Roof Box Recommendations
Looking for reassurance?... Can't decide?
If in doubt, please trust us with these Recommendations...
There's always a price / quality trade off when making recommendations. We only sell good quality roof boxes, so we're looking for the best overall value in each price range, with the boxes organised into their basic shapes - Narrow (to 67cm wide), Medium-width, Full-width (90cm or more).
There is such a difference in size and price between the shorter and longer full-width boxes that we've split these between Short Full-width, at the start of this list, and Long Full-width, at the end of this list.
A reminder that if you also want roof bars - you need these, and we have four superb brands to choose from - then be sure to choose the package deal version of the box you want; you'll save a lot of money and we'll supply everything you need.
We also have a 90 day exchange scheme. What this means is that if your box is not as suitable for your purposes as you thought it would be, we'll exchange it for a box of your choice - we'll pay the return carriage. The details of this unique scheme / guarantee are shown on our Terms & Conditions pages. The bottom line is that, subject to a bit of commercial common-sense, we'll go the extra mile to make sure that you're not left with a box you're not happy with. There should be no risks in buying a roof box from The Roof Box Company!
If you need to carry bikes as well, then using aluminium bars of average length (118cm or 120cm) will allow you to carry:
- Narrow boxes - 3 bikes
- Medium-width boxes - 2 bikes
- Full-width boxes - 1 bike
Our recommendations are as follows:
All of the boxes listed below are top sellers, really good boxes. As you read through the list, you'll see that we've highlighted one or two boxes in each category. The idea here is to help you narrow the choice quickly, if you're feeling somewhat overwhelmed by the choice on offer. These boxes carry our particularly strong recommendation; you can order them with confidence that you're making a good decision.
Hapro Roady 4000 (149 x 98 x 42cm):
A really pleasing looking side opening box; only £229.95 or £284.95 with roof bars. We wanted a really smart, modern design, good quality box that's definitely much better value (value = better quality and more features for a similar price) than competitor boxes, and Hapro agreed to make this one for us in left opening format and anthracite black.
Thule Motion XT Sport (190 x 63 x 39cm):
A gloss black mid-length box, £384.95. Dual side is definitely not important with narrow boxes - they really need to be mounted on one side of the car or the other; this one is right hand opening.
Hapro Traxer 5.6 (177 x 77 x 42cm):
A dual side opening mid-length box that does everything really well, better quality than the Thule Motion XT series, with similar features, and quite a bit cheaper. Very differently styled as well. £274.95 in silver, £274.95 in black, available with roof bars from £334.95 for the silver box, £329.95 for the black one.
KAMEI Delphin 340 (190 x 75 x 40cm):
£264.95 in a scratch-resistant silver, £289.95 in gloss black, available with roof bars from £304.95 in silver, £344.95 in black. These boxes have been around a while but stand the test of time for good looks, reliability, premium quality materials, value.
KAMEI Corvara S 390 (190 x 75 x 43cm):
Premium quality in every area. Very handsome boxes. Their particularly low-profile ClickFix fitting system means that they can only be fitted to T-track aluminium bars.
Longer boxes, still Medium-width, with bigger capacity:
KAMEI Delphin 470 (230 x 75 x 40cm):
Premium quality. A full-length gloss black left-side opening box which has stood the test of time for reliability, ease of use and enduring good looks. £374.95 or starting from £429.95 with roof bars.
KAMEI Corvara S 475
A longer version of the Corvara S 390 shown above; a very popular box over several years and, like the Delphin 470, a big family load hauler.
What in our view are the overall best roof boxes on the market today?
KAMEI's Corvara S boxes, available in two sizes and two colours, are the best quality boxes on the market, and also very good value, especially when bought with roof bars in a package deal. As well as enduring good styling - KAMEI started as a styling business, and still makes parts for VW's production lines - the dual side central locking system is engineering excellence in roof boxes, and the roof bars fitting system (ClickFix) is as low-profile as it's possible to get, giving maximum storage space.
The runner up prize goes to a box range which continues to impress with its quality, reliability, and ease of use, but also its individuality and all round smartness - the KAMEI Delphin, available as a mid-length box or a full-length box. These boxes are also really good value for money, especially in box and bars package deals.
Packline's NX series boxes also deserve a mention, with their very stiff twin sheet construction, unique opening system, and smooth styling. Anybody who is looking at top end boxes (apart from KAMEI and Packline, which are distinctively better) should be aware that the extra price won't be buying much in the way of extra quality or features - they are really just looking at differently-styled versions of cheaper ranges.