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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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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.

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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

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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 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

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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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