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The Best Backpacks for Girls on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered cool back-to-school essentials, here we’re zeroing in on the best backpacks for girls in elementary school, junior high, and high school, as reviewed on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

For toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners

Skip Hop Zoo Insulated Toddler Backpack Eureka Unicorn

“My 2-year-old loves everything horses and unicorns. And she loves backpacks. She strapped it on and carried it into day care. It has room to hold a ton of stuff and we haven’t filled it to capacity yet. It fits her lunch, snacks, and extra clothes in case hers get dirty. I love that it has two good-sized compartments. The smaller one has a mesh pocket. It’s so versatile, but not too bulky. I’m pretty sure we’re going to be buying the matching collection.”

Lone Cone Kids’ Canvas Preschool Backpack

“I love this backpack that I bought for my 2.5-year-old daughter. There’s enough space to fit an extra set of clothes, a water bottle and a coloring book. I think that this backpack should make it through the preschool years for us. I especially love the fun designs that are different from any other backpack!”

Obersee Kid’s All-in-One Pre-School Backpacks with Integrated Cooler

“These are my favorite backpacks. All four of my kids have had them. Obersee is a must for every toddler out there. It’s small, so it doesn’t look like they’re going to fall over with a huge backpack hanging off of their butt, and the clip in front keeps the straps where they need it. I can’t say enough about these backpacks.”

Wildkin 15 Inch Backpack

“This backpack is the perfect size for my preschooler. She is very petite so I was looking for something small-ish that would not swallow her whole. It fits her very well AND it is big enough to hold her school folder, lunch box, and water bottle with enough room to stuff her nap-time blanket and stuffed animal in on top.”

For elementary school students

HotStyle Trendymax Galaxy Backpack

“This my daughter’s favorite backpack EVER. She’s a sixth grade student this year with a good deal of homework each night (LOTS OF BOOKS COMING HOME), and it has been of the highest quality. No tears, no weak seams, no issues with the zipper. I’m quite impressed. Completely worth the money we spent, and we will continue to shop this brand for future needs.”

Bluefairy Hearts Print School Backpack

“My 8-year-old daughter loves this bag. Her previous bag only had a couple of compartments and this one offers 3 main areas and then another small zippered compartment inside the big area which allows her to be more organized. The side bottle holders are nice because they have adjustable straps. Zippers seem like good quality and of course my daughter loves the look of this one.”

Lily & Drew Lightweight Canvas Travel School Backpack

“My second-grader is obsessed with cats and absolutely loved this backpack when it arrived! It’s well made and perfect size for elementary school kids. The description says it’s for girls, but it is definitely unisex. I would recommend and purchase from Lily & Drew again in the future.”

Leaper Floral Backpack

“Before the start of each school year we purchase new backpacks for our daughters. This year my 9-year-old just couldn’t find one she liked at any of our local stores. I decided to search Amazon when we found ourselves within three days of school starting. I’m so glad we did! This backpack is the perfect size for my 4th grader, has a nice water bottle holder on the side, and best of all … it’s absolutely adorable! She’s received a ton of compliments already. Perfect choice for my little fashionista!”

Vbiger School Backpack

“This backpack has been fantastic! Bright colors, beautiful print, and pockets/compartments in all the right places and sizes. It’s made it through two full years of elementary school. My daughter has loved it and is happy to have another one exactly like it. A three-ring binder, folders, etc., fit just fine in the middle zip compartment. This allowed us to put her coat and insulated lunch box bag in the larger main compartment with room to spare during elementary school. Just an all around great backpack!”

For middle school students

JanSport Unisex Superbreak Backpack

“My daughter loooves this backpack and it is a great size. We kept going back and forth with the different model sizes and this one is perfect for her. She is in middle school and it fits all her books, etc. We are very happy with the size of this bag, not to mention the quality you can expect from a JanSport, and the color is AMAZING!!

Under Armour Storm Hustle II Backpack

“I bought this backpack for my daughter when she was going into 8th grade. She was able to fit her binder, textbooks, multiple books, and a medium-sized lunch box in the main compartment. The middle compartment fit other things like pencils, notepads, etc., and the bottom fit medium-sized rain jackets but it also worked as place to put shoes. The bag lasted the whole school year filled to the brim without any holes or tears. It also went on several trips where it was tossed around a lot. My daughter wants to keep the bag for next year, as it has been one of the most durable school bags she has ever had.”

Mygreen Casual Style Lightweight Canvas Backpack

“I bought this as a gift for my younger sister and she was so excited when she saw this amazing bag. This is one of the best laptop backpacks for a teenager. It is very cute, very sturdy, well constructed. And I am sure it will last a long time. A happy customer.”

Leaper Fashion Laptop Backpack

“My daughter started out with a messenger bag this school year. I let her live and learn from her mistakes. She finally broke down and asked for a real backpack. She found this one online, and she LOVES it. It’s large enough to hold all of her books, lunch, favorite water bottle, and the straps are wide and comfy. She’s using it as a carry-on as we travel now, and she could have safely fit a laptop in the bag had she wanted. Highly recommended!”

For high school students

JanSport Big Student Backpack

“I have owned this backpack for a whole year now and it is still great! If you go to a high school I can almost guarantee that most of the students you will see are wearing a JanSport. With this said, this a high quality backpack that is big! The new straps on them are better than the original ones that most backpacks tend to use. The interior of the backpack is big, so you have a lot of room for books, notebooks, and even a laptop. The front pouches are great for calculators and carrying pens. This is JanSport we’re talking about here. I wouldn’t hesitate buying one of these backpacks as they are one of the best.”

Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Backpack

“I love the look of this bag. It’s portable enough to carry every day without hesitation. The leather on the bottom and handle is really great quality. It can withstand water and dirt like nothing I’ve ever seen. The canvas doesn’t rip or unsew like similar backpacks of this style that I’ve had before. Sure, this is no North Face bag, or Patagonia backpack with over a gazillion pockets, but this thing costs over two times less than that. It’s a simple backpack with excellent quality. If you are in college, high school, or just want a backpack to carry to work or around the city, then look no further.”

Vaschy Backpack

“I bought this backpack for my daughter who is in her final year of school and she absolutely loves it. She has received many compliments about the design and pattern. She carries quite a few heavy books to school and it is able to withstand the load. She loves all the inside pockets and finds it comfortable to carry around on her back. I would definitely buy another bag like this again.”

Leaper Stylish Laptop Backpack

“This book bag made my senior year. It is on trend, stylish, and most importantly, handy for my busy senior year. It may look small but has many secret compartments for having pens on hand and for holding books. I also got two compliments on my book bag without even trying to show off. I’m very happy with this purchase.”

Kaukko Laptop Outdoor Backpack

“I have now had this back pack for almost two years and let me tell you: THIS IS MY FAVORITE BACKPACK OF ALL TIME. So, here is my love letter to my backpack: First of all, I swear the fabric is magic. I have had it and worn it almost every day for two years and it still looks clean and almost untouched. The padding is perfect for my back and the straps are incredibly adjustable which is a must-have for tall people. The inside is roomy and easy to find things in, yet still providing a slim laptop sleeve and two pockets that conveniently fit my phone and wallet. Lastly, the outside pocket is great for storing smaller items like sunglasses, passport, etc. I love this backpack with a passion and honestly am going to order this again for college. Love it.”

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Best Backpacks for Girls on Amazon, According to Reviewers