Coolife is an affordable luggage brand on Amazon, that’s become quite popular in the last few years.
Their suitcases are very-well reviewed, but people often aren’t sure whether they’re a good choice or not.
In this Coolife luggage review, we’ll research everything about them and compare them with similar luggage brands. We’ll take a look at their durability, customer reviews, prices, features, and warranty. All, to determine whether they’re worth it or not.
On CleverJourney’s best luggage brands, Coolife got 76 points and got the 9th place on our leaderboard.
Here you can see how we determined the 76 points. We’ll go into more detail on each category further down in the review.
- Well-reviewed.Coolife’s suitcases are reviewed between 4.3-4.8 stars, which is really impressive. No other affordable luggage brand even comes close to how good their reviews are.
- Durable enough for most people. If you’re planning on flying moderately (less than five times per year,) then you can expect their bags to last at least 3-5 years, which is pretty good for an affordable suitcase.
- Affordable. Currently, Coolife is one of the cheapest options on the market. When considering how decently they’re reviewed, and with what features they come, we think that they’re a really solid choice.
- Packed with useful features. Usually, bags this cheap come with fewer features. Coolife has TSA locks and expandable zippers even in their cheapest options, in addition to also offering zipperless options and suitcases with laptop compartments.
- Their warranty is essentially useless. Out of all the brands we’ve reviewed, Coolife has the worst warranty out there. If you’re getting them, you shouldn’t count on the warranty if anything goes wrong. Just get a new case instead.
- Not made for frequent travel. You really can’t expect a 50$ suitcase to be durable enough for frequent travel. People who’ve been using Coolife frequently (every month or so) have said that things start to fall apart pretty quickly.
Let’s start with why you shouldn’t choose Coolife. If you’re planning on using a suitcase frequently, it should be exceptionally durable and come with a nice warranty if something goes wrong. Unfortunately, Coolife’s warranty is pretty much useless, and they aren’t built from the strongest materials. A smarter choice for frequent travel would be Travelpro or Briggs & Riley if you can afford them.
And now let’s talk about why you should get them over other brands. If you’re looking for something cheap, we think that Coolife is currently the best option on the market. Their suitcases are durable enough for people who go on vacations just a few times per year, they’re incredibly affordable, well-reviewed, and come with some nice features.
So if you need a suitcase but don’t have the resources to invest in something that will last decades, Coolife is probably your best bet.
Top-Rated Coolife Suitcases
|Best softsife: 20-inch Fabric||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Best hardside: 20-inch Zipperless||Editors rating: 4.3|
|Best 2-piece: Laptop Luggage Set||Editors rating: 4.3|
|Best 3-piece: Hardside ABS Luggage Set||Editors rating: 4.3|
Key Facts About Coolife
Coolife is a Chinese luggage manufacturer. Although their website says that they’ve been operating since 1999, most of their products on Amazon have been published on 2015-2016, and their domain was registered in 2017, which means that as a company, they’re only a few years old.
As far as we could tell, they don’t have any offices or sales teams in the U.S. If you need to get in touch with them, it’s best to contact them through Amazon.
We also checked other retailers, and it seems that they’re only selling on amazon.com. It looks like they started to sell their suitcases a few years back on Amazon, got successful, and now they’re trying to build a legit brand around them.
Although as a company they seem kind of sketchy, all of their suitcases have been rated exceptionally well. They’re not particularly durable, but they’re really cheap, good-looking, and come with useful features. For a cheap, short-term suitcase, they’re probably the best choice right now.
On average, Coolife’s suitcases are reviewed at 4.3-4.8 stars out of five, which is really impressive. Out of all the affordable luggage brands, we haven’t seen another brand that has been reviewed just as well.
And what’s even better, their reviews are consistent between all of their suitcase models. Some luggage brands have only a few good models, and the rest have clear design or durability flaws. But that’s not the case with Coolife, because we couldn’t find any model that’s poorly reviewed.
But there’s a pretty significant reason why their customer reviews are so good. You see, all of their suitcases ship with a little card that tells their new customers to leave a review on Amazon to extend their warranty by one year. And this means that a lot of new customers who haven’t really used their suitcases for too long, leave positive reviews in the first few weeks.
If they didn’t do this, their products would probably be reviewed more poorly. Normally, we would rate their reviews at 28 or 29 points. However, we had to drop that to 25, because their customers are strongly encouraged to leave positive reviews.
Here are the most common things that people mentioned:
- Their carry-on’s are slightly larger the most common size restriction for airlines – 22 x 14 x 9 inches.
- The product descriptions are often inaccurate.
- On rare occasions, TSA-approved locks ship with no instructions. (Here’s a link to the TSA-lock instructions from their website.)
- Sometimes the handles, zippers, wheels will break, or a crack/dent will appear in the hard shell.
- In real life, their hardshell bags look even better than in pictures.
- You can contact them only through Amazon, and their warranty is essentially pointless.
- Overall, most people were happy with their purchases.
Here’s a short review from one of their customers:
It’s probably not shocking to hear that Coolife isn’t the most durable luggage brand out there. A Chinese brand that sells dirt-cheap suitcases isn’t particularly the best combo for durability.
We researched what materials they’re made from, and it looks like most of the times they’re using the cheapest and least durable ones – polyester and ABS. But not on all of them.
For instance, on the Coolife 20-inch fabric carry-on, they’ve used Jacquard Oxford cloth, which is a slight improvement from regular polyester. It’s made from 100% polyester, but it’s weaved in a different pattern that makes it slightly more durable. And for the Coolife Zipperless 20-inch carry-on, the zipperless section is made from aluminum, and the rest of the shell is made from polycarbonate, which is a lot more durable than regular ABS.
Between all the positive reviews, there also were quite a few bad ones. People complained about broken spinner wheels, broken zippers, bent or broken handles, and cracks/dents in the hard shell. If you’re getting a cheap suitcase, there’s no hiding from issues like these. They’re to be expected.
If you’re looking for a long-term suitcase for frequent travel, you should look at other brands, like Travelpro or Briggs & Riley. But if you’re looking for a cheap bag that will last several years of infrequent travel, Coolife is a rock-solid choice. In fact, in the affordable price range on our leaderboard, Coolife has taken the first place (76 points) right after American Tourister (74 points.)
Even though Coolife suitcases are priced really affordable, they’re packed with quite a few features that don’t normally come with affordable suitcases. And on their premium models, they’ve implemented a few other innovative features, like zipperless openings and dedicated pockets for laptops.
Although they’re not the most innovative and progressive brand, they’re not the most stagnant brand either. For instance, on Rockland, which is priced similarly, you wouldn’t find most features that come with Coolife.
TSA-Approved Locks on Most Suitcases
With Coolife, you’ll find TSA locks on just about any suitcase, even fabric ones. They usually come only with suitcases that are over 80-100$, so it’s nice to see that Coolife is adding them even to 50-60$ options.
If you don’t know what a TSA-approved lock is, essentially, it’s a combination lock for the main compartment with a slight twist. Nobody else will be able to open the lock, except the TSA security agents, in case they need to inspect the bag while it’s checked-in. If a suitcase would be locked with a regular rock, the TSA agents are allowed to break the locks and zippers for further inspection, without repaying you the damages.
Double Spinner Wheels
Although not all of their models come with double wheels, most do. Instead of the regular four wheels, you get eight. They’re better because they’re more durable and roll smoother.
Laptop Organizer Compartments
The Coolife Laptop Hardside collection comes with a dedicated front pocket for organizing your electronics. Although the specs say that it’ll fit only up to 13-inch laptops, people said that they managed to fit in 15-inch laptops as well without any difficulties.
The laptop compartment is useful because it allows you to access your laptop, tablet, documents, and other essentials quickly. Be it at the security, at the airport, or a cafe on your way to the hotel, having your essential things at a hands-reach is vital, especially for tech-savvy people who travel with a lot of gadgets.
Fifty years ago all suitcases were zipperless. Instead of using the zipper, the suitcases could be opened by unlocking two clips, but that quickly changed in the seventies, when a rolling suitcase was invented.
If you didn’t already know, essentially every zipper can be opened by poking through a sharp object, which bursts the zipper open. And the worst part is that afterward the zipper can be closed normally, without any traces that it was open before. This ‘trick’ has been used by unlawful security agents and baggage handlers for decades to steal valuables out of checked suitcases. Having a zipperless suitcase eliminates this risk.
The Coolife Zipperless Hardside collection, as the name suggests, is zipperless, which is nice. The part where the zipper is supposed to be is made from aluminum, so that it’s firm and doesn’t bend open, and the rest is made from polycarbonate. You can access the bag by unlocking a TSA combination lock, which unlocks the two locks that hold both parts together. Usually, zipperless suitcases cost an arm and a leg, but this one is especially cheap.
Basic Packing Options
Unfortunately, Coolife’s suitcases come only with the most basic packing options. Usually, the main compartment is divided into two equal parts, both divided by a fabric sheet, and inside you’ll find one or two zippered pockets and compression straps.
If they’d make a suitcase with better packing options (for instance, with suiter compartments, TSA-approved toiletry pouches, more organizer compartments, laundry bags, e.t.c.) we’re confident that people would be more interested.
We think that Coolife’s suitcases are pretty good-looking. They’re modern, colorful, and sleek.
They’ve got quite a few options for men and women, and people say that usually, their bags look even better in real life. Although the color selection could be better, they’ve got enough to choose from – usually, their models come in 3-6 different colors (With the exception of their most popular luggage set, which is available in 17 different colors.)
There are quite a few affordable luggage brands that look cheap, but Coolife doesn’t, which is why we’ve given them 13 out of 15 points in the design category.
We’ve got bad news for you. If you’re getting Coolife, essentially, their warranty is useless.
On their website and Amazon, they’ve only got a short description of the warranty terms. It’s written in a fairly vague language, and they don’t have clear instructions on what exactly you should do.
But here’s a summary of everything that we could gather.
Coolife’s Warranty Terms
- They only cover manufacturing defects.
- The warranty is valid for two years. You’ll get an additional year if you leave a review on Amazon.
- Transportation damages, normal wear an tear, accidents, and misuse aren’t covered by the warranty.
- If you need to file a warranty claim, you should contact them through Amazon.
- Shipping fees to and from the warranty aren’t covered.
- There’s still a chance that they’ll replace your suitcase or send a partial refund, but most people said that their warranty claims were unsuccessful.
- Their support often takes a while to respond.
Although most affordable brands don’t come with solid warranties, Coolife’s is particularly bad. If their suitcases break, it’s probably easier to just purchase a new one instead of dealing with their support.
But in our opinion, that’s not a huge deal-breaker, because their quality is decent, and they’re priced ridiculously cheaply.
From all the affordable luggage brands, Coolife is one of the cheapest ones.
Here’s what you can expect to pay:
- Softside carry-on: 50-90$.
- Hardside carry-on: 50-70$.
- Luggage set: 130-300$.
In fact, when also taking into consideration their durability, features, and reviews, we believe that they’re currently the best choice in the affordable range, which is why we’ve given them the maximum rating of ten points in the price category.
Individual Coolife Suitcase Reviews
|23 x 14 x 10 inches|
|7.6 lbs (3.44 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
If you’re looking for a cheap carry-on that looks good and functions well, this Coolife 20-inch fabric carry-on is a rock-solid choice.
While it looks like there are two dedicated pockets in the front, there really aren’t. Instead, Coolife has hidden a large laptop pocket underneath, which, in our opinion, is even better. It’ll fit up to a 15-inch laptop, important documents, chargers, tablets, and other items that you may need to keep at hands-reach.
What’s really cool, is that they’ve added a TSA-approved lock for the main compartment, which is rare to find on fabric suitcases and affordable options in general. Although the main compartment isn’t expandable, it’s pretty spacious. It comes with a single zippered pocket for smaller items and underwear, and compression straps for keeping your clothes in place.
Unfortunately, this carry-on is slightly too large for international flights, because it’s slightly larger than the most common 22-14-9-inch limit. So we would recommend it only for domestic flights because sometimes you might be asked to check it in.
|22.5 x 15 x 9 inches|
|8.3 lbs (3.76 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
The zipperless concept for luggage is most popular with Rimowa luggage, which costs 700-1000$. Although there are a few other options that are less pricier, no other brand has made a really affordable zipperless suitcase, except Coolife.
Aluminum is really expensive, but at the same time, it’s the only lightweight material that’s viable for zipperless suitcases. The zipperless part needs to be rock-solid, so that stuff doesn’t fall out. Coolife has made this suitcase so affordable by only having the zipperless part made from aluminum. The rest is made from polycarbonate, which is currently the most durable plastic in hardside suitcases.
This bag also comes with double spinner wheels and a TSA-approved lock, which is nice. The main compartment is quite simple but spacious. Inside, you’ll find only two zippered pockets and tie-down straps, which is a pretty basic setup.
Overall, we’re really impressed with how Coolife has managed to make this suitcase so affordable. Similar alternatives usually cost at least 150$.
That said, a few people said that the checked option isn’t that durable. People reported that from the weight of the other bags, the outer shell that’s made from plastic could get cracks and dents after a while. So we’d recommend only getting the carry-on version of this suitcase.
|20 and 28 inches|
|17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
If you’re a tech-savvy individual who sometimes goes on 2-3 week vacations, you should probably get a tech-savvy carry-on and a checked suitcase. And if you’re looking for an affordable option, we think that this 2-piece set by Coolife is the best choice that’s currently on the market.
If you don’t need the checked suitcase, you can get the 20-inch carry-on separately quite cheaply. They’re available in pink, gray, and blue colors, which should look good for both men and woman.
The smallest suitcases measures in 21 x 14 x 9.5 inches. Although it’s a bit above the 22 x 14 x 9 limit, people have said that they’ve successfully passed the “box test” in airports. Out of all the Coolife’s hardside carry-on’s, it’s also the lightest, weighing at just 6.7 lbs. The smallest suitcase also has a dedicated front pocket for documents, laptops (people said that a 15-inch laptop would fit,) tablets, headphones, and other essentials. The front compartment is well-organized, with quite a few built-in pockets, sleeves, and holders for all your gadgets.
Both suitcases in this set are built from an ABS/Polycarbonate mix, which should be more durable than regular ABS. They also come with double spinner wheels, TSA-approved combination locks, and spacious main compartments.
|20, 24, and 28 inches|
|25.6 lbs (11.6 kg)|
|Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
Not only is this 3-piece hardside luggage set once of the cheapest on Amazon, but it’s also one of the best-rated. People seem to like everything about it.
That said, we still found a few people who complained about the quality. Some reported that the zippers failed when the bags were overpacked, some had broken wheels, and some got cracks in the hard shell. But really, when you’re getting a luggage set this cheaply, some defects should be expected.
Because it’s so cheap, the hard shell is made out of ABS, which is cheaper and less durable than polycarbonate or polypropylene. But all suitcases are all reinforced in the corners for additional protection, which is nice.
Some people complained that the product title is deceiving. Only the largest suitcase is expandable, not all three, which is something that you should keep in mind. This luggage set also comes with double spinner wheels and TSA-approved locks on all three suitcases, which is pretty amazing considering how affordable they are.
Another cool thing is that all three pieces fit inside each other, making them easier to store when not used. Also, all pieces are pretty lightweight because they’re made from ABS, which is good for keeping up with the weight restrictions in checked bags and carry-ons.
There’s probably no better alternative to this set if you’re looking for a cheap hardside luggage set. It’s extremely well-rated, durable enough for most people, dirt-cheap, and comes with TSA-approved locks on all three suitcases.