The bargain Kmart carry-on suitcase flyers swear by
A cheap suitcase might be just as good as high-end brands that set you back thousands of dollars, according to a Choice review of 27 different brands of carry-on luggage.
Testing carry-on luggage for water resistance, durability, stability and more, Choice found the American Tourister Curio, which costs $239, to be the best carry-on luggage, with a score of 87 per cent.
However, there were some bargain suitcases that rated highly including a Big W Jetstream that will set you back just $70, with a score of 86 per cent. Kmart’s $49 carry-on bag also came highly recommended, scoring 86 per cent overall, although it only scored 65 per cent on the rain test.
The Kmart Active & Co costs just $49 and scored 86% in Choice's review.
“I recently bought the $49 Kmart carry-on case and it’s fantastic,” Sydney’s Tim Melwood, who travels globally for 40 per cent of the year, told Escape.
“It’s lightweight, versatile and a bargain price – it’s honestly the best bag I’ve ever had.”
Another Kmart hard case suitcase (which costs only $38) scored 86 per cent – the same score as the Samsonite 72 Hours DLX, a bag that comes with a $329 price tag.
The Kmart Hard Case costs only $38 and rated 86% in Choice's review.
Here’s the full Choice list:
- American Tourister Curio — 87 per cent score. RRP $239
- Flylite Pro-Lite 54cm — 86 per cent score. RRP $200
- Samsonite 72 Hours DLX — 86 per cent score. RRP $329
- Kmart Active & Co — 86 per cent score. RRP $49
- Big W Jetstream — 86 per cent score. RRP $70
- Kmart Hard Case — 86 per cent score. RRP $38
- Skylite 56cm Spinner Carry On — 86 per cent score. RRP $40
- Delsey Chatelet 55cm — 85 per cent score. RRP $499
- Delsey Montmartre Air — 85 per cent score. RRP $289
- Antler Oxygen — 85 per cent score. RRP $289
- Crumpler Vis-a-Vis, Cabin — 84 per cent score. RRP $289
- Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 — 84 per cent score. RRP $579
- Samsonite Octolite — 84 per cent score. RRP $299
- American Tourister Applite 3.0 S — 84 per cent score. $219
- Australian Luggage Co So Lite 2.0 AIR3033/18″ — 82 per cent score. RRP $160
- Flylite Quartz 20″ case — 49 per cent score. RRP $199
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