The 8 Best iPhone XR Cases of 2020

Find the right combination of style and protection

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A phone case is one of the smartest investments you can make in protecting your $700 piece of plastic. That's why grabbing one of the best iPhone XR 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 it comes equipped with a screen protector. While plenty of these cases use beveled edges to protect your screen from cracking while dropped, they'll do very little to protect against abrasions from keys and such.

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Best Overall: Mujjo Full Leather Case

Mujjo Full Leather Case

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What We Like
  • Classy, high-quality leather

  • Different colors available

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • No real screen protection

Mujjo, a Dutch design label, delivers a remarkably elegant leather case that matches the understated beauty of the iPhone XR. The case is wrapped with full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather and lined with Japanese suede. And, just like other leather accessories, this case will take on a beautiful patina as it ages.

The design is simple, functional, and classically stylish. The leather has a 0.04-inch rise above the glass, creating a beveled frame that showcases your XR screen and helps protect the surface from scratches should you place your device face-down. The XR buttons are covered but still completely responsive, so you aren't sacrificing any functionality.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: X-Doria Defense Shield Series

What We Like
  • Adds bend protection

  • Robust build quality

What We Don't Like
  • Very bulky

  • No screen protector

The X-Doria Defense Shield guarantees military-grade protection (up to a 10-foot drop) without getting in the way of the XR’s sleek design. This case uses anodized aluminum for sturdy protection and a soft rubber shell inside for two different layers of protection. The aluminum edge provides impact-resistance if you drop your device, and the soft rubber inside acts as a shock absorber while also protecting the beautiful surface of your XR. This case also has a raised lip in front to protect the screen from scratches. Additionally, the case’s sound channel amplifies the bottom speaker and reroutes the sound to the front for an optimized experience.

Best Protection: OtterBox Defender Series

What We Like
  • Included belt clip doubles as a kickstand

  • Tank-like protection of body and ports

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky

  • No screen protection

OtterBox has been synonymous to the word protection, and the Defender Series lives up to the brand’s reputation. This case offers multi-layer protection, combining the durability and robustness of a polycarbonate inner hard shell, synthetic rubber outer slipcover, and polycarbonate holster. The multi-layer protective cover lends credence to its certified drop protection promise. The rubber outer slipcover also reduces the chance of your phone slipping out of your hand or off of a smooth surface.

The case comes with direct screen access, but a raised bezel protects the screen from drops and scratches. This detail-oriented design of this case even takes care of your iPhone’s ports — each has a cover that's designed to keep out dust, lint, and dirt. As with all OtterBox cases, this one comes with anti-microbial protection through the Otter Armor treatment. The case also includes a belt-clip holster that rotates and doubles as a hands-free stand.

Best Wallet: Shieldon Genuine Leather Wallet Folio

What We Like
  • Cutouts allow for easy access to ports

  • Built-in kickstand

  • Lifetime warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Magnetic clasp doesn't always close properly

The Shieldon Wallet Folio features a top layer of premium-quality cowhide leather that's crafted with precision to produce an elegant multi-functional folio that can hold your iPhone. The interior has an inner cushion to provide shockproof protection for your iPhone and a raised edge around the camera to defend against scratches. It has an inner thermoplastic polyurethane case, which is soft and durable, and provides the screen additional protection from scratches.

This folio comes with three card slots lined with RFID-blocking technology to shield your personal information from unauthorized scanning. The "wallet" features also include an additional pocket for cash or receipts and a kickstand feature that allows the front phone cover to be folded back to create a horizontal stand.

Best Clear: Casetify Clear Impact

What We Like
  • Minimalist design

  • Dual-layered shockproof protection

What We Don't Like
  • No screen protection

Casetify’s Clear Impact XR case is exceptional, combining a clear, “barely there” design that provides dual-layered shockproof protection. The clear case is also treated to resist yellowing over time, so it'll age well. The hard polycarbonate exterior has been molded with TPU and other shock-absorbing materials. This technology makes it possible to absorb the impact of a six-foot drop without adding a ton of bulk to your phone. The Clear Impact case has a high-gloss finish and a raised bezel protecting the screen and camera from scratches. It has a sleek design that makes the XR shine through with Casetify’s logo on the back.

Best Minimalist: Totallee Thin Case

What We Like
  • Adds little extra bulk

  • Very grippy

  • Doesnt pick up fingerprints

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Totallee rules this category with a super-thin, jet-black option that's a high-quality, no-nonsense protective case for the iPhone XR. It's one of the thinnest cases on the market, with no visible branding or logo. It just allows your iPhone XR to be the powerful smartphone it is designed to be without any distractions — the color and finish blend right into your device.

In terms of protective features, it has a raised ring to protect the camera, of course, keeps the surface of your phone safe from scratches and bumps. This case doesn't provide the same level of impact protection as a bulkier case, but that's the trade-off for such a great-looking minimalist design.

"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

Best Style: iATO Walnut Wood Grain Case

What We Like
  • So fancy

  • Doesn't interfere with ports or buttons

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Not very grippy

  • Prone to chips and scratches

iATO’s walnut wood grain case combines the distinctness of a walnut wood grain with the protective durability of polycarbonate plastic. This is a refreshing take on protective cases, where the market uses mostly plastic or metal. iATO uses a layer of actual wood overlaid on the polycarbonate, which nicely complements the sleekness of the XR design without distracting from the device's clean lines. iATO also promises an exact-fit snap-on case for optimal functionality of buttons, camera, and microphone.

This case is thin and lightweight but still offers premium protection from scratches, drops, and stains. The 0.03-inch raised bumper helps prevent scratches on your screen and the matte black finish offers a secure grip for your iPhone.

Runner-Up, Best Style: Lohasic Leather Case

What We Like
  • Looks nice

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Not genuine leather

  • A bit slippery

The Lohasic leather case strikes the perfect balance between luxury and functionality. The premium combination of sheepskin and a gold-plated rim highlights your XR as the beautiful piece of design that it is. Despite its delicate design, this case comes with bumper shockproof protection, a 0.01-inch lip that helps to protect the screen from scratches and provides some additional grip. As an extra perk, the case's slim profile adds almost no bulk to your phone and does not affect the phone's wireless charging capabilities.

Final Verdict

If you're looking for a case that's both stylish and protective, look no further than the Mujjo Full Leather Case. This leather case looks sharp and professional while protecting your phone from the usual bumps, bruises, and abrasions. And it's slim form factor means it won't add a ton of bulk to your pocket either.

How We Tested

We haven’t tested any iPhone XR cases yet, but when our expert reviewers and testers get their hands on them, they’ll be judging them based on several key factors: design, fit, and protection offered. We will use the cases on the same iPhone XR, and evaluate how well it fits into the case, if the case leaves ports and speakers accessible, and how the case stands up to drops and day to day use. We’ll also look at any extra features like military standard ratings, drop protection, and waterproofing. Finally, we’ll take a look at the price and how each case measures up against similar rivals in the same price range to make a value judgement. Lifewire purchases all review units; we don’t accept any from manufacturers. 

About our Trusted Experts

Geri Mileva started her career as an IP network engineer and architect before becoming a full-time tech writer and journalist with over ten years of experience under her belt. She has managed to amass a diverse portfolio, writing for multiple industries including finance, marketing, health, NGO, art, travel, lifestyle, fashion, and of course, technology.

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.

What to Look for in the Best iPhone XR Case

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.