Delsey Chatelet 21″ Luggage Review

PRODUCT GRADE

Review Grade A+

FEATURES 100
DESIGN 100
DURABILITY 100
PRICE 85
USER REVIEWS 100
OVERALL 97

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Along with the 21″ suitcase I have also included links to the other Chatelet model sizes.

Delsey is well-known for their luxury designer styles. These vintage inspired pieces by Delsey really do make a girl feel first class! Perfect for those nice trips to Europe or the islands.

At first glance, this piece may seem too expensive to some. However, in my opinion the class and quality of this piece is worth the splurge for so many reasons. Let’s see why.

Features

BASICS

  • Case: Hardside 100% Bayer Virgin Makrolon Polycarbonate
  • Wheels: Spinner (4 wheels multi-directional)
  • Color Options: Champagne, Black, Brown and Chocolate/tan
  • Weight: 8 lbs, 4 oz
  • Size Being Reviewed: 21″
  • All Sizes Available: 19″, 21″, 24″, 28″

SELLING POINTS

  • Luxury design with a vintage inspired look
  • High quality and durable materials
  • TSA approved lock to keep your things secure
  • Impressive worldwide 10 year warranty
  • Silent Wheels and a Wheel Locking Mechanism
TSA Lock & Wheel Lock of Delsey Chatelet Luggage

Wheel Lock on/off knob and TSA Lock

FEATURES GRADE 100

Design

Exterior

A hard case with a soft clean touch of elegant leather trims. There are 3 handles; a retractile silver handle on top, and leather handles on the top and side.

Hopefully you haven’t been there, but for those who have had their luggage lost it’s a nightmare. Delsey has helped a little in this area by including an identification plate on the back.

One of the coolest and most unique things about this piece is the wheel locking mechanism. It’s actually a nifty dial on the back you can turn to “stop” or “go”. So while you’re jetting through an airport because your layover was too short, turn to “go” and well, go! When waiting in line, hit “stop” to keep it from rolling off. Now why don’t all suitcases have this feature?

Overall color options are stylish and expensive looking. That luxury “posh” vibe is all over this suitcase. I especially love the two-toned look of the contrasting but complementary leather details.

To me, many hardside suitcases look so… industrial. Utilitarian. You know, like men designed it for… men. But with the Chatelet model, Delsey has given it a soft, subtly feminine look with the same durability of other hard cases. Don’t worry though guys, it’s not pink. So it’s still okay to own one!

Sides of Delsey Chatelet Luggage

The Delsey Chatelet really knows how to work the camera!

Delsey Chatelet Luggage - Front

Delsey Chatelet Luggage - Design Details

Design details like these give the Delsey Chatelet an elegant design

Color Options

The Delsey Chatelet Carry-On comes in 4 colors: Champagne, Brown, Black, and Chocolate/tan

Some sites describe the Champagne color as ivory. My initial concern with lighter colors is that it would quickly become dirty looking, but thankfully the material wipes clean easily.

Available in Colors: Champagne, Brown, Black, Chocolate/Tan

Available in Colors: Champagne, Brown, Black, Chocolate/Tan

Interior

The fully lined interior offers two packing compartments with a zippered divider on one side and tie-down straps on the other. I love how the compartments can separate bulky rough items like shoes, toiletries, and power charges from more delicate and expensive clothing. Plus after a few days, the used clothes can go on one side and fresh ones on the other.

It also comes with 2 separate matching bags made of the same soft lining. When traveling I always have to remember to bring extra bags to separate my dirty shoes or clothes, so I love the fact these 2 bags are included. So much more stylish than a grocery bag! There is also even a flexible clothes hanger inside.

One of my favorite features of the Delsey Chatelet is how even the inside lining was given attention. It’s a bold but elegant crimson red color. Which I absolutely love. What an improvement over the standard 50 shades of gray most use for the interior.

Delsey Chatelet Interior with compartment dividers

Interior with compartment dividers & bonus hanger

Delsey Chatelet Bonus Organizer Bags

The Delsey Chatelet comes with 2 matching organizer bags!

Delsey Chatelet Sizes

The Delsey Chatelet Spinner comes in 3 additional sizes, besides the 21″ that I am reviewing – 19″, 24″, and 28″.

Available in Sizes 19", 21", 24", 28"

Available in Sizes 19″, 21″, 24″, 28″

DESIGN GRADE 100

Durability

The hardcase is constructed from 100% Bayer virgin makrolon polycarbonate. Which is awesome. Ok… so I honestly had no idea what that actually is. But I researched it. Apparently it’s the latest and greatest. This plastic is an exceptionally strong yet flexible material and can handle temperatures up to 298 degrees Fahrenheit. You know, just in case you get the urge to set your luggage near a fire.

As I read thoroughly through customer reviews many reviewers say this case is practically invincible. I guess this is due to the Bayer makrolon poly it is designed from. One website went has far as to say this plastic is “shatter proof”. So extremely durable, even after months of use. The wheels especially are known to hold up well.

I think the biggest proof that the Delsey Chatelet is built for years of use, is their warranty. They provide an impressive 10 year limited warranty. Not many other companies do that. Samsonite does a 10 year warranty on some of their luggage products, but hey, their entire brand is built around durability. Designer luggage, though, with a good warranty make this piece a great buy.

DURABILITY GRADE 100

Price

The Delsey Chatelet Luggage an economy piece? Not so much. It’s a little pricey compared to other hardside luggage. But I think it looks more expensive than it is. It truly looks and feels high end. You know, for me I feel like I could walk into a fancy Italian hotel with this and fit right in. With a nice dress and heels of course.

If you are looking for something lower cost, and less “designer-ish” then I suggest the Beverly Hills Country Club Newport or the Rockland Leopard for those wanting something even more bold.

PRICE GRADE 85

User Reviews

User reviews on various websites average around 4.7 stars out of 5.

4.7 Stars Average User Rating

Some of the things that user reviews often brought up were:

  • Stylish design with beautiful and refined color options
  • Good quality materials that are easy to clean
  • Considered oversize by some Airlines

As for the claim of the case being oversize, most airlines accept the measurements for carry-on requirements. This Desley is exactly 22″ with the wheels, and airline regulation is 22″. The real problem is probably more of overhead bins on the airplane being too full, not the size of this piece. If I was really concerned about it not fitting in overhead bins I’d just get the 19″ size, in fact it’s so pretty I want want all 4 sizes!

USER REVIEWS GRADE 100

Summary | Delsey Chatelet 21″

Pros

  • Classy design and vintage color choices
  • Sturdy hardside case
  • Wheels locks
  • Interior divider with pockets
  • TSA lock and idetification plate

Cons

  • Price

Verdict

I think most people would see this as a very high quality and polished looking piece of luggage with top-notch features. I love how it has a feminine touch, but is still gender neutral enough not feel too “girly”.

I think it would make an excellent piece for any business person or traveler, and a classy gift. Although it may be higher in priced, it is still affordable and a great value for the quality and style.

 

As was mentioned, if you are looking for something cheaper then I suggest the Beverly Hills Country Club Newport  or the Rockland Leopard.

Buy Online

Along with the 21″ suitcase I have also included links to the other Chatelet model sizes.

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