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The Consumer Reports National Research Center comprises highly trained social scientists, including 9 Ph.D.s, using state-of-the-art techniques to survey more than 1 million consumers each year about products, services, health care and consumer issues.
We look for:
  • Reader score
    Overall satisfaction. A score of 100 means all respondents were completely satisfied; 80 would mean very satisfied, on average; 60, fairly well-satisfied; 40, somewhat dissatisfied; 20, very dissatisfied; 0, completely dissatisfied.
  • Ease of carrying
    Satisfaction with the ease of carrying the carry-on suitcase.
  • Wheelability
    Satisfaction with the wheelability of the carry-on suitcase.
  • Ease of packing
    Satisfaction with the ease of packing the carry-on suitcase.
  • Durability
    Satisfaction with the durability of the carry-on suitcase.
  • Stowability
    Satisfaction with the stowability of carry-on suitcase.


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Luggage is one of those things that everybody has—or needs. But figuring out the best luggage to buy for your needs isn’t easy. For air travel, many travelers are opting to limit their baggage to what they are permitted to bring on board. But that’s sometimes made difficult by the maze of carry-on rules, which vary between domestic and international flights, between airlines, and between aircraft within the same airline. Even if you know the size you want, there are fabrics to consider, closures, wheels, and locks. The Consumer Reports National Research Center has surveyed thousands of consumers about their luggage preferences and needs. The results are provided in our luggage reviews. The Consumer Reports luggage buying guide gives you honest buying advice that you can trust. Along with reading the luggage reviews, use the buying guide to discover which luggage features are important to consider and what you need to look for when you go out to shop for THE best luggage.

Luggage buying guide

Consumer Reports provides luggage reviews to help consumers find the best luggage for their needs. If you have old luggage, buying new luggage can be a money-saver in the long run. Having the right type of luggage to fit current-day airline luggage rules will help you avoid extra fees by enabling you to comply with carry-on restrictions and check-in weight limits. But figuring out what to buy isn't easy. With countless styles and vast merchandise, the task can be overwhelming. Consider these factors before you shop.

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