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Last updated: 29 June 2023


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Did you know we've been testing luggage performance at CHOICE for almost 60 years? Our experts thoroughly assess hard and soft suitcases designed for carry-on and check-in to find the ones that:

  • survive our tough lift-and-drop test
  • are stable
  • are the most water-resistant and durable
  • are the easiest to wheel around different surfaces.
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Our interactive comparison tool helps you navigate our results, while our Recommended list quickly shows which suitcases come out on top for performance and ease of use.

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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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    Bag type

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    Whether the product is suitable for carry-on (for most airlines) or check-in only.

      Hard or soft body

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      The suitcase's exterior style.

        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%).

        enter value/s in increments of i between 28 and 93

        Ease of use score

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        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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        TSA lock

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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.


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            • Recommended
            • 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
            • Price
            • 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
            • Expandable
            • External pockets
            • Internal pockets
            • Internal straps
            • Items included
            • Country of origin


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