GoPenguin Lightweight Hardside Carry On Luggage, 20-Inch

Last updated date: March 12, 2020

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 23 expert reviews, the GoPenguin GoPenguin Lightweight Carry On Luggage, 20-Inch placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 17, 2020:
Checkout The Best Hard Shell Suitcase for a detailed review of all the top hard shell suitcases.

Expert Summarized Score
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
399 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Two dividers storage system offers an organized way of keeping your items. Built with YKK zipper that provides great safety to your belongings. The hard-outer-shell is durable enough for any environment. The silent wheels spin 360 degrees for easy movement.
- Best 10 Selling
What experts didn't like
Plastic scratches and turns white extremely quickly.
- Best 10 Selling

From The Manufacturer

GoPenguin is your travel partner. And just like you, we are travelers too. We know that there is no affordable, gorgeous-looking roller luggage out there, and so we created one that will take a beating without biting your pocket. We have given undivided attention to detail, from the matte finish on our telescopic handles, Hinomoto spinner wheels,unbreakable shells, tsa approved luggage locks and 4 separate mesh pockets for neat organization, this suitcase is ready to fly. By selecting the finest first-rate materials and components combined with immaculate craftsmanship, we have designed a hard spinner luggage that will redefine traveling for you.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Samsonite Omni Hardside Spinner Luggage, 28-Inch
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 5
2. AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Suitcase, 21-Inch
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Coolife Hardshell Lightweight Luggage, 3-Piece
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
4. American Tourister Moonlight Hardside Luggage, 21-Inch
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Betsey Johnson Expandable Hardside Carry On, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
6. DELSEY Paris Helium Aero Hardside Luggage, 29-Inch
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Kenneth Cole Renegade Hardside Suitcase, 28-Inch
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Ben Sherman Nottingham Hardside Luggage, 24-Inch
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 1
10. Rockland Melbourne Expandable Carry On, 20-Inch
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Hard Shell Suitcases

Hardshell suitcases can be durable and lightweight. They are frequently available in standard sizes for carry-on bags or checked luggage, making them a practical choice for traveling by plane or cruise ship. Learning about features to consider and look for will help you select the best hard-sided luggage for your needs.

Consider the type of material used in a hardshell suitcase you are considering. Many are made from high-tech plastic. ABS is the most lightweight, although it is not as sturdy as polycarbonate, which is a bit heavier. Luggage made with an aluminum shell will stand up to the most wear and tear, but it is also the heaviest material used to make hard-sided suitcases.

Many hardshell suitcases open much like a clamshell, with two distinct, equal sides in which to pack. While this can be helpful to keep items separate, it also requires more room when unpacking as you must spread it open entirely. Others have a “lid” that opens more like a traditional suitcase, so if you will use it in a small space, consider this option.

Hard-sided luggage can be more challenging to store than soft-sided luggage is. You will need ample space, as squeezing a suitcase into a tight area might result in scratches or damage. Some hardshell suitcase sets come in graduated sizes that fit inside one another, make storage less difficult.

DYWM Fun Fact

By the late 1800s, travelers had essentially two choices for carrying their clothing and other items. Massive waterproof trunks were most often used for lengthy trips, such as those by steamship, train, or stagecoach. On the other end of the spectrum were carpet bags, which were small, top-opening travel bags made from carpeting material, such as oriental rugs (think Mary Poppins).

Suitcases were in use by the 1900s, but they were merely cases to hold suits, much as the name suggests. As travel changed, trunks went out of fashion and suitcases evolved into the handled luggage used today.

In 1970, Bernard Sadow dreamed up putting wheels on suitcases after traveling with his wife and kids. A Macy’s vice president was impressed with his idea and the rest is history.

The Hard Shell Suitcase Buying Guide

  • To clean your hard-sided luggage, dip a soft cloth or sponge in warm, soapy water and wipe it gently. Follow up by rinsing it with a clean, damp cloth. Dry the suitcase completely before storing it.
  • The easiest way to remove sand, dirt, dust or crumbs from the inside of your suitcase is to vacuum it. If there is any sticky or caked-on grime, remove it with a damp cloth and then allow the interior to dry completely before putting it in storage. You will be grateful for clean, fresh luggage when planning your next trip.
  • As hardshell luggage is prone to scratches, dents or dings, consider purchasing luggage covers for extra protection when not in use.
  • Check the wheels on your suitcase before and after you travel. Removing gravel, dirt or other particles in the wheels will keep them moving smoothly for years to come.