Monos vs Away
Discover why more and more travellers are choosing Monos over the Away luggage through this side-by-side comparison.
“Just get the Monos.”
– Gear Patrol
“Monos owns my heart. AMAZING OVERALL QUALITY: product quality, customer support quality, brand quality!”
Pauline O., AL
Luggage designed to stand apart
Monos (left) is committed to creating premium luggage with no compromises. See the up-close comparison photos.
Monos’ high-grade aluminum handle is custom-designed with a 45-degree angle for stability and four adjustable heights. Away only has two fixed options, which are often too high or too short.
Away's rough exterior resembles industrial sandpaper, unlike Monos’ refined matte finish, which features subtle graining, creating a smooth appearance from a distance.
Away's suitcase stitching is exposed at the spine, while Monos' luggage uses a protected approach to avoid damage and fraying, making it more long-lasting.
Monos attaches its industrial-grade straps to the wheels and handle with screws for a secure fit, as opposed to Away's which attaches its straps to the inner shell using glue.
Compare Monos vs Away
In 2018, Monos was founded in Vancouver by three childhood friends who shared a passion for travel and a desire to create high-quality luggage that was both stylish and affordable. Away, a travel brand based in New York, was founded in 2015 by two colleagues with a similar vision of accessible hard-shell luggage.
Despite being founded just three years apart, both companies have quickly become major players in the luggage industry, inviting their customers to explore innovative ways of traveling with both style and ease. Where Canadian contender Monos truly sets itself apart, however, is in its commitment to sustainability and a mindful lifestyle, which informs the elegant simplicity of its products.
Durable, Lightweight Shell
Shop super light and dependable hard-side suitcases available in a variety of sizes and colourways
Protect your luggage with a trusted lock
360° spinner wheels
Glide effortlessly from narrow airplane aisles to bumpy cobblestone streets
Ultra-Sturdy Telescopic Handle
Choose Monos’ high-grade aluminum handle with four adjustable heights (while the Away suitcase offers only two)
Premium Interior Experience
Enjoy premium packing with Monos’ high quality compression straps, 50D silk-like interior fabric, individual shoe bags, plus a magic eraser for suitcase cleaning
Climate Neutral Certified
Travel with a lighter footprint by choosing Monos, the first luggage company to achieve Climate Neutral Certification
100% Vegan Finishes
Be confident in knowing your Monos case is comprised of zero-waste cruelty-free textiles
Keep Mother Earth in mind: Monos zippers and interior fabric are made from recycled materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill
1% for the Planet Member
Help support high-impact environmental initiatives – one percent of every Monos purchase goes toward protecting the environment
Get free shipping on all orders, no minimum requirement
Buy Now, Pay Later
Take advantage of Monos’ flexible payment options with 0% interest
Get a fast response from Monos via iMessage, SMS, or website inquiry
Purchase luggage only once in a lifetime with the Monos promise
(excludes USB charger)
Leave the built-in USB charger behind
Unlike Away, the Monos doesn't come with a built-in USB charger. Here’s why these battery chargers are a thing of the past:
You are required to purchase and carry your own USB cable. It's more convenient to carry a portable charger that does include a cord, in a separate bag.
Batteries begin to deteriorate and decrease in performance before 1 year. Brands should instead invest in high-quality components and materials that last a lifetime.
Federal Aviation Administration and airline policies are subject to change. Airlines require the removal of the built-in USB charger before boarding for safety reasons.
what customers are saying
“I have been doing research on luggage companies for a few years now – there isn’t anything else out there that compares to Monos.”
Cory S., WI, USA
“This is the best luggage on the market. It’s so sophisticated, and so much thought went into the design. I almost didn’t buy it, and now I say to myself, ‘What was I thinking?’”
Silvia H., NY, USA
“I spent a lot of time debating this carry-on and the other popular D2C brand, but I'm so happy with my choice. The pockets are everything! It makes such a different to have some built-in pockets for keeping small items in their place.”
Sara G., MN, USA
The Monos Carry-On gained international recognition after its launch in 2019 with an A' Design Award, and was later exhibited at the MOOD Museum of Design in Como, Italy.
“It’s easy to see why the Canadian company bills itself as the Apple of suitcases.”
“All right, we’ll say it: these suitcases have sex appeal.”
“A sense of perfectionism that one could say is almost Apple-esque.”
“A Japanese-inspired design with construction and materials that improve upon Away’s polycarbonate luggage.”
“This is the most spacious and convenient hardside suitcase I’ve ever had.”