Are you thinking about getting a Lucas suitcase? Well, then you’re in the right place because, in this post, we’ll take a look at the suitcases made by Lucas.
In this Lucas luggage review, we’ll take a look at their durability, customer reviews, warranty, prices, features, and how they compare with alternatives from other brands. We’ll find out whether Lucas is a good choice or not.
On CleverJourney’s Best Luggage Brands, Lucas gained 67 points. This places them at 14th place on our leaderboard. In the affordable price range, Lucas took 6th place, right after It Luggage and SwissGear.
Here you can see how we determined the 67 points. Later down in the full review, we’ll go into more detail on each category and explain why they gained that specific score.
- Lightweight. While It Luggage might have the lightest suitcases on the market, Lucas also has a few very lightweight suitcases. On average, carry-ons weigh 8 lbs, but Lucas Ultra Lightweight carry-on weighs just 5.8 lbs.
- Affordable. A Lucas carry-on costs less than $70, which is reasonably affordable. Lucas isn’t the cheapest brand on the market, but it’s undoubtedly one of the most inexpensive brands.
- Good Reviews. Lucas has secured some good reviews on different retailers. While there are a couple of suitcases that aren’t that well-reviewed, most of Lucas’ luggage is well-received, with ratings of 4.5 stars out of five and above.
- Not for frequent travelers. We wouldn’t recommend Lucas suitcases for people who fly more than five times per year. Their durability will be good enough for leisure travelers who travel a couple of times per year, and at that rate, will last around 3-5 years.
- Their warranty is pretty much useless. Lucas’ support is very hard to get in contact with, the responses are often delayed, the warranty terms are pretty bad, and no shipping costs are covered. So when their suitcases break, it’s usually easier to just purchase a new one.
- Basic features. While nobody expects an affordable suitcase to be filled with TSA-approved locks and toiletry pouches, Lucas offers the most basic features. They’re similar to what you could find in luggage from 10-15 years ago.
If you’re a frequent traveler, meaning that you travel more than five times per year, then you should opt for something more durable, like Travelpro or Samsonite. Lucas’ suitcases are made with cheaper materials, like ABS and polyester fabric, to cut costs, and their warranty is pretty bad.
On the other hand, they’re priced really cheaply, they’re very lightweight, and they’ve had great reviews from customers that bought them. So, we can say that they’ll undoubtedly be a solid choice for those who are looking for something affordable and don’t travel too often.
That being said, in the affordable price range, American Tourister or Coolife would be a slightly smarter choice.
Top-Rated Lucas Suitcases
|Best hardside carry-on: Treadlight 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.1|
|Best softside carry-on: Ultra Lightweight 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Best-looking hardside: Scratch-resistant 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.0|
|Best-looking softside: Designer 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.1|
|Most popular: Unserseat 16-inch||Editors rating: 4.1|
|Best duffel bag: Designer 22-inch||Editors rating: 4.0|
|Best luggage set: Designer 3-piece||Editors rating: 3.9|
Key Facts About Lucas Luggage
Lucas Luggage is a travel brand under 24/7 International LLC. Under the same name, the company is operating a few other luggage brands – Andiamo, Pathfinder, Ciao, Steve Madden, Nicole Miller, Caribbean Joe, Rosetti, Lily Bloom, and Kathy Van Zeeland. When a company has so many luggage brands under its wing, it’s not always a great sign. Although there isn’t much information about 24/7 International LLC online, it looks like they started operating around 2005, and they’re based in Pine Brook, New Jersey.
Judging from everything we’ve seen, it looks like they’re a private label company. This means that, while their offices are located in the U.S., everything is made in China, Vietnam, or Taiwan. Essentially, they only design and sell the luggage, and the whole manufacturing process is outsourced. Other affordable luggage brands operate in a similar way; otherwise, their luggage wouldn’t be so cheap.
Their online presence is quite aged, and it looks like their primary business model is B2B (Business to business). Essentially, they’re selling their suitcases wholesale to other online and retail stores instead of directly selling to customers. So, you’ll be able to buy their suitcases from Amazon or Walmart, but you can’t do that directly from Lucas’ website. Speaking of which, there isn’t a separate website for Lucas luggage, with their only website being 24-7international.com, which is essentially a visit card for their business customers.
On Amazon, most Lucas suitcases have received 4.2-4.7 stars. There are a couple of bags that have received less than 4.1 stars, though. A lot of their customers are repeat buyers. Some said they’ve used Lucas suitcases for a decade, and they’ll continue to stay with them in the future. Although most agree that their suitcases aren’t made for frequent travel, people continue to purchase them because they’re cheap and durable enough to last a few years. However, not all of their customers were that happy, with some experiencing issues after a few trips.
Here are the most common issues that people complained about:
- Sometimes their bags are slightly heavier than advertised.
- When trying to contact them about the warranty, replies usually take weeks, and shipping isn’t covered.
- The Lucas Ultra Lightweight carry-on lacks proper side handles.
- The top handle on the Lucas 16-inch Underseater isn’t properly stitched and may fall off when carrying too much weight.
- The Lucas Outlander Hardside carry-on has a nasty toxic smell for the first weeks.
- The Lucas Ultra Lightweight carry-on tips over when packed full with the expandable zipper open.
A general complaint made by most customers is that there are no side and bottom handles on almost any Lucas suitcase. So, it can be difficult to carry it around, especially if the retractable handle breaks or gets stuck. But other than that, most people were happy with their purchases.
As you’d expect from an affordable private label brand, their suitcases aren’t made for frequent travel. Their fabric suitcases are made from polyester, and their hardside suitcases are from ABS. Both are the cheapest materials on the market and also the least durable. Ideally, you’d want to get nylon for fabric bags and polycarbonate for hardside ones because they’ll be much more durable. That being said, you won’t usually find suitcases made from these materials priced in the same $50-$90 price range.
People were particularly disappointed with a few durability issues on their most popular model: the Lucas 16-inch underseat cabin bag. A few people complained that the top handle isn’t properly secured to the frame, and the stitching falls apart when the bag is packed full. Also, there seem to be some issues with the zippers, which tend to get faulty after a few uses. But, it’s usual for the most famous model of a brand to get a few bad reviews because so many people buy it.
Usually, affordable luggage brands come with pretty bad spinner wheels, which tend to fall apart after a while. Aside from a few rare cases, we didn’t notice any issues with faulty wheels for any of Lucas’ bags. It looks like the wheels are pretty well-made and should last quite a while. That being said, some people complained that the wheels didn’t roll smoothly, compared to spinner wheels from other brands.
Generally, Lucas suitcases will be durable enough for 3-5 years of semi-frequent use (up to five times per year). But if you’re a frequent traveler, we’d suggest choosing something more durable, like Travelpro, Briggs & Riley, or Samsonite.
Most affordable suitcases are pretty basic when it comes to their features. Lucas is no different.
We compared the average weight of empty suitcases and found out that the average weight of a carry-on is 7.9 lbs. That’s where Lucas shines against other brands.
The Lucas Ultra Lightweight carry-on weighs just 5.8 lbs, and the Lucas Outlander Hardside carry-on is just 6.5 lbs. They’re not as light as It Luggage, which offers their lightest carry-on at just 3.8 lbs, but they’re still pretty good. Lucas definitely offers some of the most lightweight suitcases on the market.
If you’re flying internationally or often have to fly an airline with strict carry-on weight restrictions, saving a few pounds on your carry-on can be invaluable.
Most Lucas suitcases come with expandable zippers. Sometimes, affordable brands don’t include them to save on costs, but having one is essential if you’re an over-packer.
Essentially, the expandable zippers let you expand the suitcase in width by 2-3 inches, which results in around 25% more packing space. But you should also be aware that sometimes carry-ons with opened expandable zippers are above the width restrictions for carry-ons, which means you might have to check them in.
Double Spinner Wheels
The Lucas Ultra Lightweight collection comes with double spinner wheels, which is nice.
Having double wheels instead of regular ones is better because they’re more durable, the rubber around the wheels will last longer, and they usually roll smoother. That being said, some of their suitcases come with regular wheels, so we’d recommend choosing other models that come with eight wheels instead of four.
Basic Packing Options
Lucas carry-on and checked suitcases come with pretty basic packing options. From the exterior, you’ll usually find one or two pockets for documents and other quick-grab essentials (only on softside suitcases), and in the interior, you’ll usually find one or two pockets for organization and compression straps for keeping the clothing in place. This isn’t too advanced, but it’s what you should expect at these price points.
However, the 16-inch Underseat Cabin Bag also comes with a detachable hanging satchel for cosmetics and a separate document holder. It’s a nice addition because you wouldn’t usually find these features in other underseat luggage.
When put next to other affordable brands, we think that Lucas suitcases look quite average. It looks like they’ve put quite a bit of effort into the design compared to the rest of the aspects, though.
Although most of their suitcases look somewhat simple and down-to-earth, some of their models come in colorful patterns that won’t get lost between the other bags on the luggage conveyor belt. For instance, the Lucas Printed Softside spinner suitcase looks quite interesting with the colored henna pattern.
They’ve also got a few options for the business class, which look sleek and professional. Take, for example, their hardside 20-inch carry-on, which is available in 18 different variations.
Because Lucas has put so much effort into the design, we’ve given them 11 out of 15 points in the ‘Design’ category.
To be frank, Lucas’ warranty is one of the shadiest ones we’ve seen.
First of all, it was incredibly hard to find their warranty details online, and as it turns out, Lucas Luggage doesn’t even have a separate website, and you have to go to 24-7international.com/warranty to fill out the form.
Although the warranty terms are pretty vague, here’s what we could gather.
Lucas Warranty Terms
- Only manufacturing defects are covered.
- Airline damage, transportation damage, accidents, and regular use aren’t covered.
- You need a copy of the receipt or invoice.
- For the claim, you’ll also need to find the serial number, which is an 11-digit number that’s printed on a label inside.
- All shipping costs aren’t covered, and they’ll ask you to send around $15 by check or $20 by credit card, based on your location.
- Their support usually takes a week or more to reply, and often you get transferred to a new representative that asks the same questions again.
- Usually, the warranty is valid for five years.
Essentially, you shouldn’t expect Lucas’ warranty to work. Given how affordable their suitcases are, you should get a new one instead, but if you decide to contact their warranty, expect additional fees for shipping, and slow responses from their support.
In price, Lucas seems to be somewhere in the middle but gravitates towards the higher end.
Here’s what you can expect to pay for Lucas luggage:
- $60-$100 for a softside suitcase.
- $70-$100 for a hardside suitcase.
- $180-$250 for a luggage set.
When you also consider the durability, features, and other factors, we think that some of their models are more valuable than others. We only reviewed the ones that we believe are worth it down below and skipped the other ones which we think aren’t priced accordingly.
How Does Lucas Compare to Other Luggage Brands?
On our rating system, Lucas ranks towards the lower end of all the affordable brands we’ve reviewed. While that doesn’t mean that the brand is bad, it does mean that some options in the affordable range are much better. Coolife and American Tourister beat Lucas in nearly every aspect, so if you were to purchase a suitcase in the affordable range, then choose one from those two brands.
That being said, Lucas is like a ‘jack of all trades’ in the affordable range. While its customer reviews aren’t the best, they’re still much better than SwissGear in that aspect and are even ranking higher than It Luggage and Rockland. Lucas is also ranking right in the middle of the affordable range when it comes to its value. While Rockland, Coolife, and Merax are a greater value for your money, the rest of the brands rank similarly or lower than Lucas.
The same can be said for the features found in Lucas’ luggage. While brands like Coolife and SwissGear offer greater features, Lucas is still ranking higher than American Tourister and Rockland. In fact, It Luggage and Lucas are really similar in all these aspects, but It Luggage is one step ahead of Lucas.
However, Lucas lacks creativity, with its suitcases ranking lower than almost every other brand in the design category. The only other affordable brand that got the same rating is SwissGear.
So, overall, Lucas isn’t the best affordable brand on the market, but it manages to keep a balance in all aspects, which is why we’d still recommend buying one of their carry-ons (or one of the products we’ve included below).
Individual Lucas Suitcase Reviews
Best Hardside: Lucas Treadlight 20-Inch Carry-On
|- 21.8 x 13.5 x 9 inches|
|- 6.5 lbs (2.94 kg)|
|- Material: ABS/PC|
|- Editors rating: 4.1 / 5|
Lucas is an affordable luggage brand that offers a larger selection of softside suitcases than hardside ones. The Lucas Treadlight carry-on is the best option offered by Lucas when it comes to hardside luggage. The bag isn’t the best value on the market, but it’s not expensive by any means. Unfortunately, it only comes in two colors – black and red.
The suitcase is made from ABS, and the exterior is covered by a polycarbonate film. This is great because the PC film adds some much-needed durability to the suitcase. On top of that, the bag is fairly lightweight, weighing 6.5 lbs. It also comes with four spinner wheels and a retractable handle, along with an extra handle on the top so that you can maneuver and carry the suitcase around. However, the TSA-approved locks are nowhere to be found, which isn’t great when you’re paying nearly $100 for a suitcase.
The interior of the suitcase is exactly as expected. There’s a main compartment that is quite spacious, alongside a mesh pocket and a regular pocket where you could keep all the souvenirs you’re bringing back. Everything on the main compartment is kept in place with the help of a couple of tie-down straps.
Overall, the suitcase is the best one that Lucas has to offer. This doesn’t mean that it’ll last you for decades, but it should last pretty long. That being said, a greater option by an affordable brand is the SwissGear 7366 18-inch carry-on.
Best Softside: Lucas Ultra Lightweight 20-Inch Carry-On
|- 22.8 x 14 x 9 inches|
|- 5.8 lbs (2.63 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
If you’re looking for an affordable lightweight carry-on, the Lucas Ultra Light Carry-on is a rock-solid choice.
In design, it’s very similar to the It Luggage World's Lightest carry-on. The only differences are that this one is slightly heavier and more durable. Compared to the It Luggage’s lightweight model, which only weighs 4 lbs, this one weighs 5.8 lbs. The difference in weight is quite substantial, but Lucas is better for those who are looking for something roomier and more durable.
In dimensions, it’s slightly above the 22 x 14 x 9 limit in length. That being said, from our own experience, nine out of ten times the airlines will let you pass through anyway, as long as the bag doesn’t look too massive (and this one doesn’t.)
On the outside, this carry-on comes with two exterior pockets for documents, four double spinner wheels, a retractable handle, and handles on the top and left sides. And when you open the bag up, you’ll find a roomy main compartment with two inner pockets for organization and compression straps to keep your belongings in place. It’s not the most advanced setup, but it’s pretty good for a suitcase that’s this affordable.
Although this bag has an expandable zipper, a few people said that this carry-on tends to tip over when packed full and expanded. So essentially, the expandable feature is useful only if you’re willing to hold your bag by the handle to avoid tipping.
Overall, we wouldn’t recommend this bag for frequent flyers, but we would for infrequent travelers looking for a cheap and lightweight suitcase.
Best-Looking Hardside: Lucas 20-Inch Carry-On 8 Spinner Wheels
While this might not be the best hardside suitcase that Lucas has to offer, it’s easily the most beautiful one. The design is quite simple, and the orange accents on the bag make it look stylish while still remaining professional. Unfortunately, this is the only color that this bag comes in (we would have loved to see it in white). That being said, it’s a fantastic suitcase for under $80.
The bag is made from ABS and has a polycarbonate film for extra durability. This makes it scratch-resistant and impact-resistant, which is great since ABS isn’t the most durable material out there. Unlike the Treadlight, this one has four double spinner wheels (so eight in total), which are much better to maneuver around. Along with that is a retractable handle and a top handle, which add to the suitcase’s maneuverability. But, once again, the TSA locks are non-existent.
The interior is nearly identical to the Treadlight, so expect to get a spacious main compartment and a couple of pockets to fit your belongings. The main difference is present in the tie-down straps, which have a different design. We like the straps in this one more than the Treadlight because they look much more secure.
Overall, this suitcase is beautiful and relatively durable. Most customers didn’t face any issues with broken handles or wheels. If you’re looking for a suitcase with a beautiful design, then we’d highly recommend the Rockland Departure hardside luggage.
Best-Looking Softside: Lucas Designer Expandable 20-Inch Carry-On
|- 21.5 x 14 x 9 inches|
|- 6.5 lbs (2.94 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.1 / 5|
This is another softside suitcase by Lucas, and we have to admit that it’s one of the most stunning designs we’ve seen on softside luggage. For its price, it holds up pretty well. As you can imagine, it’s only available in this color since it’s tied to the design.
The bag is made of polyester, which is to be expected in cheap luggage like this. What surprised us the most was that this bag has a side handle. Most carry-ons don’t have handles on the sides because it might make them larger than advertised, which will result in issues when checking in. But, this one seems to have no problems, as customers have said. Apart from that, the bag features a retractable handle and four spinner wheels, as well as two pockets on the front for easy access to documents.
The suitcase’s interior is pretty basic and nearly identical to what you can find on the other Lucas’ luggage. The main compartment is very roomy because the suitcase is expandable, and it comes with tie-down straps.
Overall, this suitcase isn’t only beautiful, but it’s also fairly durable. Another great option is the American Tourister Belle Voyage 21-inch carry-on (full review over here).
Most Popular: Lucas Underseat 16-Inch Cabin Bag
Those who are flying frequently on one or two-day trips understand how effective a small underseat bag is. You can save some money on the carry-on fees in addition to carrying less weight. We believe that the Lucas 16-inch underseat cabin bag is a solid option for short trips.
It’s really affordable, which is why you won’t be too disappointed when something breaks. And if you’ll be using this bag frequently, eventually, it will break. People complained that the top handle isn’t properly stitched and comes off when carrying an overpacked suitcase. Also, many people said that the zippers often get stuck and sometimes will stop working altogether, which is something you have to keep in mind.
But other than that, the bag is a pretty solid deal. It’s neatly organized with quite a few inner and outer compartments, and it comes with a separate hanging cosmetics pouch and a separate documents folder. People said that it’s just the perfect size for short one or two-night stays with enough room for a few pieces of spare clothing in the main compartment.
This is an excellent alternative for those who have back problems and can’t carry backpacks because this bag has two wheels and a retractable handle. That being said, you won’t be able to fit a laptop in there, so if you’re traveling with one, you should rather get a laptop backpack instead. Or, you could opt for the American Tourister 4 kix underseater.
Best Duffel Bag: Lucas Designer 22-Inch Duffel Bag
|- 22 x 14.5 x 10 inches|
|- 4.9 lbs (1.81 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 4.0 / 5|
The Lucas Designer 22-inch Duffel bag is a really good-looking and well-made rolling duffel bag. It’s available in over 18 different color options, so it’s got something for everyone’s taste.
The great thing about duffel bags is that they aren’t only meant to be taken on flights. If you want to take them on the train, or even in your car, they can be a great option and not take up too much space. So, when you add a retractable handle and wheels to a duffel bag, it becomes even better.
This duffel bag is especially great because it only weighs 4 lbs. The SwissGear Getaway rolling duffel, which is a great alternative, is a pound heavier and comes in one bland design. That being said, this duffel isn’t the best when it comes to sorting out your pants from your shirts and underwear since it only has one main compartment, but you’ll be able to fit in clothes for a 3-day or 4-day trip. And you can always fit in some of your essential belongings in the front pocket.
Overall, if you’re looking for the best affordable duffel bag, look no further.
Best Luggage Set: Lucas Designer 3-Piece Luggage Set
|- 20, 24, and 28 inches|
|- 19.6 lbs (8.89 kg)|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- Editors rating: 3.9 / 5|
If you’re looking for a lightweight 3-piece luggage set, the Lucas Ultra Lightweight set is a pretty good option.
In total, this luggage set weighs just 19.6 lbs, which is really light. Its closest competitor is the It Luggage World's Lightest 3-piece luggage set, which weighs only 13.8 lbs. Although the It Luggage set is slightly cheaper and lighter, it’s much less durable. And if you’re checking your bags, generally, you want to purchase something durable because the baggage handlers can get rough. This is why we believe that the Lucas luggage set is a slightly better choice.
All three pieces are virtually identical, just in different dimensions. All bags are expandable, come with four double spinner wheels, and have the same setup on compartments and handles.
That being said, you should remember that this definitely isn’t a luggage set that will last decades. Lucas is essentially a private label brand that outsources the manufacturing process in China, so the quality isn’t perfect. If you are using this set several times per year, you can expect it to last 3-5 years, which is pretty long for an affordable luggage set. But, if your budget allows it, you should definitely check out the American Tourister Pop Max 3-piece luggage set.