The best roof boxes for your car

Think storage ends with your boot? Think again with these cool roof boxes for sale

A man loading a roof box

by Ryan Gilmore |

Planning a family staycation in the coming months? It's amazing how quickly even the biggest of boots can be filled with suitcases, sandwiches and sports equipment. And that's before you remember to bring the bikes.

And while it may be tempting to place bags on passengers and remove the spare wheel for extra storage, there is an easier option that doesn't involve leaving a relative at home. A roof box is a simple but effective way of adding more storage to your car by unlocking as much as 580 litres of storage (which is nearly double the boot space offered by the current Ford Fiesta).

We've found the best roof boxes currently for sale for a whole host of budgets. We've even got a guide to the best roof racks so you'll be fully prepared for that long journey.

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HandiHoldall Large Vehicle Roof Bag

Best value roof box
HandiHoldall Large Vehicle Roof Bag
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Everyone usually assumes that a roof box has to be a solid plastic product, but fabric options are just as voluminous and cost a lot less. This excellent roof bag can hold 330 litres and the fabric is fully water-resistant. It also only weighs 3.6kg and can be rolled up when not in use (you'll need to remove the fibreglass poles).

Pros:

Great value for money

Easy to store when not in use

Cons:

Watch your fuel economy figure tumble

Expect a lot of wind noise

Halfords 250L Grey Roof Box

Best value solid roof box
Halfords 250L Grey Roof Box

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While this roof box from Halfords may not offer the most storage, it is the best value solid plastic roof box on the market. Offering an impressive 250 litres of storage and a rear opening mechanism, the aerodynamically designed roof box will reduce wind noise and keep your fuel bills down. The only real issue is that the plastic lid is rather flimsy and it's much easier to open with two people.

Pros:

Good value for money

Aerodynamic

Cons:

The lid feels flimsy

Thule Roof Boxes Motion XT Sport

An aerodynamic option
Thule Roof Boxes Motion XT Sport
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The Vauxhall Calibra of the roof box world, this 300-litre roof box from Thule is designed with aerodynamics as a top priority. While other roof boxes will offer more space, the XT Sport will help fuel efficiency and prevent wind noise. Thule is also renowned for quality and ergonomic designs so the hefty investment should be worth it.

Pros:

Keep your fuel bills down

Surprisingly spacious

Cons:

Expensive

Thule Force XT S

Best small roof box
Thule Force XT S
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Smaller cars need roof boxes too and this compact Thule is the best way to maximise a small space. It may only be 139 x 89.5cm but it manages to offer 300 litres of storage and an aerodynamic design to keep wind noise and fuel bills down. Again coming with Thule's legendary build quality it can hold up to 75kg and is openable from both sides.

Pros:

Size to volume ratio

Dual side opening

Sleek and aerodynamic

Cons:

A bit pricey

Halfords Advanced 580L Black Roof Box

Halfords Advanced 580L Black Roof Box

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The big selling point with this roof box is the sheer amount it can carry, 580 litres. It's obviously designed for cars with larger roofs but is easy to use thanks to the dual side opening. It's also aerodynamically designed to keep wind noise down.

Pros:

Good price

Good volume

Cons:

You'll need a large car

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