The 12 Best Rolling Suitcases You Can Get for $ 250 or Less, According to Frequent Travelers

Because of every need a good rolling suitcase.

Anyone who regularly reads my articles knows I'm in the market for some new luggage. I currently own two rolling suitcases, but both of them are very large and very hefty—meaning they're completely impractical for any trip lasting less than a month. (And let's be real, when am I ever taking a monthlong vacation?)

Part of the reason I still haven't bought an appropriately sized rolling suitcase is because every time I try, I get overwhelmed. There are so many options—most of them expensive—and it's hard to know whether a suitcase actually works for you until you get the chance to use it; you can read reviews all day long and still only find marginal differences between various bags.

Since a rolling suitcase is a considerable purchase that's supposed to last, you know, a while, it's the kind of thing you want to get right. And one easy way to do that is to step away from the online reviews and straight-up ask people who've used the damn things what they like about them and why. So that's exactly what I did. Here, frequent travelers share their favorite rolling suitcases that cost $250 or less.

Amazon
1

Vince Camuto Hard-Case Spinner Suitcase, $ 130

"I'm always looking for a carry-on with spinning wheels that really does everything I need," says Nafeesa Saboor, a 38-year-old freelance writer who travels for work almost weekly. Her current favorite: a Vince Camuto rolling suitcase she brings with her on shorter trips. Plus, this one has a bold print—meaning it will be extra easy to spot at baggage claim.

Buy it here: $ 130, Amazon

Calpak
2

Calpak Cyprus Pink Lavender Carry-On, $ 125

Angelina Zeppieri, 26, says she's a huge fan of her Calpak carry-on. "It makes traveling with a laptop and other gear super easy, and it helps me travel light," says the travel publicist and blogger, who takes between 12 and 16 trips a year.

Buy it here: $125, Calpak

Brookstone
4

DASH Expandable Carry-On Luggage, $ 100

Laura Longwell, a 37-year-old travel blogger and photographer who spends about one-third of the year traveling, has one suggestion for new travelers: "Invest in a really high-quality carry-on." She recommends the Brookstone DASH rolling bag in particular, adding that it's her go-to carry-on du jour.

Buy it here: $100, Brookstone

Amazon
5

Ricardo Beverly Hills Roxbury, $ 200

Jennifer Dombrowski, 38, says the best piece of luggage she's ever owned is her Ricardo Beverly Hills Roxbury expandable spinner. "It's carry-on size, but since it expands, I can pack a lot in," the travel blogger says. Not to mention, she traveled 100,000 miles and visited four continents with it by her side last year. "It's been around the world with me and really held up," she says.

Buy it here: $200, Amazon

Amazon
6

Kenneth Cole Reaction Expandable Spinner, $ 200

"I swear by Kenneth Cole hard-case luggage," Amy Zocchi, a 37-year-old PR manager who travels monthly, says. "[Their suitcases] have tons of compartments, allowing you to keep your clean and dirty clothes separate without having to worry about traveling with additional bags." Also great? The suitcases come with coded locks you can use to protect your valuables if you don't have access to a safe.

Buy it here: $200, Amazon

TravelPro
7

Maxlite Rolling Underseat Carry-On, $ 120

Colleen McDaniel, a 42-year-old executive at a cruise company, says her favorite bag right now is her TravelPro carry-on rolling suitcase. "It's roomy enough for a week's worth of travel, yet still fits into most overhead bins," says McDaniel, who spends about three months traveling each year.

Buy it here: $120, TravelPro

American Tourister
8

American Tourister Sonic Spinner, $ 70

Theresa Boehl, a 36-year-old website editor who spent half of last year traveling, wholeheartedly recommends American Tourister rolling bags. She calls hers "lightweight, durable, and much easier to carry than the clunky suitcase I used to drag around." Plus, she says that the bag weighs less than 40 pounds—even when packed to the brim.

Buy it here: $70, American Tourister

Crumpler
9

Crumpler Trolley Bag, $ 227

Sofie Couwenbergh, 31, "absolutely loves" her Crumpler carry-on. "I got it several years ago, but it's still as good as new," says the travel blogger, who takes about 20 trips a year. She especially loves the bag's sturdy wheels and myriad compartments for stowing various travel essentials.

Buy it here: $227, Crumpler

Antler
10

Antler Tiber Cabin Suitcase, $ 134

Hilary Stockton, a 45-year-old luxury travel company CEO, says she never checks luggage. So finding a bag that can hold all her stuff and still meet carry-on restrictions is key for her. "Right now, I really like my Antler Tiber Cabin Suitcase," Stockton, who takes seven trips a year, says. "It's extremely light and has super durable wheels."

Buy it here: $ 134, Antler

Samsonite
11

Samsonite Spinner Underseater, $ 120

Annie Sullivan, a 30-year-old writer who travels three or four times a year, really loves how convenient and easy to handle her Samsonite luggage is. She specifically recommends finding a bag in an unusual color—like this bright pink—so it's easy to spot at the luggage carousel.

Buy it here: $120, Samsonite

Delsey
12

Delsey Paris Carry-On Spinner, $ 250

"I have a Delsey Paris Spinner, and I absolutely love it," says Jme Thomas, 41, a charity founder who traveled to seven countries last year. The bag, which is a favorite among frequent travelers, usually costs $500. But it's currently on sale for half the price.

Buy it here: $250, Delsey