It’s vital to have a brilliant cabin bag. A bag that looks smart, protects its contents, maximizes space, and is easy to roll. Many travelers want to avoid the inconvenience and cost of checking luggage into the hold, as luggage retrieval wastes valuable time on a short trip and can sometimes cost almost as much as your flight ticket, especially on discounted fares and air mile bookings.
Our list of requirements for the perfect case is long and rather demanding! It must be multi-purpose, with lots of storage options, be sturdy but not too heavy (for easy lifting in the security checks), and have wheels that work well, none of your shopping trolley style jams. I ideally want four wheels that will enable me to whizz around corners and on and off escalators with ease. And it goes without saying that the case must be cabin-approved.
Here we review the top 10 wheeled carry on cases for your next flight:
1. LEVEL8 Gibraltar
The best-selling LEVEL8 Gibraltar is one of the smartest carry-ons on the market (see photo above). LEVEL8 luggage is sleek and simple in design and expertly crafted with durable, quality materials that are backed by years of experience.
This magnificent case includes a bunch of useful features which add gravitas to its functionality. These include the 100% aluminum hard shell (aerospace-grade aluminum-magnesium alloy actually), and it’s a perfect size, at 20-inches, making it suitable for most aircraft overhead compartments. This case is keyless and zipperless with dual TSA-approved Locks to ensure your belongings are safe throughout your travels. Slow-release handles without noise avoid pinching of the skin on your hand. Ultra-quiet 360° durable spinner wheels make it ideal for rolling. Rivet corners protect the case no matter where your travels take you, and anti-wear stands prevent the suitcase from touching the ground directly.
Inside, there’s a mesh pocket interior divider, the case comes with a 4 piece organizer bag set, and let’s not forget the lifetime warranty. All these useful features go hand in hand with its handsome looks, making the LEVEL8 Gibraltar our top pick.
2. Briggs & Riley International Carry-on Spinner
Briggs & Riley International Carry-on Spinner is one worth considering. It has four wheels and is incredibly solid and tough. There are very useful front-locking compartments that you can use during the flight so you don’t need to open the entire case. It has 360-degree double spinner wheels too which I always think is essential for hard cases like this one.
3. Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-on
Another top-end bag that is also a hard case is Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-on. The stand-out feature here is that it features divided sections that can be unzipped in layers so you can keep all your packing separate. A really clever feature but also the only drawback is the dividers which take up space so there’s not quite so much room for your belongings than there might otherwise be.
4. The Bigger Carry-On
The Bigger Carry-On suitcase is a lightweight, hard case that will certainly help you stand out in the airport with its multiple color choices. This suitcase is lightweight and sized to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines, or pop easily onto a train or into a car.
Perfect for longer trips, its interior compression system and hidden laundry bag make it easy to pack all of your essentials. With a durable polycarbonate hard shell and 360° spinner wheels that ensure a smooth ride, this suitcase is built to last.
For travelers who want to stay connected while on the go, our Bigger Carry-On suitcase comes with an ejectable USB charger that can charge your phone up to 4x, is TSA-approved, and is safe to fly with.
5. Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max
Arlo Skye The Zipper Carry-On Max with Front Pocket is a hugely functional case with a “quick access” front pannel enabling you to get to you to your laptop, hoodie, or passport via a cleverly designed front pocket.
The Zipper Carry-On Max with a tone-on-tone, its hard-shell and exterior pocket is sized to fit in the airline sizers and overheads. Features include an impact-resistant polycarbonate exterior, tamper-proof double-coil outer zippers, whisper-quiet wheels, an integrated TSA-approved combination lock, a removable power bank, and an anti-microbial interior lining. Charge your phone halfway in under 30 minutes with their removable charger.
6. Samsonite Lite-Box
Samsonite Lite-Box combines the best materials with a contemporary design. Lite-Box is light and sturdy, combining attention to detail with volume in a dynamic vertical design. The interior is a winner and is fully lined with soft-touch premium fabric. The 2 divider pads and height adjustable cross ribbons ensure a perfect organization that can be accommodated to the differing volumes of your luggage.
7. Rimowa 22-Inch Wheeled Carry-On
At the higher end of pricing is the Rimowa brand that specializes in hard-case luggage in traditional aluminum and high-tech polycarbonate. Its cases are known for their sleek grooves, efficient designs, easy handling, and extreme durability. Expert travelers need expert travel solutions, and Rimowa has been smartly redefining travel since 1898.
Trademark RIMOWA grooves mark this sleek lightweight packing case, built with a patented Flex-Divider system to keep you organized on the road to cut down on headaches. The closure is a TSA-approved locking zipper which means reliable security and smart convenience.
Exterior features include a Patented Multiwheel® technology which makes navigating the airport that much easier. Interior features include a well-organized interior with compression straps ensuring easy packing and keeping everything in its place.
8. TUMI Carry-On
Equally striking from a distance or at close range, this expandableTUMI carry-on boasts a modern silhouette with fluid-looking, angled lines.
Made with a recycled polycarbonate shell, it’s lightweight and flexible yet still durable. The compact size combined with the smooth, quiet wheels makes it effortless to maneuver and ideal for both international and domestic travel.
Protect what perfects your journey with PROTX2® technology. This item’s lining has been treated with the innovative anti-microbial coating to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mildew, and mold that may cause fabric odor on its surface.
9. Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-On
The Ambeur Rolling Spinner Carry-On offers a lightweight hardshell with durable, easy-to-carry utility. This sleek suitcase has a set of four multidirectional spinner wheels for effortless airport navigation. The zippered divider creates two separate packing compartments, and an expansion sleeve unzips to increase the packing capacity.
10. Outbreaker Backpack
Going a little left field, the Outbreaker Backpack is ideal for dragging over cobblestone streets and up a few flights of stairs to your Airbnb or hotel. Hiking backpacks aren’t much better. They’re too big to be carried on and too disorganized to work well as luggage.
You need a travel backpack that combines the best parts of suitcases and hiking bags without the drawbacks. You need a bag that packs like a suitcase and carries like a backpack. Like a suitcase, a travel backpack is carry-on-sized, organized, and easy to access.
The Outbreaker comes in two sizes: 35L for maxing out international carry-on limits and 45L for maxing out US carry-on limits. It has a front-loading bag that opens like a suitcase so you can organize your stuff and quickly grab whatever you need. It is comfortable and durable, like a hiking backpack.
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