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Which? Best Buy hand luggage

by Kate Shipp

Which? Best Buy hand luggage makes the grade with impressive durability and ease of use. The best hand luggage impressed our experts in a series of robust laboratory tests.

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A good small suitcase will be both durable and easy to use. But which hand luggage is best for you?

Does it matter if the suitcase has two or four wheels? Is hard or soft luggage more durable? What luggage features are important? Should you spend just £25 or more than £200? When we test suitcases we see how they perform in a number of key areas including durability, water resistance and ease of use.

We've tested 22 small suitcases from some of the most well-known luggage manufacturers, including Antler, Samsonite and Tripp. We've also tested suitcases from high street retailers such as John Lewis, M&S and Tesco to see how their hand luggage compares with dedicated suitcase retailers. Only some of the cabin bags we review are Best Buys.

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What makes Best Buy hand luggage?

We assess the ease of use of each small suitcase, evaluating how easy it is to manoeuvre through revolving doors and up and down escalators, how easy it is to pull over cobbles or rough terrain and how durable the design is. We also evaluate the durability of the cases by filling them with weights and dropping them from various heights, and we test the handles and zips under tension. Each small suitcase is also subjected to simulated rainfall to assess its water resistance. When hand luggage does exceptionally well in our tests, we make it a Best Buy.

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