The Best 12 Roller Backpacks for Kids & Back to School

The start of the 2020 school year is upon us. Because of the novel Coronavirus, some children are going back to school while others are not. Nevertheless, it is important to get your child excited to learn, and sometimes that can be accomplished by a gift that is useful not only for school work, but many other materials as well: a rolling backpack.

No matter whether or not your child is going back to real school this fall, your child will still have books and things to carry. Books can be very heavy, and it has been found in numerous studies that excess weight on the back can cause health issues down the road. That being said, we have compiled a list of some fo the best roller backpacks for kids.

Many of these bags can easily be converted into regular backpacks. Most of the bags listed are great investments. If taken care of, they will last your child much longer than just a couple school years.

In this article, we will explain what to look for in a good roller backpack, which roller backpacks are best for certain ages, the pros and cons of each backpack, and an Amazon link to view the product. Keep reading for the description of our top 12 picks.

What makes a good roller backpack for kids?


The best roller backpack will be attractive, large enough to carry the required materials, durably, sturdy, and easy to move. It must also be the appropriate size for the child. In determining whether or not your child's backpack will work (especially when buying online and your child cannot try it on), you will want to consider the wheels, handle, space, and anything extra.

The type of wheels the bag should have depends on the way your child will use the bag. Younger children will carry less in the bag and therefore, do not need as durable wheels as children who have more materials and walk across gravel driveways.

The handle is important too. If you have a smaller child, look for handles that lock in place at different extensions. For an older child, you need a durable handle that can hold a bunch of weight.

A backpack is an investment, therefore, you should consider the space the backpack offers. As the child grows older, he/she will have more material to carry. Think long-term whenever possible to save time and money.

As for extras, think about the things your child will be carrying. If your child has a laptop or tablet, consider purchasing a backpack that has a padded compartment and water resistant material. Some bags even have organizational pouches, which can come in handy if your child is disorganized and easily forgets where things are.

1. Jansport Driver 8 Core Series Wheeled Backpack  

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Though this bag is priced on the higher side, there are many positive attributes. First, there are back straps, so the child can roll the bag or wear it like a regular back pack.

Second, the wheels are large 80mm which make it easy to roll through gravel and less level surfaces. Third, there is a padded laptop sleeve. The bag comes in many different colors, so your child will be able to pick a favorite, and identify the bag from the many others at school. Well-made and durable, this bag is sure to last a long time.

The biggest downside is the price tag, but the investment may save money in the long run.

Pros
  • large wheels
  • padded laptop sleeve
Cons
  • It's a little more expensive than others but quality is high.

2. High Sierra Powerglide Wheeled Laptop Backpack

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This bag is also a bit on the pricier side, but for good reason. It has durable, all-terrain style wheels, a molded kickplate for added protection, and two back straps. The extendable handle has a little zip pouch for neat storage.

There are many compartments, including a laptop and media compartment. The bag is made out of durable water-resistant Duralite fabric, which makes it much safer for transporting electronics. Overall it is very spacious, durable, and great for many uses including travel.

Downsides include zipper pouches that are too small to hold water bottles, and a somewhat wobbly handle. The price tag is also a little much, but the bag itself is almost guaranteed to last for a long time under good care.

Pros
  • molded kickplate
  • water resistant material
Cons
  • small water pouches
  • It's a little more expensive than others but quality is high.

3. J World New York Sunny Rolling Backpack for School & Travel, 17 inch

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The J World backpack comes in many different fun designs, and includes a lunch box. The handle is sturdy, comfortable to use, and features multiple locks for different extension levels. The bag is manufactured with many different pockets, including a pencil pouch.

Two back straps make it easily convertible into a backpack. Wheels are self-magnetic. The price tag is great, but the straps are less durable than other bags and may not withstand a lot of use, especially given the large compartments for storing a lot of material.

Pros
  • different designs
  • lunch box
  • great price
Cons
  • not as durable as other options

4. Pacific Gear Treasureland Hybrid Lightweight Rolling Backpack

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This bag has a polycarbonate molded bottom for lightness, added stability and strength. It also helps protect the bag from wear and tear that might occur while the bag is being pulled through slush, water, and other foul weather. The handle is telescopic, which makes it great for taller kids, and is padded and riveted for improved grip.

The wheels are soft and quiet for easy mobility. They are on the small size, however, which may make it difficult to roll the bag over rougher terrain, like gravel. There is a front pocket organizer, and bags come in several fun designs.

The price is pretty good for what you are getting.

Pros
  • lightweight
  • polycarbonate molded bottom
Cons
  • small wheels

5. Meetbelify Trolley School Bags Rolling Backpack For Kids Six Wheels Climb Stairs With Lunch Bag Dark Blue

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The bag comes with a matching lunch box. The wheels are silent and sturdy, considering they rest on an alloy aluminum rod. The bag is easy to turn and control, and features one large pocket, two front zipper pockets, a mini zipper pouch, two net pockets for water bottles, and adjustable shoulder straps.

Pros
  • many compartments
  • alloy rod wheels

6. Aoking Rolling Travel Backpack

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This bag has large, all-terrain wheels, and it comes with wheel covers. The back panel is made from thick padding and ventilated material. This makes it more comfortable to wear on the back compared with most other bags.

There is a laptop pocket that can fit a 17" laptop, one external zipper pocket, and organizing panels. There is a reflector strip on the outside of the bag for added visibility when walking at night or on the road. It comes equipped with a detachable key ring (great for children's house keys) and interior insulation for keeping things cool.

The price is decent, but is perhaps the only downside of the bag.

Pros
  • all-terrain wheels
  • laptop pouch
  • reflector strip
Cons
  • price tag is high but so is quality

7. AMBOR Rolling Backpack, Wheeled Laptop Backpack

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This bag is lightweight and durable, and is made of polyester fabric that is rip and water resistant. There is a padded sleeve that can fit a 15" laptop. The sides and edges of the bag are reinforced with a steel frame for more strength.

The handle telescopes and the wheels, made of rubber, are strong and reliable. The back is breathable and has adjustable straps, which can be tucked into the zipper pocket when the bag is being rolled on the ground. There are mesh water bottle pockets at the sides.

Overall, this bag is made very well, and is built to last a long time. A good investment, and the price is excellent.

Pros
  • light-weight and durable material
  • padded laptop sleeve
  • reinforced sides

8. HollyHOME Waterproof Travel Wheeled Rolling Backpack 

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This bag is very light and attractively fashionable. It weighs only 4.8 pounds, which is 10% lighter than most other bags. It has trolley wheels and a padded laptop sleeve, which can hold a 15" laptop.

The compartments are perfect for books, keys, wallet, pens and more. Wheels rest on an aluminum alloy rod, which is durable in rainy days, and the bag passed 10000 times up/down tests, which is twice as much load as what other other bags can bear. The wheels are unidirectional, and the covers help protect clothes if the bag is worn as a pack.

Shoulder straps are wide, and the back is padded and breathable. Overall, the bag looks to be well made and attractive, and the price is not bad.

Pros
  • fashionable
  • lightweight
  • unidirectional wheels

9. Targus Compact Rolling Backpack

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This bag has a large storage pocket and a tablet pocket, and includes a limited warranty. The bag can fit laptops up to 16" or 17". The wheels are quiet, and the handle is retractable for easy transporation.

There is a top strap for easy carrying, and straps for holding clothes. Overall, this bag stands up pretty well next to the others, and the limited lifetime warranty is a huge plus. The price is very competitve compared with other bags of its caliber.

Pros
  • limited warranty
  • laptop pouch
  • straps for clothing

10. Rockland Double Handle Rolling Backpack

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This bag comes with a dual zipper, a front pocket with an orgznier, and is available in may different colorful patterns, designs, and graphics. The bag is made from polyester material, which prolongs the life of the bag. It has double wheels and a compact telescopic metal handle.

A great plus is the plastic bottom base, which allows the bag to stand perfectly erect. This bag is perhaps not as well made nor as durable as some of the others listed, but the price is incredible and the bag will probably hold up for years to come, if treated with good care.

Pros
  • comes in different designs
  • plastic bottom base
  • great price
Cons
  • not as durable as other bags available

11. J World New York Sunrise Rolling Backpack

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This bag is made from polyester and has fabric lining. There is a zipper closure, and the back is padded and cushioned for breathability and comfort. An added feature is the reflective tape, which is designed for increased night visibility.

The bag is water resistant, and the three-stage aluminum locking handle is rust free. The handle is padded for additional comfort. Its largest compartment can hold plenty of materials, and it also has two side pockets, and a front pocket organizer that includes 5 pencil holders, a key fob, and a zipper pocket.

The price is great for the quality of the bag.

Pros
  • reflective tape
  • water resistant
  • rust-free locking handle

12. Meetbelify Girls Rolling Backpack Backpacks with Wheels for Girls for School Girls Roller Backpack on Wheels

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This bag is a great multi-purpose bag, and can be a favorite among young girls. It features a large main pocket with a laptop compartment, has two zipper front pockets for an iPad, two mesh pockets for water bottles, one special pencil case which can hang on the backpack, and it comes with a lunch bag.

The lunch bag has adjustable straps and can double as a shoulder or hand bag. There are 6 wheels, designed with a high-strength aluminum alloy rod, which helps for smooth wheeling and anti-wearing. The bag turns easily and naturally.

The wheels are easily removed and installed if the child prefers to wear the bag as a backpack. The bag is made out of nylon, and is water resistant and durable. The back is padded and breathable, and comes with padded shoulder straps designed to reduce the pressure put on the back and shoulders.

Competitive price.

Pros
  • many compartments
  • lunch box
  • water resistant material

Conclusion

It can be overwhelming to explore all of the different bags available, especially if you do not know what you are looking for. Therefore, it is important to first have clear idea on the needs of your child, then look for bags that fit the bill. The twelve roller backpacks that we listed here are built to last, fashionable, and have unique features that are sure to make your child happy.
 
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