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American Tourister is one of several luggage brands owned by the Samsonite parent company, acquired in 2009. Between the two, American Tourister is on the more affordable side, focused on delivering stylish, high-quality luggage that won't break the bank.
Wide selection to choose from
You'll find just about every luggage type you could need with this brand, from wheeled uprights to carry-ons and much more. If you're looking for a complete set, we recommend considering American Tourister's Arrival 5-piece collection. Regularly-priced at $199.99 (but on sale for just $129.99 at the time of this review), the softside set includes a boarding bag, garment sleeve, and three spinners (carry-on, medium, large). It comes in basic black or an eye-catching black-and-white ivy pattern (which will surely make it easy to spot on the baggage carousel). And, despite the seemingly bargain basement price tag, this particular luggage set has a generous 10-year limited global warranty. Just be aware that getting your luggage warranty claim approved might be challenging: regular wear and tear, transport damage (by the airlines), abrasion and accidents aren't covered, so your warranty really only addresses manufacturing defects in material and workmanship.
Popular with the kids
Another popular American Tourister option is the Kids' Disney Hardside, which comes with a carry-on and spinner. For the Mickey- or Minnie-lover in your family, this cute set can be purchased with 18" and 20" pieces or 20" and 28" , depending on the size combo you prefer. The good news is that the handles extend, so that when the little ones get tired of pulling their own suitcase, their grown-ups can easily take over without walking through the airport like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. As you might expect, you'll pay more for the Disney branding: prices on this two-piece set tend to range from around $200-$270, depending on the size and the color/pattern you select. But, customers have great things to say about the Disney line: with over 1,000 five-star reviews and almost 100% recommending this luggage, it's a solid choice for the young and young-at-heart. (P.S. American Tourister has a Star Wars line too)
Good for occasional use
Across all of the luggage sets and styles that American Tourister offers, the general experience is that it's a good brand for those couple-times-a-year vacations. Under this type of use, you can expect your luggage to last anywhere from 3-8 years.
Better choices for heavy-duty use
On the other hand, if you're a frequent flier or you expect your luggage to get some heavy-duty use, American Tourister might not go the distance. We've seen a few reviews lately complaining that this brand's handles and wheels don't last as long as they used to. You might be able to get that addressed under American Tourister's limited warranty, but probably only if it can be attributed to a manufacturer's defect.
Stylish and affordable, but not cutting edge
This also won't be the brand you choose if you're looking for lots of high-end bells and whistles like TSA locks or USB chargers. American Tourister specializes in being stylish and affordable, not necessarily cutting-edge in design or features.
Worth checking out
Although we've ranked American Tourister the same as parent company Samsonite, we put this brand just a step above in our rankings: at least if your luggage falls apart, you won't have paid quite as much here. For the occasional traveler who is looking for an affordable, stylish piece of luggage, American Tourister might just have what you're looking for.
When it comes to buying your next set of luggage, your brand choice depends on several factors. Are you looking for the cheapest possible set to get your clothes from here to there? A designer label that conveys luxury and status? A mix of form, function, and value? Your answer to those questions will be a good jumping-off point as you decide which brand of luggage is right for you.
Do you have a preference for hard-sided or soft-sided carry-ons and suitcases? Some luggage brands offer both, while others specialize in one or the other. The same goes for the color and/or design: almost any brand will give you several options in basic black, but if you want your bags to stand out on the claim carousel at the airport - so that you spend as little time as possible trying to figure out which one is yours - your options may be more limited.
Still, almost every luggage brand has something that can catch your eye. Whether it's a bright solid color with contrasting accents, or a crazy pattern that's not likely to be repeated among your fellow passengers, you can usually find a piece that will stand out..
Another factor that will influence your luggage brand choice is your travel purpose. Taking the kids to Disneyland would require a very different assortment of carry-ons and suitcases (and sizes) from a couples' trip to hit the slopes at Vail or a solo backpacker adventure through Europe.
Once you've figured out if you need hard or soft luggage and determined what kind(s) of journeys you expect to put your bags through, what else will you need to consider as you choose a brand? Keep these factors in mind:
To help you get the right suitcases, carry-ons, and duffels for all of your travels, Top Consumer Reviews has evaluated and ranked today's top luggage brands. We're sure that this information will make it easy to find the best gear to take you from Toledo to Tokyo, wherever you may roam. Bon voyage!
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