In this article we review what we believe to be some of the best soft sided suitcase sets, currently available on the UK market. Buying a set of suitcases, rather than individual cases usually will help save you some money.
That is because the manufacturers and luggage brands, can offer a number of their products at once, and they bundle those together in offers. Personally I think it is also nice where possible to have matching luggage, in the you hand luggage and your hold luggage look the same.
Types of Soft Side Suitcase
You can buy these suitcase sets in either a soft side version, or a hard side version. The softer side style is usually cheaper to buy, but that varies quite a bit depending on the actual travel brand that you like. You can also get them in different number of pieces such as a 2 piece set, 3 piece, 4 piece etc.
To try and make your search that little bit easier, we have done our research for those that have attracted the highest buyer ratings. We have then sorted those into 2 piece, 3 piece etc. Hopefully that should make your final decision a little bit easier.
Best 2 Piece Soft Side Suitcase Sets
We looked around online and found an interesting collection of 2 piece sets. These can be ideal as in 2 matching cases for sale, or something like a hand luggage and a piece of hold luggage combined.
Wenger 600662 PATRIOT 17" 2-Piece Business Wheeled Laptop Briefcase
90% buyer satisfaction rating based on 2,000+ online buyers
Business people tend to use the roller style case for general travelling and then switch to the smaller case when travelling between meetings.
This set is really about having a bit of choice and also about convenience.
The wheels are great on this one as they move quickly and quietly and allow you to manoeuvre around corners and narrow walkways very quickly.
There are a variety of organisers which are great for items like chargers, leads, business cards and phones.
This set of cases is an expensive option, but a set that will be of interest to many business people. This one does sell really well and has achieved a buyer satisfaction rating of 90%. That is an impressive rating by any standards. This set contains a business wheeled laptop briefcase, and a matching 15.4" laptop case. It is only available in a black colour.
The Wenger brand is a higher end brand so in many ways you are also making a bit of a statement, when travelling with these. They are a Swiss company, and these bags are extremely well made. They offer for example triple layer protection for your laptop, notebook or tablet. These are useful for overnight or weekend trips.
Cabin Max Copenhagen Hand Luggage Set
85% buyer satisfaction rating based on 400+ online buyers
This set meets the requirements of almost all airlines.
We did many business trips using this airline, and this is the set that we used, and we have to say that we really liked it a lot.
It is a really useful set for business people as it has a good trolley suitcase, and a really useful stowaway bag, which I used all the time. It can be wheeled as one unit and that made it really convenient for me as well.
Cabin Max are another well known and a well liked luggage brand.
The trolley suitcase measures 55x40x20 cm, weighs 1.9 Kg and has one large compartment with packing straps, an external zipped pocket and an internal netted pocket. It has 4 multi-directional wheels, a telescopic handle and a top carrying handle. It doesn't have a side handle which I would have preferred.
The stowaway bag measures 35x20x15 cm, weighs 0.4 Kg, and has two main compartments. The front is the smaller of the 2 and is perfect for holding important items such as travel documents and smaller electronic devices. The back packet has a useful small netted safety pocket, which is handy for toiletries.
Aerolite 21" Super Lightweight Spinner Carry On
94% buyer satisfaction rating based on 200+ online buyers
The good news is that these are suitable to take into a cabin, so ideal if you are flying with any of the low cost airlines, including Easyjet, British Airways, Are Lingus, Thomas Cook, TUI, Jet2 and many others.
They are light in weight so you can pack more clothes in, as the weight of the bag does not account, for a lot of your baggage allowance.
They come with a 10 year guarantee, have 4 spinner wheels and the deal includes a 3 digit combination barrel padlock.
This is a popular quality brand, and this is a good choice for travelling couples. Buyers have given this one a buyer satisfaction rating of 94%, which is a real top notch rating. The two bags are both 21" and they come in a choice of colours which include, black/grey, grey/black, navy/plum and black/navy. The price will vary a little depending on which colour you go for.
They are made from a tough wearing polyester material, that is toughened to resist tears and rips. In terms of pockets they have a large front pocket which is zipped, and a smaller top pocket which is ideal for documentation and your essentials. Each case measures 55 x 35 x 20 and weighs 1.8 Kg.
Each bag has a telescopic handle. The interior has packing straps with clips to help keep everything neatly in place.
5 Cities Trolley Backpack Cabin and Ryanair Second Bag Hand Luggage
88% buyer satisfaction rating based on 100+ online buyers
This is classed as a hand luggage pack as you can carry both of these unto a Ryanair flight for free. That will be a useful combination for some people, and especially for anyone who regularly flies with this company.
This is a combination of a trolley bag and a holdall. Ryan air allows a second carry on hand luggage and this set meets their strict requirements, and also allows you to have a decent amount of luggage, without any risk of penalty baggage charges.
This is suitable for most airlines. This set is also one of the cheapest on this list, and yet with the rating be so high, they have clearly not compromised on quality either.
The holdall measures 35 x 20 x 20 cm, has a 14 litre capacity, weighs 0.4 Kg and comes with a 2-year guarantee. The trolley bag measures 54 x 35 x 19 cm, has a 42 litre capacity and weighs 1.65 Kg. This trolley bag has a telescopic handle, a carry side handle and a tug handle at the top.
Set of 2 21"/55cm 5 Cities Cabin Approved Hand Luggage Lightweight Trolley Bags
86% buyer satisfaction rating based on 50+ online buyers
These are certainly very different looking, and ones that are designed for the more adventurous who like to own suitcases, that are that little bit different. The choice of selections is really wide.
Each bag measures 55 x 35 x 20 cm and each bag is classed as a 21" bag which meets the approved hand luggage size for all of the major airlines, including the low cost ones.
Each bag has a capacity of 42 litres and they weigh 1.65 Kg. There is a small front pocket for essentials, and these can be pulled along on two wheels.
This set of cases from 5 Cities bring something a little different to the market. They have achieved a buyer satisfaction rating of 86%, which is a very good rating. As you can see from the image below, these are designed for couples, and come in a whole range of style options which include black and cities, aztec multi, black and polka dots, bags and shoes, mint butterflies and many more.
Each bag uses a rigid frame and has been strengthened at the bottom to help increase their lifetime. One of the features that I don't like is that as these have two wheels, and no feet at the front, they are prone to tumbling over, if left unattended. That can be particularly annoying if standing in a queue. At the lower price though, I guess that is something that you have to sacrifice.
No 7 Choice - 5 Cities 55cm/21" Folding Cabin Hand Luggage Suitcase Bags
This set of cases from 5 Cities, is a good double offer, for someone who wants a set of affordable cases. They have achieved a buyer satisfaction rating of 80%. That is not as high as many on the list, but they are set at a fairly low price. These are two 21" bags and they are available in the following colours, black, cities, and purple.
They measure 55 x 40 x 20 cm /21 and those dimensions meet the baggage allowance requirements of approved hand luggage for Easyjet, Ryanair, BA, Virgin, Flybe & most other airlines!
They have a capacity of 39 litres and each bag weighs 1.5 Kg.
They are clever as they can fold flat when not in use for easy-storage
The supporting feet can be pulled out, so it collapses when desired, and the manufacturers stated that they designed these with students in mind or for those where storage space is minimal.
They have 2 wheels so can be pulled along. They will not fall over as they have supportive feet on the bottom of the case. They zip close and they have telescopic handles. These are useful for short trips, and have 2 front facing pockets and an internal pocket. These are a really good choice for a boy or girl's weekend abroad.
No 8 Choice - Slimbridge Montecorto Set of 2 Cabin Luggage Bags
This set of cases are pretty striking looking, and there is an option of a more subtle bag for the man. They have achieved a buyer satisfaction rating of 80%. The colour choice is wide, but has a main theme of polka dot, as you can see in the image just below. The colours are primarily black, purple and red, and the option of a plain black bag to go with a coloured polka dot style case.
These are certainly very good value for money, and it really is hard to argue with the price. Buyers also rate these highly enough, so well worth having a look at.
They do come with a 3 year warranty, are very light at just 1.4 Kg. Each bag measures 55 x 35 x 20 cm with a 38 litre capacity. Each bag has a large main compartment, a front pocket and both top and side carry handles. It is ultra lightweight and can be folded for storage.
Some buyers said these were not that well made, and that they do topple over. For me I think these are OK if you just want something cheap and cheerful.
Best 3 Piece Soft Sided Suitcase Sets
In this section we look at the top rated 3 piece suitcase sets.
Best 4 or More Piece Soft Sided Suitcase Sets
In this section we look at some choices of luggage sets where there are 4 or more suitcases in the set.