While getting the right piece of luggage can be a subjective quest, there are specific criteria that can separate the truly great pieces of luggage from the rest of the pack. You may not agree with someone else on whether a certain bag in question is “stylish,” but there won’t be any arguing about the weight or dimensions of a bag.
With our testing, we try to focus mainly on the objective criteria. We will comment on things like how stylish a certain piece of luggage is or how good we think the value is, but ultimately that decision is going to be up to the consumer. With that said, take what we say with a grain of salt and try to focus on as much objective information as you possibly can.
There are a lot of subjective and objective criteria on which you can judge carry on luggage. After a lot of lengthy discussion with the team, here are the top things we think make for excellent carry on luggage.
You might find a piece of luggage that has everything you could ever ask for at a great price, but if your carry on looks like it came down directly from outer space, you won’t ever want to be seen with it. While this might be the most subjective criteria out there, it is certainly a very important factor.
We have seen and tested a lot of luggage. One thing we have noticed is the wide price range from product to product. As a result, if you aren’t careful, you can pay a lot more than you need to. There’s a lot of value to be had out there if you are willing to look for it.
The best carry on luggage meets all the major airline carry on criteria. If you fly different carriers, then this is especially important. You don’t want to meet the size criteria of one airline, only to realize on your next flight that your luggage doesn’t quite fit the size of another airline.
You want your luggage to meet the size criteria to be able to carry it onto the plane. With that said, ideally you would have a piece of luggage the maximizes the amount of packing space.
Some pieces of luggage just aren’t that easy to move around in the airport or wherever you are going with it. If you have a bad set of wheels, it can make for a really annoying experience. Your ideal piece of luggage will be extremely to maneuver.
A lot of companies get this really wrong with the construction of their luggage. Some carry on luggage can be really annoying and awkward to roll around. The best luggage has wheels that make rolling it around really smooth and easy.
There are a number of scenarios where you might need to grab something quickly from your bag. Some pieces of luggage make that much easier than others.
You don’t want luggage that is too heavy to carry around. A piece of luggage that has great capacity but doesn’t take up too much space and isn’t too heavy is ideal.
If you are traveling for business, chances are that you have some nice clothes in your carry on. Certain pieces of luggage can do a good job of preventing wrinkles and creases in your clothes. If you can find the right luggage for this, then you can avoid the hassle of having to iron your clothes once you get to your destination.
With the introduction of smart luggage, we are seeing some really cool new features. Things like digital scales, GPS tracking, UBS charging, etc., are all neat add-ons that some people may really like.
Note: We will be updating this over time as we are able to review more luggage brands.
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