Thinking about buying American Tourister’s luggage?
Well, then you’re in the right place.
In this American Tourister luggage review, we will take a look at their quality, reviews, features, warranty, and other aspects. All, to determine if they’re a solid choice or not.
On Clever Journey’s Best Luggage Brands, American Tourister got 74 out of 100 points and took the 8th place on our leaderboard.
Although it may not seem as much, they’re actually the best choice in the affordable range.
You can see how we determined the 74 points over here. We’ll go in-depth into each category down below.
- Affordable prices. For a carry-on, expect to pay 50-100$. For a luggage set, 60-180$. In the affordable range, American Tourister offers the most value.
- Excellent warranty. Everyone knows that Samsonite has a dependable warranty. But most people don’t know that Samsonite owns American Tourister and both warranties are nearly identical.
- Lack of features. With the low prices comes a lack of smart features. Most cases are pretty limited and don’t offer many extras, like TSA locks, expansion zippers, USB chargers, suiters, or other smart packing features.
- Not made for frequent travelers. If you’re traveling one or two times per year, American Tourister’s bags should hold up for at least five to ten years. When you start using them more often, the life expectancy of their bags starts to decline rapidly.
Overall, American Tourister offers some really solid options in the affordable price range. We’d go so far as to say that they make the best affordable suitcases on the market.
However, we wouldn’t recommend getting American Tourister if you’re planning on traveling frequently, because they lack the durability that other brands offer. We’d say that American Tourister is safe to purchase for kids and people who travel for leisure.
If you stick within these guidelines, you can expect their bags to last anywhere from five to ten years, which isn’t too bad. Also, you get a safe and dependable warranty, which is uncommon for affordable luggage brands.
Top-Rated American Tourister Suitcases
|Best softside: Belle Voyage carry-on||Editors rating: 4.4|
|Best hardside: Moonlight carry-on||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Best luggage set: Moonlight 3-piece||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Coolest-looking: Star Wars carry-on||Editors rating: 4.4|
|Best for kids: Minnie Mouse carry-on||Editors rating: 4.4|
Key Facts About American Tourister
American Tourister was founded in 1933, in Rhode Island, United States. The idea was to make tough and fun suitcases at affordable prices.
In 1993, Samsonite acquired American Tourister. Today, they’re still owned by Samsonite, and in many ways are very similar to them. For instance, their warranty policies are nearly identical (which is a good thing, because everyone knows how dependable is Samsonite’s warranty.)
Samsonite also owns other popular luggage brands: Hartmann, Tumi, eBags, High Sierra, and Lipault.
According to Statista, in 2018, American Touristed made 667M $ in sales, compared to Samsonite’s 1.712 bln $. We don’t have the exact sales numbers, but we estimate that American Tourister is the second most popular luggage brand in the industry, right after Louis Vitton, Delsey, and Rimowa (and they’re continuing to grow every year.)
American Tourister’s customer reviews are much better when compared with other affordable luggage brands, like U.S. Traveler, Rockland, and others. A lot of their suitcases have gotten reviews in the 4-4.8 star range, which is really good.
We read hundreds of reviews on their most popular models and tried to find any common flaws and problems. We found that some of their hard cases are too flexible in real life and get cracks reasonably easy. Same goes to their fabric bags, which can tear near the seams and at the bottom.
Another thing that we noticed is that a lot of people complained about incorrect dimensions. But if you go on their website, not Amazon, and check the exact model’s specifications, you can get the correct dimensions with wheels and handles included.
While some of their models are reviewed exceptionally well, some received a lot of bad reviews. For example, you’d be better off by skipping the Curio checked suitcases and the 5-piece luggage set with a rolling duffel because they’re rated fairly poorly. We’d recommend double-checking the reviews before purchasing because not all of their bags are made similarly reliable.
To save production costs, American Tourister doesn’t use expensive materials for their bags, like polycarbonate, aluminum, or Nylon. Instead, they use ABS or ABS/Polycarbonate combinations for their hardside bags, and polyester for their fabric bags, which cost cheaper.
While researching the reviews, we found the most common issues that people experienced:
- Cracks in hardcase suitcases;
- Tears near seams in their fabric suitcases;
- Broken off top and side handles;
- Hardside bags can get scratches easily.
These issues weren’t too common, but they did happen for those who used their bags frequently or for five or more years.
Despite the fairly cheap build quality, American Tourister is pretty durable. Compared to other affordable options, they’re definitely the most reliable option. We wouldn’t recommend getting them for business travelers and frequent use, but they’ll be reliable enough for leisure. If you’d use their bags one or two times per year, they might even last a decade.
In features, American Tourister isn’t too advanced, but you do get the most essential stuff.
Spinner Wheels on Most Suitcases
Nowadays, we feel like spinner wheels are a must-have for any suitcase. If you haven’t tried them before, next time you go inside a luggage store, try rolling the bag around for a little bit. You’ll feel how easy they roll compared to regular skate wheels.
You’ll find spinner wheels on almost all of American Tourister’s models, which is good.
Although not all of their suitcases are equipped with expandable zippers, some have this feature included, which is nice.
Essentially, the expandable zippers allow you to expand the bag for an additional 20-25% volume. It’s pretty useful when you’re short on space.
TSA-Approved Combination Locks
You’ll find TSA-approved locks only on American Tourister’s hardside bags. Although some fabric suitcases from other brands may come with TSA locks, most don’t, because they’re expensive to integrate on a flexible fabric bag.
Basic Packing Features
If you’re looking for a bag with smart packing options, American Tourister bags won’t be of much interest to you.
Basically, all you get in the main compartment is compression straps and one zippered pocket for smaller items. No suiters, TSA-approved liquid bags, no specific compartments (for shoes, luggage trackers), no hanger compartments.
Nothing fancy, but it does the job.
American Tourister’s setup is pretty basic but sufficient enough for today’s standards. You’ll find the most essential stuff, but nothing too advanced.
American Tourister has said that they’re taking pride in making luggage that’s stylish, well-made, and fun. We agree with all three points, especially the fun part.
American Tourister offers many cool-looking suitcases for kids with Mickey mouse, star-wars, spiderman, and avenger prints. They’ve actually received pretty good reviews among the parents and don’t cost too much, so we’d suggest checking them out.
Other than suitcases for children, they also make pretty good-looking hardside suitcases — for instance, the Moonlight spinner in rose gold, or the Curio spinner in black. Also, we love the way that the Belle Voyage fabric suitcase in the floral indigo sand print looks.
However, their cheaper models look pretty basic and don’t spark any creativity. That’s why we’ve rated their design only at 11 out of 15 points.
Everyone knows how dependable Samsonite’s warranty is. But what most people don’t know is that American Tourister offers almost identical warranty terms to Samsonite, because they’re owned by them.
American Tourister’s warranty can be divided into three groups:
- Limited global warranty;
- Limited 10-year warranty;
- Limited 3-year warranty.
All warranty terms are identical, except for the lifespan of the warranty, which is either a lifetime, ten years, or three years.
These warranties don’t cover normal wear and tear, improper use, or airline damage. For instance, if your suitcase comes out on the luggage carousel with cracks, you wouldn’t be covered, because it’s classified as airline damage.
Pro tip. If your suitcase gets broken by the baggage handlers, immediately file a claim before leaving the airport. Airlines are responsible for broken luggage. Sometimes they don’t cover wheels and handles, but each airline has a different policy.
If you ever need to ship your suitcase for a warranty repair, you have two options:
- Ship the bag yourself.
- Take your bag to the nearest American Tourister dealer and let them send the bag for you for 10$-15$.
The second option is handy, because the 10-15$ fee isn’t too huge, and American Tourister dealers / Samsonite stores are pretty standard in most large cities worldwide.
Additionally, if the warranty doesn’t cover the bag, you can purchase repair parts separately by contacting their customer support. Often, this is the cheapest solution.
Generally, American Tourister’s suitcases are priced relatively affordable. Although they’re slightly more expensive than Rockland or U.S. traveler, they’re cheaper than Samsonite, Travelpro or Delsey.
If you’re looking for a single suitcase, both hardside and softside, expect to pay around 60-100$. For Samsonite, you would spend around 100-180$.
Their luggage sets are less expensive and overall are a pretty good deal. For a 3-piece luggage set, expect to pay around 50$ – 180$.
Given their durability and warranty, we rated their prices at 10 out of 10. Finding anything better at these prices is hard.
Individual American Tourister Suitcase Reviews
|23.5 x 14.5 x 10.2 inches|
|7.8 lbs (3.53 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.4 / 5|
If you’re looking for a fabric suitcase from American Tourister, you should consider the Belle Voyage 21-inch carry-on. It’s good-looking, cheap, and has received amazing customer reviews.
The bag is available in two colors, Floral indigo sand, and blue denim. We think that the floral indigo sand is a clear winner, although the blue denim doesn’t look too bad either. In combination with the rose gold handle, logo, and zippers, the bag looks pretty sleek.
The Belle voyage is made from polyester, which is a fabric that’s used in cheaper bags. Aside from that, the bag is equipped with four spinner wheels, a retractable handle, and top, side, and bottom handles, which is nice.
Now when it comes to packing features, the Belle Voyage is pretty decent. First of all, the main compartment expands by 1.5 inches if you ever run low on space. Second, the main compartment is fitted with dedicated shoe pockets, a zippered compartment, and x-shaped compression straps. And finally, you’ll find another front pocket where you can store your documents, passports, e.t.c.
Overall, It’s a cute-looking fabric suitcase, that has all the features that you would expect to have on a 100$ bag, but costs way less. Combine that with fantastic customer feedback, and you can easily understand why it’s so popular.
|22 x 15 x 9.5 inches|
|8 lbs (3.62 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
The American Tourister Moonlight 21-inch carry-on is, in our opinion, the best hardside suitcase from American Tourister.
It’s made from a mix of ABS/polycarbonate. Although by itself, ABS is fairly fragile, in combination with polycarbonate, it shouldn’t crack that easily.
From outside, the bag is fitted with top and side handles, a retractable handle, and four spinner wheels. Unfortunately, the bag doesn’t have any TSA locks. The Moonlight spinner is available in various patterns and colors, with our favorite being rose gold.
The main compartment is fitted with expansion zippers, which is nice. The main compartment is split into two equal parts and divided by a zippered mesh sheet. Inside, you’ll find x-shaped compression straps and one smaller pocket for smaller items. A pretty basic setup, but you shouldn’t expect more given the ridiculous price tag.
Overall, it’s a solid choice for an affordable hardside carry-on.
|21, 24, and 29 inches|
|27.8 lbs (12.60 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
Now if you’d rather get a full set, the Moonlight 3-piece is a solid choice. In the affordable range, this luggage set is probably the best option in the market.
Essentially, all suitcases in this set are identical to the moonlight carry-on, only differentiating in sizes. All four bags come with spinner wheels, expandable zippers, and all the other features that the Moonlight comes with.
What’s good is that all three pieces fit nicely inside each other. That’s pretty useful for those who live in tiny apartments or are running low of free space in the attic.
We’d definitely say that this is also one of the best-looking hardside sets on the market. They’re available in many cool prints and colors – Marble, rose gold, purple storm, popsicle, and others.
If you’re traveling for leisure and need a cheap and good-looking luggage set, then look no further – the Moonlight 3-piece will be a solid choice.
|21.5 x 15 x 9 inches|
|6.88 lbs (3.12 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.4 / 5|
Although the American Tourister Star Wars 21-inch hardside carry-on doesn’t light up or make a buzzing sound when it opens up, it’s pretty cool nevertheless. Your first instinct would be to get one for your child, but maybe get one for your husband/wife as well, because it’s mostly used by adults.
It’s available in several cool-looking star wars graphics, like the Darth Vader, R2D2, C3Po, Chewbacca, and others. The graphics are pretty well designed and will attract attention wherever you go.
Aside from the good looks, the bag is decently made as well. The shell is made from ABS. Although it’s slightly less durable than Polycarbonate, the frame felt sturdy when picked up in the Samsonite store.
In terms of features, it has the most basic ones: top and side handle, a retractable handle on top, four spinner wheels (Which actually rolled pretty smoothly), and expandable width. In packing features, it’s also pretty limited. The main compartment is split into two equal parts and is fitted with compression straps and a pocket for smaller items.
Although the Star wars hardside isn’t the best when it comes to durability or features, it’s decent enough. Combine that with the low price, epic designs, excellent customer reviews, and you get a suitcase that’s perfect for your kids or hardcore star wars fans.
|24 x 14.5 x 8 inches|
|6.8 lbs (3.08 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.4 / 5|
If you’re planning a trip to Disney Land, why not get a matching suitcase? The American Tourister Minnie mouse is another great option for your kids and has received amazing customer reviews.
It’s available in several Mickey Mouse designs, but we think that the Minnie Mouse Polka Dot looks the cutest. The outer frame is made from polyester, which isn’t too durable but does the job. Note that it’s slightly too large to be used as a carry-on, so you might be asked to check it in.
As you would expect from an affordable carry-on, it doesn’t come with advanced features. You’ll get four spinner wheels, expandable zippers, top, side, and bottom handles, and a retractable handle on top. The inner compartment is fitted with one large zippered mesh compartment and two shoe pockets. On the outside, you’ll also find two front pockets, which are useful for storing smaller items.
Overall, the bag is pretty limited, but it has received stellar reviews, is affordable and looks cute. If you get one for your daughter, we’re sure she’ll love it.