Seeing as how so many Singaporeans are very frequent travellers, it pays to get a high-quality suitcase that isn’t going to fall apart the minute you rescue it from the conveyor belt rather than a cheap luggage.
This is because a cheap suitcase can only take so much abuse, and a busted wheel or torn seams can sound the death knell for that knock-off you bought at Lucky Plaza.
Here’s a sampling of inexpensive to branded suitcases that are still high quality for those who are sick of having to replace their luggage every few years.
Top 5 branded & cheap luggages in Singapore of every price tag
|American Tourister Ellen Spinner 29”||79 x 34 x 54 cm||5 kg||105 L||$147|
|Samsonite Arq Spinner 28”||75 x 49 x 34 cm||4.6 kg||100 L||$392|
|Victorinox Spectra 29”||47.4 x 77.4 x 27.4 cm||4 kg||75 L||$598|
|Bric’s Bellagio V2 27″ Spinner||68.5 x 48.2 x 27 cm||4.3 kg||79 L||$769|
|Tumi Alpha 3 29” (medium trip)||33 x 50 x 73.6 cm||7.6 kg||108 L||$1,590|
American Tourister Ellen Spinner 29″
Maybe it’s because they advertised on Xiaxue’s blog before, American Tourister is one of the most popular suitcase brands amongst young Singaporeans. The bright, cheery colours are appealing to people who hate boring black, and while definitely more expensive than the suitcases at the Lucky Plaza store, prices are still affordable enough to put this brand on the lower end of the mid range category.
The American Tourister Ellen Spinner 79/29 TSA comes in two colours, red and grey. You get a 3-year warranty as well, testament to its quality.
Size: H x L x W 79 x 34 x 54 cm
Weight: 5 kg
Volume: 105 litres
Where to get it: Available on zalora.sg at the sale price of $147, down from $210, with free shipping.
Samsonite Arq Spinner 28″
Samsonite is to the suitcase world what McDonald’s is to the fast food world. These are the quintessential luggage makers. While they don’t sell cheap luggages, they make some of the more durable suitcases on the market. They offer limited 10-year global warranty against manufacturing defects. That makes their suitcases pretty value for money.
If you’re looking for a more affordable Samsonite suitcase, the Arq Spinner is a good option. It has metallic striped pattern and a recessed TSA combination lock.
The interior is also very functional with dividers, packing straps and pockets.
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Sign up for the HSBC Visa Platinum or HSBC Revolution credit card and then charge $1,000 within a month from the issuance of the card, and you qualify for the luggage.
Instead of the luggage, you may also choose to get S$100 Cash Back and S$20 worth of Grab rides.
Size: 75 x 49 x 34 cm
Volume: 100 L
Where to get it: Available on zalora.sg at the sale price of $392, down from $560, with free shipping.
Victorinox Spectra 29” 8-wheel Travel Case
Victorinox, the company behind Swiss army knives, also has a strong presence in Singapore’s luggage market. Their suitcases are no nonsense, yet super sleek—let’s just say nobody will think it’s a “Beverly Hills Polo Club” suitcase you picked up at the pasar malam.
The Spectra 29” 8-wheel Travel Case made of 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate seems super hardy, while still looking quite cool. While the price might make first-time suitcase buyers who are looking for cheap luggages balk, this is one of the highest quality pieces you can get at this price.
Size: 47.4 x 77.4 x 27.4 cm
Weight: 4 kg
Volume: 75 L
Where to get it: Available on Ubuy for $598 with free shipping.
Bric’s Bellagio V2 27″ Spinner
Most frequent travellers of the non-backpacker variety have heard of suitcase heavyweights like Samsonite, Rimowa, Tumi and Victorinox. Bric’s Milano is slightly less well known in Singapore, but belongs up there with the world’s most stylish and most popular travel brands. So if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like buying “unknown brands”, relax, this luggage still has some street cred.
This spinner made of polycarbonate with Tuscan leather trimmings is impossibly stylish, and will make you exude a George Clooney-ish charm at the airport, until you may almost get a hernia trying to haul it off the conveyor belt.
Size and weight: 68.5 x 48.2 x 27 cm, 4.3 kg
Volume: 79.2 L
Weight: 4.3 kg
Where to get it: Available on theplanettraveller.com for SGD$769
Tumi Alpha 3 29″ (medium trip)
The new Tumi Alpha 3 series does not look that much different from the Alpha 2 series. The medium trip one is very roomy at 108L, and the expansion system allows for up to 25 cm of additional space.
Okay, I’ll be honest here, the Tumi brand is not known for cheap luggages. But what’s different? The exterior is apparently super durable, made of “ballistic nylon”, so being Tumi, it’s going to be hardier than most of the other suitcases getting kicked around by airport staff. You can add accessories such as a luggage tag, monogram patch, handle wrap and zipper pull ties at additional costs.
And okay, I know MoneySmart usually only features only not-super-expensive stuff. But to put things in perspective, this suitcase that you can use for a good fraction of your life costs less than a handbag from Chanel or Prada.
Size and weight: 33 x 50 x 73.6 cm
Volume: 108 L
Weight: 7.6 kg
Where to get it: Available on tumi.sg for SGD$1,590 with free shipping and personalisation
What suitcase do you usually use? Tell us in the comments!
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