Best Carry On Luggage

Whether you are a frequent business traveler or someone who likes to be efficient traveling on the occasional vacation, finding great carry on luggage can go a long way to making your trips as worry-free as possible.

While getting the right piece of luggage can be a subjective quest, there are specific criteria that can separate the truly great pieces of luggage from the rest of the pack.  You may not agree with someone else on whether a certain bag in question is “stylish,” but there won’t be any arguing about the weight or dimensions of a bag.

With our testing, we try to focus mainly on the objective criteria.  We will comment on things like how stylish a certain piece of luggage is or how good we think the value is, but ultimately that decision is going to be up to the consumer.  With that said, take what we say with a grain of salt and try to focus on as much objective information as you possibly can.


What Makes For Great Carry On Luggage?

There are a lot of subjective and objective criteria on which you can judge carry on luggage.  After a lot of lengthy discussion with the team, here are the top things we think make for excellent carry on luggage.


You might find a piece of luggage that has everything you could ever ask for at a great price, but if your carry on looks like it came down directly from outer space, you won’t ever want to be seen with it.  While this might be the most subjective criteria out there, it is certainly a very important factor.


We have seen and tested a lot of luggage.  One thing we have noticed is the wide price range from product to product.  As a result, if you aren’t careful, you can pay a lot more than you need to.  There’s a lot of value to be had out there if you are willing to look for it.

Meets Carry On Size Criteria

The best carry on luggage meets all the major airline carry on criteria.  If you fly different carriers, then this is especially important.  You don’t want to meet the size criteria of one airline, only to realize on your next flight that your luggage doesn’t quite fit the size of another airline.


You want your luggage to meet the size criteria to be able to carry it onto the plane.  With that said, ideally you would have a piece of luggage the maximizes the amount of packing space.

Easy To Move Around

Some pieces of luggage just aren’t that easy to move around in the airport or wherever you are going with it.  If you have a bad set of wheels, it can make for a really annoying experience.  Your ideal piece of luggage will be extremely to maneuver.

RollingRolls Smoothly

A lot of companies get this really wrong with the construction of their luggage.  Some carry on luggage can be really annoying and awkward to roll around.  The best luggage has wheels that make rolling it around really smooth and easy.

Easy Access Inside

There are a number of scenarios where you might need to grab something quickly from your bag.  Some pieces of luggage make that much easier than others.

Not Too Heavy

You don’t want luggage that is too heavy to carry around.  A piece of luggage that has great capacity but doesn’t take up too much space and isn’t too heavy is ideal.

Add-OnsMaintains Nice Clothes

If you are traveling for business, chances are that you have some nice clothes in your carry on.  Certain pieces of luggage can do a good job of preventing wrinkles and creases in your clothes.  If you can find the right luggage for this, then you can avoid the hassle of having to iron your clothes once you get to your destination.

Cool Add-On Features

With the introduction of smart luggage, we are seeing some really cool new features.  Things like digital scales, GPS tracking, UBS charging, etc., are all neat add-ons that some people may really like.

Top Candidates For Best Carry On Luggage

Note: We will be updating this over time as we are able to review more luggage brands.

Raden A22 Carry

BestCarryonLuggageThe Raden A22 Carry is a top choice for us and features some really cool tech features that make this piece of luggage a really great value.

What We Like About It

  • Lightweight– It’s only 8.4 lbs., making it very easy to pick up and carry around
  • Awesome Tech Features– The bag has a digital scale, location tracking, and 2 USB chargers
  • Design– The bag has a cool, fashionable look and a smart interior design that allows for lots of packing capacity
  • Value– For all that you get from this bag and the cool tech features, the bag costs $295.  The direct-to-consumer business model allows them to make an awesome piece of luggage at an affordable price

Samsonite Winfield 2 Fashion 20” Spinner

GoodCarryOnSuitcaseThis piece of luggage is a great option overall.  It gets the job done and doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg in the process.

What We Like About It

  • Very Lightweight– At 6.7 lb., this bag is very easy to carry around and maneuver
  • Efficient Packing– The divided zipper compartments and mesh interior pockets make for great capacity and efficient packing.  You can really carry a lot of things in the bag
  • Style– Don’t be surprised if you get compliments on your luggage when you walk around this thing.  It’s quite stylish