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List of brands we tested in this review.
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We list the recommended retail price where possible for each suitcase. Shop around: in many cases, we found suitcases that were significantly cheaper than the recommended retail price.
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Whether the product is suitable for carry-on (for most airlines) or check-in only.
Our testers conduct several technical tests to assess each suitcase's performance. The performance score is made up of the lift-and-drop test (60%), stability test (20%), rain test (10%) and puncture test (10%).
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Ease of use score
Ease of use is assessed by three triallists (including our expert tester). They score each suitcase on aspects like balance and manoeuvrability. They also wheel the cases (with a 5kg load for carry-on and 15kg load for check-in) over a range of surfaces including grass, carpet, stairs, asphalt and footpaths.
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A TSA lock is a security system whereby passengers can lock their luggage while still allowing security authorities to inspect the luggage without damaging the lock.
Lift-and-drop test score
Carry-on suitcases are loaded with 4kg of clothing and check-in suitcases are packed with 15kg of clothing. We then subject our suitcases to 300 rounds of our lift-and-drop test, then grade the damage. Suitcases with no damage receive 100%. Those with substantial damage (for example, are missing wheels) score significantly less.
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Stability test score
Our testers pack carry-on cases with 4kg of clothing and check-in cases with 15kg clothing and place them on a tilting platform. The higher the score, the more stable the suitcase.
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Rain test score
We see how much water gets into the suitcases. The higher the score, the less likely rain will get into your case.
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Puncture test score
A heavy pointed cylinder is dropped onto the suitcase surface. The higher the score, the less visible damage.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Performance score
- Ease of use score
- Stability test score
- Puncture test score
- Rain test score
- Lift and drop test score
- Price we paid
- Good points
- Bad points
- TSA lock
- Stated capacity (L)
- Weight (kg)
- Height (cm)
- Depth (cm)
- Width (cm)
- Warranty (years)
- Extended handle length (cm)
- Number of wheels
- Hard or soft body
- Type of material
- External pockets
- Internal pockets
- Internal straps
- Items included
- Country of origin