With more travelers being concerned about whether their luggage can last the course there is a growing popularity of hard shell luggage. The same goes for spinner bags, as those who travel frequently are looking for pieces that are easy to maneuver and put the least strain on you. When looking for the best hardside spinner luggage 2016, these factors play an important part in most customers’ decisions. The other factors that we look at are price, organizational features and weight of the bag when empty.
Some luggage collections from 2014 are still going strong this year but we’re going to take a look at the ones that made their debuts in the last 12 months and are being consistently rated 4.5 stars or more. Some in this list may surprise you but you’ll soon see why! One or two of these are available as a set or individually but we’ll look at the collections as a whole.
Want to take a look at a larger range of top rated spinner hardshells? Here are the best hard shell 4 wheeled uprights on Amazon.
Best Rated Hardside Spinner Luggage
Samsonite Omni PC Spinner Luggage
The Omni PC collection includes a 20″, a 24″, a 28″ and a 3 piece set.
The carry on measures 19″ x 14.5″ x 9.75″ and weighs 6 lbs and 12 oz. The 24″ measures 24″ x 17.5″ x 11.5″ and weighs 8 lbs and 5 oz. The 28″ measures 28.5″ x 20.5″ x 13.5″ and weighs 10 lbs and 5 oz. This collection would easily feature in our top lightweight hardside luggage selections too.
Each piece rests perfectly inside the other for storage so they won’t take up much space even if you buy the whole set. These bags are available in black,light and dark regal blue, teal, light and dark radiant pink, burnt orange and navy. No lack of color choice here!
For luggage that ticks all the right boxes you can’t go wrong with this set. The 100% polycarbonate shell is lightweight and has a micro diamond textured ridged exterior, making it scratch resistant, unlike many glossy exteriors.
The clam style shell expands a full 2″ for when you need that extra packing capacity. The zippers lock into an inbuilt TSA approved combination lock mount on the side.
The 360 degree pivoting spinner wheels not only allow you to roll the bags smoothly, but they’re also tucked in beneath the body so they don’t come in your way while maneuvering. There is a top telescopic handle and a top grab handle on all the bags and a side handle as well on the two larger bags, making the bags pretty easy to roll and carry.
The inside of the bags are roomy and fully lined. The main compartment features criss-cross restraining straps and a lengthwise zipped pocket, and the lid compartment has a full U-shaped zippered mesh dividing panel to give you more packing organization.
The biggest plus points of this collection is that these uprights are lightweight, durable and easy to maneuver. The negatives are that there are no real innovations, no exterior pockets even on the carryon, and the telescopic handle cannot be adjusted for height. The lack of a side grab handle on the carry on might make it a bit difficult to hoist it into an overhead bin, but the top handle should be enough. However, at this price point you get good value and a 10 year warranty.
If you love Samsonite and are looking for a more sophisticated looking hardside spinner that’s also very well rated, take a look at the Samsonite Inova collection shown to the right. It costs a bit more but is designed specifically for business travelers and those that like to travel with high end looking luggage. There are three pieces – a 20″, 28″ and 30″. The larger two are quite big but the interior is well designed with retraining straps and panel dividers on both sides of the clam shell interior. The shell is made for a higher end Makrolon polycarbonate with a scratch resistant textured finish in either metallic silver or indigo blue. The spinner wheels are dual instead of single so the bags are very stable. All the spinners have top and side grab handles and a monotube telescopic handle that extends and locks into multiple height positions. The TSA combination zipper lock is flush mounted located on the top of each bag instead of on the side.
If you’re looking for a minimalist hardsided suitcase that is zipperless, take a look at the Samsonite S’Cure 28″ Spinner and its smaller siblings. It features a 3 point locking system and a sealed gasket frame.
Delsey Helium Titanium
The Delsey Helium Aero collection was a part of our best list last year and it is still very popular this year, so if you want to see our full review of the 29″ spinner from the Aero line, you can and you can buy any of the pieces here.
The Delsey Helium Titanium collection is very similar to the Aero collection with just a few changes and upgrades. The line features 4 spinner trolleys – a 22″, a 25″ and a 29″, and a 19″ international carry on. The regular carry on measures 20.5″ x 14.25″ x 10.25″ and weighs 8 lbs and 6 oz. The 25″ measures 25″ x 17.5″ x 11.5″ and weighs 10 lbs and 3 oz. The 29″ measures 29″ x 19.5″ x 12.5″ and weighs 12 lbs and 8 oz. The international carry on measures 19″ x 13″ x 9.75″ and weighs 8 lbs and 3 oz. All the bags feature a 2″ expandable main compartment that you access via a single zipper.
This collection is available in carbon grey, graphite, silver and red.
The shell is 100% polycarbonate which makes for a durable but lightweight piece of luggage. The matte metallic finish hides scrathes better. The bags are secured by an integrated TSA-approved combination lock that only TSA agents can open without damaging it. It opens clam style via flush mounted no. 10 zippers (the largest in the market) to reveal two compartments that are fully lined.
The main compartment features Y-shaped tie down straps and a zippered pocket for accessories. The lid compartment is separated from the main by a zippered flap and it features a zipped pocket on the outside that can hold a pair of sandals or some large accessories.
The international carry on spinner has an additional front zippered pocket that features a padded compartment for a laptop of upto 15.6″ and two zippered pockets to store small items like toiletries or electronics.
A telescopic handle on all the bags is designed for easy maneuverability and unlike in the Aero bags, leaves more packing space inside because its channels are molded into the outside of the shell at the back. There are flush mounted top and side handles for easy lifting. The dual spinner wheel axes sit slightly off center to give the bags more stability.
The positives with these Helium Titanium bags are that the bags won’t tip over even in their expanded state or if top heavy, and the scratch resistant shell keeps the bags looking quite new for a long time. There is plenty of packing space in all of them. Both the carry on bags won’t fit into overhead compartments if you have them in the expanded state. The 29″ suitcase is quite big and is not really recommended for petite women travelers.
Best Cheap Hardside Spinner Luggage
There is one brand that sells its hardshell pieces like hot cakes and that is Rockland. The Rockland Melbourne ABS 4 Wheeled Spinners include a 20″ upright, a 24″ and a 28″. The carry on measures 20 x 13 x 9″ and weighs 6 lbs. The 24″ measures 24 x 15 x 10″ and weighs 8 lbs. The 28″ measures 28 x 17 x 12″ and weighs 10 lbs. You can get the carry on separately or you can buy a 2 piece set of the carry on and the 28 inch bag or a three piece set of all three pieces.
These bags are available in a huge variety of colors and some of them differ slightly in the stylish molded ridged pattern as well. This collection features hardside shells made of impact resistant ABS polycarbonate composite material.
An ergonomic telescopic handle can be adjusted for height and top and side grab handles facilitates easy lifting into overhead bins. The spinner wheels allow for easy movement in all directions.
All the zippers are self repairing and the zipper heads can be locked using your own luggage locks. The cases can be expanded by a zipper pull. The cases open in split book style and are separated into two compartments by a zippered dividing panel. In the newer pieces, the panel holds one zippered mesh pocket for keeping toiletries, accessories or undergarments separate and two side by side elastic top pockets for a pair of shoes. Criss-cross elastic tie down straps keep the contents from moving about during transit on the other side of the case. The older pieces don’t have any pockets on the divider panel but there is a long zippered pocket on the main side of the cases.
The cheerful colors are great and the bags are durable but the exterior can get scuffed with rough handling if checked. Some of the marks will be easy to clean while others may not. The negative is that they do not come with a TSA combination lock so you’ll have to buy them separately. A big plus point for petite women is that these suitcases are compact and not bulky so they’re easy to lift and handle. All in all the pieces in this collection are of great value.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds
The Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds Hardside Spinner collection features a 20″ carry on, a 24″ and a 28″.
The carry on measures 20″ x 12.58″ x 8.5″ and weighs 7 lbs. The 24″ measures 24″ x 15.25″ x 9.5″ and weighs 8 lbs and 6 oz. The 28″ measures 28″ x 17.58″ x 11.25″ and weighs 9 lbs and 9 oz.
This Out of Bounds collection is great for vacationers and travel enthusiasts as the hard shell ABS-Polycarbonate exterior is available in a few cheerful colors.
A retracting handle and top and side carry handles on all the bags allow for easy maneuverability and the spinner wheels lets you spin the bags 360 degrees. The corners feature molded reinforcements to minimize damage and there are 4 bezels on one side so you can stand the cases on their sides too.
The interior is completely lined in a dark print and a zippered U-shaped divider separates the book-style cases into 2 compartments. One side features restraining straps to keep everything in place and there’s a side zippered pocket for small items here.
The design of this collection is very simple which is what makes the bags so affordable. They are also pretty light. However, there is no expansion capability and the the grab handles protrude quite a bit. On the whole, you get good value for money with any of these pieces and they are available to buy individually or as a set of three.
Most Durable and Lightest Hardside Spinner Luggage
Briggs & Riley Torq
The Briggs & Riley Torq collection includes a medium trip packing case, a large trip packing case, an international wide body carry on and an international carry on. The regular carry on measures 21″ by 14″ by 9″ and weighs 8.9 lbs. The medium size bag measures 27″ x 18.5″ x 11.5″ and weighs 11.7 lbs. The large size measures 30″ x 20″ x 12″ and weighs 13 lbs. The wide body carry on measures 21″ x 15″ x 9″ and weighs 7.8 lbs. The dimensions include the handle and wheels.
This collection is available in gorgeous graphite, ruby and cobalt hues.
This Briggs & Riley collection has a modern styling with a 20/80 opening for easy packing. The only other well known luggage brand that has a collection that includes this design is the Samsonite Spin Trunk. It has a 3-layer exterior of 100% virgin Makrolon® polycarbonate for resilience and elasticity to impact. In addition, the light weight of all the bags makes them easy for anyone to lift and maneuver.
The double spinner wheels are recessed and set on a wide base to allow for more packing space in the body and make it easy for you to roll the bags along steadily without tipping over. The strong but lightweight retracting handle works smoothly and is set on the outside of the bag, again to maximize packing space inside. A molded top carry handle on all the bags and a second handle on the side of the two larger bags makes them easy to lift. Four feet on the side allow you to stand the bags on their sides without getting them dirty.
The interior features an adjustable compression panel on one side to minimize shifting and wrinkling of clothes, and a large mesh zippered panel on the other where a suiter hook system is located for your formal wear. There are also two side zippered pockets for accessories on the two larger suitcases.
The collection features a SmartLink system with straps that allow you to transport multiple Torq bags together. The international carryon has a cool lockable front compartment that is designed for easy access to your tablet, travel documents and various small personal items.
These spinner uprights don’t come cheap but considering all the cool features included along with extra durability and low weight, they are completely worth the price.
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