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Following the pandemic, it's no surprise many of us are booking flights, shopping tummy-control swimsuits (lockdown wasn't kind to any of us) and heading abroad this summer.
If, like us, you've dug out your suitcases and realised they can't really survive another journey, then you've come to the right place.
We've done our research and come up with 10 of the best sturdy and lightweight suitcases available. With a mix of cabin and hold bags to choose from, you'll be set for whatever holiday you're planning.
From styles made with a scratch-resistant durable Polycarbonate exterior, to easy-to-lift options, our edit has something for everyone.
Top 10 sturdy, lightweight suitcases for summer 2022
American Tourister Soundbox 4-Spinner Wheel 77cm Large Suitcase | £185 from John Lewis
With colours ranging from golden yellow to poolside blue and classic black, this large suitcase from American Tourister will not go unnoticed on the conveyor belt. More muted colours, from black to jade green are also available. The polypropylene outer shell will keep your possessions safe while the manoeuvrable 4-wheels will allow you to speed out of the airport in no time.
Top features from the reviews are that it's "super light with loads of room to pack enough clothes for 2 for a week away." In fact one customers said they had "no hesitation in recommending it!"
Flight Knight Lightweight 4 Wheel ABS Hard Case | From £49.99 from Amazon
There's so much choice with this lightweight hard case. With 15 different sizes and 35 different colours to choose from, you'll be hard pressed not to find something to suit your needs. With almost 2,000 five-star reviews, the case is a popular choice for savvy travellers and we can see why at this price point.
From the "fantastic" quality, to customers praising its "good separate compartments", it's a great affordable version.
Heritage 8 Wheel Hard Shell Cabin Suitcase | £95 from Marks & Spencer
We can always rely on Marks & Spencer to bring us the style and the substance. This hard-shell cabin suitcase is available in four colours; shell, charcoal, petrol and navy. It's ultra lightweight (yes, you can pack that extra book) and with eight wheels you'll be gliding around the airport like you're on international business.
"Light, strong, and stylish" are just a few of the words customers have used to describe the case. Plus, it's easily manoeuvrable, with one customer saying it "glides along effortlessly."
RIMOWA Classic Cabin Aluminium Carry-On Suitcase | £870 from RIMOWA
This high-end suitcase might be an investment, but with its anodised aluminium alloy and riveted high-gloss aluminium corners, it's in it for the long-haul.
If you search on Instagram for sturdy suitcase suggestions there's no doubt Rimowa will be the top suggestion due to it being a celebrity go-to. A listers such as Jessica Alba and Elle Fanning are rarely seen at an airport without this stylish case.
Optimised for a 2 to 3 day trip, the case also comes with a leather luggage tag to match your new purchase and is available in both silver and black.
Samsonite Stack'd 4-Wheel 55cm Expandable Cabin Case | £189 from John Lewis
Available in navy and black, this stylish expandable cabin case is highly scratch-resistant with durable Polycarbonate exterior. This means it'll stay looking fresh on many holidays to come, however much it gets battered around. This case is all about the extras, too; expandable storage, interior pockets, an integrated USB port and a power bank pouch, you name it, Samsonite has thought of it.
Ted Baker Wheeled Trolley Suitcase | £189 from Ted Baker
This luxury trolley suitcase has four smooth rolling double wheels and TSA combination lock, you're set for a stress free trip. But, in classic Ted Baker fashion, it's a little more than a practical bag. The interiors are printed with Ted Baker's iconic world map print with one lined section and one section with adjustable straps.
The Large Suitcase | £335 from Away
With a polycarbonate hard shell and 360° spinner wheels, this fashionable case ticks both the sturdy and lightweight boxes. Available in nine colours - and in some special edition colours from time to time - the suitcase also has a water-resistant laundry bag. It's little touches like this that warrant the higher price tag.
Customers say the large case has all the space you need, in face one shopper said it "fit so much more than I ever expected"
DELSEY St Tropez 76cm 4-Wheel Large Suitcase | £349 from John Lewis
This beautifully designed suitcase comes in both navy and platinum, finished with a tan lining. DELSEY is all about security and its patented SECURITECH® system makes it three times more secure than the standard zipper. It also has reinforced pullers making it a great option if security is a key requirement for your luggage.
Scorpio 4 Wheel Hard Shell Large Suitcase | £95 from Marks & Spencer
With a puncture resistant outer zip as well as clear compartments, this suitcase is another example of a secure travel companion. With its organised zip compartments and packing straps, this is a great option for the organisers amongst us. Available in four colours and with a five-year guarantee, this top rated suitcase is a winner in our eyes.
"Lovely quality" rave lots of customers, as well as loving the bold selection of hues: "cases in a very attractive colour which should stand out on the carousel at the airport."
Antler Stamford Cabin Suitcase | £199 from Antler
Antler is the pinnacle of luggage and its new Stamford range had to be included. Available in black, putty and khaki, this super sleek cabin bag has Hinomoto wheels with whisper-quiet gliding. The lightweight polycarbonate shell has a matt finish, making it less susceptible to scratches and scuffs.
"As practical as it is stylish" reads one five star review, while another says "I love this cabin bag! It's lightweight, durable and really spacious!"