Over more than two decades of travel, I saw many pieces of luggage. Some lasted longer than the others, but there’s only one piece of luggage that lasted all those years – my mom’s red Delsey suitcase. While just anecdotal, it’s a testament to the quality of Delsey luggage.
Delsey was founded in France in 1946, and currently, it is the second largest global luggage brand behind Samsonite. It’s involved in manufacturing all kinds of luggage and travel accessories.
In this article, I’ll take a closer look at what I believe to be the seven best Delsey luggage items. Before continuing, though, here’s a quick list of the products featured below:
- Best Delsey carry-on suitcase: Chatelet Hard+ 21-Inch Spinner
- Best Delsey carry-on bag: Quilted Rolling Underseat Bag
- Best Delsey hard-shell suitcase: Helium Aero 29-Inch Expandable Spinner
- Best Delsey soft-shell suitcase: Helium Sky 2.0 Large Soft-Shell Spinner
- Best Delsey luggage set: Alexis 3-Piece Luggage Set
- Best Delsey laptop bag: Haussman 14-Inch Laptop Messenger Bag
- Best Delsey garment bag: Helium Garment Bag
7 Best Delsey Luggage Items
Before continuing, keep in mind that rather than them being in any particular order, I picked one for each of the following categories: carry-on suitcase, small carry-on bag, large hard-shell suitcase, large soft-shell suitcase, luggage set, laptop bag, and garment bag.
So, without further ado, let’s jump into the list of the best Delsey luggage items.
1. Delsey Chatelet Hard+ 21-Inch Spinner
Let’s start the list with a carry-on suitcase. If there’s one piece of luggage in this list that can be described as “French elegance,” then it’s certainly the Delsey Chatelet Hard+ 21-Inch Spinner.
The suitcase is made out of Bayer 100% Virgin Makrolon polycarbonate and measures 20.25 x 14.25 x 9.5 inches, making it small enough to be carried onboard most airlines. Besides the pictured champagne, it’s also available in a darker chocolate color.
On the inside, one half of the suitcase is equipped with straps and another one with a zippered mesh with small pockets. To let you organize your clothes even better, the suitcase comes with two removable bags and a hanger.
Besides the usual built-in TSA-approved lock, the suitcase is also equipped with a unique brake system that let’s you easily prevent the two front wheels from spinning. This is especially useful in public transportation and other places where four-wheel spinners tend to “run away.”
Overall, this suitcase is a good choice if you are looking for a quality carry-on and its unique design will either make you love it or hate it. The one downside of the luggage is its fairly hefty price tag.
2. Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Bag
Just like with the previous item in this list, you won’t have to check the Delsey Quilted Rolling Underseat Bag in.
In fact, with its compact dimensions – 14.5 x 14 x 9 inches – it will fit under most economy class seats. As such, it’s an ideal bag to use when traveling on fares that do not include overhead bin space or when you need something in addition to your small suitcase.
The bag which is made out of 1800D polyester weights 5.5 pounds which, while a bit heavy for a bag of its size, is decent considering the bag is equipped with a handle and wheels.
When it comes to storage space, the bag is equipped with a large main compartment that will – among other things – hold a 13-inch laptop easily. The main compartment also features a couple of zippered pockets that will make organizing toiletries and other smaller items easy.
The bag also has four pockets accessible from the outside – two on the sides and two in the front. The larger pocket in the front includes various pockets and compartments that will help you organize your documents, valuables, and so on. One of the side pockets is made out of a mesh and is not zippered, making it ideal for storing a bottle of water or an umbrella, for example.
The one downside of the bag seem to be that if you attach it on top of your larger suitcase using the sleeve on its back, the bag might get in the way of the suitcase’s handle.
Overall, though, this bag will serve you well if you are looking for something small enough to fit under the seat in front of you, but don’t want to lug a bag around on your shoulder or your back.
3. Delsey Helium Aero 29-Inch Expandable Hard-Shell Spinner
Let’s continue with checked luggage. If you decided to get a large hard-shell suitcase, then the Delsey Helium Aero 29-Inch Expandable Spinner is a great one to start the search for the right piece of luggage for you with.
The reason I picked this one is because it’s an entry-level model that’s not only relatively affordable, but also more sufficient for the needs of most travelers. It also comes in nine color variations – including brick red, plum, and teal – and so, no matter what your preferences are, you will likely find one that you like.
Since the suitcase measures 29 x 19.5 x 12.5 inches, it is ideal for longer trips, or for trips where you plan to take with you or bring back a lot of gifts. When opened, it splits in half with one compartment being fully enclosed and the other one featuring straps to secure your clothes. For instances when you need even more space, you can expand the suitcase’s width by two inches. The suitcase has a built-in TSA-approved lock, and when empty, it weighs 12.5 pounds.
Overall, this is a great suitcase if you are planning to use it on longer trips or in cases where you have a lot of luggage with you. If you are only going for a week or ten days, you might want to consider the 25-inch version of this suitcase instead.
4. Delsey Helium Sky 2.0 Large Soft-Shell Spinner
If you like Delsey, are looking for a large suitcase that you can check-in, but would prefer soft rather than hard shell, then start your search with the Delsey Helium Sky 2.0 Large Soft-Shell Spinner.
This suitcase is made out of ballistic nylon, measures 29 x 19.5 x 11.5 inches, and weighs about 10 pounds. Besides the pictured black, it also comes in two – in my opinion – less attractive but easier to locate on a luggage carousel colors, blue and red.
Items in the main compartment of the suitcase can be secured with tie-down straps, and smaller items can be stored in one of the two inner zippered pockets. Besides that, the suitcase also includes a wet pocket (for storing towels, swimsuits, etc. right after use), a suiter clip, as well as some external pockets.
The one downside of this suitcase worth mentioning is the fact that it lacks a lock. It’s fairly easy to solve that problem by getting one of the many standalone TSA-approved locks, though.
5. Delsey Alexis 3-Piece Luggage Set
If you are looking to get more than one suitcase, then you might be better off buying them as a set. In that case – if you are keen on having Delsey – I would get the Delsey Alexis 3-Piece Luggage Set. I wrote about the set before in my list of the best luggage sets, but let’s take a closer look at what it includes once again.
The set consists of three four-wheel spinner suitcases of different sizes (21-inch carry-on, and 25-inch and 29-inch checked luggage pieces) that are made out of durable ABS material. The two things that make the suitcases in this set stand out the most are their unique design and unique colors. Besides the pictured navy, the set also comes in elegant burgundy color.
The suitcases open in half with one half being equipped with tie-down straps and the other with a zippered mesh partition. All of the suitcases are expandable, and so you don’t need to worry about buying way too many gifts at your destination.
Overall, even though the suitcases are not equipped with built-in locks or with any smaller pockets to help you organize your belongings, the set is still a good choice if you are looking for something functional and good looking.
6. Delsey Haussman 14-Inch Laptop Messenger Bag
Whether you are going away on a one-day business trip, or not flying at all, there will be many times when a laptop bag will be all you need. For those instances, I recommend considering the Delsey Haussman 14-Inch Laptop Messenger Bag.
As its name suggests, the bag will fit a laptop with a screen size up to 14 inches. And, besides the main laptop pocket which is nicely padded, it also includes several other compartments and pockets which you can use to organize your accessories including chargers and peripherals.
The bag is made out of grained cow milled nappa leather, and besides the shoulder strap it also features a sleeve which you can use to attach the bag to a suitcase’s handle.
Overall, while it is relatively expensive for being “just a laptop bag,” it is certainly a nice piece of luggage if you are looking at getting a higher-end laptop bag or are a Delsey fan.
7. Delsey Helium Garment Bag
To finish off the list, let’s take a look at the Delsey Luggage Helium Garment Bag – a bag that you might find useful to have in your luggage set if you tend to travel with a suit or other formal clothes frequently.
This simple garment bag is made out of lightweight and durable polyester, and its handles can be connected together to make the bag easy to carry around.
Besides the main compartment which will hold a suit, a dress, or similar piece of clothing, the bag also features a couple of smaller zippered pockets ideal for storing accessories.
Overall, while this bag is not for everyone – and if you don’t travel with a suit frequently, you have many cheaper options – if you want a Delsey garment bag, then this is a good place to start your search.
If you are looking for a quality piece of luggage, then you cannot go wrong by picking a Delsey one. While the best Delsey luggage item for you will vary depending on your needs, regardless of whether you are looking for a carry-on item or a suitcase to check in, a hard-shell suitcase or a soft-shell suitcase, or a simple one or one with a more unique design, you will surely find something to suit your preference.
Personally, I really like the Delsey Alexis 3-Piece Luggage Set which includes all the suitcase sizes you need for most uses and which features elegant, yet not over-the-top, design.