Best iPhone XR Cases iMore 2021
A case is always a good idea to protect your iPhone XR from those occasional unintentional drops and bumps. There are so many different kinds of cases out there; some are more protective, while others are less bulky. Some phones hold your cards and cash, so you don't have to carry your wallet everywhere. Some people like the case to make a statement, while other people want the case to fade away while the phone takes center stage, especially since the iPhone XR colors are so stunning. There is something for everyone on this list of the best cases for iPhone XR.
- Best Overall: Speck GemShell for iPhone XR
- Classiest: Nomad Rugged Case for iPhone XR
- Thinnest: Totallee Thin Case for iPhone XR
- Best Texture: Case-Mate Protection Collection for iPhone XR
- Best Custom Case: CASETiFY Impact Case for iPhone XR
- Best Medium Weight Protection: LifeProof SLAM for the iPhone XR
- Best Lightweight Protection: UAG Pathfinder Series for iPhone XR
- Most Elegant Folio: Nodus Access Case III for iPhone XR
- Best Value Wallet Case: Smartish Wallet Case for iPhone XR
- Coolest: Mous Limitless 2.0 for iPhone XR
- Best Value Wallet Folio: Snakehive Leather Wallet Case for iPhone XR
- Best Value: Spigen Neo Hybrid for iPhone XR
Best Overall: Speck GemShell for iPhone XR
Speck is a popular brand for a good reason. It makes protective cases in a variety of styles, and this dual-layer case meets military drop-test standards. It's totally see-through to show off your new iPhone.
- Trusted brand
- Not too bulky
- Not to everyone's taste
Classiest: Nomad Rugged Case for iPhone XR
Nomad's Rugged Case is a solid choice. It's pretty thin yet protective and adds a touch of class to your iPhone. The Rugged Case is available in two shades of Horween leather: black and brown.
- Looks amazing
- Rugged protection
- Premium leather
- Limited color selection
- Not waterproof
Thinnest: Totallee Thin Case for iPhone XR
Totallee's cases are just about as thin as a case can be and still be a case. If you want thinner, get a decal instead. Note that the matte finish cases are thinner than the glossy ones. The clear glossy case is a great option to show off the fun new iPhone XR colors.
- Incredibly thin
- Doesn't add bulk
- Not for drop protection
Best Texture: Case-Mate Protection Collection for iPhone XR
Case-Mate offers so many choices for every level of protection and every taste. This carbon fiber option has grippy edges to keep your iPhone from being dropped. Case-Mate claims it has 12-foot drop protection.
- Texture offers grip
- Some users report fit issues
Best Custom Case: CASETiFY Impact Case for iPhone XR
If color is your thing, this is the case for you. CASETiFY offers so many colors and patterns, and if that's not enough, you can create your custom design.
- Endless color and style options
- iPhone XR color shines through
- Upload custom design or logo
- CASETiFY logo ring around camera
Best Medium Weight Protection: LifeProof SLAM for iPhone XR
LifeProof dubs the SLAM case as one that is "dedicated to the drop." Still, it's not as bulky as some cases. These cases are mostly clear and designed to complement the fabulous new iPhone XR colors.
- Heavy-duty protection without heaviness
- Clear design lets XR color shine through
- Somewhat bulky
Best Lightweight Protection: UAG Pathfinder Series for iPhone XR
This masculine-looking case will protect your iPhone XR without weighing it down. While it has feather-light composite construction, it meets military drop-test standards.
- Style may not appeal to all
Most Elegant Folio: Nodus Access Case III for iPhone XR
This full-grain vegetable-tanned Italian leather folio case holds up to three cards, so you might be able to avoid carrying a wallet. Unlike most folio cases with an inner shell, this one holds your phone with a micro-suction strip. This is far more effective than it sounds, and it cuts down on bulk.
- Full-grain vegetable-tanned Italian leather
- Holds up to three cards
- Less bulky than some folios
- Bezels are uncovered
Best Value Wallet Case: Smartish Wallet Case for iPhone XR
This wallet case holds up to three cards plus some cash. A smartly designed groove on one side lets you pop in a card to use as a kickstand when you want to watch a video. It comes in several colors, and you can choose from a bunch of different patterns for the pocket panel. The price includes a screen protector.
- Holds up to three cards
- Use as a kickstand
- Screen protector included
- Plastic look doesn't appeal to all
Coolest: Mous Limitless 2.0 for iPhone XR
Mous cases are crafted from a high impact material, AiroShock™, which "contains tiny air pockets and cross-linking polymer chains that work like springs." Mous Limitless 2.0 comes in a shell as seen here, plus several other fun materials such as leather, walnut, and bamboo.
- Protection without bulk
- Beyond ordinary materials
Best Value Wallet Folio: Snakehive Leather Wallet Case for iPhone XR
Hand-crafted from European nubuck leather, the Snakehive Leather Wallet case has a lovely velvety feel to it. It holds up to three cards plus cash, and the folio portion can be used to prop up the phone for video watching. Choose from Black, Brown, Dark Green, or Plum.
- Hand-crafted European nubuck leather
- Holds up to three cards plus cash
- Kickstand for video viewing
- Closure tab may annoy some
Best Value: Spigen Neo Hybrid for iPhone XR
Spigen is a longtime favorite brand; its mix of price and quality can't be beaten. You can't go wrong with any of its cases, but the Neo Hybrid has an unusual and masculine look. The shade shown here is Gunmetal; the two other shades, Jet Black and Satin Silver, cost a couple of dollars more.
- Great price
- Good quality
- Style may not appeal to some
Best Trendy Case: Sonix Case for iPhone XR
The Sonix brand cases are sold at high-end department stores, usually for a lot more money. It comes in tons of fun, pretty colors, and patterns on clear cases that allow the iPhone XR to shine through. Don't let the cute looks fool you: it's military drop-test certified to 6.6 feet.
- Trendy prints
- Found in high-end department stores
- Serious protection
- Not everyone's style
Best Protection: OtterBox Defender for iPhone XR
The OtterBox Defender is a super heavy-duty case. Though this particular model doesn't come with a built-in screen protector, you can still use a separate glass screen protector, which is far superior in touch-screen functionality. The OtterBox Defender comes with a belt holster that doubles as a kickstand for video viewing.
- Ultimate heavy-duty four-layer protection
- Very bulky
Best Ombré Case: X-Doria Defense Air Series for iPhone XR
This protective case boasts military-grade drop protection and a soft bubble pattern rubber interior to keep your precious iPhone XR safe. It's a clear case with a hint of color; choose from teal, black, red, or silver.
- Heavy-duty protection
- Cool ombré style
- Clear to let iPhone color show
- Somewhat bulky
It's hard to choose a favorite here; you really can't go wrong with any of them. I'm a fan of the Speck GemShell because I trust it to protect my phone when (not if) I drop it, but it still lets me show off my new phone. The corners have a flexible strip, making it easy to take off this case and put it on. The lip of the case comes just up over the screen for face-down protection. You can still charge your iPhone XR wirelessly with this case on it. I love clear iPhone XR cases to show off the phone's fun colors.
If you want to make a statement, the CASETiFY Impact Case can be wholly personalized by uploading your own unique logo, monogram, photos, or artwork. Of course, if you aren't into creating your own design, there are thousands of ready-made designs on CASETiFY's website to choose from. Like the Speck case, it has a raised bezel, and it is wireless-charging compatible.
Credits — Who created this guide
Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, shop for the best deals, and change up her iPhone case to match her outfit.
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