Those of us who travel frequently and understand the need to travel light, underseat luggage is one of the best options available. These luggage not only save the wait time at the airport but also is a great alternative when you are travelling in economy class tickets which charge even for an overboard luggage. Some US airlines and European Airlines have come up with economy class fares that charge for over-board luggage and the under-seat luggage is particularly handy in these cases as they can easily pass off as a personal item.
Here’s a list of the best underseat luggage according to us. The list has been formulated keeping in mind the factors that have been mentioned above.
Best Underseat Luggage 2018
The Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat bag measures 14.5”*14”*9” and fits under the seat of almost any airlines. It weighs around 5lbs and can be easily carried along. The bag is made from 1800 denier polyster, which is an extremely durable polyester fabric and features a diamond quilted pattern on the exterior and a colorful stylish internal lining.It is available in three colors viz. black, navy and teal. The tote has dual top handles for hand totting and a retractable sturdy aluminum handle with soft touch grip to slide it along. The handle can be easily slid inside a tote compartment when not in use. The tote is equipped with smooth rolling in skate wheels that help in easy maneuvering. The Delsey Quilted rolling underseat tote has multiple pockets for organization. It has a large spacious foam padded main compartment. You can safely tuck in your I-pad or tablet in it along with a few other essentials. Alternately you can pack in a two day trip in the main compartment. In addition to this main compartment it has multiple pockets for organizing your essentials and an easy access front organizer for your tickets, books, phone, passport etc. There are side pockets for carrying water bottles and one for toiletries. This easy organizing comes very handy and gives this quilted tote an edge over its competitors. It has an additional slip through band for attaching it securely to larger suitcases. The Delsey Rolling under seat tote comes with a 5 year worldwide limited warranty.
This Malibu Bay Collection under-seat tote from Ricardo Beverly hills is a stellar. It is made from a highly durable lightweight and environment friendly dreamfel fabric. This ultra light fabrication is 30% lighter than polyester and 20% lighter than nylon. It is abrasion tear and moisture resistant. The production is eco-friendly as the 100% polypropylene dreamfel is manufactured using a FDA approved OEKO-TEX certified process in which very little waste material is created. The tote measures 16”*13”*8” which is well within the airline limits. The tote has a multi stage retractable aluminum handle with an ergonomic grip and two smooth rolling in-line wheels that enhance the mobility of the tote. The tote also has an easy carry padded top grip and an integrated bottom grip for easy handling. A piggy back strap with hook and loop fastener is there to attach the tote to a larger luggage handle. The tote has a spacious main compartment, two large flap mesh zip pockets, a floating water resistant zip closure and side pockets for easy organization of your contents. This extremely useful tote has a capacity of 27.3lts and weighs 4.9lbs only. It is available in two colors viz. grey and wine and has a one year limited warranty.
The baggalini rolling tote is a stylish rolling tote that fits in easily under the seat of any airline. It measures 17”*14.5”*8” and weighs 5lbs which meets the TSA carry on guidelines. It is made of a light weight water resistant crinkle nylon material. This nylon is highly durable and can withstand the occasional snag that can occur while hurrying. The mobility of the baggalini rolling tote is due to its rolling in line wheels and the retractable aluminum handle that can completely go inside its zippered compartment. It has two leather handles in addition in case if you want to carry it as a tote bag. The interiors are fabric lined and it has three distinct separate compartments, one for your clothes, one for cosmetics and toiletries and a middle padded compartment for your laptop, paper work etc. The spacious bag has a huge capacity and can accommodate the contents of a 22”. It has a zippered pocket in the back and a sleeve to fasten it to a bigger luggage handle. The baggalini rolling tote is available in apple and charcoal colors and the manufacturer offers a one year warranty against manufacturing defects.
The Travelpro Maxlite 4 is known for being compact and lightweight durable. It measures 13”*15.5”*8” and can fit under an airline seat easily. It also meets the TSA carry on standards. The Travelpro Maxlite 4 rolling tote is made of a rugged polyester fabric with a water resistant and stain resistant coating. This fabric provides the durability to this product. The tote has high performance ball bearing in-line wheels and a retractable aluminum handle with soft touch ergonomic grips for easy maneuvering of the rolling tote. The wheels have crashguard protection. Along with this it also has a soft pad top handle and a carry on bottom handle. The Travelpro Maxlite 4 Rolling Tote has a large interior compartment with zippered mesh pockets and another outer zippered organizer for keeping your travelling essentials handy. It also has a quick loop at the bag to carry it on the handle of another bigger luggage. The zippers used in this rolling tote are flawless, self-repairing and provides consistent closure. But it may not fit under the seat of some domestic airlines and you need to check it out with the airlines before carrying it along as an under-seat luggage. The best part of this rolling tote is that it comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Eagle Creek Expanse carry on is a perfect underseat luggage that comes in four colors viz. twilight blue, black, stone grey and volcano red. It measures 13.5”*14”*8.5” and is made of a durable ripstop poly Bi-Tech Armor Lite material that covers the high wear areas against abrasion. The bag is scuff and stain resistant and looks like new even after prolonged use. The contents are secured by a lockable zipper and a central lock point with Secure zip toggles. The line in wheels and the retractable multi stop aluminum handle provides easy maneuvering while the padded double strap top handle enables you to carry it around like a tote bag. The Eagle Creek Expanse Carry on has a large interior compartment and a smart front organized with a notepad sleeve and side pockets as well for easy organizing of the contents. The tote has a back sleeve for carrying it along with other luggage hands free and comes with a No Matter What Warranty which ensures that your rolling tote is covered no matter what.
Tumi fuses sophisticated and iconic elements to create versatile designs with its Voyager Collection and the Oslo 4 Wheel Compact Carry On is no exception. Measuring 15”*14”*8” and with a weight of 7.9lbs, this carry on is made of highly durable and light weight fabric with elegant leather trim. This stylish carry on is available in ocean blue and black colors. The carry on has a retractable telescopic multi stop smooth handle with an ergonomic grip and four double wheels for a smooth hassle free carry along. It has a leather bound top grip too. The Tumi Oslo Voyager 4 wheel Compact Carry On is divided into two major compartments and an organizing frontal U zip. One of the compartments has a padded laptop pocket and a file divider while the frontal U zip has dedicated space for your tablet and phone along with pen loops. The multi pockets make the organizing of your contents easy. With a capacity of 16lts it can easily accommodate an overnight journey or a short business trip. Tumi provides you with a first year of worry free warranty wherein if your product is damaged within the first twelve months, which includes damage caused by normal wear and tear, airline handling or transit damage, Tumi covers all repairing expenses including the shipping costs and if there is an irrepairable damage Tumi will replace the product. Apart from this Tumi also offers a five year limited warranty on the product.
This can be considered as the best underseat and carry on luggage. With the bag measuring 13.5”*15.5”*9.5” and weighing around 6.2lbs this rolling cabin bag it can fit under any airline seat and is also extra light in weight. The bag is made of 1680 ballistic nylon outer fabric and a soft durable twill lining in the interior. The outer fabric is abrasion and water resistant, color fast and self healing. The inner lining is light colored so that the contents are easily visible. The compartments are fastened with durable self-repairing YKK Racquet Coil Zippers and ergonomic zipper pulls. The mobility of the product is brought about by the Aircraft-grade aluminum telescopic handle with 4 stop heights and two smooth in-line rolling wheels. There is an additional dual handles with a magnetic leather strap at the top to carry it along. It has a top loading fully openable main compartment with three elastic mesh pockets inside it, a gusseted font zipper pocket with slip pockets and pen loops, a side zipper pocket for essentials and a side water bottle zipper pocket. This gives you enough space and individual pockets to compartmentalize the contents. It has a padded i-pad pocket along with a SpeedThru pocket to store items required at security point. The Briggs and Riley Rolling Cabin Bag comes with a limited lifetime warranty.
The Samsonite Spinner Underseater with USB port is the ultimate travel companion. This smart under seater fits under any airline seat. It measures 16.5”*13.5”*9”. It is made of a highly durable and lightweight 1680D polyester. It has a retractable 3 height stop aluminum handle with a soft tough grip and four multi directional spinner wheels for easy mobility. Along with this it has a dual strap top handle. The main large roomy compartment has a smart sleeve and a padded laptop sleeve and a space for your notepad attached to it along with a mesh zippered pocket and an USB port for easy accessibility. You need to attach a portable charger to this port and use it to charge your phone or i-pad. It also has a zippered side pocket and a U shaped front organizer. The multi zippered pockets are responsible for better organization. It has a back strap to attach it to the handles of a larger luggage for hands free movement.This underseater is available in black, majolica blue, pewter, port wine and potent purple colors and comes with a lifetime limited global warranty.
The Travelon Wheeled Underseater is a light weight carry on that can fit any airline seat. It measures 14”*12”*8.5” and is made of quilted micro fiber that attributes the lightweight to this carry on. Though it may seem that this bag is susceptible to damage it is considerably sturdy and can withstand the occasional snag that happens while you are putting it or taking it out from under your seat. The bag has a full length multi stop retractable aluminum handle and two rolling in-line wheels for easy maneuvering. The Travelon wheeled under seater is available in 12 color variants and has double strapped handle at the top. The bag along with its handles is slash resistant and has pickpocket proof secure locking compartments and RFID blocking slots and pockets. These attribute the anti-theft property to any Travelon baggage. It has a large main compartment with a padded note pad pocket, a front organizer and a zippered front pocket. There is a side water bottle hold on and a rear strap for fastening it to the handles of another luggage. The Travelon wheeled underseater comes with a full size foldable back up bag that can be used to carry your souvenirs and other excess contents that have been added during a trip. It comes with a 5 year limited warranty.
Hedgren Chassis 16″ Overnight Spinner
Though we have already mentioned that we prefer a soft luggage when it comes to an under seater, but we have included this hardside overnight spinner in case you prefer one. Measuring 16.5”* 15.7”*9.1” this overnight spinner easily fits under any airline seat and is multi-functional in nature. It is made of a highly durable polycarbonate material which is also lightweight in nature. The spinner weighs around 7lbs in weight and can be easily carried around with the help of multi-directional four double wheels and a retractable aluminum handle. It has a large spacious interior compartment with full lining and a double cross strap to fasten the contents securely and a zippered mesh pocket. There is a front pocket with padded 15” laptop and tablet compartment. The front pocket features two zippered and one slip pocket. The main compartment has a secured zippered lock feature. This highly durable yet light weight with a focus on functionality spinner comes in two colors, black and red and has a two year limited warranty.
The under-seat luggage can also be a great addition when you prefer reading or doing some work while travelling. But you have to keep a few things in mind before buying an underseat luggage.
Choosing your Best underseat luggage:
- Size of the luggage: This is an extremely important factor when it comes to an under-seat luggage. The seat dimensions vary in different airlines and you need to check it before planning for a trip. But then most airlines give you a maximum underseat space of 22”*14”*9”. You should choose a luggage which when fully packed should not exceed the under-seat space availability of that particular airline.
- Construction: Keeping in mind the limited space available, we prefer soft luggages over hard cased ones. The soft luggage can be forcefully tucked under the seat but in case of a hard side luggage if it exceeds the dimensions available under the seat then it will have to be fit elsewhere. But we have included hard cased models in this list in case you need one keeping in mind that they will fit under most airline seats.
- Durability: The durability is important when it comes to soft luggage as they can undergo an occasional snag. Materials like high Denier Nylon Fabric or ballistic Nylon Fabric can withstand these tortures and can be used for a prolonged period. Polycarbonate is the material to look for in case of hard shell luggage. They are not only sturdy and durable but are light weight as well.
- Multiple pockets: Multiple pockets is an essential feature as you can organize your materials accordingly. It also saves you the time and hazard of opening up your bag completely when you need to take out a particular thing while travelling.
- Mobility: You need to carry your underseat luggage everywhere. Thus it should not pose a problem for you. The luggage has to be of light weight. Addition of wheels make it easier to carry it along. Thus most of the luggage that have made it in our list have wheels.
So with this we come to the end of the best underseat luggage available in the market. Though most of them have the same features but some have an edge over the others. You can choose from any one of them according to your needs and your budget and travel hassle free.