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.
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 £239.95 or £289.95 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, £444.95. 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. £284.95 in grey, £289.95 in black, available with roof bars from £334.95 for the grey box, £339.95 for the black one.
KAMEI Delphin 340 (190 x 75 x 40cm):
£294.95 in a scratch-resistant carbon-grey, £329.95 in gloss black, available with roof bars from £339.95 in grey, £364.95 in black. These boxes have been around a while but stand the test of time for good looks, reliability, premium quality materials, value.
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, available in a scratch resistant carbon-grey £394.95, or gloss black, £419.95 or starting from £424.95 with roof bars.
INNO Shadow 16 (200 x 81 x 34cm)
Technically the most advanced series of roof boxes we sell, with the box base made using SPM plastic moulding technology (lighter, stiffer, stronger), £449.95 in black, £424.95 in silver or from £474.95 with roof bars in black or in silver.
What in our view are the overall best roof boxes on the market today?
KAMEI's Fosco and Oyster boxes, available in 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, in a scratch-resistant carbon-grey or a gloss black. These boxes are also really good value for money, especially in box and bars package deals.