The Best Business Backpacks of 2017 for Work

Finding the best businesses backpack for work can be challenging, which is why we have decided to review the best business backpacks of 2016! In our reviews, we have decided to look at mainly the following things when choosing the best backpacks:


Crazy backpack designs may be cool and turn heads, but at work, professionalism is key. It might be difficult to make that sale or get promoted if you take a hello kitty backpack to work everyday! Generally it is best to have a backpack of a more muted color such as black, grey, blue or brown as these colors work well with professional attire. Natural materials such as canvas and leather can look great, but may not be ideal if you have to commute outside in bad weather.

Laptop Sleeves

In this age of “bring your own device” and unfortunately “bring your work home” a laptop sleeve is important to make sure that your own or company property does not get damaged in your backpack. A laptop sleeve also makes carrying a laptop more comfortable as it will move around less.


A business backpack for use at work is unlikely to be quite as comfortable as a hiking bag, but comfort is still important especially as you can be carrying around a heavy laptop, paperwork, your lunch and more! Padded straps and a padding back are a must on business backpacks.


This isn’t going to be a backpack for week-long hikes in the wilderness, so you won’t need a huge amount of space. However, a backpack for work should be spacious enough for at least a laptop, a packed lunch, a light jacket and some extra space for any documents that you might have to carry.

Water Resistance

A business backpack doesn’t necessarily need to be monsoon-proof, but you want a backpack that can keep your items dry in a least moderate rain otherwise the rain could damage your laptop or any documents that you might be carrying.

Introducing The Best Backpacks for Business

Amazon Basics Backpack

Want a simple, no-frills backpack for work? Amazon have got you covered! This isn’t the most stylish backpack around but it looks professional enough for the workplace and at less than $30 it is a steal! The backpack has space for laptops up to 17 inches in size so it shouldn’t have any problems fitting laptops of most sizes, even the bulky ones that some offices like to supply their employees with! The backpack has plenty of pockets to organize your things and with dimensions of 12″ x 4.5″ x 17.5″ it has plenty of space.

The Amazon Basics Backpack is a comfortable backpack for business use and has thick padding on both the shoulder straps and the back of the backpack.

Uoobag KT-01 Slim Business Laptop Backpack

This is one of the highest rated backpacks around for the business professional. The backpack is stylish, while still maintaining a professional look that is suitable for the workplace. It is made from water-resistant nylon and is available in three colors; black, grey and coffee.

This backpack is ideal for workers and has space to fit laptops that are up to 17 inches in size, it also has an iPad pocket, two side pockets and combo pockets for carrying smaller items such as pens. Interestingly, Uoobag have had a brilliant idea to stop your laptop from getting stolen, they put the compartment at the back of the bag, between the main compartment and the padding. It has a capacity of 11 liters, so there is plenty of room for your stuff and this backpack is built to withstand carrying up to 40kg / 88lb in weight!

This backpack has a lot of functionality including an audio port for your headphones so that you don’t need to carry around your smartphone or MP3 player in your pocket, it can be safely kept in your bag while you are listening to music. The backpack even includes some other interesting things that you don’t see on may other bags including a place to attach your glasses or sunglasses to on the strap and a side pocket that converts into a drinks holder.

The Uoobag KT-01 is a comfortable backpack to wear, with thick padding on the shoulder straps and back meaning that it will be comfortable to wear all day long.

Kopack Slim Laptop Backpack

Similarly to the Uoobag, the Kopack Slim Laptop Backpack is mainly designed for carrying laptops around and has a similar security function to the Uoobag in that your laptop fits in to the back of the backpack to prevent theft. It also has zips with hooks on that you can put a padlock through. This backpack is very stylish, is available to two colors, grey & red, and has a minimalistic look to it which makes it ideal for business use.

The compartment for your laptop fits snuggly and has foam for protection, however the smaller size will only fit laptops up to 14 inches so make sure that your laptop will fit before buying this backpack, if you have a larger laptop, you can get the 17 inch version. The laptop compartment is TSA compliant so this is a great backpack if you are a worker who has to travel a lot!

This is a comfortable backpack with plenty of padding on both the straps and the back, it also has extra padding for the lumbar region of your back which will make it more comfortable when you are carrying heavier items or are running.

This backpack has lots of internal pockets that are useful for storing smaller items safely in the backpack such as your cellphone, keys, pens or wallet.

Belkin Slim Polyester Backpack for Laptops and Notebooks

This slim and light backpack is designed mainly for carrying around your laptop, though you can also fit some other items inside the backpack such as work documents, an iPad, a cellphone and pens. This backpack offers excellent protection for your laptop and has a soft-touch lining for extra protection.

The Belkin Slim Polyester Backpack for Laptops and Notebooks also comes with a free separate pouch for carrying around your laptop power supply, as these can often be bulky depending on the model of your laptop. It has a simple, minimalistic look that appears professional and looks good, but is still not quite as stylish as other business backpacks on this list.

Overall, this is a great backpack to use for work, however if you have a lot of items to carry and we recommend one of the other bags mentioned here.

Uoobag AD-04 Business Laptop Backpack

When you look at the Uoobag AD-04 Business Laptop Backpack, you know that it was designed with business users who travel a lot in mind. This bag is full of great ideas, with security features such as a buckle that allows to to attach the backpack to objects so that a thief cannot swipe the bag away. This backpack also has footpads that stop it from falling over while you are waiting for your flight at the airport and also stop the bottom of the bag from touching the floor so that the backpack does not get wet or dirty.

Another interesting feature of this bag, is that it has a handle on the side which allows you to carry it like a suitcase, which is great for situations where a backpack might not be appropriate.

This is a stylish backpack, with a simple design and it is quite compact so it won’t stand out too much taking it to a business meeting, however due to it’s size don’t expect to be able to fit lots of stuff in it, but the size should be fine for most people.

This is a comfortable backpack with padding on the shoulder straps and the back, though we would have liked to have seen the back completely covered in padding, rather than the two strips of padding as this would have made it even more comfortable.

SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack

The SwissGear Travel Gear ScanSmart Backpack is a great backpack for business, particularly if you travel or fly regularly as it has a number of unique features that are perfect for regular travellers and flyers including a laptop compartment that can be easily accessed without removing all of your stuff and is designed to ensure that getting your backpack through the dreaded TSA checkpoints, including your laptop, as simple as possible. This backpack is both stylish and professional and can be purchased in four colors; black, red & black, grey & black, and blue & black.

This backpack has plenty of room to fit everything that you need for a business trip or your daily commute such as clothing, books, toiletries, your laptop and documents as it has a large capacity of 31 litres. The easy access laptop compartment can store laptops up to 17 inches in size. There are numerous pockets that you can use to organize your luggage and there is even a very useful headphone port that enables you to keep your cellphone or mp3 player safely in your backpack, while still being able to listen to music. The storage in this backpack is also expandable as it includes a carabiner to attach other items onto the backpack

This backpack is very comfortable and has plenty of padding padding on both the shoulder straps, and on the back of the backpack. It would have been great if the SwissGear backpack had waist and chest straps, particularly with the large capacity, however it is still very comfortable. The straps also use mesh webbing to allow air to reach your shoulders so that they don’t get too sweaty, this is particularly useful if you are on a business trip and you don’t want your backpack to leave sweat marks on your shirt.

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