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The best laptop bags for commuting

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Laptop bags are an essential accessory for anyone who needs to take their laptop with them – and nowadays, that’s most of us. A good bag protects your device from the elements, whilst keeping it hidden from wandering eyes.

From totes, to backpacks and sleeves, these must-have bags come in numerous sizes, shapes, styles and budgets.

To make choosing your new laptop bag easier, we’ve compiled a list of our favorites below. But before you get carried away and snap one up, make a note of what size your laptop is, because there’s nothing worse than finding the perfect bag only to find your laptop poking out of the top. Trust us, we’ve been there.

Read more: Your guide to buying a laptop

We’re obsessed with these laptop bags

Our best laptop bag pick overall

Kipling Superworker Laptop Bag

Our best pick for no-frills commuters

Amazon Basics Compact 15.6-Inch Laptop Shoulder Bag

Our best pick for backpack lovers

Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack

Our best budget-friendly pick

HP 15.6 Inch Laptop Backpack

The 9 most secure and stylish laptop bags

Our best laptop bag pick overall

This stylish, feminine Kipling bag is perfect for any commuter who doesn’t want to sacrifice style for practicality. With multiple compartments, including a dedicated sleeve designed for 15 inch laptops, you won’t be lacking storage space for your work essentials. The bag is also water repellent – making it perfect for the unpredictable British weather and, with a detachable shoulder strap, you can also choose how you wear it. We love the dusty rose option but, for those of you monochrome lovers, the black one is just as chic and stylish.

Our best pick for no-frills commuters

This laptop bag is perfect for someone who values ​​functionality above all else. No frills or fuss, this bag comes in four sizes, fitting laptops sized from 11.6-15.6 inches. Featuring a convenient luggage slip, this bag easily slides over suitcase handles, making it the perfect laptop bag for longer commutes and international travel. With over 18,000 reviews on Amazon, and with an average of 4.6/5 stars, you know you can rely on this sturdy bag.

Our best pick for backpack lovers

If you have anxiety keeping your belongings safe and secure in the commuter crowds, we understand. That’s why we recommend this anti-theft laptop backpack: with a password combination lock and security clips, you can travel with confidence. Designed to accommodate laptops up to 17 inches in size and featuring multiple compartments and a water-resistant outer, this bag is the perfect choice for students and workers alike. Plus, it comes with a built in USB charger and cable — so you can charge your devices on the go. Sounds pretty handy to us!

Our best budget-friendly pick

If you’re looking for a high quality laptop backpack on a budget, then you can’t go wrong with this one from HP. The padded shoulder straps and additional sternum strap alleviate the strain and discomfort you often experience in backpacks of a similar price. It is also water-resistant, and has a hidden card holder to protect those items you want to keep secure. And coming in at less than £15, we can’t fault this practical and effective option.

Our best pick for a timeless design

This chic laptop briefcase is perfect for anyone after a more sophisticated, professional look. The KNOMO fits up to a 14 inch laptop, whilst boasting room for charging cables, binders, notebooks and more. Plus, the detachable shoulder strap means it’s perfect for commuting and transporting your laptop to and from meetings in the office. While it might be on the pricier side, this briefcase is made to last and should be seen as an investment.

Our best pick for a bold style

Don’t want to blend into the crowd? With its bold stripe design and pink leather top cover, you definitely won’t with this funky bag from LOVEVOOK. Featuring a padded laptop compartment to protect your device from bumpy commutes, this bag is perfect for everyone with bold style – whether you’re a businesswoman or student.

Our best pick for a simple style

We’re obsessed with this simple tote bag from KNOMO. When you buy from KNOMO, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve bought a quality product that will last and last. With convenient outer zip pockets, you have fast and easy access to any travel or meeting essentials, whilst feeling confident your belongings are safe and secure. We love the versatility of this bag. Not only is it the perfect way to transport your laptop, complete with its leather trim and embossed branding, you’ll feel like the epitome of class walking toting this bag around town.

Our best pick for students

The iconic Fjallraven Kanken has been given a modern upgrade: this version now includes a 15 inch laptop sleeve, making it perfect for any style savvy students or quirky commuters. As with all Fjallraven backpacks, this bag features carry handles and shoulder straps, providing easy options for a comfy commute.

Our best pick for a quirky style

Already have a bag and just looking for some extra laptop protection? We’ve got you covered: laptop sleeves are another way to securely transport your laptop, keeping it safe from scratches and bumps on your commute.

We absolutely love this funky ladybird one from BAGGU. With a velcro closure and plenty of padding, it has a cute homemade feel but with big brand quality. We also love the flower and strawberry prints as alternatives to the ladybug.

Our verdict

When it comes to choosing the perfect laptop bag, there are a range of options to suit every style and requirement. With its gorgeous rosey pink color and practical design, our favorite is the Kipling Superworker Laptop Bag. However, if practicality is your priority then the Amazon Basics Compact 15.6-Inch Laptop Shoulder Bag is an absolute winner.

The Fjallraven Kånken No. 2 15 inch Laptop Backpack is perfect for students due to its fun, youthful feel, and we think the colorful BAGGU Ladybug Leaf Print 13 inch Laptop Sleeve is a great alternative for those who might want some extra protection for their laptops.


Prices updated on 15/09/2022. We are not responsible for any changes made to the prices listed.

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