Travel Select Amsterdam Expandable Softside Suitcase, 25-Inch

Last updated date: May 21, 2020

DWYM Score
9.5


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Overall Take

The interior of this suitcase not only expands, but has zippered mesh pockets and other dedicated spaces for smaller items. The bag itself is very light and includes a strap for securing your carry-on bag. In our analysis of 75 expert reviews, the Travel Select Travel Select Amsterdam Expandable Suitcase, 25-Inch placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.6
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.3
3,419 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Has convenient features and a low price, making it a top choice for travelers on a budget. Highly expandable; adds up to 30% more space. Strong piggy-back strap for toting additional bag. Smooth moving wheels.
- BestReviews
The bags are unbelievably lightweight. I am not a bag expert as I am not with bags often. When we travel by car, my husband always puts the bags in the car and I have no idea how heavy they would be. The price was very reasonable.
- Best Luggage
Keep your shoes in the dual shoe compartments, and your toiletries in the large zippered mesh pocket underneath the lid. The main compartment is kept tidy by a pair of tie-down straps. The front of the bag features two zippered pockets, while an add-a-bag strap allows you to secure your carry-on bag to your main luggage. Other highlights include two in-line skate wheels, a retractable pull handle and a choice of Navy or Burgundy colors.
- Trip Savvy
The suitcase comes with a retractable handle system, zipper pocket and shoulder strap to make traveling more convenient. The bag has in-built compartments where you can store small items or accessories. Most of all the bag is also expandable so you do not have to carry several bags for your stuff.
- Medium
The suitcases are made from 1200D two-tone Polyester, which is a pretty sturdy material. And they have EVA foam padded front panels, for improved protection and impact resistance. The overall exterior of the luggage is actually pretty durable. Great value for the money.
- Expert World Travel
If you like two wheels instead of spinner luggage which have four wheels then this a great option.This is a soft shell luggage that is a bit different in design than most manufacturers it has two convenient pockets on the outside as you can see. Aside from the fair and reasonable cost, it is known for aesthetic design.
- Best Checked Luggage
Made from polyester, an affordable, lightweight material that is commonly found in inexpensive products. Obviously, the quality of polyester bags vary. This one is 1200-denier polyester which is great. Though bags made from 600 denier has a smoother finish fabric, 1200D will prove stronger.
- Luggage Today
A smart-looking softside that retails for less than $50 and boasts an “add-a-bag” front strap for your under-seat duffel. The expandable compartment boosts carrying capacity by a whopping 25% when fully utilized, making the Amsterdam a viable alternative to bulkier 27″ and 28″ competitors. It’s also great for road trips where trunk space is at a premium.
- Money Crashers
What experts didn't like
Not the most durable bag. Some reports of poor exterior stitching and tears of the interior fabric after regular use.
- BestReviews
It had a chemical smell when it arrived. I aired it out and used some Febreze sheets to get rid of it.
- Best Luggage
Apart from the in-line skate wheels, that is. They are generally less durable than spinner wheels. No locks.
- Expert World Travel
Decent lock but could’ve been a TSA approved lock.
- Best Checked Luggage
Some reviewers wish it had a a thicker lining in the base and more side support. If you desire a great set of luggage which can withstand many trips and abuse, this probably is not the right product for you.
- Luggage Today
For those accustomed to spinners, the inline wheels take some getting used to.
- Money Crashers

From The Manufacturer

Push-button locking internal retractable handle system. Maximum strength industrial hardware. Dual top and side carry handles. Built-in ID window on back panel. Add-a-bag strap and clasp for toting additional bag easily. Elegantly fully imprinted interior lining with elastic tie-down straps. Large interior zippered mesh lid pocket and dual shoe pockets. Corner protected in-line skate with metal ball-bearing wheel system. Made of superior and durable 1200D 2-tone polyester with PVC backing. EVA Front panel padding for added protection. Front zipper pocket, top carry handle and a trolley strap Rolling wheels allow for easy transportation Expandable zipper pocket allows you to store extra items Product Dimensions: 25” H x 15” W x 9” D (expands to 11 in. D).

An Overview On Suitcases

Even on your most uncomfortable economy flight, take heart in the fact that your luggage is probably having a worse time than you are. From the punishment of the initial packing ritual to the inevitable bumps and bruises administered by the baggage handlers, your suitcase bears it all without a complaint — if it’s made of quality stuff.

So how do you choose the right travel companion for your next trip? First things first: Consider the contents. Is this luggage going to be used for a short, solo trip or long family outings? If it’s the former, go with a compact carry-on bag. For the latter, you’re going to need an actual suitcase, the kind that will likely be checked in and stowed in a separate compartment during your flight.

Don’t fully trust the name given by the manufacturer, either. Many so-called “carry-on” bags may get rejected as such by some airlines, especially when they’re overstuffed. Check the dimensions: The standard size limit for carry-on luggage on most US airlines is 22″ x 14″ x 9″. For checked baggage, the general limit is 62 linear inches (that’s length, width and height added together). Whatever you’re choosing, make sure that it’s a bag you can move by yourself if you have to. Ideally, that includes the ability to lift it overhead at least once to stow it in an overhead compartment.

The next thing you’ll want to consider is structure. Luggage materials fall into two main categories: Hardside or softside. Hardside luggage is made of aluminum or polymers that offer lots of protection, making them the default choice for larger suitcases that will see lots of handling (and might need some extra security). Softside luggage is usually made from high-quality nylon or polyester, possibly with PVC panels or other reinforcing material to protect the inside. It’s more prone to scratches and wear, but offers a bit of flexibility when you need to stretch the capacity. This material is obviously lighter and most common for carry-on luggage.

Whatever the material, the details make a lot of difference. The first thing to check is the zippers. The most common types you’ll see on luggage are coil zippers or chain zippers. Coil zippers are typically made of nylon or plastic, and while they’re flexible and can “heal” if the zipper slips, they’re generally less durable and easier to tamper with. Chain zippers, as the name implies, are made with interlocking metal or plastic teeth. They’re more secure but a bit less flexible, and generally more expensive. Whichever the type, a good perk is a “closed-end” zipper style that can be opened from either end of the suitcase. Not only is this more convenient, but it also ensures that you can still open your luggage if one end breaks.

Just as you might with a used car, you’ll want to check the wheels. Spinner wheels are generally considered to be the best option for frequent travelers. They have a versatile mounting that allows them to rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to maneuver more easily in crowded airports. Just bear in mind that they can also roll off more easily when unattended. For that reason, those who travel in areas with a steep incline might go with a good set of fixed wheels.

Other factors to consider include the handle. In the best-case scenario, it will be retractable and built into the body of the suitcase so it’s harder to break or bend. And of course, you’ll want to consider the layout of the interior: Are there enough pockets for all your smaller items? Is there a separate compartment for dirty clothes? How much can you reasonably pack in?

For some of these questions, you’ll need to ask around, or check the reviews online. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the details! A good traveling companion is hard to find.

DWYM Fun Fact

Most every year, the TSA puts out their annual list of the strangest things Americans tried to pack inside their suitcases. Needless to say, it’s not a list you want to be on. Some of the most ambitious items people tried to bring on board their flights in 2018 included an inert mortar round, a live cat (who either was intentionally stuffed in a suitcase or snuck in while her owners were packing) and a live python smuggled inside a hard drive.

The Suitcase Buying Guide

  • One great perk of many modern suitcases is a USB charging port. They’re typically attached to a power bank so that you can juice up your phone on the go. While this can be a lifesaver on long layovers, make sure you can get a suitcase that allows you to easily remove the battery. Lithium-ion batteries can pose a fire hazard, and many airlines may require you to carry the power bank separately for that reason.
  • Want a little extra peace of mind? Luggage tracking tags are another high-tech innovation that travelers can take advantage of. They’re tiny tags that you can insert into your suitcase and track by way of an app. The batteries on these tags are usually much smaller, but double-check with your airline to make sure they’re compliant with all current regulations.