It’s hard not to get a little excited by luxury carry-on luggage.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of spending money for the sake of it.
But when we finally got around to upgrading our carry-on and trying some of the high end models out there, it’s really no surprise that people got hooked!
It really does make the difference when traveling, allowing you to save weight, pack more away, have a smoother roll through security, and even benefit from some premium features.
*ahem, built-in portable chargers … ahem*!
While the initial price tag may be steeper; designer and high quality suitcases often last for many years and have many functional features.
So it can actually be a pretty savvy long term investment.
Without further ado, we’ll reveal the best carry-on luggage on the market and some of our favorite luxury luggage brands!
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You don’t want to spend all that money for a supposedly high-quality product only to realize (too late) that it doesn't fit in the overhead locker.
Nowadays, the standard for carry-on size has decreased.
So, make sure that the luggage can fit in your airlines, and that there are different options within the carry-on space. Some of you may only want a smaller case for an overnight stay, whereas others may need something larger for a city break.
When buying a luxury carry-on luggage, you’ll expect something different from the average luggage. We’re referring to the special, extra features that can make a high-end luggage actually feel fancy and worth your money.
This could be in the form of it being super lightweight (so you can use more of the weight for your stuff), smart tech features, like in-built charging capabilities, or extra storage options, such as a dedicated compartment for your travel laptop and travel documents.
Luxury luggage should offer exceptional quality and convenience when it comes to the security of your bag. This can give you peace of mind when traveling, as you’ll know that your belongings are safe inside.
Also, they should come with their own locking mechanism rather than expecting you to purchase your own safety lock. It’s even better if the lock system is TSA approved, which can be quite useful.
Lastly is the quality of your luxury suitcase. When you’re spending more for a luggage, it should be because you can save money in the long run by not having to constantly replace it.
A designer suitcase should be designed for the optimal durability, so that a single purchase can last you for many years (if you take care of it well, of course).
Read reviews and see what existing customers have to say. Make sure that the brand is offering a quality product with great zips, strong shells, good wheels, etc!
Base weight: 3.4 kg
Size: 40x55x23 cm
When we talk about luxury suitcase brands, the first one that’s on top of our mind is Horizn Studios.
Known for their fantastic quality and commitment to sustainability, there are many things to love about their cabin luggage. Eco-friendly, stylish, durable, and functional, you name it.
It is easily our top pick.
We’ve personally reviewed their luggage for traveling and have only good things to say about them, especially the M5!
The M5 is the kind of carry-on luggage that you buy and use forever. Its 33.5L capacity is perfect for any short trip you have planned.
It comes with a front pocket that can fit up to a 15-inch laptop, which makes this bag ideal if you’re a digital nomad.
You can use this pocket to store travel documents or other things for easy access. It’s also water-resistant, which can be useful if you’re caught up in light rain.
There are other excellent features, including the 360-degree spinner wheels that roll super smooth and a one-click removable smart charger if you go for the Smart line.
Not to mention the tons of color options! From the eye-catching True Red to the more muted and sophisticated Night Blue.
Plus, we love the fact that it’s sustainable and vegan! All the leather features in this luggage are fully vegan, while the production is 99% waste-free.
Even if you order it online, the brand will ship your product carbon neutrally AND with eco-friendly packaging.
And if you want to make your luxury luggage feel even more personalized and exclusive, you can opt for a three-letter monogram to your luggage tag!
Base weight: 2.9 to 3.1 kg
Size: 40x55x23 cm
The H5 is another model from Horizn Studios that is just as well-made, premium, and all-round great.
Although the difference is not much, we’d recommend this over the M5 if you want slightly more space in the inner compartment and a slightly more lightweight luggage.
Note that this model also forgoes any front pocket, but does come with a hidden, premium laundry bag inside!
It also features a compression pad, which can make packing so much easier and help you fit more clothes and items.
The H5 is certainly a brilliant choice if you’re planning a relatively longer trip or simply have more stuff to bring.
Like the M5, this luxury suitcase also offers two lines: Essential and Smart. What we truly love is the removable smart charger that comes with the Smart option.
This is a game-changing feature for when your electronics are running low on battery—no more looking around for charging ports in impossible places! The best thing is that this smart charger is cabin-approved in ALL airlines.
The smart charger has a 10,000mAh capacity and comes with a 1m USB charging cable.
The luggage itself also features a compression pad, which keeps all your stuff in place and shirts wrinkle-free. If you’re going on a business trip, this will be a lifesaver!
Read more: In-depth Horizn Studios review
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Base weight: 8.9 lbs
Size: 14.5”L x 9.1”W x 21.9”H
Looking for a classy, practical hand luggage that also suits business needs? Then look no further than the road runner by Level 8 Luggage!
Excellent in both quality and design, this is a perfect luxury carry on luggage option.
It's constructed from Germany Bayer Makrolon® Polycarbonate Hard Shell, which is a solid and durable material.
There are many organization elements, letting you pack smarter for a longer trip, and it even comes with a TSA approved lock, and silence 360 spinner wheels (which make ALL the difference when you're stressed running last minute for your flight...)
Base weight: 3.7 kg
Size: 38.5 x 25 x 54.5 cm
The LEVEL8 Voyageur Luggage is a spacious carry-on that’s perfect if you have a lot of stuff but still don’t need a check-in luggage.
It’s not over complicated with tons of features, but has just enough netted and closed pockets to give you packing options.
It uses high quality materials, including the Germany Makrolon® polycarbonate hard shell with a beautiful matte finish. This material is very easy to clean.
Overal, LEVEL8 is an excellent brand with reliable quality and I’ve found their products to all be well-made.
You can use the Voyageur Luggage for trips up to weeks if you pack smart!
Many other bags can be wobbly, but this one is extremely sturdy.
But what stands out are the thick extendable handles that make this luggage much easier to grip and control, especially if you add to that the smooth 360-degree wheels.
This carry on also fits nicely in the bigger version, so it's handy for storing away.
Finally, while it doesn’t have a padded laptop compartment either in front or inside, this shouldn’t be a problem if you have your own laptop sleeve.
Base weight: 8.3 lbs
Size: 20 x 13.5 x 9"
The Carry-On Closet is exactly as its name suggests, a bag that allows you to carry your closet in carry-on luggage.
It features a unique patented closet system resembling compression cubes that makes it possible to unpack in seconds. This mechanism is also weighted in a way that keeps it balanced when you take it out.
All you need is to release the compression strap and it will reveal six shelves, where you can store all your clothes and accessories.
The best thing is that this compartment is removable, so you can use it only when you want to, or you can even hang it from a clothing rack.
We first tried this clothing system when reviewing the Solgaard backpacks, and it really is incredibly useful!
In terms of the capacity, this luggage is the perfect size for trips around 3 to 6 days.
Additionally, Solgaard also fits it with a USB charging port for charging on-the-go, durable polycarbonate shell, and silent, frictionless wheels.
What’s impressive is that this luggage had received the Best Travel Invention of the year from TIME Magazine!
Base weight: 9.5 lbs
Size: 15 × 21.7 × 9.6”
The Carry-on Pro from Carl Friedrik is a beautifully made and designed cabin luggage that comes in three luxurious colors. I have the cognac one, which is ultra gorgeous!
It features premium Italian leather detailing for a more natural and smooth finish.
The bag itself is not overwhelmed with pockets so you can actually fit more of your essentials inside.
Still, it has an easy access front pocket with individual compartments for your laptop and travel documents, as well as pens and other accessories. It uses a hard shell to protect from bumps and knocks.
The main compartment has no zippers, which is unique for a carry on luggage and makes it more durable.
The Carry-on Pro won the Smart Luggage category in the 2022 Wallpaper Design Awards.
It’s all thanks to the airport-optimised design with TSA-approved lock, which makes travelling through airports faster and more convenient.
Not to mention the secure combination locks, water resistance, and hard-wearing metal frame that makes this luggage a truly tough travel companion.
Moreover, the Japanese spinner wheels are both silent and smooth, which in addition to sturdy, extendable leather handles, ensure that it’s very easy and effortless to move around.
Check out our full Carl Friedrik review!
Base weight: 4.6 kg
Size: 38.1x21.3x55.4 cm
Another fantastic luxury carry-on that I love is the LEVEL8 full Aluminum luggage.
It’s classic and super durable, thanks to the aerospace-grade aluminum magnesium alloy. You can definitely tell that this luggage is built to last!
The amazing exterior features metal corner protectors, scratch-resistant anti-wear stand, and bi-metal bearing, ultra-quiet spinner wheels.
With that said, this bag has an industrial, business feel that may be a good or bad thing depending on you.
The interior is equally impressive. You can pack your items the way you want, and I personally like pairing it with LEVEL8 packing cubes.
Although I think the buckles that clip inside the luggage could have been made from better materials as it feels cheap, but everything else looks and feels grand.
What’s unique about this Full Aluminum Carry-On is that it’s both keyless and zipperless, giving it a truly luxurious sense.
There’s no front laptop compartment on the exterior but you have enough space and compartments to pack your laptop inside.
While it doesn’t have the wide handle of the LEVEL8 Voyageur, I do think it works better for this style of the bag, what with the sleek and classic feel of the aluminum.
Base weight: 7.46lbs
Size: 22" H x 14" W x 9" D
For those who love designer luggage, you will adore Nomatic’s Carry-on Classic.
This is the perfect option for business people, travel bloggers, and digital nomads who want a classy carry-on that's hardy and durable.
It features a unique magnetic compression panel that can compress the entire compartment so you can fit more things inside while keeping them neat and secure.
With a 3-stage aluminum handle, silent Hinomoto spinner wheels, and TSA locking YKK zippers, there really isn't much more to improve on this!
Not to mention the 100% Makrolon polycarbonate material, which is measured to the 10th of a millimeter for extra strength and durability.
This hard material is for sure one of this luggage's winning feature!
Base weight: 7.4 lbs (3.4 kg)
Size : 21.5" H x 15" W x 8.5" D (external dimensions)
The July Carry On is a well-made luxury carry-on with a huge capacity of 42L made from crush-proof German shell.
I love the colours this carry-on offers and you can even add on some personalisation, complete with a huge variety of fonts and styles.
This will make your luggage so unique and feel personal to you, which I love!
The telescopic handle has 20 height settings, which is unheard of, while the luggage itself has a TSA lock, hidden laundry bag, and Y-strap compression system.
Moreover, the SilentMoveTM wheels are very quite and easy to manoeuvre.
What's great about July is that they offer a lifetime warranty and 100 day returns, and not to mention, free shipping within Australia.
Another unique feature here is the clever ejectable battery built into the luggage, so you can charge your phone on the go!
Base weight: 7.3 lbs
Size: 22” x 14.25” x 11.5” (expanded)
The Jaunt that we’ve talked about earlier is a piece of excellent luggage, but if you’re looking for something a bit larger and expandable, then The Jaunt Expandable is for you.
When unexpanded, this suitcase is only 9.5” deep but can gain up to 2 full inches when you expand it, giving you a total of 51L.
This is an extraordinarily large capacity for a carry-on, which makes it perfect for those of you traveling for a longer duration.
Like The Jaunt, this luggage is also made of 100% virgin polycarbonate shell and has a telescoping handle. There are four height settings so you can adjust it to your preference.
Of course, any good luxury suitcase would come with a TSA-approved lock and smooth wheels.
Its other features include the water-repellent zipper, interior compression systems, and washable fabric lining that makes it simple to keep clean.
And yes, you can also enjoy everyone’s favorite thing about ROAM luggage: the fully customizable design and 100-day return policy!
Base weight: -
Size: 21" X 7" X 12"
Modern luggage can look repetitive and monotonous with its blocky, minimalist silhouette. If you think it’s time to revisit the classic suitcase design, you will love the Bancroft Jetset Traveler.
Made from premium vegan leather, this is the bag that allows you to savor the beautiful charm of leather while still being cruelty-free.
It comes in two versatile colors, black and red, where gold details on the hardware accentuate the sleek and elegant look of this luggage.
Inside, you have access to two zipper pockets and a standard cutaway inner storage. These are great features to have for easier packing and better organization.
Also, this Packs suitcase comes with easy-rolling wheels and a luggage tag.
Base weight: 7.1 lbs
Size: 21.7 x 15.8 x 9.1”
Last but not least, we want to recommend one of the most coveted luxury French luggage brands: Rimowa. Our pick for today is the perfect companion for a 3-day trip.
The Cabin is part of their Essential collection, which had been the originator of polycarbonate suitcases and incorporated German engineering to produce the best quality and technology.
There are 11 whopping varieties to browse through, from gloss to matte, green to black. So really, it’s impossible not to find the right color for you!
Apart from its quality and high-tech construction, the most appealing thing about Rimowa luggage is hands-down their trademark vertical line design.
But its actual features aren’t to ignore either! We love that the Cabin has the adaptable Flex Divider, which makes it easy to organize your belongings the way you like it.
There is also the TSA-approved lock and telescopic handle.
Of course, we won’t forget the pioneering, high-end Multiwheel system that ensures the most breezy and effortless steering, thanks to the cushioned axels on the wheels.
Yes, there are a ton of luxury carry-on luggage brands out there that it can take hours just to narrow them down.
We’ve done the tedious work for you and hope that this list can provide the best recommendations for you.
That said, which of these fancy luggage do you think you’ll get?
Or do you have any other recommendations?
Just drop a comment below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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