With more travelers being concerned about whether their luggage can last the course, the popularity of hard shell luggage is here to stay. 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 2018, 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 2016 and 2017 are still going strong this year so we’ll include those as well as 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. Keep in mind that all these picks are suitcases that close via lockable zippers. If you’re looking for zipperless bags, we have a separate reviewed list for those. And if you’d like to own luggage that’s made in the USA, we have a few hardside spinners with that check mark as well.
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Of course, there’s a larger range of top rated spinner hardshells, but we chose just a few that make our list for the best hard shell 4 wheeled uprights.
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, and customers say that the pieces have stood the test of several trips. 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.
Delsey Helium Titanium
The Delsey Helium Aero collection was a part of our best list 2 years ago 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 2 spinner trolleys – a 25″ and a 29″, and a 19″ international carry on and a 21″ domestic carry on. The regular carry on measures 23″ x 15.25″ x 10.75″ overall and weighs 7.7 lbs. The 25″ measures 26.5″ x 19″ x 13″ overall and weighs 11.5 lbs. The 29″ measures 32″ x 20″ x 12.75″ overall and weighs 11.7 lbs. The international carry on measures 21.25″ x 11.25″ x 14.5″ overall and weighs 7.9 lbs. All the bags feature a 2″ expandable main compartment that you access via a single zipper.
This collection is available in black, bronze, graphite, purple, silver and black cherry red.
The shell is 100% polycarbonate which makes for a durable but lightweight piece of luggage. The matte metallic finish hides scratches better. The bags are secured by an integrated and recessed 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 on the outside that features a padded compartment for a laptop of upto 15.6″ and two zippered pockets to store small items like toiletries or electronics. If this feature is important to you, we have our other top picks for hard shell luggage with a front pocket.
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 Sympatico Cx
The Briggs & Riley Sympatico Cx collection includes a medium trip packing case, a large trip packing case, and a carry on. The regular carry on measures 21″ by 14″ by 9″ and weighs 8 lbs. The medium size bag measures 27″ x 18.5″ x 11.5″ and weighs 11.6 lbs. The large size measures 30″ x 20″ x 12″ and weighs 13.5 lbs. The dimensions include the handle and wheels.
This collection is available in gorgeous black, onyx, burgundy and marine blue hues.
This Briggs & Riley collection has replaced our previous pick from the brand, the Torq collection, which has 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. However, the Torq has slipped in customer ratings recently and we think the Sympatico Cx is a better buy and it features a 30/70 split.
The double spinner wheels spin smoothly 360°, give the bags good stability, and are strengthened with steel components. It is 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 to maximize packing space inside. It can be adjusted to three different stop heights for your comfort. 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-expansion system on the larger packing side to enable you to pack a larger quantity of clothes than in most other suitcases. Once you’re done packing, the system compresses them down without wrinkling, so that the whole bag becomes compact. This way you get about 22% extra packing space! The inside of the lid of the bag features a large mesh zippered panel where a suiter hook system is located for your formal wear. This space can hold either 1 suit or gown, or 1-3 work shirts. You will need to have your own wire hangers. The 30/70 split style makes it easier for you to pack and unpack when you don’t have a lot of floor space or a big enough luggage rack in a hotel room.
Each spinner comes with a fabric drawstring bag to protect it from dust and scratches when in storage.
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.
Another high quality hardside luggage collection we’re impressed with is the Victorinox Spectra 2.0.
I hope you found something that you like from our picks for best hardside spinner luggage 2018. Tell us if there’s one not here that we absolutely must include in the comments below!