The Delsey Paris Titanium 19-inch suitcase is one of the best carry-ons currently offered. There’s a reason why it’s among Delsey Paris bestsellers – it’s durable, just in the right size to be used on most international flights, packed with many useful features, and best of all – really affordable.
In this Delsey Paris Titanium S carry-on review, we’ll find out whether it’s the right choice for you. We’ll look at its durability, dimensions, weight, materials, warranty, and compare it with similar carry-ons from other brands, like Samsonite and Rockland.
- Durable polycarbonate shell
- Has a padded laptop sleeve
- Smooth-rolling double spinner wheels
- TSA-approved combination lock
- Expandable width
- The retractable handle is a bit flimsy
- Its warranty doesn’t cover airline damage and accidents
- 1 lb above the average weight of plastic hardside carry-ons
In terms of durability, the Delsey Paris Titanium is almost identical to Samsonite and some of Travelpro’s medium-class models. It’s made from durable materials, and only a few customers complained about its retractable handle, which feels wobbly and sometimes gets stuck. Its wheels, side handles, zippers, and hard shell are all really well-made, and a lot of customers said they’ve used the Delsey Titanium carry-on for frequent traveling without any issues.
It is available in a wide set of color themes, including silver, black cherry red, graphite, bronze, green, purple, and black. The color choices blend well with the carry-on’s ridged polycarbonate exterior, and it does a better job at hiding scratches than the Helium Aero. Because it’s offered in so many colors, it’s great for men and women, as well as business travelers and leisure ones.
The only real downside to the Delsey Titanium is that it’s somewhat heavy and that its interior compartment is pretty cramped due to the laptop sleeve taking up a lot of space.
Dimensions & Weight (6/10)
Since the Delsey Paris Titanium 19-inch carry-on targets international travelers, it meets the size restrictions for international carry-ons by most airlines, measuring 21.25 x 14 x 9.75 inches (54 x 36 x 24 cm) with wheels and handles included. It is 0.75 inches over the most common size restriction for carry-ons (22 x 14 x 9 inches), however, if you don’t overpack it, it will fit inside the measuring bins since the polycarbonate shell is flexible.
It weighs 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg), which is considered somewhat heavy. On average, hardside carry-ons weigh 6.93 lbs, with the lightest ones weighing just over 5 lbs. This means that it’s not great for European airlines, where the weight limits are usually very strict, usually 15 – 22 lbs (7 – 10 kg). It’s still light enough to be used on domestic flights and trans-Atlantic/Pacific ones, where the weight restrictions are much looser.
Most people said that they were able to fit clothes for 2-5 days inside the Delsey 19-inch carry-on, with minimalist packers stretching that to 4-7 days.
Materials & Water-Resistance (14/15)
The Delsey Titanium is made from 100% virgin polycarbonate, which is the most durable plastic used in plastic hardside suitcases. Although it’s heavier than ABS and polypropylene, the difference isn’t actually that high, and it makes sense to use PC instead due to its improved durability. Because of this, the hard shell of the Delsey Titanium is really flexible, which makes it much more resistant to breaking.
The hard shell is coated with a semi-matte finish that does a really good job of hiding minor scratches. Delsey Helium Aero, which is very similar to the Titanium, is instead coated with a gloss finish, which shows first scratches just after a few uses. That’s actually the main reason why a lot of people choose the Delsey Titanium instead of the Helium Aero.
Other materials include a fully lined interior with polyester fabric, which feels soft on the hand, an aluminum retractable handle, and rubberized spinner wheels.
In terms of water resistance, the Delsey Titanium will do a much better job at keeping the contents dry than most fabric suitcases. That said, it isn’t waterproof because the seams will let through some water. This is especially true when it’s expanded because the expansion comes from a 2-inches wide, non-water-resistant piece of fabric, which means that the contents of the suitcase near the expansion zipper are exposed to the elements.
Delsey Paris is the third most popular luggage brand after Louis Vuitton and Samsonite, and it’s known to make reliable luggage. The Delsey Titanium is no exception because it’s made from premium materials and it has barely received any negative reviews about its durability.
Most customers praised how durable this bag is and said that it hasn’t let them down even after frequent use. We found reviews from multiple flight attendants and business travelers who said that it still performs well even when used several times per week over extended periods.
However, there was one common issue that we found – that the retractable handle could see some improvements. People reported that the retractable handle sometimes gets stuck, it sometimes doesn’t retract fully, and it feels too flimsy. We’ve seen similar reports from other Delsey suitcases, which means that this is probably an issue on most of their suitcases.
But other than the handle, everything else is really well made – the wheels, side handles, zippers, and the hard shell. Usually, most people complain about broken zippers and wheels, so it’s nice to see that Delsey has done a good job in that regard.
The Delsey Paris Titanium comes with four double spinner wheels, which most people reported roll extremely smoothly. Double spinner wheels usually do a slightly better job than regular spinners, because the wheels on each side can move in opposite directions, which makes them turn more sharply. As an added bonus, Delsey went with rubber wheels, instead of plastic ones, which provide more grip on smooth, tiled surfaces and roll much more quietly.
Although having only two inline wheels does have some benefits, like more space in the main compartment, spinners are much easier to move around. That’s because two-wheeled suitcases need to be tilted and pulled behind you, while suitcases with four spinner wheels can be effortlessly moved at your side or in front of you, and they don’t need to be tilted. They’re much better for smooth surfaces, such as large airports and smooth pavements, but they still need to be tilted when rolled on uneven cobblestone streets.
For maneuvering the bag, Delsey has fitted it with an aluminum retractable handle, which has a button to adjust its height, depending on how tall you are. For picking it up to the overhead compartments or carrying it on stairs, Delsey has added a small plastic handle on the top and another one on the side. If you’re confident of your ability to pick it up, even when it’s overpacked, this should be enough. However, it will be awkward for people with back pain to pick it up because it doesn’t have another handle at the bottom, so you might have to ask someone next to you to do it for you. Plus, the 7.9 lbs (3.6 kg) base weight of the Delsey Titanium doesn’t help with this either.
Additional Features (9/10)
The Delsey Paris Titanium comes with many bells and whistles, which isn’t too common for suitcases in this price range.
Smart Packing Features
The Delsey Titanium 19-inch carry-on has a padded laptop sleeve, which fits laptops up to 15.6 inches. In addition to providing better protection, this is more convenient when going through security, because you won’t need to take your laptop out of the bag. Instead, the laptop pocket unfolds 180 degrees, which means that nothing will be on your laptop to clutter the x-ray images. The laptop pocket also has another zippered pocket, where you can keep your power bag, toiletries, and any other items that you might need to remove during security.
From the interior, the Delsey Titanium is split into two equal parts. On one side, it’s separated by a fabric sheet, which makes it great for holding your shoes and other awkward items. And on the other, everything’s held in place with x-shaped compression straps, which is great for keeping your bulkier clothing pieces in place. The interior is also fully lined and you’ll find two additional pockets inside for all the smaller items.
For over packers, Delsey has also included an expandable zipper, which lets you expand it by two inches and get a few liters of extra volume. Just keep in mind that by doing this, you most likely will be over the carry-on size limits.
Improved Security Features
The Titanium uses the Delsey Paris’ patented SECURITECH® zippers. It is an ultra-secure closure system that is three times stronger and more flexible than YKK zippers or other conventional zippers. The zippers move swiftly around the corners and don’t get stuck even when the suitcase is fully packed. Plus, it uses reinforced pullers three times more resilient than standard ones.
To open the secure closing system, you need to create a private code that you can use to unlock the TSA-approved combination lock. And, when the bag goes through the check-in process, the Transport Safety Authority (TSA) can use a special key to open and inspect your luggage.
Delsey is known as a luggage brand that usually makes very beautiful suitcases, and although the Titanium is leaning toward more down-to-earth looks, it still looks really great. It’s got something for everyone because it’s offered in a variety of different colors – black, graphite, silver (which will probably be better for men and business travelers), red, and purple (catered towards women and leisure travelers).
The Delsey Paris Titanium looks really modern and classy, instead of bright, fun, or retro looks, like you’d see on other Delsey’s bags. In its design, it’s incredibly similar to the Helium Aero, except that it has a slightly more matte finish, which does a better job at hiding scratches.
All Delsey Paris suitcases come with a warranty of 2, 3, 5, and 10 years. The Delsey Paris Titanium 19-inch carry-on has a 5-year limited warranty for manufacturing defects. This commercial warranty allows you to replace the suitcase from any Delsey Paris outlet in the country of purchase.
Although Delsey’s warranty is by no means bad, it isn’t the best one out there. It only covers basic defects in the materials, like loose stitching, faulty zippers, or stuck wheels. However, it has a long list of exclusions that make the warranty invalid, such as normal wear and tear, airline damage, transport damage, accidents, and misuse. Plus, the shipping costs to the repair center aren’t covered by Delsey and will need to be paid from your own pocket. In order for the warranty to work, you’ll need to register the product online and upload a proof of purchase.
On a sale, you can get Delsey Paris Titanium carry-on for under 120$, but usually, it’s priced at just over 150$. In terms of value, this is a really tremendous deal because it’s made from premium materials, it’s durable, and it comes with lots of useful features. It’s not uncommon for similar suitcases from Samsonite to be priced over 200$, so we think that the Delsey Paris Titanium is priced very accordingly.
How Does the Delsey Titanium Compare to Similar Suitcases?
Delsey Paris Titanium 19-inch carry-on is very similar to the Delsey Paris Helium Aero collection. Both of them use 100% polycarbonate shells and have double spinner wheels, TSA combination locks, zippered dividers and pockets, and tie-down straps. The main difference is in the looks – the Helium Aero collection has a metallic finish, whereas the Delsey Paris Titanium collection opts for a matte finish, which hides scratches a bit better. Also, the Delsey Paris Titanium collection is slightly heavier and a bit more durable than the Helium Aero collection.
A similar alternative from Samsonite is the Winfield 2 carry-on. It’s much more popular, yet it’s made from identical materials, shares similar durability, and doesn’t have a laptop pocket, double spinner wheels, or expandable zippers. In terms of price, they’re very similar, so the Titanium is definitely a much better choice, albeit being 1.2 lbs heavier.
One cheaper alternative is the Rockland Titan carry-on, which often costs half of what the Delsey Titanium does. It looks very similar and it also has a laptop pocket, but it definitely isn’t as durable because it’s made from ABS. It also doesn’t have a TSA-approved lock and the interior is slightly different. It’s clearly modeled after the Delsey Titanium since it’s been around for a very long time.
The Delsey Titanium is one of the best options for a medium-class hardside suitcase. It’s really durable, made from premium materials, it has a bunch of useful features, and it looks professional enough to be used for business travel. Its most significant features include a padded, TSA-compliant laptop pocket, anti-theft zippers, a TSA-approved combination lock, solid double spinner wheels, and expandable zippers.
It has some drawbacks though like its weight (1 lb over the average weight for suitcases in this class) and it’s received many complaints about a faulty retractable handle. Even when taking these drawbacks into the equation, we still think that the Delsey Titanium is a great choice, even better than the Delsey Helium Aero. This suitcase should cost above 200$, so honestly, for the price that it’s retailing at, it’s a bargain.