If you ever looked for luggage that’s in the “middle of the range,” chances are you ran into at least one of the following three brands: Samsonite, Delsey, or American Tourister.

They are not as cheap as some of the pieces you could get at your local hypermarket, but they are generally built much better and will last longer. At the same time, they are nowhere near as expensive as luggage made by high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton or Rimowa.

As such, these brands are oftentimes the right choice for casual and even frequent travelers. Deciding which of them to go with, though, can be a bit more challenging. As such, in this article, I’ll look at what some of my favorite products from each of the three brands are, as well as at the brands in general – and how they compare against each other.

If you are looking for a quick tip on a good suitcase to start your search with for each of the brands, I recommend the following three all of which are available in a variety of sizes including the carry-ons that I link to below:

They are in no particular order, and there are also many others that didn’t make it into the list yet are worth checking. The list should offer you a good starting point if you are looking to buy a piece of Samsonite, Delsey, or American Tourister luggage, though.



Starting with Samsonite, the three products I’m going to take a closer look at are the Centric Expandable Hardside Carry-On Spinner, the Samsonite Winfield 2 Hardside Carry-On Spinner, and the Flite Hardside 28-Inch Spinner.

I also talk about some other Samsonite products in my articles about backpacks for business travel, luggage sets, and luggage carts.

While the suitcase’s distinct design should be enough to make it fairly easy to spot on the luggage belt in case you check it in, you can also opt for one of the brighter colors its offered in including “burnt orange” and “Caribbean blue.”

The suitcase also comes with a TSA-approved numerical lock to protect your belongings, and a 10-year limited warranty.

In case you are looking for larger suitcases, the Centric series is worth considering as well. Or, you could get a set of three Centric suitcases that’s on the picture above to be prepared for all the possible trips you might be taking.

What makes it stand out is its brushed pattern design that covers the suitcase’s shell, giving it a stylish look. That’s especially the case if you combine it with one of the more interesting color options such as burgundy, charcoal (pictured), or orange.

The suitcase is equipped with a TSA-approved lock, and it measures 23.0 x 14.5 x 9.5 inches. It weighs 6.7 pounds. Its one downside is the fact that it cannot be expanded like the Centric. That said, it should still provide enough space for shorter trips where you would prefer to avoid checking a bag in.

Talking about checking it in, similarly to the Centric series, the Winfield 2 suitcase is also available in larger (24-inch and 28-inch) sizes, or as a set of three.

Even though the suitcase is very sturdy, and so will perfectly protect your belongings, it weighs just 9.8 pounds. As far as its size, the suitcase is 28 x 10.5 x 20 inches including its wheels.

One thing to keep in mind before buying it is that because of its construction, it is basically one big compartment with a smaller compartment in the lid. And so, if you like to have your belongings neatly organized, you might want to get a set of packing cubes together with the suitcase.

Other than that, though, I can only recommend getting this suitcase as your checked luggage since it is sturdier – the one thing that I believe matters the most when it comes to checked luggage – than many of the other options.

The three Delsey products I am going to introduce here partly overlap with those mentioned in my article about the seven best Delsey pieces of luggage. More specifically, the two that overlap are the Chatelet Hard+ 21-Inch Spinner and the Alexis Expandable Carry-On Spinner.

The one that I decided to add here – both because I think it’s a really nice piece of luggage and to add some variety – is the Belfort DLX 23-Inch Spinner.

The suitcase measures 23.5 x 15.25 x 9.75 inches, and it’s equipped with a TSA-approved lock to keep your belongings safe. Inside, the large compartment covers include a couple of pockets that will make organizing your items easy.

What I find to be the most unique – and very useful – is the suitcases ability to lock two of the four wheels, thus preventing it from rolling away. I can’t remember how many times I had to quickly grab my suitcase on a train to stop it from “running away!”

While the suitcase is available in larger sizes as well, personally, I feel like it would be a waste to check in such an elegant suitcase. Instead, if you like the design, I would recommend getting this one as your carry-on suitcase and getting a different suitcase model to check-in.

When collapsed, the suitcase measures 21 x 10 x 13.5 inches. One of its downsides is the fact that it’s not equipped with a built-in lock. That’s fairly easily solved by getting a standalone lock, though.

On the inside, one of the compartments features tie-down straps, while to other is zippered and covered by a mesh.

Overall, if you are looking for a stylish Delsey suitcase, but are not a big fan of Chatelet’s design, this is the one to go with. And, while the Chatelet can get dirty and show wear and tear quite easily, the Alexis series is suitable for use as checked luggage too.

As such, you might even consider picking up a complete set featuring the carry-on, as well as 25-inch and 29-inch checked suitcases.

Besides the 23-inch version, the suitcase is also available in 26-inch and 30-inch versions. And, it’s also available in purple color besides the pictured anthracite grey.

On one side, it features tie-down straps, while on the other side it is equipped with an organizer with a couple of open and closed pockets.

Overall, this is a great suitcase if you want to make sure the items in your checked luggage stay intact. And, I certainly recommend getting this one (or the Samsonite Flite) for your checked luggage over suitcases that use zipper.

Finally, the three American Tourister products I’ll briefly introduce below are, the Curio 20-Inch Hardside Spinner, the Tribus 25-Inch Spinner, and the Disney Mickey Mouse Softside 28-Inch Spinner.

The suitcase measures 22 x 14.6 x 9.4 inches, and weighs just 5.8 pounds. It’s equipped with a TSA-approved lock, and besides the pictured black, it also comes in pink, purple, and white.

Given that it’s made out of polypropylen, it is not much stronger than a soft shell suitcase, and so I would not recommend getting the larger, checked suitcases from the series.

That said, it will serve perfectly well as a carry-on, and so, if you like the design, you shouldn’t hesitate about ordering one.

Just like the two rugged Samsonite and Delsey suitcases that I introduced earlier, this one is equipped with a true hard shell and a three-point latch locking mechanism as well.

Because of that, it is – at 10.4 pounds – slightly heavier than similarly sized zippered suitcases might be, however, the extra weight is well worth the increased strength. The suitcase is available in three sizes – besides the 25-inch version, there is also a carry-on version, and a large 29-inch one.

Unless you are planning to transport some fragile equipment in your carry-on, I wouldn’t recommend getting the carry-on version, and would opt for one of the other suitcases in this list instead. However, if you are looking for a checked suitcase then this one is a good one to get.

If you would like one that is easier to spot on the luggage belt, you might want to opt for the red version instead of the pictured black one.

This series, as its name suggests, is a collaboration with Disney, and there are several different versions of it including the pictured two.

The suitcases feature single spinner wheels, and measure 31 inches x 19 inches x 11 inches on the outside. The interior dimensions are 28 x 19 x 11 inches.

The series also comes in carry-on size in case you would like to show off your Mickey Mouse onboard rather than on a luggage belt.

One thing to keep in mind before getting a suitcase from this series is that they don’t have built-in locks. As such, you will have to get a separate, preferably TSA-approved, one. Other than that, though, it’s a perfect suitcase series for Disney lovers.

Before getting to the actual comparison, let’s take a quick look at the three brands’ history and other basic information.

While the company itself was founded in 1910, it wasn’t until 1941 that the “Samsonite” brand was introduced. Since then, it’s grown in popularity and has turned into one of the best-known luggage brands in the world.

Besides the “Samsonite” brand itself, the company it also owns several other luggage brands including Tumi and American Tourister. All in all, Samsonite is the world’s largest manufacturer of luggage.

Although the company is considering moving some of its manufacturing to the United States, its largest market, currently, it makes all its products in China, India, and Hungary.

Unlike Samsonite which is essentially an American brand, Delsey is a French brand headquartered in Tremblay-en-France in Paris. The company was started in 1946, and is currently the second largest manufacturer of luggage after Samsonite.

The name “Delsey” comes from the names of its founders – Émile Delahaye who owned a company manufacturing camera, typewriter, and record player cases before, and the Seynhaeve brothers.

Throughout its 70+ years of existence, Delsey has manufactured dozens of suitcases some of which were fairly innovative at the time. For example, Delsey was one of the first companies to make suitcases with wheels. Among other achievements, it claims to have manufactured both the lightest luggage and the strongest zip case.

American Tourister was founded in Rhode Island by Sol Koffler as American Luggage Works. The company, which was founded in 1933, was – as mentioned earlier in this article – acquired by American  was acquired by Samsonite (back then called Astrum International) in 1993.

While not as popular as Samsonite or Delsey, American Tourister is still one of the most popular luggage brands in the world.

Now that you’re familiar with each of the three brands, let’s take a look at how Samsonite, Delsey, and American Tourister compare against each other when looking at a variety of factors including price, warranty, and product selection.

Overall, all three companies offer a similar selection of luggage types. While each of them offer a wheeled duffel bag and some smaller accessories like luggage tags or laptop bags, they’re mainly focused on offering suitcases.

As far as suitcases are concerned, all of the brands offer both hard and soft-shell cases in a wide variety of sizes – both carry-on and checked. You can buy them individually or in sets which often present a good value, especially if you need luggage for your family as well.

While all three brands offer designs ranging from simple all the way to cool and fancy, arguably neither American Tourister nor Samsonite can match the stylishness of some of Delsey’s designs.

Generally, it’s hard to go wrong whether you pick a suitcase that is made by American Tourister, Samsonite, or Delsey. That said, American Tourister is towards the lower end of the market whereas Samsonite and Delsey are slightly “better” brands.

As far as warranty is concerned, while Samsonite and American Tourister offer 10 or 3 year warranty depending on the product, Delsey’s warranty period is either 10, 5, 3, or 2 years depending on the product.

Each of the brands also offers authorized repair service in case your suitcase gets broken in transit, etc. (To avoid having to cover the repair costs yourself, you might want to consider getting a travel insurance – for example from World Nomads.)

In many cases, Delsey will be more expensive than Samsonite which in turn will be more expensive than American Tourister. However, the actualy prices really vary from product to product, and so before picking any single brand out of the three, I recommend comparing the prices of the type of suitcase you are looking for on Amazon.

Just to give you a quick idea, below are three similar carry-on suitcases – one from each brand – including their prices on Amazon. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "knvs3-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "e3a3a756c8fb186facd8d71de21c3b7f"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01M0LQOIL,B008PSVVY8,B075F5R6N4"; amzn_assoc_title = "Samsonite vs. Delsey vs. American Tourister: Carry-On Suitcases"; amzn_assoc_rows = "3"; amzn_assoc_design = "text_links";

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While Samsonite has the longest history of the three companies, you cannot go wrong with any of the three. They all offer a wide variety of luggage – especially suitcases – and, whether you choose a Samsonite, an American Tourister, or a Delsey, you will most likely be satisfied with your purchase.

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As such, the actual choice of brand, and specific model, will eventually come down to your preferences in terms of design. The one thing I would stick by, though, is to get a softshell or zippered hard shell carry on, and an actual hard shell suitcase with latches rather than zippers as your checked luggage.

Each of the three brands has their own online shop, however, if you are not particularly keen on any one of them, I recommend comparison shopping on Amazon where you can get a wide range of products from all three.

To start with, I recommend checking one from each of the brands and then seeing the suggested products. As for the three suitcases to start your search with, I recommend the following:

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