Coolife is an affordable luggage brand that’s become quite popular in the last few years. Their suitcases are very well-reviewed, but people aren’t sure whether they’re a good choice or not.
In this Coolife luggage review, we’ll tell you everything about them and compare them to 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 75 points. This places the brand in 9th place on our leaderboard. However, Coolife took first place in the affordable range, followed by American Tourister and It Luggage.
Here you can see how we determined the 75 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. Even medium-class brands like Traveler’s Choice and Delsey are barely up to par with Coolife considering their reviews.
- Durable enough for most people. If you’re planning on flying moderately (less than five times per year), then you can expect Coolife’s luggage to last at least 3-5 years, which is pretty good for an affordable suitcase. Most suitcases from other similar brands tend to last for less than 15 trips.
- Affordable. Currently, Coolife is one of the cheapest options on the market. When considering how decently they’re reviewed and what features they come with, we think that they’re a really solid choice and an excellent value for your money.
- Packed with useful features. Usually, bags this cheap come with fewer features. Coolife has TSA locks and expandable zippers even in their most inexpensive options and offers zipperless options and suitcases with laptop compartments.
- Professional Designs. Every suitcase from Coolife has a professional and minimalistic design. Unlike most other similarly-priced brands, Coolife’s designs are down to earth, with many of them being as good as medium-class or even high-end brands.
- Their warranty is essentially useless. Out of all the brands we’ve reviewed, Coolife has the worst warranty out there, alongside Rockland. If you’re getting them, you shouldn’t count on the warranty if anything goes wrong. Just get a new suitcase 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 regularly (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 an excellent warranty in case something goes wrong. Unfortunately, Coolife’s warranty is pretty much useless, and its suitcases aren’t built from the most robust materials. A wiser choice for frequent travelers would be Travelpro or Briggs & Riley.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for something cheap, we think that Coolife is 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 capital to invest in something that will last for decades, Coolife is probably your best bet.
Top-Rated Coolife Suitcases
|Best premium carry-on: Zipperless 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.3|
|Best affordable carry-on: PC/ABS 20-inch||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Best 2-piece hardside: Laptop set||Editors rating: 4.1|
|Best 3-piece hardside: ABS/PC set||Editors rating: 4.3|
|Best 4-piece hardside: ABS set||Editors rating: 4.2|
|Best premium softside: 3-piece Jacquard set||Editors rating: 4.3|
|Best affordable softside: 3-piece softside set||Editors rating: 4.2|
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 were published in 2015-2016, and their domain was registered in 2017, which means that they’re only a few years old as a company.
If you wish to get in touch with Coolife, the best option is through Amazon. Otherwise, you can contact them via email or mail. If you live in the US, you can also reach Coolife’s support team by phone (their phone number is ＋1-725-333-1966).
We also checked other retailers, and it seems that they’re selling their suitcases on Walmart, Luggage Factory, as well as Amazon. 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 they seem kind of sketchy (more on that below), all of their suitcases have been rated exceptionally well. They’re not remarkably durable, but they’re cheap, good-looking, and come with useful features. For a cheap bag that’ll last for a few years, they’re probably the best choice right now.
On average, Coolife’s suitcases secured a rating of 4.3-4.8 out of five, which is really impressive. Out of all the affordable luggage brands, we haven’t seen any other brand that has been reviewed just as well. The only ones that come close are Rockland and Merax. And what’s even better, their reviews are consistent between all of their suitcase models. Some luggage brands only have 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 poorly reviewed models.
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 or to get a gift card. 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 24 because their customers are strongly incited to leave positive reviews. This doesn’t mean that Coolife doesn’t offer great luggage, but it’s sketchy that they want customers to leave positive reviews without even using their bags for a long time.
Here are the most common comments that people had about Coolife’s luggage:
- Their carry-on’s are slightly larger than 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.
- 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
- Overall, most people were happy with their purchases
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. However, when we researched what materials they’re made from, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that most of their hardside bags are made from a mixture of ABS and polycarbonate. And that wasn’t the only surprise that Coolife’s luggage had in store for us.
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 and zippers, bent or broken handles, and cracks/dents in the hard shell. But these issues are to be expected when you opt for cheaper luggage.
If you’re looking for a suitcase for frequent flying that will last you for many years, 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, as it has taken first place in the affordable range, right after American Tourister.
Even though Coolife suitcases are really affordable, they’re packed with quite a few features that don’t usually come with similarly-priced suitcases from other brands. 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 far from being the most stagnant one. For instance, brands like Rockland, which is priced similarly, don’t offer most of the features that Coolife does.
TSA-Approved Locks on Most Suitcases
Coolife offers TSA locks on just about any suitcase, even fabric ones. TSA-approved locks are usually present in bags that are over $100, so it’s nice to see that Coolife is adding them to affordable options.
If you don’t know what TSA-approved locks are, essentially, they’re combination locks 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 is locked with a regular lock, 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, thus making the suitcase much easier to maneuver around.
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, customers 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 quickly access your laptop, tablet, documents, and other essentials. Be it at the security, at the airport, or a cafe on your way to the hotel, having your essential things within a hand’s 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 the rolling suitcase was invented.
If you didn’t already know, essentially every zipper can be opened by poking through a sharp object, bursting the zipper open. And the worst part is that afterward, the zipper can be closed normally, without any traces that it was open before. Unlawful security agents and baggage handlers have used this ‘trick’ for decades to steal valuables out of checked suitcases, but 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 exceptionally cheap, and you can generally get it on sale for under $80.
Basic Packing Options
Unfortunately, Coolife’s suitcases only come with essential 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 (suiter compartments, TSA-approved toiletry pouches, more organizer compartments, laundry bags, e.t.c), we’re confident that people would be more interested.
So, taking all of these features into account, we can safely say that Coolife deserves a rating of 13 out of 15 points in the “Features“ category.
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 their bags usually 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 (except for 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 12 out of 15 points in the “Design“ category.
This is where we stop preaching about Coolife. If you’re getting one of Coolife’s suitcases, the warranty is essentially useless. On their website and Amazon, they’ve only got a short description of the warranty terms which are written in a fairly vague language, and they don’t have clear instructions on what 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 positive review on Amazon
- Transportation damages, normal wear and 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
Although most affordable brands don’t come with solid warranties, Coolife’s is particularly bad. If your Coolife luggage breaks, it’s probably easier to just purchase a new suitcase 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.
Out of 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: $50-100.
- Luggage set: $130-300.
In fact, when you also take their durability, features, and reviews into consideration, 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.
How Does Coolife Compare to Other Luggage Brands?
Coolife is the best affordable luggage brand on the market. Some aspects of Coolife are much better than the competition, while others are on par with brands like American Tourister and It Luggage. So, let’s delve deeper into how Coolife compares to other brands.
For starters, Coolife is the most well-reviewed brand in the affordable range, and it even manages to be ranked similarly to brands like Ricardo Beverly Hills and Delsey, which offer luggage in the medium price range. The only similarly-priced luggage brands that come close to Coolife’s reviews are Merax and American Tourister, with Coolife still ranking higher than both of them. Another great thing about Coolife is that its luggage offers great value for your money. Rockland is the only other brand that offers such great value, but Coolife is significantly better in almost every other aspect compared to Rockland.
The only aspect that Rockland and Coolife have a similar rating is their warranty. Both brands offer farcical warranty terms, making them rank below every other brand in the affordable range when it comes to their warranty.
But, Coolife is one step above nearly every other brand when it comes to the features. SwissGear and Lucas are the only similarly-priced brands whose luggage has as many features as Coolife’s. Coolife also ranks highly when it comes to durability, with every other affordable brand ranking below it. That being said, Coolife’s luggage designs ranked in parallel to most other brands.
So, Coolife is your best bet if you want an affordable suitcase or luggage set. Not only does Coolife’s luggage last for a long time if you travel for leisure, but it also comes with some features that are rarely present for such low prices.
Individual Coolife Suitcase Reviews
|– 23 x 16 x 10 inches|
|– 8.3 lbs (3.76 kg)|
|– Material: Polycarbonate/Aluminum|
|– Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
The zipperless concept was really popular a few decades ago. But, nowadays, it is primarily popular with Rimowa luggage, which costs $700-1000. Although there are a few other options that are less pricier, no other brand other than Coolife has made a really affordable zipperless suitcase.
Aluminum is costly, but at the same time, it’s the only lightweight material that’s viable for zipperless suitcases since 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 material in hardside bags, apart from aluminum.
This suitcase also comes with double spinner wheels for added maneuverability and a TSA-approved lock, which is nice. The main compartment is quite simple, with only two zippered pockets and tie-down straps, but it is spacious. Overall, we’re really impressed with how Coolife has managed to make this suitcase so affordable, considering that similar alternatives usually cost at least $150. No other cheap brand has come close to making a suitcase as great as the Coolife zipperless one.
That said, a few customers have stated 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, which is why we’d recommend only getting the carry-on version of this suitcase.
|– 21 x 15 x 8.5 inches|
|– 6.38 lbs (2.89 kg)|
|– Material: Polycarbonate/ABS|
|– Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
If you fear that the zipperless version isn’t reliable enough, you can always opt for the classic version of this Coolife carry-on. This carry-on has secured very decent reviews, just like every other Coolife luggage.
Unlike the zipperless version, this one is made from a mix of polycarbonate and ABS. While this isn’t as durable as polycarbonate on its own, it’s still much better than ABS, which is usually the material that such cheap bags are made from. This suitcase comes in just four colors, which is a shame, but all four look really unique and vibrant and keep the professional style that Coolife is opting for.
Just like every other suitcase from Coolife, this carry-on comes with a TSA-approved lock. The bag features side and top handles, as well as a retractable handle that features a push-button locking system. The outer part of the suitcase is completed by four spinner wheels, which are said to be reasonably durable. However, what isn’t durable are the zippers of the suitcase, as many customers have said that they tend to break easily.
The inside of the suitcase is identical to the zipperless version. The main compartment is reasonably spacious, and you can tie everything down with the tie-down straps that come along with the bag.
This suitcase is in many ways similar to the American Tourister Moonlight 21-inch carry-on (full review). So, if you manage to get either of the two on sale, you won’t need to buy a new suitcase for at least a couple of years.
Here’s a really cool review from one of Coolife’s customers.
|– 20 and 28 inches|
|– 17.2 lbs (7.8 kg)|
|– Material: Polycarbonate/ABS|
|– Editors rating: 4.1 / 5|
If you’re a tech-savvy individual who sometimes goes on 2-3 week vacations, you should definitely get a tech-savvy carry-on and a checked suitcase. 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 relatively cheaply. However, it should be noted that the carry-on costs much more than the carry-ons we’ve mentioned above, so it’s not the best carry-on Coolife has to offer. The set is available in pink, gray, and blue colors, which should look good for both men and women.
The smallest suitcases measure 21 x 14 x 9.5 inches. Although it’s slightly 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 carry-ons by Coolife, it’s 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.
While this 2-piece set is really good, if you’re willing to spend a bit more money, you should opt for the SwissGear 7910 hardside 2-piece luggage set, which is more durable and features a similar design to the Coolife Zipperless polycarbonate 20-inch carry-on.
|– 20, 24, and 28 inches|
|– 24.6 lbs (11.15 kg)|
|– Material: Polycarbonate/ABS|
|– Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
This 3-piece luggage set by Coolife is one of the main reasons it gained 10/10 on the “Price” category. Not often can you purchase a 3-piece set for the price of a medium-priced carry-on. Not to mention that this set is often on sale for under $150, making it the most affordable 3-piece hardside luggage set on the market. The set comes in five different colors.
When we saw the price tag on this set, we were convinced that it was made purely from ABS. So, we were pleasantly surprised when we saw that it’s actually made from a mix of polycarbonate and ABS, thus adding a lot of points to its durability. Speaking of durability, some customers complained about the durability of the retractable handles, saying that they broke after 1-2 trips. Thankfully, each bag comes with side and top handles.
Everything else is similar to all other Coolife luggage, with TSA locks, spacious main compartments, and mesh pockets being present on each bag. This set, however, features the so-called “Silent spinner wheels”, which are supposedly extremely quiet. Their durability is great, according to most customers, so that’s a definite plus.
Overall, this 3-piece luggage set is a fantastic option. You could get the Rockland Melbourne hardside 3-piece set at the same price point, which isn’t nearly as durable, making the Coolife 3-piece luggage set the best value for your money.
|– 16, 20, 24, and 28 inches|
|– 27.9 lbs (12.65 kg)|
|– Material: ABS|
|– Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
Not only is this 4-piece hardside luggage set one 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, when you’re getting a 4-piece luggage set for less than $200, some defects should be expected.
Because it’s so cheap, the hard shell is made out of ABS, which is more inexpensive and less durable than polycarbonate or polypropylene. But every suitcase has reinforced corners for additional protection, which is nice. It might not add a significant amount of durability, but it’s better than nothing.
Some people complained that the product title is deceiving. Only the largest suitcase is expandable, not all four, which is something that you should keep in mind. This luggage set also comes with double spinner wheels and TSA-approved locks on all four suitcases, which is pretty impressive considering how affordable they are.
Another cool thing is that all four 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 great 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 exceptionally well-rated, durable enough for most people, dirt-cheap, and comes with TSA-approved locks on all four suitcases. That being said, if you’re looking for an equally great 4-piece softside luggage set, then the American Tourister Fieldbrook XLT is your best bet.
|– 20, 24, and 28 inches|
|– 26.3 lbs (11.92 kg)|
|– Material: Jacquard oxford cloth|
|– Editors rating: 4.3 / 5|
Coolife isn’t known for their softside luggage, but they offer a couple of the best softside luggage sets we’ve seen. This 3-piece luggage set is very affordable, and its durability is even better than some of Coolife’s hardside sets. This is because this set is made from a “Jacquard Oxford Cloth”, which is said to be more durable than polyester but not as durable as nylon. Speaking of which, each bag also features a nylon lining that’s mainly there for artistic purposes rather than added durability.
The set also comes with the silent wheels that are featured on the Coolife 3-piece polycarbonate and ABS luggage set we reviewed above. These are supposedly much quieter than standard spinner wheels while still being as durable as regular wheels.
This softside luggage set comes in three different colors, which isn’t the best, but it adds some color variety. Each suitcase has a top handle and a retractable handle, and the two checked suitcases also have side handles. What’s great about this set is that all three bags come with TSA-approved locks, which isn’t common in affordable softside luggage.
Overall, this set is your best bet if you want affordable softside luggage since most other affordable brands offer much less durable fabric suitcases, or they don’t offer any at all.
|– 20, 24, and 28 inches|
|– 24.77 lbs (11.23 kg)|
|– Material: Jacquard oxford cloth|
|– Editors rating: 4.2 / 5|
This softside luggage set is nearly identical to the one above. Both sets consist of two checked suitcases and a carry-on and are made from Jacquard Oxford Cloth. They also feature the same silent wheels and, overall, their design is pretty similar.
Their main difference is that this 3-piece luggage set doesn’t come with TSA-approved locks. So, while the durability between the two sets is pretty much the same, this one might get damaged if TSA agents get their hands on it.
However, this set has been available for a longer time, and thus it has much more reviews. Most customers stated that the luggage set is a great value for your money, but others said that you should spend the extra bucks to get the set with the TSA locks.
Nevertheless, each suitcase of this set has two front pockets for quick access. These are great for storing any documents that you’ll need to access on a whim or even storing your laptop. But, it’s not the greatest idea to keep your laptop in anything other than the carry-on unless you want to find its screen cracked and its keyboard keys all over the pocket.
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