We crowdsourced reviews on this crucial piece of gear
This week, we scanned Amazon's bestseller list for the highest-rated rolling carry-on luggage, then pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.
Rockland Melbourne 20-Inch Expandable ($70)
"This suitcase is amazing and has been cleared for all flights I have been on. In the last six weeks, I have flown Delta, United, JetBlue, Southwest, and American and I have been able to use this as a carry-on. The suitcase holds about seven to ten days worth of clothes, two pairs of shoes, and two cosmetic bags."
Kenneth Cole Reaction Out of Bounds ($65)
"This bag is small enough to fit the carry-on restrictions of American Airlines and Southwest, yet still big enough to fit a week's worth of clothes, two pairs of shoes, a microfiber towel, and my toiletries. I packed my bag as full as I possibly could and the zipper held strong. The wheels were a dream. I would recommend this bag to anyone looking for a good quality yet affordable bag."
Delsey Luggage Helium Aero ($120)
"I successfully spent a week in Europe with only this bag and a backpack. I like how it expands to accommodate a week's worth of clothes. It’s very lightweight, super stable when rolling upright or inclined, has a stylish exterior, and very good interior organizing features including a zippered clothing pocket."
Rockland Luggage 19-Inch Expandable ($50)
"I travel for work and I’ve been using this bag for three years without any problems. I prefer soft-sided bags and this is the best one I’ve used for the money. It’s narrow enough that you can even roll it down the aisle of an airplane which you can’t do with two-wheeled bags."
Jet Stream New Black Carry On Suitcase ($35)
"This bag is roomier than I expected. The handle, which is usually a point of weakness on bags, seems sturdy. I like the front exterior pockets for quick retrieval of passports, papers, and reading material. The quality appears to very good for a cheap bag."