Here’s the thing about ultra-light luggage: it’s not always very light. The industry designation includes suitcases that weigh as much as eight pounds empty; that’s nearly a third of your average baggage allowance. We are not impressed.
The Lightest Carry-on Luggage
In our opinion, the ultra-light category should be reserved for suitcases six pounds and under. But suitcases this featherweight can be hard to find. So we’ve rounded up 10 carry-on roller bags that weigh in under the six-pound mark. They range in price from $45 to $600 and come with all variations of bells and whistles. From lightest to heaviest (based on manufacturer’s specs), here they are.
Jetstream Lightweight Carry-On
The Numbers: The Jetstream Lightweight Carry-On suitcase is 4.4 pounds.
Why We Like It: It’s an affordable carry-on that manages to come in under the five-pound mark with extras like spinner wheels and a padded handle.
Samsonite Lite-Box 20″ Spinner
The Numbers: The Samsonite Lite-Box 20″ Spinner weighs 4.85 pounds.
Why We Like It: An appealing balance of form and function, the Lite-Box offers a sleek design and, with details like outside corner protection, was built for strength and handling. Plus, it’s the only hard-sided luggage we could find that is this lightweight.
Lipault Paris Original Plume 20″ Spinner Carry-On Luggage
The Numbers: According to multiple sellers, the 20-inch Original Plume Spinner Carry-on is only 4.9 pounds.
Why We Like It: The bag manages to squeeze in features such as zippered expansion, four spinner wheels, and plenty of pockets without adding a lot of weight to the design.
Eagle Creek Load Warrior
The Numbers: The 20-inch EC Load Warrior 20 International Carry-on weighs 4 pounds 9 ounces.
Why We Like It: The EC Load Warrior 20 International Carry-on is a rolling bag that can strap equipment to the front. The bag also has compression straps, lockable zippers, and a bottle opener.
it luggage 21.5″ Quilte Lightweight Carry-on
The Numbers: The 21.5-inch it luggage 21.5″ Quilte Lightweight Carry-on weighs 5.29 pounds.
Why We Like It: This is lightweight carry-on is highly rated on Amazon and it earns respect for the easy-glide wheels, a semi-expander system, and a 10-year warranty.
Aerolite Carry-on MAX Lightweight
The Numbers: The 22-inch Aerolite Carry-On MAX Lightweight weighs 5.3 pounds.
Why We Like It: Aerolite’s lightweight carry-on has roomy interior pockets and stretch material so you can fit in just a bit more. It’s by far the most feminine bag, with subtle patterns throughout.
Travelpro Luggage Maxlite
The Numbers: The 22-inch Travelpro Luggage Maxlite is 5.4 pounds.
Why We Like It: In many cases, lightweight comes at the expense of durability. Not so with the elegant, streamlined Luggage Maxlite, which was built to be lightweight and tough.
Bric’s X-BAG 21″ Carry-on Spinner
The Numbers: The 21-inch Bric’s X-Bag Carry-on Spinner weighs 5.5 pounds.
Why We Like It: This dependable nylon carry-on can fit a ton, plus it’s stylish. It doesn’t skimp on features either, with four 360-degree spinner wheels, a telescoping handle, and leather detailing.
Lucas Ultra Light Weight Originals 20″ Spinner
The Numbers: The 20-inch Lucas Ultra Light Weight Originals 20″ Spinner weighs 5.8 pounds.
Why We Like It: We love its design, its spinner wheels (four wheels that allow for 360-degree mobility), and appreciate the zippered mesh separators that keep all your stuff from falling out when you open the suitcase.
it luggage 22″ Lustrous Softside Expandable Carry-on
The Numbers: The 22-inch it luggage 22″ Lustrous Softside Expandable Carry-on suitcase weighs in at 5.8 pounds.
Why We Like It: It was true when we reviewed it years ago and it’s true today: it luggage still makes some of the lightest rolling carry-ons (and checked bags) we’ve ever seen. This style has more features (like four wheels or a locking telescoping handle), so it comes in just over the 5.5-pound mark.
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Editor’s note: Ashley Rossi contributed to this story. This story was originally published in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.