10 Best Luggage Sets Reviewed & Compared
Ever been in a situation where you find that one of your suitcases is too big for your trip, but your other one is too small?
Our trips often vary significantly in length from one to the next. I think you’ll agree that nobody wants to bring a bulky 29” suitcase for a 4 or 5-day trip, or a tiny 18” one, for that matter.
This is one of the many reasons why luggage sets are the way to go.
Additionally, if you are looking for something for the whole family, our list of luggage sets would be ideal.
Factors like size, nesting capability, durability, and more are important in picking the right set for you.
We’ve researched and tested various options on the market to figure out which luggage sets offer the most value and narrowed our list down to these 10.
10 Best luggage sets for travelers in 2019
Some of these sets contain everything from large checked suitcases to small travel bags, and others are simple matching carry-on and suitcase pairs. The comparison table at the end of the list also shows the size and weight of each individual suitcase in the set.
1. Samsonite - Omni PC 3 piece
The Samsonite Omni, a hardside set of 3, is our choice for the best luggage set on the market today. Available in 10 color variants, this Samsonite luggage will make for a stylish option during your travels and is built to last.
When it comes to size, this is a great luggage set with a lot of space in each bag. The interiors are quite simplistic with one mesh pocket and another to store some important papers. Other than that, there’s a simple strap to keep your clothes from moving around.
The biggest pro with this set is that the wheels are extremely well-made and roll really well on different surfaces. Durable wheels are essential for any good luggage set, and this set certainly ticks that box. The carry-on is a good size and will fit in overhead cabins. You can also easily nest the cases into each other when storing them in your home, which saves a lot of space. The set also comes with handy TSA locks.
The 100% polycarbonate shell is scratch-resistant; however, in actual application, it does accumulate some scratches, but not as much as the other ABS or polycarbonate models we’ve seen. A downside we saw was that another internal or external pocket would have improved the packing space in each case. Weight wise, we felt that the large 28” could be a bit lighter. Aesthetically, we would recommend the Caribbean blue or the bronze, since they look really classy.
- Spinner Wheels are extremely well-made
- All 3 are pretty light for their size
- Can be expanded for more space
- Can nest one inside the other to save space
- Marginally pricey
- Interiors could have had more pockets
2. Travelpro Maxlite 5 Set
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 features high on our checked & carry on luggage lists so picking the Maxlite 5 3 piece set was a no brainer. If sturdy & super lightweight is the combination you are after then this is the one to pick.
On average the Maxlite 5s are about 0.5 to 1lbs lighter than most luggage in their respective categories. The 25" for starters is lighter than most carry-ons in the market. Couple this with durability & you can easily see why this Travelpro luggage set is a must-have for many.
Despite the smaller profile, the wheels on these roll extremely well on any surface. Its probably one of the smoothest suitcase sets to operate second to travelpro's own Platinum Elite series which uses Magna Trac wheels.
The handles are also extremely easy to operate and have multiple stop points which in turn offer maximum comfort in a variety of situations. Many reviewers were very happy with the handles, wheels & zipper's build quality. The exterior also has a large pocket in the front to keep items you want to access quickly.
The interiors are fairly basic with a mesh top section and 2 tiedown straps for your clothes. All the in the set are expandable which is a positive. The packing space though is less than what you get in many hardsided options which can be a small issue for some.
- All 3 are super light
- Excellent durability
- Rolls well even on challenging surfaces
- PowerScope Lite handle is one of the best around
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- The 21" carry on is not sturdy enough to be checked in
3. Coolife Luggage 3 piece Set
The Coolife is another extremely popular luggage set. Despite not being a well-established brand like Samsonite or Delsey, Coolife does offer some great lightweight & affordable hardside suitcases.
When you factor in the quality & features along with the price, the Coolife set is hard to ignore. The wheels may look a tad small, especially on the larger 28-inch case but they roll extremely well & go the distance.
You get plenty of packing space with basic interiors. You can hold down your clothes which a buckle and there is a mesh top for staying organized to some extent. The exterior is made from 100% ABS which is quite sturdy but is not capable of withstanding heavy impacts. It will, however, protect your belongings in most cases.
Coolife offers you a number of color options to choose from & there is a 4 set variant that's perfect for families too. The 1 downside with the bright colors is these suitcases can accumulate scratches which are easily visible so a cover might be the way to go.
Other than that this 3 piece set comes with a TSA lock and a well-made aluminum telescopic handle that can lock into place at different heights. A feature most commonly found on premium luggage only. You also get a 2-year warranty & Coolife's customer service is quite good. (Something which many buyers pointed out too!)
- Affordable price
- Wheels roll very smoothly
- Good customer service
- Not heavy duty
4. Samsonite Winfield 3 DLX Hardside Spinner Set
The Samsonite Winfield 3 DLX replaces the every popular Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion which was a mainstay on our list over the years. The newer version carries on the tradition and offers excellent durability coupled with stylish aesthetics.
Without getting too distracted by the exquisite finish on the exterior let's dive into what the Samsonite Winfield 3 DLX has to offer. Made from 100% polycarbonate the Winfield 3 is probably the most durable luggage set option in our guide. This applies to all 3 sizes. The exterior also offers great wear & tear resistance which we liked.
The interiors are quite spacious with basic straps to tie down your clothing. You also have a 4 pocket mesh section which can be placed over the clothes in either half. The versatility of the organizer is a nice addition when compared to its predecessor. Many users mentioned that the lining on the interior can rip which is a set down build quality wise for Samsonite.
The wheels on the smaller carry on & midsize maneuver extremely easily on most surfaces but the larger 28" suitcase can feel a bit sluggish at times. Relative to the overall size of the cases, the wheels are quite small but they do last.
Samsonite also offers a 10-year limited warranty on this luggage set which is a bonus. The main reason this doesn't top our list is to do with the handle. Despite the low profile, elegant looks & multiple stop heights, the aluminum handle is very flimsy. It uses a push button system but the button can engage quite easily dropping the handle when the intention isn't there to do so. Other than this, you are looking at an excellent lightweight set that offers amazing packing space.
- Quite Light
- Super stylish aesthetics
- Great wear & tear resistance
- Upgraded organizational features
- Plenty of room for packing
- 10 Year Limited Warranty
- The interior lining quality needs to be improved
- The handle is not the sturdiest around
- Wheels on the larger one can feel sluggish at times
5. AmazonBasics Premium Softside Spinner Set
If you are looking for a soft side luggage set that's more on the affordable site then the AmazonBasics is an interesting alternative.
This 3 piece spinner luggage set by AmazonBasics is a good alternative to the Maxlite series we showcased earlier. Despite the economical price tag, these suitcases are extremely well made. You get the 21', 25" & the 29" variant in this set, meaning that the carry-on is a tad large for international travel but perfect for domestic travel.
The cases are made from polyester like most soft side options around. You can expand all 3 to get some more packing space. You do have handles on the side & the bottom which makes it easy to transport even the large ones. We liked that there is a rubber mush on the side so that the cases don't get dirty when placed on its side in a luggage belt or a car.
The wheels on these are extremely sturdy and the dual wheel design is commonly used by many luggage brands. Some reviewers did mention that the wheels are a bit hard to drag though. The interiors have
The AmazonBasics also comes with an inbuilt TSA lock which is a rare feature on a soft side case. You also get a 3-year limited warranty. The support stabilizers to prevent tipping is also a nice touch we thought.
- Good price
- Quite durable
- Good organizational features
- Wheels can feel sluggish on some surfaces
- Can rip when handled in a rough manner
6. Merax Luggage 3 Piece Set
When it comes to budget luggage sets the Merax is another popular option. The luggage in this set is made from P.E.T material which is a non-toxic & lightweight material that offers better stress & impact resistance.
Merax is known for its range of budget luggage options. Their travel house set has been a mainstay among many best luggage set guides. We've gone for the newer hardside set which is an elegant alternative for travelers.
Like we mentioned earlier these cases are made from P.E.T material which additionally offers better tolerance to low & higher temperatures which makes this an extremely durable option. Unlike typical ABS, the colors here don't fade when exposed to prolonged sunlight.
You have plenty of packing space on the inside despite these suitcases not being expandable. You have a mesh top section and tie down straps which are very well made. Weight-wise the Merax is quite standard and can compare to most picks shown here.
Other than that, you can nest the smaller suitcases inside the larger ones. It comes with a TSA lock and fairly sturdy wheels too.
- Very good price
- Plenty of color options
- Made from durable P.E.T material
- Good resistance to stress & temperature variance
- 5-year worldwide warranty
- The handle can have a flimsy feel
- Occasional build quality issues
7. Delsey Helium Aero 3-Piece Set
Stylish, durable & superior build quality is just some of the things you get when you opt for the Delsey Paris Helium Aero Spinner luggage set.
We've gone with the set of 3 that contains the larger 21" variant instead of the 19" which is more suited for international travel. You can always choose the latter based on your travel needs.
Made from Polycarbonate 7 lined with polyester the Helium Aero is definitely one of our favorites in terms of standalone luggage. This spinner luggage set's core offering is packing room. It boasts one of the rare carry-ons that are expandable and you can pack a lot, enough for weeks/ months even.
Whilst the exterior is stunning it can accumulate scratches which one needs to be mindful of. The interiors also feature mesh pockets & tie down straps for staying organized.
EVery aspect of the Delsey exudes quality from how well made the zippers are to how sturdy & smooth the wheels feel and operate. They also have inbuilt TSA locks to aid your travels.
- Light when you factor in its size
- A lot of packing space
- Top-notch Aesthetics
- Build quality is great
- Potential to go overweight is quite high
- Prone to scratches & scrapes
8. American Tourister iStack Travel System
This American Tourister 2-piece luggage set offers good value for money. Featuring the iStack system whereby you can place 1 on to of the other enabling one hand travel.
Its quite common for many to own an American Tourister, especially when you are just starting your travels or don't tend to travel all that frequently. This set, however, caters to even frequent travelers. This is also the best-looking luggage set on our list featuring an elegant finish & color detailing.
The quality of the interior lining resembles that of a premium suitcase. Organizational features wise its fairly basic with just 2 pockets and a mesh section. Most people are curious if a piece of luggage can be nested inside the other but in this case, you can also stack them when traveling.
The smaller one features a strap which can be placed over the handle on the larger one creating a good stackable luggage option for you to consider. The exteriors have 2 pockets for easy access items & there are handles at the bottom and the sides to make them easy to transport.
The wheels on this American Tourister luggage set make it easy to maneuver. Something which other users also mentioned. This pair also comes with a 10-year limited warranty.
- Can stack one on top of the other
- 10 year limited warranty
- Not the most sturdy set of wheels
9. Travelers Choice 2 Piece Carry on Luggage Set
If you are searching for a solid carry on only luggage set, then you just found it. This economical option by travelers choice maybe basic but its highly functional.
Its price alone ensures that the Traveler's choice needs to feature here. What you get is fairly simple, a piece of expandable soft side luggage and a bag that can be used as an underseater option.
You can store all the usual travel gear and laptops too. Whilst these are not the best looking ones in the market they certainly get the job done. The smaller one doesn't come with wheels but there is a clamp to attach & stack it on top of the larger one.
The wheels are extremely basic but do tend to last for a reasonable amount of time. Long term durability though is the major con as highlighted by many previous buyers.
- Clasp for stacking 1 on top of the other
- Good amount of packing room
- Long term durability is poor
- Not meant for frequent flyers
- Only cabin baggage
10. American Tourister Moonlight Set
The 2nd American Tourister, is another simple yet functional spinner set for you to consider. Both are expandable too!
To round it all off is the Moonlight by American Tourister. We've included the cabin luggage variant and the smaller 24" check-in option for those who don't like to pack too much on the go.
The design on the outside is quite nice with a marble option, a simpler rose gold &many more to choose from. You can pack a substantial amount since its a hardside set. The interiors are basic but stylish featuring patterned designs.
It features a lot lower down on the list cause there are a couple of downsides. The main one being the sheer amount of scuffs and scratches it accumulates. Another is that you can face some build quality issues. This, however, comes with the territory when you consider its price.
- Good price
- Stylish & colorful (including the interiors)
- Easy to maneuver
- Highly prone to scratches
- Poor wear resistance
Luggage Sets Compared
|1. Samsonite Omni||19" x 14.5" x 9.75"|
24" x 17.5" x 11.5"
28.5" x 20.5" x 13.5"
|6.81 lbs, 8.34 lbs, 10.35 lbs|
|2. Travelpro Maxlite 5 Set||21", 25", 29"||5.4 lbs, 7.3 lbs, 8.5 bs|
|3. COOLIFE||20", 24", 28"||6.3 lbs, 7.9 lbs, 10 lbs|
|4. Samsonite 3-Piece Set||Overall Dimensions:|
20" - 22.5" x 14.5" x 9.5"
24" - 27" x 17.25" 11.3"
28" - 30.5" x 20.5" x 13.25"
|6.97 lbs, 8.9 lbs, 10.96 lbs|
|5. AmazonBasics 3 Piece||21", 25", 29"||6 lbs, 8 lbs, 10 lbs (Approx)|
|6. Merax||20", 24", 28"||6 lbs, 8 lbs, 10 lbs|
|7. Delsey||21", 25", 29"||8.4 lbs, 10.2, 12 lbs|
|8. American Tourister Istack||20", 25"||8 lbs, 8 lbs|
|9. Travelers Choice||15" x 11" x 6"|
21" x 13" x 7.5"
|1.8 lbs (tote), 8 lbs|
|10. American Tourister||21" x 24"||7.5 lbs, 9.3 lbs|
|Note: External Dimension measurements include wheels & handles.|
Advantages of opting for luggage sets
Travel frequency and duration: If you are purchasing the set for yourself, make sure you actually have a need for all 2, 3, or 4 pieces. If it’s for your whole family then it’s a much easier decision. If you are unsure, choosing a carry-on/checked pairing would be an ideal solution. Some luggage sets even come with 5 to 8 pieces, including packing cubes, that offer you a chance to have an entirely coordinated packing setup.
What sizes are optimal in a luggage set?
This depends on where you intend to travel, whether you’re traveling as a family or as an individual, etc. Generally, this combination of sizes is what we find works best;
Set of 2: 20,″ 28″
Set of 3: 20,″ 24,″ 28″ or 21,″ 25,″ 29″
Set of 4: An underseater, 20,″ 24,″ 28″
We have chosen the 20″ as the carry-on size with international use in mind. If you intend to use your set purely for domestic travel, then a 21″ carry-on would work best. Additionally, for international travel, you could opt for a 31/32″ instead of a 28 or 29″ suitcase. This will give you more flexibility and packing room to bring home some souvenirs.
Most brands list the size of the case, not the overall dimensions of the luggage; even though the 21″ is listed as such, its overall dimensions ware closer to 22.75 or 23”, exceeding the 22″ carry-on size recommended by many international airlines.
Nesting Capability: Nesting capability was essential for us.
What do you mean by nested luggage set?
It’s basically the ability to place one suitcase into another, like the famous Russian Matryoshka doll. Any suitcase that can’t be nested becomes quite a pain to store, especially if you have the habit of traveling seasonally. This is an advantage of choosing sets since matching luggage tends to fit better. A good rule of thumb: if there is a gap of 4″ between each suitcase, they should nest quite comfortably within one another.
Price: This is another big advantage of purchasing a set. Many suitcases (not all) in the market are much cheaper when bought as a set compared to individual buys. This way, you can get the best of what’s available, even from the big brands, at a lower price.
Hardside set or softside set?
|Variants||ABS, Polycarbonate||Polyester/Nylon Variants (Ballistic, Ripstop)|
|Aesthetics||Brighter & darker color options but can scratch easily||Mainly darker colors with better abrasion resistance|
|Overall Durability||Very good (Model Dependent)||Very good (Model Dependent)|
|Weight||Very Light||Light (feature & brand dependent)|
|Protection||Excellent (Ideal for fragile items)||Good|
|Organizational Features||Very limited||A wide variety|
|Price||Cheaper||Varies based on features|
|Note: When talking about durability we considered the handles, zippers etc., not just the material alone. While the polycarbonate on its own is quite durable, many softside models have sturdier wheels, handles etc. (overall package)|
Aluminum luggage such as the Rimowa models are not so common but are the best in terms of durability.
Tegris by Tumi is a polypropylene thermoplastic composite that has excellent impact resistance but is extremely expensive. Tegris is also 100% recyclable and is certainly one to watch in the future.
Things you look for when buying any set of luggage:
Wheels – Spinners are much easier on the shoulder, and that’s why they dominate our list. Having said that, rollerboards tend to be best at navigating rough surfaces. Double check to make sure the durability of the wheels is good when purchasing a set. Matching the construction style to your own needs really helps.
Color – Hardside luggage usually has more color options to choose from. A set of 4 black bags can be quite challenging to spot at the baggage carousel, even if you do have luggage tags on them. Some brands do offer a number of color options on soft-side luggage, but it’s important to make sure that the luggage is stain-resistant.
Zippers and Handles – We looked to see if each piece in the set had handles on both the side and the top to make lifting it easy. We also highly valued zippers to cover handles and help aesthetics.
Weight – It’s quite common to utilize both the carry-on and check-in suitcases. Ensure that each one in the set is light with respect to the class it’s in. If you simply want the lightest, the IT or Travel Pro should do the trick. You can always get yourself a luggage scale for your travels too.
Packing Capacity and Organizational Features – The individual suitcases amongst the sets we picked have plenty of packing volume. They also function well when packed completely without tipping over. Most of the sets on our list are for travelers on a budget. Having said that, the presence of at least basic organizational features are important. Pockets for easy-access items and toiletries are also something you need to look for.
Warranty – In our research, we valued companies that offered extended warranties and facilitated easy access to spares. Many of the top brands offer at least a 5-year limited warranty.
Is the price of luggage sets always lower than when you buy them separately?
No, not always. In many cases, especially on the high-end models, the sets aren’t discounted. There are exceptions, but from what we’ve seen, the ones we’ve listed above offer the most value. It is always wise to check the price of individual models and compare so you never miss out on limited-time deals, especially if you decide to go for higher-end models.
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