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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 as of January 2018. Shop around: in many cases, we found suitcases that were significantly cheaper than the recommended retail price.
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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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Stability test (%)
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 suitcases are tilted until they tip. We then record the angle the cases were at when they tipped over; anything over 15 degrees is very good.
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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 manouverability.
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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Lift and drop test (%)
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 0%.
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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
- Price we paid
- Bag type
- CHOICE buy
- Overall score (%)
- Stability test (%)
- Puncture test (%)
- Rain test (%)
- Lift and drop test (%)
- Wheel durability
- Performance score (%)
- Ease of use score (%)
- Good points
- Bad points
- TSA lock
- Stated capacity (L)
- Weight (kg)
- Height (cm)
- Depth (cm)
- Width (cm)
- 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