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Last updated: 07 November 2018

Suitcases need to withstand different weather conditions and bumps along all sorts of surfaces. We test and review carry-on and check-in luggage for water resistance, durability, stability and more. Our how we test page explains how we get our results, and our buying guide explains what to look for when buying suitcases. 

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Our test covers suitcases designed as carry-on or cabin luggage, as well as larger sized suitcases for check-in. Remember, you'll still need to check individual requirements with your airline. We test soft and hard suitcases in both 2- and 4-wheel configurations.

Our expert testers give every suitcase a thorough workout to find the models that:

  • survive our tough lift-and-drop test
  • get through our rolling rig test unscathed
  • are the most water resistant and durable
  • are easiest to wheel around different surfaces.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you navigate our results. Our recommended list will help you see quickly which models came out on top in performance and ease of use.

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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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    Whether the product is suitable for carry on or check in.

      Performance score

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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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      • Overall score (%)
      • Stability test (%)
      • Puncture test (%)
      • Rain test (%)
      • Lift and drop test (%)
      • Wheel durability
      • Performance score (%)
      • Ease of use score (%)
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      • Model
      • Price
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      • 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
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      • External pockets
      • Internal pockets
      • Internal straps
      • Items included
      • Country of origin
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