Best Hardside Luggage In 2019! Suitcases And Carry Ons

Have you decided on buying a new hardside suitcase, but don’t know which one to choose? Well, congratulations my friend, you’ve come to the right place! We have, as we have promised to always find the best and most durable luggage for you, searched the market and picked the ones we believe to be the best hardside luggage out there in 2019.

One of the major and unavoidable decisions you have to make when looking for a new piece of luggage is whether you should buy a hardside or a softside. What the best choice is depends on your personal preferences and what qualities you are looking for in a bag. 


We have picked both hard case carry on luggage, as well as the best hard suitcases. Most of the items we review are part of a line or collection, and can be bought in more that one size. This means that if you find a carry on that you like, chances are that you can also find a piece of checked luggage in the same collection.

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Top Recommendations!

Chester Minima Carry-On Luggage! You cannot go wrong with this hardside carry-on! Use the exclusive discount code TRAVELGEARDEPOT and get an extra 10% off your Chester purchase. (You can read our full review of the ​Chester Minima here.)

Chester Regula Checked Luggage! This is just as great as the Chester carry-on! You get a 100-day trial with free return to make sure the quality is as great as we (and they!) claim. (You can read our full review of the Chester Regula here.)

Best Hardside Carry On Luggage

Aleon 19" International Carry-On and 21" Classic Carry-On

  • Exterior measurements: 19.4" x 14.1" x 7.3" (for 19") or 20.9" x 15.7" x 9.0" (for 21")
  • Interior measurements: 15.7" x 12.3" x 6.7" (for 19") or 17.6" x 13.7" x 6.7" (for 21")
  • Weight: 9.3 lbs. or 10.6 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year Warranty
Aleon Aluminum Carry-On  Luggage

​Read our detailed review on the Aleon Hardside Carry-On Aluminum Luggage. We present the International 19" as well as the Classic 21" carry-on.

Hardside Carry-On Aluminum Luggage

Nicole Miller Rainbow Hardside Carry-On Luggage

  • Body measurements: 20" x 13" x 9"
  • Weight: 7 lbs.
  • Warranty: Five Year Limited
Nicole Miller Hardside Striped Luggage Aqua-Yellow

Samsonite Neopulse Hardside with Spinner Wheels 20

  • Overall size: 22.6" x 14.75" x 8.0"
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year Global Warranty

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This Samsonite Neopulse Hardside with Spinner Wheels is a fairly new addition to the company's line of light hardside carry-ons. Well, do we like it? Let's find out.

The shell is made from 100% Makrolon® Polycarbonate. This is a so called high-tech plastic intended for tough use and providing resistance to high impact incidents. The corners of the bag are self-reinforced (we are not entirely sure what that means, but it sounds good).

Samsonite seems to have surrendered to the by travellers well-known fact that hardside cases tend to get scratched. Instead, they have turned it around to make a great feature out of it. Here is what they write on their own site. "The ribbed-shell finish reduces the visibility of scratches caused by challenging trips." Thumbs up Samsonite!

The bag has a boxy shape to give the most packing space, and the inside is fully lined. There are divider panels on both sides, and cross divider straps. No smaller compartments, which we perhaps would have wished for. That's easily solved though by using packing cubes or just zippered plastic bags.

Other neat features are soft and flat top and side carry handles, double-tube retractable pull handle and integrated TSA-approved combination lock. A couple of users have been irritated that they have had to go to Youtube to find instructions for the lock. We kind of understand the irritation, so here is the video for you 🙂

We are sooo happy with the colors on the Neopulse bags, they come in 4 gorgeous metallic ones. Choose if you want to be sophisticated black or happy red 🙂

This is a spinner, so there are four double wheels. The quality of spinner wheels are improving, and as far as we can deduce from reviews they're doing fine and are easy to manoeuvre.

Any cons or bad user experiences then? We've encountered one broken zipper, which is always bad, but that should definitely be covered by the warranty. And yes, it does get scratched if treated roughly. But as stated above, that's to be expected.

Other than that, users seem to be happy with the Samsonite Neopulse, it's lightweight and holds up well.

The warranty covers manufactural defects for 10 years, not the best but acceptable.


We believe this to be a good buy, but perhaps not top quality. It's a piece of lightweight hardside luggage (it would fit in fine in our reviews on lightweight carry-ons) that is easy to manoeuvre. It comes with great design and good packing volume.

Delsey Luggage Chatelet Hard+ 21 Inch Spinner Suiter Carry-on

  • Overall size: 21.6" x 13.8" x 9.8"
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year International Warranty

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Looking for a classy and robust carry-on that will fit most overhead bins on international flights? Then look no further my friend, this vintage looking piece is all you can ask for!

We have to admit, this is on the heavier side, but we forgive it for that because it's so lovely in other respects. It does not come in bright colors, but even we with our soft spot for colors think the black, brown and champagne are just right for this bag.

This Delsey hardside carry-on luggage is built from Makrolon® Polycarbonate. This is a sturdy type of plastic that is impact resistant and tolerates extreme temperatures. It's equipped with Japanese Hinomoto® spinner wheels, providing a smooth and pleasant rolling experience.

And you know what? You can actually put a brake on the front wheels to prevent it from rolling away from you! And it's really clever too, because you can still roll it along on the back wheels like a inliner. We're in awe...

Ok, then, back to business. There is a dual-trolley handle with non-slip coating, a recessed integrated TSA-approved combination lock, and top and side carry handles.

On the back is an identification code, unique for every bag. You register your bag via the Delsey site, and then you and your bag can connect again if it gets lost. It doesn't matter if your luggage tag has been ripped off.

The interior of the bag gives quite a luxurious feeling. Fully lined of course, with two separate compartments, one with a zippered divider and the other with tie-down straps. Now this sounds average, right? But you also get two interior bags for your smaller stuff and a travel garment hanger.


Actually, we have nothing bad to say about this Delsey Chatelet carry-on. It is not ultra-light, so if that is your top priority this is perhaps not your best choice. But we have no doubts that this is a top quality piece of luggage.

Enkloze X1 Carbon Fiber Carry-On 21" - 4 Wheel Spinner

  • Overall size: 21.3" x 14.6" x 9.5"
  • Weight: 8.2 lbs.
  • Warranty: 5 Year Limited Warranty

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We are thrilled to present this hard case carry on luggage! It has so many fabulous features, and you know what? Despite the lack of colors or patterns we actually adore the look and design of it. Strict and no-nonsense appearance. We think it looks a little like tweed actually!

But hey, let's slow down. We haven't even began to describe it or look at its qualities, and we're already raising it to the stars. Facts then:

  • Made from 100% polycarbonate with an aluminum frame and corner reinforcements.
  • Height adjustable aluminum pull rod.
  • Zippered and lockable front compartment for laptop, with several smaller pockets.
  • Two (yes, 2!) TSA-approved locks, for front and main compartments.
  • Japanese Hinamoto spinner wheels.
  • Clam shell main compartment with dividers and x-shaped tie down bands on both sides along with zippered mesh pockets on the divider panels.
  • Available in black (with grey stripes) and white (with light grey stripes).

On the front pocket, that is zippered, there is a 3-digit combination lock, so you can quickly access you passport and other important documents. One reviewer actually says that "I even dropped the need for my backpack since I can put everything in the front loading accessory compartment".

Users have reported that you can fit "a 13" Macbook and an iPad" or "a 14" Razer Blade, and a Dell XPS 15" " in the front. Plus pens, passport, ticket, and other small stuff!

Enkloze X1 Carbon Fiber Carry On Front Pocket

The main compartment is not zippered. To close it you slide the lock into place after making sure that the aluminum frames are lined up evenly. No risk of zipper breaking or someone cutting into the bag through the zipper.

The main compartment is then locked with a key. Good or bad? Well, if you lose the key you're out of luck of course. You get two keys though, so there is the possibility of keeping the extra key in your inner pocket or some place else where it's safe. But we can't help wondering why Enkloze chose to use a lock with a key instead of a combination lock?

The inside is quite clean and simple but well organized. With the two sides each having a divider panel with mesh pockets on them, and adjustable straps on both sides as well, it's easy to pack and have your clothes staying in place. The inside fabric is light enough to make your stuff easy to spot, but colored enough for stains not showing easily.


You have most likely already understood that we are rather enchanted by this hardsided carry on. The brand Enkloze was created by a group of ex-consultants, that used to travel the world in their jobs. The bags are therefore created with the frequent business traveler in mind. However, we would not hesitate to use it on a vacation or weekend getaway. If it's good, it's good. Right? 😉

We are also not alone to endorse this bag, users are nothing less than enthusiastic! (Except for one who stated it to be "cheap plastic junk". Go figure!)

Best Hard Suitcase - Choose Your Favorite!

Nicole Miller Rainbow Hardside Suitcases

Nicole Miller Rainbow Hardside Luggage Olive

Tommy Hilfiger Luggage Floral Hardside 28″ Spinner Suitcase

Tommy Hilfiger Luggage Floral Hardside Suitcase

Samsonite S'Cure Spinner 28"

  • Overall size: 29.75" x 20.0" x 12.0"
  • Weight: 11.2 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited 10 Year Global Warranty

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With the S'Cure spinner Samsonite has abandoned the zippered suitcase concept. Instead, there is a three-point lock with clips. Is this better than the zipper? Honestly, we don't know. Zippers can break or jam, but so can clips.

The pro for this kind of lock lies perhaps more in the opening- and closing experience. It's quick! And it cannot be opened by manipulating a zipper with a pen or something like that, so that's another pro of course.

This is a polypropylene suitcase. The material is called Flowlite™ Polypropylene, another durable plastic apart from polycarbonate. The surface of the bag is textured, and seems to withstand scratches rather well actually.

There are top and side handles, as well as a bottom grip. The dual trolley handle can be locked in several positions.

There are four double spinner wheels.The interior is not lined at all, but there is a zippered divider and cross-straps. One reviewer actually loved the interior not being lined as it made it so easy to clean. Well that's something we haven't considered before, but it does make sense!

On the back is an integrated ID tag, behind a little plastic window. The window can be a little difficult to take off, but you just have to pull hard at the top of it. It will pivot at the bottom.

So, cons to this bag then? Well, most reviewers (we've read about 400 of them) are very satisfied with their buy. Among the few complaints we've seen there are a couple about wheels getting knocked off during airline handling. A couple more concerns the lock or clips faltering, and some people experienced dents. But that's about all.

The bag comes in black, dark blue and crimson red. Guess which color we prefer? 😉


So, what's our final verdict on the Samsonite S'Cure suitcase? Well, we definitely believe it's a good quality buy, but you've got to like a "naked" interior and clip locks (which we do). If you're also fine with that, go for it!

Ricardo Beverly Hills Ocean Drive 29-Inch Spinner Upright 

  • Overall size: 32" H x 21.5" W x 13" D
  • Body size: 28.5" H x 20" W x 13" D
  • Weight: 11.4 lbs.
  • Warranty: Limited Lifetime Warranty + First-Year Quality Guarantee (requires product registration)
Ricardo Beverly Hills Ocean Drive 29-Inch Spinner Silver
Ricardo Beverly Hills Ocean Drive 29-Inch Spinner Sandstone

The Ocean Drive Collection is quite a new collection from famous Ricardo Beverly Hills. We like the elegant and sophisticated look of it. But we have not turned a blind eye to the aspects of quality and usability!

Available colors are silver and sandstone. Although we admittedly are suckers for colors here at Travel Gear Depot, we actually approve of these two cooler ones, they fit the elegancy of the bag.

Fun facts: Did you know that Ricardo Beverly Hills has been named in National Geographic's "10 Best of Everything" book? We didn't!

Before we go any further, we need to explain about the warranty.

This is what the First-Year Quality Guarantee covers:

  • Defects due to faulty material or workmanship
  • Damages caused by normal wear and tear (i.e. defective handles, zippers, locks, wheels)
  • Transportation damage (i.e. by airline, hotels, etc).

Awesome, right? Take note though, you have to register your suitcase on the Ricardo Beverly Hills site for this First-Year guarantee to apply.

After the initial year the Lifetime Limited Warranty takes over. As usual, this means that you're covered for any defects in material and workmanship, given normal use.

A moving image says more than a thousand words, so please watch the video for an overview of the features of the Ocean Drive spinner. 

This Ricardo Beverly Hills large hardside suitcase appears to be of the same excellent quality as they have made themselves known for. The shell is made from MAKROLON® by Covestro, a durable polycarbonate material. Corners are extra reinforced with bumper guards.

There is also an internal invisible structure to enhance resiliance while keeping the weight down.

The suitcase has an expandable zipper that allows 2.5 more inches of packing space. For your vacation shopping findings perhaps 🙂

The multi-stage trolley handle stops in the hight that is best for you, and is said to be ergonomically designed. To be honest, to us it seems to be a straight round handle... covered with vegan leather though so probably comfortable to hold on to!

There are of course both top and side handles as well as a bottom grip for easy handling.

The lock is an integrated TSA-approved 3-digit combination kind. 

The spinner wheels are double and the wide base makes it possible to attach another bag to the telescopic handle and still maintain balance in the bag. Told by a reviewer!

So, what's inside this classy case? Check this out:

  •  Water-resistant nylon lining with a kind of striped pattern.
  • Two main compartments divided by a zippered panel with large mesh pocket.
  • Tiedown flaps with a quick snap buckle and zippered pockets on the flaps.
  • Removable drawstring bag for shoes or laundry.
  • Water proof pouch (also removable) for shampoo bottles or whatever you want to keep from your clothes!
  • Suiter loops so you can keep your suit or blouse on its hanger and keep it as wrinkle free as possible.


So, are there no cons to be found? They're sure hard to come by.  The reviews we've found across the web are all good. On Amazon the average rating scores an incredible 5 out of 5!

We believe this to be a high quality piece of luggage. The manufacturer obviously has a lot of confidence in their product, given the quality guarantee for the first year. Go buy if you think it's for you and like the design!

Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable CX 30" Spinner

  • Overall size: 30″ x 20″ x 12″
  • Weight: 13.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: “Simple As That” Lifetime Warranty

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NOTE! This is NOT a carry on, even though the Amazon title says so. The bag is 30" tall.

Briggs & Riley are top everything. Top scored in Consumer Reports' luggage rating, top warranty, and a top smart expansion system. What else is there to wish for?

Oh, well, since you ask, how about some lovely colors and patterns? But we won't be petty-minded, they have some nice austere colors in their collections 🙂 The burgundy is actually very nice!

The Briggs & Riley Sympatico Expandable CX 30" Spinner Suitcase is no exception to the top rule. This is, as far as we understand, the only hardside luggage with a warranty that covers repair of damage caused by rough handling for the lifetime of the bag.

You can't go wrong when buying a hard suitcase with that kind of back-up.

The Sympatico bag features the CX™ expansion-compression system. This increases the packing capacity with up to 17%, and then compresses it back to it's reported measurements.

There is one feature we want to highlight a little extra. Being a hardside, the Sympatico does not have any external pockets. But, this line has coordinated the hard side with 3 different soft bags. There is a tote, a weekender and a backpack that all can be slid over the telescopic Outsider® handle.

Some other tech specs then:

  • 3 layer Makrolon® polycarbonate providing elasticity and resilience.
  • Built-in TSA-approved combination lock.
  • Aircraft grade aluminium 3 stop trolley handle with ergonomic grip, that goes on the outside. This means more space inside and also a flat packing surface.
  • Soft-touch top and side carry handles.
  • SmartLink™ system strap to transport another bag piggy-back style.
  • Double spinner wheels.

Besides being flat inside due to the Outsider® handle, the interior has some other nice features. There are garment compression panels with speed buckles and a large mesh pocket. Behind the pocket, there is a hanger that can hold one suit or 2-3 shirts. Fully lined? Of course. According to Briggs & Riley themselves, the "soft-touch interior lining gently cradles clothing" 🙂

NOTE! This is NOT a carry on, even though the Amazon title says so. The bag is 30" tall.


It seems almost redundant to state that we are extremely pleased (well, apart from the color thing then) with this Briggs & Riley hardside. Full stop. 😉

American Tourister Moonlight Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels

  • Overall size: 30” x 19.5”x 12.5”
  • Weight: 11.5 lbs.
  • Warranty: 10 Year Limited Warranty
American Tourister Moonlight Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels Popsicle
American Tourister Moonlight Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels Marble
American Tourister Moonlight Expandable Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels Rose Gold

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Love at first sight... if that exists when it comes to luggage, it definitely applies for when we first laid eyes on this fun and happy hard-side. Colorful yet dignified. There are more colors and patterns than the ones above, how about Palm Trees or Purple Storm?

But, the burning question is, does this beauty also deliver in terms of quality and usability? Let's find out.

First, at the time this is being written there are 463 reviews on Amazon. The average rating is 4.4 out of 5 stars. Wow.

The shell is made from a blend of polycarbonate and ABS plastic, with a print and textured finish. The fact that it's textured (in a kind of checked pattern) makes it somewhat scratch resistant . However, there are some complaints about the bag getting scuff marks when getting tossed around by baggage handlers.

The bag is equipped with single spinner wheels. As far as we can deduce from the reviews around the web, they hold up fine.

The pull rod, or trolley handle, is metallic and operated with a push button. It retracts completely when not in use. It's also beveled for a comfortable grip.

The retractable top and side handles are soft for easy grab and go and for lifting the Moonlight off the baggage carousel.

The interior is pretty simple, cross straps on one side and a mesh divider on the other. No pockets whatsoever.

Another penny saver for the manufacturer is that if you want to be able to lock the bag you have to buy the TSA padlock yourself


Is this bag for you? If a good quality budget alternative is what you're looking for we think it is. If you're looking for a superior quality top level bag perhaps not. The decision is yours to make!


An extra tip to enjoy your new hardside even more! We have reviewed the best packing cubes, and we are pleased to say that there are some really good ones out there. High quality, good functionality and excellent organizers. We love travel packing cubes!

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