some neighborhood kids, take one of their skateboards and simply place your case on that.
You would, however, quickly notice a big difference between the ease of use in your felonious four wheeled system and those of your more modern, less violent fellow flyers.
That's because it isn't just about adding wheels, it's about adding articulation and control. Four wheels that only go forward and backward–like the skateboard–don't offer that.
Instead, the design for the wheels on spinner luggage comes over from the casters you'd see on rolling office furniture. Each wheel is actually its own set of two wheels whose shared axle is attached perpendicularly to a vertical bar that can rotate the wheel set 360º.
The result is a case whose wheels can adjust independently to any demands placed on them by the hand on the bag.
An Army Of Options
There certainly isn't any shortage of spinner options for you to choose from out there. We've done you the favor of whittling the field down to these five great bags, but a few questions remain for you to make the best choice.
Most importantly in this instance, even more important than the look of the bag, is its size.
If you're a real jet setter, popping off to a weekend location or a 48 hour job event and back home again, a smaller bag will do just fine, unless you're an obsessively heavy packer.
It's definitely a good idea to train yourself to pack lightly. It is a skill, and it must be honed.
For the moment, really consider your packing style. If you have a bag now, measure it (provided you don't know the dimensions off hand) and pack it. You don't have to be going anywhere, but pack it and pack it honestly for the kind of trip you're liable to take. Then use what you learn from that experience–was there too much space? Not enough?–to guide you toward the perfect size bag.
The selections and sequencing of our top five have a little to do with the prices each bag falls into at its given size, but most of the models have multiple size options, as well.
After that, you can focus on the look of the bag. Remember that plain bags can get picked up by mistake either on the plane or at a baggage claim if you happen to check it. If you don't want to go for the more unique, more recognizable designs available, mark your bag with a colorful hair tie or baggage ticket.
Keep On Rolling Along
If I'm being entirely honest, there is something appealing about these ancient looking trunks. They immediately put me on a train traveling through India under the direction of Mr. Wes Anderson.
The problem with cases like these is that they require porters and luggage racks and all sorts of nonsense to get them from point a to point b.
Which is why, I presume, wheels finally made it on to luggage in the 1970s. Those cases didn't quite resemble the wheeled luggage we think of today, as upright designs took another decade to find their way to the market.
Still, these were the cases of the two-wheeled variety, and the more articulate, four-wheeled design didn't arrive on the scene until Samsonite introduced it in 2004.
The wheels doubled in number, got smaller, and were given independent action, allowing each case to glide smoothly in any direction.
Are hovering cases anywhere in our future? Based on the reckless way most people pull their rolling bags through the airport, I certainly hope not.