Stylish rolling briefcases for women have taken off in a big way in the last few years. As more and more female professionals travel for work the basic black laptop bag or backpack is no longer acceptable as the only options as a carrier of laptops, documents and accessories.
If I’m traveling on formal work where I have to meet clients, I like to carry a smart briefcase instead of a regular shoulder laptop bag or backpack. However, a regular briefcase tends to get very heavy, especially if I carry more than just my laptop in it. I’m not the type to carry a plain black briefcase either – I like my bags to be stylish and maybe even colorful. If I ever lose it in a crowd there’s a better chance of spotting it. I much prefer a wheeled laptop bag for ladies where I save my shoulders and back and I do it in style!
Lugging heavy work bags around doesn’t keep you looking your best. In a work environment, you want to stand and walk straight with poise and with your clothes looking freshly pressed. If you’re traveling with your laptop bag, you’ll probably be carrying quite a bit more than just your laptop and a few accessories, and it will be with you for a much longer time than just those hours spent in the office. That’s why a travel briefcase on wheels keeps you looking smart and cool no matter how long you’re waiting in a boarding queue or walking from one terminal to the next. It will usually have lots of organizational features that are easy to access in the middle of a meeting or before you stow the bag under your seat before takeoff.
So I set out to find the best rolling briefcase for women that would suit my needs. Fortunately, there are plenty of stylish rolling laptop bags in materials like leather, nylon and polyester, be it for airplane travel, train, or car travel, or just to go straight from home to the office. Keep in mind that these are NOT overnight bags with lots of space for some clothes and a toiletry kit. If that’s what you’re looking for take a look at these overnight bag recommendations or these underseater cabin bags.
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What is the Best Women’s Rolling Laptop Bag for Travel and How do you Choose One?
Look for a bag with lots of different sized pockets and holders so that you don’t have to rummage around in the depths of the bag for a small item. Outside pockets for your boarding pass, keys and lip balm is important too.
In addition, make sure that the laptop compartment is well padded and actually hold the size it’s supposed to without you having to cram it in.
The wheels should be able to handle a few rough pathways and swivel smoothly in all directions, and the pull handle should be properly adjustable with an ergonomic grip for comfort. You should be able to hurry through a busy airport without bruising yours or other people’s shins.
If you find that most traditionally shaped briefcases too often get stuck in narrow airplane aisles then you may want to look at computer bags with spinner wheels that can roll along sideways, or a vertical style computer bag with wheels that’s designed for tight spaces.
For those times when you can’t use the wheels, make sure that the top handle has a strong and comfortable grip. A shoulder strap may also be useful if the bag is light enough to carry that way for a short time.
Leather is very durable and looks really professional, but they tend to be among the heaviest. If you’re taking it as a carry on on a flight, some airlines do actually impose weight restrictions on those in addition to checked luggage. Also, if you have to carry the bag up some stairs, the wheels and pull handle already add to the weight of the piece.
That’s where polyester or nylon bags have an advantage. They can be very light and a well made one can stand the test of time. Just make sure that all seams are well stitched and the material feels tough enough. The hardware, including wheels and handle shouldn’t feel flimsy because you do not want to be stuck carrying a heavy piece of luggage because of a broken rolling apparatus.
There is a range of top rated women’s rolling computer bags available but I’ve researched the options from user reviews and selected a few really great ones.
Vertical or Slim Rolling Laptop Bag
If you find that wheeling traditional horizontal-style briefcases through tight spaces or airplane aisles is not ideal then consider one of these two slim profile bags. Even though they stand vertical, they’re very stable and won’t tip over when stationary. You can wheel them around anywhere without having to turn them on their sides. However, this type of design only caters to laptops no larger than 15.6 inches.
McKlein USA W Series La Grange Leather Vertical Detachable-Wheeled Ladies’
This McKlein USA La Grange is the top rated briefcase on wheels for women and is made of genuine cowhide leather. The detachable wheel and handle system makes this leather laptop bag easy to carry on its own too. It is a wheeled briefcase with shoulder strap that’s detachable and two short grab handles on top. Attaching and detaching the bag from the system is simple. The vertical design makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces and along the aisles of airplanes. This vertical style is very Euro-centric, so it’s a good option for international travel. It will fit under an airline seat and into overhead bins.
The front pocket features a flap opening with a clasp and key lock to secure important documents and wallet, while the main center compartment is securely zippered. If you want, you can secure this zipper with your own small lock. Within this is an interior organizer, zipper pocket and space for files. The laptop section is well padded and can hold a laptop up to 15″ in size.
This detachable rolling laptop bag can be removed the wheeling system and piggy-backed onto the telescopic handle of a larger wheeled bag with the help of the horizontal strap on the back.
It comes in several different colors and also comes with a rain bag to protect it from water damage.
Dimensions: 14.4 x 8.75 x 18.5 inches
Weight: 8.4 lbs
Without the frame: 14 x 6 x 16.5 inches
Weight without the frame: 4.63 lbs
Laptop compartment size: 12 x 2.5 x 15 inches
McKlein USA Uptown 15″ Leather Vertical Wheeled Ladies’ Laptop Briefcase
This McKlein USA Uptown is a very nice small rolling laptop case in leather and also in the vertical style.
If the La Grange above is still too large for you, the Uptown reduces the size even further by integrating the wheel and handle system into the back zippered pocket of the bag. The handle can be hidden in there when not in use and you just want to hand carry the bag using its two top grab handles. There is no shoulder strap on this bag but there is a piggy-back strap at the back. When it’s time to use the wheels, just unzip the back pocket and pull out the telescopic handle.
The other features on this small rolling briefcase are quite similar to the La Grange except that its overall capacity and size is slightly less. However, the laptop compartment size is the same and can hold a laptop upto 15.6″ in size.
It comes in 4 different colors and also comes with a rain bag to protect it from water damage.
Dimensions: 13.5″ x 6″ x 16″
Weight: 6.6 lbs
Laptop Compartment Size: 12.5″ x 2.5″ x 15″
Horizontal 15 Inch Ladies Briefcase on Wheels
Some are light enough to carry on your shoulder if the bag is detachable from the rolling system and comes with a shoulder strap. Otherwise they can just be hand carried or easily piggybacked on another larger wheeled piece of luggage if it comes with an add-a-bag strap. They are also perfect for daily use to take to work. If you’re OK to lift them up by their handles for taking with you down the airplane aisle, these are great options.
Solo Walker Rolling Laptop Bag with Wheels
If you need a bag that is perfectly designed to hold your small laptop and your files, books, gadget accessories and other travel items, this Solo Walker Rolling Laptop Bag with Wheels is perfect.
The main compartment of this rolling case for laptops features a removable CheckFast sleeve for your 15.4″ laptop so you can place easily remove the sleeve with the laptop to place it on the security belt for screening. Another zippered compartment is for files or books, the U-shaped zippered compartment towards the front is perfect as an organizer, and front and rear pockets with zipper complete the storage features.
The telescopic handle retreats into its own zippered pocket at the back and two padded carry handles let you comfortably carry it up stairs or uneven ground if needed.
This leather rolling briefcase is available in tan, espresso and black and is made of Colombian leather.
The bag measures 6.2 x 17 x 13 inches and weighs 8.8 pounds.
Samsonite Women’s Spinner Mobile Office
This smart Samsonite dual spinner wheeled laptop case is very easy to maneuver, as its multi-directional spinner wheels allow you to roll it sideways down an airplane aisle using its push button retractable handle. It has two top handles with a snap button to keep them together, and a strap on the back where you can slide it on top of a larger wheeled bag. When the retracting handle is down it will stow well under most airplane seats and definitely in an overhead compartment.
It has all the features that you’d want in a rolling briefcase for women. The dual zippered front compartment features a tablet pocket, pockets for a phone and power brick or hard drive, and several loops for pens. There are two main zippered compartments. The middle one features a padded sleeve that’s big enough for a 15.6″ laptop, and the back one features side gussets and is designed to hold files and documents.
The bag measures 16.5 x 15.75 x 8.5 inches overall and weighs 8.84 lbs.
This bag is available in black only.
Hedgren Diamond Cindy Business Trolley
This beautiful Hedgren Women’s Cindy Business Trolley is by a Belgian luggage brand that has been around for years. It is made of nylon with taffeta quilted bonding and signature logo hardware detail on the front for a chic look.
This is a very simple bag in terms of organization, which makes it the best lightweight rolling laptop bag in this list for quite a few women. The front has an exterior zip pocket, while the lined interior is divided into a 15.6″ laptop compartment with velcro closure and mesh slip pockets. This can be zippered shut.
Dual top carry handles, a telescopic pull handle with two rolling wheels, and an add-a-bag strap that slips over your carry on luggage handle for hands free carrying are the three ways that you can transport this bag.
The bag measures 17 x 13.5 x 6 inches overall and weighs 5 lbs 3 oz.
This bag is available in black, grey and red.
Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Roller Bag
A very popular bag in this category is the Kensington Contour Balance, which we have reviewed separately. Its biggest advantage is that you can either roll it along on two wheels or tote it on your shoulder because it has been ergonomically designed for that. It has space for a 15″ laptop and has a contoured back to hug your side when toting it so that you don’t feel back or shoulder strain.
17 Inch Women’s Rolling Laptop Bag
If your laptop is 17 inches or more diagonally, you’ll need a bag that is made specifically to accommodate large laptops. Many of these large women’s wheeled briefcases can also be used to pack a change of clothes if you’re travelling light for a day or two.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Runway Call Wheeled Business Tote
This Kenneth Cole Reaction Runway Call Wheeled Business Tote is a women’s designer rolling laptop bag on 2 inline skate wheels with molded front feet to keep it upright when not being wheeled. It looks expensive with its quality nylon twill and split leather trim but it is a steal on sale. This would also be a great rolling tote but because it is specifically designed to also be women’s computer bag with wheels and has lots of organizational features for professionals, it also makes our list as a briefcase.
Not only can you wheel the bag with the dual pole 3 stop telescopic handle, you can also carry it over your shoulder because of the long double straps held together by a snap button wrap. To make it even easier, you have the option to use the piggy back strap at the back to slide it over another bag’s trolley handle.
The organizational features on this business tote are exceptional. You have the main compartment with the main padded laptop compartment, a padded tablet compartment, a zipped pocket and two open top pockets sized to fit accessories or a shoe in each. The laptop compartment is secured with a Velcro strap to hold a 17″ laptop. In front of the main compartment is another compartment with a hidden zipper that reveals an organizer space. There is one front single zippered compartment for quick access items and an open top pocket on either side of the bag. You also get a detachable zippered pouch that you can attach either to a handle on the outside of the bag or stow inside the main compartment.
The Kenneth Cole Reaction Runway Call measures 16.0 inch (H) x 15.0 inch (W) x 6 inch (D) and weighs 5.5 lbs, with the laptop compartment measuring 15.0 inch x 11.5 x 2.0 inch.
JKM and Company The Timeless Rolling Carryall Bag
Nicely printed or colored bags are always popular and this faux black alligator crocodile JKM and Company The Timeless Rolling Briefcase Carryall is no exception. The exterior is made of high quality faux alligator embossed material with faux black leather trim, and the design with silver toned hardware and double tassel accents makes it look expensive. This makes it an affordable and ethical option too since it is not real leather.
This is a large and roomy bag and a laptop up to 17.3″ will fit into the removable padded compartment that can be secured by two velcro fasteners. The large remaining space in the main compartment is good for books, accessories or clothes. This space is zippered closed and there are interior pockets – 1 zippered and two open – for additional organization. There is a zippered pocket on the rear exterior for easy access to last minute small items. Two exterior side slip pockets can hold a water bottle and small umbrella. When you have some extra things to carry in the main compartment just pull open the side expansion zippers for extra packing space.
A retractable double pole trolley handle and two rear inline wheels allow for rolling, while two top carry straps are held together with a single snap button wrap.
The briefcase weighs 7.7 pounds with the handle pocket, and measures 16.25″ H x 9″ W (10.25 with back handle) x 17″ L. It is black in color.
McKleinUSA W Series WILLOWBROOK Red Detachable-Wheeled Ladies’ Briefcase
For 17 inch laptops, this McKlein USA Willowbrook leather wheeled briefcase for women detaches from a wheel and handle convertible system so that you can either wheel it about or carry it like a normal briefcase. There is also a Smart Strap Attachment system so you can slide the bag down an extended telescopic pole of a suitcase if you want to leave the wheeled system at home.
It features a front zippered pocket and inner organizer for your phone, keys, pens and other items. It also has a zippered file compartment. The padded laptop compartment will hold most 17″ notebooks. Reviews say that you can’t stuff too many items other than the laptop and its accessories into it, however, it is quite light in weight.
Get this bag in one of 7 great colors. A light rain-resistant cover is included.
Dimensions: 7 x 18 x 14 inches
Weight: 7.9 lbs (including the wheeling system), 4 lbs alone.
Solo New York Bryant 17.3 Inch Rolling Laptop Case
For 17.3 inch laptops, this polyester Solo New York Bryant Case is one of the lightest but most durable and roomiest bag there is. It’s designed for those who have to travel with a large laptop and lots of files and accessories.
The main zippered compartment features a padded laptop pocket with Velcro fastening, two slip pockets, and plenty of space for documents and books. The zippered compartment in front of that features an accordion filing section. The large u-shaped front pocket is designed as an organizer for your phone, cords, power brick, cards, pens and other small electronic accessories. The outermost small front pocket is for quick access to your travel documents.
The push button telescopic handle retracts completely into its own zippered pocket and you can use the two padded grab handles on top to carry it up stairs or haul it into an overhead bin. When extended you can pull the bag on two smooth rolling inline skate wheels. You can slide a personal item tote bag or similar bag on top of this bag if needed.
This bag will fit under most airplane seats, but if not, it will go into all overhead aircraft bins.
You can get this bag in either total black or black with grey trim.
Dimensions: 14.75″ H x 17″ L x 8.75″ D
Weight: 5.8 lbs.
Solo New York Macdougal Rolling Computer Bag
If the Bryant bag above is a tad too bulky for you, there’s the similarly high quality Solo New York Macdougal Case. With slightly less storage and the shell made out of a combination of cotton and vinyl, this is just as practical and tough.
The main zippered compartment features a padded laptop pocket with Velcro fastening for a laptop upto 17.3″, and enough room for magazines and documents or files. There is no separate zippered file compartment on this bag. The zippered compartment in front of that is a large organizer that has a dedicated iPad/tablet pocket along with storage for other accessories. The outermost small front pocket is for easy to access travel documents.
The methods of transporting this bag are the same as above and you can get this in either black or espresso.
This bag will fit under most airplane seats, but if not, it will go into all overhead aircraft bins.
Dimensions: 14″ H x 17.75″ L x 7.5″ D
Weight: 6 lbs.
So there you have it – a few of the best rolling briefcases for women that you can get with the best prices on Amazon!