Best sturdy and lightweight suitcases, from Amazon to Antler
Following the pandemic, it's no surprise many of us are booking flights, shopping swimsuits and heading abroad this summer.
If, like us, you've dug out your suitcases and realised they can't really survive another journey, then you've come to the right place.
We've done the research for you and come up with the best sturdy and lightweight suitcases available.
With a mix of cabin and hold bags to choose from, you'll be set for whatever holiday you're planning.
From styles made with a scratch-resistant durable Polycarbonate exterior, to easy-to-lift options, our edit has something for everyone.
Top sturdy, lightweight suitcases for summer 2023
American Tourister Soundbox 4-Spinner Wheel 77cm Large Suitcase | £185 from Selfridges
With colours ranging from golden yellow to poolside blue and classic black, this large suitcase from American Tourister will not go unnoticed on the conveyor belt. More muted colours, from black to jade green are also available.
The polypropylene outer shell will keep your possessions safe while the manoeuvrable four wheels will allow you to speed out of the airport in no time.
Girona 75cm 4-Wheel Large Suitcase | £65 from John Lewis
This affordable four-wheel suitcase is part of John Lewis' own range, with nearly 80 five-star reviews.
"It glides along without effort on its four wheels, even when packed to capacity. The light weight but tough exterior keeping everything safe. Easy access via the two-way zip that runs around three sides. I'm very pleased with this purchase," said one customer.
Flight Knight Lightweight 4 Wheel ABS Hard Case | From £49.99 from Amazon
There's so much to love about this lightweight hard case. With over a hundred five-star reviews, the case is a popular choice for savvy travellers and we can see why at this price point.
From the "fantastic" quality, to customers praising its "good separate compartments", it's a great affordable version.
Heritage 8 Wheel Hard Shell Cabin Suitcase | £95 from Marks & Spencer
We can always rely on Marks & Spencer to bring us the style and the substance. This hard-shell cabin suitcase is available in four colours; shell, charcoal, petrol and navy. It's ultra lightweight (yes, you can pack that extra book) and with eight wheels you'll be gliding around the airport like you're on international business.
"Light, strong, and stylish" are just a few of the words customers have used to describe the case. Plus, it's easily manoeuvrable, with one customer saying it "glides along effortlessly."
RIMOWA Classic Cabin Aluminium Carry-On Suitcase | £1,050 from RIMOWA
This high-end suitcase might be an investment, but with its anodised aluminium alloy and riveted high-gloss aluminium corners, it's in it for the long-haul.
If you search on Instagram for sturdy suitcase suggestions there's no doubt Rimowa will be the top suggestion due to it being a celebrity go-to. A-list celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Elle Fanning are rarely seen at an airport without a case by this stylish brand.
Optimised for a two-to-three day trip, the case also comes with a leather luggage tag to match your new purchase and is available in both silver and black.
Samsonite Stack'd 4-Wheel 55cm Expandable Cabin Case | £195 from John Lewis
Available in navy and black, this stylish expandable cabin case is highly scratch-resistant with durable Polycarbonate exterior. This means it'll stay looking fresh on many holidays to come, however much it gets battered around.
This case is all about the extras, too; expandable storage, interior pockets, an integrated USB port and a power bank pouch, you name it, Samsonite has thought of it.
Ted Baker Wheeled Trolley Suitcase | £199 from Ted Baker
This luxury trolley suitcase has four smooth rolling double wheels and TSA combination lock, you're set for a stress free trip. But, in classic Ted Baker fashion, it's a little more than a practical bag.
The interiors are printed with Ted Baker's iconic world map print with one lined section and one section with adjustable straps.
The Large Suitcase | £335 from Away
With a polycarbonate hard shell and 360° spinner wheels, this fashionable case ticks both the sturdy and lightweight boxes. Available in nine colours - and in some special edition colours from time to time - the suitcase also has a water-resistant laundry bag. It's little touches like this that warrant the higher price tag.
Customers say the large case has all the space you need, in face one shopper said it "fit so much more than I ever expected"
DELSEY St Tropez 76cm 4-Wheel Large Suitcase | £349 from John Lewis
This beautifully designed suitcase comes in navy and platinum, both finished with a tan lining. DELSEY is all about security and its patented SECURITECH® system makes it three times more secure than the standard zipper. It also has reinforced pullers making it a great option if security is a key requirement for your luggage.
Antler Stamford Cabin Suitcase | £199 from Antler
Antler is the pinnacle of luggage and its new Stamford range had to be included. Available in black, putty and khaki, this super sleek cabin bag has Hinomoto wheels with whisper-quiet gliding. The lightweight polycarbonate shell has a matt finish, making it less susceptible to scratches and scuffs.
"As practical as it is stylish" reads one five-star review, while another says "I love this cabin bag! It's lightweight, durable and really spacious!"