Updated on December 5th, 2022

When traveling on businesses or vacations, it’s always easier to carry your belongings packed into an easy to move carry-on luggage or rolling luggage. If you are a frequent traveler and style, strength and durability is the key, the German brand Rimowa should be on your list. Rimowa is best for: World Travelers looking for durable wheeled luggage. This is my Top 5 best Rimowa Cabin luggage. (updated for 2023)

5. Rimowa Sleeve Cabin (Fifth best Rimowa Cabin)

Best Rimowa Cabin: Rimowa Sleeve Cabin Black

Rimowa Sleeve Cabin

in Black

Model number 84253834

The number five on the list is the Rimowa Sleeve Cabin in Black. This awesome carry-on features a hard polycarbonate shell with a soft pocket on the front. It can hold a ton of stuff for your long trips. This is really convenient for putting your documents or other items, you get the picture.

Pros

This light weight designed cabin case is made of 100% polycarbonate. It has a soft pocket on the front to keep your essential items. There are 2 handles, one at the side and one at the top flexible rubber handle at the top for convenient carrying. The 4 wheels (each-wheel is double wheeled) definitely help maneuvering around much easier.

There is a telescoping handle that pops out of the bag smoothly and locks in different positions to make sure you have a comfortable fit. It has one TSA approved lock that is incredibly easy to use and provides safety and security to your contents. The multiwheel design allows extremely smooth rolling, no matter which way the bag is going. There are two wheels on each corner.

It offers tons of extra organization for keeping your files safe. There is one removable compression panel on one side with two zipper pockets and the opposite side has a net cover. There is also a small zipper pocket on the side to keep your small items.

Cons

The zipper closer is a real con. Especially if you are used to the locks on the Topas. You have to go around the whole suitcase if you want to open or close the case. Locking it is also not as easy as with a Topas, both zippers need to be pushed in the TSA-lock.

TSA-Lock on the Rimowa Sleeve Cabin

TSA-Lock on the Rimowa Sleeve Cabin

Key features

Dimensions 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 in
Weight 7.9 lb
Volume 32.0 l
Multiwheel®
TSA combination lock
1 Flex-Divider system + 1 net cover
Luggage label

4. Rimowa Classic Cabin (Fourth best Rimowa Cabin)

Model number 97353004

Best Rimowa Cabin: Rimowa Classic Flight Cabin 97152004

Rimowa Classic Cabin

in Silver

The next one in my list of favorites is the Rimowa Classic carry on. The beautiful design and the elegant silver color of this carry on is surely an attention grabber. If you are looking for a Rimowa Aluminum Cabin Trolley but don’t want to spend too much on it, the Classic is perfect.

Pros

This strong durable bag features an aluminum magnesium alloy shell offering the maximum protection for your contents. Maneuver on your travels with ease, with the telescoping handle. And the multiwheel system features eight ball bearing wheels that rotate 360 degrees and glide along effortlessly as you walk. Keep your contents safe and secure with the TSA approved lever action locks.


There is Flex divider packing system on one side to keeping you well organized and well packed, and there are tie-down straps on the opposite side for your other items. Rimowa Classic fight is built for life’s journeys – recording scratches dents and memories along the way.

Rimowa Classic Cabin Interior 97353004

Interior on the

Rimowa Classic Cabin

Cons

There is only one flex divider, I like them on both the sides to keep my stuff well-organized. The locks are just not as good as the one on the Original. They look very nice. But I got a few issues with the functionality of the locks on the Classic. First of all some people are confused on how to open the locks. So let me tell you how to open them. You have to slide the knobs outward. Turning or pushing the knobs won’t open the locks. Opening the locks makes a lot of noise, especially when the suitcase is under pressure.

Rimowa Classic Lock

Rimowa Classic Cabin Lock

Key features

Dimensions 21.7 x 15.7 x 9.1 in
Weight 10.1 lb
Volume 35.0 l
Luggage label
1 Flex-Divider system + 1 packing straps
2 TSA combination locks
Multiwheel®

3. Rimowa Hybrid Cabin

Model number 88353664

Best Rimowa Cabin: Rimowa Hybrid Cabin

Rimowa Hybrid Cabin

in White

Another beautiful carry-on from Rimowa is the Rimowa Hybrid. Hybrid represents the perfect combination of lightweight construction, stability, and functionality.
Hybrid combines two high-tech materials – polycarbonate shell that is lightweight and durable, and a strong frame made up of aluminum magnesium alloy. I must say the overall look of the baggage is just beautiful. This suitcase comes in different colors.

Pros

A truly impressive combination of a light-weight shell and a strong profile frame, Hybrid is made in Europe using the best polycarbonate out there. The material is sleek, it’s modern, its attractive. Overall, it’s a lightweight, durable and beautiful luggage.

There is aluminum on the corners to protect the corners of the bag. As well as aluminum frames run throughout the bag providing stability, durability and strength to the bag. Along the side, there are three beautiful hinges to connect the bottom and the top. There are 3 handles on the bag, one handle at the side of the bag, one rubber handle at the top and one retractable handle. The side handle is the rubber handle with spring action makes it very easy to lift and carry. The third handle is the tropic handle that releases easily.

The retractable add-a-bad strap allows you to free up by hand for that cup of coffee, or phone call by attaching a beauty case, a handbag, or business case to the front. The bag is easy to maneuver and rotates in any direction, thanks to the free spinning wheels. There are 3 digit combination TSA locks for safety.

There are two dividers inside, each divider is removable and contain pockets. Keeping you well-organized and well packed the Flex divider packing system creates compression for more capacity by preventing your contents from wrinkling and shifting.

Cons

The Hybrid is just not as characteristic as the Original. It has best of both world but doesn’t excel in one of them. The advantage of the polycarbonate is that it’s strong and doesn’t dent. The limbo has aluminum corners which do dent. An advantage of aluminum is that it just looks cool, well most part of the surface is not aluminum but polycarbonate. So best of both worlds in terms of functionality but worst of both worlds in terms of cosmetics.

Key features

Dimensions 21.7 x 15.7 x 7.9 in
Weight 9.3 lb
Volume 32.0 l
Luggage label
2 Flex-Divider systems
Add-a-bag holder
Multiwheel®
2 TSA combination locks

2. Rimowa Original Cabin Plus

Model number 92556014

Best Rimowa Cabin: Rimowa Original Cabin Plus

Rimowa Original Cabin

in Black

The Rimowa Cabin Plus from the Original collection is the choice for first class or business class travelers. It’s the largest non-IATA standard carry-on. They definitely won’t allow you to take this one on board if you travel with Ryanair or EasyJet. And it definitely won’t fit the “Max 1 Bag” Gauge.

TSA-personnel won’t give you a hard time when you take this on board of an intercontinental flight. This is the perfect suitcase for those who fly intercontinental, First Class or Business Class.

The matte black finish of Rimowa Cabin makes it a must have for everyone who are looking for state of the art technology with utmost convenience and quality.

Pros

This carry-on is made out of durable aluminum and magnesium alloy shell that protects it against high humidity and strong fluctuations in temperature. It has ball bearing multiwheel that roll buttery smooth and offers optimum maneuverability. Get carrying handles on both the sides, one on the top of the suitcase and another one on the side to easily pick it up and go. It’s really a great and durable design and I like it in how the handle automatically goes back down so it’s not going to get in the way.

The telescoping handle is incredibly smooth to make your journey a lot more pleasurable. It also has a retractable add-a-bag mechanism too. There are 2 TSA approved combination locks, perfect for keeping your stuff secure and can be opened without damage during security checks. There are rubber little bumpers on the bottom so you can set it down without any damage to the case itself.

A ton of storage space inside to keep all your travel essentials. The compression panels on both sides keep your stuff in place and safe. It also has one detachable zipper bag where you can keep your clothes organized and wrinkle free. You won’t find a larger carry-on size than this one.

Cons

The outer material is not so scratch resistant and can get scratched if not taken care of. The aluminum alloy will eventually get dented or scratched. When this happens to the Original (the silver one) this really makes the case more beautiful and gives it character. When the Original gets scratched or dented it only hurts your soul and it doesn’t make the case any greater.

Rimowa Original Cabin hinges

Rimowa Cabin Hinges

Update 2022: The text ‘Made in Germany’ is not shown anymore on the hinges

Key Features

Dimensions 22 x 17.7 x 9.8 in
Weight 11.7 lb
Volume 45.0 l
Add-a-bag holder
2 Flex-Divider systems
Multiwheel®
2 shoe bags + 1 laundry bag
Luggage label
2 TSA combination locks

1. Number One Best Rimowa Cabin is: Rimowa Original Cabin

Model number 92553004

Best Rimowa Cabin: Rimowa Cabin Multiwheel

Rimowa Original Cabin

in Silver

Rimowa Topas Cabin Multiwheel

Rimowa Original Cabin

The first one in the list is the Rimowa Original Cabin. The Original collection was introduced in 1950, featuring high-quality lightweight and of course the unmistakable groove design. This one hits the number one spot for the following reasons. The Original is the real original classic. You will recognize this one from a distance by the aluminum alloy and the grooved surface. Aside from that, this is the largest official IATA-size you can take on board of continental and intercontinental flights.

Pros of the best Rimowa Cabin

Originally developed for tropical travels, this strong durable case features an aluminum magnesium alloy shell offering the maximum protection to your contents. It is a tongue and groove frame suitcase with a rubber gasket running along the edge of the frame. The TSA combination lock pulls the suitcase closed, keep it tight and weather proof no matter where your travels take you.

The bag offers storage on both sides so let’s say on one side you can put your shirts, pants and ironed clothes, while on the other side you can easily keep small items for your trips like shoes, toiletries etc. Both sides securely keep everything in place using the flex-divider that Velcros shut and even has a zippered pocket. You can maneuver the case with ease with the 360 degrees rotating wheels and the telescoping handle. It also has a retractable add-a-bag holder that allows you to attach your laptop bag, handbag or any other small bag.

Cons of the best Rimowa Cabin

This is my favorite suitcase. Not too many cons on this one. Once someone told me they preferred the two wheeled Rimowa carry-on over the multi-wheel carry-on. The reason was that the four wheel rolled too smooth and that it often would roll away while she left the luggage unattended. I experienced that once. So the con would be that this one rolls just too smooth. Not a real con but worth mentioning.

Key Features of the best Rimowa Cabin

Dimensions 21.7 x 15.7 x 9.1 in
Weight 10.6 lb
Volume 34.0 l
Add-a-bag holder
2 Flex-Divider systems
Multiwheel®
Luggage label
2 TSA combination locks