Samsonite Omni Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

Last updated date: March 12, 2020

DWYM Score
8.5


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Overall Take

This Samsonite set has a micro-diamond texture to prevent scratches. The TSA-approved lock will keep your belongings safe and sound. A durable retractable handle and spinner wheels make this a great find. In our analysis of 158 expert reviews, the Samsonite Samsonite Expandable Luggage with Spinner Wheels placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 2, 2020:
Checkout The Best Hardshell Luggage Set for a detailed review of all the top hardshell luggage sets.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
19 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
2,286 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The micro-diamond texture is an awesome feature that many hardside suitcases are using these days. This really helps prevent the scuffing and scratching nearly all smooth hardside luggage gets.
- Luggage Portal
This incredibly durable set includes three spinners: a 20-inch, 24-inch, and a 28-inch. The scratch-resistant lightweight shell absorbs impact, protecting your belongings and maintaining the bags’ good looks.
- Travel and Leisure
July 21, 2019 | Full review
The Bags are sturdy and well balanced.
- Travel Gear Zone
The polycarbonate exterior has a micro-diamond texture that is highly scratch-resistant and lightweight, and the interior compartment features a full-zip divider and cross-straps to secure clothing and shoes.
- Trip Savvy
The retractable handle is durable and works well when we hold it from the side and top.
- Luggage Spots
Hardside case made of 100% polycarbonate for strength and durability without the unbearable weight of the suitcase. The strong body ensures the safety of your travel items. Its special design keeps the case, lightweight.
- Flapping Turtle
Each piece has durable rollers on the bottom that can spin 360 degrees for easy movement.
- The Consumer Guide
July 20, 2019 | Full review
One of my favorite features is the internal design of the cases. They have a full zip interior divider and cross-straps so you can easily organize your packing.
- Untold Morsels
May 12, 2018 | Full review
For the price, this is one of the best values you can find for luggage. The durable construction and the sturdy zippers will take you on many trips without being damaged.
- Savored Journeys
February 14, 2019 | Full review
A micro diamond texture of the Samsonite suitcase makes them remarkably scratch resistant.
- Best Advisor
July 26, 2019 | Full review
All three suitcases in this luggage set are expandable so you can have more than enough room for essentials during your trip. With all three sets combined, you could fit enough items for a month-long – or longer – trip.
- Review Lab
This model is difficult to damage.
- BestReviews
Spinner Wheels are extremely well-made
- Land Of The Traveler
July 15, 2019 | Full review
The outer shell is constructed of top-quality polycarbonate that repels scratches, dents, and soil.
- All Pro Travel Gear
Well-balanced even when fully loaded.
- Wiki EZ Vid
April 30, 2019 | Full review
This one is made to withstand the harshest conditions, with an improved lightweight polycarbonate material that’s flexible and able to withstand significant stress.
- Clever Journey
The inside-mounted pull handle is of decent quality and don’t exhibit too much wobble back and forth.
- Carryon Guru
This spinner luggage set is a hardside and fairly lightweight. It includes a carry-on sized bag and two larger suitcases, all of them are expandable. The three bags fit into each other so you only need the space to store the largest of them.
- Travel Gear Depot
The handles of these bags are made of sturdy aluminum, and they telescope for easy use as well as stowing. The handles designed to be ergonomic, so they are easy on your hands. This sort of thing may not seem terribly important, but the small things add up.
- Total Travel Bag
What experts didn't like
A bit pricey.
- Luggage Portal
No directives for setting the integrated TSA locks.
- Travel Gear Zone
Less pockets and compartments, especially on the outside
- Luggage Spots
The small multidimensional spinner wheels can break if mishandled as most people are not accustomed to using 4 wheels in a suitcase.
- Flapping Turtle
No side handles to help with moving the bags.
- Untold Morsels
May 12, 2018 | Full review
The set does not include the bag for a hand carry luggage.
- Best Advisor
July 26, 2019 | Full review
Although the exterior is highly durable once it become dented repairing it can be a hassle.
- BestReviews
Interiors could have had more pockets
- Land Of The Traveler
July 15, 2019 | Full review
Purchasers report jammed wheels, so despite the spinning advantage, they’re not perfect.
- All Pro Travel Gear
Colors may not match photos exactly
- Wiki EZ Vid
April 30, 2019 | Full review
The wheels, however, are probably the only weakness in this bag’s design. They simply aren’t strong enough or manueverable to make the bag roll perfectly straight.
- Carryon Guru
There are no side handles on any of the bags, which can be a nuisance when handling a heavy bag.
- Travel Gear Depot
ABS is perhaps not as strong as some other materials, such as PC.
- Total Travel Bag

From The Manufacturer

• 100% Polycarbonate • Micro-diamond texture is extremely scratch-resistant, keeping cases beautiful trip after trip. • Re-engineered lightweight Spinner Wheels for effortless mobility. • Consumer-preferred expansion on all sizes. • Full-zip interior divider and cross-straps for increased packing organization.• Side-mounted TSA lock ensures security while traveling.• Carry-On size and weight allowances vary by airlines. • Weight: 6.8 lbs.Body Dimensions: 19.0" x 14.5" x 9.5"Overall Dimensions: 22.0" x 15.0" x 9.5"

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.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

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.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

“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. 

DYWM 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. 

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

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.