The iPhone 7 is an incredible piece of tech to have in your pocket on a day-to-day basis, so keeping it protected, scratch-free, and, most importantly, stylish! While there are thousands of different cases available, some are better than others. Here are our favorites cases for the iPhone 7.

Clear with a kickstand

Spigen Ultra Hybrid S

Spigen makes excellent phone cases. I've tested them extensively with a bunch of different phones and the same is true every time: they fit well, they feel great, and they work. The Ultra Hybrid has been in Spigen's repertoire for quite some time, but the addition of that 'S' means something new and special – a built-in kickstand. The kickstand has a magnetic latch that just pops open when you want to use it and closes securely when you don't. It's the perfect extra feature for hands-free YouTube-watching or gaming on your new iPhone.

$12 at Amazon

More battery power

Apple Smart Battery Case

The iPhone 7 may have an hour or two longer battery life than its predecessor, but for many people, that's just not enough. Apple's already released a battery case that'll nearly double the life of your iPhone 7 on a single charge, and you can charge the case and your phone simultaneously. If you're opting for the jet black iPhone 7 and don't want any scratches, then you'll be happy to hear that the Smart Battery Case has a soft microfiber lining that cradles and protects your phone from scratches and absorbs bumps. The outside is made of smooth silicone that's soft and silky – it might be a tad slippery if your hands are super dry.

$99 at Amazon

Textured for extra grip

Caseology Parallax

The Parallax is a dual-layer case that features a TPU shell that cradles your iPhone 7, absorbing blows and leaving your hardware scratch-free. The second layer is a polycarbonate frame that fits around the edges of your phone, taking the brunt of the devastating smacks to the corners that have felled many an iPhone. This case covers the buttons with hard TPU so that there's no change in responsiveness or feel, so turning the volume up and down or silencing a call in your pocket should be no problem. The back of the TPU shell has a diamond pattern covered in a matte coating that offers extra grip and the polycarbonate frame holds everything securely in place.

$14 at Amazon

Clear and thin

Ringke Fusion

Ringke's Fusion cases fit snugly, making your iPhone 7 feel totally solid in your hand – no shifting and wiggling in the case. The polycarbonate back is also a bit clearer than most clear cases, so the natural beauty of your new iPhone can shine through almost better than if there were no case at all. You'll be trying to tell that little kid in The Matrix that you have an awesome case and he's gonna be all "there is no case".

$8 at Amazon

Heavy-duty protection

UAG Plasma

Urban Armor Gear's cases are for folks who need rugged protection for their iPhone 7. UAG calls this case a "feather-light composite" since it comprises a hard outer shell and a softer, more flexible inner core. This protects your iPhone 7 from sharp objects and scratches while absorbing falls and bumps and dispersing the force across the whole phone instead of having it concentrated on the area of impact. The UAG Plasma is drop-tested to meet military standards, which makes it more impact-resistant than any run-of-the-mill phone case on the market, so you know your iPhone 7 is in safe, capable hands.

$40 at Amazon

Super shock absorbtion

Spigen Tough Armor

Tough Armor is military grade drop-tested and features Spigen's signature air cushions in the corners for just-about-as-good-as-it-gets shock absorption. This case is made of a harder TPU that's still somewhat flexible, but much more resistant to punctures or tears. There's a hard polycarbonate shell that slips onto the back and once it's on, it's secure and almost becomes one with the TPU. Removal is fairly easy, but you'll actually have to try to separate the two, which is reassuring.

$17 at Amazon

Protective wallet case

Vena vCommute

Every Vena case I've ever tried has fit perfectly, and the vCommute does just that while being the perfect trade-off between protective case and wallet case. The magnetic rear flap is a three-tiered cover to the card compartment, which can very comfortably hold three cards and a bit of cash. The lip out of the compartment is inclined, so removing even a single card is easy and quick. The case is a little thick but no thicker than the average wallet case, and if you hate those with the annoying front cover (how do you text while holding the cover back?!), then definitely check out the vCommute.

$21 at Amazon

Minimalist case

TORRAS Slim Fit

If you prefer a very slim and minimalist case that doesn't break the bank, the TORRAS Slim Fit is perfect for you. It's just a thin plastic case that is scratch resistant and fits your iPhone 7 super snug. It even sports a tiny raised edge around the back camera and flash, meaning you can lay it down on a flat surface and not worrying about scratching your lens.

$10 at Amazon

Affordable Leather

Jisoncase leather back

Leather cases can be expensive, but Jisoncase makes a genuine leather case that doesn't break the bank. This simple case covers the back of your iPhone in glorious leather and the inside of the case as a soft microfiber cloth material that will prevent the case from scratching your phone. with a snug fit and precise cutouts for all the buttons and port, you'll never have to worry about losing any of your phone functionality.

$17 at Amazon

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Spigen Tough Armor because it offers great protection and it's a little thinner than most heavy-duty cases, which means my pocket doesn't feel like it's going to rip off my pants when I'm carrying it around. Whether you like, clear cases, minimalist cases, heavy-duty cases, or anything else, grabbing a great case from this list above will ensure your iPhone 7 stays in good working order!

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