Best Cases for Apple Watch Series 4 & 5 iMore 2021

After spending all that money on a beautiful new Apple Watch Series 4 or 5, consider protecting that investment with a case on your Apple Watch, especially if you work or play someplace where damage can easily occur. A case can save your Apple Watch from scratches, scrapes, and shattering, so it's well worth it to take a peek. Here are some of the best you can buy.

Secure: SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Rugged Protective Apple Watch case

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Some people need a simple case for their Apple Watch Series 4 or 5, and other people need a whole arsenal! If you're someone who wants the latter, then we suggest taking a gander at the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Rugged Protective Apple Watch case. This super durable case for the 40mm Apple Watch is rugged and scratch-, dust-, and life-resistant. It comes with a raised bezel to protect your screen and comes with its own strap in a handful of different colors.

Colorful Sheer: i-Blason Halo TPU Apple Watch case

If you're looking for a minimalistic, flexible case that'll give you 360 degrees of protection and a variety of colors to play with, then take a peek at this i-Blason Halo case. This particular Apple Watch accessory is made from a shock-resistant material that keeps your Apple Watch safe while still allowing you access to all buttons and controls. This is a four-pack for the 44mm Apple Watch that includes four different transparent colors: clear, gray, pink, and blue.

More than a case: jwacct Compatible for Apple Watch Band with Screen Protector

Much more than a case, this is a Milanese-style Apple Watch band with a built-in case. You can choose any color you like; the color of your Apple Watch won't show, so there's no need to match it. This one is available in lots of colors and every Apple Watch size.

From $9 at Amazon

Bumper: Caseology Nero Desiged for Apple Watch Case

This bumper-style black TPU case is designed to be shock-proof. It offers protection and a simple, rugged style. It's also made with a raised bezel, so you don't have to stress about deeply scratching your Apple Watch Series 4 or 5 screen. It comes in two colors but just the 44mm size.

Colorful options: Hontao Ultra Thin Soft TPU Shockproof Bumper

Keep it simple; keep it safe, and keep it slick with this SLEO case. This particular Apple Watch case is made of a high-quality TPU. The raised bezel protects your screen from scratches, while the lightweight and ultra-thin design still allow access to all buttons and ports. It comes in well over a dozen different color options, and in every watch size.

$8 at Amazon

Practically Invisible: Smiling Case for Apple Watch

Love the idea of a case for your Apple Watch, but not the look of one? Then we recommend checking out this case from Smiling. This case is incredibly thin and clear, making it virtually invisible on your wrist. The TPU material allows for extra wear-and-tear throughout the day, while the clear TPU bumper doesn't limit the use of any buttons or functions. This Apple Watch case is super affordable and comes in 40mm and 44mm sizes.

Budget Pick: Smilelane Apple Watch case

Keep it thin, keep it sleek, and keep it protected with some help from the Smilelane ultra-thin transparent Apple Watch case two-pack. This particular case covers all sides of your Apple Watch and is made from a sturdy yet flexible TPU material. It also allows access to all buttons and functions of your Series 4 or 5 and is super easy to clean if it gets dirty. The best part? It'll look like it's barely there. Plus, you get two for the price of one.

Colorful Bumper: Spigen Rugged Armor Apple Watch Case

Spigen's TPU bumper-style case that offers real protection comes in several colors to coordinate with Apple's Sport Bands. As with most Spigen products, the price is right, and you get a lot for your money. Choose from Black, White, Olive Green, or Rose Gold (light pink).

$14 at Amazon

Keep your Apple Watch safe and secure with a case

You might not want to use a case as part of your everyday look, but it's a nice item to have when you're in a situation when your Apple Watch might get scratched or damaged. Unfortunately, once your Apple Watch screen is damaged, there is no easy, fast, or inexpensive fix. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are so many different ways that you can protect your Apple Watch Series 4 that it can be hard to pick just one.

We love the look, price tag, and design of the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Rugged Protective Apple Watch case. It's a perfect accessory if you want a case that's heavy-duty and ready to protect. Just snap it on, you don't even have to remove the watch or the band to pop it into place. You can choose one of the five available colors or choose several to expand your watch wardrobe.

Maybe you prefer a case that's a bit more slim and simple. The Smiling Case for Apple Watch is a barely-there budget pick that'll keep your Apple Watch Series 4 or 5 safe without any additional bulk or clunkiness. Most people won't even be able to see it, but you'll feel better knowing it's there protecting your watch face.

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