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1 October 2020

Best lightweight suitcases and cabin luggage

Are you looking for a new lightweight suitcase or cabin luggage? We've independently tested and reviewed suitcases. Here we reveal the very best.
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We assess all the top suitcase brands, including Antler, John Lewis, Linea, Marks & Spencer, Samsonite, Tripp and more, and rate their suitcases for water resistance, handle strength, quality, ease-of-use and other essentials.

Here we round up the suitcases that came top in different categories. If you want the full list of all the suitcases tested you can head straight to our luggage Best Buys or check out our hand luggage Best Buys.

Only logged-in Which? members can access our full results and recommendations below. If you're not a member, join Which? now to access this and other reviews.

Best cabin and hand luggage

Cabin and hand luggage
Category Winner Description
Best soft-sided hand luggage Despite its soft sides this small suitcase is sturdy enough to protect your contents. Join Which? now to find out more.
Best hard-sided hand luggage If you're after a more solid suitcase then this is a must-have. It looks great too. Sign up to Which? to find out which suitcase came out top.
Best hand luggage for easyJet Get this Best Buy luggage to ensure your bag can fly with you in the aircraft cabin. Join Which? today to find out more.

Best hold luggage

Hold luggage
Category Winner Description
Best-value luggage This suitcase is our cheapest high-scoring suitcase. It scored top marks in our drop test and passed our baggage handler challenge with ease, so we'd expect it to last you well. Sign up to find out which suitcase came out top.
Best hard-sided luggage This hard-shelled suitcase lives up to the manufacturer's claims and passed our durability tests with flying colours. It looks great, is comfortable to pull and easy to manoeuvre. Try Which? to find out which model came top.
Best soft-sided luggage Five-star pulling and excellent zips make this lightweight suitcase a great travel companion. There's plenty of room inside and it glides smoothly and quietly around the airport. Join Which? now to find out more.
Best luggage for families With its large size, families can get all they need in here without being weighed down too much by the suitcase. Become a Which? member today to find out which suitcase this is.

Find the best luggage for you

There can be a confusing amount of suitcases to choose from, and price and quality don't always match. Read our guide to buying the best hard or soft-sided suitcase, and see our tips on choosing the best luggage.

In our guides you can discover how many wheels you need on a suitcase and whether a trolley handle affects comfort. You can also see if expandable hand luggage is a good idea.

All our luggage reviews are based on rigorous independent Which? tests - we assess zips, durability, noise tests and run our hand luggage over bumpy surfaces. With handles tested along with water resistance you can be sure that only the top luggage is awarded our Best Buy recommendation.

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