Remember when suitcases just held your stuff? That hasn’t been the case for a while. Ever-evolving smart luggage now displays flight alerts and traffic reports (think: Siri for the consummate traveler), charges your devices, and lets you know when it’s lost. While there are a growing number of competitors in this space, Raden is our pick for best smart suitcase, owing to its sleek appearance and technical capabilities.
BUY: Raden A22 Carry, $295; raden.com
For starters, each Raden carry-on links to an accompanying app that tracks and weighs your bag. Plus, unlike other brands, it looks extremely sharp, a credit to Raden founder Josh Udashkin, former head of global development for Aldo. Made of a strong polycarbonate shell, the suitcase comes in 10 colors, including baby blue and dusty pink, with either a gloss or matte finish. (Our favorite: classic black gloss.) At 8.4 pounds, it can also easily be lifted into an overhead bin. That is, unless you decide to check. But really, why would you?
Wins for: Appearance, functionality, and affordability
- Built-in Bluetooth technology
- TSA-approved combination lock
- Two external USB ports
- Concealed charging pack for your phone, tablet, or laptop
See the rest of InStyle‘s 2017 Best of Tech picks here.