The debate has gone on as long as both luggage brands exist. Travelpro vs Briggs and Riley? Which is actually better?
Since they both share an appreciation for minimalistic design, it might be hard to choose between both brands. However, there are certain features that set them apart from each other.
In this article, we will help you decide which type will work best for your style and travel needs.
Let’s get some general facts out of the way…
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Briggs and Riley is better than Travelpro in several aspects. For one, they offer an unconditional lifetime warranty on all their products and also have better customer service than Travelpro. Additionally, their luggage is more durable and therefore great if you want something that can survive heavy use.
Even better, Briggs and Riley bags have better innovative designs compared to Travelpro.
Read on to find out more…
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Briggs and Riley has the best warranty policy in the luggage industry. They are the only luggage brand that offers an unconditional lifetime warranty on their suitcases.
Their “simple as that guarantee” means that if your suitcase gets damaged, they will repair it for you without any conditions attached.
Their warranty covers the repairs of any parts of your suitcases. Their warranty, however, doesn’t cover any cosmetic damage, or replacement of stolen or lost contents of your suitcase or the actual suitcase.
What we love most about Briggs and Riley’s warranty is that, even in the event that your suitcase was damaged by an airline, Briggs and Riley say they will repair it for you free of charge, should you decide not to file the complaint with the airline.
All you have to do is ship your bag to their store and they will have your suitcase shipped back to you at their expense.
Travelpro on the other hand has up to 4 types of warranty which are;
- Limited lifetime warranty,
- 10-year limited warranty,
- 5-year limited warranty and
- 1-year limited warranty.
The warranty covers defects in manufacturing and workmanship only and doesn’t cover any damage caused by an airline or damage caused by normal wear and tear.
Briggs and Riley’s dedication to their customers can be seen in how they serve their customers by creating fast and easy repair options to fix their suitcase problems.
You can have your bag sent to any Briggs and Riley’s authorized repair center near you or you could simply order their self-repair kits if your bag needs a quick fix.
Only very few luggage brands offer fast and easy repair services. Asides from Briggs and Riley, we have seen Rimowa offering the same service as well.
Travelpro also offers repair services but their method of communicating for a repair is not seamless like Brigs and Riley.
3. Briggs and Riley is more durable than Travelpro
Briggs and Riley has been known for years for producing suitcases that will last you for a long time. They make use of strong materials to produce their suitcases which is why they could withstand wear and tear.
Their soft shells are made from Ballistic Nylon which is very strong and resists wear and tear. Their hard shells are made from layers of polycarbonate which is impact resistant, providing elasticity to withstand cracks.
They also make use of the best zippers in the market which is the YKK zippers for smooth zipper action.
Travelpro also makes durable bags. They are mostly used by cabin crews and frequent travelers and they seem to serve their purpose well.
However, when compared to Briggs and Riley, we realized that they don’t offer as much durability as Briggs and Riley. If you want your suitcase to last you up to 10-20 years, Briggs and Riley is the better choice.
4. Briggs and Riley has better innovative designs
Both brands feature essential innovations in their suitcases like the TSA-approved locks for better security, telescopic handle, and spinner wheels for easy movement of your suitcase.
However, Briggs and Riley has better innovations that you won’t find in other brands. Some of their innovations are:
- CX Expansion-Compression System: This increases the packing capacity of the suitcase by 22%, then compresses it back to its original size to keep contents secure. Simply press the CX buttons by the sides of the suitcase, and pull up the sides to expand. Once ready, zip closed and push down to compress.
- Smartlink Strap: This allows for easy transport of two bags as one. Simply attach the add-a-bag strap’s t-bar to the docking base, then loop it through the handle of a second bag for convenience.
- Built-in tri-fold garment folder: This feature neatly holds 1-2 suits and prevents them from getting wrinkled.
With that being said, Travelpro’s affordable models of suitcases might be limited in terms of innovations, however, their premium models come with innovations such as USB charging ports, compartments for suits, and others. It all boils down to the innovations that best suit your needs.
Advantages Travelpro has over Briggs and Riley
1. Travelpro is lighter
When compared to Briggs and Riley, Travelpro’s suitcases are lighter in weight.
Their Elite 21” expandable soft-side carry-on spinner weighs just 3.54kg. And their Maxlite Carry-on hard-side spinner weighs 2.85kg.
While Briggs and Riley’s Essential two-wheel soft-side carry-on weighs 4.4kg and the Sympatico hard-side carry-on weighs 4.2kg.
If weight is a major concern to you, Travelpro might be a better option. Their soft-side and hard-side suitcases are lighter than Brigg’s and Riley’s.
Travelpro offers suitcases with mid-range price points. On average, their suitcases cost about $220. But you can get a suitcase as low as $120. They also have premium models that cost as much as $400. Still at that, it’s cheaper than Briggs and Riley.
Briggs and Riley’s suitcase has price points from $379 to $869 which is about twice the price of Travelpro.
If you’re on a very tight budget, Travelpro will be a better option here.
Travelpro gives their customers the opportunity to return their suitcases if they are not satisfied with their purchase.
According to their return policy “If your Travelpro suitcase fails to meet your expectations for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 100 days, no questions asked. We’ll even pay the return shipping”.
Alternatively, you could exchange or return within 30 days from the day you purchased your suitcase, provided that the suitcase is in the same condition as it was delivered to you-unused and unscathed.
So, if you’re the type that likes to try out a suitcase before you buy, you might want to give Travelpro a consideration.
Final Thoughts- Travelpro vs Briggs and Riley?
Briggs and Riley and Travelpro are two luggage brands that create minimalistic designs of suitcases. Travelpro is more suitable for business professionals and cabin crew, and Briggs and Riley is more suitable for any frequent traveler who likes their simple designs.
Whilst both brands make durable suitcases, however, Briggs and Riley’s suitcases are more durable than Travelpro and will last you longer.
Briggs and Riley also have better innovative designs in their suitcases that Travelpro doesn’t possess.
With that being said, Travelpro offers suitcases that are lighter making them a better option as carry-on. And their suitcases are also priced lower than Briggs and Riley’s.
I hope you found the information in this article helpful.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
For any other general luggage-related questions, you are sure to find some answers in my Ultimate Guide to Carry-on Luggage and the Ultimate Guide to Checked Luggage posts.
1 thought on “Travelpro vs Briggs and Riley? 4 Things You Need to Know”
Hey Femi. Finding the perfect luggage for traveling seems to be more and more difficult. What is actually crazy, realizing how far we went as a human race in terms of technical development. However, I see here Briggs and Riley as a winner. Although slightly more expensive, I think durability is more important in this case. Do you know if they have special shops or would you just order online?