Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written before about a bunch of suitcases and travel accessories before — including expert-recommended rolling luggage, the best travel backpacks, and even the best personal carry-on bags for flying — here we’ve rounded up the best hardside luggage as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
“For the price I paid, $120, I don’t think there’s a better suitcase on the market,” says one of the roughly 2,400 reviewers to give a five-star rating to Samsonite’s Winfield 2. “It looks good, has a quality name, and will fit in with other business travelers (who’ve often paid 4-5 times the price).” Another reviewer says this suitcase can handle “lots of hauling over cobblestones and rough sidewalks,” posing “no problems at all with the spinners.” “The wheels work wonderfully, so that you can push the suitcase along with you in an upright position or pull it behind you,” adds another satisfied traveler. One reviewer who is “thrilled” with this purchase speaks to this hardside suitcase’s durability, too: “Between various taxi drivers, tour-company baggage handlers, bellhops, bus drivers, hotel personnel, and British Air baggage handlers, this suitcase is ready to go again and again!” Another reviewer who claims to have “traveled 72,000 miles last year” says this suitcase still looks sharp. “The aesthetics are beautiful with sleek and futuristic lines and ridges — this luggage belongs in a fashion show.”
In the almost 2,000 five-star reviews of this carry-on, people praise its surprisingly roomy interior even though it’s small enough to be stored in the overhead compartment of many major airlines. “It is extremely lightweight, which is important, as when I fly alone I don’t have my husband to help me lift it into the overhead compartment,” writes one reviewer, “which, by the way, it fits perfectly. Other than some minor scuffing, it is still as strong as ever.” Other reviewers seem amazed at the low price, given the high quality of the bag. One puts it simply: “I wanted a bag that was lightweight but durable, was easy to roll, and didn’t cost a fortune. This bag has been perfect.” Another reviewer, who claims to have traveled nearly 100,000 miles with this suitcase, speaks to its durability: “I have used this exclusively as my sole suitcase for the past two years.”
The compact size of this spinner carry-on from AmazonBasics is a big draw for many, like one who calls this “one of my best purchases ever. It has the perfect size for me. I was able to pack much more than I thought inside this little one.” Despite its size, it’s still well organized. “The interior is divided up very sensibly. If you pack with the rolling technique, you can fit a huge amount of stuff in it and it won’t move around,” writes one reviewer. “It’s also easy to live out of the bag; it opens like a clamshell, and you have good access to everything inside.” This suitcase is even flight-attendant approved for its ease of maneuverability: “My arms and back feel absolutely zero stress. It feels like it’s floating! My smaller bag is attached to the top, and it still feels weightless.”
In the words of another Delsey fan, “I traveled halfway across the world, and these wheels have held up with incredible force … They make transportation so much easier — especially over rough surfaces, around curves, and up and down hills. Shoot, I basically scaled a mountain in Hong Kong with this baby (never again, though)!” Dozens of other reviewers happily brought this carry-on with them on international trips, and it fits many different airlines’ size restrictions. Plus, it’s sturdy: “I was in Brazil, trying to navigate to the airport down the side of the highway (it was blocked off due to protesters),” remembers a reviewer. “This lovely suitcase wheeled like a champion for six kilometers, all the way to the airport!”
“If you’re a casual traveler who only occasionally flies or enjoys road trips, this is a fantastic piece of luggage,” writes one reviewer, who also says that this AmazonBasics model “held up beautifully” and that “the four multi-directional wheels are incredibly handy.” Many five-star reviewers praise its “fantastic value,” with one calling it a “product of high quality related to price.” Another notes, “The shell is significantly more rigid than similar suitcases available at Walmart, or even other budget hard-shell ones available here on Amazon, where people constantly mention how flimsy they seem.” Even the wheels are praised by one reviewer as “incredibly convenient and surprisingly save a lot of pain and pressure on your shoulder and wrist as you are wheeling it from place to place.”
One reviewer describes this hard-shell Samsonite as “indestructible and still looking brand-new” after repeated usage. “The material of the case itself is scratch resistant,” another reviewer notes, which explains why another says “the outside of the luggage is keeping up its appearance still looking new. Scratches don’t really show up at all. I’m very happy with this set and have every confidence that it will last.” Even if travelers mishandle it, many attest that this Samsonite luggage holds up, like one satisfied traveler who notes, “It’s survived gravel, cobblestone roads, and even being dragged up and down stairs by the handle (I know, I know, you’re not SUPPOSED to do that), and it survived without a scratch on the suitcase itself.”
Dozens of reviewers describe this hard-shell suitcase as lightweight. That makes it easy to maneuver, as one explains, adding, “I love how lightweight it is so that it’s not adding weight to my luggage that I always so desperately need for clothes.” The bright colors are another selling point for many. “This thing is easy to spot and supercute. I saw several woman eyeing it,” notes one traveler who “was a bit iffy about the [pink] color but grew to love it.” Another reviewer observes that “it has more style than the smooth rectangular bricks that I sometimes see rolling around the airport.” It’s not just the pink that catches the eye, either. “The red color certainly stands out when your luggage is rotating around the carousel, which is a definite plus if you’re in a hurry to get somewhere.” Good looks aren’t all it has to offer, though. “These wheels survived 14 international flights,” notes one frequent traveler. “That’s a record so far.”
“This suitcase is huge,” one reviewer writes. Another attests to its size, listing their packing list: “It has multiple pockets and looks roomy enough for the 25 or so outfits, plus different shoes for each, that I usually take on a five-day trip.” But for many other reviewers, this suitcase can take them on even longer trips. “We had so much extra space we put in a pillow just to fill it up,” admits one reviewer. With all that space, one customer notes that “the compartments inside made for easy packing,” which meant “ I could put stuff I didn’t regularly use there (gifts, laundry, dressy clothes) and not worry about too much stuff getting in the way of daily items.” Several reviewers praise the wheels, too, like one who writes, “The wheels are rubber and roll very, very easily, especially in the ‘full’ upright position, which makes this piece of luggage great for wheeling on all four wheels.”
The rose-gold color is a big hit among dozens of reviewers, but many more love this suitcase for its durability and solid construction. One customer notes that it “held up well to airplane overhead bins, trains, and cobblestone streets.” The smooth-rolling wheels were also a big draw, with one reviewer saying, “It rolls easily and well and feels very stable. It doesn’t tip over when you ‘piggyback’ a laptop case or backpack on the top.” Another reviewer even took the bag to a geographic extreme: “This guy made it to Antarctica and back without any issues, so not sure what I would have gained by spending more on another brand.”
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