Looking for small hand luggage with wheels? If you’re traveling with your laptop and 2-3 sets of clothes on a short trip, you might want to consider getting an all-in-one spinner tote bag that you can carry on and handle easily instead of using a separate bag for your clothes. The best spinner tote bags come with dedicated laptop and organizer compartments with a large compartment for your clothes and personal items.
For business trips you’re probably going to be wheeling your luggage mostly in airports, so spinner wheels allow you to roll this type of bag right alongside you and your arm won’t feel the strain at all. Since it’s smaller than a regular upright carry on, it’ll force you not to overpack and is just right for an overnight or 2-3 day trip. It’s guaranteed to fit into overhead bins of almost all airplanes too.
Take note, however, that these small wheeled tote bags may not fit under your seat. If that’s a concern, you’ll have to sacrifice on spinner wheeled bags and stick to two-wheeled underseat bags or personal item sized luggage without wheels. You could consider these two-wheeled tote bags that are better equipped for maneuvering over cobbled streets and other rough terrain.
There are quite a few spinner wheeled tote bags on the market but if you want to know which ones are rated very highly, read on!
Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Spinner Boarding Bag
Measuring 18.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches with the wheels and weighing 7.5 pounds, the Samsonite Silhouette Sphere 2 Softside Spinner Boarding Bag will fit under the seat in larger planes and easily goes into all overhead bins. It is a good option as an overnight or 2 day bag for business trips travel.
The design is clever, with an internal removable organizer/toiletry bag that is secured by snap buttons on the top and bottom, so it allows you to access things easily if you open the bag in the upright position and nothing falls out from the main space. Two snap gussets on the sides also ensure that the compartment’s front lid doesn’t fall open completely. There are internal pockets for travel accessories and a Velcro strapped padded laptop compartment for a 15.6 inch laptop.
The exterior features two zippered front compartments – one large and one small for a magazine or jacket, and for your cards, phone, stationary and keys.
This soft-sided tote is made from nylon with a complete inner fabric lining and corner guards to protect those points when bumped.
The upright telescopic handle with a comfort grip locks into place to facilitate rolling the bag on the 4 dual spinner wheels. There is also a top carry handle for added convenience. With the Silhouette Sphere II collection, each spinner wheel is split into two and each half rolls independently, which helps to steer the bag over uneven and smooth surfaces.
Colors available are black, dark blue and dark green.
Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 WT Wheeled Tote Spinner
The Victorinox Werks Traveler 5.0 WT Wheeled Tote Spinner is not cheap but the quality of construction and global coverage warranty makes the price worth it. It is made of ballistic nylon, weighs 5.4 lbs and measures 13 inch x 15 inch x 7.5 inch. This bag does fit nicely under a plane seat but that means that its capacity is slightly less than some others on this list.
The 4 Hinomoto caster wheels are sturdy and smooth rolling in all directions and the retractable handle pushes completely into its own zippered pocket right behind a top grab handle. A trolley sleeve at the back allows you to slide the bag over another bag’s dual handle. If you don’t use it as a trolley sleeve, it zips closed at the bottom so that you can use it as a pocket for last minute items, like a newspaper.
The storage of this boarding bag is divided into two compartments. The front dual zippered pocket is where the organizer section is with two padded pockets and a zippered mesh pocket for a phone and other electronics and accessories. There is a single zip away side pocket that’s ideal for a water bottle.
The main compartment also opens via dual zippers. This section opens via a front lid that can be prevented from falling open completely when standing upright by two velcro gussets on the sides. These can be released when packing and unpacking while lying the bag flat. The inside of the lid features a padded laptop sleeve with velcro tabs that can hold a tablet or a 13 x 9 inch laptop. There’s a zippered mesh pocket on the outside of this sleeve. The main packing section of this compartment is for your clothes and features X-shaped restraining straps.
The one design flaw in this bag is that it tends to tip over if you pack a laptop in the provided sleeve and the back of the bag is too light to balance it.
The Werks Traveler 5.0 WT Wheeled Tote is also available in the UK.
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Tote
The Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Spinner Tote comes from the brand’s successful business targeted Platinum Magna line. Its MagnaTrac dual spinner wheels are designed to self-align so that the case doesn’t veer towards or away from you while you effortlessly roll it along. The bottom of this small wheeled case hides a full tray that helps stabilize the bag for even more effortless rolling.
This 100% nylon case comes with DuraGuard coating for protection against abrasions and strains. Crash and corner guards help protect the most vulnerable points from damage. The telescopic handle has minimal wobble when extended and the contoured grip is ergonomic. You can also drag this tote behind you on its rear two wheels. A top leather grab handle rounds out this very professional-looking case.
The main compartment opens via double zippers and opens outwards and downwards with two snap buttoned gussets on the sides to prevent it from falling open completely. The main space can hold 1-2 days worth of clothes, while the inside of the lid compartment is padded with a Velcro fastener and sized to carry a small laptop.
In front of the main compartment is a dual zippered business organizer compartment with a padded tablet pocket and several other pockets for cables, chargers, notebook, pens and other odds and ends. Finally, a smaller single zipped pocket right on the front can hold last minute items you might need to stow before a security check.
This bag measures 16″ x 14″ x 9 and weighs 7 lbs and 11 ozs. It is a good option if you want to eliminate a separate laptop bag and just take this one bag for your clothes as well as devices for a short trip.
TravelPro Crew 11 Spinner Tote
The TravelPro Crew 11 Spinner Tote provides you with very similar features as the Platinum Magna 2 above but is significantly less expensive and made for travelers who are OK foregoing the luxury accents. Weighing 6 lbs 7 ozs and measuring 16″ x 14″ x 9″, it is also a bit lighter. It will fit under most airplane seats except under a few where the space is smaller than standard.
While there are similar transport features to the higher end model, like an adjustable telescopic handle with Contour Grip and PowerScope extension and dual spinner wheels with MagnaTrac self-aligning technology, the top grab handle is not leather and the hardware has a slightly less expensive look. The shell is still ballistic nylon with Duraguard coating.
Instead of two front pockets on the Crew 11 spinner tote, there is just one zipped compartment, but there’s a water bottle zipped pocket on one side, which is absent on the Platinum Magna. The front compartment serves as the organizer section with a laptop sleeve, two elastic top pockets and pen loops. The sides are gusseted. This spinner tote also opens to the main compartment via a front lid that’s hinged at the bottom and is gusseted by snap button flaps on the sides. The inside of this lid features a Velcro fastened padded 15.6″ laptop compartment. The main storage space has compression straps for your clothes.
This spinner tote is also available in blue.
Delsey Luggage Montmartre+ Spinner Business Travel Tote
The Delsey Montmartre+ Spinner Business Tote is also made of ballistic nylon but treated with Teflon for extra protection. This tote also has dual spinner wheels for rolling upright and in addition to the telescopic handle, there is a neoprene top handle and hard bottom handle for easy lifting.
The main compartment opens like most other business spinner totes and has side snap button gussets. This compartment is meant only for clothes and personal items and they’re kept in place by parallel compression straps. There is a zipped business organizer compartment in front with a padded double slip pocket and Velcro fastener for a laptop as well as a tablet. There are several other zipped and elastic top pockets for your other business accessories. There’s a zipped pocket right in front to round up your last minute items for storage.
The Montmartre+ Spinner Business Tote measures 16.75″ x 15.25″ x 8 and weighs 6 lbs 9 ozs.
Chocolate New York 18″ Spinner Under Seater Luggage
The Chocolate New York 18″ Spinner Under Seater is the least expensive spinner tote of the bunch, and though you should not expect it to be up there in quality with the ones above, it is good value. It is a soft-structured bag so unless you pack it fully, it may lean to one side and possibly tilt over. It also means that it is most likely of all these options to fit under most airplane seats. It measures 17.5″ x 15.6″ x 8.5″ and weighs 4.5 lbs, so the light weight is an added bonus.
The four single spinner wheels and telescopic handle work fairly well and you have dual top carry handles held together by Velcro wrap.
For organization on the exterior of the bag, there are two vertical zipped pockets for a water bottle and compact umbrella on the sides, a single zippered pocket right in the front and a dual zippered larger pocket behind that, which is perfect for a tablet.
The inside of the bag features a laptop slip pocket but it is not padded, so you’ll need to store it in a sleeve of its own. In addition to organizational pockets, there is also a snap off toiletries bag inside.