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Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter Review

By: Kelly Burgess on October 26, 2016

Bottom Line

The Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is a great choice for trips for up to five days without strain. The bag is designed to track true when it's pulled or pushed, and to cut down on muscle fatigue.

Pros

  • Roomy
  • Lightweight
  • Wheels stay aligned
  • Wheels are replaceable
  • Good organizational options

Cons

  • May not fit in all overhead bins
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Breaking it down

Features

Roomy for its size. Reviewers say the

Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is great for business or recreational travel, thanks to its variety of pockets and packing options. This includes a removable, tri-fold suiter which experts and users say helps keep suits and dresses from wrinkling. The main compartment is roomy, with wide compression straps to hold everything in place. There are built in side pockets; one that's ideal for toiletries that might leak, the other a mesh organizer for things like cords. Users say it seems as if has a larger capacity than its measurements indicate, and many say it easily holds enough clothing for five days. It's also expandable by two inches in case you come home with more than you leave with. While it does not have dedicated laptop storage, users say a smaller laptop will fit in the larger front pocket, and the smaller front pocket will hold items you may need to get to quickly, such as boarding passes.

Convenience

Magnetic wheels roll smooth and true. The Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter's big selling point is its proprietary magnetic wheel alignment technology that reduces one of the frustrations of spinner suitcases -- the drift and wobble that can make them hard to control. Experts and users say it really works and the case glides smoothly over any surface. The contour grip on the handle is also widely praised by reviewers who say it greatly improves the comfort of pulling the suitcase over long distances; owners say it's much easier to pull than other suitcases they've owned. At 7.9 pounds, it's relatively lightweight and has top and side helper handles to make it easier to lift. It's reported to fit in the overhead bins of most planes, but not smaller, regional jets. It also may not fit if you take advantage of its expansion capabilities or if the front pockets are overstuffed.

Appearance/durability

Businesslike, but that's okay. If you love a designer bag or like something with a pop of color that you can spot the minute it exits the baggage chute, this bag will not thrill you. However, those who like a straightforward suitcase say the Platinum Magna 21-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is attractive and appropriately business-like. The spinner wheels are reported as sturdy and durable, as is the high density ballistic nylon material. It comes with a lifetime "Worry Free" warranty that owners say is quite inclusive compared to other luggage warranties. You can read the specifics on Travelpro's website. Best of all, the wheels on the Platinum Magna collection are easily replaceable.

Our Sources

Kit Dillon and Brent Rose, Oct. 17, 2016

Although the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 22″ Expandable Rollaboard Suiter is the top pick here, Kit Dillon and Brent Rose recommend the Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter if you want that type of wheel. Although he says you give up about 190 cubic inches of storage space, he praises the spinner wheels on the 21-inch suiter.

Katrina Brown Hunt, Not Dated

The Travelpro Platinum Magna Spinner Suiter makes this list of the best carry-on luggage, as a bag that works out the bugs inherent in the four-wheel spinner design. There is no mention of any hands on testing, however; the Travelpro Magna collection seems to have been chosen for its new wheel design.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2016

In more than 45 reviews, the Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Spinner earns an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. Owners say it's a great suitcase, lightweight and easy to pull, push or glide beside you. A few travelers note that it even fits in the overhead bins of some smaller planes, especially in expansion mode.

Contributors to LuggagePros.com, As of October 2016

The Travelpro Platinum Magna 21-Inch Spinner gets just under 20 reviews here, earning an overall rating of 4.7 stars out of 5; 90 percent would recommend the bag to a friend. Owners praise it's good organizational options, durable construction, and smooth-rolling on just about any surface. They also note that it fits well in virtually all overhead bins.

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