It’s no secret that baggage handlers at airports throw your luggage around, and if have any fragile items inside your suitcase, then you’re going to be concerned about them. A hard shell suitcase offers more protection and are generally more durable than a soft suitcase.
Below is our list of the 5 the best hard shell suitcases in 2018, which you can read on information on each individual model below the table.
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Bon Air Spinner
|Available Colours||10 Different Colours||8 Different Colours||Charcoal / Silver / Wine||15 Different Colours||6 Different Colours|
|Available Sizes||83L - 4.2 kg||100.5L - 4.5 kg||33L - 2.5 kg||• 42L - 3.2 kg|
• 74L - 4.2 kg
|120L - 5.5 kg|
|Wheels||4 Wheel Spinners||4 Wheel Spinners||4 Wheel Spinners||4 Wheel Spinners||2 Rear Wheels|
|Lock||3 Digit TSA Combination Lock||3 Digit TSA Combination Snap Lock||Luggage Padlock||3 Digit TSA Combination Lock||3 Digit TSA Combination Lock|
|Warranty||2 years||5 years||5 years||5 years||5 years|
Top Features | Best Hard Shell Suitcases
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- Wheels – When it comes to comfort and convenience, buying a hard shell suitcase with 4 wheels instead of 2 provides those qualities as you’re able to freely roll the suitcase in any direction instead of just backwards and forwards.
- Lock – The type of lock present on a suitcase determines how secure it will be and how convenient it is when locking and unlocking the suitcase. Most users find that the most secure and convenient type of lock is an integrated combination lock which eliminates the necessity to carry a seperate padlock. All you have to do is remember a few digits; easy right?
- Warranty – A hard shell suitcase is designed to be able to take a beating and to enforce this concept, they often come with extended warranties as a peace of mind; though you probably won’t end up having to use it.
Our 5 Best Hard Shell Suitcases of 2018 Reviewed
1. American Tourister Bon Air Spinner
If simple and stylish is your character, then you’ll like the look of the Bon Air Spinner hard shell suitcase by American Tourister. It features a discrete handle on the side and top which doesn’t stick out much, 360 degree multidirectional spinner wheels and a fixed 3-digit TSA Lock.
Inside the suitcase there are elastic cross ribbons on the main compartment to secure its contents and also to reduce wrinkling and in the same section there’s a large zipped pocket at the side. While on the other side (top compartment) there is a wide zipped section divided into two, and an even larger zipped section surrounding that.
This well engineered hard shell suitcase comes in a wide variety of colours to suit any personality and it’s also built to be able to withstand a beating, so you won’t have to worry about its toughness.
2. Samsonite Trolley S’Cure
Another very highly rated hard shell suitcase is the Samsonite Trolley S’Cure, which would be placed even higher on our list if it wasn’t so much more expensive than the others. Nevertheless, for the extra investment you’re getting better security and a more functional design. Not to mention, a great array of colours.
Some of the improved elements are so subtle that they’re a bit hard to recognise at first. The first being the wheels. They’re 360 degree and multidirectional like the rest, but the front wheels are smaller than the rear wheels to make it lighter and easier when you’re rolling it via the telescopic handle.
On one side, you’ll notice that the four mini legs slightly protruding are actually moulded from the case itself unlike others that are screwed on and therefore, more viable to fall off. More importantly, security is greatly increased by the implementation of 3 snap locks (top, bottom and side) instead of zippers. These are locked by a 3-digital TSA combination mechanism.
The S’Cure also encompasses two elements that helps to save space – Firstly, the telescopic handle doesn’t pass through the interior of the suitcase, but is integrated into the back, thus allowing a bit more packing space. Secondly, the carry handle at the top doesn’t protrude at all which makes it easier to fit the suitcase itself into certain spaces.
If money isn’t much of an issue when it comes to buying a hard shell suitcase and security and functionality are a priority, then it makes sense to invest in the Samsonite Trolley S’Cure for sure.
3. Aerolite Hard Shell
If you’re stuck on a budget but you still want a solid hard shell suitcase to accompany you on your travels, then this one by Aerolite fits the bill perfectly. It gives off a professional look, has durable handles and provides the convenience of easy rolling 4 multi-directional wheels.
4. Hauptstadtkoffer Alex
German based travel brand Hauptstadtkoffer presents their classic hard shell suitcase model Alex in a huge variety of 18 different colours, so choice is never a concern; neither is capacity and durability.
In case you need to pack more, Alex is able to expand by 4cm which provides an extra 15% volume within, as well as a divider panel that has a large meshed zipper compartment.
On the front upper corners of the ABS and Polycarbonate constructed suitcase are reinforced edges while on one side of the suitcase are four legs to protect the suitcase when it sits on its side. In addition to the top handle, there’s also a side handle which is handy should you wish to carry the suitcase in a horizontal position.
5. Samsonite Termo Young
The Termo Young hard shell suitcase by Samsonite does well to incorporate a minimalist honeycomb exterior design without sacrificing security and ease of use. Its polypropylene construction is renowned for its strong and durable properties so you can be sure that your contents are safe inside even if the suitcase gets thrown around.
There’s also ramped up security features in the form of three snap lock closures – one at the top, one at the bottom and one at the side which is secured by a 3-digit TSA combination lock.
A cleverly integrated handle can be found at the side. It doesn’t protrude which not only looks better, but also gives the suitcase a smaller profile.