Best Cabin Luggage in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 5, 2017
Travel without the hassle of waiting for your bag in a baggage carousel with cabin luggage! It's compact, light, and approved for the majority of airlines around the world. So, keep reading our best cabin luggage review and take your pick to make your travels more comfortable and enjoyable. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Material
Compartments
Lock
Convenience Features
SIZE & WEIGHT
Warranty
 
PROS

Forget about zipped cases and try this one. The bag has a 3-point closure system, thus, there is no risk of zip breaking or sticking.

CONS

The outer shell is not that thick.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a handy case without zips, the Samsonite 55/20 suitcase is it! The suitcase is very lightweight, durable, stylish, and spacious. It's perfect for short haul flights.

detailed parameters
Material

HS Polypropylene

Compartments

Bottom compartment with straps

Top compartment with zipped divider pad

Elastic side pockets

Lock

Fixed 3-digit combi lock with TSA

Convenience Features

Top carry handle

Side carry handle

Retractable handle

4 Spinner wheels

Packing straps

SIZE & WEIGHT

Size: 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Volume: 34 L

Weight: 2.9 kg

Warranty

Limited 5-year global warranty

PROS

The exterior lower pocket is pretty roomy. It can hold a lot of various things including electronic devices and provide quick access to them.

CONS

The lock included in the set is lacking in quality. 

OUR VERDICT

The Aerolite ultra-lightweight set is ideal for frequent overpackers! It includes a carry-on suitcase and a handy tote bag that will allow you to keep travel essentials always at hand. 

detailed parameters
Material

600 Jacquard polyester

Compartments

Bottom compartment with straps

Elastic side pocket

2 zipped front pockets

ID card holder

Lock

3-digit combination barrel padlock

Convenience Features

Top carry handle

Side carry handle

3-level telescoping handle

4 spinner wheels

Packing straps

Shoulder strap

SIZE & WEIGHT

Size: 55 x 35 x 20 cm

Volume: 33 L

Weight: 1.85 kg

Warranty

10-year warranty

PROS

This suitcase is equipped with a 3-digit combination lock that can block a zipper to secure your valuables.

CONS

Dark scuffing might occur on the shell.

OUR VERDICT

Ultralight, super compact, extremely secure, and eye-catching! This suitcase from Merax is the perfect choice for those who need a durable carry-on bag for small business trips.

detailed parameters
Material

ABS

Compartments

Bottom compartment with straps

Elastic side pocket

Lock

3-digit combination lock

Convenience Features

Top carry handle

Side carry handle

3-level telescoping handle

4 spinner wheels

SIZE & WEIGHT

Size: 55 x 37 x 20 cm

Volume: 33 L

Weight: 2.6 kg

Warranty

14-day Amazon's return policy

PROS

There are a lot of useful pockets inside this bag: a padded 195x245mm iPad/tablet sleeve, laundry pockets, zipped storage and key clip pocket.

CONS

Wheels are rather noisy and rigid.

OUR VERDICT

This is a capacious bag that will help you neatly organize all your stuff. It has a smart design and can be used both as a trolley and a backpack. Great for those who value functionality. 

detailed parameters
Material

UV-coated Twill material with suede effect detailing

Compartments

Main compartment

Padded iPad slot

5 exterior pockets

ID card holder

Interior wide compression strap with integrated pockets and key clip

Lock

No lock

Convenience Features

Top carry handle

Side carry handle

Lower carry handle

3-level telescoping handle

2 wheels

Packing straps

SIZE & WEIGHT

Size: 55 x 40 x 20 cm

Volume: 44 L

Weight: 2.9 kg

Warranty

3-year warranty

PROS

The cases have a PVC bar and rubber balls on the bottom to prevent scuffing of the material. There is also PVC lining on the outside of the bags.

CONS

When packed full, the bags might not stand upright without support.

OUR VERDICT

The Valencia Collection set is a nice choice for light packers. As it includes two featherweight trolley bags for cabin luggage, it's good for a weekend trip with your partner.

detailed parameters
Material

Polyester

Compartments

Main compartment

Front exterior pocket

Lock

Key lock

Convenience Features

Top carry handle

Side carry handle

Telescoping handle

Rigid back frame

SIZE & WEIGHT

Size: 55 x 35 x 20 cm

Volume: 42 L

Weight: 1.5 kg

Warranty

14-day Amazon's return policy

What Is Cabin Luggage?

Whether you're planning a weekend getaway, a business trip, or a short vacation, a good carry-on bag means you can take all your essentials while avoiding the hassle and extra cost of checking in a bulky suitcase. However, before investing in the bag of this type, you should consider which cabin luggage you really need. Ask yourself whether you want a hard or soft-sided bag? Hard suitcases guarantee better protection for your belongings, however, they are heavier and don’t squeeze, which makes them harder to fit into cramped overhead bins. On the other hand, soft-sided luggage offers less protection, but they are lightweight and pretty flexible to fit into very tight spaces. What's the maximum cabin luggage size? Cabin luggage allowances vary from airline to airline, so you should check out the weight and size restrictions of the airline you're flying with. Most airlines like EasyJet and British Airways allow people to take bags up to 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, and all the reviewed models meet this requirement. Also, all the bags we have reviewed are fitted with wheels and pull handles for easy manoeuvrability through airports.

What to pack in a cabin bag for a long-haul flight? An mp3 player and noise cancelling headphones to make travel more fun.

Samsonite 55/20

Luggage without Zips

This Samsonite carry-on suitcase is extremely lightweight yet strong. It's made of the revolutionary polypropylene material, Flowlite, with top synthesis technology. Therefore, it's pretty durable, tough, and glossy. However, it is not as rigid as some other Samsonite models, so if you need something super-strong to withstand all abuses of travelling, you might need to look for completely hardshell models.

This cabin luggage has a step-adjustable handle that you can pull out to manoeuvre through the airport. The case is equipped with four 360° rollers that glide smoothly on any surface. The outside features a fixed 3-digit combination lock with TSA, which is a nice thing to have while travelling by air. The lock is recessed, meaning there is nothing to be caught on in a tight overhead locker.

The suitcase opens flat out into two halves for easy packing. The interior is spacious and has cross straps on one side and a zippable fabric divider on the other side. Though there are no zips to slide around the suitcase! Instead, there are sturdy plastic lugs on each side. No zips means less hassle and better moistureproofing. So, if you prefer latch locks to zips, this Samsonite hand luggage is just what you need.

Review of Samsonite 55/20

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Samsonite 55/20
Samsonite 55/20
 

Aerolite Carry On Set

For Overpackers

The Aerolite luggage set can really make your trips much more comfortable. It consists of a suitcase and a holdall bag, both of which are of carry-on size. Fitted with 4 spinner wheels and a double-tube retractable trolley handle, the suitcase is very comfortable to walk with. It has a variety of interior compartments for smart organization and two exterior pockets for extra storage. The lower pocket is ideal for books and gadgets, while the smaller top pocket is great for tickets, boarding pass, money, passport and other travel essentials that you need to keep within easy reach.

If security is your concern, you can use a 3-digit combination padlock included in the set to keep unwanted hands out of your stuff. Some users note that the lock is somehow lacking in quality, but we doubt whether you need to lock the hand luggage at all. The tote bag is good for extra stuff or some souvenirs. It's supplied with a detachable padded shoulder strap for greater convenience. Both bags are made of durable polyester and come with a fantastic 10-year warranty. Overall, these sturdy smart-looking bags are ideal for overpackers who need some extra space for all their travel stuff.

Review of Aerolite Carry On Set

Aerolite Carry On Set
Aerolite Carry On Set
 

Merax ABS Hard Shell

Ideal for Bussiness

Made of ABS polycarbonate, Merax travel carry on suitcase is super lightweight and tough. The hard shell material not only looks nice but also absorbs shocks and provides maximum protection for your belongings. The suitcase is very solid yet pretty flexible to withstand harsh airport conditions. It has a stylish grooved exterior that can hide any scratch and comes in 6 vibrant colour options. The best part is that the casing can be easily cleaned after travelling just with a damp cloth.

The interior is fully lined and features cross straps with a privacy curtain for easy organization. You can pack a week's worth of clothes and other personal belongings into this case. Even when full, it doesn't tip over and is very convenient to manoeuvre on 4 spinner wheels. The reinforced metal handles on top and side make the case absolutely easy to move around.

This Merax sleek-looking suitcase is fitted with a digital lock that can block a zipper and secure the contents. Thus, this small lightweight cabin luggage will be extremely useful for important business trips! For the price, there's no better hardshell suitcase on the market.

Review of Merax ABS Hard Shell

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Merax ABS Hard Shell
Merax ABS Hard Shell
 

Cabin Max Manhattan

The Best Cabin Luggage Backpack... or Trolley

If you're looking for a reliable and beautiful travel bag, the Cabin Max Manhattan is a worthy choice. Being 55 x 40 x 20 cm, it fits in any overhead locker like a glove. It has a perfect size even for budget airline cabin restrictions. Yet, it can hold a surprising amount of stuff. This hybrid luggage can fit garments, books, cosmetics, and toiletries for a weekend getaway. It boasts generous interior capacity, internal compression system, and lots of useful pockets throughout. It even has a padded laptop sleeve to keep your computer or tablet safe during your journeys. Zipped storage, key clip compartment, and laundry pockets are excellent for all those small bits and pieces.

Made from robust UV-coated Twill material, it's very lightweight and durable, thus, it can easily withstand banging and bouncing at the airport. The exterior has a stylish suede effect detailing that makes it look fabulous. The trolley has handles on all sides (top, bottom and both sides) so that you can retrieve it quickly and easily. Plus, it's equipped with packaway padded backpack straps. Therefore, you can wear the bag on your back if required. This smart design makes the Cabin Max Manhattan luggage an excellent choice for everyone who values functionality and style. Switch between trolley and backpack modes for a comfortable travel experience!

Review of Cabin Max Manhattan

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Cabin Max Manhattan
Cabin Max Manhattan
 

5 Cities The Valencia Collection

For Couples

The Valencia Collection Hand Luggage set addresses the concerns of most light packers. Each bag is designed to be as lightweight as possible to fit cabin weight limit. At just 1.45 kg, the cases are really durable and well made. The only minor drawback is that depending on how they're packed, they might not stay standing upright on their own. When fully packed, they topple over if you let go of the handle. However, if you pack some bits and bobs in the corners and edges of the suitcases, they will become more stable.

These bags for cabin luggage are compact and spacious. With the capacity of 42 L each, they are just the right size for a romantic weekend away with your partner. With two wheels and a telescopic handle, these trolley bags can be easily pulled along. The wheels are smooth-rolling and the handle is solid and comfortable. If you want, you can zip the handle away for storage. When not in use, these bags are easy to put away above your wardrobe or under your bed. They take up minimum space when not packed. These bags are offered in a wide variety of beautiful patterns so that you can choose the one to spice up your style. That said, no other lightweight luggage can compete with these when it comes to style and price. Perfect pick for those couples who often have 4-5 day holidays.

Review of 5 Cities The Valencia Collection

5 Cities The Valencia Collection
5 Cities The Valencia Collection
 

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Publish Date: 2017-12-05 12:15:32