Samsonite Dream Rider vs Trunki – A head to head comparison of these two great children’s suitcase brands

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Samsonite Dream Rider vs Trunki

Samsonite Dream Rider vs Trunki – find out which one is better in this comprehensive comparison and guide.

Samsonite have finally decided to take on Trunki for control of the lucrative ride-on suitcase market.

With their years of experience in the luggage game and some serious financial backing could Samsonite topple Trunki from the kids luggage top spot.

Plus, If they are a serious contender to Trunki then which one should you buy for your kids?

To help answer that question and see if the Dream Rider is better than Trunki we’ve put together this comprehensive comparison.

Read on now to find out which is best, the Dream Rider or Trunki.

Dream Rider vs Trunki – Quick Check Comparison Table of the two brands

To help you compare the Dream Rider and Trunki suitcase check out this comparison table.

Dream
Rider
Trunki
Storage
(litres)
2518
Weight (kg)1.91.7
Dimensions
(HxLxW in cm)
39x50x2132x44x22
Starting Price
(£)
£38£34
AvailabilityGreatGreat
LocksNoYes
Hand holdsYesYes
Age Rating3+3+
Rider weightup to 50kgup to 50kg
Carry StrapsYesYes
Second Hand
Availability
OkayGreat
Next Day
Delivery
YesYes
Designs
Available
812
Companion
Products
NoYes
Comparison table of Samsonite Dream Rider vs Trunki

Look and Feel Comparison

Take a look at these two similar design of cases from Dream Rider and Trunki to help you compare how they look and the finish of each case.


Tipu Tiger from Trunki



Tiger Tobi from Dream Rider


While the colour schemes on these two suitcases are almost identical there are some difference in how they look.

For starters the Dream Rider has a much more curved looked which gives the impression that it would be a softer seat for your kids.

The next thing to notice are the wheels, where Samsonite have had some issues, as the wheels on the Dream Rider are more pronounced and sticking out than on the Trunki where the wheels are closer in and more in keeping with the design.

Conversely, the Dream Rider makes a feature out of the straps where Trunki doesn’t.

However, Trunki do have their extra handholds that the Dream Rider doesn’t so it is difficult to really compare these features on looks alone.

Overall, it is difficult to split the two apart on Design as they are both fun and functional.

Dream Rider vs Trunki – Detailed Comparison of Dream Rider and Trunki

To further help you decide between buying a Dream Rider or Trunki, in this section, we will now look at each of the characteristics listed in the comparison table in detail.

And, identify which suitcase we think is the winner for each characteristic.

At the end of this guide we will then add up the number of wins for each brand to crown a winner between Dream Rider and Trunki.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Price Comparison

Both Dream Rider and Trunki have a range of prices for different suitcases depending on the character design.

After all, the suitcases themselves are exactly the same in each case so it can only be the popularity or brand of the character that makes a difference to the price.

Trunki have the cheapest suitcase available out of the two with their classic range starting from £34.

  • Boredom Busting – Sit-On, Ride-On & Carry-On Kids suitcase to keep entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home. Perfect as a baby or toddler gift with years of use though out childhood
  • Stress Less – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired toddlers & children on their luggage or conveniently carry the suitcase over shoulder when rushing to the car, checkin gate or hotel room
  • Happy Travels - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home, making it the must have overnight bag or kids luggage for any adventure
  • Hand Luggage – Perfect cabin sized carry-on suitcase for girls and boys (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline) and compact kids trolley bag for the car boot for staycations and camping trips
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase. Note Must not be ridden on by a user over 50KG and must not be ridden on rough/uneven terrain
  • BOREDOM BUSTING – Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On; keep kid’s entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home
  • STRESS LESS – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired children on their luggage or conveniently carry over shoulder
  • HAPPY TRAVELS - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home
  • HAND LUGGAGE – Perfect cabin carry-on bag for little boys and girls (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline)
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase

The cheapest Dream Rider options are the Pink Leopard or Orange Tiger which start from £50.

  • Children's luggage (2 days travel): 51 x 22 x 37 cm - 28 L - 1.90 kg
  • Lightweight and durable Woven easy grip handles
  • Large pack volume and cross tension straps
  • Cabin baggage size
  • Playful designs

Dream Rider have the most expensive ride on suitcase out of the two brands with their Puppy P case starting from an eye watering £80.

  • Children's luggage (2 days travel): 51 x 22 x 37 cm, 28 L, 1.90 kg
  • Carry-on size, lightweight and durable
  • Travel, play, sleep and again...
  • Suitable for 3 to 8 years old

In comparison the most expensive Trunki options are capped around £45

Given the the large price difference for the Dream Rider and the high starting price we have made Trunki the winner of the Price Comparison Category.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Storage Comparison

The more you can store in a ride-on suitcase then the more toys, clothes and snacks you can take for you little one for their journey.

Samsonite Dream Rider is a the clear winner here with an impressive 28 litres of storage available compared to 18 litres for the Trunki.

Therefore, the Samsonite Dream Rider is the winner of the Storage Comparison Category.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Weight Comparison

Let’s face it, at some point you will end up carrying this suitcase for your child and not just limited to putting it in the overhead locker of a plane.

Therefore, the lighter the suitcase the better.

So, as Trunki weighs 0.2kg less than Dream Rider it is the winner of the weight comparison category.

As a reminder a Trunki weighs 1.7kg and a Dream Rider weighs 1.9kg.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Dimension Comparison

Here are the dimensions of each type of suitcase.

Samsonite Dream Rider – Height 37cm, Width 22cm, Length 51cm

Trunki – Height 32cm, Width 21cm, Length 47cm

You can see that the Dream Rider is taller and longer than the Trunki but we are not convinced this is a good thing.

While it does give you that extra storage, it will make the suitcase less accessible to small children and make it slightly more awkward to manoeuvre so we feel it is just a bit too big.

Hang on, we just gave them the storage category and said how important it was and that would only be due to the size of the Dream Rider.

Absolutely, but we a few centimetres off the height and length the Dream Rider would still win the Storage category but you would have a much more usable suitcase.

Therefore, Trunki win the Dimensions Category.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Availability Comparison

Both the Dream Rider and Trunki Suitcases have great availability so this category is a draw.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Lock Comparison

Since the Dream Rider doesn’t have a locking mechanism and Trunki does, Trunki is this winner of this category.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Companion Products Comparison

Trunki offer a huge range of companion products that work alongside the suitcase to help make travel easier.

Currently Samsonite don’t offer any similar products and it is unlikely any Trunki products would be compatible with the Dream Rider.

So, when is comes to companion products then Trunki is the winner.

Here are some example companion products from Trunki

  • SUPER COMFY - Head & neck support for traveling toddler's that stops little heads falling forward
  • INGENIOUS MAGNETS - Create a safe children's chin cushion for a supported & refreshing sleep
  • NARROW DESIGN - Extra support for child & baby car seat's with a headrest and plane & bike seats, buggies etc.
  • TRAVEL FRIEND - Fun animal characters in cosy plush fabric & microbead filling, doubles as childs soft toy
  • SMALL SIZE - Ergonomically designed for little boy's and girl's approx. 2-4 years with neck circumference less than 30cm
  • FUSS FREE - Baby reins that fit from the front & fasten securely at the back making it very easy to put on and off your toddlers. Creating a more secure and ergonomic fit compared with a backpack with reins
  • EASY TO ADJUST - Straps adjust simultaneously for a speedy & comfortable fit. What ever the weather, get the perfect fitted baby walking harness or toddlers reins in seconds and quickly adjust fit for lightweight tops to thick coats
  • LOVE TO WEAR - Cute range of bright and colourful reins for toddlers boys & girls that they want to put and helps be safe & seen. Designed to be more comfortable when using the leash than rucksack reins for toddlers
  • GROWS WITH CHILD - Designed to fit as a baby harness for walking to a child safety harness preventing excited children from getting lost. Straps adjusts from training infant harness to a leading rein for kids
  • HIGH QUALITY - Padded construction with 3D mesh for comfort and breathability, secure seat belt style webbing used for strap.Hand wash only
  • Note-he product is for 12–48-month-old children. However, it will only fit a maximum chest size of 60cm or 24 inches. Some children in this age category will be larger than this size. The clip simply needs to be pushed in the middle to release.
  • ARE WE THERE YET Teebee is a kids storage box that quickly turns into a car tray enabling children to bring their creativity and nick-nacks with them on the go. Parents can also pre pack with surprise toys, snacks & travel games to keep kids entertained in the back!
  • CREATIVE PLAY - Open the double lid to create a car table, flip the storage tray round and a creative space is born on your lap. Ideal for colouring or doodling, playing with small toys, snacking and so much more while stuck in the car, train, plane or while waiting for food in restaurants. TeeBee a healthier alternative to screen time
  • STORE STUFF - From favourite toys, travel games or arts & crafts. Perfect for on the go with Lego, Playmobil, Sylvanian Families, Disney figures, Pokemon cards, Duplo, Shopkins. Collect a set of TeeBees and build a great toy storage solution for boys & girls
  • ACTION PACKED Comes with a travel activity pack including face stickers to personalise your storage box, colouring pencils and activity book to get creative straight out of the box. Easy to carry with grab handle that can also fasten to backpacks, luggage and fits comfortably inside a Trunki suitcase
  • MADE IN UK Our high quality travel toy box is made in Plymouth and designed to last, it's produced with carbon neutral energy and is 100% recyclable, why not use it forever as a childhood memory box
  • SET OF 3 - Store everything from children’s sandwiches to fruit and small snacks
  • NESTING - Neatly store child’s containers inside each other or stack the boxes for fun
  • EASY CLEAN – BPA, PVC & Phthalate free, Lid is NOT dishwasher safe (Large box 12 x 12 x 5 cm)
  • ANY ADVENTURE - Ideal toddler snack pot and packed lunch box for nursery, picnics and eating out
  • EAT - By Trunki, designed with matching drinks bottle and lunch bag for little boys and girls
  • DRY BAG - Stops the rain getting in and wet stuff getting out. Kids backpack that's lightweight & durable for swimming, sports and the great outdoors
  • ANY ADVENTURE - Waterproof bags for active children to be used at the Beach, Pool, School, Sports or anywhere outdoors. Water resistant to 1,500mm water pressure
  • KIDS FRIENDLY - Roll top dry bag rucksack improves on drawstring bags for children by creating a waterproof seal with patented break-away safety buckle. Ideal as a first baby swim bag, toddler backpack for nursery or a childrens PE bag
  • GREAT FEATURES - Tail fin pocket, Trunki storage grip for googles or sunglasses, ID label, padded back & shoulder straps for comfort. The perfect swimming bags for kids
  • CUTE RANGE – Adorable fish and aquatic character children's backpacks, perfect for small boys and girls with 7.5 Litre capacity
  • 15 litres Compact
  • Foldaway design
  • Adjustable straps
  • Dimensions: 44cm x 28cm x 17cm (approx)

Dream Rider vs Trunki Designs Comparisons

Both the Dream Rider and Trunki brands have a good range of designs available.

But, with its links to Disney and Marvel we are going to crown Samsonite the winner of this category.

If none of the designs for either suitcase take your fancy then with Trunki you also have the option to have a customised Trunki ride on suitcase made via their website.

However, rather than pay out for a custom design we have plenty of examples of low cost ways to turn a standard Trunki into something more funky simply by adding stickers and transfers.

Dream Rider vs Trunki Handhelds and Carry Straps Comparisons

The carry straps and hand holds on both sets of cases are perfectly adequate and there isn’t anything to choose between them so it is a draw for both these categories.

Dream Rider vs Trunki – Buying them second hand

Buying a used or second hand Trunki is always a good option.

There are always a lot of options available for a good quality second hand Trunki on sites such as eBay and Facebook marketplace.

Right now, the same cannot be said for the Dream Rider as it is relatively new product to the market but this will improve over time.

Therefore, in the 2nd hand category then Trunki is the winner.

Dream Rider vs Trunki – The Latest Range of Trunki Suitcases

The latest range of the well established Trunki ride on suitcases. Currently the market leader and first name for kids luggage but could the Dream Rider challenge this? Take a look and decide.

  • BOREDOM BUSTING – Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On; keep kid’s entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home
  • STRESS LESS – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired children on their luggage or conveniently carry over shoulder
  • HAPPY TRAVELS - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home
  • HAND LUGGAGE – Perfect cabin carry-on bag for little boys and girls (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline)
  • 5 YEAR GUARANTEE - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity
  • MADE IN UK – Reduced carbon footprint, lasts throughout childhood, 100% recyclable
  • BOREDOM BUSTING – Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On; keep kid’s entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home
  • HOME PLAY - Fun ride-on toy, storage solution, kids seat and perfect for pretend play adventures
  • HAPPY TRAVELS - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home
  • HAND LUGGAGE – Perfect cabin carry-on bag for little boys and girls (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline)
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase
  • Boredom Busting – Sit-On, Ride-On & Carry-On: Kids suitcase to keep entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home. Perfect as a baby or toddler gift with years of use though out childhood
  • Stress Less – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired toddlers & children on their luggage or conveniently carry the suitcase over shoulder when rushing to the car, departure gate or hotel room
  • Happy Travels - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home, making it the must have overnight bag or children's luggage for any adventure
  • Hand Luggage – Perfect cabin sized carry-on suitcase for girls and boys (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline) and compact kids trolley bag for the car boot for staycations and camping trips
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase
  • UK Made – Our high quality durable suitcase is made in Plymouth and designed to last throughout childhood, it's produced with carbon neutral energy, it's 100% recyclable and can be reused as a memory box once outgrown
  • BOREDOM BUSTING – Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On; keep kid’s entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home
  • HOME PLAY - Fun ride-on toy, storage solution, kids seat and perfect for pretend play adventures
  • HAPPY TRAVELS - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home
  • HAND LUGGAGE – Perfect cabin carry-on bag for little boys and girls (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline)
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase
  • Boredom Busting – Sit-On, Ride-On & Carry-On Kids suitcase to keep entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home. Perfect as a baby or toddler gift with years of use though out childhood
  • Stress Less – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired toddlers & children on their luggage or conveniently carry the suitcase over shoulder when rushing to the car, checkin gate or hotel room
  • Happy Travels - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home, making it the must have overnight bag or kids luggage for any adventure
  • Hand Luggage – Perfect cabin sized carry-on suitcase for girls and boys (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline) and compact kids trolley bag for the car boot for staycations and camping trips
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase. Note Must not be ridden on by a user over 50KG and must not be ridden on rough/uneven terrain
  • BOREDOM BUSTING – Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On; keep kid’s entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home
  • STRESS LESS – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired children on their luggage or conveniently carry over shoulder
  • HAPPY TRAVELS - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home
  • HAND LUGGAGE – Perfect cabin carry-on bag for little boys and girls (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline)
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase
  • BOREDOM ADE - Children's trolley for getting on, driving, pulling; great activity for kids waiting at the airport and anywhere on the go.
  • Stress-free - The included strap can be used both to pull the travel suitcase and child and as a shoulder strap for the suitcase
  • TRAVEL WITH FUN - The travel bag is an ideal companion for children on holidays, weekend trips, sleepovers with friends or simply as a toy for home
  • SUITABLE AS HAND LUGGAGE - Perfect Kids Girls Airplane Trolley (47x32x21cm; Carry-on Approvals Vary by Airline)
  • 5 YEAR WARRANTY - Award winning design is feather-light and super durable, with a sturdy hard plastic shell and 18 liters of storage space
  • 46 x 21 x 31 cm
  • BOREDOM BUSTING – Sit-On, Ride-On, Carry-On; keep kid’s entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home
  • HOME PLAY - Fun ride-on toy, storage solution, kids seat and perfect for pretend play adventures
  • HAPPY TRAVELS - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home
  • HAND LUGGAGE – Perfect cabin carry-on bag for little boys and girls (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline)
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase
  • Boredom Busting – Sit-On, Ride-On & Carry-On: Kids suitcase to keep entertained through the airport, at destination and away from home. Perfect as a baby or toddler gift with years of use though out childhood
  • Stress Less – Multi functional strap allows parent to tow tired toddlers & children on their luggage or conveniently carry the suitcase over shoulder when rushing to the car, checkin gate or hotel room
  • Happy Travels - Ideal child’s travel companion for holidays, short breaks, sleepovers and playing at home, making it the must have overnight bag or kids luggage for any adventure
  • Hand Luggage – Perfect cabin sized carry-on suitcase for girls and boys (47 x 32 x 21 cm check with airline) and compact kids trolley bag for the car boot for staycations and camping trips
  • 5 Year Guarantee - Award winning design is lightweight and durable, with a high impact hard plastic shell creating 18 litre storage capacity, scooter along wheels and child friendly features for years of happy memories with a trunki suitcase

Dream Rider vs Trunki – The Latest Range of Samsonite Dream Rider Suitcases

The latest range of the Samsonite Dream Rider suitcases for kids. Samsonsite are looking to offer an alternative to Trunki with their Dream Rider suitcase. Have a look and decide if they have.

Lightning McQueen Dream Rider


Your little one will be racing around the aiport on this Lightning McQueen styled Dream Rider. Just be prepared that you will have to be Jackson Storm in the race!

See More Disney Cars Suitases.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Dream Rider


A lovely, bright red, ride on suitcase with a cheeky Mickey and Minnie peeking out.



Mickey Mouse Dream Rider


Recently released Mick Mouse Dream Rider suitcase. This has to be the nearest thing available to a Micket Mouse Trunki.



Minnie Mouse Dream Rider


A lovely light pink Minnie Mouse ride on suitcase.



Beatty Bee Dream Rider


The Dream Rider version of Bernard Bee from Trunki and one to have your kids buzzing about the airport (sorry, I couldn’t resist the joke)

Zeno Zebra Dream Rider


Not sure about this white case as it may easily show dirt or look too irresitable to draw on by the kids but maybe that is just the Travelbetter Kids

Polly Pony Dream Rider


Toby Tiger Dream Rider


Dream Rider vs Trunki – Conclusion and The Travelbetter Recommendation

Here are the results of our comparison between Trunki and the Dream Rider suitcase.

Dream
Rider
Trunki
Storage
(litres)
WinnerLoser
Weight (kg)LoserWinner
Dimensions
(HxLxW in cm)
LoserWinner
Starting Price
(£)
LoserWinner
AvailabilityDrawDraw
LocksLoserWinner
Hand holdsDrawDraw
Age RatingDrawDraw
Rider weightDrawDraw
Carry StrapsDrawDraw
Second Hand
Availability
LoserWinner
Next Day
Delivery
DrawDraw
Designs
Available
WinnerLoser
Companion
Products
LoserWinner
Comparison table of Samsonite Dream Rider vs Trunki

The Samsonite Dream Rider has 2 wins and the Trunki has 6 wins making it the overall winner, therefore…

dreamrider-vs-trunki
Dreamrider vs Trunki

The Travelbetter recommendation is to buy a Trunki suitcase rather than a Samsonite Dream Rider.

However, they are both great options for a kids ride on suitcase and it Storage or Design are more important to you then choose a Samsonite Dream Rider.

Whichever one you do choose we are confident you will get a great suitcase for your kids that will also be a lot of fun.

Alternative Ride On Suitcases

While Trunki is the market leader and the Dream Rider is clearing targeting this crown there are other ride on suitcases available and we have covered some of them in the following Travel Gear posts

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What’s important to you

We reviewed and compared the Dream Rider suitcase and Trunki suitcase based on a number of categories.

However, if you only care about one of these categories then the results might be quite different.

To further help you decide between a a Dream Rider and Trunki here are the results and recommendations based on the individual categories.

Key Consideration – Price

If Price is you key consideration when comparing the Dream Rider and Trunki then you want to go for this simple Trunki option.

This is the cheapest of all the cases with a price between £30-£38.



Key Consideration – Branding

If branding is the key factor for you then you want to choose a Dream Rider.



Key Consideration – Storage

If having the most available storage is your key factor then choose a Dream Rider as they have 7 more litres of storage available than a Trunki.



Key Consideration – Reputation

Do you want to go with the most popular choice and the one with the best reputation?

If so then you should buy a Trunki suitcase.



Key Consideration – Accessories

You may be looking for the one with the most choice of accessories when comparing the Dream Rider and Trunki brands.

If this is the case then you want to buy a Trunki as they have the best range.



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