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I was looking for a new carry-on suitcase for travelling. The design and ruggedness of the Rimowa aluminum suitcase always attracted me, but the price of 1.000 USD is a bit out of range. Great that I found out that Xiaomi also offers suitcases, likewise an aluminum one. For under 200 USD, a fifth of the Rimowa price, I thought I give it a try:

Xiaomi 20" Aluminium Suitcase

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum Suitcase

 

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum Suitcase – Specs

Xiaomi Suitcase is 55,1 × 38,3 × 20,3 cm (22.7 x 15.1 x 8 in) in size an weights about 4,2kg (9.3 lbs). Therefore it’s about the max size of a carry on luggage with a weight about 1kg heavier than a polycarbonate suitcase. Xiaomi’s aluminum suitcase is about the same as mentioned Rimowa suitcase. The body is made of aluminum-magnesium alloy, the interior made of polyester. Capacity is about 31L. Xiaomi Suitcase got two locks where you can set individual 3-number codes each and it features a TSA lock. The pull rod has 4 adjustable positions, when fully extended it is about 1,15m. I think thats a convenient height. Shaking of the rod is stated to be within 10mm and not annoying while pulling.

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase: 2 3-digit locks with TSA lock

Xiaomi Suitcase: 2 3-digit locks with TSA lock

 

Even tough the aluminum suitcase is sold under Xiaomi brand, it is manufactured my 90 minutes. On the inside there’s a tag that it was designed by Runmi in Germany. There are 2 Y-shaped straps with Velcro, but a type that doesn’t stick to clothes. Included is a flexible division board with a zipper, convenient for charger and other small stuff.

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase: 2 Y-shaped straps & flexible division board

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase: 2 Y-shaped straps & flexible division board

 

Carry on size?

Xiaomi Metal Suitcase

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum suitcase qualifies as cabin baggage. During my waiting time at the airport I tried a few measuring boxes of several airlines to check, and all of them would allow it as carry on bag. Here are some airline requirements:

  • Ryanair: 55 x 40 x 20 cm – 10kg
  • wizzair: 55 x 40 x 23 cm – 10kg
  • EasyJet: 56 x 45 x 25 cm – ?kg
  • Austrian: 55 x 40 x 23 cm – 8kg
  • Lufthansa: 55 x 40 x 23 cm – 8kg
  • Vueling: 55 x 40 x 20 cm – 10kg
Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase measured for Lufthansa, Austrian, wizzair & Ryanair

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase measured for Lufthansa, Austrian, wizzair & Ryanair

 

Inside the aircraft I was able to check two types so far. On an Airbus A320 Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase fits alongside in the overhead compartment. On a smaller regional jet (Embraer 195) the suitcase fits broadside:

Xiaomi Suitcase in overhead bin: Airbus A320 alongside; Embraer 195 broadside

Xiaomi Suitcase in overhead bin: Airbus A320 alongside; Embraer 195 broadside

 

Where to buy Xiaomi Aluminum suitcase?

I bought my Xiaomi Metal Suitcase from Gearbest, if I recall correctly it was delivered within 2-3 weeks. In the meantime other shops like Banggood and TomTop added the suitcase to their store. Here’s an overview and price comparison:

  • TomTop currently offers a good deal: 199.99 USD
    • with free shipping to EU or US
    • no customs or taxes to be paid
    • Apply Coupon Code: HTPQQT on checkout
  • Banggood currently offers the best deal: 169.99 USD
    • Coupon Code: BGB996082
    • very cheap shipping
  • Amazon still doesn’t offer the metal suitcase.

 

Conclusion

After: 1 trip – 2 flights

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase - Field Test

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase – Field Test

 

After a trip with two flights, these are my findings: The wheels are super smooth and silent. No matter which terrain I was pulling my suitcase, it worked out fine. The shaking of the pulling rod is quite ok and comparable to other case I used.

Even tough I like the Y-shaped strap and the Velcro is great, it’s a bit inconvenient to close. You have to fiddle the strap through the metal opening to close it. If you overpack your suitcase you have to push everything down as the Velcro part of the strap is too thick to fit the metal opening. Anyway I would also prefer a strap on one side and a zipper compartment on the other side, similar to Xiaomi 20″ Business Suitcase (a polycarbonate suitcase):

Xiaomi 20" metal suitcase vs Xiaomi 20" Business suitcase

Xiaomi 20″ aluminum suitcase vs Xiaomi 20″ Business suitcase

 

During my fist trip Xiaomi Suitcase took a few hits, got a few minor scratches, but still looks like it was delivered:Xiaomi 20" Aluminium Suitcase after 1st trip

Xiaomi 20″ Aluminum Suitcase after 1st trip

After: 3 trips – 4 flights – 1 car-ride

After some more flights with different airlines, still no problem to get through security or finding space within the aircraft. The case got some hits by careless passengers trying to stuff their belongings into the overhead bin, but it’s still looking great and no scratches. The only thing that is bothering is the strap that is a bit tricky to close when the suitcase is overpacked. Also longer walks on cobblestone are no problem for the Xiaomi suitcase:

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase on cobblestone

Xiaomi Aluminum Suitcase on cobblestone

 

Price / Retailer Comparison

I bought my Xiaomi Metal Suitcase from Gearbest, if I recall correctly it was delivered within 2-3 weeks. In the meantime other shops like Banggood and TomTop added the suitcase to their store. Here’s an overview and price comparison:

  • TomTop currently offers a good deal: 199.99 USD
    • free shipping to EU or US
    • no customs or taxes to be paid
    • Apply Coupon Code: HTPQQT on checkout
  • Banggood currently offers the best deal: 169.99 USD
    • Coupon Code: BGB996082
    • very cheap shipping
  • Amazon still doesn’t offer the metal suitcase.

As the question came up if these 3 retailers a legit. Yes, I ordered multiple times with them. Because of my action camera blog I have contacts at all 3 of them, so in case you are having troubles with your order, contact me so I can assist you.

 

Alternative: Xiaomi 20″ Business suitcase

Xiaomi Business Suitcase - 20"

Xiaomi Business Suitcase – 20″

If you don’t need the fancy aluminum suitcase, here’s a cheaper alternative. I mentioned this suitcase earlier when writing about the inner compartment. I think having a strap on one side and a zipper compartment on the other side (for small stuff) is great. Further the “Xiaomi Business Suitcase” offers another great feature: there’s a separated compartment at the front which holds your electronics such as laptop, tablet or phone – very convenient! No need to open the whole case to remove those items, just get them out of the front compartment. That comes in handy if you want to get out your laptop at airport security or if you try to get some work done while waiting at the gate.
I’ll stick with my metal suitcase as I think it’s more durable and a bit more stylish – but I’m very tempted to test it.

The Xiaomi Business Suitcase is available for 139.00 USD at Gearbest and for 133.99 USD at Banggood.

 

If you are looking for a check-in luggage, check out my review of the 24″ Xiaomi Spinner-wheel suitcase. Unfortunately there is no larger aluminum version available from Xiaomi.

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8 Comments
 
  1. Juan Felipe Duran 14. August 2019 at 17:14 Reply

    After a year of the Post, how about the suitcase?
    Is there any reason why it is much cheaper in Banggood?
    Great post, thank you!

    • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 17:17 Reply

      Hi Juan, thanks for the feedback.
      Suitcase is still in great condition after some more flights.
      Prices change all the time. Before Christmas price was around 175 USD on Gearbest, then it increased again. Banggood was 239 a few days ago and is now on sale during their campaign – they change a lot.
      I’d say price under 200 USD is good – under 175 it’s great.

  2. AhegaoSteak 14. August 2019 at 17:14 Reply

    Is TomTop a legit site? Even Banggood can be kinda sketchy at times sorts a mixed bag of reviews…. So far the only chinese reseller site like this that i’ve had a good experience with is GearBest, but they’re leveraging their services now by jacking up the prices because they get enough customers and popularity to do so.

    • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 17:17 Reply

      Yes, I ordered multiple times at TomTop and never had any issues.

  3. Cosmin Cucu 14. August 2019 at 17:15 Reply

    How do you deactivate further campaigns?

    • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 17:17 Reply

      When you put it in your cart, below the product description it says „Fashion 15$ off over 50$” you can click on it, then it’s a drop down where you can chose to deactivate.

  4. mnm555 14. August 2019 at 17:15 Reply

    Is the case waterproof and/or sealed along the seams/edges to prevent water from entering?

    • el Producente 14. August 2019 at 17:16 Reply

      Unfortunately I couldn’t get any detailed information. Based on my observation I don’t think it is waterproof (in terms of ditching into water). According to the sealing I would say it is weatherproof, so rain shouldn’t be a problem.
      I’ll try to test it and update my observations.

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