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Amazon’s top-selling tote bags look way more expensive than they are — from just $13

Classic structured totes don't need to cost an arm and a leg. (Photo: Amazon)
Classic structured totes don't need to cost an arm and a leg. (Photo: Amazon)

The search for the ultimate tote feels like a tall order — attractive but practical, roomy but not exceedingly large, affordable but not so cheap that it's going to fall apart in a few months. There is no dearth of options out there, of course. But we've scoured Amazon’s bestsellers list to find you the perfect bag for your style and needs. Not only are these picks top-rated, but you can also take pleasure in knowing they won’t break the bank! Be prepared, though: Lots of compliments are coming your way.

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Gorgeous, versatile and high quality: All can be used to describe this extra-roomy faux leather tote. Check out that cute tassel!
$13 at Amazon

"I purchased this bag in 2019, 4 YEARS AGO!" shared one of nearly 13,500 5-star reviewers. "There is not a scratch, a rip, a tear of any kind on this bag. I teach and have used this bag daily...I carry books [and] papers between classes...I've gotten more than my $ worth and will buy more as gifts."

This extra-large tote is made with waterproof buttery faux leather and you can style it however you want to with 16 gorgeous colors to pick from. Over 3,300 Amazon shoppers gave it a perfect 5-star review, too.
$38 at Amazon

"I live in New York City, in lower Manhattan," shared one fan. "This bag is so perfect. I love all the clips; the way you can switch from over the shoulder to a hand tote. I love the snap-in sectional. I love the sturdiness. I love the way it looks: rich! but it's very inexpensive yet made incredibly well. It's really, for someone on the go, the perfect accessory."

This reversible tote comes with a small zipper pouch for your essentials, plus it's waterproof, dirt- and scratch-resistant. It's like two bags in one!
$36 at Amazon

"Love this purse!" one of 2,500 5-star shoppers shared. "It’s very sturdy, love the fact that it’s reversible and it’s very fashionable. I bought it for my trip to Paris and it didn’t disappoint. It matched all my outfits. It rained on one of the days and it held up pretty well with the water. It’s big enough to keep my umbrella and all my stuff while I went shopping and the extra layers of clothing since it was a bit cold in the mornings!"

This stunner has been at the top of Amazon’s bestsellers list for a long time. A steal right now, it’s one of the best budget buys for a tote that has everything you would want. Need more convincing? Scroll through its 36,000-plus reviews.
$15 at Amazon

"I love this bag! It’s very sturdy, and I love the pattern. I usually carry my laptop and tablet in it. Don’t knock it until you try it! It was definitely worth the money and it’s not a waste!" said a fan.

This No. 1 bestseller has three roomy compartments (one zipper and two magnetic), and it's roomy enough to hold all your daily essentials. It also comes with a crossbody strap, if you don't want to carry it by the handles.
$43 at Amazon

"Love the look, space and pockets, easily holds everything I need it to for work and daily life," share one happy shopper. "Still small and light enough I don’t feel like I’m carrying luggage around every day. Love this purse!"

This is a great option for those looking for a sturdy, quality, non-leather bag. It's reversible and comes in four different colors.
$50 at Amazon

"Traveled to Europe and this bag was so convenient," wrote an Amazon shopper. "The only bag I brought for everyday wear and shopping sprees. Got lots of compliments. Looks identical to real leather. Ordering a black one also."

More than 23,000 reviewers are hooked on this "classy" tote bag. Many think it looks "more expensive" than it is for the price and that it’s both a major "bargain" and great quality. Plus, it's available in 44 different colors.
$32 at Amazon

"I use this as my everyday bag. It’s classy, roomy and perfect for all of my needs," says a fan.

Weighing just 2.2 pounds, this lightweight tote is the perfect carry-all for all your tech: It can easily fit a laptop, tablet and chargers, and still have plenty of room for a water bottle and of course, all your essentials.
$34 at Amazon

"I was worried my 17" laptop would not fit," shared a shopper. "It is a little bit of a tight squeeze lengthwise, however, it not only fits my laptop, but also my work Surface tablet, my planner, and two charging cords! It’s cute and looks way more professional than my old backpack."

This sleek vegan leather bag has a top-zip closure and double straps for comfort. In addition to the main compartment that is big enough to hold a laptop, there's an interior zipper pocket and it comes with a zippered pouch to corral your smaller essentials. Choose from 16 different colors.
$17 at Amazon

"I bought this for work and it’s very stylish yet plain and simple," wrote one of 4,000 five-star fans. "Which is just what I like. It’s very sturdy and has a nice shape to it. I didn’t want to purchase too cheap of a bag and have it flopping all over the place. This bag will stand up on its own even without it being completely filled."

Over 3,300 reviewers and counting are obsessed with this tote, calling it an "excellent work bag." It can fit your laptop, lunch, makeup, shoes, umbrella and so much more. It’s water-resistant, lightweight and overall very comfy to carry.
$38 at Amazon

Per a satisfied customer: "I used this bag for work and for a short time school. It held my huge textbook, my binder, my notebook, both my hygiene and pencil bags, my organizer, three water bottles, my thermos, and my clothes and shoes for school. No damage. No wear and tear. Great bag."

If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.