Thinking about getting a Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcase?
Well, then you’re in the right place. In this Ricardo Beverly Hills luggage review, we’ll go in-depth on their quality, features, reviews, warranty, design, prices, and find out how they compare to other brands.
On Clever Journey’s Best Luggage Brands, Ricardo gained 82 points, which is the 8th place on our leaderboard
In the medium price range, they’re similar to Traveler’s Choice (82 points,) almost as good as Samsonite (85 points) and Delsey (83 points,) but still far from Travelpro (90 points) and Chester (91 points.)
You can see how we determined the 82 points over here. We’ll go in-depth into each category down below.
- Smart packing features. Out of all the suitcases we’ve tested, Ricardo’s packing features really stand out. Even the most affordable models come equipped with advanced packing features.
- Affordable. Ricardo’s carry-on’s start at 70$ and can go as high as 250$. Compared to the competition, you’ll get something similar to Samsonite or Delsey, but for about 20$-50$ less.
- Well reviewed. Although they have some models with not-that-good reviews, their most popular models are reviewed at 4.5 stars or more across hundreds of reviews.
- Support issues. If you run into any troubles, at times their support can be disappointing and slow-to-respond.
- Some models aren’t that reliable. Although their quality is on the stronger side, it’s not perfect. Some models, like the ones we’ve mentioned in this review, are well-made. However, they also have some models with clear quality flaws. It heavily depends on the model, so it’s best to double-check the customer reviews before purchasing.
We value the practicality of Ricardo’s suitcases. Their packing features are thought-out and useful, even on the most affordable models.
That said, we didn’t like a few things about them, which is why they scored only the 6th place.
Firstly, we didn’t like that some of their models weren’t as good as others. Some were poorly designed and received a lot of 1-star reviews, while others didn’t receive almost any bad reviews. They should design all of their models similarly durable.
And secondly, we found many people who complained about their support. At times, they can be slow-to-respond and unhelpful. If they’d improve the support, and designed everything consistently durable, we think that Ricardo would be a better choice than Samsonite and Delsey.
Top-Rated Ricardo Beverly Hills Suitcases
|Most popular: Mar Vista 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.4|
|Best softside: Maliby Bay 2.0 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.4|
|Best hardside: Ocean Drive 21-inch||Editors rating: 4.5|
|Upgraded Pick: San Marcos 29-inch||Editors rating: 4.6|
Key Facts About Ricardo Beverly Hills
Ricardo Beverly Hills was founded back in 1976, Beverly Hills, California. Since then, they’ve branched out and created two other luggage brands aimed for different audiences: Skyway luggage and Stephanie Johnson.
Right now, they’re available in over 40 different countries in various online and retail stores. Although their main focus is luggage, they also make travel accessories – packing cubes, garment sleeves, toiletry pouches, laundry bags, and bags for other purposes.
Based on Ricardo Beverly Hills Inc. estimated sales figures, they’re nowhere close in revenue to other middle-class luggage brands, like Delsey, Samsonite, or Travlepro. Although their market share is tiny, we believe their suitcases are worth taking a look at, because we kept hearing only good things about them.
People seem to be in love with their most popular suitcase – the Mar Vista carry-on. It’s gotten hundreds of positive customer reviews and almost no bad ones.
However, we also found some models that haven’t gotten that great reviews. While some models are rated especially good, some aren’t and have apparent design flaws. For instance, people aren’t too happy with the following models: Crystal City, Roxbury 2.0, and the Mar Vista garment bag.
On the models mentioned above, people complained about:
- Cracks in the hard shell;
- Tears in the fabric;
- Broken-off spinner wheels;
- Products not as advertised;
- Problems with warranty.
So what’s the key takeaway?
It looks like not all of their products get as much attention to detail as they should. So our advice would be to stick only with the most popular models that have received good reviews. We’ve shared the good ones at the end of this review.
In durability, Ricardo Beverly Hills doesn’t get the perfect score, but it’s pretty high. If we were to compare the durability with other luggage brands, it’s somewhat similar to Delsey or Samsonite, but not as good as Travelpro or Chester.
We found countless instances of people using their suitcases for ten or fifteen years without any issues. However, they don’t last that long for everyone. For example, if you were to buy a Briggs & Riley’s suitcase, you could be pretty sure that it would last at least ten years of heavy use, but Ricardo’s suitcases will last only three to five years (Or ten years if used only a few times per year.)
Ricardo’s hardside suitcases usually come with armored corners, scratch-resistant finishes, and thick retractable handles. Although their cheaper models are made from ABS, most of their hardside bags are made from polycarbonate, which is the strongest plastic for hardside suitcases.
Their fabric suitcases are also made from pretty high-end materials – usually from nylon (the best material for fabric suitcases) or dreamfel, which is a new fabric that’s supposedly lighter and stronger than polyester.
We’ve given Ricardo 16 points out of 20 in durability. That’s because their suitcases are well-made and durable, but they don’t take the extra mile to make them indestructible, as opposed to Travelpro or Briggs & Riley.
Here’s a cheeky video by Ricardo, where they show off their durability.
One of the reasons why we thought Ricardo Beverly Hills is worth taking a look at is because of the features. Even on the most affordable models, the packing features are pretty advanced.
Using Dreamfel Fabric in the Malibu Bay Collection
The Malibu bay 2.0 collection is made from Dreamfel fabric instead of regular polyester or nylon.
So what is Dreamfel?
It’s a fabric material, that’s made from 100% polypropylene. It’s better because it doesn’t absorb water, it’s more environmentally friendly, stronger, and lighter than polyester or nylon.
You’ll find out why it’s better in this video:
Expandable Zippers Even on Affordable Models
We’re glad to report that almost all of their cases have expandable width. Basically, you can expand your suitcase by a few inches, which results in an additional 25% packing space. It’s useful when you’re short on space.
Most manufacturers have this option included only in their premium models. However, Ricardo has them even in the cheapest options.
Durable Double Spinner Wheels
Instead of regular spinner wheels, Ricardo has chosen to go with double ones. This means that in total you get eight wheels instead of four, which results in a smoother movement and improved lifespan of the wheels.
Again, this isn’t a premium feature; they come even with the cheapest models.
Smart Organization Features
Ricardo’s suitcases come with intelligent packing features, which is handy.
For instance, instead of using regular compression straps, they’re using panels with a zippered mesh to tie down your belongings. This, supposedly, results in fewer wrinkles.
Even the most affordable models usually come with built-in TSA-approved removable toiletry pouches, several zippered pockets, and a dedicated pocket for a luggage tracker.
Some more advanced models like the Ocean Drive, come with a “Portable office.” Essentially, you get padded pockets for your tablet and laptop, and several other compartments for pens, credit cards, power banks, chargers, and other gadgets.
Ricardos’ designs are inspired by the lifestyle of California. They’re going for the chilly beach vibes and the luxury laid-back west coast lifestyle.
They’re made in a discrete and non-flashy style. Yes, some models offer colorful patterns, but they’re not too bright or flashy.
Ricardos’ cheaper bags (for example, the Malibu Bay 2.0 carry-on) look perfect for leisure travelers, and you won’t have a hard time finding them on the luggage carousel. And their premium models, like Ocean Drive and San Marcos, look professional and luxurious, which will be perfect for business travelers.
Depending on which suitcase you get, you’ll either get a 10-year, or a lifetime warranty, which is nice.
Limited 10-Year Warranty
If you experience any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship, you can get your suitcase fixed free of charge or get a replacement. If it’s subject to the warranty, you will have to pay only for the shipping costs to the repair center. They’ll cover the return costs.
This warranty doesn’t include wear and tear, misuse, or accidents. If the defect isn’t covered by warranty, they offer repairs for a small fee.
This warranty is valid for ten years.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
Basically, this warranty is identical to the 10-year limited warranty; only it lasts forever.
First-Year of Ownership Warranty
If you register your warranty in the first 90 days after purchase, you get a first-year of ownership warranty in addition to your normal warranty.
This warranty also covers defects caused by normal wear (faulty zippers, locks, wheels, and handles ), and transportation damage. This is good because most luggage brands don’t cover any wear and transportation damages.
Although their warranty is pretty good, we’ve heard that their support isn’t too ‘supportive.’ We found many instances where their customers complained that the support was unfriendly and hard to get by.
Which is why they get only 7 out of 10 points in the warranty category. If they’d improve their support, they’d probably get 9 points, because their warranty terms are pretty good.
You can get a carry-on starting ar 79.99 $. However, their premium models can go up to 700$.
Overall, their prices are pretty amazing, considering the quality, packing features, and warranty. The cheaper models that cost 79.99 $ – 200 $ are solid choices when compared to the competition in the same price range.
That said, we don’t think that their premium models offer too much value. We’re especially talking about the 500$ and up models, which are a bit too overpriced for what they offer.
Individual Ricardo Beverly Hills Suitcase Reviews
|- 23 x 14.5 x 10 inches|
|- Material: Polyester|
|- 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg)|
|- Editors rating: 4.4 / 5|
The Mar Vista collection is hands down the most popular and best-rated collection by Ricardo. We especially like the 20-inch carry-on in the purple paisley pattern (the one seen in the picture above,) but it’s also available in graphite.
Although the bag is made from polyester, it’s really durable. Their customers have been using it for years without any noticeable issues. The one thing that we don’t like about this collection is that it’s considered pretty heavy judging by today’s standards. For instance, their newer collection Malibu Bay 2.0 is much lighter.
From the outside, this bag comes with four dual spinner wheels, two front pockets for your gadgets and an ergonomically designed handle with TPR grip technology. If you do decide to get it in the purple paisley pattern, you won’t have any difficulty to spot it on the luggage conveyer belt, just because it’s so colorful and unique.
From the inside, the main compartment is pretty spacious and well-designed. It has a suiter compartment where you can keep your suits and dresses wrinkle-free.
Other than that, you can expand the width by two additional inches, and there are extra two zippered mesh inner pockets for the smaller items, like shoes, underwear, and chargers.
This bag has some background to it, as this model was released in 2015. Since then, it’s been heavily-tested and received impressive reviews. By today’s standards, it’s too heavy and lacks some modern features. But if you’re looking for a bag that’s durable, cheap, and practical, this just might be the perfect option from Ricardo Beverly Hills.
|- 22.75 x 15 x 9.25 inches|
|- Material: Dreamfel|
|- 5.4 lbs (2.44 kg)|
|- Editors rating: 4.4 / 5|
We like everything about the new Malibu Bay 2.0 collection. But most notably, we like the down-to-earth looks and the smart packing features.
The Malibu Bay collection is made from Dreamfel fabric, which is stronger, more environmentally friendly to make, doesn’t absorb water, and more lightweight than regular nylon or polyester (which is used in most fabric suitcases.)
From outside, the 20-inch carry-on is equipped with four double spinner wheels for smooth movement, it’s accented with some leather elements, has a top, side, and bottom handle, and two front pockets for your laptop, tablet, documents, and other essentials. It’s available in midnight navy and gray.
But the real fun starts on the inside. It’s fitted with two zippered mesh pockets to fill up all of your smaller items, like underwear, shoes, or chargers. It also comes with a removable TSA-approved toiletry pouch and a dedicated pocket for a luggage tracker.
This bag comes with a lifetime warranty and overall isn’t priced too high. That’s why we’ve picked it as the best softside suitcase from Ricardo.
|- 23.75 x 16.5 x 10.5 inches|
|- Material: Polycarbonate|
|- 7.4 lbs (3.35 kg)|
|- Editors rating: 4.5 / 5|
If you’re looking for a carry-on for your business trips, the newest collection from Ricardo “Ocean Drive,” could be just what you’re looking for. It’s a sleek-looking hardside suitcase, that comes with many smart features, including a suiter system.
First off, we love how this bag looks. The main frame is made from Makrolon polycarbonate, which has improved resistance from dents and abrasions. It’s finished with a patterned silver (or sandstone) finish and has some nice leather elements, that give the bag an overall business feel to it. Aside from the sleek looks, the bag comes equipped with four durable dual spinner wheels, a retractable metallic handle with leather elements, and top, bottom, and side handles.
Inside the main compartment, you’ll find a special compartment where you can hang your suits or dresses. The main compartment opens in a split-book style, divided in the middle by a zippered sheet. If you need to store smaller items, feel free to use one of the five inner zippered pockets. With the included TSA friendly toiletry pouch, in total, you get six inner pockets.
The Ocean Drive carry-on also has a TSA-approved combination lock and tie-down panels for keeping your clothes in place. Overall, the bag looks way more expensive than it actually is. Given what features the bag comes with, we think that it’s a solid choice for business travelers.
|- 32 x 20 x 13 inches|
|- Material: Weather-resistant nylon|
|- 10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)|
|- Editors rating: 4.6 / 5|
The San Marcos collection feels a lot more high end than anything else they’re offering. And it actually is, because it’s made from more durable and expensive materials and offers better features than their cheaper models.
The San Marcos 29-inch checked suitcase is made from weather-resistant nylon, which is usually used in premium suitcases due to its durability. It’s not waterproof, but your items won’t get immediately wet in light rain. To create the overall luxury feel, light-brown leather elements have been used for zippers and handles.
This suitcase comes with dual spinner wheels and a TSA-approved lock. Usually, TSA locks come only with hardside suitcases, so it’s nice to see one here.
Inside, the bag is divided into two compartments, separated by a fabric sheet. It also comes with a suiter compartment, tie-down panels, removable TSA-approved pouch, shoe pockets, expandable zippers, and several pockets (including a dedicated pocket for a luggage tracker.)
They’ve used the most durable materials and added the best possible features on the San Marcos collection. If you can afford it, it’s worth it to pay extra for this premium model.