Best Apple Watch cases in 2024

The Apple Watch is both a highly functional wrist computer and a high-end piece of jewelry that you wear every day. It isn't cheap, so you'll want to protect it with the right case. While certain models are hardier (looking at you, Apple Watch Ultra!) than others, none of them are infallible. Even if you have Apple Care+, using a good case on your Apple Watch can keep you from having to spend your day at the Genius Bar getting a repair. When buying an Apple Watch case, always be sure to check the listing carefully to make sure it's compatible with your Apple Watch size and model, as they're not all interchangeable. Here are some of the best cases you can buy.

Apple Watch Series 9, Series 8, and Series 7

Apple Watch Ultra 2 and Ultra 1

Apple Watch Series 6, Series 5, Series 4, SE 2, and SE 1

Apple Watch Series 3 and Series 2

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It really depends on what you're looking for. If you want to add waterproof protection, the Catalyst is the way to go. If you want the screen fully protected, be sure and choose one of the options with the included screen protector as well as a thick bezel.

As mentioned above, it's important to choose an Apple Watch case that is not only for the correct model, but also for the correct generation and size, whether you have the Apple Watch Series 9 or an older model. Check the listing carefully before making your purchase.

While you're shopping for your Apple Watch, you might want to pick up one of the best Apple Watch bands as well. If your upcoming plans include travel, you might grab some of the best Apple Watch travel accessories before your trip. 

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.

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