Hard-shell luggage

Hard-shell luggage will protect the suitcases contents better than a soft-shell. They also have the ability of mostly being wipe clean. This also means they are mostly waterproof.

However, this is an area where quality really comes into play.

Read our luggage buying guide here to see the different points to look out for when buying hard-shell baggage. Then take a look at our picks and reviews below. Remember a cases's capacity is measured in litres (L).

American Tourister - Bon Air
American Tourister - Bon Air
***Our pick - value for money***

American Tourister - Bon Air – lovely design and lots of colours

 

This is a strong 100% polypropylene zipped suitcase coming in at 91L.

There is a fixed 3-digit TSA Lock for added security and four 360° spinner wheels for rolling it around.

The case has a very stylish design and is available in multiple colours, letting you stand out as much as you want to.

Internal features include a zipped divider interior pad with two mesh pockets to store liquids, in the top compartment. The bottom compartment has one zipped side pocket and ribbons to secure packed items.

 

American Tourister is a quality brand and luggage should be expected to last numerous trips. This case is strong a robust and with the clever interior pockets and smooth wheels, it features as one of our picks.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

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Tripp Holiday 6 - multiple colours

Large 4 wheel suitcase coming in at 102L.

Quality case made of tough and durable polypropylene with a 5 year guarantee included.

Featuring in-built TSA lock and retractable handle with additional top and side grab handles.

Internal features include packing straps and a mesh divider, but no internal pockets.


Price at review date - $ - low range

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Tripp Raspberry Holiday 6
Samsonite - Aeris Spinner
***Our pick - quality***

Samsonite - Aeris Spinner – huge capacity and high quality

 

Made of lightweight and robust polypropylene, this case comes in at huge 119L – more than enough for weeks away.

With a multistage pull handle and 4 strong wheels, this case is easy to use and will push along nicely.

Internally there are dividers and clothing straps and pockets to help organise your items.

Externally there are grab handles and 3 locking clasps.

The case is a clamshell design and it main clasp features a TSA integrated lock to make you feel secure.

Samsonite make some of the highest quality cases, and this is no exception. With the added huge capacity of this case, it is our quality pick and you should expect this to survive years of abuse by luggage handlers.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

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Antler Suitcase Juno – tough case with great colour choice

 

Tough durable polypropylene shell available in multiple colours so its easy to recognise on the airport carousels..

Coming in at 110L there is ample packing room for trips.

The case has 4 double 360 degree spinner wheels and incorporates a fixed TSA lock.

It includes interior pocket and packing straps so that everything stays in its place while travelling.

The case comes with a 10 year warranty and is very stylish to look at.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

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Antler Suitcase Juno
Antler Suitcase Juno
Delsey Luggage Helium Aero
Delsey Luggage Helium Aero
***Our pick - expandable hard-shell***

Delsey – expandable spinner

 

Good quality 100% poly carbonate case with a nice looking metallic finish.

The hard shell case is expandable by an extra 2 inches which is a great feature for those of us that are always struggling with space!

The case comes in multiple colours and also includes an integrated TSA lock.

The case has 4 double spinner wheels, making it super easy to manoeuvre wherever you take it.

Internal features include a number of pockets and web straps and dividers, all making packing that little bit easier.

Delsey have a long history in making quality suitcases and this is no exception. The case represents value for money, especially with the main feature being the expandability function.


Price at review date - $$ - mid range

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Hard-shell suitcases will protect the suitcases contents better than a soft shell.

However, this is an area where quality really comes into play.

Have a look at our picks above.