The 7 Best Otterbox Cases of 2020

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The Rundown
"The workhorse of the OtterBox lineup…a nice balance of protection and good looks."
"A thinner option that will easily fit inside your pocket and not take up too much space."
Best iPhone Protection:
OtterBox Defender Series at Amazon
"A three-layer protective case that will keep your smartphone safe from falls and shocks."
"Allows you to quickly swap a variety of modules to add functionality to the smartphone."
"Comes with a leather finish to add a stylish look to your iPhone X."
"The case comes with a protective cover over buttons and ports."
"Comes with a design inspired by the Star Wars franchise, giving you additional flair."

Best Overall: OtterBox Commuter Series

The OtterBox Commuter Series is the workhorse of the OtterBox lineup of cases. It offers a nice balance of protection and good-looks and generally works with a variety of phones. But be aware that it doesn’t come with a screen protector.

OtterBox’s Commuter Series is a two-piece case that includes areas to absorb shock and protect your phone from sharp objects. There are also port covers built into the case, so your iPhone’s Lightning port or your Android device’s USB-C port will remain safe.

That said, OtterBox’s Commuter Series is designed to give you easy access to all the buttons on your phone. And since it has a soft material inside, it won’t scratch your device whenever you insert the phone into the case.

The Commuter Series is a bit bulkier than some other OtterBox cases, but should still easily slip in and out of your pocket. 

Best Budget: OtterBox Symmetry Series Case

When your case choice is all about design, simplicity and saving some cash on your next purchase, look no further than the OtterBox Symmetry Series Case.

The case, which is compatible with iPhones, is a thinner option that will easily fit inside your pocket and not take up too much space. It features a dual-material construction that can both absorb shock and keep your smartphone safe when it falls. And since it has raised edges around the screen, if it falls flat, it should keep your display safe.

The OtterBox Symmetry is among the cheapest options of any OtterBox case, but keep in mind that prices will vary depending on the phone you have. And if you want a case that will block the Lightning port to prevent entry of foreign objects, this isn’t the case for you.

Still, it offers an outstanding value and design for the price.


Best iPhone Protection: OtterBox Defender Series

If you’re someone who often gives smartphones a beating, the OtterBox Defender series, which is available for a variety of iOS and Android handsets, is the best option on the market.

The Defender is a three-layer protective case that will keep your smartphone safe from falls and shocks, but also comes with a built-in screen protector to reduce chances of your handset’s screen getting scratched or cracked. All of the ports on your phone will be covered by the Defender and it comes with a lifetime warranty in case something goes awry with it.

Despite the added protection the Defender Series affords, OtterBox’s case includes a belt-clip holster that lets you easily carry it around with you wherever you go. That’s another way of saying the Defender is probably too bulky to fit in your pocket.

Best Modular Case: OtterBox uniVERSE Series

In a bid to be more than just a case company, OtterBox sells the rather interesting and inventive OtterBox uniVERSE Series case.

The case is a modular option that allows you to quickly swap a variety of modules to add functionality to the smartphone. For instance, if you want to add a module to your iPhone that enhances its camera, it’s just a quick purchase away. The same goes for an external speaker and even a cash register module you can attach to the case to add functionality to your phone.

To be clear, all of the modules you can buy are sold separately, which will increase your total cost of owning the uniVERSE. But if you want a truly unique option, this is the best OtterBox has on offer.

Best Folio: OtterBox Strada Series

The OtterBox Strada Series is a folio case that wraps around the screen and gives you total protection across your phone. And it also features some nice looks to back up that functionality.

The Strada comes with a leather finish to add a stylish look to your iPhone X. The leather wraps around the screen to protect your screen and includes protection for all the buttons on the device. Better yet, it comes with a vertical cardholder slot that will allow you to store your credit cards, business cards, and other cards right on the case.

In addition to the screen protection, the Strada comes with a dual-material design that’s designed to protect it from drops, bumps, scratches, and scrapes. And since it’s a one-piece case, it should slip on and off your iPhone without too much trouble.

Best for Older Phones: OtterBox Commuter for iPhone SE

If you have an older iPhone and still want some protection, the folks over at OtterBox have you covered.

Due in large part to Apple still selling the low-cost iPhone SE, the OtterBox Commuter is compatible with a variety of older Apple handsets, including the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

The Otterbox Commuter for iPhone SE is thin with a window on the back that reveals the Apple logo. There’s another window on the back to make room for the rear-facing camera on the iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone SE. Aside from that, the case comes with a protective cover over buttons and ports and its two pieces combine to protect it from drops, shock and bumps.

The Commuter Series isn’t bulky, so you’ll be able to slip it into your pocket without trouble.

Best Branded Case: OtterBox Symmetry Star Wars Case

Although OtterBox’s designs aren’t as attractive as the phone you own, the company tries to do something about it. And that’s where the OtterByx Symmetry Star Wars Case comes in.

The case is a slim case can easily fit in your pocket and will keep your smartphone safe from falls by absorbing the shock, though it won’t protect your screen or ports.

Most importantly, the case comes with a design inspired by the Star Wars franchise, giving you additional flair compared to the standard case design you’d find from other options. And if you’re not a Star Wars fan, you can always choose movie or theme to adorn your iPhone.

What to Look for in an Otterbox Case

Compatibility - First and foremost, make sure that the case you’re buying fits your phone. It may sound silly, but with so many phone models on the market, it’s an easy mistake to make. Luckily, most cases come in several versions, so it should be easy to find one to fit your exact model.

Durability - Whether you want to protect your expensive tech from the bumps and scratches of daily life or defend it against more extreme conditions like water or snow, Otterbox makes some of the most durable cases on the market. Look for protective features like dual layers for shock absorption and a screen protector.

Design - As with most tech accessories, if you don’t like the way it looks, you probably won’t use it. Find a design that appeals to you, considering both the colors and materials. Also look at additional features, like pockets, straps, and external battery packs. What they add in bulk, they often make up for with convenience.