Samsonite Centric Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

Last updated date: March 12, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4

Samsonite Centric Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 144 expert reviews, the Samsonite Samsonite Centric Luggage with Spinner Wheels placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 14, 2020:
Checkout The Best Hardshell Luggage Set for a detailed review of all the top hardshell luggage sets.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
625 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
In Centric, Samsonite has combined scratch-resistant textures with lightweight 100% polycarbonate construction, ensuring that your luggage is strong, durable, and will be looking like new even after years of use.
- Luggage Spots
The Samsonite Centric has a scratch resistant twill texture, which keeps the cases scratch free and beautiful even after multiple uses.
- Travel Gear Zone
Impressive ten-year warranty.
- Wiki EZ Vid
Full-zip interior dividers allow you to sort out your dirty laundry from the clean, or make sure your belongings are in a safe, stored away area of your suitcase for easy access.
- Flapping Turtle
Samsonite Centric is a sleek set of lockable luggage that allows you to transport your travel essentials effortlessly and stylishly. It’s perfect for anyone on a budget and does not compromise on quality.
- Airbnb Universe
What experts didn't like
Being a hard-sided suitcase set you do not get the exterior pockets.
- Luggage Spots
Colors are duller than how they are advertised.
- Travel Gear Zone
The 24” and 28” versions of this suitcase will be too large for a carry-on, but the 20” should do – just be sure to check with your airline beforehand prior to boarding; while it is the smallest version, some airlines are picky with the carry-on luggage, and may charge you at the gate to check-in your bag.
- Flapping Turtle
There are concerns about the long-term durability of the product.
- Airbnb Universe

From The Manufacturer

Packing is easy with the spacious and functional Samsonite® 24" Centric Spinner. Spinner made of vacuum formed polycarbonate, a highly impact-resistant plastic that is strong and lightweight. Top and side carry handles allows you to lift the case with ease and comfort, or carry it by hand when rolling isn't an option. TSA approved lock. Expandable design opens with a zipper to add more carrying space to the interior of your suitcase. Lightweight spinner wheels allow 360 degree upright rolling in multiple directions. Interior compression straps. Interior features two zipper pockets. Imported. Measurements: Width: 15 1⁄2 in Depth: 10 1⁄2 in Height: 24 in Weight: 8 lbs 5.6 oz

An Overview On Hardshell Luggage Sets

If you’ve been enviously eyeing your friends’ photos from their latest trip and daydreaming about your dream beach vacation, it’s time to make that dream a reality and hit the friendly skies. A good first step is investing in luggage that can withstand long walks around the airport and hours in cargo storage or an overhead compartment. If you’ve always used soft suitcases, it’s time to upgrade and buy some hardshell luggage. 

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Hardshell suitcases have rock-solid exteriors made from different types of ultra-strong plastic. The tough-as-nails outer shell is a better option for protecting your belongings. Most of these suitcases have lined interiors with pockets and compartments to keep you organized.

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Hardshell luggage is usually too heavy to carry, but almost all brands install spinner wheels at the bottom of the suitcase to help you pull it through the airport and beyond.

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“Smooth-rolling spinner wheels come in handy when you reach your destination,” notes Brittany Anas, our resident travel expert and an award-winning journalist who specializes in travel and lifestyle. “In a lot of European countries, you’ll be commuting from ferries to taxis or buses on older, uneven streets. Having wheels that can handle the terrain is essential.” 

Hardshell suitcases are a little pricier than soft luggage, but the added protection from bumps and drops makes them well worth the extra cash. 

DWYM Fun Fact

Your new hardshell luggage is built to withstand dents, drops and scrapes, but even the toughest suitcases can fall into the dreaded purgatory of lost luggage. 

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It’s very rare for a suitcase to disappear forever: Almost all lost bags are found and returned to the owner within two days. If an unlucky bag isn’t reunited with its owner within 90 days, the airline can buy it and ship it to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. The airline chooses items from the lost luggage to clean up and sell. Anyone can buy these choice picks at a steep discount from the Unclaimed Baggage Center’s brick and mortar store. 

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Your hardshell suitcase will likely be with you for years to come, but at least your belongings will find a happy home if it does go missing.

The Hardshell Luggage Set Buying Guide

  • Hardshell luggage offers more protection for your belongings than soft-sided baggage, but it won’t do you much good if it’s too heavy to carry. Take a look at your suitcase’s weight before you buy, and make sure you can handle that piece of luggage when it’s at capacity.
  • Hardshell luggage is usually made from either polycarbonate plastic or ABS plastic. Polycarbonate is lightweight and resistant to high temperatures and impact. ABS is a blend of three types of plastic. It’s even lighter than polycarbonate and less expensive, but ABS suitcases aren’t quite as durable. If you travel frequently, investing in polycarbonate luggage is a good bet. If you only go on the occasional vacation, save yourself some cash with ABS hardside luggage.
  • Certain finishes will protect your luggage from scrapes and dings better than others. Brushed polycarbonate is great for maintaining that brand-new look, and microdiamond texturing also hides any damage. 
  • The inside of your luggage is just as important as the outside. Multiple compartments will help keep you organized, and mesh pockets are great for separating small accessories. Garment straps will keep your clothes in place during bumpy flights. Check out pictures of the inside of your dream suitcase to make sure it has enough compartments for your needs.
  • No one’s expecting you to haul hardside luggage across the airport without a little help. The best hardshell luggage will have 360-degree spinner wheels that move smoothly in all directions. Check out your luggage’s specs, and make sure it has this type of wheels before you buy.
  • You’re already taking an extra step towards protecting your belongings with hardside luggage. You can add to that effort by choosing a hardshell suitcase with a built-in, TSA-approved lock. Pieces with combination locks will offer more security than key locks (and you don’t have to worry about losing a tiny key). 
  • It’s the little things that make the difference between a good suitcase and a great suitcase. A built-in slot for a luggage tag will give you peace of mind when you hand over your checked bag. Make sure that the hardshell suitcase you’re eyeing has one before you buy.
  • You can also look for high-tech add-ons when you buy your luggage. “Many pieces have ejectable batteries that can charge you’re phone when you’re on the go,” says travel pro Brittany Anas. “You’ll come to love this because the airport outlets are in high demand.”
  • The quality of your hardshell’s zippers and spinner wheels will tell you a lot about its longevity. The last thing you need is a zipper breaking as you’re closing your suitcase or a spinner wheel catching and snapping as you’re rushing to make a flight. Look closely at any photos of your luggage’s zippers or wheels, and consider returning it if they look weak upon closer examination.
  • Hardshell luggage tends to be a greater financial investment than soft luggage, and you should do what you can to help maintain it. Purchasing luggage straps to wrap around your hardshell suitcase will reduce strain on the zippers if you’ve packed a lot for a long trip.
  • Take a look at your hardshell suitcase’s warranty before you hand over your cash. If you travel infrequently, you’ll put less strain on your luggage and it will last longer. Frequent fliers will want to carefully read over any warranties to make sure they’re covered if something happens to their hardshell suitcase while globetrotting.