The spinner suitcase is the biggest luggage innovation since some savant attached a set of inline wheels to a standard suitcase and travelers the world over got rolling.
What distinguishes a spinner suitcase from
rolling duffel bags and big suitcases that roll is this: It has four wheels instead of two, easily spinning 360 degrees.
On a flat surface such as a long airport hallway, a spinner suitcase rolls like a dream. Aside from grabbing it off an airport baggage carousel, there's no heavy lifting or tilting involved -- so you can pack as much as your spinner suitcase will hold. These are some I like.
One of the most intelligently designed spinner suitcase lines we've seen, the Torq has several features that make it a winner. First, it has a telescoping handle on the outside — which means you don't have to worry about how to fill the spine running down the center of your suitcase (although it does have a secret compartment there). We also love that the wheels operate independently for additional stability. And coolest of all, there's a compression feature that can tamp down your clothing when the suitcase is full to allow you to fit just a little more.
When it came time to retire my old, frayed luggage, I knew what I wanted: Something a lot like it. My requirements (after the four spinner wheels, of course) were that it would be soft-sided and have two pockets on the outside. The top pocket, for last-minute travel items, perhaps a magazine and a snack. The bottom pocket, to hold my iPad and magazines on the outbound flight and a plastic bag with dirty laundry on the inbound. Voila! Samsonite's Silhouette fit the bill.
Another stand-out at the carousel, Tumi offers its Vapor line of spinners in a variety of colors and sizes, ranging from carry-ons to a 32.5" packing case that can take you around the world. Tumi luggage is known for quality and endurance, and the recent addition of new colors and even prints has brought excitement to this top brand.
Samsonite's Black Label Cosmolite collection is built to survive the rough times. Known as a hard-shell case, it's also in the style of a hard seashell. These pieces are all constructed of material made from layers of woven polypropylene formed into self-reinforced composite sheets. Available in heights ranging from 20" to 32" and colors of black, red, and violet silver.
This top-of-the-line and top-rated brand makes a spinner suitcase that works as a virtual closet. With its independent two-chamber system, you can remove what you need without disturbing everything else and pretty much live out of your suitcase. An integrated suit bag, shirt pockets, shoe bag, laundry linen net, belt bag and toilet bag can each be removed separately and used as needed. There are two drawbacks with his model, however: price and weight. But if you can afford this, you often have someone else to carry your bags.
It's unlikely that world traveler and fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg carries her own luggage, yet she's designed a spinner suitcase that makes it easy. Perfect for those who don't want a black suitcase but do want a stylish one at the baggage carousel, it has a dash of color or make sure no one will mistake it for their bag. Available as 20", 24" and 28" high.