$49 Kmart item rated ‘better than luxury brands’

THERE'S something deeply satisfying about well-designed luggage. The wheels roll smoothly, the zips glide and it holds together trip after trip.

But a Choice survey has found that paying more doesn't always guarantee a better carry-on suitcase.

The Kmart carry-on case is a good buy, according to CHOICE.
The Kmart carry-on case is a good buy, according to CHOICE.

The Australian consumer organisation rated their top 16 carry-on suitcases according to toughness, durability, water-resistance and wheels working on different surfaces, and a Kmart cheapie came out as the fourth best.

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The Kmart Active & Co. bag came in at fifth position. Picture: Choice
The Kmart Active & Co. bag came in at fifth position. Picture: Choice

The Kmart $49 soft, lightweight case had an overall performance score of 86 per cent, which was equal to the top performer, the American Tourister Curio, which retails at $239.

The American Tourister took out top spot for its ease of use and puncture test. Picture: Choice
The American Tourister took out top spot for its ease of use and puncture test. Picture: Choice

The Big W Jetstream, while more pricey than the Kmart suitcase, costs $70 and came in fifth place, while a similar hard case Kmart bag took out the sixth spot for $38.

The Big W Jetstream (left) and the hard case Kmart suitcase. Picture: Choice
The Big W Jetstream (left) and the hard case Kmart suitcase. Picture: Choice

An ALDI case came in seventh for $40.

The ALDI Skylite Spinner retails at $40 and came in seventh. Picture: Choice
The ALDI Skylite Spinner retails at $40 and came in seventh. Picture: Choice

Here's the Choice list:

1. American Tourister Curio - 87 per cent score (all overall). RRP $239

2. Flylite Pro-Lite 54cm - 86 per cent score. RRP $200

3. Samsonite 72 Hours DLX - 86 per cent score. RRP $329

4. Kmart Active & Co - 86 per cent score. RRP $49

5. Big W Jetstream - 86 per cent score. RRP $70

6. Kmart Hard Case - 86 per cent score. RRP $38

7. Skylite 56cm Spinner Carry On - 86 per cent score. RRP $40

8. Delsey Chatelet 55cm - 85 per cent score. RRP $499

9. Delsey Montmartre Air - 85 per cent score. RRP $289

10. Antler Oxygen - 85 per cent score. RRP $289

11. Crumpler Vis-a-Vis, Cabin - 84 per cent score. RRP $289

12. Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0 - 84 per cent score. RRP $579

13. Samsonite Octolite - 84 per cent score. RRP $299

14. American Tourister Applite 3.0 S - 84 per cent score. $219

15. Australian Luggage Co So Lite 2.0 AIR3033/18″ - 82 per cent score. RRP $160

16. Flylite Quartz 20″ case - 49 per cent score. RRP $199

Source: Choice



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