Think casual and sporty, think Tommy Bahama. Based in Seattle, USA, the brand is known for its quality products which include everything from sportswear and activewear to shoes and travel accessories such as luggage bags. Founded in 1993, it has a presence in notable fashion department stores like Belk and Von Maur, Dillard’s Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. The company also carries its products at resort locations worldwide, in addition to over 160 retail stores.
The Tommy Bahama brand started off with making clothes that follow an ‘island lifestyle’ vibe and this has extended to include its other products such as its luggage range. As such, designs often incorporate fun beach and tropical elements, making them a great choice for holidays. The combination of aesthetics with functionality makes the Tommy Bahama luggage series a popular choice on the market, and a strong competitor against bigger luggage brands such as Samsonite and Delsey.
Versatility is the brand’s forte, and their luggage range comes in a variety of styles, from the traditional soft or hardshell spinner, to lighter and more portable duffel bags or messenger bags.
Tommy Bahama offers spinner-style luggage as an alternative to traditional roller-style luggage. Spinners afford plenty of benefits for travellers. For one, they are convenient to move around on flat surfaces thanks to their multi-directional spinner wheels. Secondly, they provide ease of use for long-haul travel, as one is less likely to sprain the wrist or joint when pushing the bag, as opposed to pulling it behind them.
Like many travel brands, Tommy Bahama offers two types of spinners – softside and hardside – both of which are designed to double as a suitcase, with a carrying handle on the side.
1. Hardside spinners
Luggage is often damaged while in transit, so having a protective hard shell will help to provide protection for any expensive or fragile items that you may be carrying within.
Tommy Bahama’s hardside spinners are a great solution, as they feature hard outer shells made from polycarbonate. The material is sturdy, so there is no worry of it breaking or cracking under pressure, on top of being waterproof and easy to clean. Hardside spinners are a good deterrent against thieves as they are more difficult to cut through. That being said, the rigid frame makes it difficult to ‘stuff’, unlike a softside model.
2. Softside spinners
If you’re carrying irregular-shaped items or are planning to get a lot of souvenirs from your holiday destination, a softside spinner is a good choice. The flexible material makes it easier to ‘stuff’ the luggage bag, and they often come with additional zippers to expand the available space. Both the interior and exterior of softside-style bags usually have multiple pockets for organisation, making it easy for travellers to keep items neatly separated. Be careful about getting the bag wet, however, as the material is not as water-resistant as hardside spinners.
Traditionally, duffel bags refer to designs that are cylindrical in shape, with a pull drawstring or zipper at the top. Tommy Bahama’s range resembles a tote more than a duffel, but are still a great choice for travellers who prefer a fuss-free and straightforward luggage bag for their weekend getaways. Made as a carry-on, they are lightweight and compact, with a large and stable base and various carrying options, so users can either carry them like a tote, or over the shoulder like a knapsack.
An even lighter, more compact option for day trips, the messenger bag is nevertheless big on storage. They are worn over one shoulder with a strap, and provide ample pockets for easy access and organisation. Tommy Bahama’s range is sporty, casual and designed with the modern traveller in mind, with features such as a dedicated laptop sleeve.
Tommy Bahama’s luggage bags range from mid-tier to expensive, but one thing the brand does not compromise on is quality. One of their messenger bag models, for example, is made from premium, genuine leather, although there is also a more affordable option made from polyurethane and polyester. The components, such as zippers, wheels and handles, are also of top quality to ensure long lasting durability.
While the brand has dedicated designs for both men and women, many of their models are unisex, suitable for both. They also offer a variety of styles to cater to different needs, be it softside or hardside spinners for longer travel, or duffel and messenger bags for weekend getaways. For those looking for the best bang for their buck, set options with several different luggage pieces, are also available.
In line with their ‘island lifestyle’ vibe, Tommy Bahama places emphasis on beautiful design as much as functionality. Modern yet casual, their luggage often boasts a cool look that is not only easy to spot when travelling, but also stands out among the sea of generic designs.
Other Key Features To Look Out For
Size and Capacity
Tommy Bahama’s luggage comes in a range of different sizes, from extra-large 28-inch spinners for week-long family getaways, to mid-sized 20-inch spinners that are compact enough to act as a carry-on for flights. Some of the spinner models have additional zippers for expansion, giving users even more space. The messenger bag and duffel bags are ideal for quick weekend excursions, or as an additional bag to complement another piece of luggage.
Build and Material
The hardside spinners are typically made from polycarbonate, which is durable and sturdy against knocks and bumps. The brand also utilises other high quality materials such as canvas, leather, polyurethane and fabric for its other luggage, which are designed to hold up well while travelling.
For spinners, look out for features such as telescoping handles that tuck neatly away for convenient storage, organisation pockets, smooth operating wheels and TSA locks for added security. Other things to consider are the quality of the zippers, straps and stitching. The downside to Tommy Bahama is that most of their luggage does not come with a TSA lock, so users will have to buy an additional padlock if security is a concern.
Here are our top 15 picks for the best Tommy Bahama luggage:
If you’re looking for a value-for-money full luggage set, then look no further than Tommy Bahama’s luggage suitcase set. Ideal for families, it comes in a set of four pieces, including 28-inch, 24-inch and 19-inch softside spinners, as well as a large duffle bag. The 19-inch spinner and the duffle bag meet most airline requirements as a carry-on. The duffle is particularly handy for quick weekend trips with friends, and can even be used as a ‘handbag’ for mothers to keep their toddler or baby’s belongings on a day trip.
For exact dimensions, the 28-inch luggage measures 28 x 18 x 9 inches, the 24-inch unit measures 23 x 19.5 x 15.25 inches, and the 19-inch measures 20 x 14 x 7.5 inches. All three are able to expand by up to two inches via an additional zipper. Meanwhile, the duffel bag measures 23 x 19.5 x 15.25 inches. All of the bags are very lightweight, measuring 9.5, 8, 1.8 and 0.8 lbs respectively.
Design and Build
The luggage pieces come in a matching navy colour with bronze metal accents on the zippers and telescoping handle. The decorative basket weave trimming on the handle, bottom and sides are very attractive, lending the luggage a classic, timeless look.
The three softside spinners come with three external pockets – two on the top and one on the bottom – so you can conveniently reach for items without having to unlock the main compartment. Side carry handles make it easy to carry the luggage as a suitcase if you don’t want to use the handle. As for the duffel bag, it can be carried like a tote bag or as a sling bag using the long, adjustable shoulder strap. The fabric on all the bags is sturdy and holds up well against regular travel. While not as easy to clean as a hardside spinner, any stains are not usually noticeable due to the dark colour. The only issue with the spinners are with the handles, as there have been some cases where the handle did not work properly.
The three softside spinners all come equipped with smooth rolling wheels that are able to rotate 360 degrees in any direction, ensuring smooth mobility. The telescoping handle locks into place and can be compacted down with the push of a button for easy storage. The inside boasts a fully-lined interior with two zipper mesh pockets for keeping toiletries and small items. Similarly, the duffel bag has a spacious main compartment, with an additional interior pocket for storing keys, cards and loose change.
Although able to last for many years, users should take note that Tommy Bahama does not offer a warranty for their luggage bags. This might be a deterrent to some as you will not be able to get a replacement in the unlucky case that the bag has a manufacturing defect, or suffers damage while travelling. Another downside is that none of the luggage has additional security features such as a TSA lock.
Lightweight but boasting a solid construction, this carry-on hardside spinner is the perfect companion for trips. The luggage measures 9 x 14 x 19.75 inches, which is compact enough to bring onto the plane and fits into the overhead compartment of airline cabins. Meanwhile, the interior is spacious enough to store a few days worth of clothing and necessities. The luggage is not expandable, however.
Design and Build
The model’s strong points are in its design and build. It’s hard plastic shell is not only durable and tough, it is also able to withstand pressure, with minimal incidences of cracking or breaking. The material is also easy to wipe clean and does not stain, as well as being resistant to moisture.
Looks wise, the model features several attractive designs that are sure to attract compliments when you travel, in addition to being easy to spot at the luggage carousel. The Santorini series features large lily flowers with a blue background, while other designs including the Billabong, Hibiscus Vine Black, Iris Print, Navy Map Print and Tan Map Print follow a floral or travel motif to evoke an adventurous spirit in any traveler.
The luggage is primarily a spinner unit, with four double wheels that rotate in any direction to ensure smooth rolling. The telescoping handle pops out and locks into place with the push of a button, and lies flush when you need to keep the bag in storage. The luggage comes with a side handle so users can carry it like a suitcase, while the other end features four plastic knobs which act as mini ‘legs’ when you place it down horizontally.
On the inside, the luggage is fully lined and has a divider flap to keep items separately. The flap also has two shoe pockets and a mesh zippered pocket for small items. Elastic valet straps helps to keep your clothing in place.
Look stylish on the go with this canvas messenger bag for men, an ideal choice for business trips. It can hold several items of clothing for a one- or two-day trip, or act as an additional bag to compliment another luggage. Measuring 4.5 x 16 x 12.5 inches, its versatility means that it can even be used as an everyday work bag to store laptops, tablets, files, folders and notepads.
Design and Build
Be the envy of your colleagues and impress clients at any meeting. Classic yet stylish, the bag is made from genuine, full grain leather and washed cotton canvas. The price point is steep, but the heavy duty material is made to last for years to come, and is also able to withstand rough handling and heavy weights. Leather ages well, as it softens over time while gaining a refined look. Choose from rugged colours such as cognac, cognac/khaki, olive and tan. The inside of the bag is fully lined and features the brand’s signature print, while the hardware such as zippers and buckles on the outside is also of high quality. There are a couple of issues, however. The fabric on the inside is rather thin despite being fully lined, while the interior zippers seem to get loose over time and do not hold up as well as the exterior ones.
Users can carry the bag with ease, thanks to the adjustable padded strap which can be slung over the shoulder and chest. Alternatively, carry it like a suitcase with the leather-wrapped top handles. Catering to the modern tech-savvy businessman, the inside comes with a padded (and removable) laptop sleeve, a zip pocket and leather-trimmed organiser panel for keeping files and other items sorted. Two exterior pockets make it convenient to reach for keys, cards and often-used items.
Genuine leather and canvas material
Sturdy, able to hold a lot of weight
Classic, timeless design
Dedicated laptop sleeve, internal and external pockets for organisation
Need more space? Tommy Bahama’s hardside spinner comes in a 28-inch model as well. Other than the increased size, it is virtually identical to the 20-inch model, with a lightweight but sturdy build. The bag measures 28 x 19.58 x 11 inches, giving users plenty of room for travel essentials, and works well as a family luggage bag, or for longer trips. Like the 20-inch model, it is also not expandable.
Design and Build
This 28-inch model is made of similar materials as the 20-inch version, namely an ABS hardshell with polycarbonate film which makes it easy to clean and resistant against water and moisture. The shell is tough and durable, able to hold up against the rigours of travel. As for design options, the 28-inch model still follows the same floral and travel theme but offers two additional designs, namely the ARTSY leaf and floral stripes, which are sure to make you stand out in the crowd.
The spacious main compartment features polyester lining to protect the contents of your luggage, and comes with two shoe pockets and a mesh zippered pocket for separating your clothes, toiletries and accessories. The elastic valet straps make it convenient to keep clothes securely in place, even if the bag takes a tumble down the baggage carousel. The push-button telescoping handle makes it a breeze to push the luggage forwards and backwards on its smooth-gliding 360-degree spinner wheels, but the bag can also be carried as a suitcase via the side carry handle, or on the top if you need to lift it up steps.
Offering a good balance of quality and value, Tommy Bahama’s Mojito series is a lightweight spinner that offers plenty of room for your travel needs. The 24-inch model measures 9.5 x 24 x 17 inches, and can be expanded via zippers in the centre to give an additional two inches of space. It weighs about 11 lbs when empty which is fairly lightweight, providing users with more baggage allowance and minimising the risk of going over the weight limit.
Design and Build
The Mojito is a softside model made from 1200 x 900 dobby polyester fabric, which is fairly durable but not very resistant against stains. As such, expect scuff marks, especially if you opt for light colours. The stains do not show up so easily on the darker hues such as dark brown, cognac, navy and brownstone, but lighter colours like champagne/light blue, champagne/pink and brown are easier to spot from afar. The luggage also features metal hardware and a basket weave trim. There are three external pockets at the front which offers easy access to items such as travel documents, while on the back is a small card holder. Top and side carry handles offer multiple ways of transporting the luggage. If there are issues with the build, it is usually with the components such as handle, seams and zippers.
Enjoy easy maneuverability everywhere you go with the Mojito’s four spinner wheels which are able to rotate in any direction. The recessed trolley handle offers an ergonomic grip, and can be pulled out and locked into place with an easy push-button mechanism. Open up the bag to reveal a spacious interior that is fully lined, with large pockets for storing toiletries. In adhering to a simplistic design, there is no divider flap within, and the adjustable valet straps are horizontal rather than the usual X-shape – but they help to keep items secure all the same.
Those looking for a simple carry-on will find it in Tommy Bahama’s Honolulu series. Compact and lightweight, they fit perfectly into overhead compartments and adhere to size restrictions for most airlines. The luggage weighs 5.9lbs when empty and measures 19 x 14 x 8 inches. You can expand it by another two inches by unzipping the center portion. The softside shell makes it easy to ‘stuff’ with more items, but is still rigid enough to maintain its shape.
Design and Build
The Honolulu is made from polyester and features a chic-looking blue, white and red diamond tile pattern that covers most of its surface, complemented by a plain navy blue on the front. It features a large external compartment with dual zippers, handy for keeping items that you need to retrieve quickly, without having to open up the main compartment. Handles on the top and side make it easy to lift the luggage over steps, or when you need to carry it horizontally like a suitcase. Overall, the construction is fairly durable, but it suffers from issues with components such as the handle, inadequate seams and other hardware problems.
The Honolulu comes with four spinner wheels for ease of movement on smooth surfaces, and is easy to maneuver thanks to the telescoping handle which unlocks with a push button. Avoid lifting the bag with the handle as the build is rather flimsy. The interior is fully lined with two slip pockets which are ideal for shoes, as well as a zippered pocket for toiletries. The adjustable valet straps, like the Mojito design, are horizontal rather than X-shaped.
Compact and lightweight, ideal as carry-on
External and internal compartments for organisation
This is another one of the Tommy Bahama’s hardside spinners, but measuring 24 inches. It works well for those looking to pack a couple of days worth of clothing and travel essentials.
While not small enough for check-in, it is more compact than the bulky 28-inch model, but offers more space than the 20-inch carry-on model. The bag measures 24 x 16.8 x 10 inches, and is quite lightweight. It is not expandable.
Design and Build
The 24-inch model features an ABS hardshell with polycarbonate film, making it fairly waterproof and easy to clean by simply wiping it down. It is also resistant against scratches and scuff marks. There are six design options to choose from, such as the Billabong, Santorini, Artsy Leaf, Hibiscus Vine Black, Iris Print and Navy Map Print, all of which are easily identifiable from a distance. Again as with the other models in the series, there are issues with the quality of hardware such as zippers, handle and the seams.
Rest easy knowing the contents of your luggage are protected, thanks to the polyester lining within. The divider flap helps to keep items in your main compartment separate, and on the flap itself are two shoe pockets and a mesh zippered pocket for toiletries. The other side has X-shaped elastic valet straps to secure clothes in place. Enjoy multiple carrying options via the top and side carry handles, or push the spinner with the locking trolley handle in any direction, utilising the four 360-degree rotating wheels.
Packing for weekend trips has never been easier with Tommy Bahama’s duffel bag, a convenient yet stylish bag for all your travel needs. Measuring 23 x 15.25 x 19.5 inches, the luggage offers plenty of packing space and can fit up to five days worth of clothing and essentials. It fits the requirement of most airline regulations and can easily go into the overhead compartment of an aircraft. If not packed to the brim, it might even fit under the seat. The flexible nature of its material means that it is easier to ‘stuff’ the bag with more items, but is rigid enough to hold its shape even when empty.
Design and Build
The duffel bag is made from high quality polyester and features synthetic lining. While many bags are prone to tearing at the seams, the stitching on this model is durable, and the fabric is tough enough to withstand heavy weight. The design errs to the minimalist, and comes in two colours, namely navy or dark brown with basket weave detailing. The metal zippers are easy to operate and do not snag.
While the main compartment is spacious, there is not much in terms of organisation other than an interior zippered pocket which offers quick access to small items such as keys, cards, passports, or cosmetics without having to rummage through the entire luggage. As for carrying options, the bag has short handles on the top, or can be worn as a sling bag with the adjustable shoulder strap, which can be adjusted from 24 to 31 inches.
Keep toiletries, notebooks and other travel essentials neatly organised with Tommy Bahama’s men’s travel kit. It slips easily into larger luggage bags, does not take up much space, and is a great addition to the rest of your luggage, to help keep items sorted while you are on a holiday or a business trip. The kit is a good solution to those who like travelling light, or do not want to bother with lugging around bulkier bags. At 12.1 x 6.9 x 3.4 inches, the kit offers a good amount of space. It is especially handy to store travel documents such as passports and boarding passes while at the airport, so you can access them easily without having to rummage through a backpack.
Design and Build
Sleek with a modern design, the travel kit is made from a durable blend of polyurethane and polyester, with leather-like accents for a luxurious feel and finish. The Marlin logo on the front of the kit proudly proclaims the Tommy Bahama brand, while the inside is plush and soft to cushion and protect your contents from damage or accidental drops. The flap covers the zipper closure and provides additional security against theft. The material scratches easily so care should be taken while travelling to maintain its appearance. It should be dry-cleaned only.
Keep things further organised by utilising the various compartments within. The bag also comes with a hook which can be attached to a wall-mounted hook when taking a shower, so you can always keep your items at hand. As with most dopp kits, it is designed to be carried like a wallet or purse, so there are no additional carrying options such as a shoulder strap, available.
Whether it’s carrying a few days worth of travel necessities such as clothes and toiletries for a holiday, or using it as a day bag to carry everyday essentials, the Tommy Bahama travel tote bag is a multipurpose piece of luggage that is suitable for both men and women. Measuring 14.5 x 15 x 11 inches, it is very spacious and offers plenty of storage space, and the flexible material makes it easy to expand. It is lightweight at just 1.5 lbs, and is able to stand on its own thanks to the ‘feet’ at the bottom of the luggage.
Design and Build
Get in the vacation mood with the bag’s laid back but refined style, which features durable polyester in a wave pattern, complemented by pleather accents for a touch of class and elegance. The material is not water or stain resistant, and is not as easy to clean compared to a plastic surface, so caution should be taken to avoid spills and moisture. Meanwhile, the double zippers provide ease of access and are made from sturdy metal, and the inside features mesh lining to protect your contents from accidental bumps or knocks. The interior also comes with the brand’s signature ‘map’ print.
Designed with the modern traveler in mind, the tote bag has a zippered and padded interior compartment made exclusively for electronics such as laptop, tablets or mobile phones. It does not come with any other pockets, however, so organisation is limited. As for carrying options, users can carry it briefcase-style via the top carry handles, which are further held together by a Velcro-strap band. Alternatively, utilise the adjustable, padded valet strap to carry it like a sling bag.
Laid back but refined design
Top handles and valet straps for multiple carrying options