Brands of aluminum suitcases with good reviews include Samsonite, Ape Case and iKase. The Samsonite luggage delegate aluminum attache computer bag received overwhelmingly positive reviews on Amazon, as buyers praised it for its durability and color. Ape Case's jumbo aluminum hard case also had positive Amazon reviews, as it meets the TSA's requirements for a carry-on bag. iKase's hardside spinner luggage set is an aluminum and polycarbonate hybrid, but it was still praised for its sturdiness and sleek look.
When choosing luggage, consider the pros and cons of aluminum or hard-shell pieces. Hard-shell luggage is water resistant, many of the pieces come with wheels to make for easy transport and they stand out at baggage claim because of their unique colors. Unfortunately, the stringent edges of hard-shell luggage often make it impossible to store it as carry-on luggage, as it does not fit easily into overhead compartments or under airplane seats; this makes it less accessible than soft shell luggage. Hard-shell and aluminum luggage is also inflexible, which makes packing difficult for those who overpack or buy a wealth of souvenirs, and they rarely have outer pockets for easy and accessible storage. Additionally, they tend to scratch and scuff easily.