Updated Dec 12, 2022
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A great school backpack should be able to corral all the stuff your kid needs for the day. It should also sit comfortably on your child’s back, be durable enough to last for years, and express their sense of style as they head off to face the world (and the lunch line).
L.L.Bean Original Book Pack
The best basic backpack for younger studentsThis classic backpack has a nostalgic look, durable build, and spacious design. And it lasts for years.
Pottery Barn Kids Mackenzie
More patterns, characters, and sizesThe Mackenzie backpack comes in the widest variety of styles we’ve found for younger kids, including some of the most durable character backpacks available. It’s also the only pack among our picks that comes in a rolling option appropriately sized for elementary-age students.
Pottery Barn Teen Gear-Up Backpack
The best pack for middle-school studentsThis bigger backpack has more space and additional organizational features—including a smartphone pouch and padded laptop sleeve. And it comes in mature but fun designs.
State Bags Kane Kids (Metallic Rainbow Sequins)
A stylish, sophisticated student backpackThe Kane Kids pack stands out for its quality and style, with loads of eye-catching, fashion-forward designs, interesting details, special finishes, and excellent organizational features. But it’s the most expensive of our picks.