Do you know that a zippered suitcase is vulnerable to thieves with a ball point pen? It doesn’t matter if the zipper pulls are locked. All they have to do is insert the point of the pen between the teeth of the zipper and pull against them to open. Once the thief is done stealing, he can cover his tracks by pulling the locked zipper over the open section to close it! Even if the zipper heads are the kind that can be locked into a fixed place, a sharp object will still penetrate through the zipper teeth. It’s just that the opening can’t be zipped closed again, so you will know immediately if your bag has been tampered with.
To prevent this stealthy tactic, a suitcase with latching locks instead of zippers is a better bet. The best hardside luggage without zipper locking usually feature at least two latch locks for the main compartment instead. Some can be used either with a key or with a combination code, while a few come with only the key option. Most of these suitcases with latch locks are also weather resistant because they seal tightly around the circumference and don’t let water in even if they stand out in the rain on the tarmac, whereas most zippers do let water in. If you’re not ready to let go of your existing zipper luggage yet, then at least learn how to tamper proof your luggage so that you deter baggage riflers at a minimum.
Until last year, very few luggage manufacturers made zipperless luggage so we could only recommend a few good collections. This year, more luggage manufacturers have been getting on the band wagon so we have a few of the most secure zipperless hardside luggage for you.
If you’re looking for hardside spinners that close with zippers, we can recommend these this year.
- 1 Molded Polypropylene Luggage with Integrated Lock
- 2 Best Aluminum Frame Zipperless Luggage
- 3 Best All Aluminum Zipperless Luggage
- 4 PVC Luggage with TSA Key Lock
- 5 See How Easy it is to Break Into Your Luggage
Molded Polypropylene Luggage with Integrated Lock
Samsonite S’Cure Hardside Luggage with Spinner Wheels
If you’re a diehard fan of Samsonite luggage and you’re looking for a zipperless option from the brand, the Samsonite S’Cure Hardside Luggage with Spinners is what you want to look at. Available in a few vivid colors, the S’Cure collection is made of a special polypropylene mix called Flowlite to reduce the overall weight of each piece. The molded polyproplyene shells give these pieces extra durability even though they’re so light. This collection is made in Europe.
The sizes available are a cabin size, a medium, a large, and an extra large. The cabin spinner suitcase measures 21.6″ x 15.7″ x 7.9″ and weighs 6.4 lbs. The medium check in bag measures 27″ x 19.3″ x 11.4″ and weighs 9.3 lbs. The large check in suitcase measures 29.5 x 20.5 x 12.2 inches and weighs 10 lbs, while the latter measures 31.9 x 21.6 x 13.7 inches and weighs 11 lbs.
The suitcases close via a 3-point locking system with a water-tight rubber gasket seal. The TSA-approved combination lock can also be opened with a key. The other two that are present on the short sides don’t lock but remain shut with latches.
These bags have a smooth multistage aluminum telescopic pull handle as well as top and side handles for lifting. You can easily roll them alongside you on the 4 multi-directional dual spinner wheels.
The interior is unlined and has simple features, like a flexible divider panel with full size zippered mesh pocket for the top shell, and one long zippered pocket on the other along with cross restraining straps for the bottom shell. Since there’s not much organization here you could use a set of packing cubes to help with that.
DELSEY Paris Belfort DLX
Best Aluminum Frame Zipperless Luggage
Andiamo Elegante Luggage Aluminum Frame Zipperless Suitcases
The Andiamo Elegante Luggage line features three pieces – a 20″, a 24″ and a 28″, and they are available in three elegant alloy metalline finishes of muted black pearl, gold, lavender and mauve quartz. These measurements do not include the dual spinner wheels, however, so you have to add a couple inches for the overall dimensions.
These pieces come with 100% polycarbonate shells and aluminum frames. They close via two integrated TSA combination snap locks on either side of the side carry handle. In addition to the telescopic dual-pole handle on top, you have another carry handle here.
The inside features a signature jacquard print lining and decent organization. Both the main section and lid section have adjustable crosswise restraining straps, while the upper lid section has an additional flexible partition that is fixed on one end to the inside spine and secures to the other edge via hook style clasps. This partition holds two zippered mesh pockets to keep small items in place.
While the dual spinner wheels are quite large, they work great on almost any surface, including carpet. They are coated with TPE rubber so they roll smoothly and silently on hard surfaces.
While these pieces are not the lightest of all zipperless hardside spinners, they are very robust.
Coolife Luggage Aluminium Frame Suitcases
The Coolife Aluminium Frame hard sided luggage with latches is a 100% German Bayer Polycarbonate line of spinners that come in three sizes – 20 inch (22.5″ x 9″ x 15″), 24 inch (26.5″ x 10.6″ x 17.7″) and 28 inch (31″ x 12″ x 20.5″), and are available in silver, blue, wine red or black. They are waterproof with an aluminum frame that’s resistant to bending. Reinforced bumper corners protect the most vulnerable spots. These pieces are extra glossy due to the brushed finish given to them. Each of these are available individually, but you can also buy the full set of 3 for a discounted price. They can be nested into one another to save storage space at home.
The trolley handle with push button on the grip allows you to adjust it to different heights. The top and side carry handles let you lift the suitcases more easily into an overhead bin or car boot. The dual spinner wheels are quiet and sturdy to allow you to transport a heavy load effortlessly. They are provided with a bidirectional deep frame and TSA latch combination lock for complete security. The TSA locks can be unlocked by TSA keys if necessary.
Inside each of the Coolife spinners is a simple but practical packing space, with the bottom shell boasting restraining straps and the top shell featuring a zippered divider panel for separation from the bottom with two in-built zippered pockets – one mesh and one opaque. Everything you pack will stay in place throughout the trip.
Best All Aluminum Zipperless Luggage
Away Aluminum Edition
Rimowa Classic and Original Wheeled Suitcases
TravelKing All Aluminum HardShell Luggage
The TravelKing All Aluminum HardShell Luggage collection has 3 pieces – a 20″ (height with wheels is 21.6″), 24″ (height with wheels is 25.4″) and 28″ (height with wheels is 29.1″). They have all aluminum frames and shells, unlike many others that have only aluminum frames, so this collection is a good substitute for the extremely expensive Rimowa or Zero Halliburton all-aluminum collections. The aluminum-magnesium alloy bumper corners here provide extra protection to those vulnerable points. The colors available are grey and silver.
The dual spinner wheels are rubberised for silent rolling, the telescopic handle extends to 3 different steps and the top and side grab handles make the cases easy to lift and feature dampening on the rebound so that they fall back silently when left. There are two TSA 3-dial combination locks on either side of the long edge grab handle for extra security.
The interior organization here is great. You get a separate travel organizer that you can pack flat over your clothes on one side of the bag before securing it with the restraining straps. This organizer has several zippered mesh and clear plastic pockets to hold all your underwear and accessories. There is a hinged partition panel for the lid half of the space and it features a large zippered mesh pocket.
These pieces are waterproof and each comes with its own waterproof cover for storage and protection during transit if checked in.
Sindermore Aluminum-magnesium alloy hard shell luggage
Another less expensive alternative for aluminum spinner luggage is the Sindermore Aluminum-magnesium alloy hard shell luggage collection. It consists of three pieces – a 20″ for carry on (external dimensions – 15.5″ x 8.8″ x 22.8″) and a 25″ (external dimensions – 17.5″ x 9.7″ x 26.8″) and 29″ (external dimensions – 21.2″ x 11.2″ x 30.7″) which can both be checked if you’re flying. They are available in glossy black, silver, dark grey and light grey. The aero-space grade aluminum-magnesium alloy used is durable, firm and rupture-free. Even the reinforced corners are made of aluminum.
The cases feature two TSA latch locks that can be opened by TSA key or a 3-dial combination. The 29″ suitcase has an extra normal lock as well. The aluminum hinges are riveted in place. The dual spinner wheels are silent and offer easy maneuverability in all directions. The aluminium telescopic handle extends to different heights and retracts with the handle flush against the top of the case. There is also a top and side grab handle and both auto-rebound silently back into place.
The interior is divided in half with the top shell featuring a removable panel divider featuring a mesh zippered pocket and an opaque velcro pocket. The bottom shell features cross restraining straps and a removable folding bag with two zippered compartments that can be used separately as a toiletry bag.
There’s a 3 year warranty provided.
Sindermore luggage resembles Rimowa luggage but at almost a fifth of the cost, and customers say that they stand up well to several trips and rough baggage handling.
Cloud 9 – All Aluminum Luxury Hard Case
The last option for all aluminum luggage without zippers are the Cloud 9 – All Aluminum Luxury Hard Case pieces.
PVC Luggage with TSA Key Lock
MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage
If you pine for the yesteryear when travel had a touch of glamor, a vintage looking suitcase with a few modern upgrades can be a good buy. The Japanese designed MOIERG Vintage Trolley Luggage line features a small, medium and large size with the shell made of strong PVC and covered with either waterproof polyurethane material or a type of cotton blend. You can optionally buy an accompanying cover to protect your case against scuff marks if you want to check the bag in.
The small size measures 12.2″ x 20.5″ x 7.5″ and weighs 8.8 lb, which is the perfect size for European carry on specs. The medium is a good carry on size for US domestic flights, since it measures 13″ x 22.4″ x 7.5″ and weighs 9.2 lb. If you need a checked size spinner, the only option is the large, which at 14.2″ x 26.4″ x 9″ and 10.6 lb is good for short trips and disciplined packers. All of these measurements include the spinner wheels so don’t expect a lot of packing space.
This collection comes in a variety of colors, both subtle and vibrant. All are accented by gold toned hardware and a pair of brown or black faux leather straps that run parallel all the way around the breadth of each suitcase. The handles on the top and one side are also of faux leather and gold toned hardware, and the four corners feature faux leather patches as well. We also chose this line as one of the best retro-style luggage to buy.
Instead of zippers, each bag has a pair of clasp locks on either side of the side handle and both can be locked by the inbuilt TSA-approved key lock. The bags open vintage trunk-style with the lid acting as just that – a lid. All of the packing space is on the bottom side. When you lay them down flat, the lid stays open by a pair of gussets on the side. There are two pockets in each bag – one large slip pocket with elastic top on the inside of the lid, and one very large zippered pocket on the outside of the flexible divider panel that clips to the side to keep you clothes in place. You can pack a jacket and one or two other items on top of the panel once it’s closed.
Once you pack these zipperless luggage bags and then close and lock them, the pair of straps are actually functional and can be buckled tight using one of three holes on each strap. These help keep the pressure off the locks in case you’ve overstuffed the bags.
All of the above options are good but if you’re missing a front pocket on your hardside luggage there’s one carry on that is zipperless and features a separate laptop compartment in the front and that’s the Enkloze X1 Carbon. We have already reviewed it as one of the best hardside luggage with a pocket on the front so take a look at it there.
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