One of 7 best travel suitcases - Samsonite Omni PC suitcase.

Samsonite Omni PC suitcase

Kathy Van Zeeland luggage

Kathy Van Zeeland luggage

 

It is always a headache to select your new best travel suitcase! Through my numerous travels I have tried and  changed  so many suitcases! A suitcase becomes a important travel companion,  and sometimes it is difficult to decide to get rid of an old one (unless it is completely damaged) and start looking for a new one.

This is my shortlist of the best travel suitcases I’ve  or my friends have used and liked. I did not look at  expensive designer cases, such as Louis Vuitton or  those that are very cheap and unreliable. The suitcases that are reviewed here have a price range from 100 to 500 euros. I also have read many posts and reviews before coming up with this list to help you in making your choice.

Usually,  I do not choose a black suitcase, as there are so many of them, and it can be very difficult to spot  on the airport carousel!

I am focusing here on check-in suitcases: you can find  out more about my favorite travel accessories here.  Adults usually look at luggage in the range of 27 to 29 inches (67 to 74 cm). However, when selecting your new travel companion, there are several things to consider.

 Which is best, a hard shell or a soft shell?

Hard shell suitcases 

pros:

  • Better to protect breakable items.
  • Mostly waterproof.
  • Easy to stack on top of each other.
  • More complicated for thieves to get in.

cons:

  • Sometimes heavier.
  • Can’t expand – maybe not a choice for big shoppers.
  • More difficult to stack.

Soft shell suitcases

pros:

  • Usually lighter.
  • Can expand and have outside pockets.
  • Can survive shock better.

cons:

  • Less protective for breakable items.
  • Not waterproof.
  • Easier for thieves to rip open with a blade.

Four-wheel or  two-wheel suitcases 

Four-wheel  suitcases

pros:

  • Easier to maneuver in limited space.
  • More ergonomic.

cons:

  • Do not remain stationary, need to be supervised.
  • Wheels are easier to break.

Two-wheel suitcases

pros:

  • Easier to handle in the city – on pavements, etc.
  • Wheels are recessed into the case, harder to break.

cons:

  • Always need to be pushed or pulle

Luggage weight

Nobody likes to pay for a suitcase that weights extra kilos, so a weight of an empty suitcase has to be considered before buying. Experts advise that the ideal weight of an empty suitcase should be around 7,4 lbs. ( 3,4kg).

Luggage warranty

I prefer suitcases  that have warranties or guarantees, and I have had  good  experiences  with damaged suitcases that were replaced by producers.

Luggage compartments

When packing, it is wise to separate your belongings and protect them from accidental leverages. However, I now use packing cubes, so compartments are not so important anymore.

Waterproof suitcases

After having got a wet suitcase with wet clothes back several times when  a plane landed in a strong rain, I buy only waterproof suitcases.

A price for a suitcase

I  have changed many suitcases and now firmly believe that your best travel suitcase will not be cheap. If you buy a cheep suitcase, you will need to replace it often.This will cost  more money, you will risk to losing some  of your belongings, and you will waist time to choose a new one.

Now that  you’re acquainted  with my selection criteria, let’s look at my proposed list.

The Seven Best Travel Suitcases

These travel suitcases are presented  in no specific order, and  they are the best  I could recommend. Let me know what your best suitcases are?

Delsey Helium

  • Lightweight and durable.
  • 4 wheels, great maneuver.
  • TSA approved.
  • Two compartments and multiple pockets.
  • A very secure zip.

Dakine

  • Made from strong 600D polyester.
  •  Lifetime warranty.
  • Stable and easy to handle.
  • Very safe and secure.

TravelPro MaxLite

  • 360-degree spinners make it very mobile.
  • Weight 8,6 lbs (3,9 kg) – quite light for its size.
  • Made from polyester, with stain and water-resistant coating.
  • Expandable.

Samsonite Omni PC

  • 100% polycarbonate.
  • Extremely scratch- resistant because of micro-diamond texture.
  • Lightweight spinner wheels.
  • TSA approved lock.

Briggs &  Riley Baseline

  • Large, good for a family trip.
  • 1690D ballistic nylon outer, resists stains and humidity.
  • A handle system with 4 heights.
  • Lockable main compartment (zipper).

Ricardo Beverly Hills Imperial

  • Weights 9 lbs (4 kg )high quality lightweight materials.
  • Has a removable zippered  organizer.
  • Extremely spacious.
  • Easy to handle, a good maneuver.

Kathy Van Zeeland Luggage

  • Beautiful designer pattern, made from durable PVC materials.
  • Expandable for more space.
  • Weights around 10,1 lbs (4,5 kg).
  • 8 wheel-spinner, easy to maneuver.

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