What Is The Best Hard Case Luggage?

What Is The Best Hard Case Luggage?

Brand names like Samsonite, Delsey, and Hartmann dominate the luggage landscape for good reason. While anybody can throw together a few pieces and call it “durable,” the real test comes out on the road. This is where these brands have made a name for themselves, with hard case luggage that has made many a traveler’s adventures more manageable. 

In picking a hard case luggage, you want to know it can protect your goods and survive the rigours of unpredictable airline handling. Below we shine the spotlight on some of the best selections from leading hard luggage manufacturers.

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Hartmann 7R Hardside Spinner Carry-on S

The Hartmann 7R Hardside Spinner Carry-On S is a standout piece of luggage from one of America’s best manufacturers. It features tough, long-lasting construction paired with a classy design. The material used in this luggage is 100% Curv, a proprietary, high strength material that Hartmann uses in some of its items. Curv results in a strong but lightweight case that weighs just 5 pounds. The shiny metallic finish with leather trimmings adds to the appeal of this luggage. At $350-$450 it’s not cheap, but this is luggage that will last you years.

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Delsey Paris Luggage Chatelet Hard+ Carry On

While there are many hard case luggage collections to choose from where Delsey Paris is concerned, its Chatelet Hard+ delivers the goods. The Chatelet Hard+ Spinner Suitcase not only can survive tough adventures on your travels, but its design shows remarkable attention to detail. From the champagne-colored shell made of tough 100% BAYER virgin makrolon polycarbonate to the faux leather inlay, this luggage wins in the style department. It costs around $180 to $250.

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Briggs & Riley Torq Hardside Spinner Luggage

The Torq Hardside Spinner Luggage is made by Hauppauge, New York-based manufacturer Briggs & Riley. This is a hardside luggage case that packs an incredible combination of looks and real-world toughness. The result is a piece of luggage you can rely on in just about any travel situation. It comes in checked-large, checked-medium, and international carry-on size configurations to accommodate your regular travel needs. The tallest configuration has a height of 29 inches and width of 22.5 inches. This 100% polycarbonate luggage is priced at $300 to $400.

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Samsonite Stryde Hardside Glider with Double Spinner Wheels

Samsonite is also the maker of the popular Winfield 2 hard case luggage, but if you want the toughest from Samsonite, another piece takes top spot. The Stryde Hardside Glider is not only larger, but tougher and better optimized for long trips. Samsonite made the Stryder with a lower center of gravity and a wider-contoured handle to enhance the ease with which you can roll this luggage. A set of four, tough 360 degree dual wheels add to your ability to push or pull it in any direction for maximum flexibility. This luggage costs $250 to $320.

To Consider Before Your Purchase

The Samsonite Stryde Hardside Glider and Delsey Paris Luggage Chatelet Hard+ are impressive for long journeys that require trusty luggage. In our view, however, if you can afford it, the Briggs & Riley Torq Hardside Spinner Luggage is the toughest of them all. This will suit travelers who want one piece of luggage that will last years with minimal wear and tear. Even better, its lifetime performance warranty means you are protected against product mishaps.

Our Notes

  • Hartmann 7R Hardside: features 4 dual, multi-directional wheels
  • Delsey Paris Luggage Chatelet Hard+: comes with a 10 year Worldwide Limited Warranty
  • Briggs & Riley Torq Hardside: ruby, graphite, and cobalt are the available color options
  • Samsonite Stryde Hardside: available in blue slate and charcoal

What Do They Say on Other Sites

“I waited nearly a year to write this review to see how this bag held up after much travel. It's now on it's 120,000 mile for this year--by this time of the year I have usually ditched my Victorinox, Delsey or Samsonite because something has been terribly destroyed, but this Briggs and Riley is still nearly intact.” (Annabelle on Amazon)

“Worst suitcase ever and terrible customer service. I bought this bag direct from Briggs & Riley. The first time I used the bag, after a flight to Denver, the retractable handle would no longer extend. I had to attach a strap to the bag to pull it behind me through the airport.” (MC_EDU on Amazon)

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