The 10 Best Spinner Luggage

Updated March 15, 2018 by Tina Morna Freitas

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We spent 47 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. 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. Good spinner luggage rolls smoothly on four wheels in every direction, making navigation through busy airports a breeze. Our selection includes models for a variety of budget and style preferences. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best spinner luggage on Amazon.

10. Ricardo Beverly Hills Sausalito

The Ricardo Beverly Hills Sausalito is sturdy, yet moves and turns easily on any surface, including carpets. It has also been built to be lighter than most for easy stowing in overhead compartments with no sacrifice to durability thanks to its ballistic nylon construction.
  • adjustable-height handle
  • 360 degree mobility
  • a bit overpriced for its size
Brand Ricardo Beverly Hills
Model 044-20-487-4WB
Weight 8.9 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Travelpro Platinum Magna 2

The Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 was absolutely made for frequent travel when you consider its self-aligning wheels and incredible workmanship. Regardless, if it does break in some way, the manufacturer provides a lifetime warranty against defects.
  • easy to clean and maintain
  • ergonomic grip for wrist relief
  • wheels not smooth over carpet
Brand Travelpro
Model 4091561
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

8. American Tourister ilite Max

For less frequent travel, or those on a budget, we present the American Tourister ilite Max which has all the features you'd expect from spinner luggage, like a telescoping handle, and a sewn-in side carrying handle that's almost unbreakable.
  • bright colors stand out
  • plastic lined internal storage
  • heavier than other modern luggage
Brand American Tourister
Model 75702-1717
Weight 11.1 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

7. Eagle Creek Gear Warrior

If you're a weekend adventurer who sometimes wished your favorite duffle bag had wheels, then the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior is the bag for you. The rugged, yet ultra-light, polyester body is the size of a large suitcase, but doesn't hold as much gear.
  • choose from 3 colors
  • bottle opener attachment
  • equipment keeper strap
Brand Eagle Creek
Model EC0A2V72162
Weight 11.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

6. Delsey Helium Aero

If a hard shell carry-on is your preference, you will want to check out the Delsey Helium Aero, which has a pure polycarbonate body. A multitude of different color choices and an integrated TSA approved lock make this an easy choice for fast travel.
  • luxurious gloss finish
  • feels light as a feather when moving
  • handle locks in immediately
Brand DELSEY Paris
Model 07647
Weight 12.6 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2

The newly improved Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 has higher quality wheels and better balance than the already near-perfect original. This go-to choice for frequent travelers is known to outlast lesser quality luggage while keeping you well organized.
  • three colors to choose from
  • comfortable gel handle grips
  • wet pack compartment is too small
Brand Samsonite
Model 51118
Weight 13.8 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Kenneth Cole Out of Bounds

Let your inner diva out with the Kenneth Cole Out of Bounds. This bag is a little on the small side, but offers lots of interior organization and compression to make up for it. It comes in eight color options, so yours can always stand out and be easily identified.
  • molded corners for longevity
  • dual handles for easy carrying
  • no external pockets
Brand Kenneth Cole REACTION
Model 5705042
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

3. Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street

The exterior of the Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street features a proprietary embossed fabric that gives it an upscale, refined look while offering superior durability and moisture resistance. The attractive main interior compartment has plenty of organizing pouches.
  • self-repairing zipper
  • telescoping handle
  • high price but worth it
Brand Briggs & Riley
Model ZU121SP Navy.
Weight 9.7 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Rockland Carry On

The Rockland Carry On is a hard-bodied option for those who want to make a style statement with a bag that's easily identified. It comes in a variety of whimsical patterns the young and the young-at-heart will love almost as much as its low price.
  • patterned internal lining
  • interior mesh zip pocket
  • 3-year warranty
Brand Rockland
Model F151
Weight 7.5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

1. Samsonite Inova

The Samsonite Inova is an exceptional choice that is constructed of 100% polycarbonate, but without the shiny plastic look of most similar models. That means you get superior protection for your belongings without sacrificing aesthetics or functionality.
  • handle sits flush when compressed
  • beautiful brushed finish
  • professional design will impress
Brand Samsonite
Model 48251-1546
Weight 13.1 pounds
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.

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Last updated on March 15, 2018 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and two cats. She enjoys making and sipping margaritas and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.

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