Best Luggage sets in 2018 reviewed
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.
12 Best luggage sets for travelers in 2018
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
- 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
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, the Samsonite Omni 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.
2. Coolife - Soft Shell Spinner set of 3
- Excellent price
- Corners are reasonably well protected
- Highly durable
- No handles on the underside of the luggage
- Outer surface can accumulate dirt very easily
These soft-side suitcases by Coolife are lightweight and very affordable. This set of luggage is surprisingly well-built, with padding along the edges to slow wear and tear.
Aside from the great price, potential buyers are attracted to the Coolife's durability, one of its strong points. While some users did report some small irritating issues, like the handle not staying locked on rough surfaces, most reported that the Coolife performed extremely well during frequent travel.
The basic interiors and the materials used make the Coolife set very light, which is ideal for those who like to pack a lot of items. The wheels are easy to maneuver and can withstand some abuse, despite the occasional user mentioning the wheels coming loose at the joints.
These suitcases are made from a combination of 1680D Oxford Cloth and a 210D Nylon lining. Most regular to high-end luggage uses a higher-density nylon compound. This basically means that these soft-sided options excel aesthetically but have poor abrasion and stain resistance. Choosing a color that hides these shortfalls can improve your experience for a period of time.
3. Samsonite - Winfield 2 Fashion - 3 piece
- Plenty of pockets to stay organized
- Quite sturdy and durable
- Comes with a 10-year limited warranty
- Zippers and locks are really well-made
- Larger cases are expandable
- Scratches are easily noticed
- Some users reported the handle on the 28” to be a tad flimsy
- No external easy-access compartments
It’s hard to leave out the Winfield 2 on any luggage list, thanks to its outstanding build quality. The Winfield 2 is a fashionable hardside set that holds up well in tough conditions.
Made from 100% polycarbonate, the Winfield 2 set has many positive traits, including its interior. Unlike many overly simple solutions we see on most suitcases, this one has a number of pockets and a full zip divider to keep your items organized. The exterior features a shiny finish that has some pros and cons.
The zippers are the highest-quality we’ve seen on any suitcase. They work well with the TSA locks. All three suitcases are quite light, especially the 20”, which helps when you want to travel with just a carry on. .
Scratches are a given downside for almost any hard-sided suitcase, but they tend to stick out even more on the Winfield 2 due to its shiny finish. Many users also noted that the handle on the large bag may not be sturdy enough for when the suitcase is full. The 2 large ones can be expanded as well to get 1.5” more space.
4. it luggage - Duotone 3 set
- Highly functional with many external pockets
- Two-toned look is super stylish
- 14 different color options
- Some durability is sacrificed during rough use
- Only one zipped mesh compartment on the inside
It luggage has been known for making ultra-light luggage over the years, and this duotone set is another great option for your travels.
Made from high-density polymer, the Duotone set together weighs less than some 29” suitcases in the market. We really liked the two handy front pockets for storing multiple items. The interior is quite simple, with just one zippered compartment and straps for keeping your clothes in place. Another thing we liked is that you can zip up the telescopic handle when not in use, giving the luggage a sleek appearance. We also found the 60-40 color scheme variation to be quite attractive. It's available in 14 different color options too.
The trade-off with this luggage set is durability; if you expect your luggage to be tossed around a lot, then a hard side option would serve you better. We found that the Duotone set holds up quite well during normal conditions, which is great considering its weight. The wheels are pretty slim and it doesn’t roll quite as smoothly as the Delsey or Travel pro, but it’s still highly functional.
5. Steve Madden - 4 set
- Fully-lined interior with many pockets
- Extremely well designed
- The satchel can hold a lot of items
- Comes with luggage tags
- The handle and zippers work effortlessly
- The carry-on 20” is quite heavy
- The satchel’s handle needs a round shape or smoother feel
- Doesn’t come with any locks
Attention fashionistas! If you are looking for a stylish luggage set for your extended travels, then the 4-piece collection by Steve Madden is the one for you.
Many of y’all are probably familiar with Steve Madden shoes, but their luggage collection is also something to watch. This set of 3 suitcases + 1 satchel offers immense value for the price.
Let’s begin with the smallest, the satchel. It’s quite roomy and can easily accommodate your laptop (MacBook 15”) plus many other items you typically take during travel. The handle is the only strike against this option, as it’s not too comfy to hold for extended periods. A smoother finish or rounded handle would be easier on the hands, especially if you are out and about for hours on end. The satchel doesn’t come with too many compartments either.
The 24 and 28” are expandable, soft-sided bags with have plenty of pockets on the inside. Both also have one large pocket on the outside for travel documents. During storage, they can be nested inside one another, similar to many of the options on our list. The build quality of the handles and zippers is outstanding as well.
For the downsides on this set, the wheels don’t turn as easily as we’d have liked; this issue was reported by others users, too. We found that the ease of turning the wheels varied, with the carry-on being the easiest and the big 28” the toughest to turn. The weight of the carry-on was also a definite weakness for us, coming in at 7.8 lbs, which is quite heavy for a small 20-incher.
This set does come in a couple of colors. We found that the scratches and dust are much more visible on the black than on the dark purple. Overall, this set is one we’d highly recommend for those looking for something stylish at a good price.
6. Delsey - Helium Aero Set of 2
- Wheels are well-built and roll with ease
- Excellent build quality with a stylish exterior
- The carry-on comes with an easy-access front pocket
- The 29” is quite light for its size
- Both are expandable
- A bit prone to scratches
- Slightly expensive
- The packing space in the 19” is somewhat limited
The Delsey Helium Aero carry-on and checked suitcase combo is another one of our favorite hardside options. The quality finish and vibrant color scheme are built to last and make an impression.
Both the carry-on and checked versions have made our top 10 lists for their respective categories, and this combo is sure to survive any rugged environment. Firstly, the smaller 19” comes with a front pouch, which is rare among carry-ons. The front pouch can be easily accessed as it opens outward, allowing you to easily grab items you need quick access to without putting all your belongings on display.
You might be asking whether or not the 29” passes airline requirements, and it sure does, especially for international travel! The expansion capacity of both the carry-on and checked versions allow you to pack a lot.
A downside is that the handle is built inside, taking up some valuable packing space, but this is offset to an extent with the expansion capability. Another con is that the exterior is prone to scratches. While the glossy finish is great, scratches stick out like a sore thumb if you are unfortunate enough to collect any large ones.
The Delsey does come with all the usual amenities you would expect at this price, like TSA locks and high-quality handles. What we really liked are the double wheels. They are extremely well-made and allow you to turn quickly even on very rough surfaces. They are firmly bolted onto the suitcase itself and won’t let you down.
7. Tommy Bahama - Mojito 4 piece luggage set
- Construction quality and design is fantastic
- Interior has a nice design
- Thick wheels ensure it can handle any surface
- All three are expandable, offering a lot of packing space
- Can survive rough treatment by airlines
- The 20” suitcase is on the heavier side
- A bit pricey
The Mojito 4-piece set by Tommy Bahama is our choice for the most stylish luggage set. The textured handles and signature Tommy Bahama finish offer travelers a fabulously stylish luggage option.
The main thing we liked is, of course, the design, but the set has numerous other positive traits. You can expand the 20, 24 and 28-inchers to get more packing space. The large duffle bag has plenty of room for a large laptop and more. It comes in two colors, brownstone and navy.
We noticed that this set doesn’t accumulate many scratch marks that soft-sided options usually do. The zippers are well-made, as well as the wheels. The wheel design is similar to the ones seen on the Steve Madden set. The three exterior pockets are pretty handy to store documents and any easy-access items.
The telescopic handle is pretty basic and not as stylish as the Delsey, for instance. You might be wondering, what’s the catch? Well, the 20” luggage weighs in at 8.5 pounds, which is comparable to many 25” options on the market today. We felt that this was a bit too high. It’s also much more expensive than the Steve Madden set.
8. American Tourister - Pop Plus 3 piece set
- All three roll extremely well
- Very economical
- Adequate packing space for international travel
- Quite light
- Can tip over if heavier items are not packed towards the bottom
- The zipper can break if handling is rough
American Tourister has a long history of producing great luggage for a good price, and the Pop Plus 3-piece set certainly keeps up that tradition.
The Pop 3 Plus is a definite upgrade on the original Pop 3, especially with respect to construction quality. The size will certainly suit most international travelers. The next most important aspect is the weight. All three, we noted, are relatively light. The polyester exterior has a rich feel, and the interiors have a simple finish with enough pockets. The handles are pretty standard, which you see on most suitcases in this price range.
It comes in about six different colors. The bright color options are pretty easy to see on the conveyor belt, but the dirt marks also stick out a bit more. Another point to note is that the carry-on is just about an inch over the 22” regulation, but despite the bag (including the wheels) being slightly over the limit, most users reported having no issues at all. This economical 3-piece is definitely one of the better budget options out there, along with the Merax.
9. Merax - Travelhouse 3 piece set
- Great value for money
- Ample packing space
- Telescopic handle is durable and easy to use
- Can be nested to save space
- Not many pockets inside or outside
The Merax Travelhouse is our pick for the best budget luggage set. You get a good mixture of lightweight, affordable price, and space for packing. To top it off, it comes in 10 vibrant colors.
First up, despite its price, we think it almost matches the Samsonite Omni which we touched on in terms of quality. The 24” and 28” are expandable and give a lot of space for packing. This is furthered by the location of the handles on the outside of the suitcase. Weight wise, it’s comparable to that of the Omni 3PC set again, but the carry-on is marginally heavier, despite it being made of ABS. This was a bit of a con, but still not a deal-breaker for us. The expansion feature was quite important on the 24” option. This will help you take more in less space and not have to resort to the 28” all the time.
The extendable, telescopic handles are easy to use and quite durable. The wheels are sturdy but not as good as some of the others on our list; still, for the price, the spinners are pretty good. The ABS exterior is light and does accumulate some scratches over time, but not too many. Many users have reported having issues with the handles on previous models, and the new metal handles which Meerax now uses are much more durable.
We really liked the bright colors too, but, on the flipside, scratches can be seen quite easily if the luggage is handled roughly.
10. Coolife Expandable Suitcase 3 Piece Set
- Relatively inexpensive
- All three roll really well
- Aesthetically neat
- The 28" is expandable
- Sturdy for an ABS option, but the larger one has construction quality issues
- Can accumulate scratches
For those who embrace a minimalist style and would like something super affordable, the Coolife is definitely one to consider.
The Coolife set comes in five different colors and has a lot to offer for those looking for something really simple. The upright suitcase is made from ABS + PC and is quite light. This would make for a good first luggage set if you are just starting to explore the world.
The handles can be locked into position easily with a push of a button. This is quite handy, especially if you want to tie a travel pillow or something to it. The dual wheels ensure that the luggage rolls smoothly. All three were able to navigate even the toughest of pavements.
It’s important to remember that you get what you pay for with this set. The downsides are that scratches can be seen easily on the brightly-colored options. The carry-on is quite light, making it easy to use compared to the Tommy Bahama we touched on earlier. The 28" hardside is expandable by about 15% and makes this set a bargain. The interiors are pretty basic, similar to what you find on any budget suitcase set.
The construction quality is definitely questionable on the 28" as there were reports of tears happening when expanded or zippers coming off. The zippers on the others were slightly iffy, but still held together well in most cases. The luggage comes with all the usual bells and whistles, like TSA locks and standard handles on the side and the top.
11. Timberland Luggage Twin Mountain - 4 Piece
- Plenty of pockets for organization and a shoe bag as well
- Made from PVC and uses recycled materials
- Top-notch durability
- Interiors and exteriors are well-made
- Some noticeable fraying of the material over time
- Not as easy to roll as a spinner
The Timberland Twin Mountain 4-piece set is ideal for frequent travelers and those who like to rough it out outdoors. The quality of the wheeled duffels and the messenger bag is excellent, making this one of the serious contenders on our list.
The Timberland Twin Mountain set is not just on our list to add variety---it’s an excellent option for those who like their luggage set to be versatile. Granted, it might not be as versatile as the Eagle Creek Load or Gear Warriors (which you can wear like a backpack), but it still opens up interesting outdoor possibilities for you.
There are plenty of separate compartments to make sure the interiors are organized. The zippers and handles are well-built in all four pieces. The handles don't extend too much though, which was a small downside. In terms of sturdiness, it was right up there with the best. If you’re planning on traveling for a year through somewhere like Asia for example, this set is ideal.
There is a boot bag on the interior for your shoes. This rolling duffel also has decent shock protection. The exterior is made from 600D polyester and ripstop fabric. It's also water resistant, which is an excellent feature to have. In terms of visible wear, the duffels can show some wear in the corners over time with fraying of the fabric, but nothing major.
When dealing with duffels, how well your stuff is protected often depends on how you pack. There are compression straps to help you in centering the weight within the suitcases. In terms of the weight of the cases themselves, the Twin Mountain set is slightly heavier than conventional luggage, but not by much. Its stats are extremely similar to many softside options on our list, with the Maxlite and It luggage being the obvious exceptions. It rolls decently but is definitely not as comfortable as a spinner suitcase.
With the messenger bag, its construction is very good. The strap is not the most comfortable, however, especially if you plan on wearing it for a long time. It can very easily fit smaller laptops also.
12. HAUPTSTADTKOFFER Glossy Luggage Set
- 18 different color options
- The two larger options can be expanded
- Many users mentioned their ability to roll smoothly on almost any surface
- Overall construction is good
- All 3 are quite heavy for their size
- Many reported having issues removing the protective wrap layer
- Scratches & scrapes are easily visible
HAUPTSTADTKOFFER is a brand from Germany that offers pristine ABS suitcases, and the Alex series featured here has that top-of-the-line quality.
This glossy hardside set is really well-built. The exterior is made of ABS and polycarbonate, which helps a bit with durability but can give it a flimsy feel. The suitcases come with TSA-approved locks and even padding on one side so that you can place the suitcase on its side.
The wheels are some of the best on the list, with many users noting their excellent rolling ability. The interiors are fairly simple with a mesh pocket on one side and cross straps to hold down your clothing. The simple setup is quite common considering its price.
The material on the inside feels really tough with no issues of the inside fabric tearing or fraying. The zippers are also well-built, with just the occasional user mentioning it coming loose after extensive use. The two larger options are expandable as well, which adds to the amount you can pack.
A common misconception with these is that they are made in Germany. This is not the case. They are designed in Germany and made in China. While they are reasonably well-constructed, the major con is their weight. The 20," 24," and 28" are all extremely heavy for their respective classes. This makes the expansion feature a bit of a double-edged sword. This definitely put many users off.
Another minor con is that the suitcases come with a protective plastic wrapping that has proved to be extremely tough to remove for many buyers. There are about 18 colors to choose from, and if you opt for one of the glossier ones, the scratches can be easily seen.
Luggage Set Comparison
|1. Samsonite Omni PC 3 Piece Set||19", 24", 28.5"|
22.0" x 15.0" x 9.5"
26.5" x 18.5" x 11.5"
30.5" x 21.5" x 13.5"
|6.81 lbs, 8.34 lbs, 10.35 lbs|
|2. Coolife Luggage 3 Piece Set Soft shell||20", 24" 28"|
23" x 15" x 9.5"
28.5"x 17" x 11"
31.5" x 19" x 14"
|7.8 lbs, 9.2 lbs, 11 lbs|
|3. Samsonite Winfield 2 3PC||20", 24", 28"|
23.0" x 14.5" x 9.5"
27.0" x 17.5" x 11.75"
31.0" x 20.0" x 12.75"
|6.7 lbs, 9.3 lbs, 11.5 lbs|
|4. it luggage DuoTone 3 Set||19", 24", 28"|
2"1 x 14" x 8.5"
26.2" x 16.9" x 9.8"
30.1" x 18.9" x 10.6"
|4.4 lbs, 5.25 lbs, 5.95 lbs|
|5. Steve Madden 4 piece||20", 24", 28"|
21.5" x 14" x 9"
25.5" x 16.2" x 11.7"
29.5" x 18.2" x 12.8"
Satchel: 18" x 12" x 10"
|3.5 lbs (Satchel), 7.8 lbs, 8.9 lbs, 10.1 lbs|
|6. Delsey Helium Aero Set of 2||19", 29"||8.2 lbs, 12.5 lbs|
|7. Tommy Bahama Mojito Set of 4||20", 24", 28"||2.4 lbs (duffel), 8.5 lbs, 9.8 lbs, 11.6 lbs|
|8. American Tourister Pop Plus 3 Set|
21", 25", 29"
24" x 14" x 8"
28" x 18" x 8.5"
32" x 20" x 9.5"
|8.6 lbs, 10.5 lbs, 12.1 lbs|
|9. Merax Travelhouse 3 piece set||20", 24" 28"|
21.5" x 13.5" x 9.1"
25.6" x 16.1" x 11.2"
29.6" x 18.5" x 13.2"
|5.8 lbs, 8.1 lbs, 9.7 lbs|
|10. Coolife Expandable 3 Piece Set||20", 24", 28"||6 lbs, 7.3 lbs, 9.7 lbs|
|11. Timberland 4 Piece Set||16" (bag), 22", 26", 30"||2.5 lbs, 7 lbs, 9 lbs, 11 lbs|
|12. HAUPTSTADTKOFFER Glossy Luggage Set||20", 24", 28"|
21.5" x 13.5" x 7.5"
25.6" x 16.1" x 10.2"
29.5" x 19.7" x 11.8"
|7.1 lbs, 8.3 lbs, 11.5 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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