Best Apple Watch cases iMore 2021

The best Apple Watch cases can protect your investment. I love wearing my Apple Watch Series 6 sans case. It looks good and is easily identifiable as an Apple Watch, making me feel like I'm part of an exclusive club. This is true regardless of which generation Apple Watch you own, or whether you have the 40mm or 44mm Apple Watch (or 38mm, or 42mm.) 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

Catalyst Waterproof Case

Super comfortable: Catalyst 330ft Waterproof Case Designed for Apple Watch Series 6/SE/5/4 44mm

Staff pick

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 is.

JSPIDERCASE Apple Watch Case

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.

$19 for 44mm at Amazon
Julk Apple Watch Case

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.

From $8 for 44mm at Amazon
Catalyst Waterproof case

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.

Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Apple Watch Case

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.

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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.

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Tempered glass: Misxi Hard PC Case with Tempered Glass Screen Protector for Apple Watch

Consider this tempered glass option if you like the feel of nothing but glass over your Apple Watch face. It's not unbreakable, of course, but it does give you an extra layer of protection. There are two color options: Black and Transparent.

$10 for 44mm at Amazon
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Soft TPU: LATSKGN Apple Watch 5-Pack Soft TPU Protective Case

Get five soft TPU Apple Watch covers: Gold, Pink, Silver, Black, and Clear so you can change up the look of your Apple Watch while you protect it. The screen and the case are all covered. Choose any size Apple Watch within this listing.

$9 at Amazon

Apple Watch Series 2 & Series 3

Catalyst Waterproof case

Comfortable pick: Catalyst 330ft Waterproof Case for Apple Watch

Staff Pick

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.

Spigen Rugged Armor

Super snug fit: Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Designed for Apple Watch

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.

Twelve South ActionSleeve

Armband case: The 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.

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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.

Tranesca Apple Watch case

Four-pack bargain: Tranesca Apple Watch Case

This four-pack of TPU screen protector cases from Tranesca is perfect for people who like 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
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Simple bumper: V85 Compatible Apple Watch Case

This basic but protective bumper has a raised bezel to offer some screen protection without actually covering up the screen at all. It comes in every Apple Watch size and generation.

$6 at Amazon

Our personal picks

Despite its heavy-duty protection, the Catalyst Waterproof Case is 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.

A far cheaper option is the LATSKGN Apple Watch 5-Pack Soft TPU Protective Case. You can choose any size and any generation Apple Watch from this listing, so be sure to select the correct one. You get five in a package, and they're all different colors, so you can share with the whole family or keep them to yourself to change the look of your Apple Watch.

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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