Top five best cheap suitcases under £75
By Callum Tennent
A good piece of luggage is a sound investment, so it can be tempting to really go all-out in a bid to secure one that will last. Our testing has revealed that you don't need to spend hundreds to guarantee a reliable suitcase. In fact, you don't even need to spend £75.
Soft case or hard case, there are options for you to consider for less than the price of a return ticket to Paris. They all performed well in our drop tests, have durable, rugged zips and are comfortable to manoeuvre around the terminal. We can't promise that they all match our highest-scoring Best Buys, but we can promise they can't be beaten for value.
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Best cheap suitcases
This case's manufacturer says this new and improved version of an old favourite is a little lighter and has more room inside, and it wasn't lying - we found this to be an excellent travel companion at a very competitive price. Sign up or log in to see which model we're talking about.
This suitcase is a high performer, falling just short of a Best Buy. It's great if you need extra hiding spaces for luggage, as it comes with 3 outside pockets and 2 inside ones. Aside from this and durability, it stumbled for its lack of water resistance and poor stability on bumpy ground.
This suitcase ticks nearly all the boxes: it's affordable, easy to manoeuvre and has great features like an easily adjustable handle. Its only weak spot is that it has poor waterproofing but other than that, its an excellent alternative to the £100+ cases on the market.
This large suitcase didn't give us much to scream and shout about but the price is undoubtedly a big draw. The handles and zips held up well in our durability tests but waterproofing was a big downfall. Water managed to funnel through from all angles so make sure to factor this in when purchasing.
And here's two to avoid
As you can see from the table above, an outstanding suitcase is neither hard to find nor expensive. With that in mind, take a look at the two models below and be sure to stay well clear - you can do much better.
Cheap suitcases to avoid
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What Which? looks for when testing a suitcase
Our number-one priority when reviewing a new suitcase is to find out how it will hold up in the real world. Our tests are the most comprehensive around because they mimic exactly what your case goes through every time you fly.
Our drop tests accurately recreate the most reckless of baggage handlers to ensure that it won't crack open the first time it's heartlessly heaved onto a trolley. We have it tumble down a purpose-built treadmill so that we know just how it'll react to being tumbled around on an airport baggage carousel.
We really put the zips through their paces, smashing and yanking them to make sure they won't break when you're sat on top of your case trying to cram in that one last pair of shoes. We also test the water resistance so that, should it be left out on a baggage trolley in the middle of a downpour, you can be sure your valuables won't be soaked through.
A Best Buy suitcase will usually perform admirably in all three of these tests; a slightly lower scoring model in two out of the three.