The best checked luggage bags in 2022

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Just like a great piece of carry-on luggage, a reliable checked bag can upgrade your travel experience. We found the best check-in luggage you can buy for your summer vacation, including some pieces that are majorly marked down. 


Top products in this article:

Rimowa Classic Check-In L, $1,570

Away The Medium, $345

Samsonite Omni expandable luggage 24″ checked (white), $142 (reduced from $200)


What are the size limitations for checked luggage?

A standard check-in bag, as most major airlines categorize it, is a bag that comes in under 62 linear inches (in combined length, width and height) and weighs 50 pounds or less. A bag larger than this can still be checked — so long as you’re willing to pay an additional fee for it.

Most luggage companies offer check-in luggage in at least two sizes: a medium version that falls into the under-62-inch category; and, a larger option for those who need extra packing space (and don’t mind paying for it). Note: Luggage size limits and fees vary by airline and ticket class, so be sure to do your homework in advance.  

The best checked luggage in 2022

Below are top-rated checked-bag options as based on user reviews. The luggage pieces come in a variety of siding styles, including traditional fabric, hard polycarbonate  and aluminum. All of the featured bags boast telescopic handles, pockets and TSA-compliant locks. 

Best of all, we found checked luggage at just about every price point, from less than $100 to more than $1,000, as made by trendy and time-tested luggage brands alike.

Rimowa Classic Check-In

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Rimowa


While Rimowa’s Classic aluminum collection costs more than most of the competition, consider the line’s timeless, grooved suitcases an investment for the long haul. Features include TSA-approved locks, a height-adjustable flex divider (to organize your smaller items) and a telescopic handle. The larger bag, noted as the “L” bag on the Rimowa site, measures a little more than 30 inches, while the slightly smaller medium, or “M,” bag measures 27.6 inches. 

Rimowa Classic Check-In M, $1,420

Rimowa Classic Check-In L, $1,570


Rimowa Essential Lite

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Rimowa


The polycarbonate Rimowa Essential Lite looks similar to the brand’s ultra-durable aluminum version, and boasts many of the same features. However, compared to the bags of the Classic line, the sleek-looking suitcase weighs 5 pounds less, and costs half the price. 

Rimowa Essential Lite Check in L, $740


Samsonite Omni expandable luggage 

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Samsonite


The polycarbonate Omni, a highly rated and popular piece from Samsonite, offers high quality for $150. Features include TSA-approved, side-mounted locks, multidirectional spinner wheels, an interior mesh divider and cross straps.

The Omni comes in two checked-bag sizes: a 24-inch suitcase; and, a larger, 28-inch version (which may fall into the oversized luggage category). Prices vary based on size and color.

Samsonite Omni expandable luggage 24″ checked (white), $142 (reduced from $200)

Samsonite Omni expandable luggage 28″ checked (silver), $184 (reduced from $195)


Travelpro Platinum Elite 

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Travelpro


Available in two checked sizes, 25 inches and 29 inches, the Travelpro Platinum Elite spinner is constructed out of stain-resistant fabric, and features stylish leather accents. The bag sports an internal tie-down system, integrated accessory products, a fold-out suiter and a removable, TSA-compliant wet pocket for toiletries.

Need more room? The suitcase also boasts a tapered expansion, offering an extra 2 inches when needed. Prices vary by color. 

Travelpro Platinum Elite spinner 25″ (shadow black), $575

Travelpro Platinum Elite spinner 29″ (rich espresso), $341 (reduced from $430)


Away

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Away


Away’s hard-sided, polycarbonate bags offer great protection for all your belongings. The suitcases boast 360-degree spinner wheels, and a removable, washable liner. They’re available in two models: “The Medium” (26 inches); and, “The Large” (29 inches). 

Need more room for all your summer souvenirs? Away offers expandable, so-called “Flex” versions, which offer nearly 2 more inches of space. 

Away The Medium, $345

Away The Large, $375


Monos

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Monos


Available in a variety of colors, Monos suitcases offer lots of pockets and zippered compartments. Choose from two check-in sizes — a 26.5-inch, and a 30-inch. 

Like Away, Monos offers a 100-day trial period, and a lifetime warranty. 

Monos Check-In medium, $290 (reduced from $322)

Monos Check-In large, $320 (reduced from $356)


Victorinox Spectra 3.0 trunk

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Victorinox


The extra-large, 29.9-inch Victorinox Spectra 3.0 trunk boasts 99 liters of space. It includes two integrated compressible packing cubes, roomy mesh pockets and X-shaped straps to secure belongings. The Spectra is a sustainable luggage choice — it’s made from a high-performance, recycled polycarbonate sourced from plastic bottles.

Victorinox Spectra 3.0 trunk, $650


Paravel Aviator Grand

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Paravel


It’s all in the details with the carbon-neutral Paravel Aviator Grand. The 28-inch polycarbonate shell suitcase with vegan-leather-wrapped side handles and trim is made with recycled materials inside and out. It’s perfect for packing 8 to 10 days worth of clothes — plus, four pairs of shoes!

To complete your luxe travel aesthetic, order a monogrammed cabana tote, or a cabana bundle (featuring a monogrammed luggage tag, card case and passport case)  

Paravel Aviator Grand, $425


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