AmazonBasics 2 Piece Expandable Softside Spinner Luggage Review

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In today’s review, we’re going with the usual menu and review one of the best selling luggage suitcases on Amazon. It is from a brand known as AmazonBasics.

If you are wondering if this brand is from the same Amazon that it is selling from, then you’re right. AmazonBasics is a brand that offers cheaper alternatives to most products on Amazon. Think of it like the offbrands you see on the stores you frequent on.

The name of the item is AmazonBasics 2 Piece Expandable Softside Spinner Luggage Suitcase With TSA Lock And Wheels Set.

The first thing you’d notice about this bag is it does not look cheap as the pricing would suggest. Additionally, you are getting two bags in this deal which is pretty awesome.

Now, you can always get the bags independently but they would cost a lot more compared to getting them from a deal. In this article, we’re going to focus only the items on the deal. We may also brush upon the other versions of this deal but for the most part, the items included will be our main focus.

Quick Overview

In case you aren’t familiar with brand AmazonBasics, allow me to provide you with a quick overview. Basically, it is the generic brand offering from Amazon.

Their aim is to provide a cheaper alternative to some of the bigger brands out there. If there’s a sizeable market on the Amazon website, chances are, that market will also have AmazonBasics in it.

Don’t let the name fool you though because AmazonBasics isn’t exactly an Amazon creation. Most of the products under this banner are just rebranded version of less known products. You can probably get the same AmazonBasics item from a different company, probably with a different name and more expensive price tag.

Some would say that this is a questionable practice since they are undercutting the prices of their competitors in exchange of providing a marketplace for them.

To be honest, I kind of see where those complaints come from but in the end, it does provide the consumers with cheaper pricing overall and that’s good for the market in my opinion.

One good reason why I keep reviewing AmazonBasics is they seem to provide the best bang-for-your-buck deal. I’ve reviewed several AmazonBasics products already and those reviews end up always getting a recommendation because their items offer more value than their cheap price would suggest, and that’s always a win in my book.

Suffice it to say, not all items from AmazonBasics will be positive because like I said, their items are just rebrands from other companies.

It’s hit-or-miss depending on the particular item set that they chose to rebrand. That’s part of the reason why I decided to review this bag – I want to help you determine if this is one of those good deals that you should get right now.

Without further delays, let’s start with the review.

Pros & Cons of AmazonBasics 2 Piece Expandable Softside Spinner Luggage

The best way to know if a product is worth its price is if provides you with more pros than cons. But that’s actually oversimplifying it. What I meant to say is the innate values of the pros should outweigh the cons.

In this section, we’re going to discuss exactly what are their pros and cons. This should help you determine if this item is truly worth the hype or not.

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Pros

Multidirectional/Spinner Wheels

One of the first things I looked out for when reviewing luggage bags no matter the price point is the spinner wheel feature.

In my opinion, multidirectional wheels are vastly superior than your standard inline skating wheels.

What’s impressive about the inclusion of this feature in this luggage set is the bag is still pretty cheap.

I honestly did not expect this feature here at all. This feature is usually reserved for medium to high priced offerings.

To be fair, I am noticing more and more luggage companies move away from inline skate wheels so perhaps spinner wheels are becoming the standard now.

Integrated 3-dial TSA-accepted Combination Lock

Now, this is a feature that you don’t usually see on cheap bags. Even more so than spinner wheel design, this feature is reserved for premium bags.

Take note that each of this bag comes in at around $75 which is pretty cheap.

It’s impressive to see this kind of feature from a luggage bag in this price range.

It’s one of those features that you would certainly miss on other bags once you’ve already experienced it.

With this feature, you no longer need to buy a separate locking mechanism which is super neat.

Support Stabilizers To Avoid Tipping

This may not seem like a noteworthy feature but it is. Since this bag has 4 multi-directional wheels, additional stabilizer support is needed to avoid it tipping over if it ran over some bumpy surface.

It does make the whole bag a bit heavier compared to similar bags but it’s a compromise I’m willing to take just to avoid the bag tipping over at the slightest bumps.

This Softside Bag Is Expandable

Given that these bags are both cheap, I don’t expect premium features with it. Turns out, I was wrong.

Both of these bags come with a feature that you almost always just see on premium bags.

While it’s normal for softside bags to employ this feature, it is still impressive to see it in a bag that belongs in the lower price range.

Available In 6 Different Colors

At the time of this writing, this particular bag is available in 6 different colors.

Black
Grey
Blue
Olive
Purple
Red

This means that whatever your preferences are, you would surely find something that will fit your style.

Cons

The Outer Fabric Can Stain Easily

While the fabric they chose for the outer shell seems durable enough, it does not have a stainproof coating.

I understand that making a bag stain resistant is almost impossible but I also understand that some fabric do a better job of repelling stain than others.

Unfortunately, the particular fabric that they use here seems to offer little to no protection from stains which is a disappointing.

Uninspiring Design

This bag does not exactly give off a premium vibe. It has that standard look. It’s unassuming. That isn’t exactly a con.

Well, it depends on who you ask but for me, I don’t mind the standard look. It does get a bit harder to spot a bag of this design on the airport so take that as you will.

Weird Smell Out of The Box

I’ve probably referenced this issue more than ten times now in my reviews.

The fact is, this is an issue I can’t overlook because it affects my overall impression of the item.

I’ve also accompany each of my complaint with an explanation which I’ll do right now.

The reason for this smell is products like this sit inside a warehouse for a long time.

Due to this, manufacturers spray them with insect repellant for self-explanatory reasons.

In some cases, the chemical lingers onto the fabric long after they’ve been shipped which causes the chemical smell.

The smell should go away on its own after airing out. In worse cases, you may need to air it outdoors for a couple of days.

 

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Quality Rating

As I’ve said plenty of times now, AmazonBasics are usually just rebranded products from a lesser known brand, usually imported from China or any other country.

Considering this, it’s safe to assume that the qualities of their products will be all over the place. It truly depends on the product they’ve chosen to rebrand whether you will get a quality item or not.

For this product, it seems like they made the right choice. This item is built solid. Given that this is a hardside luggage, it seems fairly easy to notice if they skimped out on materials because of the unibody design.

Simply put, it is not the case here. This luggage bag, while not exactly in the premium category in terms of quality, feels like a well-made bag overall.

I am speaking for all the bags included in this deal. They seem to share one design which is cool since they also share the best qualities. 4 stars.

Size Rating

This bag is true to size. Here the exact measurements for this bag.

32-inch
OVERALL Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.2 x 32.2 inches

Weight: 10.43 pounds

23-inch

OVERALL Dimensions: 15.7 x 9 x 23.2 inches

Weight: 7.19 pounds

In my opinion, this combination offers the best combo when it comes to travel. 23 inch for domestic travel and 32 inch for international. This bag is heavier than most bags though. For that reason, I’m inclined to give this a 4-star rating.

Feature Rating

Because of the brand, it’s fair to not expect much from this bag. After all, it is priced very competitively and from what we know of that segment, they usually don’t offer much in terms of feature.

Surprisingly, that is not the case for this bag at all. This luggage set is full of features that you usually only see on more expensive items.

One good example is the addition of the TSA lock which you usually won’t see in this segment. That’s such a nice feature that the addition of that alone elevates the rating of this bag.

You definitely are getting more than what you pay for – 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brand Rating

The company is called AmazonBasics, and as suggested by the name, it’s the brand of Amazon. Think of it like an off-brand that’s cheaper than all the competition.

It’s a relatively popular brand if you are looking for cheap items. They offer all kinds of items that you can think of. It seems like their only goal at the moment is to make their items as cheap as they can in order to compete with other more known brands.

As such, you should expect a bit of quality issues when it comes to their products. As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for.”

For this particular bag though, that doesn’t seem to be the case. It’s surprisingly well-made, but given that we are only speaking of the Brand Quality and not the product quality itself, I’m going to go with a warm rating on this one.

3.5 stars. The quality of AmazonBasics products depend on the item, really. It can be hit or miss.

AmazonBasics 2 Piece Expandable Softside Spinner Luggage Review: Product Specification

Style:2-piece Set (23″/32″)
32-inch
OVERALL Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.2 x 32.2 inches
Weight: 10.43 pounds

23-inch
OVERALL Dimensions: 15.7 x 9 x 23.2 inches
Weight: 7.19 pounds
Item Weight: 17.68 pounds
Department: Unisex-adult
Manufacturer: AmazonBasics

Final Verdict on AmazonBasics 2 Piece Expandable Softside Spinner Luggage 

This is yet another one of those bags that offers a lot more value that its price suggest. It’s one of the best deals you can get in this segment which is saying a lot since this segment appears to be the most competitive out of all of them. Never mind the 2-in-1 deal, this product seems like a good catch even when bought separately.

The AmazonBasics branding does not exactly scream quality nor is worth of any bragging rights, but let’s be honest here, these aren’t the target market of this bag.

The target demographics of this brand are people that are budget-conscious and economical. This bag may not last you a lifetime but they sure as hell built solidly which is more than what we could ask for given the price range.

Now, would I suggest getting AmazonBasics over Samsonite, for instance?

Not exactly. But it depends. If you have the money and aren’t bothered by the price tag, then sure, Samsonite is the right choice. However, if you rarely go on vacation or would only need it for a few times a year, then AmazonBasics is the wiser choice.

Overall, I keep getting surprised by the offerings of AmazonBasics. Perhaps I’m just choosing the right items to review but it sure looks like AmazonBasics makes for a great choice for average people like us.