The five best hard side luggage picks of 2022
Updated: Apr 6
Be ready for your travel adventure with this year's best choices in luggage.
By now you have answered the 5 Questions for Choosing the Best Luggage for Your Next Trip, did some research on your own, and have come to the conclusion that hard-sided luggage is right for you. If this is the case then you are in the right place. Below is a list of 5 of the most durable suitcases for 2022. Not only will these five picks last you through your years of travel they are spacious and light enough to carry with you.
And they can all be found on Amazon
A trusted brand for over a century, Samsonite brings guaranteed (10 yr. limited warranty) durability at a reasonable price. The 100% polycarbonate construction offers a lightweight smooth ride on the set of four 360-degree spinner wheels. All sizes offer the 2-inch expansion and the carry-on includes the USB charging port which is a must-have in today's busy airports.
American Tourister is known for its high-quality, stylish products. You’ve probably seen a photo or two of this beautiful rose gold carry-on in your social media feed. They have been offering functional and thoughtful design to their luggage for over 75 years and the Moonlight collection takes it to the next level. The 21” Spinner constructed of ABS and PC materials weighs in at only 7.5 pounds. Just under $200, the 2 piece set is a good value.
Delsey’s polycarbonate case is lightweight which allows me to pack more and still be able to lift it into the overhead bins of an airplane and or train. The four double wheel system means I barely have to guide it on smooth surfaces like airports and flat sidewalks and better balancing on uneven pavement. Depending on the item Delsey offers 5 and 10 year worldwide limited warranties.
For the luxury traveler, nothing says it better than TUMI. Constructed of innovative, specially woven self-reinforced poly-propylene ballistic material to withstand the harshest climates and high impacts. The 22-inch carry-on weighs in at only 6.2 pounds. Internal features boast 2 zippered compartments on one side and another compartment and mesh tie-down straps on the other. TUMI also offers a tracking system service on their products.
Travelpro luggage is what is carried by over 90 airlines worldwide. There’s a reason for that. 100% polycarbonate hardshell with molded corners for extra durability. The powerscope lite handle expands to 38” and 42.5” making it easy for the taller person to glide the case on its 8 spinner wheels that rotate 360 degrees. Multiple accessory pockets keep everything inside organized.
Which is better hardshell or soft-sided luggage?
For durability, protection, and weight, the hardshell is the better option. Hardshell cases are generally made from Polycarbonate and/or ABS which makes them more durable and lighter than soft-sided luggage.
Do hardshell suitcases break?
No suitcase is 100% perfect, but with materials that construct the hardshell cases, the chances of the shell breaking are less than the fabric cases. ABS -short for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, is the hardest (less flexible) of the hardshell suitcase materials. Due to their rigidity, these may crack over time. On the other hand, cases constructed with polypropylene and/or polycarbonate are much more durable due to their flexible nature and will last longer.
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