10 best carry-on roller bags to make travel easier (& more fun)

With checked bag fees through the roof, having the right carry-on bag is more important than ever. And while some swear by a sturdy duffel, we on the other hand prefer the ease of traveling with our shoulders free -- and a rolling bag by our side.

A trusty wheeled carry-on can help you make a tight connection without breaking a sweat and still fits into those crowded overhead bins. And best of all, many totes and briefcases (like this for her and this for him) attach beautifully onto a roller's long handle -- which means you don't have to lug around a thing!

SEE ALSO: The 9 best travel bags for a weekend away

Here are 10 bags that mean business:

1.
Best-selling Carry-on Bag Samsonite Spinner
This Samsonite Spinner is a best-selling carry-on bag on Amazon -- and for good reason. It is lightweight and its brushed pattern hides scratches and dings well. Not only that, but the price is right! You can also find it in charcoal and purple on the site.

2.
CALPAK Astyll 22 Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On
This CALPAK hard-shell roller could not be any chicer with its clean marble look. Mesh pockets, elastic pouches and a TSA approved lock, make traveling feel seamless. Purchase this piece in either white or black marble from Nordstrom.

3.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds 4 wheel Upright Suitcase

This four-wheel suitcase from Kenneth Cole is lightweight, yet ultra-durable thanks to its reinforced corners. With garment ties and zippered pouches, organized travel is easily within reach. Available in multiple colors on Amazon.

4.
Travelpro Luggage Maxlite3 22 Inch Expandable Rollaboard
Travelpro's super sleek bag with side and top grips (great for handling the stairs at the airport) is a total steal. Available at Amazon.

5.
Rockland Melbourne 20-Inch Expandable Abs Carry On Luggage
Are you an adventurer? If so, this Rockland carry-on might be the one for you. It's ready to take on anything with its durable external material and smooth-riding multi-directional wheels. Available in different colors at Amazon.

6.

This chic purple style from TravelSmith makes a great case to grab a carry-on that pairs with a tote. We adore its design, but its multiple compartments and wheels with 360° maneuverability seal the deal. Available at TravelSmith.

7.

If you've been looking for a super chic travel bag that's also affordable, congratulations -- you've finally found it. We are obsessed with all things Diane von Furstenberg, including this carry-on with a chic printed exterior. Available at Amazon.

8.
Baggallini Getaway Roller
Baggallini nails it with this water-resistant 4 wheel roller. It comes in a bunch of colors (think apple and charcoal) and even features two front zippered pockets for easy access to all of your essentials. Available at Zappos.

9.

Going with a trusted Victorinox Swiss Army carry-on is always a smart move -- especially because the Spectra 2.0 Expandable Global Carry-On is super durable, scratch-resistant and available right now!

10.
Delsey Luggage Helium Aero Carry-On Spinner Trolley
This Delsey Paris carry-on looks way more expensive than it really is. It has the chic hard shell look, comes in five colors, is VERY affordable and has great reviews on Amazon that'll make you feel even confident about your purchase. Available at Amazon.

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