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Best for iPhone 11: Smartish Gripzilla - Armor Case at Amazon
"An awesome, budget-friendly case that doesn’t compromise on quality."
Best for iPhone 11 Pro: OtterBox Phone 11 Defender Series Screenless Edition at Amazon
"One of the most dependable and reliable cases on the market for serious protection from drops or falls."
Best for iPhone 11 Pro Max: Totallee Thin Case at Amazon
"Put the spotlight on your phone — the star of the show — with one of the slimmest cases available."
Best Wallet Case: Snakehive Vintage Navy Leather Wallet at Amazon
"Crafted from supple cowhide leather and is available in both neutral and subdued colors."
Best for iPhone XR: Spigen Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear Case at Amazon
"The cleanest, clearest case you can buy that provides drop and scratch protection."
Best for iPhone X/XS: TOZO Ultra Thin Hard Cover Case at Amazon
"Fits the phone like a glove and made of a material that prevents it from slipping out of your hand"
Best for iPhone XS Max: Spigen Tough Armor at Amazon
"An ergonomic design meant to fit more comfortably in both your hands and your pocket."
Best for iPhone 7/8: Caseology Envoy Series at Amazon
"A raised bezel helps contribute to the case's defensive prowess, keeping your screen safe from knicks and scratches."
Best Waterproof for Older iPhones: JOTO CellPhone Dry Bag at Amazon
"Keeps out water, snow, dust, sand, and dirt and maintains full touch-screen capability."
The second you drop your phone without a case, you'll wish you had one. That's why investing in one of the best iPhone cases is so important. Despite how you feel about them and how they might detract from Apple's signature aesthetic and feel, at the end of the day they're a solid bit of insurance against everyday bumps, scratches, and spills.
Before you spring for anything on our list, just make sure its compatible with whichever version iPhone you're currently using, as Apple tends to switch up their form factor with each model.
If you're still torn between smartphones, check out our guide on how to pick the best iPhone for you.
Gripped edges make it ergonomic
Limited color options
The Gripzilla is an awesome, budget-friendly case that doesn’t compromise on quality. This stylish case from Gripzilla is sturdy with gripped edges, making it comfortable to hold and use, and built-in air cushions provide additional protection against accidental drops. It is compatible with wireless charging and offers comprehensive protection that you wouldn’t expect from such an inexpensive case. It’s one of the most ergonomic cases we've tested, and it would be easy for this case to become your favorite.
We’d love to see it offered in a wider range of colors, and note that screen protection isn’t included. However, it’s a great case that offers fantastic value for money and complements the iPhone 11 well.
Provides high-quality and reliable protection
Easy to hold, thanks to non-slip rubber grips
The thick, bulky case detracts from an otherwise slim iPhone 11
We love the iPhone 11 series for its minimalist and stylish design, but with great beauty comes great fragility. Protect your new phone with the Otterbox Defender case. Although there’s no denying that it does add some weight and bulk to an otherwise thin case, it is one of the most dependable and reliable cases on the market for serious protection from drops or falls. For outdoor adventurists, travelers, and parents, it brings peace of mind with your new investment.
The three-piece case, consisting of an outer and inner shell, along with an optional holster, is made from polycarbonate and rubber. Port covers also protect headphone jacks and charging points, keeping them free from dust. However, thanks to its multiple parts, the case takes a little longer to assemble or remove than simpler cases, a small price to pay for one of the best iPhone cases around.
One of the slimmest iPhone cases out there
Available in matte, translucent, or leather finishes
A raised edge protects the iPhone’s camera
The matte and translucent versions show smudges or fingerprints
The futuristic, minimalist design of the iPhone 11 Pro Max is one of the best Apple designs we’ve ever seen. If you want a case to accentuate, and not hide, the look of the phone, consider the Totallee Thin case. Put the spotlight on your phone — the star of the show — with one of the slimmest cases available, at only 0.02 inches.
The slim design of the case makes it perfect for slipping into a pocket or small handbag, and raised edges extend to protect the camera. The Totallee Thin is available in a matte color palette, as well as translucent or leather (although the leather is slightly thicker, at 1.06 inches). However, it would be great to see the matte design available in more colors.
While it’s an overall great choice that allows you to display your phone while also providing reliable protection, we noticed that the matte and translucent versions tend to show smudges easily, an inconvenience even if they can be wiped away.
Beautiful leather wallet ages well over time, in a range of appealing colors
Available for iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
The wallet can be stiff until broken in
High quality, but also affordable, leather wallet cases are hard to find. That’s why we're fans of the Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet — it’s budget-friendly, without feeling or looking cheap. The case is crafted from supple cowhide leather and is available in both neutral and subdued colors.
The case itself converts into a viewing stand, useful for commuting or video calls. It has three card slots plus a compartment for cash. A magnetic clasp keeps the wallet closed, a handy feature not always seen on phone wallets, and wireless charging works even when the case is closed. The leather can be very stiff, and, although it ages well over time, makes it challenging for the case to stay open on its own until broken in.
Overall, however, it’s one of the best value leather wallet cases available today.
Clear design allows your phone to shine through
Affordable and stylish
Protects against drops and scrapes
Quickly starts to show fingerprints and smudges
Chances are, you were drawn to the iPhone XR for its stunning and sleek design. As such, you probably don’t want to cover it up with a bulky, solid-color case. But because most of the construction of the device is glass, extra protection is all but essential. That’s where the clear Spigen Ultra Hybrid case comes in. It’s the cleanest, clearest case you can buy that provides drop and scratch protection. The bumper-style edges are made of TPU for increased protection against drops, and the back is perfectly transparent to let your device's beauty shine through.
At just 0.15 inches thick, this case won't bulk up the slim, sleek design of the phone. Better still, a bezel around the camera opening adds a bit of extra protection. The Spigen Ultra Hybrid Crystal Clear Case is compatible with wireless charging. Not only is it budget-friendly, but this slim-profile accessory is one of the best iPhone cases you'll find.
"Personally, I like to get a thin, leather or silicone case that still lets the iPhone feel slim in the hand (and pocket), but protects it from basic drops, falls, or bumps." — Rob LeFebvre, Visual Assets Editor
Streamlined design provides protection without added weight or bulk
One of the thinnest iPhone X cases on the market
No side grips cause slips
The iPhone X is one of the most beautiful phones to come out in recent years, thanks to its large, stylish screen, so you don’t want a big bulky case taking away from its aesthetic. But, by the same token, you also don’t want your new investment to be destroyed on the first drop. TOZO’s Ultra Thin Hard Cover Case solves both problems. At 0.35mm thick, it fits the phone like a glove, but it’s also made of a hard, matte, semi-transparent black plastic that prevents it from slipping out of your hand and protects it from scratches and minor drops.
The area just around the camera (which, itself, protrudes a bit from the phone) is raised with a lip so that the camera has added protection in case of drops. Moreover, because the case is so slim and form-fitting, it aligns precisely for the volume rockers, the lightning input, and even tiny individual holes for each of the bottom microphone ports. It’s a simple but effective case that allows the beauty of your phone to remain on display, without impediment from a case.
Two layers of protection against drops or falls
Too bulky for some
The Tough Armor line from Spigen is a premium iPhone case option with two layers of drop protection: an outer rigid layer and a softer, rubbery layer inside, which work together for all-round security. The materials are military-grade, allowing for what Spigen is calling "AirCushion technology." This amounts to a standout level of protection for your phone.
While it will add a bit of bulk to the phone, Spigen has taken some measures to minimize that — there’s only 0.15 inches of added thickness to the device (sitting just above the XS Max’s camera ledge). The edges of your phone are a bit wider as a result of this case, but Spigen has taken steps to achieve an ergonomic design, meant to fit more comfortably in both your hands and your pocket. Plus, the bulkier case gives it room for additional features, like the built-in kickstand.
Comes in a range of colors and looks
Stylishly protects your smartphone
Backside company logo is off-putting
One of the iPhone’s strongest selling points is its elegant design. So why hide the sleek phone behind a bulky or bland case? Caseology’s Envoy series offers a variety of sophisticated designs that accentuate the iPhone 7/iPhone 8’s slim profile while protecting the phone with a well-engineered case.
A raised bezel helps contribute to the case's defensive prowess, keeping your screen safe from knicks and scratches while providing easy access to ports and buttons. A combination of shock-absorbent TPU and durable polycarbonate provides a dual-layer defense that has been drop tested to ensure the utmost cosmetic security.
You can choose from several designs, one of which is sure to fit your style. The carbon fiber textured black case is clean-cut and understated, while leather beige and cherry oak add visual flair without gaud.
Perfect for the beach, underwater use, or taking poolside
Too big and bulky for everyday use, only really needed in or around water
Looking to swim this summer but you want to snap some pictures or avoid keeping an eye on it from afar? Take your iPhone with you in the pool or sea with the JOTO CellPhone Dry Bag case, the best iPhone case for older iPhones that's completely waterproof.
The JOTO CellPhone Dry Bag case is IPX8 Certified waterproof, with an ability to handle a depth of 100 feet. The case features a simple snap and lock access which keeps out water, snow, dust, sand, and dirt and maintains full touch-screen capability.
Though the case is somewhat bulky, giving off the feeling of a bag, it only measures 0.2 inches thick. A clear window on both the front and back sides is unobtrusive, so you won’t have trouble taking pictures, watching videos, or checking your e-mails while you’re in the water.
The case fits any smartphone measuring 6 inches diagonally and comes with a neck strap for convenient carrying. Best of all, for color coordinators, it comes in black, white, green, blue, magenta and camo.
Unless you need more color options, the best bet for keeping your iPhone safe and secure is the Smartish Gripzilla Armor Case. It's ergonomic edges ensure that you won't drop it, and its price won't break the bank.
Katie Dundas is a writer and journalist with a passion for technology, particularly in relation to cameras, drones, fitness, and travel. She splits her time between the US and Australia.
Robert LeFebvre helps manage Lifewire's newsroom and has been a fervent Apple user since the 90s (before it was cool). He's tried tons of different computers and mobile devices but keeps running back to the house that Jobs built.
Size - Apple devices change their form factor slightly with every generation, so you'll likely need a new case whenever you get a new phone. However, some cases do have a little flexibility in terms of what phones they are compatible with.
Fit - Some cases will add some considerable heft and size to your phone, changing a normally slim phone into an ungainly piece of technology in a hurry.
Protection - Some cases are just for show, others will make your phone nigh indestructible. But protection often comes at the cost of making your phone larger. Another important consideration is a screen protector which isn't standard with all phone cases.