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Review Words : Phoebe Smith | 07 March 2019

6 of the best wheelie suitcases for travellers

Cases on wheels are specifically designed to make your travels easier – but only if you choose the right one. Here's the expert Wanderlust guide to buying the best wheeled suitcase for you...

We've tested the best suitcases for 2019, including wheelie suitcases, cabin-sized suitcases and roomier suitcases. There's something for every travel style and budget, given that the cases start from a reasonable £149.

How do we conduct the test? We asked gear manufacturers to send us hold bags with four wheels. From the selection we were sent, Wanderlust's gear expert Phoebe Smith, took them out on the road to see which performed best. The ‘Value Buy’ and ‘Best in Test’ are indicated.

Here are the best wheelie suitcases for 2019...

1. American Tourister Soundbox – Wanderlust Value Buy, £145

This has a 100L capacity and is made from light, tough plastic yet is still the joint heaviest here at 4.2kg. It has two grab handles, a double telescopic handle and lockable zip but no external pockets.

Inside are two compartments with straps, plus a zip pocket and mesh pouch. An expander zip allows for more capacity. Comes with a limited three-year warranty.

The verdict: A sturdy value option.

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2. Eagle Creek Gear Warrior AWD 26, £250

Small (62L) but feature-packed, this 3.74kg bag is made of water-repellent, ripstop fabric. It has three grab handles and a tough double telescopic handle.

There’s a bungy for attaching kit as well as two zipped pouches. The single wheels also have good tread. Inside, the main space has straps and a zipped section on the top. Comes with a lifetime guarantee.

The verdict: Nifty; a bit heavy for its size.

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3. Antler Juno 2, £169

Largest (123L) but not heaviest (3.9kg), this strong plastic case has two grab handles and a TSA-approved combi lock; there’s a double zip to the main compartment that’s also lockable.

Inside are two compartments: the bottom one has compression straps and a zipped pocket; the top has no straps but features a zipped fabric compartment divider. Comes with a limited ten-year warranty.

The verdict: Massive!

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4. Briggs & Riley Explore Expandable Spinner (Medium), £339 - Our best in test!

This 4.2kg nylon-polyester water-resistant bag carries 69L – the double handle is external, so no inner capacity is lost. There are many outer pockets as well as two grab handles and a belt for attaching items.

The wheels are doubles. Inside, the main space has straps and there are two zipped pockets – one mesh. Comes with a lifetime guarantee.

The verdict: Loads of good features.

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5. Lipault Original Plume, £205

Second lightest (3kg), this soft-sided, durable nylon bag has a 96.5L capacity. It has two padded grab handles and a double telescopic handle. Wheels are single but move smoothly.

The main compartment and zipped, padded pocket are lockable. Inside, the main space has two compression straps; there’s a zipped pocket on the smaller top compartment. Comes with a three-year limited warranty.

The verdict: A good soft-sided option.

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6. Samsonite Cosmolite, £415

Lightweight (2.6kg for 94L), this is simple but super-tough, made from high-impact-resistant plastic. There are two grab handles and a single tube handle that slides into the mould.

Wheels are single. Zips are lockable; there’s a TSA lock, too. There are no external pockets. Inside is a large space with straps and a zip pocket plus a fabric zipped section. Comes with a limited ten-year warranty.

The verdict: Delightfully light and simple.

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