Best Apple Watch Cases iMore 2020

The best Apple Watch cases can protect your investment. I love wearing my Apple Watch sans case. It looks good and is easily identifiable as an Apple Watch, making me feel like I'm part of an exclusive club. However, I'm no dummy. I always keep a case or shell nearby if I want to go on a nature hike, or if I'm doing some house painting. I want to be able to continue wearing my Apple Watch without fear of damage. If you feel the same way, take a look at these protective cases for Apple Watch.

Apple Watch Series 4, Series 5, Series 6, & SE

Heavy-duty protection: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

Luke's Favorite

This case has an easy front cover snap-on design, which makes installation a breeze. It even comes with a strap built-in, so you don't have to worry about installing a new strap to use with it. It's made from hard polycarbonate on the outside — to withstand hard bumps and scratches — and soft TPU on the inside, so that it doesn't scratch up your Apple Watch. It comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes and lots of colors.

From $20 for 44mm at Amazon

Super comfortable: Catalyst Waterproof Case

Lory's Favorite

The Catalyst Waterproof Case is, by far, the most comfortable watch case I've ever worn. The bands are connected with hinges instead of a one-piece mold. Though it makes the overall look of your Apple Watch slightly larger, it's not cumbersome. I've worn the Catalyst on my wrist for weeks at a time without feeling like it was too big or uncomfortable. It comes in both 40mm and 44mm sizes.

This ultimate tank: Catalyst Impact

This heavy-duty all-in-once case and band combo are meant to stand up against major impact and have been drop-tested up to 9.9 feet. A cutout on the back ensures your Apple Watch retains the ability to monitor your heart activity. If you still want a screen protector, there is room for that too. The included band is a breathable sports band. It comes in both 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Crystal clear protection: i-Blason Halo

This thin TPU case fits snuggly around your Apple Watch Series 4,5,6 or SE and protects the sides of your watch from getting dinged or dented. It even has a raised lip around the screen, so should you ever put your Apple Watch face down on a surface, it will protect it! The cutouts at the top and bottom make it easy to swap bands to use this case with any of your favorite bands. You get four cases in different colors for one low price.

$10 for 44mm at Amazon

Simple screen protector: SUPCASE TPU cover

If you want something that protects your screen without being big and bulky, the SUPCASE TPU cover is a great option. This cover slips right over your Apple Watch. It covers the entire screen and the sides of the watch, all while leaving the digital crown and bands slots free and open to use as normal. This is a two-pack, so you get two clear cases.

$13 for 44mm at Amazon

Ultimate coverage: SPIDERCASE Apple Watch Case

Protect every nook and cranny of your Apple Watch with this ultra-rugged iPhone case and band. The case is heavy-duty hard plastic, and the band is flexible silicone, which even has holes in it to make it more breathable so your skin shouldn't get as sweaty from wearing it. Plus, it also has a built-in screen protector to keep your display looking shiny and new. It only comes in the 44mm size.

Two-pack: Julk Apple Watch Case

This TPU case protects both the screen and the surrounding metal. You get two in a package, so share with a friend or have a spare on hand. Choose from Black, Rose Pink, or Transparent.

Unibody design: Spigen Rugged Armor Pro

More than just a case, this offering from Spigen is a rugged case and band in one. While the screen itself is not covered, a raised lip around the edge gives the screen some protection. Choose from the Military Green shown here, Charcoal Gray, or Black.

$20 at Amazon

Smooth bumper: OtterBox Apple Watch Series 6/SE/5/4 EXO EDGE Case

This sleek but solid bumper protects your Apple Watch from damage while you're busy living life's adventures. It's available in several colors and both Apple Watch sizes.

$30 at Otterbox

Apple Watch Series 2 & Series 3

Heavy-duty protection: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

Luke's Favorite

This case has an easy front cover snap-on design, making installation a breeze; you don't have to try and slide the straps through flexible silicone. It's made from hard polycarbonate on the outside — to withstand hard bumps and scratches — and soft TPU on the inside, so that it doesn't scratch up your Apple Watch.

Comfortable pick: Catalyst Waterproof Case

Lory's Favorite

The Catalyst Waterproof Case is, by far, the most comfortable watch case I've ever worn. The bands are connected with hinges instead of a one-piece mold. Though it makes the overall look of your Apple Watch slightly larger, it's not cumbersome. I've worn the Catalyst on my wrist for weeks at a time without feeling like it was too big or uncomfortable. It comes in both 38mm and 42mm sizes.

Super snug fit: Spigen Rugged Armor

Name the phone or accessory and, chances are, Spigen makes a case for it — and a great one at that. It goes on easily and holds tight; you won't feel it wriggling around on your Apple Watch. The Digital Crown is left entirely open and is entirely unhindered, thanks to the Rugged Armor's great fit. A metal button covers your Apple Watch's Side Button but doesn't interfere with functionality, which means the scratchable surfaces are covered all the way around. It comes in both 38mm and 42mm sizes.

$14 for 42mm at Amazon

Armband case: Twelve South ActionSleeve

If you're a heavy lifter, a contact sports enthusiast, or don't have a wrist to wear an Apple Watch on, you'll be happy to see what Twelve South has to offer. If you've always wanted to use your Apple Watch while punching a bag, lifting weights, or playing rugby but don't want it getting in the way, check out the ActionSleeve. It'll keep track of your fitness while staying away from your wrist. It comes in both 38mm and 42mm sizes.

Sleek protection: i-Blason Unity

Most rugged cases look ... well ... rugged. The Unity from i-Blason is different. It protects the aluminum or stainless steel of your Apple Watch while keeping a slimmer profile. It's made of shock-absorbing rubber, and the side button is hidden to protect it from dust and debris. This only comes in 42mm.

Bumper style: OtterBox Apple Watch Series 3 EXO EDGE Case

This protective bumper from trusted maker OtterBox fits like a glove and protects your Apple Watch from bumps and dings. Choose from a handful of colors and both Apple Watch sizes.

$30 at OtterBox

Four-pack bargain: Tranesca Apple Watch Case

This four-pack of TPU screen protector cases from Tranesca is perfect for people who like to variety. In the four-pack, you will receive one of each: Clear, Black, Gold, and Rose Gold. You can get this package for any size Apple Watch.

$9 at Amazon

Dressy band + case: YC YANCH Apple Watch Band Case

For a totally different look, this woven mesh metal band plus screen protector case has a sleek and dress feel. While this one won't offer as much protection as some of the more heavy-duty styles, it will give you some without obscuring the beautiful lines of the Apple Watch. Choose from lots of different colors and every Apple Watch size and generation.

From $10 at Amazon

Our personal picks

Luke prefers the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro because it's the most complete case (it even comes with a band) that gives you the confidence that your Apple Watch won't get damaged.

Lory's favorite is the Catalyst Waterproof Case because it's so comfortable that you almost forget you're wearing a big case. Still, its all-over protection means you can swim, dirt bike, and even paint your house with it, and it will keep your Apple Watch in pristine condition.

Any case you get will give you peace of mind when you are doing rigorous and potentially dangerous activities. Just make sure you are getting the right size for the right model before hitting that buy button!

Still on the fence about buying a new Apple Watch? We've got everything you need to know about the Apple Watch Series 6. While you're shopping, don't forget to pick up one of the best Apple Watch bands, you're by no means limited to what Apple offers.

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