Top 200 Best Reviewed Tote Bags - Buyers Guide 2018


We have read and checked 472,700 reviews reviews to make this top 200 list!

Some people might say that all tote bags seem the same, but that's definitely not the case!

There are lots of different designs to choose between and when you are looking for a new tote bag, you not only need to look at the designs.

You also need to consider the different sizes, features and qualities (which can vary a lot from brand to brand).

To help you choose, we have read and checked 472,700 reviews to find the best reviewed tote bags.

Check out the top 200 list below.

How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.

Top 200 tote bags 2018


Marmot Urban Hauler tote bag
Marmot logo
5.0
41 reviews

Sherpani Tempest tote bag
Sherpani Tempest
2 bag types available.
Sherpani logo
5.0
16 reviews

Amy Butler Abina tote bag
Amy Butler Abina
Price range $$
Amy butler logo
5.0
16 reviews

Michael Kors Mott tote bag
Michael Kors Mott
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
5.0
7 reviews

Michael Kors Newbury tote bag
Michael Kors Newbury
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
5.0
13 reviews

Furla Stacy tote bag
Furla Stacy
Price range $$$$

5.0
6 reviews

Rebecca Minkoff Darren tote bag
Rebecca Minkoff Darren
Price range $$$$

5.0
4 reviews

Vera Bradley Cooler tote bag
Vera Bradley Cooler
Price range $

5.0
4 reviews

Watershed Largo tote bag
Watershed Largo
Price range $$
Watershed logo
4.9
15 reviews

Sherpani Boheme tote bag
Sherpani Boheme
Price range $$
Sherpani logo
4.9
4 reviews

Coach Taylor tote bag
Coach Taylor
Price range $$$

4.9
38 reviews

Furla Metropolis tote bag
Furla Metropolis
Price range $$$$

4.9
49 reviews

Lug Windjammer tote bag
Lug Windjammer
Price range $$

4.8
20 reviews

Sherpani Sloan tote bag
Sherpani Sloan
Capacity 18.9 l (1153 cuin)
Price range $
Sherpani logo
4.8
51 reviews

Dooney & Bourke Florentine tote bag

4.8
9 reviews

Adrienne Landau Cheetah tote bag
Adrienne Landau Cheetah
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Adrienne landau logo
4.8
18 reviews

Amy Butler Josephine tote bag
Amy Butler Josephine
Price range $$
Amy butler logo
4.8
28 reviews

Ralph Lauren Newbury tote bag
Ralph Lauren Newbury
Price range $$
Ralph lauren logo
4.8
8 reviews

Nine West Reana tote bag
Nine West Reana
Price range $

4.8
846 reviews

Adidas Squad tote bag
Adidas Squad
Price range $
Adidas logo
4.8
355 reviews

Amy Butler Harper tote bag
Amy Butler Harper
Price range $$
Amy butler logo
4.8
8 reviews

Kate Spade Jackson Street tote bag

4.8
4 reviews

The North Face Homestead tote bag
The North Face Homestead
2 bag types available.
Price range $
The north face logo
4.7
15 reviews

Sherpani Soleil tote bag
Sherpani Soleil
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Sherpani logo
4.7
49 reviews

Michael Kors Rhea tote bag
Michael kors logo
4.7
71 reviews

Michael Kors Bedford tote bag
Michael Kors Bedford
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.7
946 reviews

American West Harvest Moon tote bag
American west logo
4.7
53 reviews

Dakine Stashable tote bag
Dakine Stashable
Price range $
Dakine logo
4.7
30 reviews

Kate Spade Grand Street tote bag
Kate Spade Grand Street
Price range $$$$

4.7
11 reviews

Michael Kors Jet Set tote bag
Michael Kors Jet Set
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.6
3,497 reviews

Michael Kors Raven tote bag
Michael Kors Raven
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.6
250 reviews

Calvin Klein Monogram tote bag
Calvin Klein Monogram
Price range $$

4.6
41 reviews

Skyway Mirage tote bag
Skyway Mirage
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Skyway logo
4.6
137 reviews

Stephen Joseph Butterfly tote bag

4.6
433 reviews

Marc Jacobs Too Hot to Handle tote bag

4.6
16 reviews

Marc Jacobs Crosby tote bag
Marc Jacobs Crosby
Price range $$

4.6
16 reviews

Patagonia Headway tote bag
Patagonia Headway
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Patagonia logo
4.6
182 reviews

Ogio Brooklyn
Ogio Brooklyn
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.6
1,267 reviews

OGIO Hamptons tote bag
OGIO Hamptons
Price range $$
Ogio logo
4.6
2,230 reviews

BSI Deluxe tote bag
BSI Deluxe
Price range $

4.6
1,321 reviews

SealLine Baja tote bag
Sealline logo
4.6
2,556 reviews

Vera Bradley Glenna tote bag
Vera Bradley Glenna
Price range $$

4.6
1,486 reviews

Michael Kors Saffiano tote bag
Michael Kors Saffiano
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.6
313 reviews

Burton Tinder tote bag
Burton Tinder
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Burton logo
4.6
568 reviews

Fossil Emma tote bag
Fossil Emma
Price range $$

4.6
314 reviews

Michael Kors Mercer tote bag
Michael Kors Mercer
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.6
313 reviews

Travelon Anti-theft tote bag
Travelon Anti-theft
7 bag types available.
Capacity 9 l (549 cuin)
Price range $$
Travelon logo
4.6
23,084 reviews

Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista tote bag
Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Ricardo beverly hills logo
4.6
335 reviews

Tumi Voyageur tote bag
Tumi Voyageur
6 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Tumi logo
4.6
475 reviews

Vera Bradley Make a Change tote bag

4.6
164 reviews

Michael Kors Fulton tote bag
Michael Kors Fulton
Price range $$$$
Michael kors logo
4.6
528 reviews

Frye Melissa tote bag
Frye Melissa
Price range $$$

4.6
596 reviews

Vera Bradley Lighten Up tote bag

4.5
545 reviews

Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay tote bag
Ricardo Beverly Hills Malibu Bay
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Ricardo beverly hills logo
4.5
260 reviews

Clava Carina tote bag
Clava Carina
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Clava logo
4.5
88 reviews

Vera Bradley Iconic tote bag
Vera Bradley Iconic
Price range $$

4.5
149 reviews

Osprey Ultralight tote bag
Osprey Ultralight
5 bag types available.
Osprey logo
4.5
309 reviews

Topeak MTX tote bag
Topeak MTX
Price range $$
Topeak logo
4.5
1,425 reviews

Travelpro Maxlite tote bag
Travelpro Maxlite
Price range $
Travelpro logo
4.5
4,078 reviews

Matador Transit tote bag
Matador Transit
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Matador logo
4.5
4 reviews

Under Armour On the Run tote bag
Under armour logo
4.5
83 reviews

Aqua Quest Himal
Aqua Quest Himal
Price range $

4.5
278 reviews

BSI Taxi tote bag
BSI Taxi
Price range $

4.5
333 reviews

Arcteryx Blanca tote bag
Arcteryx Blanca
Price range $$
Arcteryx logo
4.5
15 reviews

Carhartt Legacy tote bag
Carhartt Legacy
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Carhartt logo
4.5
392 reviews

Delsey Helium tote bag
Delsey Helium
3 bag types available.
Delsey logo
4.5
3,181 reviews

Delsey Quilted
Delsey Quilted
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Delsey logo
4.5
11,903 reviews

Tommy Bahama Bahama Mama tote bag
Tommy bahama logo
4.5
234 reviews

Adidas Diablo tote bag
Adidas logo
4.5
26,997 reviews

American West Desert Wildflower tote bag
American west logo
4.5
7 reviews

Amy Butler Cara tote bag
Amy Butler Cara
Price range $$
Amy butler logo
4.5
14 reviews

Pyramid Path tote bag
Pyramid Path
Price range $

4.5
2,726 reviews

Jansport Superbreak tote bag
Jansport logo
4.5
321,770 reviews

Briggs & Riley Baseline tote bag
Briggs & Riley Baseline
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Briggs & riley logo
4.5
1,531 reviews

Speedo Ventilator tote bag
Speedo Ventilator
Price range $
Speedo logo
4.5
1,431 reviews

Timbuk2 Jet tote bag
Timbuk2 Jet
4 bag types available.
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
2,569 reviews

Adrienne Landau Calypso tote bag
Adrienne Landau Calypso
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Adrienne landau logo
4.5
3 reviews

Knomo Curzon tote bag
Knomo Curzon
Price range $$$

4.5
40 reviews

The North Face Flyweight tote bag
The North Face Flyweight
3 bag types available.
Price range $
The north face logo
4.5
90 reviews

Pacsafe Citysafe tote bag
Pacsafe Citysafe
5 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.5
581 reviews

Brookstone Dash tote bag
Brookstone Dash
Price range $
Brookstone logo
4.5
90 reviews

Incase City tote bag
Incase logo
4.5
240 reviews

The Sak Silverlake tote bag
The Sak Silverlake
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
The sak logo
4.5
1,184 reviews

Skip Hop Duo tote bag
Skip Hop Duo
Price range $

4.5
1,393 reviews

Kate Spade Blake Avenue tote bag

4.5
67 reviews

Sakroots Artist Circle tote bag
Sakroots logo
4.4
5,913 reviews

Brenthaven Collins tote bag
Brenthaven Collins
Price range $$

4.4
79 reviews

Piel Executive tote bag

4.4
168 reviews

Thule Pack n Pedal tote bag
Thule Pack n Pedal
4 bag types available.
Price range $
Thule logo
4.4
9 reviews

Travelpro Platinum Magna tote bag
Travelpro Platinum Magna
2 bag types available.
Travelpro logo
4.4
747 reviews

Brics Life tote bag
Brics logo
4.4
84 reviews

Lodis Audrey tote bag
Lodis Audrey
Price range $$$$

4.4
655 reviews

Storm Solo tote bag
Storm Solo
Price range $

4.4
215 reviews

Delsey Chatelet
Delsey Chatelet
2 bag types available.
Capacity 15.4 l (937 cuin)
Delsey logo
4.4
138 reviews

Tumi Alpha tote bag
Tumi Alpha
6 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Tumi logo
4.4
322 reviews

Marc Jacobs Trooper tote bag
Marc Jacobs Trooper
Price range $$$

4.4
19 reviews

Briggs & Riley Transcend tote bag
Briggs & riley logo
4.4
61 reviews

The Sak Kendra tote bag
The Sak Kendra
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
The sak logo
4.4
5,726 reviews

Fossil Sydney tote bag
Fossil Sydney
Price range $$

4.4
404 reviews

Eagle Creek Packable tote bag
Eagle Creek Packable
2 bag types available.
Eagle creek logo
4.4
119 reviews

Kate Spade Cameron Street tote bag
Kate Spade Cameron Street
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$

4.4
68 reviews

Frye Campus tote bag
Frye Campus
Price range $$$$

4.4
28 reviews

SealLine EcoSee tote bag
Sealline logo
4.4
202 reviews

London Fog Kensington tote bag
London fog logo
4.4
460 reviews

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Samsonite logo
4.4
612 reviews

Coach Edie tote bag

4.4
140 reviews

Kate Spade Watson Lane tote bag
Kate Spade Watson Lane
Price range $$$

4.4
5 reviews

Eagle Creek No Matter What tote bag
Eagle Creek No Matter What
5 bag types available.
Capacity 23-71 l (1405-4335 cuin)
Price range $
Eagle creek logo
4.4
1,817 reviews

Sherpani Hadley tote bag
Sherpani Hadley
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Sherpani logo
4.4
21 reviews

Travelpro Crew tote bag
Travelpro Crew
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Travelpro logo
4.4
1,455 reviews

Tumi Sinclair tote bag
Tumi Sinclair
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$$
Tumi logo
4.4
21 reviews

Michael Kors Voyager tote bag
Michael Kors Voyager
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.4
35 reviews

Brunswick Tzone tote bag
Brunswick Tzone
Price range $

4.4
753 reviews

The Sak Indio tote bag
The Sak Indio
Price range $$
The sak logo
4.4
4,310 reviews

Biaggi Contempo tote bag
Biaggi Contempo
Price range $$

4.4
177 reviews

Jacki Design Miss Cherie tote bag

4.4
48 reviews

Calvin Klein Saffiano tote bag
Calvin Klein Saffiano
Price range $$$

4.4
97 reviews

Peak Design Everyday tote bag
Peak Design Everyday
3 bag types available.
Price range $$$
Peak design logo
4.3
442 reviews

Patagonia Lightweight tote bag
Patagonia Lightweight
4 bag types available.
Price range $
Patagonia logo
4.3
588 reviews

Petunia Pickle Bottom Downtown tote bag

4.3
87 reviews

Brunswick Edge tote bag
Brunswick Edge
Price range $

4.3
27 reviews

Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street tote bag
Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street
5 bag types available.
Capacity 15.9 l (968 cuin)
Price range $$$
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
89 reviews

Victorinox Lexicon tote bag
Victorinox Lexicon
Price range $$$
Victorinox logo
4.3
22 reviews

Vera Bradley Preppy Poly tote bag

4.3
314 reviews

Kaze Sports tote bag
Kaze Sports
Price range $

4.3
494 reviews

Under Armour Bazooka tote bag
Under armour logo
4.3
89 reviews

Michael Kors Hamilton tote bag
Michael Kors Hamilton
Price range $$$
Michael kors logo
4.3
86 reviews

Kate Spade Cedar Street tote bag

4.3
229 reviews

Vince Camuto Leila tote bag
Vince Camuto Leila
Price range $$$

4.3
179 reviews

BSI Double Ball tote bag
BSI Double Ball
Price range $

4.3
774 reviews

Delsey Cruise tote bag
Delsey logo
4.3
144 reviews

Werks Traveler tote bag
Werks Traveler
2 bag types available.
Capacity 18.7-24 l (1144-1463 cuin)
Price range $$

4.3
182 reviews

Eagle Creek Adventure tote bag
Eagle Creek Adventure
2 bag types available.
Capacity 21 l (1280 cuin)
Price range $$$
Eagle creek logo
4.3
143 reviews

Columbia Beacon tote bag
Columbia logo
4.3
22 reviews

Coach Prairie tote bag

4.3
37 reviews

Briggs & Riley Sympatico tote bag
Briggs & Riley Sympatico
2 bag types available.
Capacity 23.8-37.7 l (1452-2299 cuin)
Price range $$$
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
209 reviews

CalPak Zanny tote bag
CalPak Zanny
Price range $
Calpak logo
4.2
400 reviews

Hammer Premium tote bag
Hammer Premium
Price range $

4.2
76 reviews

Pacsafe Slingsafe tote bag
Pacsafe Slingsafe
2 bag types available.
Price range $
Pacsafe logo
4.2
379 reviews

Pyramid Prime tote bag
Pyramid Prime
Price range $

4.2
508 reviews

Marc Jacobs Biker tote bag
Marc Jacobs Biker
Price range $$$

4.2
85 reviews

Amy Butler Carmen tote bag
Amy Butler Carmen
Price range $$
Amy butler logo
4.2
6 reviews

Skip Hop Chelsea tote bag

4.2
250 reviews

White Elm Arrows tote bag
White Elm Arrows
Price range $

4.2
828 reviews

Mountain Hardwear Lightweight tote bag
Mountain Hardwear Lightweight
3 bag types available.
Capacity 14 l (854.3 cuin)
Price range $
Mountain hardwear logo
4.2
6 reviews

Timbuk2 Forge tote bag
Timbuk2 Forge
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.2
34 reviews

Biaggi Hangeroo tote bag
Biaggi Hangeroo
Price range $$$

4.2
55 reviews

American Tourister Fieldbrook tote bag
American tourister logo
4.2
2,140 reviews

Guess Delaney tote bag
Guess Delaney
Price range $$

4.2
51 reviews

Nicole Miller Jardin tote bag
Nicole miller logo
4.1
32 reviews

Timbuk2 Heist tote bag
Timbuk2 Heist
4 bag types available.
Capacity 10 l (610 cuin)
Price range $$
Timbuk2 logo
4.1
27 reviews

Herschel Packable tote bag
Herschel Packable
2 bag types available.
Herschel logo
4.1
249 reviews

BSI Nova tote bag
BSI Nova
Price range $

4.1
298 reviews

Pacsafe Intasafe tote bag
Pacsafe Intasafe
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Pacsafe logo
4.1
126 reviews

Skip Hop Greenwich tote bag

4.1
198 reviews

Frye Ilana tote bag
Frye Ilana
Price range $$$$

4.0
30 reviews

Packit Freezable tote bag
Packit Freezable
Price range $

4.0
8,400 reviews

Delsey Chatillon tote bag
Delsey Chatillon
2 bag types available.
Delsey logo
4.0
77 reviews

Marc Jacobs Recruit tote bag
Marc Jacobs Recruit
Price range $$$$

4.0
116 reviews

Kate Spade Hayes Street tote bag

4.0
3 reviews

Betsey Johnson Moms the Word tote bag

4.0
12 reviews

Coach Mercer tote bag

4.0
33 reviews

Rebecca Minkoff Regan tote bag
Rebecca Minkoff Regan
Price range $$$

4.0
135 reviews

Rebecca Minkoff Mab tote bag
Rebecca Minkoff Mab
Price range $$$

4.0
219 reviews

Coach Signature tote bag
Coach Signature
Price range $$

3.9
422 reviews

American West Lady Lace tote bag
American West Lady Lace
2 bag types available.
Price range $$$
American west logo
3.9
77 reviews

Nike Auralux tote bag
Nike Auralux
Price range $$
Nike logo
3.9
32 reviews

Eagle Creek Expanse tote bag
Eagle Creek Expanse
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Eagle creek logo
3.9
132 reviews

American West Navajo Soul tote bag
American west logo
3.9
28 reviews

Tory Burch York tote bag
Tory Burch York
Price range $$$$

3.8
10 reviews

SealLine Urban tote bag
SealLine Urban
Price range $
Sealline logo
3.8
135 reviews

Tory Burch Ella tote bag
Tory Burch Ella
Price range $$$

3.8
11 reviews

Travelpro Magna tote bag
Travelpro logo
3.8
14 reviews

Storksak Poppy
Storksak Poppy
Price range $$$

3.8
12 reviews

Biaggi ZipSak tote bag
Biaggi ZipSak
Price range $

3.8
476 reviews

Ebonite Compact tote bag
Ebonite Compact
Price range $

3.8
150 reviews

Travelpro Walkabout tote bag
Travelpro Walkabout
Price range $$$
Travelpro logo
3.7
45 reviews

SealLine Seal tote bag
SealLine Seal
Price range $
Sealline logo
3.6
130 reviews

Kate Spade Emerson Place tote bag
Kate Spade Emerson Place
Price range $$$$

3.6
14 reviews

Bugatti Vail tote bag
Bugatti Vail
4 bag types available.
Price range $
Bugatti logo
3.6
18 reviews

Coach Tea Rose tote bag
Coach Tea Rose
Price range $$$

3.6
6 reviews

Pacsafe Pouchsafe tote bag
Pacsafe Pouchsafe
3 bag types available.
Price range $
Pacsafe logo
3.4
13 reviews

TwelveLittle Courage tote bag
TwelveLittle Courage
Price range $$$

3.4
26 reviews

Fossil Maya tote bag

3.3
59 reviews

Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag
Longchamp Le Pliage
Price range $$
Longchamp logo
3.3
145 reviews

Sea to Summit Clear Stopper tote bag
Sea to summit logo
3.1
10 reviews

Botkier Soho tote bag
Botkier Soho
Price range $$$

3.0
4 reviews

Louis Vuitton Kimono tote bag
Louis vuitton logo
2.8
18 reviews

Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks tote bag
Mystery Ranch Kletterwerks
3 bag types available.
Price range $$
Mystery ranch logo

Duluth Deluxe tote bag
Duluth logo

Victorinox Werks tote bag
Victorinox logo

Stella McCartney Falabella tote bag
Stella mccartney logo

Adrienne Landau Ibiza tote bag
Adrienne Landau Ibiza
2 bag types available.
Price range $$
Adrienne landau logo

Coach Rogue tote bag
Coach Rogue
Price range $$$$


Prada Galleria tote bag
Prada Galleria
Price range $$$$$
Prada logo

Gregory Sunrise tote bag
Gregory Sunrise
Price range $
Gregory logo

Filson Grab n Go tote bag
Filson Grab n Go
Price range $$
Filson logo

Balenciaga City tote bag
Balenciaga City
Price range $$$$
Balenciaga logo

Mulberry Bayswater tote bag
Mulberry logo

Valentino Rockstud
Valentino Rockstud
Price range $$$$$
Valentino logo

Fjallraven Totepack tote bag
Fjallraven Totepack
Price range $$
Fjallraven logo

Flowfold Denizen tote bag
Flowfold logo

Coach 1941


Kipling Kim tote bag
Kipling Kim
Price range $$
Kipling logo

Prada Cahier tote bag
Prada Cahier
Price range $$$$$
Prada logo

Wenger Patriot tote bag
Wenger Patriot
Price range $$
Wenger logo

Skip Hop Highline tote bag
Skip Hop Highline
Price range $$


Coach Madison tote bag


Burberry Check tote bag
Burberry Check
Price range $$$$$


MCM Milla tote bag
MCM Milla
Price range $$$$$


Meli Melo Thela tote bag
Meli Melo Thela
Price range $$$$


Tory Burch Block T tote bag
Tory Burch Block T
Price range $$$$


MZ Wallace Sutton tote bag
MZ Wallace Sutton
Price range $$$




Review Summary

472,700 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.5 out of 5.
5 star
4 star
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72%
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Top 10 tote bag brands

The 10 highest rated tote bag brands based on the 472,700 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop tote bag
Marmot5.0Marmot Urban Hauler
Watershed4.9Watershed Largo
Furla4.9Furla Stacy
Lug4.8Lug Windjammer
Nine West4.8Nine West Reana
Adrienne Landau4.8Adrienne Landau Ibiza
Sherpani4.8Sherpani Tempest
Amy Butler4.7Amy Butler Abina
Dakine4.7Dakine Stashable
Skyway4.6Skyway Mirage



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Tote bags are arguably one of the mostly commonly utilized bags across the world. This is largely because these bags have a number of uses, making them a good fit for many different environments and situations. Of course, this does depend on the type, size, design, and material of the tote that you get. Since it is difficult to find a bag that fits everyone, you will need to figure out which one is best for you.

Since there are a number of factors that come into play when making this decision, we have taken all of the hard work out of the process. All you need to do is refer the guide that we have put together and that contains all of the information that you should know about totes.

A Definitive Guide to Selecting a Tote Bag

When it comes to casual bags that are carried by hand, a certain amount of confusion ensues. This is often because many terms are used interchangeably or there isn’t a clear definition of one type of bag. As you can imagine, this can make your task of finding a good tote bag even more difficult.

Well, we are here to put an end to the misunderstanding. This article clearly outlines what a tote bag is as well as the things that you should look out for when purchasing one. In short, it contains everything that you need to know on this subject:

The Difference between a Tote Bag and a Handbag

The two types of bags that are most commonly mistaken for one another are tote bags and handbags. This is because they look quite similar and in many places, the names are used rather fluidly. Despite this, there are actually a few differences between to the two. To start with, tote bags tend to be a bit more unstructured than handbags. This means that the bags often can’t stand upright when empty.

Also, while this isn’t a hard and fast rule, tote bags are typically a great deal larger than most handbags. This is because one of the main functions of a tote bag is to allow you to carry a large number of items. Not to mention, tote bags tend to lack compartments. Instead, there is just one large space where you can arrange your items. Handbags, however, have segmented sections, compartments, and pockets.

Since tote bags have evolved quite a bit, not all of the bags necessarily lack proper closing mechanisms. Nonetheless, many of these bags do. Handbags, though, always have features that allow you to close the bag up tight.

Types of Tote Bags

There are actually several different types of tote bags available, although they may appear to be similar at a glance. Here are the various designs you can choose from:

Grocery Tote Bag

This is perhaps one of the more recognizable types of tote bags. In fact, these increasing in popularity as people are gaining interest in reusable, eco-friendly bags. Grocery tote bags prevent the use of disposable plastic bags when you go home with your groceries.

Laptop Tote Bag

A laptop tote bag is a bag that contains a specialized compartment for most electronic devices including laptops and tablets. These compartments are often padded to protect the devices from shocks and bumps. If you are choosing this type of bag, you will need to check that the compartment is large enough to hold your laptop or tablet.

Beach Tote Bag

Another place that you are likely to see tote bags are at the beach. The main draw of these bags is that they are quite durable and can withstand being exposed to the elements for long periods of time. In most cases, they also tend to be water resistant.

Travel Tote Bag

Although this type of tote bag isn’t as common, they do work quite well, particularly for airlines. Of course, these bags do have a bit more security features than most others. They also tend to have a few compartments and pockets as well.

What are Tote Bags Made Of?

Tote bags are actually made from a wide variety of materials. Since they have so many uses, you will need to find one that is made from fabric that is relevant to your requirements.

You will probably not be too surprised to find that canvas tote bags are one of the most popular kinds of bags around. One of the standout features of canvas is that it is quite strong and durable. Therefore, it is capable of easily carrying a heavy load without tearing. These bags are also easily painted or printed on which is why you will typically find such brightly colored and patterned styles. Due to its strength, this material can be a bit heavy. So, canvas tote bags may have some weight to them, even when empty.

Cotton tote bags are also common enough. While they don’t boast the same strength as their canvas counterparts, they do have the benefit of being quite light. This makes them ideal for small shopping trips or for lightweight items. Of course, this means that cotton tote bags aren’t necessarily the strongest option around.

Then, there are jute bags which are now in big demand. Jute is a thread that is made from vegetable fibers and is, therefore, quite environmentally friendly. These can be used as chic tote bags although they are more typically found as grocery bags as an alternative to plastic disposable bags.

You will also be able to find a leather tote bag or two if you look hard enough. The main purpose of these bags is fashion. They look quite trendy and luxurious although they can be a bit difficult to maintain. These bags customarily can’t hold as much as some of the other tote bags.

For everyday use, you will come across tote bags that are made from nylon. This material is strong, relatively lightweight, and can even be water resistant if it has been coated with polyurethane layer. If you need a stronger bag, there are some available in ripstop fabric which prevents the bag from wearing down.

Fastener Features

The most basic tote bags don’t actually have any fasteners at all. This means that the bag is left open. The advantage of this is that you are able to pile in a greater number of items into the bag. Now, this works well for groceries and if you are traveling in your own vehicle. However, if you will be going about in public or want to ensure that your belongings are kept safe, then you are going to need a tote bag with a fastener.

This, of course, leads us to the type of closures that you can expect. One of the most common (and sturdiest) options are zippered tote bags. While these prevent you from packing too much into your bag, they are also useful for making sure that everything stays in. It is best to look for a zipper that goes all the way across, from one end of the bag to another.

Some of the tote bags have magnetic tabs on either side of the opening of the bag. They are typically placed in the middle so that they tabs can effectively hold the bag closed. The benefit of this type of fastener is that it is easy to open and close when you need to take something out or place something inside the bag. However, this may not be the most secure option as there is a chance that items may fall out.

Capacity and Size

Tote bags are available in a variety of capacities and sizes. There are even micro options that can hold around 5 liters or less. These, however, don’t serve all that much purpose. You will find that most tote bags are of medium sized. This means that they can carry between 10 and 25 liters worth of items inside. The larger bags can accommodate up to 40 liters at a time.

With tote bags, you have to keep in mind the balance between capacity and how much weight that each bag can carry. Considering the construction of the tote bag, there is a limit to the load that these type of bags can carry. Not to mention, because of the carrying system, it can be difficult for you to carry around a greater weight as well. So, just because you opt for a large tote bag doesn’t mean that it can contain a considerable weight.

Now, as mentioned, some tote bags can be used for travel purposes. This means that you can take it on the flight with you. Of course, this is provided that the bag adheres to the rules set down by the airlines. In most instances, your tote bag can’t be longer than 22 inches, wider than 14 inches, and have a depth that is greater than 9 inches. To be completely sure that your tote bag is right for travel, though, you will need to check with your specific airline ahead of time.

Additional Features

Here are some of the other details to keep in mind:

Aesthetic Appeal

The fun thing about tote bags is that now, they come in a variety of colors and patterns. It is quite easy to make a fashion statement which means that you don’t need to settle for a boring style, even if it is to be used as a grocery bag. You can instead go with something bright and bold or muted and classic.

Expandable

If you are all about packing as much as possible into your tote bag, then you should be looking for one with an expandable option. This way, you will be able to get additional capacity out of your bag, depending on the occasion.

Insulated

If you want to carry groceries or snacks for a picnic in your bag, you may want to consider one with insulation properties. This will ensure that your hot and cold items will remain this way until they are taken out of the bag.
So now you know everything that you should about tote bags and the factors to consider when choosing one.


Last updated on May 26, 2018

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