Read on for an EXTREMELY in-depth comparison
For some background, I was in the market for a new suitcase as my old Samsonite roller was falling apart. I couldn’t ignore the presence of Away on social media, so I decided to purchase their suitcase. Shortly after, I saw ads for Monos and decided to purchase it as well to compare the two as they both had 100 day return policies (caveat: I believe Monos only takes unused suitcases for return, but I didn’t return it so I can’t confirm). I will mention that the Away came in <1 week, while the Monos came in 2 weeks, and I live in Manhattan, NY.
TLDR: Let’s be real - these suitcases look extremely similar. Quality- and design-wise, Monos knocks it out of the park at every point of comparison.
I’m aware that Monos has a list of differences vs Away that they will send upon request, which might be worth asking for if you’re on the fence. I did not ask for such a list, I haven’t seen what they have to say, and I made my own having directly compared the two when they arrived:
- Handles: the Monos handle is noticeably sturdier, and the suitcase seems better balanced - the Away suitcase body shakes when I jiggle the handle, while the Monos body stays still. Night and day quality difference here.
- Shell: I immediately noticed how thin the Away was - comparing the two side by side, the Monos is much thicker and sturdier while the Away felt like a child’s toy.
- Zipper: the Monos zipper is sturdy and flush, while the Away zipper is recessed and feels flimsy; given Away’s design and…
This absolutely made our entires team day. Truly amazing for you to notice all these differences without prior knowledge. Thank you for taking the time to share this, much love!