Have you ever wondered why suitcases are so heavy? Wouldn’t it be nice to have something lightweight instead? If that’s the case, you might want to check out It Luggage, which offers some of the lightest suitcases out there.
In this It Luggage review, we’ll determine whether they’re a good luggage brand or not. We’ll evaluate their quality, customer reviews, features, warranty, prices and compare them with their closest competitors.
On CleverJourney’s Best Luggage Brands, It Luggage gained 70 points. This places the brand in 11th place on our leaderboard. Between affordable luggage brands, It Luggage gained 3rd place, right after American Tourister and Coolife, making it a great choice if you’re on a tight budget.
Here you can see how we determined the total score. We’ll go more in-depth into each category further down in this article.
- Affordable: It Luggage offers some really affordable suitcases. If you’re looking for a softside carry-on, you can expect to pay around $50-100. Although Rockland is slightly cheaper, It Luggage offers more value because it’s more durable, just like American Tourister.
- Lightweight: Their most lightweight model weighs just 3.8 lbs. Just so you understand how light it really is, we couldn’t find carry-ons from other brands that weigh below 5 lbs. If you’re looking for a lightweight carry-on, It Luggage is your best bet.
- Loyal customers: Quite a few of It Luggage’s customers have been with them for over a decade. Although people agree that they’re not the most durable brand out there, they still choose It Luggage over anything else because of the low prices and weight.
- Great Quality: While It Luggage is known for its light suitcases, customers tend to ignore that most of their products are very durable if you’re traveling for leisure.
- Not made for frequent travel: If you’re a frequent traveler, you should probably get something more durable, like Travelpro or Briggs & Riley. But if you go on a vacation only 1-3 times per year, you can expect their suitcases to last around 5-8 years.
- Weak warranty terms: Although their warranty is valid for ten years, it only covers basic manufacturing defects. Also, we’ve heard that their support sometimes is hard to get by, so if you ever break your luggage, it’s probably wiser to get a new one.
Although It Luggage takes only 11th place on our leaderboard, their bags are actually a pretty solid choice. They’re far from being the most durable on the market, but they’ll be good enough for leisure and semi-frequent travel. That being said, we’d suggest you opt for their carry-ons since some customers have complained about their checked suitcases. In durability, they’re pretty close to brands like American Tourister and Coolife.
For those looking for a lightweight carry-on, you won’t find anything lighter than It Luggage. Airlines often have carry-on weight limits of only 11-20 lbs. Saving 2-5 lbs on just the carry-on is invaluable, so It Luggage makes much sense, even if it is slightly less durable. But if you can afford to pay a bit more, a wiser choice would be to invest in Travelpro, which is also pretty lightweight but much more durable. Alternatively, you could opt for Samsonite or Chester.
Top-Rated It Luggage Suitcases
|Best overall: World's Lightest New York||Editors rating: 4.1|
|Runner-Up: Encircle||Editors rating: 4.1|
|Best hardside carry-on: Quaint||Editors rating: 4.0|
|Best softside carry-on: World's Lightest Los Angeles||Editors rating: 4.3|
|Best affordable: Sprightful World's Lightest||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Best underseater: The Lite Intrepid||Editors rating: 3.9|
Key Facts About It Luggage
It Luggage Ltd (It is short for International Traveler) was established back in 1985, London. At the time, they were registered under a different name – Landor Ltd. They were the first company that started importing luggage from China to the UK, which allowed them to sell the luggage at competitive prices. Today, they’ve established quite a strong presence in retail stores worldwide, especially in Europe, where customers know their suitcases as the most lightweight ones they can buy in the affordable range.
You’ll find them in some online stores as well, albeit being much more prevalent in retail. That’s because they’re kind of an old-school brand that focuses on retail locations much more.
It Luggage is manufactured in Vietnam and China. They’re pretty open about this, as they have dedicated offices there that oversee the manufacturing process to ensure proper standards and quality. They’re also compliant with the “Modern Slavery Act,” which means they work only with suppliers that ensure proper working conditions.
We read all the reviews that we could get our hands on, and it looks like people are pretty happy with their purchases. Compared to other affordable brands that cost similarly, It luggage wasn’t reviewed as well as American Tourister or Coolife but was ahead of SwissGear and Rockland.
On Amazon, most of their products are reviewed at 3.9-4.4 stars, which is a pretty good result for an affordable brand. On several forums, people said they’d used It Luggage’s suitcases for over five years without any noticeable issues. On Amazon, many customers stated the same remark, with some saying that they’ve bought numerous models that have lasted for a long time. But, there were also a few reviews which contained some complaints.
Out of all the reviews that we read, people most commonly complained about these issues:
- Some models are advertised at 22 inches but are 23 inches in length
- Their fabric suitcases are made from a thin fabric that gets dirty very quickly
- People are concerned with quality issues because their bags feel so light
- Some felt that because of the rounded corners, It Luggage compromised packing space with better looks
- The handles and zippers feel cheap
- Most recommended It Luggage only for carry-ons
- Due to the design of some of the luggage, they tend to tip over if you’re not holding them
But overall, it looks like people are pretty happy with It Luggage, with most of them understanding that because their bags are so lightweight and cheap, there ought to be some durability issues.
Here’s another short review from one of their customers:
It Luggage is an affordable luggage brand, so, naturally, you shouldn’t expect them to last. We researched what materials they’re made from, and in most cases, they’re using the cheapest ones. For instance, most of their fabric suitcases are made from polyester, which is used in more affordable suitcases, and their hardside bags are usually made from polypropylene or ABS, which are cheaper and less durable than polycarbonate.
Also, it’s worth noting that most of the time, the materials used are thinner and lighter than what you would find on other affordable brands because It Luggage’s primary focus is weight, which means that they can’t use too thick materials. The wheels, handles, and zippers on their suitcases also feel pretty cheap, but despite this fact, they perform pretty well. Out of all the reviews we read, we didn’t find too many people complaining about broken zippers, wheels, or handles, which is nice.
Many people warned others about checking-in It Luggage suitcases. It Luggage’s bags are good as carry-ons because they’re incredibly lightweight, but they’re too fragile to be checked in. Also, people advised that when you do have to check their bags, to make sure that they’re packed full because half-full suitcases will most likely break from the weight of other suitcases on top. Some customers even recommended adding a flexible plastic sheet inside because the frame is so thin that the stuff packed inside tends to stick out.
But although they’re made from cheap materials, and they’ve compromised durability for weight, overall, the quality is not too bad. People who used It Luggage’s carry-ons said they’ll easily last 3-5 years of semi-frequent use. For an affordable luggage brand, that’s pretty good.
Most affordable luggage brands don’t focus on innovation, but It Luggage does. Here we’ll cover their most essential features and why they’re sometimes better choices than other brands.
In another post, we compared the average weight of the most popular suitcases. On average, empty carry-ons weigh around 7.9 lbs. The Travelpro Maxlite 5, considered one of the lightest and most popular carry-ons on the market, weighs just 5.3 lbs. But It luggage did even better than that. Their most lightweight option – It Luggage World's Lightest 2-wheeled carry-on – weighs just 3.8 lbs, which is just unbelievable.
We looked around the web, and we couldn’t find anything lighter than their “World’s lightest” collection. In fact, we couldn’t even find any suitcase below 5lbs from any other brand. So it appears that their statement “World’s Lightest” may actually be true.
To save weight, they’ve used a ‘frameless’ design, thin fabric, and lightweight handles and wheels. Usually, fabric suitcases are reinforced with a strong wire or aluminum frame. It Luggage has opted to use fiberglass, which is even lighter.
Eight Wheels Instead of Four
On most of their suitcases, you’ll find double spinner wheels instead of regular ones. We’ve tested dozens of bags with single spinner wheels and dual spinner wheels, and we can say that the double ones are better. They’re more durable and roll smoother. That being said, as with most other affordable luggage brands, like Merax and Lucas, the wheels aren’t highly durable, so be as gentle as possible with them.
TSA-Approved Locks on some Hardside Suitcases
Most commonly, their hardside suitcases come with TSA-approved combination locks. For instance, the It Luggage Asteroid Spinner has TSA locks in all three sizes – carry-on, medium checked, and large checked.
These locks are nice if you’re looking to secure the contents of your bag because you don’t have to purchase a separate lock. Usually, TSA locks come only with bags that are over 100$, so it’s a nice feature to have on a bag that costs less. However, the It Luggage Quaint Hardside Carry-On doesn’t have a TSA lock, so you won’t find these locks on every hardside suitcase.
Wide Handles for More Space in the Main Compartment
All the models from the “World’s Lightest” collection have pretty wide retractable handles. By doing this, they’ve hidden the inner part of the handle in the corners of the main compartment. Usually, you get two rails in the middle of the suitcase, which are inefficient for maximizing the space in the main compartment.
That being said, this system isn’t so good for those who like to store their backpacks on top of their carry-on. Some bags come with rear straps that fit around retractable handles on suitcases. Because this handle is so wide, the strap doesn’t fit.
Basic Packing Features
In It Luggage’s suitcases, you won’t find any advanced packing features, like suiter compartments, toiletry pouches, shoe pockets, laundry bags, e.t.c. Essentially, you’ll get one or two inner pockets for organization, as well as several exterior pockets. Sometimes their suitcases come with compression straps that hold down your clothes. Also, on some of their hardside models, you’ll find expandable zippers that allow you to expand the bag for an additional 25% volume. But that’s it.
Despite having basic packing features, we’ve given them a reasonably high rating in features (12 out of 15). That’s almost solely due to their bags being so light. No other brand comes even close to It Luggage in weight.
Although It Luggage’s “World’s Lightest” collection looks pretty basic, some of their other models don’t.
For instance, the It Luggage Valiant 22-inch carry-on in Cream color with Almond Trim is pretty good-looking. It looks relatively similar to the Delsey Chatelet collection, which costs almost four times as much. And that’s not their only good-looking suitcase. They’ve also got a bunch of other not-that-popular bags which will turn some heads. (for instance, the It Luggage Metamorphic spinner carry-on.)
But then again, we think that they’ve done a pretty lousy job design-wise with some of their most basic models. At first glance, their most basic models look pretty cheap, and you can definitely tell they’re made in China, which is why we’ve rated their design only at 11 out of 15.
It Luggage’s suitcases come with a 10-year warranty. At first glance, you might think that it’s a pretty good deal, but in reality, it’s actually not. Their warranty terms are pretty bad, shipping isn’t covered, and we’ve found some bad stories about their support.
What’s Covered With the It Luggage’s 10-Year Warranty
- Only manufacturing defects are covered
- Airline damage, normal tear, accidents, and misuse aren’t covered
- You have to keep the proof of purchase for the warranty to be valid
- The warranty doesn’t transfer to a new owner
- The customer must cover all shipping costs
- All warranty claims should be sent to [email protected]
- The warranty is valid for 10-years from the date of purchase
As you can see, the warranty terms are pretty basic and don’t really cover anything serious. If, for instance, your wheel breaks off while the bag is checked-in, your best bet would be to get compensation from the airline for damaged luggage.
Also, we saw that some people complained that their support team is hard to get by. Some people said they hadn’t received any word for weeks, which is probably a red flag. It’s safe to assume that most of the time, you’d be better off by purchasing a new bag instead of trying to get in touch. But given their affordable pricing, you really shouldn’t expect much from their warranty anyway.
With It Luggage, you can expect to pay around:
- 50-100$ for a softside carry-on.
- 60-150$ for a hardside carry-on.
- 150-200$ for a 3-piece fabric luggage set.
- 150-300$ for a 3-piece hardside luggage set.
These prices are slightly higher than Rockland but very similar to American Tourister and SwissGear.
In terms of value (what quality and useability you’re getting for the price you’re paying,) we’d say that It Luggage is actually a pretty good deal, and that’s especially true for their “World’s lightest” collection. If you’d be specifically looking for the world’s lightest carry-on, you’d expect it to cost at least 100$ when it’s almost half of that in reality.
How Does It Luggage Compare to Other Luggage Brands?
It Luggage ranks pretty highly amongst the affordable luggage brands. If we were to compare it to the other brands in a few words, we’d say that It Luggage is the middle option. It’s not ranking as highly as other brands in all aspects, yet it’s higher than most of the competition.
Regarding its reviews, It Luggage is not as great as Merax and Coolife, but it’s way above Lucas and SwissGear. This is mainly because It Luggage has a loyal fanbase, which keeps on buying their luggage. It Luggage also ranks somewhere in the middle when it comes to the design. While brands like Rockland and Merax offer vibrant colors and stunning designs, It Luggage keeps a more subtle and minimalistic look (in most cases), similar to SwissGear.
The main selling point of It Luggage’s suitcases is its value for money. Its warranty terms aren’t as good as American Tourister, but they’re nowhere near as bad as Rockland, while it still keeps a good rating in durability, with most customers keeping their suitcases for many years, similarly to SwissGear and American Tourister. This is exactly why It Luggage is such a great value for money. You’ll be getting solid luggage that should last you a fairly long time if you’re traveling for leisure at half the price (or even less) of what middle-class luggage from brands like Samsonite and Ricardo Beverly Hills costs.
So, while It Luggage isn’t the best in its price range, it’s still a fantastic choice. And, yes, you could get a greater suitcase from Coolife or American Tourister for a few extra dollars. But, the additional quality offered by the two brands might not be worth the extra money you’ll pay compared to It Luggage. So, if you want the best value for your money, It Luggage is your best bet in the affordable range.
Individual It Luggage Suitcase Reviews
|- 27.6 x 16.1 x 10.2 inches|
|- 4.51 lbs (2.04 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.1 / 5|
Let’s start with the newest addition to the World’s Lightest collection. The It Luggage World’s Lightest New York checked suitcase is an affordable option, which comes with added durability. The suitcase is made from high-tensile polyester, which isn’t the best material out there, but it still does its job of making sure that the bag lasts for a few trips.
Compared to previous models of the collection, this one has a few extra features, like the sturdy fiberglass frame for additional protection and eight durable spinner wheels for easy maneuverability. You’ll also find a couple of pockets on the outside, which are great for documents or anything else that you’d need to get access to on a whim.
As we look inside, we’re greeted by the main compartment and a single mesh pocket. This might not seem like a lot, but the main compartment is pretty large, and it comes with two straps that’ll keep everything in place. The great thing about the World’s Lightest New York checked bag is that it comes in various colors.
So, overall, this checked suitcase by It Luggage is a good choice if you don’t travel frequently.
|- 28 x 17.1 x 10.4 inches|
|- 7.25 lbs (3.28 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.0 / 5|
It Luggage’s Encircle collection is similar to its World’s Lightest one. The It Luggage Encircle checked suitcase is a great option, as it comes with a few extra features compared to the World’s Lightest New York checked bag. The Encircle bag is made from polyester, just like the World’s Lightest one we reviewed above. However, this one doesn’t come with a fiberglass frame. But, this doesn’t seem to have a significant effect on the durability of this suitcase.
The main differences between the two suitcases are the wheels. The Encircle suitcase features an innovative wheel design known as Infinispin. This makes maneuvering the bag around effortless, and it adds additional durability to the wheels, which are usually the first thing to break in affordable luggage.
On the inside, the suitcase is nearly identical to the World’s Lightest New York bag. The only difference is that there are a couple of elastic pockets, along with the main compartment and the mesh pocket, where you can place some of your accessories. As always, there are a couple of tie-down straps to keep everything tight while the suitcase is being handled.
So, considering that the suitcase comes in a few different colors, it’s a great alternative to the World’s Lightest New York checked bag.
|- 21.3 x 14.4 x 9.4 inches|
|- 6.83 lbs (3.09 kg)|
|- Material: ABS|
|- Editors rating: 4.0 / 5|
The It Luggage Quaint carry-on was the only hardside suitcase from It Luggage that was worth a mention. Generally, It Luggage makes softside bags, so it was nice to find at least one great hardside carry-on. The suitcase is made from ABS, which isn’t the best, but it does its job well. Something that surprised us is the leather look of the suitcase, which makes the Quaint carry-on one of the most beautiful carry-ons by It Luggage.
Along with the retractable handle, the suitcase comes with a side and a top handle, making it much easier to carry around the bus or the train. The eight spinner wheels add some maneuverability as well. Despite looking cheap, the wheels are relatively durable, according to most customers.
The interior is nothing special since you’ll only find the main compartment and a mesh pocket. But, you’ll also be getting a couple of x-shaped straps to keep everything nice and tight.
Most of these features can be found in similar luggage, like the SwissGear Vaud 19-inch carry-on. The main aspect that makes the It Luggage Quaint carry-on stand out is its price. You’ll usually find this bag for under $60!
So, if you’re looking for a cheap hardside carry-on, this is your best bet.
|- 21.8 x 14.2 x 7.3 inches|
|- 3.81 lbs (1.72 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
The It Luggage World’s Lightest Los Angeles carry-on is much better than many other softside carry-ons in the affordable range. Like the World’s Lightest New York models, this one is made from high-tensile polyester, and it also has a sturdy fiberglass frame for extra durability.
On the outside, the suitcase has two pockets for all the travel essentials you need (passport, tickets, ID, e.t.c), as well as side and top handles making it easier to carry it around no matter what method of transportation you’re using. The bag also comes with a relatively large retractable handle and two wheels on the back, all of which add to its maneuverability.
As we delve deeper into the bag, we’re met with the main compartment and four mesh pockets that you can use to split up your clothes from your shoes and your accessories. And, once you add to that a great variety of colors, you get an excellent affordable softside carry-on.
Overall, the World’s Lightest Los Angeles carry-on is a fantastic option for a week-long trip. Alternatively, you could opt for the SwissGear 4010 18-inch carry-on, which doesn’t offer as much space but is pretty good.
|- 22 x 13.4 x 7.5 inches|
|- 4.19 lbs (1.90 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
This is another model from It Luggage’s World’s Lightest collection. The It Luggage Sprightful World’s Lightest carry-on is a great affordable option, which comes with all the features you’d expect from a World’s Lightest suitcase. The suitcase is made from polyester and features a fiberglass frame. We’ve already talked about the durability of similar models above, so we’ll just say that this bag isn’t the most durable, but it does its job well.
On the exterior and the interior, you’ll see some features that are identical to some of the models we reviewed above. A couple of pockets on the outside, with the main compartment and a mesh pocket on the inside, along with eight spinner wheels and handles for seamless carrying around, are just some of these features.
The best thing about this suitcase is that it’s pretty cheap. And while it may lack features that you’d find in carry-ons from similar brands, like the American Tourister Belle Voyage 21-inch carry-on, it’s also much more affordable than them. So, the It Luggage Sprightful World’s Lightest carry-on is a great value for your money.
|- 16.9 x 13.6 x 8.7 inches|
|- 5.09 lbs (2.30 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 3.9 / 5|
Underseat luggage isn’t usually your first choice when you think of buying a suitcase. But, luggage like the It Luggage The Lite is excellent for a weekend trip since it can hold a fair share of clothes, and you won’t need to check it in. This bag is made from polyester, as with most affordable luggage.
This specific underseater is mainly targeted at those who want to get your laptop along with you on a trip since it comes with a special pocket for it. But, you could also fit in some of your clothes or accessories.
The bag has numerous pockets, both on the outside and on the inside, making it even better if you want to bring some accessories along on your weekend-trip, or if you’re going to bring electronic devices on a more extended trip. Add to this two sets of spinner wheels and a retractable handle, and you have a very neat underseater.
If you’re looking for an underseater that will hold a large number of clothes, you should opt for the American Tourister 4 Kix. Otherwise, the It Luggage The Lite is an amazing choice.