Best Cases for the iPhone XS Max iMore 2020

You've picked out the iPhone XS Max, which is still a great phone (despite being previous gen) with a big beautiful screen that you will no doubt want to protect. However, before you unbox that beauty, you'll want to make sure you have a case in hand. Here, we've rounded up the best of the cases available for this big beauty of a phone. Keep checking back, as we'll be adding to the list as more cases come out.

The bare minimum: Totallee Thin Case

Staff favorite

This is the minimalist protection option for people that don't want to add any noticeable bulk to their phones. These cases are just 0.02 inches thick, so they won't protect your phone from a serious fall. If you're looking for scratch protection more than drop protection, Totallee is a great option.

$35 at Amazon

Fun and protective: Case-Mate Tough

Case-Mate offers lots of protective case styles in fun colors and patterns. This iridescent color is adorable, and the case itself is tough, with 10-foot drop protection. The colors are translucent, so you'll still get a hint of your iPhone's color through the case.

$34 at Amazon

A simple sleeve: Waterfield Fused Suede Case for iPhone

Perhaps you don't want a proper case, but just a soft protective sleeve in which to store your iPhone when not in use. The Fused Suede Case from Waterfield is constructed from Ultrasuede and comes in several colors. An outer pocket lets you store AirPods, cards, or other small accessories. A hole in the bottom enables you to charge your iPhone while still in the case.

$29 at Waterfield

The tough choice: UAG Plasma Series

Urban Armor Gear, or UAG, offers superior drop protection with this case, which is armor for your phone. It meets military drop-test standards. Despite its toughness, this masculine-looking case is surprisingly lightweight.

From $29 at Amazon

Trusted protection: Otterbox Traction Series

Otterbox has become synonymous with protection. Their new Traction series shows off your new iPhone while protecting it with a clear back and touch of color around the edges. You can't go wrong with an Otterbox case on your iPhone XS Max.

$41 at Otterbox

Simple elegance: Apple Leather Case

For some people, there is no case but an Apple case. This sumptuous leather case is designed to hug your iPhone's every curve. New colors are released regularly to keep the classic design from getting stale. The embossed Apple logo on the back is just the thing for every fanboy or fangirl.

$49 at Apple

One of a kind case: Kerf Wood Case

Kerf's wood case is not wood veneer, nor is it wood glued onto plastic. It's a real wood case, crafted from a single block of wood. The Kerf Case is smooth and gorgeous. It's lined with ultra suede on the inside to protect your phone. Choose from 17 different kinds of wood, and you can have it monogrammed or engraved with your logo.

$89 at Kerf

Shock-absorbent: JETech Case

This case is a little different style-wise with a clear back and options of a colored border. It will allow you to show off the beauty of your phone while still protecting that investment. This case is sturdy and has shock-absorbent corners, so you won't be so nervous every time your phone slips from your finger-tips...or table...or countertop.

From $6 at Amazon

Wallet slayer: Silk Wallet Case

Silk's Wallet Case holds up to three credit cards and a bit of cash. There is a clever slot on one side; prop a credit card in there, and it acts as a kickstand for your iPhone so you can watch videos. It's lightweight, and it comes with a screen protector.

$20 at Amazon

Budget Leather: Case-Mate Barely There

Looking for a genuine leather case that won't break the bank? Check out Case-Mate's Barely There. As the name implies, it's quite thin at just 2mm thick. It's also lined with microfiber to cradle your iPhone. This case reminds me of Apple's — it even has metallic buttons. It comes in black, blush, and cardinal red, though it'll cost you a few dollars more.

From $5 at Amazon

Slim and mighty: OtterBox SYMMETRY SERIES Case

Looking for a trusted brand with tough protection. Otterbox has an excellent phone case that is all in one slim package. It is also available in more than one color, so you don't have to sacrifice color for your protection.

From $23 at Amazon

Clearly a bargain: MoKo Crystal Clear Case

If you need an inexpensive clear case, MoKo will do the job. The reinforced corners protect the most vulnerable part of the phone. A TPU bumper around the edges and a scratch-resistant hard PC back will let your iPhone XS Max's beauty shine through.

From $6 at Amazon

Built-in ring kickstand: Elegant Choise

If you can get past the cheesy misspelled name, Elegant Choise offers a functional case with a bonus. A built-in ring kickstand is a handy way to get a more secure grip on your phone and to watch videos. The ring rotates 360 degrees so you can use it at any angle. However, it's important to note that the ring on the back will prevent wireless charging.

From $8 at Amazon

Blingy protection: i-Blason Full-Body Glitter Case

If pink and glittery is your style, but you want full front and back protection, check out this gem from i-Blason. It's a two-piece case with a built-in screen protector. The back has a TPU bumper and a hard PC back panel. If the pink glitter is just a bit much, this case also comes in a more sedate marble pattern.

From $22 at Amazon

The whole package: Sonix Clear Case

Sure, this is just a simple, clear case, but I've seen the Sonix brand cases at a certain high-end department store for a lot more than the current price at Amazon, and it comes with a bubble-free tempered glass screen protector. The case is military drop-test certified and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

From $14 at Amazon

Find the perfect case for your iPhone XS Max

You don't want that gorgeous and expensive new phone to go unprotected, even for a minute. Pick up one of these cases and keep that iPhone XS Max pristine with options like the Totalee Thin Case. It's both protective and minimal, adding little to no bulk to your iPhone XS Max which is terrific considering it's already the biggest iPhone yet.

If you wanted something even more rugged, the tried and true Otterbox Traction Series is designed to keep your iPhone protected and secure. We also like the Otterbox Symmetry Series because they come in a huge variety of designs, colors, patterns, and there are even licensed designs from brands like Disney. Plus, the Symmetry Series offers heavy-duty protection without the bulk of the Defender Series, and it is relatively easy to care for and maintain. And if you change cases often, then it's pretty easy to remove too.

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