Updated January 18, 2020 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Spinner Luggage

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This wiki has been updated 23 times since it was first published in June of 2015. If you want to make carrying your belongings on your next trip a whole lot easier, it's time to invest in some new bags. Spinner luggage rolls smoothly in every direction on four or more wheels, making navigating busy airports a breeze. Our selection includes models to suit a variety of budget and style preferences, and features both checked and carry-on options for all types of trip. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best spinner luggage on Amazon.

10. AmazonBasics Hardside

9. Kenneth Cole Out of Bounds

8. Delsey Helium Aero

7. Eagle Creek Gear Warrior

6. American Tourister 4 Kix

5. Travelpro Crew Versapack

4. Briggs & Riley Baseline

3. Rockland Carry On

2. Samsonite Omni

1. Travelpro Platinum Elite

Special Honors

Tumi Tegra-Lite If you're tired of hard-shell suitcases that crack, you'll want to check out the Tumi Tegra-Lite. Instead of standard plastics, it boasts an exterior crafted from Tegris, an incredibly resilient thermoplastic composite that's both lightweight and strong. As you might guess, though, it's anything but cheap. tumi.com

Rimowa Original Cabin With its stylish aluminum exterior, the Rimowa Original Cabin is a timeless classic, but it's not just a pretty face. It rolls smoothly on cushioned axles and offers a height-adjustable flexible divider that keeps your stuff from tumbling around during transit. rimowa.com

The Expandable Large by Away The Expandable Large by Away has soft sides and expands 1.75 inches, so there should be plenty of room for all the souvenirs you plan on buying. There's a handy front pocket for fast access to essential gear, and a compression system inside that helps you get the most out of the space. awaytravel.com

Editor's Notes

January 16, 2020:

At this time, we have opted to remove a few older models that have become tough to find, including the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2, the Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street, and the Ricardo Beverly Hills Sausalito. But not to worry, as there are tons of excellent models that will roll along with you to your destination. Top choices include the Travelpro Platinum Elite and the Samsonite Omni, soft-sided and hard-sided models, respectively. They both come in several sizes as well as in sets, so they work well for all types of travelers. We kept the Rockland Carry On, as well, thanks to its budget-friendly price and wide range of fun colors and styles. For those who have a little more to spend, we added the Briggs & Riley Baseline. It has sleek, business-appropriate styling and offers a lifetime warranty for peace of mind. Finally, after some deliberation, we decided to add the AmazonBasics Hardside. It is sold in various sizes or as a luggage set, but it is not the most robust model you can find. If you have budget constraints and don't travel much, it's probably fine; if you're on the road every other week, you'll want to look for something more sturdy, such as the Travelpro Crew Versapack.

Four Wheels Are, Literally, Twice As Good As Two

That's because it isn't just about adding wheels, it's about adding articulation and control.

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, but before you can decide, there are a few considerations to focus on.

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.

There certainly isn't any shortage of spinner options for you to choose from out there, but before you can decide, there are a few considerations to focus on.

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.

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.

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.

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Melissa Harr
Last updated on January 18, 2020 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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