It’s summertime and for many of us, that means there could be some traveling in the weeks ahead. While carrying bags and walking through busy airports and train terminals can be a hassle, one way to make things easier is to use suitcases that are both durable and easy to handle.
To find the best suitcases, the Consumer Reports National Research Center surveyed nearly 65,000 Consumer Reports subscribers. We got viable data back from 27,191 people (a brand had to have been rated by at least 100 respondents). We found that the brand, Briggs & Riley, came out on top both for carry-on suitcases and for midsize and large suitcases.
Among the most important requirements when choosing carry-on, midsize and large luggage were wheelability, according to 64 percent of respondents, and durability, according to 61 percent of our readers. Durability, which takes into consideration zippers, handles and the fabric type among other things, was the single greatest predictor of overall satisfaction. By contrast, style and brand name, were only important to a small fraction of our readers.
While no brand was significantly better than the others, Briggs & Riley scored higher than most for its ease of carrying, wheelability, ease of packing, and durability. Readers also liked that the brand was easy to stow.
By Susan Feinstein for Consumer Reports
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