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The best suitcase brands in 2022

From Samsonite and Tripp to Eastpak, our survey of suitcase owners finds you don’t need to splash out for a good case
Lauren Bell

The swankiest suitcase brands promise products that are practically indestructible. Our survey of luggage owners found those promises are true. Samsonite and Eastpak achieved a perfect five stars for the durability of their full-sized cases - they really do make products to last.

But we also found there are cheaper brands that perform almost as well - and might knock £100 off the price you pay.  

We asked Which? members to rate suitcases and cabin bags they’d bought within the past five years on everything from the pocket space to whether they’re easy to wheel over different surfaces, and 2,799 suitcase owners responded.

Read on for the full set of results.

Best suitcase brands

Customer scoreAverage price paidDurability of handleDurability of zipsDurability of bag itselfDurability of wheelsPockets and space for storageEase of wheeling aroundValue for money
Marks & Spencer
It Luggage
John Lewis

Table notes: The average price paid is based on the mean amount members paid for their luggage. Customer score and star ratings are based on data collected from Which? Connect panel members in April and May 2022. Customer score is based on satisfaction and whether members would recommend the brand. 

Eastpak, 87%

Average price paid: £129

Eastpak stood out for its five-star rating in every durability category from the handle to the wheels. So, while the price may be high, the product should survive being thrown around by baggage handlers. The brand itself certainly thinks its luggage will last - backed by its 30-year warranty – meaning that in the unlikely event something does go wrong, like a broken zip or a torn seam, it will be repaired or replaced. It’s hardly a shock then that despite the expensive price tag, Eastpak owners rated the brand the full five stars out of five for value for money.

Verdict: Brilliant bags, but cheaper brands do the job nearly as well

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Samsonite, 83%

Average price paid: £183

One of the best-known luggage brands, Samsonite has been around since the 1910s and many people keep their bags for decades. It’s been going so long that Samsonite has actually come full circle on sustainability; it started off with wooden trunks and is now building some suitcases from recycled plastic bottles. But you do pay for the name – owners coughed up £182 on average for a bag. Bags from John Lewis and Antler, both rated the same or better, were cheaper, while bags from IT Luggage were less than half the price.

Verdict: Good bags but difficult to justify the cost

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Best suitcase brand on a budget

Tripp, 77%

Average price paid: £71

Owners told us they paid nearly £60 less for a Tripp bag than Eastpak on average, and it’s even more of a good deal when  compared with Samsonite. Fortunately, the relatively low prices don’t mean compromising on quality, or not by much. Tripp was rated four stars for durability by owners. Tripp bags don’t disappoint looks-wise either. If you want your case to stand out on the luggage belt, you can choose from the likes of poppy red and zesty yellow finishes.

 Verdict: A good case at a good price

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Other well-rated suitcase brands

All suitcase labels that appeared in our survey scored highly. American Tourister, which came bottom of the table, still gained a good overall score of 74% from members.

All brands were awarded at least three stars in individual categories too - with most gaining four or more - a testament to how robust, stylish and manoeuvrable they are.

Our advice? Look to the middle of the table for cheaper brands that closely rival the pricey ones higher up.