Rimowa vs. Briggs & Riley: Which High-End luggage brand is right for you?

Traveling can be life changing. We truly believe it broadens the mind through experience. The end destination is the goal, however part of the adventure is the journey to.

How do we get to our end destination with the right belongings safely? Our belongings are part of the shared experiences. That means finding a great luggage set. It is hard to figure out which one is the right one for you with so many options.

There are a lot of brands to chose from, but we are reviewing two that are top tier.

Rimowa and Briggs & Riley.

So what happens when these two are paired against each other? Well, in truth, both could come out on top as it depends on what you are looking for.

We thought we would help you make that decision. We have held both brands up to each other and will give you the rundown of everything you need to know about each. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the similarities and differences between these two options, as well as their pros and cons to help you decide!

Side by Side Comparison:



  • quality is second to none
  • design is sleek, fashionable, functional
  • durability is amazing
  • 5 year warranty when registered
  • owning Rimowa is a prestige statement of travel fashion and taste
  • luggage is customizable


  • price
  • flashiness (although this is perhaps a pro as well?)

Briggs & Riley


  • amazing quality
  • more modest and low key design
  • fantastic reviews
  • durable and functional
  • lifetime warranty when registered
  • have a hardside luggage line as well (Sympatico series)


  • basic lower key design
  • price point is still higher than others on the market

Table of Contents

  • Rimowa vs Briggs & Riley: Comparing the Two Luggage Sets
  • Rimowa Suitcases
    • The Cabin Carry On (Classic Collection)
    • Check-In Large (Essential Collection)
    • Trunk – (Original Collection)
    • Briggs & Riley Suitcases
    • International Carry On – softside (Baseline Series)
    • Medium Expandable Spinner – Baseline Series
    • Extra Large Expandable Trunk Spinner – Baseline Collection
    • Comparing the Two
  • Decision Time

Rimowa vs Briggs & Riley: Comparing the Two Luggage Sets


When putting both side by side, it doesn’t take a genius to see how different they are.

Perhaps it’s easier to classify these two in terms of a movie. Rimowa luggage is your futuristic sci fi, while Briggs and Riley luggage is more of a seamless classic. Please watch the below videos from Youtube to get a better sense of these two luggage companies and what they feature.


Briggs & Riley

Rimowa VS. Briggs & Riley


Rimowa Suitcases

Rimowa is one of the most sought after luggage brands in the world. Their aluminum suitcases have a reputation of being precision engineered to perfection. All this of course comes at a price. The initial sticker shock might be difficult to swallow, but understanding the value and years of potential use will perhaps make this easier to deal with.

It’s certainly worth mentioning that Rimowa suitcases can be customized with colour choices for the handle, luggage tag, wheels, and suitcase shell. Rimowa luggage is also backed by a 5 year warranty. Once purchased and registered, repairs can be done online through their local store services.

Let’s dive into more of the popular Rimowa Suitcases on the market.



The Cabin Carry On (Classic collection)

A trademark of Rimowa luggage, this carry on classic is a high end beauty. Rimowa’s entire goal is to perfectly balance functionality, craftsmanship, engineering, and style. This carry on is designed to fit in most overhead compartments, and is built specifically for the weekend traveler or short 2-3 day business trip.


Item Specs:

  • weight – 9.5 lbs
  • volume – 9.5 GAL
  • height -21.7 in
  • width – 15.8 in
  • depth – 9.1 in


  • top tier quality & design
  •  TSA built in approved locks
  • flex divider built to contour around what is packed
  • premium 4 wheel system, ball bearing mounted wheels with cushioned axels for stability
  • telescopic handle with leather grip


  • weighs more than other carry-ons in it’s class
  • all design & function come at a price



Check-In Large (Essential collection)

A first in class for a polycarbonate suitcase, this German design is known as top of the line in high tech functionality. Customizable in colour, this Rimowa suitcase is also lightweight, durable and strong. Recommended for travelers heading for a work trip or vacation of up to 10 days.


Item Specs:

  • weight – 10.6 lbs
  • volume – 23 GAL
  • height – 30.6 in
  • width – 20.5 in
  • depth – 11.1 in


  • polycarbonate shell and wheels
  • adjustable interior flex divider
  • telescopic handle with leather grip
  • TSA approved built in locks
  • 5 yr warranty


  • quality, design, function come at a cost



Trunk – (Original Collection)

The ultimate in storage capacity and iconic design. This large capacity suitcase is a trunk on wheels. The same high end innovative design, boasts long lasting performance and functionality as all other Riwoma luggage does. This case is recommended for the long trip traveler 10+ days. Long term trips or relocations where a trunk of this size will keep the most precious belongings safe and protected.


Item Specs:

  • weight – 13.4 lbs
  • volume: -23.6 GAL
  • height – 28.8 in
  • width -17 in
  • depth – 14.8 in


  • tons of space
  • built-in TSA approved lock
  • high quality and durability
  • premium flex divider system
  • telescopic handle with leather grip
  • fantastic overall reviews


  •  quality comes at a price
  •  a full trunk can be quite heavy for transportation

It’s unlikely you will find a higher end suitcase or luggage collection that can boast the same look, durability, function and style as Rimowa. Owning a luggage piece from Rimowa is not just about the status  of elegance and taste, but also the practicality of function for frequent travel needs. If budget is not an issue, than we highly recommend this brand. Travelers would do well to sport any pieces from Rimowa while knowing their contents are as safe and secure as possible.

Briggs & Riley Suitcases

Briggs Riley has been around since 1970, and with over 40 years in the travel and luggage business, this company has stayed current with the changing travel market. Their philosophy is ‘Engineered for Reality’. How to create a high end suitcase that is all practical, durable, functional and not a full on budget breaker.

 One amazing benefit of Brigg and Riley luggage, is the lifetime guarantee. And they mean just that. We challenge you to find another luggage company that provides this same gaurentee. It’s worth noting this life time warranty covers the repairs of all functional aspects of your Briggs & Riley suitcase. Normal wear and tear is just that, normal. Obvious damage by an airline would first have to be sorted out by the airline.

 Let’s take a look at some of Briggs Riley more popular luggage pieces.




International Carry On – softside (Baseline Series)

This is an expandable carry-on which is ideal for those shorter business or pleasure trips. We recommend up to 4 days of capacity. Briggs Riley is known for their patented CX technology which can expand this suitcase up to 34% during packing, and then compress it back down  to it’s original size. It’s worth mentioning this carry-on will fit in most overhead bins.

Item Specs:

  • weight – 9 lbs
  • volume: – 12.6 GAL
  • height -21 in
  • width -15 in
  • depth – 9 in


  •  very positive reviews
  • CX compression technology
  • ballistic nylon fabric is water repellent
  • cinch down mesh garment panel keeps contents from shifting
  • built in tri fold garment folder


  • a few complaints about not enough exterior pockets
  • all the functionality, durability, technology come at a price

Medium Expandable Spinner – Baseline Series

This is the perfect size suitcase for that mid range trip which holds 3-6 days worth of capacity. Popular with the traveling business person, it boasts a cinch down mesh garment panel for keeping suits or business wear wrinkle free. Gliding through airports might feel effortless with the four double wheel swivel wheels.

Item Specs:

  • weight -11 lbs
  • volume -21.9 GAL
  • height – 25 in
  • width – 18 in
  • depth – 11 in



  • outstanding reviews
  • CX compression technology
  • ballistic nylon fabric is water repellent
  • cinch down mesh garment panel
  • built in tri-fold garment folder
  • seamless navigation with 4 dual pivoting wheels
  • life time warranty


  • Limited complaints about the return policy not being valid
  • quality comes with a price




Extra Large Expandable Trunk Spinner – Baseline Collection

Enough room for a longer vacation this x-large trunk spinner can hold ample belongings. We recommend this size for the 10+ day vacationer. While upgraded in size, this spinner trunk lacks nothing of the Briggs-Riley quality.

The same patented CX compression technology and cinch down mesh garment panel as the smaller versions with ample more space.


Item Specs:

  • Weight: 13.8 lbs
  • Volume: up to 33.9 GAL
  • Height: 30 in
  • Width: 16 in
  • Depth: 14.5 in



  • ample storage for multiple persons traveling 10+ days
  • built with the traveling technologist in mind
  • durable, stable, secure storage
  • patented CX Compression technology
  • cinch down mesh garment panel
  • life time warranty


  • fully loaded could be heavy to maneuver





Comparing the two:

Rimowa is known through and through for their futuristic aluminum designed suitcases. They come in all various sizes you might be looking for. From a quality and durability stand point, they are second to none. Their luggage is as much a beneficial travel tool as it is a statement piece. Giving off the aura of sophistication and a veteran traveler who knows what works.   Rimowa also offers all the usually travel accessories one might be looking for.  The 5 year warranty is something expected at this price point, but please remember it only qualifies if you register your luggage upon purchase.

Briggs and Riley is a fantastic option for the more ‘low key’ traveler so to speak. We believe Briggs and Riley produce high quality luggage that is certainly at a higher end price than your average run of the mill suitcases you might find in a department store. While they have amazing quality, their baseline collection is certainly not flashy. It’s worth noting that for those who really prefer hardshell luggage, Briggs and Riley does offer a hard shell series called Sympatico. This is worth checking out if Rimowa is above your price point. Perhaps our favorite feature of Briggs and Riley is their lifetime warranty.


Both Rimowa and Briggs & Riley offer more than just standard suitcases. Both companies specialize in all things travel related from backpacks to passport holders to neck pillows. While there are hundreds of luggage companies out there that offer travel products, these two have stood the test of time and are still around for a reason. Any serious traveler looking for quality pieces would do well to own products of either.

Decision Time?

Truth be told, we paired these two luggage brands against each-other for the obvious appeal in differences.  Purchasing a good set of luggage should come down to one’s budget, travel style, and personal needs. Both brands offer something often forgot: sense of adventure. Let the anticipation build in purchasing knowing your new luggage will have to be put to good use through exploring the world.

We wish you the best in your travels.