Last Updated: March 5, 2020

Ricardo Luggage Review – Which Are Worth Buying?

I wrote a lot about high-end luggage these past few days, so I thought it was time to write a little about affordable luggage as well. After all, it is the type of luggage most of choose to purchase for our travel needs. And, nobody does affordable luggage better than Ricardo Beverly Hills.

They have a lot of different suitcases, both softshell and hardshell. Some collections also feature totes and shoppers, so I’ll show you some of those too. But naturally, I’ll mostly focus on actual suitcases – carry-ons as well as luggage that needs to be checked.

So, without further ado, check out my Ricardo Luggage review and decide for yourself.

Ricardo Beverly Hills Ocean Drive 21-Inch Spinner Carry On Luggage, Silver

The Ocean Drive is a lightweight, hardshell spinner suitcase, and it is available in 4 different sizes. It's the first of the Ricardo Beverly Hills range we will cover here.

Out of those 3 sizes, 1 carry-on, and the other 2 need to be checked (depending on the airline you choose, naturally):

21 INCHES

25 INCHES

29 INCHES

Body Dimensions

21" H x 15" W x 9.5" D

25 x 18 x 12 inches

13 x 20 x 28.5 inches

Expansion

Yes

Yes

Yes

They are made of Makrolon polycarbonate construction; a material that is not only lightweight, but also incredibly durable. It is also equipped with a TSA approved sentinel lock, which is really helpful for anyone who often visits the United States.

An excellent feature of this suitcase is that it is expandable

The suitcase features dual spinner wheels, which will make your trips to and from the airport much easier. You’ll have amazing maneuverability of the suitcase, and the multi-stage retractable handle only reinforces that. In addition to the retractable handle, there are also top and side carry-handles, as well as an integrated bottom grip. And, there’s also a retractable add-a-bag strap that will make carrying other pieces of luggage much easier.

As for the interior of the Ocean Drive, there are 2 separate packing compartments. The main compartment is equipped with tie-down straps, a large zip pocket and a side mesh pocket. Additionally, a built-in suiter loop and an anti-wrinkle bar in the front compartment are excellent features that really help your items to stay organized. There is also a floating mesh zip pocket, and removable drawstring shoe/laundry bag. As well as a
 removable water-resistant pouch for toiletries and other small items.

Pros

  • Spinner Wheels
  • TSA Approved Lock
  • Expandable Storage
  • Waterproof pocket and wrinkle-free bar

Cons

  • No Exterior Compartment

San Marcos

Ricardo Beverly Hills San Marcos 29-inch Spinner Upright Suitcase, Gray

The Mulholland Drive is a lightweight softshell suitcase. You can get it in 4 different sizes, 2 of which need to be checked, and 2 of which are carry-on. They also have a duffel bag that matches, if you want the whole set.

16 INCHES

21 INCHES

25 INCHES

29 INCHES

Body Dimensions

8.5 x 13 x 16"

24 x 16.5 x 10.5 

12.5 x 17.5 x 28

13 x 20 x 32

Weight

5.1 lbs / 2.3 kg

8 lbs / 3.6 kg

9.2 lbs / 4.1 kg

10.6 lbs / 4.8 kg

TSA Lock

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Expandable

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

The San Marco is made from strong and weather-resistant nylon fabric. It also comes with integrated corner guards and has a strong internal frame assembly. This combination of  materials remains lightweight, but unfortunately, it is not as durable as a fully hard shell. There is one benefit of this suitcase that most fully hardshell luggage doesn’t have, and that is the exterior zip pocket and is fully expandable.

This suitcase is equipped with smooth 360 dual spinner wheels, which will make your life much easier. Instead of having to tilt your suitcase and pull it, you can actually just walk alongside it. On the other hand, if you prefer to carry your suitcase, you’ll be glad to know that there are carry handles on the sides and the top of it.

Ricardo Beverly Hills San Marcos 29-inch Spinner Upright Suitcase, Gray

The San Marco features one large packing compartment that is fully lined with nylon. There’s actually a lot of cool organization features on this suitcase, such a floating partition complete with mesh zip and shoe pockets. There is also a built in suiter system and TSA-friendly removable pouch for toiletries. 

There is a TSA approved combination lock on this suitcase (only the carry-on's don't have or need that).

Overall, the San Marco cases are an excellent option for anyone who travels a lot for business (but also for pleasure!).

Pros

  • Spinner Wheels
  • TSA Approved Lock
  • Exterior Zip Pocket

Cons

  • Softshell
  • Little Color Variety

The Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista collection features 5 pieces of luggage. 3 of those pieces are carry-ons, including a rolling tote, while the other 2 need to be checked. Additionally, all pieces share the same 10-year limited warranty:

16 INCHES

(TOTE)

17 INCHES

20 INCHES

24 INCHES

28 INCHES

Body Dimensions

14" H x 16" W x 8" D

17" H x 13" W x 7.5" D

20" H x 14" W x 8" D

24" H x 17" W x 9" D

28" H x 19" W x 10" D

Weight

5.2 lbs

6.2 lbs

7.2 lbs

8.2 lbs

10.2 lbs

Ricardo Beverly Hills 4 Wheel Expandable Wheelaboard, Purple Paisley

This entire collection is available in Purple Paisley print, which is really cool. The print looks great, and it definitely makes these suitcases stand out. As for the 16” rolling tote, it’s the only piece in this collection that does not have spinner wheels. I don’t consider this a big deal; since it is quite a small tote, and you’re more likely carry it on top of your larger suitcase. It does have a retractable handle, so you can pull it like a regular suitcase.

There is a large front pocket on the tote, with multiple pouches so you can keep your smaller items organized, while your bigger items can be stored in the large main compartment. The tote is also equipped with a padded sleeve for your electronics that can fit a 15.5” laptop.

Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista 16-Inch 2 Wheeled Tote, Purple Paisley, One Size

As for the rest of the Mar Vista collection, all of it is equipped with dual spinner wheels, textured TPR grip handles and exterior pockets. Additionally, the top and side carry handles are also padded, for your ultimate comfort. The shell of these suitcases is made of terylene polyester, which as a really lightweight material. But, this is obvious from the weight of the suitcases, as the largest one weighs only 10 lbs.

A downside of the Mar Vista luggage is that they do not feature a TSA approved lock, or any lock for that matter. While this might be the reason why they are priced lower than other Ricardo Beverly Hills luggage, it also means that anyone could open your suitcase and access your belongings. And, while the lack of a lock might not matter much when it comes to carry-on luggage, it certainly matters when it comes to luggage you need to check.

Pros

  • Spinner Wheels
  • Lightweight
  • A Lof Of Pockets

Cons

  • No Lock On The Suitcase

San Clemente

San Clemente 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner

Ricardo Beverly Hills’ San Clemente range features hardshell suitcases with double spinner wheels. There are 4 different versions of the San Clemente:

21 INCHES

26 INCHES

30 INCHES

Body Dimensions

21" H x 15" W x 9.7" D

26" H x 18.3" W x 11.5" D

30" H x 22" W x 12.7" D

Weight

7.9 lbs

9.3 lbs

10.5 lbs

The shell of these suitcases is made of polycarbonate alloy with diamond-textured finish. This is an exceptionally durable material that is scratch-resistant, and a lightweight one at the same time. The suitcases have a TSA approved combination lock, so you can have some peace of mind when it comes to the safety of your belongings. Also, there are both top and side carry-handles, as well as a bottom carry grip, for optimum handling.

The San Clemente is equipped with double spinner wheels, for effortless steering of your suitcase. The multi-stage locking handle also helps make the steering effortless, especially because you can adjust it to several different heights. In addition, there is also a wheel locking system; you just push the button, and your suitcase will stay put until you push the button again.

San Clemente 21-Inch Carry-On Spinner

A cool thing about this suitcase is that it can be expanded up to 2.5 inches. Just pull the zipper and voila; you’ll have extra room to comfortably pack everything you bought on your trip. But, you can also pack those things in the 2 zippered mesh pockets - one on the divider, and one inside the main compartment.

The interior of the San Clemente consists of 2 packing compartments. One side can be secured with a zippered divider, and the other side has tie-down straps that will keep your belongings in place. The top compartment features a suiter loop, as well as an adjustable anti-wrinkle bar, which will protect anything you have to carry on a hanger. Additionally, you will also get a water resistant pouch, for any damp or wet items you might have to pack. This is quite useful if you tend to make the most of your vacations, and go for a swim a couple hours before your flight back. I know I do! :>

Pros

  • Spinner Wheels With Wheel Locking System
  • TSA Approved Lock
  • Expandable

Cons

  • Scratches Easily

The Malibu Bay collection features softshell, super lightweight suitcases. There are 4 different versions of the Malibu Bay suitcase, all of which are available in 3 different colors:

16 INCHES

20 INCHES

25 INCHES

29 INCHES

Body Dimensions

16" H x 13" W x 8" D

20" H x 14" W x 8" D

25” H x 18.5” W x10.5” D

29” H x 21” W x 11.5” D

Weight

4.2 lbs

5.6 lbs

9.3 lbs (Shipping Weight)

12.35 lbs (Shipping Weight)

Capacity

27.3 L

36.7 L

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The Malibu Bay stands out because of its unique material – dreamfel (polypropylene) fabric. It is 30% lighter than polyester, and 20 % lighter than nylon, while also being resistant to tears, abrasions and moisture. Regardless of the size you choose, you will get an extendable, lightweight and durable piece of luggage.

The Malibu Bay has spinner wheels that, combined with the multi-stage retractable handle, make steering your suitcase a breeze. Your arms won’t be strained at all, as the wheels roll like a dream. There are also padded side and top handles, for whenever you need to actually pick up your suitcase. 

The 25-inch spinner has a unique, useful feature – a weight sensor that will alert you when you’ve packed your suitcase over the 50lb limit. Awesome, right? Additionally, there are 2 exterior pockets. One is vertical and the other is horizontal, but both are there so you could have some travel essentials handy.

The only downside of this suitcase is that is has just one packing compartment. I prefer it when my luggage has two compartments, because my belongings are more organized that way. But, the presence of many little pockets improves the organization of this suitcase – there is a mesh zip pocket on the “door”, as well as a water resistant pocket for any wet or damp items. In the packing compartment there is one mesh zip pocket, and tie-down straps that will secure your belongings.

Pros

  • Spinner Wheels
  • A Weight Sensor
  • Water-resistant Pocket

Cons

  • Only One Packing Compartment
  • No Lock On Suitcase

Which Ricardo Beverly Hills Suitcase Is The Best One For You?

Even though this largely depends on your particular needs, there are a few suitcases that really stand out. The first one is the Ocean Drive, which I find to be a great suitcase for people who have to travel for business often. I mainly say this because this suitcase has several features designed to make the packing of your business attire effortless.

Ricardo Beverly Hills Ocean Drive 21-Inch Spinner Carry On Luggage, Silver
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Ricardo Beverly Hills Ocean Drive 21-Inch Spinner Carry On Luggage, Silver
  • High-impact material-the 100 percent virgin polycarbonate outer shell made with makrolon by covestro offers lasting durability and protection from the stresses of travel. The ultra-tough construction is much stronger than conventional luggage. Comfortable handle system-vegan leather handle wrap with lightweight aluminum tubes promotes optimal comfort. Effortless mobility-custom 360 degree double wheel system smoothly glides in any direction, enhancing stability and minimizing effort
  • Ultimate protection-travel sentry approved locks protect belongings and allow the tsa to screen checked bags faster. Streamlined handling-a sturdy bottom carry grip promotes easy lifting and optimal handling. Multifunctional zipper pulls-this design swings to secure into the tsa-approved lock, then swings back for a comfortable grip when zipping the case
  • Two-compartment organization-a unique zippered divider pocket separates packed items for easy access and organization. Flexible security-adjustable tie-down panels keep personal belongings in place
  • Grab & go capabilities-the built-in suiter loop and adjustable anti-wrinkle bar protect hanging clothing. Simple separation-separate damp or wet items from other packed items with a removable water resistant pouch
  • Outer Dimensions: 23.75" H x 16.5" W x 10.5" D ;Body Dimensions: 10.5" H x 15" W x 21" D

If your travels are more of the pleasure type rather than the business type, then I recommend the Malibu Bay. It is the most lightweight suitcase of this review, and it has a ton of pockets and cool features. The most impressive feature of this suitcase, at least for me, is the weight sensor.

Malibu Bay 29-Inch Spinner Upright
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Malibu Bay 29-Inch Spinner Upright
  • ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT - Dreamfel is 30% lighter than polyester and 20% lighter than nylon. Combined with a lightweight frame and large packing capacity, you can pack more without feeling weighed down.
  • BUILT TO LAST - The overall fabrication and construction of this collection is extremely durable, resisting abrasion and tearing, while also protecting your belongings from the stresses of travel.
  • EXPANDABLE PACKING VOLUME - The case expands with the pull of a zipper for added packing capacity.
  • EFFORTLESS MOBILITY - Custom 360 Degree double wheel system smoothly glides in any direction, enhancing stability and minimizing effort.
  • EASY ACCESS TO TRAVEL ESSENTIALS-Multiple exterior zippered pockets make personal items and documents handy.

For those of you who are looking for a suitcase that is suitable for family trips, I would suggest the 30” San Clemente. Even though it is the largest suitcase we reviewed today, it is still incredibly lightweight, with this version weighing a remarkable 10.5lbs! If you want to be able to pack the belongings of your entire family in suitcase, and still stay under the 50lb limit, then this is the one for you.

Ricardo Beverly Hills San Clemente 26-inch 4wheel Expandable Upright, Red Cherry
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Ricardo Beverly Hills San Clemente 26-inch 4wheel Expandable Upright, Red Cherry
  • Innovative locking wheel system, simply push the button and the case stays by your side, effortlessly push your spinner upright with the curved handle that fits the natural contour of your hand
  • Built in TSA compliant combination lock safeguards your belongings, fully zippered panel includes a suiter loop and padded bar to prevent wrinkles
  • Oversized double spinner wheel system with 360 degree mobility minimizes effort and strain on arms, shoulders and back, adjustable tie-down straps to help keep items safe and secure during travel
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • Body Dimensions: 11.5" H x 19" W x 26" D.

In case none of these suitcases impressed you, might I suggest you check out our review of Skyway luggage. Maybe you’ll find one you love there! And if you were impressed by Ricardo Beverly Hills suitcases, head on over to Amazon to get a mind-blowing deal on any one of them.

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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