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Travelpro Platinum Elite 21" Expandable Spinner Review

A high-end bag built to make travel easy and to last a lifetime.
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:  $299 List | $254.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Extremely easy to maneuver, stylish design perfect for business trips, durable
Cons:  Heavier model
Manufacturer:   Travelpro
By Cassandra Marin ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jul 16, 2019
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Our Verdict

We love the overall impeccability of the Travelpro Platinum Elite. Being our Editors' choice, it scored at or near the top of the field in each performance metric (except weight). The variety of airport surfaces and minor obstacles are no match for this bag, and it can accommodate a week's worth of clothes with the ability to expand to fit more. The Elite is built to last and fly thousands of miles with its quality construction and durable material. It comes with a suiter to keep your business attire wrinkle-free and possesses that perfect look for both sophistication and relaxation. If you frequently travel for leisure, business, or both, and want a bag that has a place for everything, the Travelpro Platinum Elite is the way to go. For a more affordable option, the Travelpro Crew is also a worthy choice, offering a similar quality, but lacking some of our favorite features of the Elite.


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Pros Extremely easy to maneuver, stylish design perfect for business trips, durableFair price, durable, easy to use, easy access outer pocketsLoaded with features, easy to travel with, large storage capacity.Well-constructed, loaded with travel-friendly features, classic designLightweight, spacious, expandable.
Cons Heavier modelMay need to check if expander is used"Technical" styling not for everyone.Expensive, heavy, not as maneuverable as a four-wheeled bagHas a very nondescript look, not the most durable.
Bottom Line A high-end bag built to make travel easy and to last a lifetime.This easy roller offers a little luxury at a nice priceA non-conventional carry-on for the outdoor enthusiast.A high-end bag that will last a lifetime, and then some.Inexpensive bag when purchased at the usual "street" price.
Rating Categories Platinum Elite 21" Expandabl... Crew 11 21" Expandable Spinn... Tarmac AWD Carry-On Briggs and Riley Baseline Do... Maxlite 5 22 Expandable Roll...
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Specs Platinum Elite 21"... Crew 11 21"... Tarmac AWD Carry-On Briggs and Riley... Maxlite 5 22...
Measured Weight 7.81lbs 7.20 lbs 8.13 lbs 9.19 lbs. 6.31 lbs.
Dimensions 22" x 14" x 9" 22" x 14" x 9" 22" x 13" x 9" 22" x 14" x 9" 22" x 14" x 9"
# of Wheels 4 4 4 2 2
Number of interior pockets 5 4 4 2 2
Number of exterior pockets 2 2 3 4 2
Compression system Compression straps with integrated accessory pockets Compression straps Compression straps CX expansion-compression system Compression straps
Lock No, but lockable No, but lockable No, but lockable No, but lockable No
Main Material High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating resists stains and abrasions. High-quality ballistic nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating for stain and abrasion resistance 1000D Helix Poly Twill and Polycarbonate shell 95% Nylon Polyester fabric with water and stain resistant coating
Unique features Removable toiletry pouch and dedicated power bank pocket Dedicated power bank pouch Hybrid hard/soft-sided design, coat keeper strap, expandable zipper, add-a-bag strap Built-in suiter, unique expansion-compression system, external handle stays for maximum internal storage, add-a-bag strap Expandable zipper
Handle height (inches) 36”, 38”, 40” and 42.5” 38”, 40” and 42.5” 37", 39", and 41" 36", 39", 41" and 43" 38" and 42"
Other Versions 20", 25", 28" 19", 25", 28" 26"
Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Limited lifetime

Our Analysis and Test Results

Constructed from high-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard® coating that resists stains and abrasions, the Travelpro Platinum Elite 21" Expandable Carry-on Spinner measures 22" x 14" x 9" and weighs 7 lbs 81 oz.

Performance Comparison


Seeing how the Platinum Elite stacked up against the competition, it is clear to see why this product won our Editors' Choice award.

Our Editors' Choice winner has two exterior pockets that make easy access to your passport and other personal items for an easy stress-free journey through the airport.
Our Editors' Choice winner has two exterior pockets that make easy access to your passport and other personal items for an easy stress-free journey through the airport.

Ease of Transport


The "PrecisionGlide" system, with 4 self-aligning, 360-degree spinner never seemed to go off track — plus the contoured grip offered a precise and effortless roll along the different surfaces we encountered in the airport. The handle had only the slightest wobble and made pulling this bag over various types of flooring a breeze. The four wheels allowed for easy navigation through tight airplane aisles, and the premium handle made it easy to push down and get in the overhead bin.

The wheels nor the handle ever locked up on us. When switching between surfaces, the Travelpro Platinum Elite pulled well on two and four wheels, pushed well on four wheels, and never tipped on us.


The front pocket allows for easy access to your passport and other small items like your ID and phone, as well as your tablet or laptop so you avoid stress through the busy lines.

Even though the AmazonBasics Oxford (left) had just as big of wheels as our Editors' Choice  they failed to be anywhere are durable and easy to move.
Even though the AmazonBasics Oxford (left) had just as big of wheels as our Editors' Choice, they failed to be anywhere are durable and easy to move.

Storage


The Platinum Elite is one of the bigger bags we tested and gives you the ability to expand an additional two inches giving you space to fit everything you need and more — although we do believe you may have to check the bag if you choose to use the expander. It is a great option for people who plan on shopping during their travels. Frequently, airlines will ask people to check their bags for no fee at the gate because of not enough overhead bin space.


There is an interior pocket that you can use to fit whatever necessary. The interior also comes with a tie down system with built-in accessory pockets for quick access to essentials. Our testers loved this bag and think it will be fantastic for our readers who are looking for a great business travel carry-on. It includes a drop-in, fold-out suiter that keeps your business attire wrinkle-free during travel and is easily hung up when you arrive at your destination.

The Travel Pro Platinum included a suiter and plenty of space for all your things.
We packed every bag with a weeks worth of clothes including 10 shirts  4 pairs of pants  4 shoes  2 sweaters/jackets  2 toiletry bags  and one set of nice clothes.
The Travel Pro Platinum Elite easily fit all our clothes for the week and had our favorite compression straps that offered even more storage.

Features


When it comes to features, this bag is loaded and includes some extra bells and whistles the carry-on market is going towards. Check out the chart below to see where the other bags in our review ranked in comparison to our Editors' Choice.


This luggage not only includes an external USB port with a dedicated powerbank pocket (meets FAA regulations, powerbank not included), but includes a drop-in, fold-out suiter that keeps your business attire wrinkle-free during travel. We love the easy access pockets which allow you to quickly store your passport during TSA checks, and the removable quart-size wet pocket is also TSA compliant and is perfect for storing toiletries during travel. It is easily accessed and removable to make your trip through the airport as convenient as possible.

Front pocket easily fit a 13'' laptop and could fit a 15''.
Front pocket easily fit a 13'' laptop and could fit a 15''.

Durability


The construction of the Travelpro Platinum Elite was what really caught our testers eyes and were especially impressed that the incredible durability did not mean extra weight. The patented PowerScope airline-grade aluminum extension handle pulls out smoothly ever time without feeling wobbly, unlike the lower end AmazonBasics Oxford Luggage Expandable Suitcase. The handle also has the ability to stop at four different heights to accommodate for users of different heights.


The high-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard coating resists stains and abrasions and is also water resistant. Our testers checked each piece of luggage at least once at the airport, and no damage or discolorations were able to be seen. Travelpro luggages are also backed by their Built for a Lifetime Limited Worry Free Warranty.


Weight


With the insane durability of the Travelpro Platinum Elite we were pleasantly surprised that it weighed in as light as it did. Although it was one of the heavier bags in our fleet, it was nowhere near the weight of the Briggs & Riley, which weighed in about one and half pounds heavier.


Style


Although style is a personal preference, we like this contender because it comes in several different color options and has sleek leather accents and chrome zippers not only for style but for comfortable, easy maneuvering, and easy pull tabs.


Best Applications


As we mentioned, we wouldn't hesitate to pick this bag for business or pleasure travel. It may be a little too nice to head into the jungle with but makes a perfect bag for other sorts of adventures. It can hold lots of clothes and expand to hold even more while keeping your business attire wrinkle-free.

The Platinum Elite offers a stylish sleek look for both business and personal travel and comes in various colors.
The Platinum Elite offers a stylish sleek look for both business and personal travel and comes in various colors.

Value


This bag retails for $300, which is in the mid range of the other carry-ons in this review, though you may occasionally find it at a discounted price online. We do see the extra expense as worth it for a frequent flyer, due to its travel-friendly features and sleek look. If you are looking to save some money, we would suggest checking out our Best Bang for Your Buck Winner, the Travelpro Crew, which offers many of the same features at a cheaper price tag.

Conclusion


The Travelpro Platinum Elite comes with many handy features and was hands-down one of the easiest to use and most versatile pieces of luggages we tested, which made it an obvious pick for our Editors' Choice. It is perfect for medium-length trips, is incredibly durable, and should withstand thousands of miles flown.

The Platinum Elite comes in several colors besides basic black and makes your travels look stylish and effortless.
The Platinum Elite comes in several colors besides basic black and makes your travels look stylish and effortless.


Cassandra Marin