Pros and Cons of Spinner 4 Wheeled Luggage


1)      In crowded areas, either in the airport, on public transportation, or when arriving in big cities, the wheeled luggage can easily be rolled alongside you (when pulling the bag behind you is not possible or difficult).  Just rest your hand on the handle and walk; the bag moves easily besides you!

2)      Same concept as above when making your way to your seat through the narrow aisle of the airplane, the spinner can be rolled in the upright position, easily gliding through the plane without hitting protruding armrests or elbows.

3)      The weight of the bag is self supporting, spinner luggage does not tip as easily

4)      Easier to maneuver on escalators and other awkward spaces

5)      Less strain on your back and arms


1)      If a spinner is not secured on a slopped surface,  it can roll away

2)      The wheels protrude out slightly thus there is a greater chance of a wheel breaking or snapping off. If you use carry-on spinners, not succumbing  your bags to the baggage handlers, there is a smaller chance of this occurring.

3)      Slightly higher priced

Do the pros outweigh the cons? Spinner Luggage vs. Two Wheeled Luggage,  from a variety of manufacturers, like Atlantic Luggage, you will have to decide which type of bag is better suited for your overall travel needs!



Margaret has lived, studied and worked in Rome, Italy and Paris, France; she has also traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa and North America. Margaret currently resides with her husband and two sons in downtown Chicago.

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  3. Teri says:

    I hesitate to use spinner-style luggage because I like to add a second bag to the front of my main bag. Looks like this can’t be done on a spinner. Would be a lot of stain on the wheels and defeats the purpose of having a spinner. I carry my extra bag on the front rather than on top of my main bag since doing so lowers the center of gravity, thus no added weight in my hand. Comments?

    • Margaret says:

      Teri, first of all thanks for commenting, we appreciate all customer input. You are correct, some spinner luggage does not allow you to attach a tote bag. However there are some brands that do have a strap to secure a tote on their spinners ( the Delsey Helium Breeze 3.0 and Delsey Helium Contour lines are two examples). There are also bungee cords available to secure totes on spinners, however we realize that does involve an additional step. We have many die-hard spinner customers that will not part with their spinners and find a way to make it work!!!

  4. Javed says:

    We are currently in the market to buy a good quality light weight bag for our daughter. What brand would you recommend? Would you recommend a 2 wheel or 4 whee? She will be doing a considerable amount of travelling.

    • Margaret says:

      Great lightweight luggage we would recommend are Antler New Size Zero, Samsonite L.I.F.T and High Sierra Elevate collections. Definitely go with two wheeled luggage, while the 4 wheeled spinners are easier to maneuver they have a higher rate of repair due to the wheels sticking out further. Hope this helps! Best Regards, Irv’s Luggage

  5. Matt says:

    Do you have any opinions on spinners vs 2 wheeled upright for families traveling with car seats. We usually put our car seats in bags and then check them at ticketing. I find with the upright luggage I can tether the car seats to the suitcase and wheel everything over to the ticket counter. However, with two car seats and two large uprights, it’s fairly cumbersome. I thought about getting some spinner luggage and place the car seats on top. It maybe easier on my shoulders. I don’t know…Maybe the answer is to just hire the guy with the cart to help out!

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