Best Hard-Sided Luggage

Updated December 2019
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Yogi Berra once famously said: “Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel.” But anyone who’s dragged a case with a wobbly wheel through a concourse may beg to differ. Many travelers opt for hard-sided wheeling cases, especially for airline travel where they may have a tough journey through the hold. Hard shells offer the best protection for the contents, since they are crushless, though they may dent and scratch. For the most versatility, look for expandable zippers, and for ease of use, 360° spinning wheels. TSA-compliant locks are also a plus. Frequent travelers should also look for a long warranty – and here’s a tip: Tuck the receipt and paperwork inside the lining of the case, where you’ll find it if you ever need it.

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