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Amazon’s top-selling tote bags look way more expensive than they are — from just $9

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Four tote bags
Bags for work, a night out, the beach and everything in between. (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 bags 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!

Yaluxe Leather Nylon Shoulder Bag

$40
$40 at Amazon

The straps contrast beautifully with the forest green exterior, giving it a high-fashion appeal. It is lightweight and both water- and wrinkle-resistant. “My go-to bag for everything,” wrote one happy shopper.

"I bought this bag specifically for traveling," wrote a satisfied customer. "When I get into the airport, I buy a bottled water and it fits in my bag, a magazine and it fits in my bag. I also bought a light travel blanket and it fit in this bag. The straps are long enough so the bag sits comfortably on my shoulder. I hooked my keys to the leather strap inside the bag and I never have to search for them. Love that. I strongly recommend this bag."

Dreubea Soft Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

$9$20Save $11
$9 at Amazon

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 31,000-plus reviews.

"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.

Overbrooke Reversible Tote Bag

$50
$50 at Amazon

“Perfect for students, teachers, moms — anyone!” one 5-star reviewer wrote. It’s a great option for those looking for a sturdy, quality, non-leather bag. Plus, it's reversible and comes in four different colors.

"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."

Dalix Personalized Tote

$22
$22 at Amazon

Gorgeous, versatile and high quality are just a few of the bag's great features. Available in six colors, the heavy-duty canvas cutie comes with your choice of embroidered letter on the outside pocket.

"Great gift for the wedding couple to use on their honeymoon (and many more uses after that). Nice quality, nice size, durable and easy to place on shoulder! Would definitely buy again!" wrote a reviewer.

Lovevook 3-Piece Purse Set

$35$60Save $25
$35 at Amazon

More than 20,000 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.

"I love this handbag color and the convenience of getting 3 for the price of 1. You can’t go wrong! It’s beautiful and sturdy, modern and spacious. I fully recommend this beauty," wrote a fan.

Hoxis Mesh Beach Tote

$19$20Save $1
$19 at Amazon

Headed to the beach? This bag's perforated holes are large enough to keep sand out while keeping your essentials (keys, sunscreen) safely inside. You also need this for heading to the farmer's market or florist. Available in 12 colors.

"I didn't think this bag would fit much more than the average tote but it's so flexible and able to carry so much stuff in it. Perfect for when you're packing a lot for a beach day," a beach enthusiast wrote.

The Drop Avalon Small Tote Bag

$40
$40 at Amazon

So chic: This soft, pebbled faux-leather bag has a cool pull-through handle closure and an inside zipper pocket. Any of the nine colors will up your style game.

"Love this bag!! I ordered the light tan color and it goes with everything. Very stylish and unique. Surprisingly holds cellphone, lipstick and wallet — and still had room," wrote a reviewer.

BOSTANTEN

Bostanten Leather Tote

$97 $97 at Amazon

Hello, gorgeous: Made of cowhide leather, this handbag features pretty gold hardware and is packed with storage. We're talking one main pocket, an inner pouch and two slip pockets to neatly store all of your belongings. Choose from 30 colors!

"I actually purchased for travel. Something classy and big enough to carry items I would need daily on a class field trip to Washington DC! Perfect!!" a five-star reviewer wrote.

CHICECO

Chiceco Extra Large Work Tote Bag

$38$40Save $2
$38 at Amazon

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.

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.

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