Are you tired of purchasing luggage that doesn’t last more than a couple of years? Well, Travelpro has got you covered. Travelpro’s luggage is widely known for supplying flight crews with the best suitcases, as well as having some of the most durable luggage on the market. But, you might be wondering whether Travelpro luggage lives up to all the hype.
Well, then you’re in the right place, because, in this Travelpro luggage review, you’ll learn the most essential things about them. We’ll take a close look at what Travelpro has to offer, as well as take a glance at how its competitors fare against Travelpro.
On Clever Journey’s Best Luggage Brands, Travelpro gained 89 points, which means that it takes 3rd place, placing just behind Briggs & Riley, and Chester. In the middle class, we placed Travelpro along with Chester as the best possible choices, with brands like Samsonite and Ricardo Beverly Hills being good options for that class as well.
Here you can see how we determined the 89 points. We’ll go in-depth into each category down below.
- Quality: Travelpro is known worldwide for offering the best luggage when it comes to quality. The brand has several facilities which ensure that the suitcase you’ll get has no defects. At the same time, Travelpro uses these facilities to try out new designs, to build the most durable luggage on the market. To achieve that, every suitcase goes through rigorous testing.
- Lifetime Warranty: Apart from its quality, Travelpro excels in its warranty. It’s one of the only luggage brands that offer a lifetime warranty for every suitcase. But, it is limited, meaning that if the airlines damage your suitcase, Travelpro can’t do anything about it. This is where the “Worry-Free Lifetime Warranty” comes into play. While it’s only available for a few of Travelpro’s luggage, the worry-free warranty covers any damage done by airlines, so you won’t need to “worry” about your luggage getting damaged.
- 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 are backed up by a decent warranty, which means that you won’t have to get a new suitcase every three years. Tons of customers have said that their luggage has lasted for more than 15 years of traveling.
- Superb Spinner Wheels: While it’s something that is expected from a brand like Travelpro, their spinner wheels are out of this world. From the smooth aisles of airports to the medieval pavements of rural towns in Italy, Travelpro’s luggage can be handled with ease.
- Design: While it’s not a huge issue, Travelpro isn’t the best when it comes to its luggage design. All of Travelpro’s budget seems to be targeted to the quality section, which isn’t a bad thing. If Travelpro decided to design luggage like Rockland or Mia Toro ITALY, then it would be the best luggage brand on the market.
- Price: Although the Maxlite 5 is available for around one hundred dollars, expect to pay triple for their best-in-class model Platinum Elite or models like the Crew VersaPack. And, on top of that, if you decide to purchase some of Travelpro’s premium hardside luggage, you’d pay even more.
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 prefer hardside luggage, then go for Chester.) In the middle class, other solid alternatives are Samsonite, Delsey, and Ricardo Beverly Hills. All five are solid options at a moderate price. However, Travelpro and Chester will last longer and offer much better warranty terms.
Of course, you can invest double the money in Tumi or Briggs & Riley, however, it’s not always a smarter choice. It makes sense only if you’re flying at least ten times per year. 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||Editors rating: 4.8|
|Runner-up: Versapack||Editors rating: 4.7|
|Best affordable soft: Maxlite 5||Editors rating: 4.6|
|Best premimum soft: Magna 2||Editors rating: 4.7|
|Best affordable hard: Maxlite 5||Editors rating: 4.6|
|Best premium hard: Platinum Elite||Editors rating: 4.5|
|Best tote: Maxlite 5||Editors rating: 4.7|
Key Facts About Travelpro
The story of Travelpro begins more than three decades ago, in 1987. It all started with Bob Plath, a Northwest Airlines pilot. The suitcases in those days didn’t have wheels, so people had to always carry them when they were traveling. The most popular ones were rectangular and had a handle with which you could carry them.
As a pilot, Bob was almost always on an airplane. He knew that suitcases could be improved, especially when it came to carrying them around. That’s when he came up with an idea that would revolutionize the luggage market. 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.
It was quite hard to find 1-star reviews for Travelpro’s luggage. People love them, and a lot of their customers have stayed loyal for decades. But, as with every luggage brand, there are some bad reviews that usually mention the same issues. Some of the most common problems that people had with Travelpro’s luggage are:
- 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.
- Some models aren’t practical, because you’d need to open the entire bag to get one thing out.
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. However, many of Travelpro’s loyal customers have stated that their bags passed the checks with no issues, despite being advertised as “23-inch”.
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. For example, the Maxlite collection has 5 versions, and many customers have said that they’ve bought all the versions.
The average rating across all platforms was around 4.5-4.8 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, as well as 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, while 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 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.
So, to be honest, no other luggage brand can beat Travelpro when it comes to durability. The only luggage brands that come close to Travelpro’s quality are Briggs & Riley and Chester, both of which are more expensive than Travelpro (Briggs & Riley’s luggage costs more than double the money of Travelpro’s luggage!).
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 softside cases are made out of high-density nylon or polyester, that’s usually finished with a water-repellent finish, known as DuraGuard. And the Maxlite 5 Hardside is made from polycarbonate, currently the most durable hardside luggage plastic on the market. So, Travelpro doesn’t cheap out when it comes to making the best hardside luggage.
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
Travelpro’s luggage comes with some of the best wheels on the market. Every model has spinner wheels, with some of the premium models coming with self-aligning magnetic wheels. This isn’t something that you see every day when you’re looking for the best luggage. The Maxlite 5 that we tested came with four regular spinner wheels, and 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
- Waterproof Pockets
The Crew Versapack and Platinum Elite 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 (DuraGuard)
Travelpro’s fabric cases are usually coated with DuraGuard, so nothing gets wet after a light rain. I experienced it firsthand when I got caught in heavy rain in Barcelona. While I was 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 high-density 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.
While most of Travelpro’s affordable luggage doesn’t have USB ports, its more premium models, such as the Bold have a USB port and enough space for laptops or tablets.
Some of the best Travelpro luggage is available in different colors, with models like the Versapack coming in different color patterns as well. While that’s perfect for business people and luggage crews, we’d like to see a larger selection and something more colorful like Rockland‘s luggage. Unique and colorful suitcases are much easier to spot on the conveyor belt, and easier to find when lost, so it’s not only a preference of style but provides practical use as well.
This is why Travelpro gets only 9 out of 15 points in the design category.
Travelpro offers two kinds of warranties for their carry-ons, checked bags, and garment bags: Travelpro’s limited warranty and Travelpro’s Worry-free warranty.
Travelpro Limited Lifetime Warranty
The lifetime warranty is available for every single one of Travelpro’s luggage. 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
- Platinum Magna 2
This warranty comes only with the Platinum Elite and the Platinum Magna 2 models. 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 easily do that by contacting Travelpro’s customer support, who are very helpful. Travelpro has also gone out of its way to make videos demonstrating how you can fix your wheels, among other parts of the suitcases, as you can see below. This also gives you a great idea of how well-made Travelpro’s spinner wheels are!
You can get a carry-on or a checked bag from Travelpro starting from 80$ and going up to 500$. This is a pretty wide range, and most of the best Travelpro luggage is towards the higher end of the range. But, in the long run, the suitcases are definitely worth the money. Keep in mind that Travelpro is incredibly well-built and you won’t have to get a new suitcase every three years.
The most affordable collection is by far the Maxlite 5 one. Even the Maxlite 5 Hardside costs around the same as hardside luggage from Ricardo Beverly Hills and Samsonite but it offers much greater quality than the other two brands.
The more premium collections, like Platinum Elite and the Crew collection, cost nearly double the money of Maxlite 5. But, we can guarantee that the extra money you’ll spend on them will be worth it when they last you for two decades.
How Does Travelpro Compare to Other Luggage Brands?
There is no doubt that Travelpro is one of the best luggage brands on the market. It’s in direct competition with Chester and Briggs & Riley, with the latter being a more expensive luggage brand and the former being similarly priced. But, how does Travelpro compare to other similarly-priced brands?
Well, Travelpro demolishes the competition in nearly every aspect. Chester barely manages to beat Travelpro when it comes to the brands’ reviews. Brands like Traveler’s Choice and Ricardo Beverly Hills fall behind by quite a margin, but that doesn’t mean that they’re bad brands. Travelpro is just better than them
Travelpro is without a doubt the best luggage brand when it comes to the quality of their luggage. Chester and Delsey come close to the Travelpro’s durability, but the brand that made wheels on luggage famous is unbeatable. The same can be said about the warranty terms that Travelpro offers, with the only competition being Briggs & Riley’s lifetime warranty.
But, Travelpro lacks in the design department. Every other medium-class brand, from Chester, to Samsonite, to even Mia Toro ITALY (they have the best designs in our opinion) has a wider variety of colors and designs than Travelpro.
When it comes to its price, Travelpro ranks in a similar fashion to other brands. Chester’s luggage is just as expensive, while Traveler’s Choice’s luggage is a much cheaper alternative, albeit worse in quality.
Overall, Travelpro offers great value-for-money luggage, despite them being more expensive than other middle-class brands on Clever Journey’s Best Luggage Brands list.
Individual Travelpro Suitcase Reviews
|- 23.5 x 14.5 x 9 inches|
|- 7.8 lbs (3.53kg) weight|
|- 46 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.8 / 5|
The Travelpro Platinum Elite carry-on comes in 6 different colors, and our favorites are the “Rich Espresso” and the “Shadow Black”. The suitcase is made from high-density nylon, with Travelpro’s signature DuraGuard coating, so that the inside of the bag doesn’t get wet. So, the Platinum Elite looks down-to-earth on the outside. That’s not the case on the inside.
Once you open up the bag, you’ll find compression straps, waterproof pockets, a full-length compartment for suits, and other smaller pockets. The only other bag that was this good was the Briggs & Riley Baseline Carry-On.
Apart from all of that, the Platinum Elite also offers reinforced corners, which improve the overall durability drastically. Other features include dual self-aligning spinner wheels, expandable zippers for an additional 25% packing space, and a USB port for charging all of your devices. However, a power bank isn’t included, so you’ll need to buy one yourself.
Travelpro’s Platinum Elite has dominated the market ever since its release, so at that price point, it’s by far the best luggage you can buy. And when we compare it to its competitors it might not be the cheapest, but it’s the best value for money luggage you can get.
|- 21.5 x 14 x 9 inches|
|- 7.3 lbs (3.3 kg) weight|
|- 38 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.7 / 5|
The Travelpro Crew Verspack received similar reviews to Traveler’s Choice Birmingham 21-inch carry-on. But, the bag from Traveler’s Choice isn’t as well-built as the Versapack, albeit being a bit cheaper when it’s on sale.
The bag from Travelpro comes in 4 different colors. The “Patriot Blue” (the one pictured above) is by far the best color, and it’s also the one that most people recommend. The suitcase is made from the same materials as the Platinum Elite, and it offers the same features as the Platinum Elite, like the USB port and expandable zippers.
Taking a deeper dive into the bag, we noticed that it’s nearly identical to the Platinum Elite. Suitor organizer, packing cubes organizer for all your clothes, and compression straps were all present.
So, overall, the Crew Versapack is really similar to the Platinum Elite. If you don’t mind getting a limited warranty, then the Crew Versapack carry-on is the best value-for-money Travelpro suitcase you can get.
We’ve also reviewed the Crew Versapack 29-inch suitcase. It is a bit more expensive, but it comes with a lot more extra space.
|- 21.75 x 15.75 x 7.75 inches|
|- 5.3 lbs (2.4kg) weight|
|- 39 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.6 / 5|
The Travelpro Maxlite has been around for a while. The Maxlite 5 is the newest one, and while the main difference from Maxlite 4 might be its weight, the Maxlite 5 carry-on is one of the best softside carry-ons you can get. Plus, it’s really light, weighing a bit more than 5 pounds. And, from my personal experience, I can truly say that it handles amazingly.
The Maxlite 5 is made from polyester fabric, which is really durable. Some customers have mentioned that, when fully packed, the Maxlite 5 didn’t pass the travel restrictions. However, 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 that isn’t perfectly leveled, the Maxlite 5 would start rolling away by itself, because of its 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, 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 a bit more than a hundred bucks.
When comparing the Maxlite 5 to other similarly-priced bags, like the Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay 2.0 Carry-On and the Samsonite Solyte DLX, we noticed that the Maxlite 5 is a much better choice if you want a quality bag. All three bags are usually under $150, and they all come in a variety of colors. But, the Travelpro Maxlite 5 comes with great warranty terms and superb quality. So, it’s the best budget softside suitcase you can get.
|- 23.75 x 14.75 x 9.5 inches|
|- 8.6 lbs (3.9 kg) weight|
|- 45.8 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.7 / 5|
The Platinum Magna 2 takes what’s great about both the Maxlite 5 and the Platinum Elite and it merges them. And, despite having some issues that we’ll mention below, it’s a really good premium softside suitcase. It features everything great about the Maxlite 5 alongside Platinum Elite’s “Worry-Free Lifetime Warranty”.
The bag is made from high-density nylon with a DuraGuard coating, just like the Platinum Elite. It comes with 8 self-aligning spinner wheels, which make the bag roll smoothly over any surface, despite being on the heavier side. Some of the key features that are offered by Travelpro are the expandable width, a suiter, and an overall luxury feel on the inside.
The inside of the suitcase is its weakness, as many customers have said. People who bought the Platinum Magna 2 mentioned that when the bag is full, it doesn’t pass the carry-on restrictions, and the same goes when you expand its width. But, the major issue with the bag is its zippers. Most 1-star or 2-star reviews are because of faulty zippers.
The Platinum Magna 2 is by no means a bad suitcase. But, you’ll have to ask yourself whether you’ll want to spend an extra sixty bucks for a better warranty. And if you wish to do that, why not spend a few more bucks to get the Platinum Elite, which will last you for numerous years?
|- 23 x 14.75 x 9 inches|
|- 6.1 lbs (2.76kg) weight|
|- 56 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.6 / 5|
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 hardside is sleeker than the fabric alternative. But expect to pay a few bucks extra, as it’s about 10-30 $ more than the fabric option. It comes in a textured diamond-like finish, which is more appealing than we expected. Supposedly, the textured finish hides all of the smaller scratches that come naturally with years of use.
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 hardside is pretty similar to the softside Maxlite 5. The obvious difference is that the fabric version is made from polyester while the Maxlite 5 hardside is made from a polycarbonate hard shell. But, both bags have the same dimensions, and they come with four durable spinner wheels, expandable width for 25% additional packing capacity, and a lifetime warranty. As opposed to the fabric Maxlite 5, the hardside option comes with a TSA-approved combination lock, which is nice.
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.
If you’re often flying with fragile items, like small musical instruments, glassware, or wine bottles, it might be 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.
So, in reality, the question is whether you’d want to pay a few extra bucks for a TSA-approved lock and a hardside build
|- 23 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches|
|- 8.1 lbs (3.7 kg) weight|
|- 45 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.5 / 5|
The Platinum Elite hardside comes in 3 different colors, which is underwhelming, but the design of the bag looks really sleek and professional. It comes with self-aligning magnetic spinner wheels, which have been praised by Travelpro’s customers for their ability to roll on any surface with ease.
The suitcase is made from a polycarbonate hard shell, which is made to withstand all the abuse that the bag will take when it’s handled by the airlines. The bag also has a USB port, and a TSA-approved lock, so that your bag doesn’t get destroyed by the TSA during inspections. This is a neat feature since this bag doesn’t come with the “Worry-Free Lifetime Warranty”, that the fabric Premium Elite offers.
As we take a deeper look inside, the bag has organization pockets and dividers, as well as a water-resistant pocket. It can also hold a medium-sized laptop!
But, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. If you decide to buy the Travelpro Platinum Elite hardside carry-on, you’ll be getting a durable bag with a few extra features than its fabric counterpart, but without the warranty that made Platinum Elite famous. And, you’ll be paying a bit less than $400 for it.
|- 18 x 11 x 8 inches|
|- 1.6 lbs (0.7kg) weight|
|- 28 L volume|
|- Editors rating: 4.7 / 5|
The Maxlite 5 tote is a bit larger than the Mar Vista tote, despite having the same price tag. Both totes are very durable, with the Maxlite 5 being made from polyester fabric with a DuraGuard coating, which has been a lifesaver for many customers, as it’s prevented the inside of the bag from getting wet. It also comes in 4 different colors, compared to Mar Vista’s one color.
The Maxlite 5 tote excels when it comes to its inside. It has two compartments, where you can fit a lot of clothes and toiletries.
Many customers have said that the bag has amazing zippers and an amazing strap when it comes to durability, with it lasting for many trips. So, if you enjoy going for a few trips during the weekend with your significant other, you should buy the Maxlite 5 tote, as it’s durable and it comes with the limited lifetime warranty that every Travelpro luggage has. Then again, if you wish to spend a bit over $100, you can buy the Maxlite 5 softside carry-on, which is an amazing choice as well.