Travelpro Maxlite Softside Carry On Suitcase, 21-Inch

Last updated date: May 16, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

Travelpro Maxlite Softside Carry On Suitcase, 21-Inch

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Overall Take

The Travelpro Maxlite Softside Suitcase, 21-Inch is outfitted with a patented contour grip with rubberized touch points that provide comfort and easy handling. The carry on itself is coated with Duraguard to resist stains and wet weather. Additional benefits include 360-degree spinner wheels, inner and outer pockets and a limited lifetime warranty. In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the Travelpro Travelpro Maxlite Softside Suitcase, 21-Inch placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 30, 2020:
Checkout The Best Carry On Suitcase for a detailed review of all the top carry on suitcases.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,311 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Complies with most carry-on regulations
- Trip Savvy
Super light (even lighter than the previous Maxlite 4)
- Carryon Guru
Very lightweight and expands up to 2" for additional space. Easy to pull.
- BestReviews
What experts didn't like
Not entirely stain-resistant
- Trip Savvy
A "meh" warranty
- Carryon Guru
Construction isn't as solid as some other models due to changes to make it more lightweight.
- BestReviews

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

Rockland Melbourne Carry On Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch
1. Rockland Melbourne Carry On Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 2
COOLIFE Expandable Spinner Carry-On Luggage, 20-Inch
2. COOLIFE Expandable Spinner Carry-On Luggage, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
Travelpro Maxlite Softside Carry On Suitcase, 21-Inch
3. Travelpro Maxlite Softside Carry On Suitcase, 21-Inch
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
Samsonite Omni Spinner Hardside Luggage, 20-Inch
5. Samsonite Omni Spinner Hardside Luggage, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
Olympia Rolling Shopper Tote Luggage, 20-Inch
6. Olympia Rolling Shopper Tote Luggage, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
GoPenguin Hardside Spinner Carry On Luggage, 20-Inch
7. GoPenguin Hardside Spinner Carry On Luggage, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
Betsey Johnson Duffel Weekender Roller Bag, 21.5-Inch
8. Betsey Johnson Duffel Weekender Roller Bag, 21.5-Inch
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
Steve Madden Softside Expandable Carry On, 20-Inch
9. Steve Madden Softside Expandable Carry On, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 0
Perry Ellis Mobile Office Spinner Luggage, 16-Inch
10. Perry Ellis Mobile Office Spinner Luggage, 16-Inch
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 1
AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage, 21-Inch
11. AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage, 21-Inch
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Carry On Suitcases

When you travel, it’s a good idea to have a few things at your disposal. You’ll want comfort items, personal care products and an extra set of clothing. Since it is unlikely that you’ll be able to fit all of these things in your purse, you’ll need to purchase a carry on suitcase.

Ideal carry on luggage has 360-degree spinner wheels, so you don’t have to lift the bag. The wheels make it so that you can push or pull the suitcase in any direction.

A telescoping handle with a comfortable grip is also essential to maneuvering the carry-on. Check for a push-button recessed locking handle system with at least a few height options. You want to be able to adjust the handle to match your height.

Review the carry on suitcase’s construction material. A durable ABS material is a good choice, as its hard shell protects the contents of the bag much better than a soft material. If you do opt for a bag made using a softer material, make sure it is coated to resist water and stains, as the more you travel, the more likely you are to come into contact with rain and mud puddles.

You may also want to opt for a carry on bag that has a few extras, such as a built-in TSA lock or one that comes with a choice of colors and patterns. There are also suitcases with an abundance of interior and exterior pockets and compartments, which will help you stay organized during your trip.

DWYM Fun Fact

Before you head to the airport, it’s important that you know the rules and regulations that have been created in regard to carry on bags. For example, the airline may require all carry on suitcases to not exceed 22 by 14 by 9-inches, as anything bigger may not fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat. In some cases, the airline may also have weight restrictions.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also restricts certain items to checked baggage only. For example, you cannot pack a baseball bat, toy swords made of foam, gel candles, gel heating pads or Magic 8 Balls in a carry on, even though they are permissible in your checked luggage.

The Carry On Suitcase Buying Guide

  • Review the cleaning instructions for the carry on suitcase you purchased before attempting to wash it. Hardshell luggage, for example, can be wiped down with a wet rag. Bags made using a soft material, on the other hand, might have more complex cleaning instructions. Of course, you can use the attachment on your vacuum to clean out the inside of any piece of luggage.
  • Check for a satisfaction guarantee or a product warranty that will protect your purchase. Some companies offer smaller 2-year manufacturer warranties, while others limited lifetime coverage.
  • There are a few features that affect the price of carry on suitcases. These include size, construction materials and the number of pockets and storage compartments. You’ll find the Rockland Melbourne Spinner Luggage, 20-Inch, the COOLIFE Spinner Carry-On Luggage, 20-Inch and the Travelers Club Chicago Luggage, 20-Inch are all comparable in price, however, the Travelpro Maxlite Softside Suitcase, 21-Inch is much higher. This is because the bag is made of a lightweight material, is bigger in size and has numerous pockets for storing everything from clothing to personal items.