Top 5 Hardshell Suitcases Review

When selecting a suitcase to purchase it's important to identify the items you will be packing for your vacation, if you're packing fragile breakable items then it is recommended that you purchase a hard shell suitcase which will protect your fragile items. Hardshell suitcase can protect your luggage from rain,  snow, spills, and other accidents that may occur.

Hardshell suitcases very in quality of material depending on price, as they say, you pay for quality. The high priced hard shell suitcases are made from polycarbonate which is a material that is extremely durable and scratch-resistant. The cheaper versions of the hard shell suitcase are made from plastic and are more likely to crack when thrown around.

Below is a list of the 5 best hard shell suitcases with the quality of material being the main criteria.

Related: Top 5 Softside Suitcase Review


​COOLIFE Suitcase Trolley Carry On Hand Cabin Luggage Hard Shell Travel Bag

This hard shell suitcase comes in a variety of colours. It will allow you to transport your travel essentials with minimal effort while looking stylish. It's extremely lightweight whilst being durable. This hardshell suitcase is spacious and meets most airline cabin requirements making it ideal for long stay vacations. 


Key Features

1.

4  spinner wheels.

2.

ABS HARD SHELL material which is scratch-resistant.

3.

2-year warranty.

4.

Mesh pockets to provide extra convenience and  organisational packing facility

5.

Combination lock- making it simple to unlock and unlock your suitcase during your travels.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Sturdy
  • Can help to protect against fragile items
  • 4 spinner wheels provide excellent flexibility while navigating
  • The side handle can be extremely helpful while lifting the bag with substantial weight.

Cons

  • none

Verdict

 Our Rating

The çoollife suitcase receives five star as it ticks all the boxes, not only is it made from quality material which is durable this suitcase easy to navigate as it comes 4 multidirectional spinner which makes it the ideal carry on suitcase when travelling around airports. The positives of this suitcase do not stop there, this suitcase is one of the best sellers on amazon and it's clear to see why it's. As well as being made from top quality material this hard shell suitcase it spacious and has ample storage compartments making it the perfect choice to for travel when on the go and during leisurely active journeys. For the price this suitcase in a bargain, usually when you see a hard shell suitcase for a cheap price quality has been compensated but not in this case.



Samsonite S'cure​​​​

The Samsonite  S'cure is another all-around profoundly evaluated hard shell suitcase which has a telescopic handlebar which you will need to be able to pull the suitcase around. The 360-degree Wheels are great for manoeuvring which allows the suitcase to go where you want it to go and not where it wants to go. The Samsonite S'Cure uses zipless technology which is very different from other suitcases. It is a 3 point knocking system which makes the suitcase very easy to undo. In addition, this carry on secure hard shell suitcase comes with a   3-digital TSA combination mechanism which is a requirement when travelling to the USA. The extra added combination of 3 different points of security stops people getting in and also stops luggage items coming out of the suitcase


Key Features

1.

360° wheels.

2.

 TSA, combination mechanism.

3.

Zipless technology.

4.

Extra added combination security.

Pros

  • Easy to Navigate
  • lightweight
  • Secure 

Cons

  • Can be difficult to navigate up us steep incline.
  • Complaints about the suitcase wheels falling apart.

Verdict

 Our Rating

If security is your top priority then the Samsonite secure is the perfect suitcase for you with its advanced added security features. It is pricey but if you're looking for peace of mind then it worth paying the extra amount for this suitcase as you can  be rest assured your luggage will be safely secured in this suitcase. Another reason to buy the Samsonite s cure is that it's extremely spacious and has a tough exterior that does not dent or  scratch which will ensure this suitcase will last you for many years



ABS325 Aerolite Cabin Suitcase 

Introducing the ABS325 cabin suitcase from aerolite. The suitcase material abs is renowned for its strength providing a strong barrier of protection for your valuables from heavy Impacts. it is also highly scratch-resistant and light considering its strengths which reduce the overall weight of the suitcase and allows you to pack more items without going over your weight allowance. The wheels are hard-wearing which enables them to make the suitcase incredibly manoeuvrable providing a full 360° of motion. This suitcase also features elasticated luggage clips to keep the contents of your luggage in place while in transit. A zip divider is included to keep important items separate as well as shoe pockets.


Key Features

1.

Abs hard shell.

2.

 4 multi-directional wheels.

3.

3 Digit Combination Barrel Padlock for additional  Security.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Good quality material used
  • Plenty of room
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Looks professional

Cons

  • The handles are prone to come off
  • Small weight size

Verdict

 Our Rating

If you're looking for a solid hard shell suitcase that is easy to manoeuvre but on a tight budget then this suitcase is perfect for you. This hardshell suitcase looks professional which makes it ideal for business trips. However, due to the size of this suitcase, Mr Travel Tools only recommends this suitcase for short trips.



American Tourister lock n Roll spinner

The American Tourister lock n Roll spinner hard shell suitcase is designed in such a way that it will stand out from the rest. It comes in a variety of colours to suit your personality.It has a TSA locking framework which means The suitcase has no zips all you require is a unique  3 digit pin. it has a simple grasp handle with a basic snap and discharge framework. Double wheels for smooth rolling. It has a simple lock framework which just requires the Flick of a catch. The best part about the suitcase is the enormous measure of room inside the suitcase which accompanies two steps which will click and  hold all your gear safely. It additionally accompanies two separate compartments which are spacious and can enable you to hold additional Shopping baggage or anything of your needs.


Key Features

1.

3 point lock system with TSA function.

2.

 Made from polypropylene.

3.

Pivoting wheels.

4.

106 litres volume size.

5.

A side carry handle.

Pros

  • Secure
  • Lightweight
  • Can help to protect against fragile items
  • Expandable
  • Easy to manoeuvre

Cons

  • Scrapes on the lighter colours
  • Only have 1 opportunity to set the pin

Verdict

 Our Rating

The American Tourister is surely one of the most stylish hard shell suitcases around with its Matt finish surface. This suitcase will stand out from the rest and will be easy to identify. As well its stylish looks it's also a very secure and durable suitcase. The storage space is a huge selling point for this suitcase which gives it the edge over its competitors.As it's expandable you can pack extra luggage if required which on other hard shell suitcases is not an option as more often there not expandable. This suitcase is recommended for long stay holidays due to its storage size however it's not suitable as carry-on luggage. The price for the suitcase is on the higher end but it lives up to its quality reputation making the suitcase  worth every penny



Karabar  Cabin Approved Hard Suitcase.

Karabar  Cabin Approved Hard Suitcase is made from high-quality abs material making it solid and flexible. It is hard to shell suitcase that is lightweight as it only weighs in at 2.2 kg making it one of the lightest hard shell suitcases around. It comes with multi-directional spinning wheels which makes navigating the suitcase that much easier. Inside the suitcase, you can pack your luggage on both sides. As one side has elasticated packing straps packing strips while another side has full-length divide with a zip fastener to keep everything in place as required.


Key Features

1.

WATERPROOF ABS SHELL

2.

 Cabin Approved

3.

4 multi-directional spinner wheels with 360-degree movability.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Quality material
  • Easy to push and pull
  • Study

Cons

  • Small storage capacity
  • Handles are not steady

Verdict

 Our Rating

This hardshell suitcase is ideal for short trip holidays it's not recommended for long stay holidays due to the limited amount of storage capacity which is the biggest drawback for this suitcase. Nonetheless it's made from high-quality material which means this suitcase that will last you for years to come plus it comes to a 10-year warranty. The suitcase is well designed especially from the inside as you can use the zip compartments to separate and organise your luggage to your requirements. Overall this suitcase is value for money and would make an excellent hard shell suitcase for a weekend away.


Top 5 Softside Suitcase Review

A soft side luggage suitcase offers more flexibility than it's hardcase suitcase counterpart as it's made from a flexible material. This implies it's a lot more straightforward to fit extra luggage into tight spaces. As a soft-sided suitcase offers more organisational versatility with its additional pockets and external pockets you can access your luggage faster than you would with a hardshell suitcase, for example, your in transit and need a new pair of socks. You can simply pull out a new pair of socks which you packed in the external pockets. Another advantage is a soft case occupies less room when they are open which can allow you to lean your suitcase up against the wall and open the lid, this way you can get away with not unpacking on short stays, or partially unpacking.

However, if security is a top priority then a hard shell suitcase is recommended as a soft side suitcase offers limited security. A soft-sided suitcase offers less protection to valuable items such as digital devices so if you're travelling with valuable items then a hard shell suitcase would be my recommendation to provide extra protection against damage.

If a soft-sided luggage suitcase is your preference the Mr Travel tools has selected the top 5 soft sided luggage to purchase.

Related: Top 5 Hardshell Suitcase Review


IT Luggage World's Lightest 74cm Four Wheel Spinner Suitcase Burgundy

IT luggage suitcase is the world's lightest suitcase weighing in at 2.2 at 74 cm. It's got ample room for you to store your belongings. The mesh pockets and front pockets will help keep your luggage organised to your personal accordance. The four spinner wheels make this suitcase easy to manoeuvre around. The telescopic handle is comfortable with its full-width cushion design which makes this suitcase comfortable when pulling it around for a longer duration of time.


Key Features

1.

4 spinners wheels.

2.

 Packing Straps to hold luggage in place

3.

Front pockets

4.

Mesh pockets

5.

Top and side carry handles

6.

Tough fibre-glass structure

7.

10-year warranty

Pros

  • Super lightweight
  • Spacious inside
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Handles are easy to grip

Cons

  • Not durable due to light suitcase framework

Verdict

 Our Rating

If you hate travelling around with heavy suitcases then this suitcase may provide you with the perfect solution to your problem. It's extremely lightweight and with its comfortable handles, you will travel with this suitcase a pleasurable experience. As well as being lightweight this suitcase offers a lot of room to store your luggage without having to worry about going over your airline luggage allowance limit. Overall this suitcase offer practicality as well as being comfortable to travel with however due to its lightweight design it's more prone to wear and tear which means it may not last you more than two to three travel trips however it does come with a 10-year manufacturer warranty. It luggage suitcase is not ideal if you're travelling with valuable fragile items as it offers limited protection against damage.



Travelpro Luggage Maxlite

The max light carry on travel suitcase has been designed to be lightweight a very generous amount of space for your luggage. This suitcase allows you to pack your luggage in an organised intelligent and flexible manner with front and side compartments as well as the mesh pocket inside the suitcase. The four wheels along with the adjustable handle allow for smooth handling and manoeuvring of the suitcase. It will remain stable even with expanded packing.


Key Features

1.

Compact design

2.

Telescopic Handle

3.

4 multi-directional wheels

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Compact size meets international carry-on luggage airline requirements
  • Spacious
  • Zippers are heavy duty and contain a locking mechanism to be easily used in conjunction with TSA locks.
  • The inside storage compartment contains 2 straps to keep  luggage essentials in place.
  • Polyester fabric makes the suitcase  stain-resistant, water-repellant.

Cons

  • Has a common look.
  • Not as durable 

Verdict

 Our Rating

If organisation is your top priority for you then this is a suitcase for you. The storage compartments and mesh pocket allows you to separate your luggage to your accordance. Large exterior zipped pockets will be perfect for you to store your magazines books or even tablets to make it more accessible and quicker to access them when required. The expandable nature of the suitcase will allow you to easily pack extra luggage items if required. While durability lets this suitcase down it still stain resistant and water repellent which gives it the edge over  the IT Luggage suitcase



The Samsonite Wheeled Underseater

The Samsonite wheeled underseater is a smart looking ultra lightweight suitcase. It comes with push button locking handle with 2 smooth scrolling wheels which minimise the frictional resistance of the wheel thus increasing its durability. The suitcase is made from polyester and nylon fabrics materials making it strong and durable with the ability to withstand the test of time.  IT Comes with an external wetpack pocket with a removable 3- 1-1 bag perfect to hold small items.it comes a side water bottle pocket for extra convenience.


Key Features

1.

​​​​Push button locking handle.

2.

 Side and front compartments to organise your luggage.

3.

Removable hanging organiser pouch

4.

Internal wet pack pockets

Pros

  • Ultra lightweight
  • Smart looking
  • Compact but spacious
  • Durable

Cons

  • Only has two wheels 
  • Some of the pockets might be too small
  • May not fit under certain aeroplane seats.

Verdict

 Our Rating

The Samsonite wheeled underseater is a smart looking well-designed carry on suitcase. It is perfect for storing your travel accessories with its removable hanging organiser pouch which can be used to store your toiletries essentials. The side and front storage compartments allow you to store your belongings in an organised manner which ensures you do not waste time searching through your luggage to find that certain item that you require.
As well as being lightweight and compact the Samsonite wheeled underseater is durable and will last you for many trips so you will not need to worry about replacing it anytime soon.

As it will fit under your aeroplane seat you will save times and hassle without the need to deal with overhead storage compartments which can be a pain at times. It also makes your luggage more accessible to you during your flight. However, if you do over pack then it may not fit under your aeroplane seat.

The Samsonite wheeled underseater is perfect for weekend breaks short breaks and business travel meetings. Overall this suitcase is well rounded and value for money which meets its purpose



American Tourister splash

American Tourister splash is a sturdy spacious carry on suitcase which comes in three unique colours  (dark, sunlight based rose and turquoise)and has three distinct sizes, (21", 25" and 29") it is, relatively lightweight despite been constructed from durable materials. The zippers are heavy-duty and have stitched in carefully. This carry on suitcase is stable when positioned upright. handle extended. The extended handles feel study and will retract smoothly when required even when the suitcase is overpacked. The 2 wheels move smoothly ensuring you can manoeuvre this suitcase easily. Inside the suitcase There is a lot of pockets and compartments to keep things separated, and there are huge amounts of room all through the firmly packed case for garments, toiletries and such.


Key Features

1.

Cushioned top and side convey handles.

2.

 Expandable when required to fit extra luggage.

3.

Large front panel for additional organization.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Spacious with plenty of pockets
  • Easy to manoeuvre with its sturdy and firm wheels

Cons

  • Customer reports of the zipper  breaking off  easily
  • Durable but prone to wear and tear after 2 to 3 trips.

Verdict

 Our Rating

If you're after a soft case carry on suitcase while on  a tight budget but without having to compromise on style, functionality, space then this is the suitcase for you. This suitcase not only looks fantastic it's built in a way that makes it sturdy and easy to manoeuvre with its extendable handle. The interior design of a suitcase allows you to maximize the space for packing your luggage and as it's expandable you can squeeze in the extra piece of luggage you may require for your vacation. Overall this suitcase is ideal for short vacations. It exceeds expectations however it's not recommended as a long-term carry on suitcase as it's prone to wear and tear after a few trips which is understandable based on the price. For the short-term the American Tourister Splash  will be durable and will not let you down.



The Eastpak Travellers Hand Luggage

The Eastpak travellers hand luggage is robust soft-sided suitcase which is made from Polyester.it comes with compression straps on the side of the case which you can adjust according to how much luggage you're carrying. At the back of the bag, it has a hardback and twin plastic rails for extra durability. The suitcase comes with a  metal telescopic handle which extends 43 cm from the back of the bag. Transfer bags are available in a variety of colours from, black, navy silky Grey red to name a few. Its lightweight construction means its unladen weight is only 3.1 The transfer bags are considered much more eco-friendly with the exclusion of PVC. the products wheels include individual bearings and a metal axle for maximum strength. As for security features, this hand luggage comes with an extra tag which allows you to padlock the two zips to the main body. The interior of the suitcase two main compartments on each side of the bag. A small document holder is included on one side of the bag. first main compartment has  2 elasticated retaining straps which are designed to stop certain items of clothing from moving around during transit.


Key Features

1.

TSA locks.

2.

 Two interior zippered compartments.

3.

Compression straps.

4.

Suitcase overlays away effectively when you're not utilizing it.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • 78-litre storage capacity
  • Twofold Deck Compartments

Cons

  • Uneven Balance: Both compartments should be uniformly gathered for the bag to stand upstanding.

Verdict

 Our Rating

The Eastpak travellers hand luggage it on the pricey side but you get full value for money. It's a secure robust stylish hand luggage suitcase made from durable material making it a long-term investment. Due to the large storage capacity it is suitable for long and short stay holidays. If the organisation is a top priority then this suitcase can allow you to utilise it's internal twofold deck compartments to separate your luggage to your accordance.


Suitcases for Kids Review

Travelling can be a fun and exciting experience for adults and children.

As a child, I would be super excited weeks and even months before a travel adventure.

when it came to packing I was not excited or engaged with the packing process.

My parents would do the packing for me and I would share a suitcase with both my parent as a result during adulthood I would often buy the wrong suitcase, my packing would be very unorganized and I would often forget to pack important items.

Therefore it's important children participate in the packing process for their travels as it will help them develop organization skills and awareness of the packing requirements needed for their travels.

it provides children with a sense of empowerment and responsibility when they are involved in packing their own suitcase for their travels.

Another benefit of children having their own separate suitcase is that it frees up space in your suitcase as you will not have to pack nappies, toys, et wipes, snacks, water bottles, travel pillows, toys, iPads etc in your suitcase.

In today's market, there is a wide range of suitcases for kids to choose from. In this article, we will review the top 5 recommended suitcases for children.

Related: Traveling with Kids Tips


Trunki Children’s Ride-On Suitcase & Kid's Hand Luggage

The Trunki children ride-on suitcase doubles up as a ride along transporter which can be useful for towing kids through busy Airport.s

The Trunki children ride-on suitcase can keep children occupied during those boring hours at the airport.

This suitcase can be used for long haul travels, short weekend breaks or just a toy for kids.

This suitcase for kids is also hand luggage approved with an impressive amount of space for all your little one's holiday toys, books, games to keep them occupied at airports, The suitcase is lightweight yet it has a durable hard plastic shell to prevent it from the damage that may occur during travels.

A common question asked about this suitcase was that 'is getting things out while on board a plane an issue?

the answer is no not at all. The straps will hold things in place as the case is quite compact which makes it easy to open and go through while it is on your lap.


Key Features

1.

Protected secure gets with lock.

2.

  Comfortable seat: For resting tired legs.

3.

Horn holds: To direct your Trunki.

4.

Convey handles: Easy to get in a hurry

5.

Elastic straps: Teddy bear seatbelt.

Pros

  • Plenty of room
  • Double up as a carry on hand luggage.
  • Saddle Seat: Moulded saddle seat within the centre permits your kid to take a seat on and ride the traveling suitcase.
  • Lockable: The catches is barred with the special Trunki key that is secured on the bags strap therefore it can not be lost.

Cons

  • The Trunki suitcase is not approved by all Airlines as carry on hand luggage. It is approved by most short-haul flights but not all long haul flights. Please check with your flight before you travel.
  • young children may need assistance opening the suitcase as the catches can be a bit hard to press.
  • Can be hard to navigate

Verdict

 Our Rating

A major plus about this suitcase is that it's easy to pull around with its built-in straps which can be pulled by parents which can save you the effort of carrying your child but also the strap can be used to allow children to pull the Trunki suitcase by themselves.The straps are adjustable which makes it easy to use



MiniMAX Childrens/Kids Cabin Luggage Carry On Trolley Suitcase

The Minimax kids carry on travel suitcase is the perfect travel bag for kids especially on long haul flights as it has been designed in a way to cover all aspects regarding long haul flights.

As well as being a suitcase with wheels this kids suitcase can transform into a backpack with the aid of a few straps which can be sipped away when not in use.

Another cool feature of this suitcase is that it has an adjustable front pouch which is specially designed for parking toys securely within the sight of your child, therefore, your child will ensure their favourite soft toy is safely onbaord with them.

The front mesh pocket can be ideal for storing your child's boarding passes or colouring book


Key Features

1.

Font Mesh pockets.

2.

 Bear

The trolley backpack can be purchased in a mix of color packages, and it also comes with the bear MAX, which fits perfectly in the front pocket.

Pros

  • The handle is child-friendly which makes the case easy to pull.
  • Plenty of pockets of space.
  • Good suitcase for kids  to carry.
  • Easy to access compartments.

Cons

  • Does not stay upright

Verdict

 Our Rating 

Mr travel tools highly recommend the MiniMAX Childrens/Kids Cabin Luggage Carry On Trolley Suitcase because of its versatility as it can transform into a backpack from a suitcase just like the Trunki suitcase however the MiniMax can be easy to carry as a backpack than the Trunki suitcase. If your main priority is packing organisation then this suitcase will defiantly meet your needs with its multiple side pockets front pockets which can be used to store away travel documents safely with quick ease of access when required



Zinc Flyte Sid The Cyclops 18" Case Scooter

The Zin Flyte Sid Cyclops 18" Case Scooter is a cool alternative to The Trunki Suitcase. Not only is it a scooter but it can become a carry on trolley suitcase and a backpack. The wheels of the scooter can be easily folded away to lock away securely when you have to store it in the overhead locker on the plane, or for capacity at home. The suitcase is suitable for 4 to 8-year-olds.


Key Features

1.

3 in 1 multifunction (Ride, Pull and Carry 

2.

 25 litres  storage capacit 

Pros

  • Good storage capacity
  • Easy to Fold and pack away
  • Can help to protect against fragile items
  • Can be ridden on any terrain
  • Simple to move/alter the course

Cons

  • Can be pricey
  • Must be stowed in the overhead luggage due to size

Verdict

 Our Rating 

Like the Trunki suitcase the zinc flyte sid the Cyclops 18" case scooter is much more than a suitcase. It doubles up as a toy for a more creative fun way of travelling for your child. It's a suitcase that will get your child in an excited mood to travel. As well as being a fun suitcase for children this suitcase ticks the boxes for being practical with its 25-litre storage capacity which is ideal for a weekend break or even a long holiday.



Karabar Falla Hard Shell PC Carry On Suitcase

The Karabar Falla Hard Shell PC Carry On Suitcase is not only suitable for kids but also adults with its country / City front shell theme. The country themes available are New York, Paris, America. This suitcase has 4 carries on Wheels 2 to allow ease of navigation throughout your travel journey. The hard shell of this suitcase is waterproof which can be essential when travelling in rainy conditions and protecting the suitcase content from damaged as a result of water drinks spillage. The hard shell of this suitcase makes it a very durable suitcase and will sub stain from damage for many years. 


Key Features

1.

packing straps to help retain the load  in the suitcase.

2.

 Telescopic Handle.

3.

Push-button lock-down facility for extra  comfort  and security

Pros

  • Waterproof
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Plenty of storage room
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Impact resitant

Cons

  • Wheels cannot be replaced once broken

Verdict

 Our Rating 

If you're looking for a strong durable suitcase that is easy to spot on the conveyor belt then this is the suitcase for you. While this suitcase cannot double up as a backpack like The trunki and MiniMAX suitcases the four wheels on this suitcase make it much easier to navigate as a carry on trolley suitcase the then Trunki and Mimi Max.



Boppi Tiny Trekker Kids Luggage Travel Suitcase

The Boppi Tiny Trekker Kids Luggage Travel Suitcase comes in a variety of colours. It's a fun looking lightweight yet sturdy suitcase. The main compartment of a suitcase is ideal for storing garments, books, teddies and toys which can be secured using the built in  elasticated pressing ties.


Key Features

1.

lightweight

2.

FREESTAND STOPPER - allows the suitcase to be kept in an upright stationary position 

3.

Height extendable walk along handle

Pros

  • Durability. strong design against wear and tear and damage
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Comes in a variety of colours and designs

Cons

  • A small storage volume. Not suitable for long stay holidays.

Verdict

Our Rating

Based on its fun colourful design this suitcase is guaranteed to put a smile on your child's face. It's a strong durable suitcase that it's easy to manoeuvre using the extendable height handles which makes it convenient for taller adults to push the suitcase when kids don't want to. However, if you're looking for a suitcase for a long-stay holiday then this  suitcase due to its small volume capacity is not recommended. It's the ideal suitcase for a small weekend break for your child.