Best Luggage: Rimowa vs Samsonite

Rimowa and Samsonite are the two big names when it comes to luggage. And both of them have almost similar product lines. They both sells carry-on bags, rollable luggage, laptop bags and other travel accessories. But Rimowa is more exclusive, stylish and expensive, while Samsonite is ‘the people’s bag’ that is durable and ready for anything.

Well, you can say both Rimowa and Samsonite claim to be industry leaders. So today, we will be comparing the two big brands – Rimowa vs Samsonite – on different parameters.

Before starting, let’s take on a brief history of both the brands.

Rimowa

Founded in 1898 in Germany, Rimowa is a family owned business. First introduced by Paul Morszeck, his idea to make lightweight and sturdy luggage turned into a goldmine. After years of wooden cases getting a considerable following of world travelers, Paul’s son Richard Morszeck launched the first aluminum cases in 1937. The metal trunks are designed for overseas travel and the lightweight metal was inspired from the German airplane, Junker aircraft, a two-engine World War II. This proved to be the first innovative idea that made Rimowa a global success. Even the brand name Ri-mo-wa is derived from the initials of Richard-Morszeck-Warenzeichen. Warenzeichen is a German word that means Trademark.

Rimowa markets itself as a very exclusive brand and has the support of very famous and rich in marketing brands.

A Quick Note: It’s worth mentioning here that, Rimowa has invented polycarbonate cases and has TSA lock on the products for fast and smooth security checks in Airports.

Samsonite

Samsonite was founded in 1910 by Jesse Shwayder in Denver, Colorado. It is an American luggage manufacturer and retailer. Shwayder was a religious man, who initially named one of his initial cases as Samson, after the Biblical strongman. He changed its name to Samsonite in 1966. Now, it’s a very popular and well-known brands, it’s there in the luggage business for more than 100 years.

Though it’s not as cutting edge or trendy as Rimowa but the products are strong and durable.

What they are best for:
Rimowa – Rimowa is best for frequent travelers who travel across the World and looking for durable yet stylish luggage. It is great luggage for traveling to remote places.

Samsonite – While on the other hand, Samsonite is best for people who are looking for a durable product at an affordable price.

Advantages

Rimowa

The luggage are very attractive and sturdy though there are some complains of damaged corners in aluminum pieces.
You can get the aluminum collection worldwide.
Its polycarbonate cases are lightweight and durable and continue to look new for an extended time.
It offers easy maneuverability through its trademarked multiwheel system.
Much of the fine craftsmanship on the luggage are crafted by hand, making the luggage look very original with a look of quality. Also it stays looking good longer.
Certain products of Rimowa like Salsa Hybrid have some advanced features, such as ‘add a hook’ feature to attach your handbags and ‘flex dividers’ to adjust and keep your content in place.

Samsonite

The biggest advantage that you get, while purchasing a Samsonite luggage is that you get mid-range price coupled with the brands durability.
It markets a line to women – bags, luggage and accessories in appealing colors.
The downloadable travel app of Samsonite allows the travelers to track their miles and get discounts and rewards on their Samsonite purchases.
It offers a thirty day return policy to their customers.

Availability

With 80 stores around the globe, Rimowa can be purchased online in certain countries. The website of Rimowa is very attractive and showcases the products very well, but practically, consumers may find it a little difficult if looking for answer about the item the customer is interested in.

The popular models like the Topas Cabins and the Topas Sport series are very quickly sold out. Sometimes one have to wait for weeks until they become available again. The Photo case models like the Tropicana are very hard to get. The Rimowa stores don’t even sell them.

Samsonite products are also found in many retail stores across the world. It can also be purchased from an Authorized Retailer or repair center of Samsonite or American Tourister. You can also buy the brand online from Samsonite website, Amazon or more.

So, we can say there availability is not an issue with both of them. They both are available for purchase both online as well as in-store. Certain models from Rimowa are harder to get than others.

Price

Rimowa is a luxurious brand designed for World travels so it’s a bit pricey, while Samsonite comes with an affordable price range which is suitable for everyone.

When it comes to price, Rimowa comes on top in comparison to similar luggage categories of competitor companies. The aluminum cases of Rimowa are priced from $980 to $2260 and the polycarbonate cases are priced from $850 to $1420. Whereas Samsonite offers a much lower price as compared to other luggage brands available in the market. Its luggage price ranges from $63 to $600 depending on the size the luggage.

Built and Look

Rimowa makes both traditional aluminum cases and light luggage made of high-tech material polycarbonate. Rimowa cases are used by everyone across the globe, from celebrities, professional photographers and stylists to journalists. People love its super-rich look that protects their precious possessions perfectly. Rimowa cases were also featured in the blockbuster movie ‘The Avengers’. So, Rimowa surely stands out when it comes to built and looks.

Whereas, Samsonite sells luggage and doesn’t focus as much on looks and experience, like Rimowa. But it offers durability.

Repair

Rimowa has repair shops across the globe, so you can get a service no matter where you go. While Samsonite also offers repair for damaged or defective products to their customers.

Return, Refund and Exchange Policy

Rimowa offers a 5-year guarantee on luggage. The guarantee is applicable only if the malfunctioning is found to be due on a manufacturing defect. If the product is misused, according to what the manufacturer deems proper use, then the guarantee will be void.

Samsonite offers a 30-day return policy, accepting returns only for unused merchandise within 30 days from the date of shipping. They refund you for the total cost of merchandise plus applicable sales tax. They do not refund you the shipping and handling charges unless incorrect or damaged product arrives.

Roundup

From the above comparison we can say that both the brands are durable. Also they offer a great customer service. But, if you are looking for a rich, premium and trendy look with maximum durability then Rimowa is a great choice for you. Whereas, Samsonite offers you what you pay for. It is a good choice, if you are looking for a good luggage for less money.

 

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4 thoughts on “Best Luggage: Rimowa vs Samsonite”

  1. Rimowa most unreliable: fell apart twice while using 3 times. You pay for customer service, not for quality. Very bad price/quality ratio. You can not trust this suitcase to work as it is supposed to do.

    1. I’m curious what kind of model Rimowa you have/had?
      I have a Topas 32L and it’s really robust and smooth. I don’t know about the other models.
      The one I have is a cabin case so I don’t have to check it in. Did it fell apart at baggage claim or just when using it?

  2. I have a rimowa aswell its a largest size of topas which is 30 i think.
    My mom gave it to me as a gift but before my rimowa i have the carbon fiber of samsonite which is very reliable and really indestructible but it made me suffer when i was pushing it on the roads of europe where in fact my rimowa and the samsonite have almost same weight inside of it.
    The good thing about the rimowa when u try to kick it away from you, it really go away from you but the samsonite. As i kick! It always go out of balance and the small tires of it makea it feal really heavy.

    For durability i will give
    Rimowa 9- although i drag my rimowa on the stairs going down on full load without any damage except that when i stored it then i was suppose to use it again. One set of tires started to fall off but i brought to rimowa one screw under just got loose.
    But still justifiable because i drag my bags even when im on the stairs of the tube. Because i have no choice.

    Samsonite- 10
    No damage or any signs of stress considering its a little older than my rimowa.

    Overall— i will still stick to my rimowa because its really ten times lighter than my samsonite when gliding at the same weight.

    1. Funny you say that. I experience the same thing. I think Rimowa is one step higher on the luxury and quality ladder.
      Besides the difference in durability and quality, there is also a big price difference. It probably go unnoticed because you got it as a gift.
      The Multiwheel from Rimowa rolls definitely better than the wheels from Samsonite. Sometimes they even roll too good. It happened several times that I was getting my passport or boarding pass out of my backpack and all off a sudden my carry-on was missing! On smooth surfaces which are not level the Rimowa tent to move away from you. That’s sometimes very annoying.

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