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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.

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​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.


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