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Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" Review

Excellent organizational features help you keep track of everything you pack in this huge suitcase
Travelpro Platinum Elite 29"
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Price:  $430 List | $369.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great organizational features, impressive volume to weight ratio
Cons:  Seems less durable than other options, cumbersome, no easy ticket pocket
Manufacturer:   Travelpro
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 27, 2021
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  • Storage & Organization - 25% 9.0
  • Ease of Transport - 25% 6.0
  • Reliability - 25% 5.0
  • Weight - 15% 8.0
  • Style - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Travelpro Platinum Elite is the largest piece of luggage in our review and has some of the nicest organizational features. It's practically a closet on wheels. Careful, though: make sure you actually need this much storage because it's all too easy to overshoot the checked baggage weight limits. The telescoping handle offers multiple height options, and the four double wheels are on the large side, rolling over most obstacles you'll encounter on the street with ease. We have noticed some durability issues with just a few months of use, but if you want large and well-organized, this is a solid option.

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Pros Great organizational features, impressive volume to weight ratioDurable construction, large capacity, rolls with ease across mixed terrainSmooth ride, sensible features, excellent organization, great styleCavernous main compartment, scratch- and water-resistant, easy-roll spinnersInexpensive, rolls easily, large capacity
Cons Seems less durable than other options, cumbersome, no easy ticket pocketLimited interior organizational features, easy to overpackZippers could be smoother, low clearanceTough to transport on mixed terrain, easy to overpack, limited organizational featuresLow-grade materials, poor craftsmanship, sticky zipper
Bottom Line Excellent organizational features help you keep track of everything you pack in this huge suitcaseThe perfect all-terrain rolling duffel with substantial storage capacity and useful organizational extrasA durable, stylish, and high-value suitcase suited for all types of travelAn oversized yet lightweight mega-bag with spinner-tight roll and control over smooth surfaces and surprisingly tough exterior constructionA low priced expandable suitcase with enormous storage capacity but dubious durability
Rating Categories Travelpro Platinum... REI Co-op Big Haul... Timbuk2 Copilot Samsonite Omni PC H... Amazon Basics 30" H...
Storage & Organization (25%)
9.0
7.0
9.0
7.0
5.0
Ease of Transport (25%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Reliability (25%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Weight (15%)
8.0
8.0
6.0
9.0
8.0
Style (10%)
4.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Specs Travelpro Platinum... REI Co-op Big Haul... Timbuk2 Copilot Samsonite Omni PC H... Amazon Basics 30" H...
Measured Weight 12.2 lbs 9.6 lbs 9.4 lbs 10.3 lbs 11.6 lbs
Volume 143.5L 109L 80L 145L 127L
Liters per pound 11.8 11.1 8.5 14.1 10.9
Construction Zip open, softshell Zip open, duffel Clamshell plus topside u-shaped zip access, softshell Clamshell, hard-sided Clamshell, hard-sided
Measured Packed Dimensions 33" x 13.5" x 21" 33.75" x 16.25" x 14" 26.5" x 14.5" x 13" 30.5" x 20.5" x 13" 30.75" x 21" x 12
Expansion Zippers? Yes No No Yes Yes
Number of Wheels 4 2 2 4 4
Number of Large Interior Compartments 1 1 2 2 2
Interior Storage Features Folding hanging compartment, removable toiletries pocket, garment compresssion panels, side pocket 2 mesh organizational pockets on inside of opening panel (one with key hook), 2 internal compression straps 2 mesh clam panels with 2 organizational pockets Elastic restraint straps in one-half clam, zip enclosure over opposite half; hanging zipper accessory pocket One-half clam with elastic restraint straps, one-half large zip enclosure with 2 zip mesh pockets, hanging zip accessory pocket
Number of Exterior Pockets 2 large pockets 1 side exterior zip pocket. 1 small top zip pocket with piggy-bag strap attachment, plus daisy-chain gear loops 1 pocket on top, 1 large sleeve None None
Compression System Zip open mesh garmet panels 2 external and 2 internal compression straps (4 in total) No 2 elastic straps for restraint but no functional compression 2 elastic straps for restraint but no functional compression
Handle Height from Ground 42" 42" 40.5" Low: 36"
High: 41"
Low: 36.75"
High: 40.5"
Built-In Lock Yes No No Yes, TSA Approved No
Main Exterior Material High-density nylon fabric with DuraGuard Recycled 400-denier nylon/recycled 1,680-denier nylon (bluesign®-approved) Nylon and polyester Polycarbonate Extra-thick ABS, hard shell
Unique Features Folding compartment for hanging clothes, zip-out toiletry bag Oversized wheels, rugged chassis, full-length bumpers, 2 internal and 2 external compression straps, stopper-stand, carry-on piggyback clip, 6 haul handle options, daisy chain lash points, water-resistant Liquids pocket and padded front pocket to fit 13" laptop; skateboard wheels Built-in TSA-approved lock; large packing capacity; impressive water resistance, expandable, anti-scratch exterior 150D-polyester zippered clamshell enclosure, 3 organizational pockets

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Platinum Elite is a very large bag. Though we appreciate its capacity and excellent storage features, we find it hard to take advantage of all that volume and still hit airplane weight requirements.

Performance Comparison


Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - the four large wheels roll well whether or not you use all of them...
The four large wheels roll well whether or not you use all of them. They handle rough or smooth surfaces, though the bottom rubber doesn't grip as well as some other models.
Credit: Clark Tate

Storage & Organization


This bag has an expandable zipper around the bottom of the front pocket, but we can't imagine that you'll need it. It's already ginormous. In our capacity test, this suitcase ate our lead tester's entire wardrobe with ease. With a claimed 143.5 liters of volume, you can pack pretty much anything you can think of on your next vacation.

The Platinum Elite does a pretty good job of helping you stay organized along the way as well. A folding compartment for hanging clothes like dresses or blazers minimizes wrinkling and tucks away on the backside of the main flap. The rest of the compartment is wide open. The runners for the telescoping handle make packing with packing cubes a little less efficient, though.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - the tri-fold compartment for hanging clothes helps to minimize...
The tri-fold compartment for hanging clothes helps to minimize wrinkles.
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Two mesh garment panels let you compress some or all of what you pack in the main compartment. They double as mesh bags for toiletries or small items like socks or gloves. A zip-out, plastic pocket on the right-hand side of the main compartment provides a safe place to store any liquid toiletries. Another pocket on the left helps subdivide your smaller items further.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - compression panels help you divide your wardrobe into sections. the...
Compression panels help you divide your wardrobe into sections. The zippered pockets in the panels themselves and on either side give help you keep track of the little things.
Credit: Clark Tate

All told, the Platinum Elite provides a nice amount of storage, and that's just on the inside. Two large external pockets complete the package. They're nice for stashing a few extra layers, a magazine, and maybe your wallet. But they are also large, running the full length of the suitcase, so they won't keep smaller items very organized or within easy reach.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - there was room in this bag for everything we wanted to pack, which...
There was room in this bag for everything we wanted to pack, which was most of what we owned. Seriously, there is a four-season wardrobe in there, ski gear included.
Credit: Clark Tate

Ease of Transport


Despite a nice set of wheels, an adjustable telescoping handle, and three other grab-and-toss handles, we still don't love lugging this suitcase around. It's just too big to use casually. However, we appreciate many of the organizational features, and smaller versions are available if you don't require quite so much space. If you do need this much suitcase, you'll be happy enough with how readily it rolls. The wheels aren't our favorite, and the whole package is less responsive than smaller, sleeker models, but it works, even in gravel.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - the wheels rotate 360 degrees and track pretty well, though the...
The wheels rotate 360 degrees and track pretty well, though the height and weight of the bag itself can make it a little harder to maneuver.
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We also like the grab-handle on top of the suitcase and the one on the side. The one on the bottom is less pleasant. It has a rigid plastic facing that you can only grab from one direction. It works, but it's just not that comfortable to grab.

Reliability


After just a few months of testing, the front zipper pocket on our model began catching on stray strings. It's not the most significant part of the bag, but this doesn't bode well. The other zippers are a different style and seem to work better. However, the two main zippers are not that comfortable to use. Like every bag we tested with an integrated, TSA-approved lock, they have a large square of metal at one end for the locking mechanism to grab. We appreciate the lock but wish it didn't require such deformed zipper pulls.

A small scrape guard on the bottom railing protects the fabric from slamming into steps and curbs. There are also four platform guards on the left-hand side. These details should help the fabric last longer. Other than that front zipper, we don't have any pressing reliability concerns. The main fabric sheds splashes of water quite well, but they do soak right through the zipper.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - protective guards minimize friction on the back and one side of the...
Protective guards minimize friction on the back and one side of the bag. If you're careful about using them, they'll prolong the life of the bag.
Credit: Clark Tate

Weight


This suitcase weighs just over 12 pounds, which we consider heavy. Given its massive capacity, though, the bag gives you a very reasonable weight-to-volume ratio. Of course, once you pack it full of all the stuff it is capable of carting around, you've got one heavy bag on your hands. The wheels deal with the load quite well, and the handles help. Still, it's big and hard to toss around and you will need to be careful not to overshoot the weight limit for your airline.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - this bag is one of the heaviest in the test, but it gives you a lot...
This bag is one of the heaviest in the test, but it gives you a lot of volume for every pound.
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Style


The Platinum Elite looks nice, but it trends a little closer to dated than classic. The saturated color options are appealing, and the fabric looks like it's of reasonable quality — it's interesting enough to pull you in but not to impress.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - it's a good-looking bag, but not our favorite style in the test.
It's a good-looking bag, but not our favorite style in the test.
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Value


The Platinum Elite offers what we think is a good value. It gives you a lot of the same great organizational features of a much more expensive option, but for a much lower price. That said, it also seems less durable and is definitely more cumbersome. We also think its large size limits its usefulness. How often are you going to take a trip where you need that much luggage?

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - the platinum elite is less expensive than the only other option in...
The Platinum Elite is less expensive than the only other option in the test that provides as many high-quality packing features.
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Conclusion


This big bag is well-done and helps you make heads and tails of your wardrobe, but it will take chronic over packers beyond the brink of any reasonable weight limit. Still, if you need to take everything with you on your next vacation, consider the Travelpro Platinum Elite.

Travelpro Platinum Elite 29" suitcase - this rolling wardrobe is a great option for vacationers who don't...
This rolling wardrobe is a great option for vacationers who don't want to deal with making hard packing choices. Just bring it all!
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