Thinking about getting a Travelpro?
Well, then you’re in the right place, because, in this Travelpro luggage review, you’ll learn the most essential things about them. You’ll learn if their luggage is any good, learn about the alternatives, and make an educated purchase.
On Clever Journey’s Best Luggage Brands, Travelpro gained 90 points and took the third place.
Here you see what the total rating consists of. Further down, well go in-depth into each category and see how well Travelpro performed.
- Quality. Fortunately, Travelpro has realized that durability is one of the most valued factors by consumers. They have an in-ground testing facility where every product is hardcore tested before going on sale.
- Lifetime warranty. All of Travelpro’s suitcases come with either a limited lifetime warranty or a worry-free lifetime warranty. Rarely do luggage manufacturers offer a warranty for longer than five years.
- Value. Although Travelpro’s high-end models can get quite costly (around $250,) in the long run, they’ll be much more valuable for those who travel frequently. They’re expected to last decades and backed up by a decent warranty, which means that you won’t have to get a new suitcase every three years.
- Design. Although It’s not a huge issue, we’d like to see something more colorful a larger selection. Their minimalistic and down-to-earth looks are perfect for business travelers and flight crews, but not too exciting for leisure.
- Price. Although the Maxlite 5 is available for around one hundred dollars, expect to pay double for their best-in-class model Platinum Elite.
If you’re a frequent traveler or flying for business, and you don’t want to spend too much, Travelpro will be the best option if you’re looking for a fabric suitcase. (If you’d rather prefer hardside, then go for Chester.)
In the middle class, other solid alternatives are Samsonite (85) and Delsey (83). All four are solid options at a moderate price. However, Travelpro and Chester will last longer and offer better warranty terms.
If you have the money, it’s worth it to upgrade to Briggs & Riley, which is more durable and offers a ‘no-matter-what’ lifetime warranty. But if not, Travelpro is the second-best option that’s somewhat affordable.
Top-Rated Travelpro Suitcases
|Best overall: Platinum Elite 21-Inch carry-on||Editors rating: 4.7|
|Best affordable: Maxlite 5 19-inch carry-on||Editors rating: 4.5|
|Best hardside: Maxlite 5 21-inch hard shell||Editors rating: 4.4|
|For business: Crew 11 21-inch carry-on||Editors rating: 4.6|
Key Facts About Travelpro
The story of Travelpro begins three decades ago, in 1987. It all started with Bob Plath, a Northwest Airlines pilot.
At the time, there were no wheels on most bags. The most popular models were made in a rectangular shape and had to be carried by a handle.
Flying almost every day, he knew that suitcases could be improved. He created the first luggage with wheels and a vertical handle, which quickly became the standard for all other brands.
Nowadays, Travelpro is widely used by airline staff members of over ninety airlines. Their luggage is made for professionals and frequent flyers, with quality being the number one priority.
To be honest, it’s hard finding any bad 1-star reviews about Travelpro. People love them, and a lot of their customers have stayed loyal for decades.
That said, we still managed to find some. Between all the bad reviews, most of the times, people had these issues:
- The carry-on dimensions are often too large for international flights.
- Sometimes, the zippers got broken and had to be replaced.
- When checked in, sometimes the spinner wheels became faulty.
Most commonly, people had issues with the dimensions. They’re just an inch above the most common international size restriction: 22 x 14 x 9 inches.
Another thing that we noticed is that Travelpro has an almost cult-like following. A lot of people reported that they’d had the previous versions of their models for five to ten years and bought new ones just because they’re amazed at how long they’ve lasted.
The average rating across all platforms was around 4.4-4.8 stars out of 5. A rating so high is really good, and we haven’t seen a brand with anything better than that.
Above all, Travelpro values quality and durability. All of their suitcases are thoroughly tested in test labs before launching.
For instance, they have a special machine for jerking a fully packed case for hours to test its durability. Or a machine that tests the spinner wheels by simulating a rolling movement on rocky terrains for several hours. (You can see this in action in the video below.)
When I first received the Travelpro Maxlite 5 carry-on, I was amazed at how rigid everything was.
The seams and corners were protected with a plastic coating and thicker materials. The wheels and handles were attached with screws, so they can be easily swapped if anything goes wrong. The main retractable handle was firm and made of solid aluminum. And finally, the zippers looked way thicker than what I’ve seen on other suitcases.
I went on a few trips using the Maxlite 5 and was intentionally hard on it. I chose brick and dirt roads, instead of pavement and threw it around carelessly whenever I could, to see if anything would break off.
And after a few months of intense testing, the wheels still look brand-new. Not only that, there doesn’t seem to be any tears in the fabric or any other defects. Well done, Travelpro!
When it comes to features, Travelpro isn’t slacking around. Their premium options even include padded pockets for laptops, suiters compartments, and USB chargers.
Using High-End, Durable Materials
Their fabric cases are made out of high-density nylon or polyester, that’s usually finished with a water-repellent finish. And the Maxlite 5 hardside is made from polycarbonate, currently the most durable hardside luggage plastic on the market.
The handles are made from airline-grade aluminum, and all the corners, seams and other elements that could get damaged, are protected with plastic guards or thicker fabric elements.
Durable and Smoothly-Rolling Wheels
On Travelpro’s suitcases, you’ll find various types of wheels: single spinner wheels, skate wheels, double spinner wheels, and magnetic self-aligning wheels.
The Maxlite 5 that we tested came with four regular spinner wheels. After several uses on dirt and brick roads, the wheels look brand-new.
Another thing that should be mentioned is how smoothly they’re rolling. If the floor is not properly leveled, the suitcase will start to roll by itself. My girlfriend always wants to take the Maxlite 5, just because it’s so easy to move around the city.
Smart Packing Options
On Travelpro’s suitcases, you’ll find many smart packing features, that will make packing so much easier. These include – zippered pockets, compression straps, mesh dividers, and waterproof pockets. The Crew 11 and Platinum Magna 2 also have built-in suiter compartments, which keep the suits wrinkle-free.
Even the cheapest option that I own (Maxlite 5) comes with two outer pockets, two zippered mesh pockets inside and compression straps to keep your belongings in place.
Water and Stain-Resistant Fabric
Travelpro’s fabric cases are usually coated with a water-repellent finish, so nothing gets wet after a light rain. I experienced it firsthand when we got caught in heavy rain in Barcelona. While we were completely soaked, the contents of the bag weren’t.
It should be noted that the Maxlite 5 is made from Polyester, while the more advanced options, like Crew 11 and Platinum Elite, are made from nylon, which is more durable.
Expandable Width and TSA-Approved Locks
Even the cheapest options have expandable width that allows the suitcase to expand for 25% additional packing space.
The TSA-approved combination locks only come with hardside cases.
Travelpro’s suitcases are usually available in two or three different colors. They’re down-to-earth and professional.
While that’s perfect for business people and luggage crews, we’d like to see a larger selection and something more colorful. Unique and colorful suitcases are much easier to spot on the conveyer belt, and easier to find when lost, so it’s not only a preference of style but provides practical use as well.
Keeping that in mind, Travelpro gets only 10 out of 15 points in the design category.
Travelpro offers two kinds of warranties for their carry-ons, checked bags, and garment bags: Travelpro limited warranty and Travelpro Worry-free warranty.
Travelpro Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Crew 11
- Maxlite 5
This warranty protects from defects in materials and manufacturing defects for the lifetime of your suitcase. The key difference from the worry-free warranty is that this one doesn’t protect from airline damage, accidents, or wear and tear.
For instance, you won’t get a wheel replaced if it’s missing after you’ve received your checked bag. You will though if you notice a crack in the frame that’s there because of a manufacturing defect or improper materials used in the manufacturing process.
Pro Tip: If you notice your suitcase is damaged by the airline, report to the airports’ luggage center immediately. It’s the airlines’ responsibility to cover the fees for the damage that they’ve caused!
Travelpro Worry-Free Warranty
- Platinum Elite
This warranty comes only with the Platinum Elite model. The key difference is that this warranty protects against airline damage and mishandling. In this case, you would receive a spare wheel if it was broken off while your bag was checked-in.
You can get a carry-on or a checked bag from Travelpro starting from 100$ and going up to 300$. Although it’s not particularly cheap, in the long run, it will pay off. Keep in mind that Travelpro is incredibly well built and you won’t have to replace the bag every three years.
Generally speaking, the Maxlite 5 is meant for casual travelers, the crew 11 for occasional business travelers, and the Platinum Elite for frequent flyers.
But are the more expensive options like the Crew 11 or the Platinum Elite worth it?
Both of them are made from stronger materials, come with suiters, and the Platinum Elite has a worry-free lifetime warranty and some other cool features included. If you’re frequently flying, I’d say to go for the Crew 11 or Platinum Elite.
Individual Travelpro Suitcase Reviews
|- 23.5 x 14.5 x 9 inches|
|- 7.8 lbs (3.53kg) weight|
|- 46 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.7 / 5|
If you’re looking for the best luggage that Travelpro has to offer, it’s the Travelpro Platinum Platinum Elite. Basically, it’s an upgraded Crew 11, with just a slightly higher price tag. With the main upgrade being the “Worry-free lifetime warranty,” which is basically a warranty that covers more than their standard “Limited lifetime warranty.”
It’s available in four different business-like colors, and overall looks down-to-earth. That is until you open it up. Inside you’ll find compression straps, waterproof pockets, a full-length compartment for suits and other smaller pockets.
The outer fabric is made from high-density nylon with Duraguard coating. That, combined with the reinforced corners, does improve the overall durability drastically. Other features include dual self-aligning spinner wheels, expandable zipper for an additional 25% packing space, and a USB port for charging all of your devices. (Power bank not included)
In my opinion, this is a better option than the Crew 11. Mainly, because it’s just a few bucks more and in return, you get an improved lifetime warranty and a stronger build-quality. In the long run, any damages that may arise are more expensive to fix than a free warranty repair, so paying a few bucks extra is a no-brainer.
|- 21.75 x 15.75 x 7.75 inches|
|- 5.3 lbs (2.4kg) weight|
|- 39 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.5 / 5|
So what’s new in the Travelpro Maxlite 5 carry-on? Well, it’s even lighter than the previous version Maxlite 4 (Around 1/2 lbs lighter). It weighs only 5.4 lbs, which is just ridiculous for a near-maxed out carry-on.
With wheels and handles, it measures at 21.75 x 15.75 x 7.75 inches, which is slightly above the most common carry-on restriction of 22 x 14 x 9 inches. Up to this point, I haven’t had any issues with it being slightly too wide, because the side handle is actually made from fabric and you can (with effort) squeeze it into the test-fitter at airports.
This carry-on comes with spinner wheels, which I must say, roll as smooth as warm butter. On a flat marble ground which isn’t perfectly leveled, the Maxlite 5 would start rolling away by itself, because of it’s smooth spinner wheels. After fair use on rocky roads, the wheels still look brand-new, and I’m pretty impressed with how well they’re made.
Next, comes the aluminum handle. It’s made from military-grade aluminum, that’s shaped in a way to improve its rigidness. It’s retractable and fixes in three various heights. For me, personally, the highest one was just perfect. (I’m six foot one)
Some other features include expandable width, two front pockets, two inner zippered mesh pockets, compression straps for your belongings, a placeholder for the luggage tags, and additional top and side handles. If you’d ask me, that’s pretty advanced for a suitcase that costs only a hundred bucks.
|- 23 x 14.75 x 9 inches|
|- 6.1 lbs (2.76kg) weight|
|- 56 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.4 / 5|
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 hardside is kind of sleeker than the fabric alternative. But expect to pay a few bucks extra, as it’s about 10-30 $ more than the fabric option. I love the textured diamond-like finish that it comes in. Supposedly, the textured finish hides all of the smaller scratches that come naturally with years of use.
If you’re often flying with fragile items, like small musical instruments, glassware or wine bottles, It might bet a better idea to get the Maxlite 5 hardside, as your items will be much better protected. The only downside is that it’s about one pound heavier than its fabric alternative.
As opposed to the fabric Maxlite, the hardside option comes with a TSA approved combination lock, which is nice. Aside from that, this suitcase comes with four durable spinner wheels, expandable width for 25% additional packing capacity, and a lifetime warranty. That’s pretty impressive given its low price point.
A key difference from the fabric Maxlite hides inside the main compartment. When you open up the Maxlite 5 hardside, it divides into two equal parts, as opposed to one large main compartment that comes with the fabric option. A large main compartment is better for packing cubes, so if you use them, the fabric Maxlite might be a better choice.
|- 23.5 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches|
|- 7.2 lbs (3.26kg) weight|
|- 46 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.6 / 5|
The Travelpro Crew 11 carry-on is made for frequent business travelers that don’t want to overspend. Basically, it’s an economic version of the slightly more expensive Platinum Elite.
Right off the bat, this case also has double self-aligning spinner wheels, just like the Platinum Elite. It also comes with an expandable zipper that expands in width for an additional 25% packing capacity. Like the Platinum Elite, the Crew 11 also has a built-in suiter to keep your suits wrinkle-free, and a built-in USB port for charging your devices (Powerbank isn’t included).
Now let’s discuss the differences. The Crew 11 is made from ballistic nylon, instead of high-density nylon, and all-around offers less protection than the Platinum Elite.
The packing options are also not quite as advanced as in the Platinum. The Crew 11 has fewer pockets and doesn’t have a built-in TSA-approved pouch for liquids. And while both offer a lifetime warranty, the Platinum also covers airline damage, which is a serious advantage.
If you’re flying frequently, but don’t want to spend your whole bank on a single suitcase, you can save a bit by purchasing the Crew 11 instead of Platinum Elite.