Travelpro vs Samsonite: A Detailed Suitcase Comparison

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 Omni

Samsonite Silhouette XV

Travelpro Maxlite 4

Travelpro Platinum Magna 2

Samsonite Omni PC Suitcase Spinner
Samsonite Silhouette XV Softside
travelpro maxlite 4 spinner
Travelpro Magnum 2 Spinner

Sizes (in)

20, 24, 28 

21, 25, 29 


21, 25, 29


21, 25, 29


Weights (lb)

​6.8, 8.3, 10.35 

8.7, 10.9, 12.7


6.7, 7.8, 8.6


7.5, 9.9, 11.25


Outside Material

Polycarbonate micro-diamond

Nylon - water resistant

Polyester - water resistant

Ballistic Nylon - Durability Coating

TSA Lock

Yes


Yes


No

(But locking holes on zips)

No

(But locking holes on zips)

Expandable

Yes

Yes


Yes


Yes


Colors

Black, Teal, Carribean Blue, Radiant Pink, Burnt Orange

Charcoal, Orange, Deep Blue, Purple

Black, Blue, Purple, Merlot

Black, Olive


Samsonite vs Travelpro Buying Guide

Comparing the Samsonites and the Travelpros, you have to look at a few things in detail.

Size​

Each brand has three main sizes that usually suit: 

  • 20-21 inch is a small carry on that you can take on the plane
  • 24-25 inch is a mid-size that suits smaller trips or one person for a week if you don't overpack
  • 28-29 inch is the largest size that you can use for longer trips or to include two people (or more for shorter trips.

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.


Weight

Most suitcases these days are pretty light. But, some go the extra mile to make their cases even lighter.

Samsonite is known for the super-lightweight hard cases - The Omni listed above, is very light, and they take it even a step further with the weight focused cases - Cosmolite and Firelite.

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.​


Durability

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. ​

In terms of materials on softcases, Nylon is a better, more durable option. So, the Samsonite Silhouette XV and Travelpro Magna are better options if you want a long life out of your case.

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.


Features

Almost all of the cases from both Samsonite and Travelpro have the same basic features that you will love:

  • Lots of room for packing
  • Internal and external (not on the Omni because it is a hard case) pockets for extra packing
  • Either lockable zippers (Travelpro) or TSA locks (Samsonites)
  • 4 Spinner wheels to help make your life easy pushing or pulling your case to/from their aiport

Where things differ a little is in the following:

  • Travelpro has some in-between sizes that might be available depending on where you buy
  • Travelpro has some different shaped cases like totes, and suiters (for business travelers who need to take more wrinkle-prone clothes/suits) whereas Samsonite has different solutions to that (or tries to build them in like on the Silhouette models)
  • Samsonite invests a little more in the details like the 8 position telescopic handle and wetpac on the Silhouette XV Cases


Price

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.


Samsonite Suitcase Reviews

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.

Samsonite Omni PC Suitcase

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:

  • Retracting top and side handle, and telescopic handle
  • 360 degree spinner wheels for easy pushing
  • Rugged polycarbonate outer shell for a durable and lasting case
  • Clamshell interior (2 sided) for easy packing (one with compression straps, the other with zippered mesh cover)
  • Built-in TSA combination lock
  • Full-length expandable zipper for those souvenirs to bring home

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.

Samsonite Omni PC Suitcase Spinner

Samsonite Omni PC Suitcase Spinner

Samsonite Omni PC Interior

Samsonite Omni PC Interior

Samsonite Omni PC TSA Lock

Samsonite Omni PC TSA Lock

Specifications

  • 20 inch: 22.0" x 15.0" x 9.5" at 6.8 pounds
  • 24 inch: 26.5" x 18.5" x 11.5" at 8.3 pounds
  • 28 inch: 30.5" x 21.5" x 13.5" at 10.35 pounds
  • 5 Colors: Black, Teal, Carribean Blue, Radiant Pink, Burnt Orange
  • Polycarbonate micro-diamond (scratch resistant) exterior
  • Nylon-lined interior
  • TSA Approved code lock built in
  • Expandable zipper for more luggage space

You can also get a quick rundown of the features in the video below:

Samsonite Silhouette XV Spinner

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.

  • Ballistic Nylon exterior (durable & water resistant)
  • 3 handles for easy carrying (including one on the bottom)
  • 8 position telescopic handle for easy height adjustment
  • Cambered 4 wheeled spinner for easy straight rolling
  • Mesh interior straps for great load stability
  • Top mesh internal sections including one area for hanger (suit/shirt etc)
  • 2 Simple front pockets (one large, one small)
  • Built-in TSA Code lock
  • Expandable case using zippered expander
Samsonite Silhouette XV Softside

Samsonite Silhouette XV Softside

Samsonite Silhouette XV Interior

Samsonite Silhouette XV Interior

Samsonite Silhouette Wheels

Samsonite Silhouette Wheels

Samsonite Silhouette TSA Lock

Samsonite Silhouette TSA Lock

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:

Specifications

Note: Dimensions are external/outside

  • 20 inch: 23.0" x 15.0" x 8.5" at 8.7 pounds
  • 25 inch: 26.5" x 18.0" x 11.5" at 10.9 pounds
  • 29 inch: 30.5" x 21.0" x 12.25" at 12.7 pounds
  • 4 Colors: Black, Napa Red, Twilight Blue
  • Tricore ballistic Nylon exterior with water-resistant coating

Travelpro Suitcase Reviews

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.

Travelpro Maxlite 4 Review

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:

  • A roomy interior with compression straps to secure your luggage
  • A full-length mesh side pocket for your smaller items
  • A full-sized mesh pocket on the inside of the lid (see image)
  • 360 degree spinner wheels
  • 2 position telescopic handle
  • Locking eyelets on the zippers
  • Expandable case using zippered expander
travelpro maxlite 4 spinner
Delsey Cornete Handles

Travelpro Maxlite Handles

Travelpro Maxlite Interior

Travelpro Maxlite Interior

TravelPro Maxlite 4 - Bottom Handle

TravelPro Maxlite 4 - Bottom Handle

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.

Specifications

  • 21 inch: 21" x 14" x 9" at 5lb 14oz
  • 25 inch: 25" x 18" x 11" at 7lb 12oz
  • 29 inch: 29" x 20.25" x 12" at 8lb 9oz
  • 4 Colors: Black, Blue, Purple, Merlot
  • Polyester with stain & water resistant coating

TravelPro Platinum Magna 2

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:

  • Polycarbonate hard case that is light, flexible and strong
  • 3 grab handles for easy carrying grabbing (top & side are leather)
  • 3 position telescopic handle
  • 4 x dual, self-aligning (straight rolling) spinner wheels for easy luggage movement
  • Interior: a full-length lid pocket, mesh and wet side pockets and accessory pockets built into the hold down system
  • Easy to access front pocket (see image below)
  • High density ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard (durable and strong)
  • Protective strips in the places that get the most wear (back, sides, bottom)
  • Expandable case using zippered expander
Travelpro Magnum 2 Spinner

Travelpro Magnum 2 Spinner (Black)

Inside Storage

Inside Storage (Olive Model)

Magna 2 Protection

Magna 2 Protection

Magna 2 Front Pocket

Magna 2 Front Pocket

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.

Specifications

  • 21 inch: 21" x 14" x 9" at 7lb 14oz
  • 25 inch: 25" x 18" x 11.25" at 9lb 14oz
  • 29 inch: 29" x 20.5" x 12.75" at 11 lb 4oz
  • 2 Colors: Black & Olive
  • Ballistic Nylon exterior

Which Suitcase To Choose?

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:​

Price: The lower price options are the Omni hardcase and the Maxlite 4 softcase.

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.​

Safe travels!​