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Ultimate Guide to the Best Suitcase 2018

After years of travel its time to upgrade some of my luggage and so I have been researching what the current best travel suitcase brands are as well as reading various online suitcase reviews.

Whilst I don’t necessarily need the top suitcase money can buy, I don’t want one of the cheap suitcases either.  Basically, I want a good quality suitcase that is perfect for my family’s travel needs without costing me a fortune.

After hours of research I now have a better idea of the current top suitcase brands and the sort of suitcase I want to buy.  Suitcase options can be a little overwhelming with their various features, weights and prices, I know I have bought various pieces of cheap luggage in the past only to discover they weren’t right for us.

So you can avoid making the same mistakes I have, I have put together this guide to help you understand what you should consider when purchasing your own suitcase as well as various luggage reviews to help you choose the best travel bags for your family.

Compare the Top 10 Suitcase

NameImageTypeSize/Length (inches)Weight (kg)Rating (/5)Price
Delsey Luggage Helium Aero 29 Inch Expandable Spinner8 wheels19.5 x 12.5 x 29 in7.38 kg4.2Check
Samsonite One Size Winfield 24 wheels24 x 16.5 x 11 in4.2 kg4.0Check
8 wheels25 x 18 x 11.2 in4.49 kg3.5Check
American Tourister Ilite Max Softside Spinner4 wheels25 x 18 x 10 in4.17 kg4.0Check
IT Luggage World's Lightest Debonair Spinner8 wheels27.8 x 16.3 x 9.3 in2.49 kg3.7Check
Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner4 wheels14.5 x 20.5 x 28.5 in6.35 kg4.2Check
Delsey Luggage Sky Max 25 Expandable Spinner4 wheels10.8 x 17 x 24.5 in3.76 kg4.0Check
Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Hardside Spinner4 wheels11 x 30.7 x 19 in4 kg4.0Check
Briggs & Riley Sympatico Medium Spinner Suitcase8 wheels11.5 x 18.5 x 27 in4.54 kg3.5Check
IT Luggage Crusader 30.7 Hardside 8-Wheel Spinner8 wheels30.7 x 21.9 x 30.7 in7.04 kg4.0Check

Choosing the Best Suitcase

As I mentioned, I have bought various pieces of luggage over the years thinking they would make the best suitcases for overseas travel only to later realise they didn’t quite meet our family’s travel needs.

To purchase the best suitcase for international travel (or any sort of travel for that matter) it is important to give special consideration to various things and not just buy the first cheap large suitcases you find.  If you are travelling with children, consider whether it be your only checked in piece of luggage or will you check in other luggage too?  Think about the airline you are flying with and what are their restrictions are around checked in luggage?

I talk about these various things and more below to help you in deciding which are the best suitcases to buy for your family.

With so many people taking advantage of online suitcase deals chances are you won’t physically see your bag before you purchase it.  When purchasing online, don’t just look at the suitcase price, it is important to do your homework before making your purchase so you are not disappointed when your bag is delivered.

Size

One of the most important considerations is the size of the suitcase.  With many airlines now charging per bag checked in, many families are saving money by only checking in one or two pieces of luggage for the entire family.  If you want to save money by following suit you will need to consider what size suitcase (or suitcases) will fit your entire family’s belongings.

Even without being concerned about saving money by minimising checked in baggage, when travelling with younger children, it quite often is a better idea to have one or two large suitcases then multiple smaller suitcases.  This means you have less to transport around and more hands available to look after the little ones.

Weight

With many airlines being strict on the weight of checked baggage it is super important to choose luggage which is lightweight.  Some bags can be heavy eating into your precious baggage allowance. If your bag is over the limit you may be asked to pay hefty excess baggage charges.

The best lightweight suitcase is going to be easier to transport around, not only in airports but whilst you are making your way to your hotel or around busy cities.

In the below best suitcases reviews I have included various options for the best lightweight checked luggage and the table above includes the weight of all luggage reviewed below.

Type

When wheeling a suitcase around a busy airport or whilst reaching your destination, you want luggage that is easy to manoeuvre.  Believe me it is worth investing a little extra for this, particularly if you are travelling with children. Luggage that doesn’t easily go where you want it to will leave you frustrated and stressed before you even board your plane.

Two-wheel

A two wheel suitcase, also known as a roller, requires you to tilt the suitcase to wheel it and it doesn’t easily go around corners or through narrow spaces.  They also have a tendency to fall over when left unaided and are impossible to pull more than one.

However there are some advantages of using a two wheeled suitcase over a four or more wheeled one.  Two wheel suitcases are usually easier to pull behind you and quite often once you leave the airport you will tend to want to pull your case rather than push it.  Two wheel cases tend to be able to handle cobblestones and uneven surfaces much better than other cases.

If you are looking at buying cheap lightweight suitcases chances are they will be rollers.

Four-wheel (Spinner) / Eight-wheel (Double-Spinner)

Four-wheel suitcases, also known as spinners, are now becoming the standard and are far easier to manoeuvre around busy airports.  Having four wheels means the suitcase can easily move in any direction, including going around corners with ease.

A light push on the handle is all that is usually required to move the suitcase around the airport.  This is super practical particularly when travelling with small children as you are not required to hold any of the weight.  Four wheeled suitcases are also far easier wheeling through a narrow plan aisle than two wheeled suitcases.

Some suitcases even come with eight wheels, these are referred to has double spinners.

Suitcase Color

Ever waited at the airport carousel only to see a million bags that look just like yours?  This is why I highly recommend you buy the brightest suitcase you can find so you can easily recognise it.  This also prevents the chances of someone else thinking it is their bag.

Durability

Suitcases take a bit of a beating when in transit.  Whether you are dragging it down cobblestone streets, across uneven surfaces or being loaded and unloaded on airplanes, buses and cars your suitcase needs to be durable enough to withstand these encounters.

You don’t want a big gaping hole in your bag mid-way through your trip, so it is worth investing in a bag that is proven to be durable.

Other Features

Handles

It’s important that your luggage has an easy to use handle.  Some handles can be difficult to use in that they don’t retract quickly and easily which is not ideal when you are walking through a busy airport or trying to load your bag quickly onto an airplane.

Also if you are a particularly tall person, you want to ensure the handle extends long enough for you.

Your suitcase should also have additional top and side carry handles so you can easily pick it up to load into airplane overhead compartments as well as in and of the car.

Hard Shell vs Soft Shell Suitcase

Soft shell bags are more common and are much easier to squeeze into overhead compartments or tight spaces than the hard shell bags.

However the best hard case suitcase will provide better protection for your belongings, which is important considering the battering your bag can take in transit.  The disadvantage with a hard shell suitcase is that it is likely to weigh more than a soft shell case. If you prefer a hard shell suitcase be sure to look for a lightweight one, as you don’t want to use too many of those precious kilograms for your suitcase in lieu of your items.

Of course another great advantage of having the best hard shell suitcase is having your own portable seat when waiting in unexpected lines or anywhere that doesn’t have seats.  Perfect for families travelling with young children.

Expandable Compartments

Suitcases with expandable compartments are great.  Expandable compartments provide you a place to store your various purchases during your travels.  No need to buy an additional bag, you simply unzip the expandable compartment for more space.

Water Resistance

A water-resistant bag gives you extra protection when travelling in wet weather.  Whilst water resistant bags aren’t designed to be waterproof, they do give you that extra bit of time to seek shelter or pull out a rain cover without have your personal belongings getting wet.

Top 10 Travel Suitcase Reviews

1. Delsey Luggage Helium Aero 29 Inch Expandable Spinner Trolley Review

The Delsey Luggage Helium Aero is a fantastic hard case bag which is TSA approved.

This is a great sized bag and is lightweight and durable.  Made from 100% polycarbonate which is super resilient to cracking.  For the security conscious travellers there is a side mounted TSA lock which is designed for airport personal to open your bag without damaging it.

You will love how easily this is to manoeuvre around the airport.  The double spinner wheels as well as the two-position handle system make getting around a breeze.  This is a perfect choice as the best large suitcase for families or for regular business travellers wanting to get around the airport quickly.

Other great features include the 2 inch expandable pocket perfect for storing those souvenirs you purchase whilst travelling as well as the two extra-large fully lined pockets inside the case perfect for organising all your belongings.  There are two side handles perfect for carrying the case when required such as lifting it into overhead bins or in and out of the car. This case also has double spinner wheels.

This is a great mid-range bag which you will note is well recommended when you read any Delsey luggage review.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

2. Samsonite One Size Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner Review

Wondering where to buy suitcases from?  Samsonite is always a winner and the Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner is a great option for those looking for the best medium suitcase.

This stylish hard case is made from 100% polycarbonate and is made to absorb impacts by flexing and popping back into shape, so there is no need to worry about unsightly dints or damage to the contents while in transit. The brushed pattern is designed to hide any unsightly scratches that may occur during transit.

The interior is fully-lined, with a privacy curtain, organizational pockets and cross-straps to keep your belongings in place. The lightweight locking telescopic handle and four multidirectional spinner wheels makes for effortless wheeling through the airport. It includes a side-mounted TSA approved lock to prevent theft and features 10 oversized zippers for easy grabbing.

Other great features include a lightweight telescopic handle, side mounted TSA approved lock and an expandable compartment which expands an extra 1.5 inches for added capacity, so you don’t have to worry about trying to fit in all of the souvenirs for the relatives!

The Winfield 2 Fashion Spinner is one of the best Samsonite luggage options and comes in 9 attractive colours.  This suitcase will definitely stand out on the baggage carousel.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

3. Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Expandable Spinner Suiter Suitcase Review

One of the easiest expandable suitcases to manoeuvre through busy airports is The Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 Expandable Spinner Suiter Suitcase.

This particular suitcase has 8 self aligning magnetic wheels which gives a super smooth 360 roll in any direction. That along with a 3-position PowerScope extension handle that completely minimizes wobble while walking, makes getting through busy airports and car parks a breeze.

Made from premium, ultra-durable fabrics, it also includes a cushioned contour grip making it comfortable to pull along behind you until you can check your luggage in.

Other features of this case include durable zipper heads, built in accessory pockets and a deluxe suiter and tie-down system.   The case also expands to an extra 2 inches.

This suitcase is so comfortable and easy to get around that you won’t even be in a rush to check your luggage in!

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

4. American Tourister Ilite Max Softside Spinner 25 Review

This stylish and fashionable lightweight suitcase is a great option for separating your luggage from the rest.

The American Tourister Ilite Max Softside Spinner 25 comes in bright vibrant designs that will make your suitcase easy to identify quickly. Made from poly/nylon fabric and with top carry handles that are integrated into the case, not only does this suitcase look fantastic but it is also so comfortable to get around with.

It also has excellent mobility with it’s four, multi-directional air low spinner wheels and even rolls upright to ease the extra weight on your arm or shoulder.

Other features as well as it being super lightweight, four wheels, is the bevelled push-button locking handle and the range of different sized pockets.  This suitcase is also expandable for extra storage space.

According to the reviews on this suitcase, the bright colours make it so easy to spot at the baggage collection as you can’t miss it on the belt and the spinner wheels make it a breeze to get around airports.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

5. IT Luggage World’s Lightest Debonair 27.8 8-Wheel Spinner Review

The IT Luggage World’s Lightest Debonair 27.8 8-Wheel Spinner is an ultra-lightweight bag with many other great features.

Made from a durable fiberglass frame, the unique construction of this case allows you to flat pack all your luggage to optimize space and enjoy crease-free packing. Perfect for the type of holidays or business trips that you won’t have access to an iron!

Getting this case around airports is also very easy with the 8 easy-glide wheels and a wide telescopic handle. The spacious front pockets are also a great place to store last minute items or things you need to quickly and easily access.

Other features of this stylish and functional case are the top and side carry handles for easy lifting and the fully lined interior with a mesh zip pocket.

Some IT luggage reviews on this suitcase mention problems with the zipper and the handle but all other aspects of the case leave most people very impressed and would highly recommend this one if you are looking to buy cheap suitcases but of a good quality.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

6. Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner 28 Silver Review

The Samsonite Omni PC Hardside Spinner 28 Silver is a very large yet lightweight suitcase with all the features.

Not only does this case look great, it is sure to stay looking that way made of scratch resistant textures that are sure to take the harshest travel elements. Made from 100% polycarbonate it is extremely light while also looking stylish and elegant too.

Your belongings are sure to be well protected with the heavyweight protection of the hard shell, along with the TSA lock for extra security, you can relax knowing all of your belongings will arrive at your destination in one piece.

Other features of this case include the effortless, four re-engineered 360-degree spinner wheels, full zip interior, divider and cross-straps for packing organisation.

According to the Samsonite luggage reviews, this is a very good quality suitcase but is very large so it is important to double check the sizing guide with your airlines before purchasing.

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7. Delsey Luggage Sky Max 25 Expandable Spinner Upright Review

The Desley Sky Max 25 Expandable Spinner Upright is a toughly made suitcase with a great organisation system.

This suitcase is made from such a tough construction which is remarkable considering how lightweight it is. You won’t have to worry about your suitcase getting damaged in transit and can be sure all your belongings are safe as well.

A total of 8 pockets, with three front pockets, a back pocket for travel documents or magazines, mesh pocket and a wet pocket in the lid as well as interior tie-down straps, this suitcase is so great for organising all your luggage and makes for super easy unpacking at the other end.

Other features include Guardian self repairing interlocking zippers, four wheels, integrated ID tag, cushioned neoprene top and side carry handles and also an easy to grab bottom handle making it hassle free to grab off the baggage collection. This suitcase also expands an additional 2 inches.

This is the perfect bag for someone looking for all the features of a high class suitcase.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

8. Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Hardside Spinner Trolley Review

The Victorinox Spectra suitcase is perfect for those travellers that want a top of the range lightweight case.

This is one of the of the lightest hard cases in these reviews, weighing in at only 3.98 kg you will have plenty of baggage allowance left over for your belongings.  Inside the case are zippered mesh dividers so you can easily organise your items as well keeping them in place with the compression straps.

Made from top quality 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate, this case is break resistant, scratch resistant as well super stylish.  The case also includes corner guards and zipper bumpers to provide added protection to areas which are prone to impact.

Other great features of this hard case include dual caster wheels providing 360 manoeuvrability and zero weight in hand, aluminium handle that locks into three different positions as well as a top handle for carrying, TSA approved lock, swiss tracker, removable ID tag and a 10-year warranty.

The stylish traveller will love this high quality hard case which is available in black, red or white.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

9. Briggs & Riley Sympatico Medium Spinner Suitcase Review

The Briggs & Riley Sympatico Medium Spinner Suitcase is one of the best medium suitcase within these reviews with many other great features.

Made from 3-layer, percent virgin makrolon polycarbonate material, this case is so lightweight as well as being high-strength. This case is designed to be resilient through harsh airport environments and would be ideal for a 4 or 5 day trip.

With adjustable garment compression panels and speed buckles to keep all your luggage flat, this will minimise the scrunching and wrinkling that is common in clothing after being squashed into a suitcase. One less thing to worry about once arriving at your destination!

Another feature of this suitcase is the TSA-friendly locking system to ensure all your belongings are secure throughout the travelling process.  This case also has double spinner wheels for simple manoeuvrability and you will just love the included smartlink strap which allows you to transport two bags at once.

This suitcase would be best suited to professionals on quick business trips or families going away for a long weekend.

>> Click here to check the price and to read more reviews.

 

10. IT Luggage Crusader 30.7 Hardside 8-Wheel Spinner Review

The IT Luggage Crusader 30.7 Hardside 8 Wheel Spinner is ultra secure as well as being one of the best cheap hard suitcases.

This has to be one of the safest suitcases available with the ultra secure interlocking aluminium frame for ultimate protection of your luggage, as well as being completely impact proof and scratch resistant. It also has a combination TSA Lock and twin point latch for added protection and security.

The interior is fully lined and has 2 tie-down straps, central dividers and zippered mesh pockets, making it so easy to organise your luggage and keep it that way.

Other great features of this case are a one-touch telescopic handle system, 8-wheel easy-glide system with 360-degree manoeuvrability, and easy-grab top and side handles.

From reading the reviews you can tell out of all the IT suitcases, this one sure is great value for money!

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