Samsonite produce some of the best luggage in the world, but Travelpro are not far behind. And when you are looking at buying yourself a new piece of luggage it is certainly worth doing a detailed comparison.
In this review I will show you in detail how these two manufacturers best suitcases compare, as well as reviews of the luggage itself.
In the end, you will have all the information you need to decide whether it is going to be Travelpro or Samsonite for your next purchase.
Let's start with a quick comparison...
Samsonite Silhouette XV
Travelpro Maxlite 4
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2
20, 24, 28
21, 25, 29
21, 25, 29
21, 25, 29
6.8, 8.3, 10.35
8.7, 10.9, 12.7
6.7, 7.8, 8.6
7.5, 9.9, 11.25
Nylon - water resistant
Polyester - water resistant
Ballistic Nylon - Durability Coating
(But locking holes on zips)
(But locking holes on zips)
Black, Teal, Carribean Blue, Radiant Pink, Burnt Orange
Charcoal, Orange, Deep Blue, Purple
Black, Blue, Purple, Merlot
Comparing the Samsonites and the Travelpros, you have to look at a few things in detail.
Each brand has three main sizes that usually suit:
If you are looking to invest in something for a big trip, you will want a carry-on and a large case. If you just want options, you can grab the mid and large case (which is what I did - week trips, and long trips). I use a backpack for carry on in any case.
Most suitcases these days are pretty light. But, some go the extra mile to make their cases even lighter.
In the comparison chart above, you will see that actually the lightest case in the list is the Travelpro Maxlite. These are a great option if you don't want to spend the kind of money you will need to hand out for a Samsonite.
Hardcases can handle a lot of knocks, but, in the long run you will often find that soft cases last even longer.
Why? Because they do not have the stress put on them that hard cases do. They compress and squish down where a hardcase has to "take" the knock or stress put on it.
Also keep in mind that companies like Samsonite tend to put more money into their materials (handles, zippers, wheels etc) and that is often why the cases cost more. It is not to say that a Travelpro will not last as long, but just something to think about.
Almost all of the cases from both Samsonite and Travelpro have the same basic features that you will love:
Where things differ a little is in the following:
Price is a very important part of any purchase and Travelpro and Samsonite have ranges here to help you with your decision.
On the lower and of the spectrum are the Omni and Maxlites. They are also quite light suitcases, and don't have all the frills of the other models. They fall in the $100 range (plus or minus)
A little bit more expensive are the Samsonite Silhouette and Travelpro Magna 2. These two tend to fall in the $200+ range depending on the size and the time of year you buy.
Well all know Samsonite are one of the best luggage brands out there.
So, it's not surprise they won best suitcase on Tripadvisor in 2016.
Samsonite suitcases use quality materials and they tend to push the envelope when it comes to new and innovative materials and features too.
Most of their suitcases are great quality and will last you a long time, and surprisingly there are some that don't cost a fortune either.
One of those is the ever-popular hardcase from Samsonite - the Omni.
The Samsonite Omni PC range is a great entry level suitcase for those wanting the protection of a hardcase.
They are cost effective, strong, durable and have all the standard features that keep travelers happy again and again.
What's included in the Omni:
The Omni is a great choice for the budget conscious traveler who wants a hardcase that won't scratch like crazy (like the shiny cases) and has enough packing options to store your clothes easily.
You can also get a quick rundown of the features in the video below:
On the other side of the coin from the Omni is the Samsonite Silhouette XV. This is a softcase with a few more top-end features and a slightly higher price tag.
Unlike the hardcase clamshell design, this softcase has one big packing area with some external pockets and a few on the inside as well.
Let's take a quick dive into the features of this other popular Samsonite case.
The interior of this case has only one big packing area, but is impressive in what it offers. There are two big mesh pockets on the lid, one of which has a hanger for your more wrinkle prone items. There is also a wetpac included which can be used for wet or dirty items (or toiletries if you wish).
The attention to detail is also great on this case with the well designed wheels, the 8 position telescopic handle (that finally addresses the "height" issue people have with suitcases) that also has some padding to alleviate the pain you get from pulling the handle for ages.
All in all, this is more of a case for the frequent or business traveler and a higher price tag to match.
You can see all the Silhouette features in detail in the video review below:
Note: Dimensions are external/outside
Travelpro came into the market a bit later than some of the bigger brands, but their cases are still worth checking out. They only have a few case ranges, but their offering is well thought out and well loved by travelers around the world.
The Maxlite 4 is an extremely light case that is still durable and has enough standard features that will keep you traveling for years to come.
This is the entry level case from Travelpro that is in its forth generation now and still going. And with every model change, they seem to shave off that little bit more weight (here is Maxlite 3 vs 4)
These are simple, reliable and lightweight cases that will suit almost anyone.
And, they come with features such as:
This is really a case for anyone who values weight savings, simplicity and a low price. You won't find all the frills of the Samsonite Silhouette or Travelpro Magna on this case, but maybe you just don't need them :>
Note: This case also has a hard case version as well as slight variations in size depending on where you buy them, as well as other options like the rolling tote or suiter.
The Maxlite is the entry level model for Travelpro, but if you want something a little more long lasting and with more features - the Platinum Magna 2 is the way to go.
For the rest, it's again pretty similar to the rest of the cases in this review, but it has probably the most frills of all of them.
The noteworthy features include:
This model is more on par with the Samsonite Silhouette, but with a few differences in the handle positions (less on this model) and the extra accessory pockets on the hold-down straps (on this model).
Other than that, it is a tough choice.
Both Samsonite and Travelpro know how to make good cases, so in many ways it's hard to choose.
But, let me quick give you a few easy choices:
Weight: Note surprisingly with weight, the choices are almost the same - because more features means more weight (usually). But, the Maxlite comes out a bit ahead on all sizes. So, if weight is your primary concern, go with that.
Durability and Strength: On the basis of sheer protection, a hardcase is always best. But, over the long run many people find that the softcases last longer because they can endure more impact without cracking. So, this is a hard choice. Also, The more expensive cases tend to use more expensive materials (like Ballistic Nylon in the Magna 2) which of course are stronger and last longer.
Features & Comfort: The top end models have a lot more to offer here, with more pockets (including wet packs), better handles (8 positions on the Silhouette, with a foam grip for comfort!), better wheels and a TSA lock on the Samsonite. The Silhouette would be my choice, but the Magna 2 also has an easier to access front pocket and better side protection. So, you need to decide.
Although I started out this review thinking that Samsonite would win hands down on quality and features, it seems that is not always the case. Sure, some reviewers on Amazon have complained about breaking zippers on the Maxlite 4. But all manufacturers will have issues. That is why they have warranties.
So, my advice: read over the features lists. Check the prices. Read the reviews of the one or two models you like the best. Then - pull the trigger.
There is no perfect case, but all 4 in this comparison are great choices.
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!