Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch

Last updated date: June 4, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch

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Overall Take

Individuals who love to keep their clothes, travel documents and personal care products separate will love the Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch. This traveler suitcase is equipped with two exterior pockets, a side pocket and an interior pocket. Users will also have the choice of carrying the bag on the top or side, or pulling the bag using the telescoping handle and attached spinner wheels. In our analysis of 27 expert reviews, the Travelpro Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch placed 6th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 13, 2020:
Checkout The Best Traveler Suitcase for a detailed review of all the top traveler suitcases.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,311 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Complies with most carry-on regulations. Lightweight. Plenty of packing space.
- Trip Savvy
Super light (even lighter than the previous Maxlite 4). Very good roller wheels.nVery affordable for the quality.
- Carryon Guru
What experts didn't like
Not entirely stain-resistant. Difficult to access front pocket. Limited color selection.
- Trip Savvy
A "meh" warranty. No integrated TSA locks.
- Carryon Guru

From The Manufacturer

This carry-on soft-sided spinner is so light, it flies; one of our lightest wheeled carry-on suitcases, the Maxlite 5 21" expandable spinner is designed for ultimate comfort and mobility, featuring a 2-position adjustable PowerScope lite handle with patented Contour grip and 4-wheel 360 degree rotating spinners that glide effortlessly. Enjoy packing convenience with two quick-access, exterior front pockets, full-length interior lid pocket, side accessory pocket and adjustable hold-down straps, while the high-tensile-strength expandable zipper gives you maximum packing flexibility. Backed by a new and expanded trusted traveler promise-for worry-free warranty coverage from Travelpro.

Overall Product Rankings

Samsonite Omni Hardside Spinner Luggage, 28-Inch
1. Samsonite Omni Hardside Spinner Luggage, 28-Inch
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 4
COOLIFE Expandable Spinner Suitcase, 20-Inch
3. COOLIFE Expandable Spinner Suitcase, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
kensie Alma Carry-On Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch
4. kensie Alma Carry-On Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 1
NINETYGO Carry-On Hardside Spinner Suitcase, 20-Inch
5. NINETYGO Carry-On Hardside Spinner Suitcase, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch
6. Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 2
Kenneth Cole Renegade Spinner Suitcase, 28-Inch
8. Kenneth Cole Renegade Spinner Suitcase, 28-Inch
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
Olympia 8-Pocket Rolling Duffel Bag, 22-Inch
10. Olympia 8-Pocket Rolling Duffel Bag, 22-Inch
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
Wrangler Smart Spinner Luggage Set, 2-Piece
12. Wrangler Smart Spinner Luggage Set, 2-Piece
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Traveler Suitcases

In 2018 alone, $761.7 billion was spent on travel for leisure and another $327.3 billion was spent on business travel. If you find yourself traveling fairly often, you’ll want to invest in a quality traveler suitcase.

As you browse available suitcases, you’ll notice they either come in a hard outer shell or a nylon fabric. The hard shell luggage is more durable, while the nylon fabric bag is more lightweight. If you do opt for the nylon suitcase, make sure it has a water and stain-resistant coating.

Determine how much space you require, as there are traveler suitcases that have the ability to expand. Typically, the expanders are able to give you as much as 15% more room.

If carrying a suitcase during travel is hard for you, you’ll want to look for a model that has both 360-degree spinner wheels and an adjustable telescoping handle. All you have to do is push a button to release the handle and then pull the bag to your destination.

Safety is also a concern, especially if the items you pack have sentimental or financial value. You have the option of going with a traveler suitcase that is already equipped with a TSA lock or purchasing one separately.

DWYM Fun Fact

In 2018, Americans took 1.8 billion trips for leisure and 463.6 million trips for business. Here are a few more fun facts about U.S. residents that travel:

  • Generation Xers spend more on summer vacations than baby boomers or millennials.
  • Travel within the U.S. supports a total of 15.7 million jobs.
  • The most popular state to visit in 2019 was Florida with California coming in second. New York, Texas and the city of Las Vegas tied for third.
  • Traveling solo is growing in popularity. Of the individuals who choose to travel solo, 85% are women and 15% are men.

The Traveler Suitcase Buying Guide

  • Check the details of any warranties offered. You may come across a 2-year warranty that covers everything or a limited lifetime coverage that only reimburses buyers for certain repairs and damages.
  • Most traveler suitcases come with an inside accessory pocket and a set of compression straps; however, there are some models that offer exterior and side pockets for better organization.
  • Review the airline’s limits on luggage size and weight. You don’t want to get to the airport and find out that your suitcase or carry-on weighs too much or is too big to fit in the overhead compartment.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a website with all of the rules and regulations as to what you can and cannot pack in your bags.
  • Size and extra features play a big role in the price of traveler suitcases. You’ll find the Samsonite Omni Hardside Spinner Luggage, 28-Inch is much bigger than the Travelers Club Chicago Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch, which means it costs a great deal more. Additionally, the Travelpro Maxlite Expandable Carry-On Suitcase, 21-Inch, although only one inch bigger than the COOLIFE Expandable Spinner Suitcase, 20-Inch, has an abundance of extra features, such as four organizational pockets. That means you can expect to pay a bit more at checkout.