6 Best TUMI luggage in 2020 reviewed
As far as premium travel gear brands go, TUMI is right up there. Since 1975 they have been producing high-quality luggage for travelers all over the world.
If you are looking for an upgrade pick or super stylish luggage that lasts then Tumi is definitely the way to go.
Luxurious, fashionable, well-designed, functional – these are some of the words that perfectly define TUMI’s product range.
TUMI’s are also on the pricier side so comparing and reviewing each individual case is that much more important. There are many features, like the TUMI tracer, that are common to all our picks which is pretty handy as well.
6 Best TUMI luggage in 2020
Not sure which TUMI suitcase to opt for? Not to worry. We’ve reviewed some of the best items that TUMI has to offer in 2020. Everything from their well-designed carry-on luggage to elegant garment bags is covered on our list.
1. Alpha 3 - 22"
A handy compact case ideal for both shorter and longer international trips equipped with a plethora of practical features designed to help you stay prepared and connected at any place and at any time. Alpha 3 is part of TUMI’s Alpha 3 Collection, that offers a selection of exquisite pieces that combine innovative designs and superb functional features.
Size: 22 x 14 x 9 inches
Weight: 11.2 pounds
If its functionality you seek, functionality is what Alpha 3 will give you. Made from exclusive FXT ballistic fabric combining a unique weave and a special coating, this case is extremely durable and abrasion-proof. The suitcase is reinforced with DuraFold impact-resistant caps designed to strengthen the corners of the luggage and increase impact-resistance. The exterior also features multiple easy-access pockets for all your most valuable items you’d like to keep near at hand.
When talking about impact-resistance, it’s worth mentioning that Alpha 3 features an impact-absorbing aircraft-grade aluminum 3-stage telescopic X-Brace 45 Handle System alongside retractable top, side and bottom carry handles. Together with four dual spinner wheels, this case basically runs itself.
The omega closure zipper system is one of TUMI’s specialty features. Regardless of how tough and durable they are, zippers are some of the most fragile luggage components, something that TUMI decided to get behind by introducing a unique zipper puller system. The system allows the puller to break off the baggage in case it gets caught or malfunctions in any way. Replacing the puller rather than the whole zipper is a pretty straightforward and simple task and quite a clever concept if we might add.
Like so many other TUMI cases, Alpha 3 is also equipped with a TUMI Tracer, an integrated USB power port and dual integrated TSA locks for both the top and the main openings.
But let’s take a peek at the inside, shall we? Although compact, this suitcase still packs a substantial amount, especially given the 2” zipper expansion system. The interior boasts a built-in garment bag that can fit a single suit or a dress, multiple separate compartments for better organization, a mesh zip pocket with a removable USB cable and a hanger bracket.
Buyers agree that this is a perfect carry-on for 2-3 business trips and shorter weekend getaways. If you’re a light packer, then you just might get away with taking Alpha 3 for a slightly longer journey abroad. However, although it is a high-end piece of luggage, some users are discouraged by the steep price tag, claiming that splurging so much on a carry-on case is not something they could get behind.
- Best in Class Functionality
- Omega Closure System
- DuraFold Impact-Resistant Caps
- Plenty of Interior & Exterior Pockets
- Perfect for Business Travel
- One of the more expensive TUMIs
2. V4 - 30.5"
The largest case on our list comes in the form of this gigantic expandable V4 case made for long travels or group packing. Sleek, spacious and available in numerous attractive designs, the V4 is the luggage you’ll never regret adding to your collection.
Size: 30.5 x 20 x 11 inches
Weight: 11 pounds
We’re all well-accustomed to TUMI’s ability to combine clever designs with practical features into a single case. The V4 is a perfect example of this mastery and is available in classic black, mink, eclipse and the most amazing collage floral. The main material used in making this suitcase is polycarbonate, known for its durability, strength and overall resistance.
Despite its enormous size, the V4 is far from heavy. Weighing a trifling 11 pounds, this case is quite lightweight compared to many other sizable suitcases out on the market. Even when packed to the brim, the case will maintain its feathery design allowing you to handle it with ease. Even the four dual recessed wheels will not compromise the sleek and effortless design of the case - on the contrary, their presence will allow you to glide unphased through airports, hotel lobbies, and cobbled streets.
Certainly, the most notable feature of the V4 is its roomy interior. With a 91L capacity, this beauty will hold pretty much anything you throw at it - or better yet - in it. This case can easily be used by two people at the time, eliminating the need for an additional case. The inside contains one separate zip pocket, as well as a dual compartment zip pocket for additional items, a hanger bracket, and compression straps to hold all your items in place.
But we’re not done yet! If you want to add another member to the equation, note that the V4 can extend up to 13 inches in depth. It’s safe to say that space is not something you should be worried about.
The exterior of this supersized case is pretty simple and straightforward. It features an integrated TSA lock, similar to other TUMI suitcases and a 3-stage telescoping handle, allowing you to cater the height to your liking. Aside from this, the V4 has retractable top and side carry handles as well as a bottom grab handle, allowing you to operate the case with ease.
Possibly the only drawback to the V4 is its glossy finish which is prone to scratches and bruises, something that isn’t a deal-breaker for most, but certainly an aspect worth mulling over.
- Numerous Stylish Designs
- Lightweight Despite its Size
- Multiple Handles on Every Side
- Smooth Rolling
- Glossy Finish Prone to Scratches & Bruises
3. Voyageur Tres Léger - 21
Have you found your purpose yet? Described as “Purposeful & Practical”, this international carry-on is made for those who value a pragmatic approach above all. The Voyageur Tres Léger has a host of unmatched traits and possesses a unique style that’ll sway both ladies and fellows.
Size: 22 x 16 x 9 inches
Weight: 8.16 pounds
Allow us to take you on a voyage through some of the most practical features of this handy little case. The Voyageur stands out for one simple reason - it has an innovative front lid that allows you to access and separate your items as you please. While the exterior of this case is available in black, mink and midnight shades, the insides give out a contrasting white color which adds to the overall aesthetic appeal but also proves useful when you’re rummaging through the contents of your luggage in a dim hotel lobby.
The interior of the bag has three separate compartments, including a dedicated pocket for flat items, a smaller pouch perfect for toiletries, makeup, and similar trinkets and the main area designed for clothes and shoes. One of the things that would make this case even better is a removable suiter, often found in other TUMI luggage sets.
Made from durable nylon and embellished with leather trims and golden accents, this soft-sided carry-on is both stylish and durable at the same time.
The aircraft-grade aluminum extension handle is equipped with an X-Brace 45 handle system that absorbs impact, provides structure, but still remains practical and lightweight. The recently developed feature also eliminates any potential damage to the handle tube and reduces the overall weight of the case. Along with a bottom grab handle, a comfy top carry handle and four recessed wheels, the Voyageur will swiftly follow you on your next adventure with no difficulty.
Some of the other common traits include a luggage tag, an innovative omega closure system and a TUMI Tracer, that’ll ensure you never lose your luggage again. It also features a heavy-duty TSA-approved lock with golden accents for extra bling and of course, security.
What users especially love about this compact case is the dedicated tech compartments for all your electronic needs. The compartment is located at the front of the case and is easily accessible. It includes a padded 14” laptop case and a separate tablet pocket, as well as space for additional items like travel documents and such. However, several users have found that the top of the case lacks an internal frame making it slouch over when something is placed on top.
The Voyageur is compact yet quite roomy, making it ideal for overnight trips, short weekend getaways or quick business ordeals. The sleek exterior together with numerous practical features is one of the best picks in the carry-on range.
- Stylish & Practical
- Super Organized
- A Plethora of Handy Features
- Lightweight & Durable
- No Suiter
- Soft top makes it slouch when items are placed over it
4. Tegra Lite - 29"
The Tegra Lite by TUMI is an ultra-durable hard-side suitcase made from TEGRIS - a cutting-edge woven polypropylene thermoplastic material that is designed to compete with super expensive carbon fiber. The TUMI Tegra is currently the only suitcase in the market that uses TEGRIS and it comes with several interesting features for those who want a hard-side that lasts.
Size: 29 x 20 x 13 inches
Weight: 16.75 pounds
First up, the Tegra Lite is one of the rare hard-side cases that has a front pocket where you can store easy-access items, which is a positive for us and many users about. Staying on the exterior, the suitcase is available in a couple of variants and both are aesthetically quite stunning. The corners are well-padded and some elements have a nice leather finish which is the exclamation point in this range. There are plenty of handles all round so picking this case up from the carousel is a cinch.
The interiors are lined and designed well with plenty of organizational room and mesh straps for keeping your folded clothes in place. There is a removable garment sleeve and hanger brackets for your suits if you decide to use this for longer business trips. This case also uses dual wheels like many others on our list and the spinners (you guessed it) do roll quite well. The handles can be extended to different sizes, although we found them to be a tad thin for a case of this size.
Long-term durability is always the issue with polycarbonate and ABS cases which is why it’s quite common to see many folks recommend a soft-side option for prolonged longevity. This suitcase is relatively light compared to other TUMI cases and still a tad heavier than many mainstream options that are designed to last just for the medium term.
A couple of issues with the Tegra Lite that tends to make users think is the price and the fact that the exterior still accumulates scratch marks. Despite being structurally robust, aesthetically it can show wear like regular ABS/polycarbonate options. The glossy finish on the TUMI Tegra Lite holds it back on that front. Aesthetics and quality are some of TUMI’s main strong points but when one of them is compromised the high price is something that can become an issue.
- Ultra-tough & durable
- Relatively light for its size
- Excellent impact resistance
- Looks stunning for a hard side option
- Scratch & scuff marks are visible
5. Latitude - 26.8”
Durable yet extremely lightweight, the Latitude is designed to withstand even the most jarring conditions. A streamlined design together with an essentially indestructible exterior, this hard-side case is the hulk among its luggage peers.
Size: 26.8 x 17.8 x 11 inches
Weight: 8.2 pounds
Made from an innovative TUMI SRPP BALLISTIC™ material, the Latitude is strong but flexible, It’s designed to hold out against whatever life (or airport workers) toss at it. The case is also exceedingly resistant to even the harshest climate conditions. Nevertheless, it possesses a familiar stylish design we often see on TUMI bags and is available in five different colors - silver, purple, navy, blush, and black.
Don’t be discouraged by its sturdy exterior feature though, the Latitude is specifically designed for convenient, lightweight mobility, making it super lightweight even when fully packed.
The exterior is also reinforced with a 3-stage telescoping handle made from aircraft-grade aluminum, making it super sturdy without adding too much additional weight on the luggage itself. Four lightweight spinning wheels offer a smooth ride and the integrated low-profile TSA lock secures your items throughout your journey. The omega closure system is there to reduce the risk of any damage to the zippers.
There is a zip entry to the main compartment, which features two separate packing zones. With a 64L capacity, this case is ideal for shorter trips, but the practical interior layout allows you to organize your items with ease and comfort. The mesh tie-down straps keep your items in place and there is also a hanger bracket to hang additional items. The hanger itself is sold separately.
Aside from two roomy main compartments, the interior also has two zip pockets and a mesh zip pocket ideal for smaller trinkets.
Taking everything into consideration, this case is definitely a worthy investment. However, the price tag might be a turning point for some, especially bearing in mind that the Latitude is a medium-sized checked suitcase for week-long trips.
- One of the most durable hard-side cases in the TUMI range
- Compact but roomy
- Extremely lightweight
- Handy security features
- Pricey considering it’s a carry-on case
- The hanger is sold separately
6. Merge - 31"
The TUMI Merge extended trip case is an aesthetically modest option that is ideal if you intend to travel for longer periods. This case has a whopping 123L capacity and plenty of premium features that help you stay organized throughout your journey.
Size: 31 x 20 x 13 inches
Weight: 13.01 pounds
To some, the merge extended trip case may be underwhelming design-wise but its highly functional. This is something we liked very much. This is also one of the lighter TUMI’s around, coming in at just over 13 pounds. Considering its size, weight and practical elements the Merge is perfect for those looking for pure functionality and the quality that comes with the TUMI brand.
The suitcase is made from ballistic nylon and is expandable as well which is quite rare for a 31” suitcase. The handle does seem a little thin compared to the sheer size of the luggage but it definitely holds up and enables the suitcase to roll easily. The handle is adjustable and is made from lightweight aluminum.
There are plenty of zippered compartments including zippered access to the main compartment itself. There are a couple of mesh pockets on the lid of the suitcase, hanging zip compartments, hanger brackets and compression straps too. The mesh compression straps do a better job of keeping your clothes in place when compared to the simple buckle straps seen on most luggage on the market. The two easy-access pouches in the front are also quite handy.
Overall, it’s hard to go wrong when opting for the TUMI Merge, especially for extended trips. The carry-on version is also something we recommend looking at if you want your TUMI to be a few pounds lighter than the ones we’ve gone with above.
- Perfect for long trips
- Plenty of packing space
- Aesthetically more reserved when compared to other TUMIs
How to Choose the Best Tumi Luggage
TUMI makes a wide variety of world-class luggage tailored for different segments and usage purposes. Some are for overnight stays, some are designed to help you travel for months on end. To figure out how to choose the best one we had to look beyond just how stylish a piece of luggage was.
Our in-depth research was conducted with the following criteria in mind to determine the list of the best TUMI luggage worth investing in.
Design & Ease of Use
The TUMI’s do come stacked with a whole lot of premium features and the ease with which these mechanisms can be used over a long period will determine how long the suitcase lasts for a consumer. Style is important if you decide to opt for a TUMI and we picked suitcases where we think style and practicality didn’t get in the way of each other. When comprising our list, we also tried to review the latest trendy designs in the TUMI luggage range.
Q: What size should I opt for?
A: This can vary depending on the duration of your trip. We would recommend the following:
Underseater/Smaller Carry-on – Overnight or day trips
Carry-on (21”- 22”) – 1 to 4 days
Medium Checked (24”- 26”) – A couple of weeks to a month
Large Checked (28” – 31”) – Extended Holidays
These recommendations are mainly for TUMI luggage owners as these cases come with premium features, something that puts them on the heavier side. Other budget suitcases, for example, allow you to pack even a weeks’ worth of clothing and items in some carry-ons.
Quality of Zippers, Handles, Wheels
The importance of having good zippers can never be underestimated. Even one coming loose at the main compartment section can be catastrophic. TUMI’s build quality is exceptional and our luggage review largely focuses on how these suitcases last during short, long and medium trips. The OMEGA closure system employed on all our picks ensures the puller breaks away from the bag if the zipper ever gets caught. There were some bags in the TUMI line that had sluggish zippers which we tried to avoid on our list.
Handles are also quite important which is another reason we prefer the V3 as the carry-on option rather than the Tegra Lite which manifests handle durability issues after a couple of years. The different heights at which the handle can be adjusted to is also an important trait. We looked similarly at the wheels and reviewed models which tended to roll exceptionally well.
We were looking at not only TSA luggage locks and luggage tags provided but also whether hangers came with the garment bags or had to be purchased separately. The garment bag is further down the list since the hangers have to be bought separately which can add to the cost. It might seem like a small investment relative to the actual bag but it definitely matters.
The add-a-bag strap that TUMI provides and its quality is another factor we considered closely. A good point of comparison for you would be the Travelon Bungee which is one of the best around. The availability of such items is also an aspect we kept in mind.
TUMI’s product quality is certainly top-notch but their warranty program is also worth taking a closer look at. TUMI’s customer service is fantastic, which is a strong point but their warranty program can differ from others like Briggs & Riley that cover airline damage for the lifetime of the bag. TUMI’s limited warranty covers you for at least 5 years and they do cover airline damage as well for the 1st year. (at the time of writing) This is certainly not an issue but it’s something worth noting for prospective buyers especially considering the steep price tag.