Samsonite is one of the best luggage brands in the world. They make high quality suitcases, which are durable, functional and quite stylish. But they're not always lightweight.
With such a strong focus on features and durability, Samsonite often forgets that nobody wants a 10lb carry on. People don't want to risk going over airlines' baggage weight restrictions, and they want feather-light suitcases. Which is why I examined Samsonite's entire luggage range, and found ten options that are seriously lightweight.
From zipperless hardsides to wheeled softside duffels - we bring you the best and lightest Samsonite luggage!
Best Lightweight Hardside Luggage By Samsonite
The Winfield 2 is easily one of Samsonite’s most popular suitcases. That’s because it checks all the boxes; it is lightweight, durable, practical and affordable. And if you are not sure what kind of suitcase would be best for you, the Winfield 2 is a pretty safe bet.
It is available in three sizes - a carry on, a medium checked bag and a large checked bag. I will focus on the carry on here, but just know that everything you read applies to the two larger bags as well.
This Samsonite suitcase is made from polycarbonate - an expensive but incredibly durable material. The shell of the bag is designed to bend upon impact, unlike the shells of cheaper plastic luggage which will break. In addition to that, polycarbonate is also one of the lightest materials suitcases are made of, making the Winfield 2 one of Samsonite’s best lightweight suitcases.
It has two packing compartments with expandable capacity, so you should be able to fit quite a lot of stuff, even in the smallest suitcase. One compartment features a full-panel zippered divider with multiple pockets, while the other one boasts just a pair elastic cross straps.
The suitcase features four single spinner wheels that roll smoothly and quietly. With some help from the telescopic wheel handle, you will be able to glide through the airport with ease, and without any strain on your arms.
Additionally, the Winfield 2 also has a TSA friendly lock, which ensures the safety of your belongings. Although this feature is much more important for checked bags, it really doesn’t hurt that you also have it on the carry on.
READ MORE: SAMSONITE WINFIELD 2 REVIEW
The Omni collection by Samsonite is very popular with frequent flyers. All luggage is lightweight, functional, durable and seriously affordable, so it’s a great option no matter what you are primarily looking for in a suitcase.
These Samsonite suitcases are all made from polycarbonate. Their shells also feature a micro-diamond texture, which helps improve the scratch-resistance of the luggage. This eliminates one of the main downsides of polycarbonate - the tough and lightweight material is known for being prone to scratches.
Omni suitcases feature four single spinner wheels, which roll quietly and smoothly. They allow you to manoeuvre your suitcase however you want, and eliminate any strain on your arms. And there’s also the telescopic wheel handle, which makes it even easier to move around with a large suitcase.
All three Omni suitcases have top and side grab handles, which make it super easy to pick up the luggage. And they also feature two packing compartments with expandable capacity. One compartment has elastic cross straps that will hold your clothes in place, in addition to a small zippered pocket inside. And the other compartment is equipped with a full panel zippered divider, which unfortunately lacks pockets.
So, there’s only one pocket inside the Omni suitcase, regardless of which size you get. But that’s pretty much the only downside of this luggage; all of the other features perform as well as you’d expect them.
This luggage also has a TSA friendly lock, which will keep all your belongings safe. The classic, three-digit combination lock will keep the contents of the main compartment secure, and allow only TSA agents (and you) to open it.
READ MORE: SAMSONITE WINFIELD VS. OMNI VS. FIERO
The S’Cure suitcase are some of the lightest Samsonites that exist in the world. If you’re looking for the ultimate lightweight suitcase, this is the one. With a polypropylene shell, the S’Cure luggage is not just going to be incredibly lightweight, but also very sturdy and durable.
These are zipperless suitcases, meaning that they have latch closure. The interesting thing is that zipperless luggage is usually quite heavier than regular, zippered luggage. That’s because latches are bulkier and weigh more than traditional zippers. However, the S’Cure doesn’t have that issue, since it’s easily one of the lightest hardside Samsonite suitcases.
And also one of the safest, specifically because it features latch closure. One of the three latches is TSA friendly, so TSA agents can still open up your suitcase without damaging it, should they choose to inspect it.
Lack of zippers also means lack of expandable capacity, so keep that in mind. The overall capacity of the S’Cure is somewhat smaller than the capacity of other Samsonite suitcases. Especially since latches are more difficult to close when the suitcase is overpacked.
The interior of this luggage is not lined, and it doesn’t feature any pockets. All you get are elastic cross straps in one compartment, and a zippered divider in the other. So, it’s definitely not the best option if you prefer to organize and separate your stuff while packing.
The S’Cure suitcases feature double spinner wheels, for effortless manoeuvring of your luggage. And they have a multi-stage wheel handle, which locks into both stored and extended positions. The handle is made from aluminum, so it’s rather sturdy and lightweight.
READ MORE: SAMSONITE S’CURE SPINNER REVIEW
One of the absolute lightest suitcases by Samsonite is Inova. The carry on bag weighs just 5.94 lbs, making it the most lightweight hardside suitcase out of the bunch. And if you’re gunning for an extremely lightweight zippered suitcase, this is the one to get.
The shell of Inova luggage is made from Makrolon polycarbonate, a lightweight material with excellent thermal and abrasion resistance. This suitcase will easily survive extreme temperatures, falls and bumps, all the while protecting your belongings. However, the metallic finish of the shell is very much prone to scratches, and this luggage will not look brand new for a long time.
But that’s fine - all suitcases get scratched eventually. The important thing is that the shell is sturdy enough to stay in one piece after every trip, which is definitely what you can expect from the Inova suitcases.
This luggage has all of the premium features you would expect from a Samsonite suitcase - double spinner wheels, aluminum wheel handle, TSA friendly lock and and multiple grab handles. The wheel handle is actually a single-barrel handle, so it’s going to take up even less space inside the packing compartment.
The Inova is an incredibly lightweight suitcase, but it is far from perfect. It does not have expandable capacity, so you will need to be careful not to overpack your luggage.
In addition to that, there are no pockets inside the packing compartments. There are just elastic cross straps in one compartments, and a zippered divider in the other. If you’re hoping to stay organized while you travel, you might want to look into some other bags.
SAMSONITE INOVA 20”
SAMSONITE INOVA 28”
If you’re looking to get a checked suitcase, the Freeform is a good option for you. It comes in three sizes, and all of them weigh less than 10 lbs. This is actually quite rare; with most of the other suitcases I talked about here, the largest one weighed 11-12 lbs. The 28” versions of the Freeform and Inova are the only two Samsonite hardsides that don’t weigh more than 10 lbs.
And that is mostly due to the shell. It is made from polypropylene, a remarkably lightweight and durable material. The impact-resistant plastic is strong, flexible and has decent water resistance.
The Freeform luggage also features double spinner wheels, which allow for effortless manoeuvring of the bags. And with the height-adjustable wheel handle that locks into both extended and stored positions, you will glide around the airport with ease.
The interior of these suitcase is just as feature-packed as the exterior. They have two spacious packing compartments with expandable capacity, which means you will always have extra room in your luggage. One compartment features elastic cross straps and a zippered pocket, while the other has a full panel divider, with a small zippered pocket.
It’s not the best suitcase in terms of staying organized, but it’s definitely one of the best hardsides - two pockets is a lot more than you get on the Inova or the S’Cure.
The Freeform luggage also comes with TSA friendly locks, which will keep all of your belongings safe. The standard, three-digit combination locks can only be opened by you and TSA agents who have the master key.
READ MORE: SAMSONITE FREEFORM REVIEW
Best Lightweight Softside Luggage By Samsonite
The Solyte DLX is another great lightweight option from Samsonite. The suitcase is available in three sizes all of which are made from rugged polyester. All three bags are lightweight, and have a lot of features in common.
They all have double spinner wheels and a retractable wheel handle, which allow for easy manoeuvring of your luggage. Additionally, all three bags have top, side and bottom grab handles, expandable capacity and two spacious external pockets. And the telescopic handle locks into multiple height positions on all sizes of the Solyte, allowing you to easily adjust it to fit your height perfectly.
The carry on version of this suitcase actually has a few unique features. It comes with a USB charging port, which allows you to charge your phone on the go. And there’s a zippered side pocket, designed to hold your phone and external battery, while you’re roaming through the airport. Plus, this suitcase also features a luggage strap in the back, which allows you to mount it on top of a larger bag.
There’s another difference between the carry on and the larger bag - the two checked Solyte DLX suitcases have a total of five internal pockets, while the carry on has only two. There’s one zippered pocket inside the actual packing compartment, and the carry on has two other zippered pockets on the top panel. One of those is a Wetpack - a waterproof pocket designed to hold any wet items.
The larger two bags feature two additional slip pockets on the front panel, allowing for even better organization of your belongings.
If you are looking for a feature-packed suitcase, you will love the Lineate. It is available in three sizes, which have almost the exact same feature. The carry on is the only suitcase size that stands out, since it has a USB charging port and an extra external zippered pocket. You won’t find these features on the two larger suitcases.
The Lineate luggage is made from nylon, a tough and durable material. Nylon has good water resistance, thanks to the tight weave of the fibers, so your clothes will stay protected if you get caught in the rain with this suitcase.
At 8 lbs, this is actually one of the heaviest suitcases I’ve talked about in this review. But that weight accounts for the removable garment bag and the plastic bag that come with the suitcase. And it includes the weight of the steel bearings on the wheels, which are heavy but incredibly tough.
These suitcases have four double spinner wheels and a retractable wheel handle. The handle is height adjustable, and it locks into more than 10 height positions, which is actually more than any other suitcase featured here.
The Lineate suitcases feature a spacious packing compartment with expandable capacity, and several internal pockets. There’s one zippered pocket on the tie-down straps and another one on the top panel. Actually, the top panel also features an entire extra compartment, which is designed to hold the suiter section that you get with this luggage.
These Samsonites also have two external compartments, as you would expect from softside suitcases. And even those compartments have internal pockets, making the Lineate luggage a great choice for the organized traveller.
Need a professional looking softside suitcase? Get the Leverage LTE; the sleek exterior of this Samsonite is perfect for business trips. It even comes with a removable suiter section, which allows you to pack your suits without worrying they will get wrinkled.
The shell of the Leverage LTE suitcases is made from nylon, a durable and abrasion resistant material. It is also puncture and tear resistant, with extra oil and water resistant coating.
The luggage has four double spinner wheels and a multi-stage wheel handle. Those two features combined equal effortless manoeuvring on the suitcase, to the point where you will feel like it’s gliding around on its own.
These Samsonites have a spacious packing compartment with expandable capacity. One thing I really like about this luggage is that it’s easy to differentiate between the expansion zipper and the zipper of the main compartment. The puller of the expansion zipper has “expand” engraved into it, so you don’t mix up the zippers ever again.
The actual packing compartment is very spacious, with multiple pockets inside. And the suitcase comes with a Wetpack - a waterproof pouch, designed to keep any wet items separate from all your dry clothes.
There are tie-down straps inside the packing compartment, which will keep your clothes neatly in place. And the front panel actually features an entire additional compartment - this is where the suiter section is supposed to be stored.
The Leverage LTE suitcases feature two external compartments, which are perfect for any items you want to have handy. They are also spacious enough to fit clothes, gadgets, jewellery and any other last-minute items you remember to pack.
Another great lightweight Samsonite suitcase is the Aspire xLite. The carry on size weighs 7.5 lbs, which is pretty great for a softside Samsonite. Especially considering that this luggage is partly made from steel wire, which seriously enhances its durability. The steel wire is combined with polyester, and the two materials create a rather unique blend of strength and flexibility.
The Aspire xLite luggage features a spacious main compartment, with expandable capacity. There are multiple internal pockets, which let you stay organized while you travel. And the expansion zipper of this suitcase has a red puller, which differs from all the other zippers on the bag. This makes it easy to differentiate between them, and means you won’t mix up the zippers ever again.
I really like the the suitcase has wide tie-down straps. They will really keep the clothes in place, and they will protect the clothes against wrinkling. One of the main things I hate about elastic cross straps is that they can bunch up the clothes. And after you’ve spent an hour ironing everything in sight, it can be frustrating when two thin straps of elastic erase most of your hard work.
Luckily, that’s not something you have to worry about if you get the Aspire xLite luggage. All of your clothes will stay neatly ironed, and you can even protect them from any wet or dirty items you need to throw in your suitcase. Just put those in the Wetpak - the waterproof pocket on the top panel.
This Samsonite luggage feature four single spinner wheels and a multi-stage aluminum wheel handle. The wheels roll smoothly, but they are not quite as sturdy as double spinner wheels. They will perform equally well on smooth airport floor, but maybe don’t roll these suitcases on uneven terrain.
READ MORE: SAMSONITE ASPIRE XLITE FULL REVIEW
Softshell luggage doesn’t necessarily mean a suitcase. Samsonite also makes some really great duffel bags, which might be just what you are looking for. And the Andante is easily the best duffel bag you can get - with a durable exterior and a spacious interior, it’s the best piece of luggage for a road trip.
Duffel bags are great if you’re driving places, and plan to just put it in the trunk of your car. However, I would not recommend this bag for air travel - it is a 22” bag, and not all airlines will let you take it inside the cabin. Meaning that you would have to check it, and I’m not sure that the Andante would survive that.
One advantage this duffel has over all the suitcases featured so far is organization. With multiple internal and external pockets, you will have zero issues organizing your belongings. And the large, U-shaped opening makes it super easy to pack, and gives you easy access to everything inside the bag.
At a little over 5 lbs, the Andante is the lightest bag featured in this review. And that weight also accounts for the in-line skate wheels and the telescopic wheel handle.
The bag has a total of three grab handles. There’s one at the top, and there are two on the panel, which are joined together with a velcro strap. Unfortunately, the Andante duffel bag does not come with a shoulder strap, which is one thing I don’t like. Another thing I’m not a fan of is the lack of compression straps.
Although the bag has a pretty large capacity, internal compression straps would allow you to pack even more things inside, and would also help keep everything in place.
What To Look For
Are you looking to get a carry on or a checked bag? I’ve mostly featured carry ons in this review, because they are obviously the lightest version of a suitcase available. But, if actually click on the buy button, you will be able to see all the other sizes a particular suitcase comes in.
If your main priority is getting a lightweight suitcase, then you should go for a carry on. They are always going to be lighter than checked bags, since they are much smaller. Just make sure that you’re getting a carry on you can actually use - different airlines have different restrictions for in-cabin baggage, and a 22” suitcase is not always going be allowed on board.
Consider the airline that you travel with most often and get something that adheres to their luggage size restrictions. That’s the easiest way to make sure that your suitcase will be recognized as a carry on most of the time.
Hardside Or Softside?
Perhaps the most important thing you should have figured out by now is whether you want a softside or a hardside suitcase. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so you should really think about what features of luggage are really important to you.
If it’s organization, they you should get a softshell suitcase. They have more pockets and compartments than hardshells, thus making it easier to organize all of your belongings. However, if you’re looking for a checked suitcase, then you’re better off with a hardshell. In that case, your main priority should be getting something durable and virtually indestructible.
And hardside luggage is much more durable than softside luggage. You’ve seen videos online of what baggage handlers actually do with your suitcase - a hardside has a much higher chance of surviving their tough love.
On the other hand, if you just want a carry on, then it all boils down to the features you find necessary. If you want a lightweight suitcase with multiple pockets and compartments, get a softside bag. And if you would prefer a durable suitcase, with a TSA friendly lock and smooth spinner wheels, go with a hardside.
Materials And Durability
Samsonite is a premium brand, so it's no surprise that all their luggage is made from premium materials. For hardshell suitcases, they chose polycarbonate and polypropylene - two incredibly tough but lightweight materials.
Both have excellent thermal and abrasion resistance, but polycarbonate has better impact resistance. On the other hand, polypropylene is cheaper to produce, so luggage made from this material is going to be more affordable. But we’re talking bout Samsonite here - the suitcases will still cost you a pretty penny, regardless of what they are made from.
What about the softside luggage? These bags are made from either polyester or nylon. Both are tough materials, but nylon is just a little bit tougher and more durable than polyester. It is also water resistant without any extra coating, due to the tight weave of the fibers.
In fact, nylon is the preferred material not just for luggage, but for various outdoor gear, including backpacks, tents, sleeping bags etc. Which doesn’t mean you should avoid polyester suitcases; as I said before, Samsonite is a premium brand that uses premium materials. The polyester used in their $200 suitcase is not the same type of polyester found in a $30 suitcase.
The product info boxes will tell you what the main material is in every one of these suitcases. Be sure to check those, so you can know exactly what to expect from your suitcase.
Best Lightweight Samsonite Luggage: Our Favorites
Can’t decide which luggage to get? That’s okay; go with one of our top choices, and you’ll be getting one of the best lightweight Samsonites on the planet!
Out of all the hardside suitcases, I think Freeform is the best option. It is lightweight, tough, durable, affordable and stylish, making it one of our favorite Samsonite suitcases ever. The spacious capacity of this luggage can be expanded, allowing for extra room in case you ever need it. And the spinner wheels and the adjustable wheel handle make it super easy to move around with this suitcase. On top of all that, the Freeform is actually one of a few Samsonite suitcases that weighs less than 10 lbs, in the 28” size!
- 28" SPINNER LUGGAGE maximizes your packing power and is the ideal checked bag for longer trips
- PACKING Dimensions: 27.6" x 20.0" x 13.0", OVERALL Dimensions: 31.1" x 20.95" x 13.78", 9.5 lbs.
If you prefer softside luggage, then go with the Solyte DLX. It is the lightest softside suitcase by Samsonite I managed to find, so it is easily the winner. And it is a still a feature-packed suitcase, with double spinner wheels, multiple external compartments, a multi-stage wheel handle, a luggage strap and expandable capacity. On top of all that, this luggage also has several internal pockets (exact number depends on size of suitcase), one of which is entirely waterproof.
- 20" SPINNER LUGGAGE maximizes your packing power and meets most carry-on size restrictions for those traveling domestically and looking to stay light
- PACKING Dimensions: 19.0" x 13.5" x 7.75", OVERALL Dimensions: 22.0" x 14.0" x 9.5", Weight: 7.1 lbs.
Perhaps you just want the best and lightest Samsonite that’s available. And that would be the Inova suitcase. The carry on size of this bag weighs less than 6 lbs, making it the lightest out of all the suitcases featured in this review. The Inova luggage has a very durable polycarbonate shell, with sturdy spinner wheels and a retractable wheel handle for effortless manoeuvring of the bags. Plus, all Inova suitcases have TSA friendly locks, so you can travel without worrying about the safety of your belongings.
- 360 degree easy-pivot mobility, thanks to the four easy glide double wheels
- Functional interior; lined divider with cross straps keep clothes neatly pressed in transit
Those are easily the three best lightweight suitcases by Samsonite. But remember that all the luggage featured in this review is high quality and very lightweight. I’m sure that you will be more than happy, no matter which suitcase you end up getting.
Head over to Amazon to see the prices and color options for all of the luggage featured in this review. And check out our related posts, if you’re still looking for the perfect suitcase!