It’s not always easy to find quality, lightweight luggage. This is why we decided to help, and compile a detailed list of the top best luggage you can buy!
This detailed review features ten amazing lightweight suitcases, all of which weigh less than 10 lbs (carry-on sizes). And some of which even weigh less than 5 lbs, which is pretty insane for a case.
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So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down to see our top picks for the best lightweight luggage you can buy!
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Delsey Helium Aero is one of my favorite carry-on suitcases of all time. It is made from Polycarbonate, a lightweight but remarkably durable material. It is also a very flexible material, which will bend upon impact. So, say you step on the shell of your suitcase – it would bend inwards, and not break.
The Helium Aero is an amazing option for people who like to keep their stuff organized and safe. It features an external compartment, which is very rare on hardside suitcases. This allows you to keep certain items easily accessible, or just separate from your stuff in the main compartments.
And it does have two spacious main compartments, with expandable capacity. One compartment features tie-down straps, while the other has a full-panel zippered divider with a pocket. So, when I packed the Helium, I tried to put larger things under the tie downs as they secure more easily.
This lightweight luggage also has four double spinner wheels that glide smoothly and quietly, even on some of the airport floors I have visited. The telescopic wheel handle also makes it easy to maneuver your suitcase and lets you glide through the airport crowds effortlessly. Ok, I know moving any luggage, featherlight or otherwise through the airport is never fun, but at least it does not feel like a drag.
In addition to that, the Helium Aero also features top and side grab handles, as well as a TSA-friendly lock that keeps all your belongings safe. And it is available in five colors, so there’s plenty of variety to choose from.
So, what’s the downside? Well, it’s the weight. At some 8 lbs, this is actually one of the heaviest suitcases featured in this review. I found it was quite heavy to lift, but overall still ok for shorter journeys.
Another thing I found challenging was to stuff this 19” carry-on with so many items that it exceeded an airline’s weight restrictions. Sure, I would say it’s bigger than most carry-ons, but unless you put bricks in it, I had no trouble lifting it.
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If you’re concerned with the safety of your belongings, you will want to get a zipperless case. And the lightest option available in Samsonite S’Cure – the carry-on size of this suitcase weighs a mere 6.4 lbs, which is absolutely amazing for a zipperless hardside. Mind you, I found several suitcases with zipper closures that weigh more than this one.
It’s a mystery how Samsonite managed to make this lightweight luggage so – top of the class. It is partly due to the materials; this luggage is made from scratch-resistant polypropylene, which is one of the lightest and most durable materials for suitcases. I also find it does not tend to mark easily, which is a bonus.
Samsonite also reduced the weight of the S’Cure by removing the lining, which is not my favorite thing in the world, but makes for a lightweight Samsonite case for sure.
I noticed that there’s nothing inside the main compartment to protect your clothes and keep them clean. But there is a divider, so there’s at least some protection for your items. And the lack of lining means that you get more packing space, so it’s not all bad. After one trip I did not notice my clothes getting dirty, but I can image a lack of lining might be an issue over time.
This is zipperless luggage, so you can’t expand its capacity. It has three latches, one of which has a TSA-friendly combination lock – very easy to set up and use. This does mean that it’s not always going to be easy to close your suitcase – you can’t just sit on it and force the zipper to close.
Instead, you will need to pay attention to how much stuff you’re packing and try to not go overboard.
The S’Cure also comes with four double spinner wheels that roll silently and smoothly. It has a retractable wheel handle for easy maneuvering, It has a grab handle on the side and an indent that you can grab at the bottom, so it should be easy to pick up and place in the overhead compartment.
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The Maxlite 5 is the lightest luggage in this review. So, if that is what you are after, then go no further!
Travelpro is one of those amazing lightweight luggage brands that will rarely disappoint you. If you’re not looking for anything specific, but just a lightweight and durable suitcase, you might as well go with one of theirs. I will cover the Maxlite 5 here, but be sure to also check out their Crew 11 range.
The Travelpro Maxlite 5 carry-on is a lightweight spinner suitcase. It is made from polyester, which is a very durable material. It doesn’t have the best water resistance, so I’m thrilled to see that this particular bag is coated with DuraGuard. This increases its water resistance by miles, and it also helps with stain resistance.
Sure, I did not test it by throwing it in a river, but so far it has not gotten my gear soaked and I can imagine even light rain while the airport staff are loading it will be fine.
The Maxlite 5 collection is about half a pound lighter than the Travelpro Maxlite 4, which was already remarkably lightweight. That puts this particular carry-on luggage at 5.4 lbs, making it one of the lightest suitcases featured in this review.
This luggage is equipped with single spinner wheels, for easy maneuvering of your luggage. And the thing I love about it is that it features a multi-stage telescoping handle. It means you can lock the handle in several positions, and adjust it to a height you feel comfortable with.
In addition to that, this carry-on luggage comes with three grab handles – top, side, and bottom. This allows you to easily grab the top and bottom handles to pick up your suitcase, and store it in the overhead compartment.
There is a single packing compartment in this lightweight luggage, and it is fully lined. It has tie-down straps and a zippered pocket in the main compartment, as well as a large zippered pocket (compatible with a suiter section) on the top cover.
And there’s also an external compartment on the front of the suitcase, which is great for any items you like to have easily accessible.
You can also expand the capacity of the Maxlite 5 carry-on and get two extra inches of packing space. Which is great considering it is primarily lightweight luggage.
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American Tourister is another company that makes great luggage. Their parent company is Samsonite, so you’re pretty much getting the same level of quality. You’re just paying less because it won’t say Samsonite on your suitcase. It still makes great lightweight luggage for international travel or something at home too.
American Tourister Stratum XLT suitcase is made from ABS plastic, which is not as durable as Polycarbonate. But it does have better scratch resistance, and I found these cases look new for longer. In addition to that, ABS plastic is very light – the carry-on Stratum XLT weighs just 6.3 lbs, while the largest case in the collection weighs 8.7 lbs.
This means when I lifted it, it was not like carrying a dead weight around, even before it was packed. Of course, once I had fully loaded it, it was still heavy enough, but why not start with a featherlight suitcase I say!
The American Tourister luggage has two packing compartments. One compartment has elastic cross-straps and a zippered pocket, while the other features a full panel zippered divider. And the capacity is expandable, which is awesome.
You get four single spinner wheels on the Stratum XLT, and I found they don’t glide very smoothly, which is not so surprising as they are not dual spinners.
The one important thing this case lacks is a lock. When I take my cases to be checked in I like to lock them. And having to bring your own makes life harder. So, I was not so happy leaving this one with the airport staff.
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The AmazonBasics lightweight luggage is a great option for people who can’t afford to spend a lot of money on luggage. It’s under $50 and is probably the most affordable suitcase in this entire review. If you’re on a tight budget, definitely consider getting it.
This bag is made from thick ABS plastic, which has great scratch resistance. However, ABS doesn’t have the best impact resistance, and the shell will break under too much pressure.
The carry-on features double spinner wheels and a telescopic wheel handle, for the effortless maneuvering of your suitcase. And there are both top and side grab handles, which allow you to easily pick up your suitcase and store it in the overhead compartment.
The interior of this carry-on is fully lined and divided into two packing compartments. One features a full panel zippered divider, and the other one has elastic cross straps. There are three zippered pockets total inside the suitcase, which is great for keeping smaller items safe.
Plus, you can expand the capacity of this bag by an extra 15%and get enough space for all those souvenirs you purchased on your trip.
Unfortunately, the AmazonBasics suitcase does have some downsides. It doesn’t have a lock, so if you’re ever forced to check it, there’s no guarantee your items will stay safe. The wheel handle is somewhat flimsy, and it moves around when fully extended. Plus, you can only lock it into position when fully extended, which is not going to be a comfortable height for everyone.
All things considered, I’d say that this is a very average suitcase. But, it is also the absolute best suitcase you can get for some $50!
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This luggage from Kenneth Cole is another affordable lightweight luggage. It is available in three sizes, all of which are under $100 and 10 lbs. It is made from ABS plastic but also features corner guards, for increased impact resistance. Meaning that this is one durable and sturdy suitcase.
It also has single spinner wheels, as well as a retractable wheel handle. These features allow for easy manoeuvring of your luggage and help you glide through airport crowds with ease.
The interior of the Out Of Bounds bag is divided into two packing compartments. One has a full panel zippered divider, while the other one features elastic cross straps and a zippered pocket. However, that’s the only pocket you get in this suitcase, so it’s not the best option if you like to be well organized.
But it is a great option if you want to travel in style. This luggage is available in 12 different colors, so it’s going to be super easy to get a color you love. And if you get something bright and flashy, you will never have trouble identifying your suitcase at the carousel.
This hardside spinner features top and side grab handles that allow you to easily pick it up. But it does not have a bottom grab handle, so keep that in mind.
Another downside of the Out Of Bounds lightweight luggage is the lack of a lock, especially on the checked luggage. And the capacity of the suitcase is not expandable, so you will need to pack wisely. But it is a really great affordable option, especially if you love fun and bright luggage!
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This ultra-lightweight luggage has to be featured in our review of the best lightweight suitcases! IT Luggage is an affordable brand, with a series of the world’s lightest suitcases. The Los Angeles 2 is one of those – the carry-on size of the suitcase weighs a mere 3.81 lbs, making it the lightest suitcase featured in this review!
And that’s not the only reason why you will love this lightweight luggage. Its main compartment is very spacious and can fit more clothes than your average carry-on luggage. That is because this suitcase has a very wide wheel handle, which does not protrude into the packing space at all.
The wheel handle extends a little, but not as much as traditional double-barrel wheel handles do. However, if you like that it’s wide, that it doesn’t take away from the capacity of the packing space, and that it has a soft grip, then definitely get this suitcase. The design of the handle is proprietary to IT luggage, and you won’t find it in any other luggage.
The Los Angeles 2 suitcase has a fiberglass frame, but its main body is made from two-tone fabric. Its main compartment is fully lined with polyester, and it features two tie-down straps and four slip pockets for easy organization.
Additionally, this bag also has two external pockets. They’re great for any items you want to have handy while traveling – the top zippered pocket is the perfect size to hold your wallet, passport, and boarding pass.
Everything about this lightweight luggage is amazing, except for the wheels. It features two in-line skate wheels that are smooth and silent, which means that you have to tilt the case to get them rolling. And since you can’t extend the wheel handle as much, it’s not going to be the easiest bag to maneuver.
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If you are not too concerned with suitcase prices, I highly recommend you consider getting the Victorinox Werks Traveler. Especially if you usually travel for business – it has some excellent features that will really make your life easier.
One of those is a suiter section, which will ensure that your suits stay wrinkle-free in the suitcase. And another cool feature is the padded, 15” laptop sleeve. It also has a tablet pocket, so all your electronics can stay safe in the suitcase.
The exterior of the Frequent Flyer is made from 600D Ballistic Nylon. The material has great water resistance, and is entirely abrasion-proof, guaranteeing the safety of your belongings. And the suitcase comes with a TSA-friendly combination lock, for extra peace of mind.
This carry-on has a unique feature that the larger suitcases from this collection don’t – a USB charging port. I love tech-friendly luggage, and so far this particular lightweight luggage is looking great!
It has a spacious main compartment, with cross straps and an internal zippered pocket. The divider/suiter section features zippered pockets on each side, for easy organization of your belongings. You can also expand the capacity of the main compartment, and get a maximum of an extra 5.5”.
And, of course, this lightweight luggage comes with double spinner wheels and a telescopic wheel handle.
The handle is made from Swiss-grade aluminum, so it is very lightweight and sturdy. Plus, there are two external compartments, perfect for any items you like to have handy during your travels.
I’d say that the only downside of this lightweight luggage is the price – it is rather expensive, but you are getting a lot of bang for your buck.
Here’s another suitcase from the World’s Lightest collection by IT Luggage. The Bossa Nova is a27.6” suitcase that weighs a mere 4.51 lbs. And that is absolutely impressive – most carry-on luggage featured here weigh almost twice as much, and they are still considered lightweight luggage.
This lightweight checked luggage comes with four double spinner wheels, that are smooth, silent, and sturdy. There’s also a wide wheel handle, just like on the other IT Luggage bag I showed you.
It does not protrude into the main compartment, and it feels very sturdy in your hand. The luggage also features top and side grab handles with contoured grips.
In the interior, you get extra space since you don’t have to pack around the wheel and handle tubes. The interior of the bag features one large zippered pocket, as well as two tie-down straps to keep your clothes in place.
The 27.6” Bossa Nova suitcase has only one external compartment. It is rather big, and can easily fit any last-minute items you think of. The smallest suitcase in this range actually has two zippered pockets, and it would be a great carry-on – not only is it insanely light, but it also allows for easy organization.
However, the second pocket is reserved only for the carry-on; the other two larger suitcases do not have this feature. It depends on how you travel, but it should not be an issue for most people.
Other downsides of the Bossa Nova suitcase include lack of a lock and non-expandable capacity. So, if you really want one of the lightest suitcases around, you will need to compromise on these features.
Samsonite has a lot of lightweight suitcases, but the SoLyte DLX is easily a favorite of mine for those that like to travel. It is made from rugged polyester and has a very durable exterior. The lightweight luggage comes with double spinner wheels and a retractable wheel handle for effortless maneuvering.
It is available in three sizes, and not all have the same features. The two checked cases have more internal pockets but lack the luggage strap and the USB port that you get on the carry-on.
All three suitcases feature a spacious main compartment with expandable capacity. And all of them have two zippered mesh pockets and a Wetpak – a waterproof pocket designed to hold any wet items or toiletries. The two checked bags have two additional slip pockets.
One thing I absolutely love about this kind of luggage is that it has Smart Fix Buckles. Their sole purpose is to keep the tie-down straps out of the way while you’re packing- a simple, but extremely helpful solution.
You also get two external compartments. The upper one is perfect for items you want to have handy at the airport, like your passport, boarding pass, wallet, etc. And the lower compartment is pretty big (especially on the checked bags), and can easily hold any items you remember to pack last-minute.
The smallest carry-on suitcase weighs just a little over 7 lbs, which is really lightweight. Of course, if we compare that to the weight of IT Luggage suitcases, the SoLyte appears to be heavy.
But, keep in mind that this is Samsonite – you’re getting quite a lot of features that the cheaper suitcases lack, and really top-of-the-line quality. However, you won’t get any kind of lock, which is a shame.
Check out our detailed review of Samsonite Solyte DLX here.
Do you want a hardshell or a softshell case? If you’re not sure which is a better fit for you, allow me to help.
Softshell luggage is generally the lightest option, and they are great for people who like to travel organized. They feature multiple internal and external pockets, and really allow for a level of organization that hardshells simply don’t.
But, they are not as sturdy or as durable. And if you’re forced to check your softshell bag eventually, there’s a good chance it might turn up on the luggage carousel looking like a pancake.
This is why I normally recommend hardsides for air travel. If you’re ever forced to check your carry-on, you can avoid any nasty surprises. All the hardside cases featured in this review are made from premium materials and are very durable options. They are designed for air travel and are able to withstand the tough love of baggage handlers.
If you’re not looking for luggage for air travel, then the choice is not as obvious. You should figure out which features you’re not willing to compromise on – spinner wheels, expandable capacity, dividers, pockets, etc. And then choose a suitcase that actually fulfills your entire checklist.
Are you looking for a small carry-on or a large checked bag? Regardless of your answer, you will find options in this review.
Every suitcase that I’ve mentioned here comes in several different sizes. I’ve mostly talked about the carry-ons because they are the lightest options. That’s why I only listed their weights and dimensions.
But, if you want a bigger suitcase, all you have to do is click on the link below the mini-reviews. It will take you to the Amazon listing for the suitcase mentioned, where you will find all the other sizes that it comes in.
In cases where each suitcase size has its own listing, I’ve made sure to include links to all the available sizes of that luggage.
Just pay attention to the images; not all the features of a carry-on are found on its larger counterparts. Delsey’s Helium Aero is a great example of this – only the smallest suitcase has an external compartment. The larger options lack this feature.
The material a case is made from tells you all you need to know about its quality and durability. Polycarbonate and nylon are the top two materials for hardshells and softshells, respectively.
This doesn’t mean that polyester suitcases are horrible – the ones I’ve shown you are actually really good and feature some additional treatment that improves the overall quality of their exterior.
In addition to that, the price is going to tell you a lot about the quality of the suitcase. Sturdy and durable bag is usually not cheap, and cheap luggage is usually not that durable. So, try to pick the best option for your budget. If you can’t afford to spend more than $100, see what the best possible suitcase is in that price range.
I made sure to only feature suitcases that have very high ratings, so pretty much any one of these ten is going to be a safe bet. But, it’s a given that the pricey Samsonite will last you longer than that cheap brand you’ve never even heard of.
Not sure which suitcase is exactly right for you? Go with one of our top three options, and you will be pleased with your purchase!
The best lightweight luggage in the hardside category is the Samsonite S’Cure spinner – carry-on or checked. It is a durable and sturdy suitcase, with a latch closure that promises to keep your belongings safe at all times. Its exterior is made from polypropylene – a lightweight but tough material.
The luggage has spinner wheels, a retractable wheel handle, multiple grab handles, and two spacious packing compartments. And it comes in six different colors, so there’s something for everyone’s taste!
If you want a softside suitcase, I have to recommend the Los Angeles collection by IT Luggage. These are easily the absolute lightest suitcases I managed to find, with the carry-on weighing a mere 3.81 lbs.
They feature a wide wheel handle that feels very sturdy in your hands, as well as multiple external compartments. The interior of the Los Angeles suitcases is spacious, with multiple pockets for easy organization.
My overall favorite suitcase is definitely the Delsey Helium Aero. The lightweight hardside carry-on has an external compartment with a laptop sleeve, which is a rather unique feature. This allows you to have certain items easily accessible, which is not something you generally expect from hardsides.
It also has spinner wheels, multiple internal pockets, a TSA-friendly lock, and expendable capacity. And it is made from polycarbonate – the best and most durable material for luggage.
Those are the top three suitcases I recommend. But, keep in mind that every single piece of luggage featured in this review has a superb rating. Whichever suitcase you decide to get in the end, I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Head over to Amazon to see the prices of all luggage featured in this review. And check out our related posts, for more ideas on premium travel bags!
Soft side luggage tends to be a tad lighter than hard side luggage. However, it depends on the specific brand and model that you buy in the end.
Polypropolene is the lightest suitcase material currently available. Rivaling heavier materials, i is a very strong plastic polymer without the weight, making it ideal for suitcases.
Some of the lightest brand suitcases come from the likes of Travelpro, Samsonite, Lipault and IT Luggage. The exact model depends on your price range and need, so there is a lot of choice.
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