Samsonite is the world's largest travel luggage company, and as well as its own brand, it also owns the American Tourister brand (as well as Tumi). That’s the number one and number two brands in the world, but is there any difference between them?
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From Samsonite’s Darts Spinner, Lite-Box and Magnum to American Tourister’s Airconic, Triangolo and ECO Wanderer, it can be tricky to tell the difference between these two brands.
Here’s all you need to now to choose between Samsonite and American Tourister.
Samsonite vs American Tourister: brands
Samsonite and American Tourister are two good ‘ole American brands. It may sound Asian, but Samsonite was founded in Denver, Colorado in the US in 1910. Before its acquisition by Samsonite’s parent company in 1993, American Tourister had been around since 1933, heralding from Providence, Rhode Island in the US. Nowadays the Samsonite brand is best known for expensive luggage for business people and high-end leisure travellers (even personalised versions), while American Tourister is more about affordable, colourful lightweight luggage for mainstream leisure travellers.
Samsonite vs American Tourister: design
Generally speaking, Samsonite issues business-orientated luggage that’s designed to be tough and look professional, whereas American Tourister focuses more on bold colours and innovative designs. However, that’s not to say that Samsonite luggage looks boring. For example, its new Samsonite X Diesel collection (comprising spinner suitcases, laptop backpacks and weekend bags) is a team-up with Diesel featuring a unique with transparent casing fading into black, complete with eye-catching lime green accents. American Tourister’s latest is Airconic, a stylish spinner in five different colours that’s the brand’s lightest ever hardside suitcase. However, while Samsonite’s X Diesel is something different, American Tourister already has suitcases in every colour you can think of, and its products are very often expandable.
Samsonite vs American Tourister: popular ranges
Colours: White or Petrol Blue
Sizes: for 14-inch/15.6-inch laptop
Colours: Silver, Black, Petrol Blue, Honey Gold
Colours: Rust Red, Dark Blue, Black, Caribbean Blue, Dusty Green, Soft Rose
Colours: Cool Grey, Living Coral, Purist Blue, Onyx Black, Midnight Navy
Colours: Halo Blue, Onyx Black, Rose Gold
Colours: Silver, Coral, Lime, Blue, Pink
Volume (expandable): 35.5-41L/71.5-81L/97-110L
Colours: Jade Green, Bass Black, Midnight Navy, Lightning Pink, Golden Yellow, Coral Red, Purple Orchid, Hot Pink
Volume (expandable): 73.5-81L/113-121L
Colours: Black, Navy, Grey
Volume (expandable): 35.5-41L/70-81L/100-114 L
Colours: Petrol Blue, Sky Silver, Black, Lavender, Coral Pink, Soft Mint
Samsonite vs American Tourister: availability
Both are sold on Amazon as well as by the likes of John Lewis, House Of Fraser and Selfridges and Walmart.
Samsonite has its own stores in Tottenham Court Road, London and Westfield London shopping centre in White City, London.
- Buy Samsonite luggage from Amazon (opens in new tab)
- Buy Samsonite luggage from John Lewis (opens in new tab)
- Buy Samsonite luggage from Luggage Superstore (opens in new tab)
- Buy Samsonite luggage from Walmart (opens in new tab)
- Buy American Tourister luggage from Amazon (opens in new tab)
- Buy American Tourister luggage from John Lewis (opens in new tab)
- Buy American Tourister luggage from Sports Direct (opens in new tab)
- Buy American Tourister luggage from Walmart (opens in new tab)