Best iPhone XR Cases iMore 2019

A case is always a good idea to protect your new iPhone from those occasional unintentional spills. 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. There is something for everyone on this list of the best cases for iPhone XR.

Best Overall: Speck GemShell

speck gemshell

Speck is a popular brand for a good reason. It makes protective cases in a variety of styles. This dual-layer case meets military drop-test standards. It's totally see-through to show off your new iPhone.

Pros:

  • Protective
  • Trusted brand
  • Not too bulky

Cons:

  • Not to everyone's taste

Best Overall

Speck GemShell

Best for most

This popular case will work for just about anyone looking for a no-frills protective case.

Coolest: Nomad Rugged Case

Nomad rugged iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Looks amazing
  • Rugged protection
  • Premium leather

Cons:

  • Limited color selection
  • Not waterproof

Coolest

Nomad Rugged Case

Looking good

Your iPhone XR can go from your mountain-climbing adventure to the boardroom in this cool rugged case.

Thinnest: Totallee Thin Case

Totallee iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Incredibly thin
  • Doesn't add bulk

Cons:

  • Not for drop protection

Thinnest

Totallee Thin Case

Ultra-thin

This is the perfect case for people who hate cases. They don't get any thinner than this.

Best Texture: Case-Mate Protection Collection

Case-mate iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Texture offers grip
  • Protective

Cons:

  • Some users report fit issues

Best Texture

Case-Mate Protection Collection

Grippy

A textured iPhone case is easier to hold without dropping. The texture is also aesthetically appealing.

Best Custom Case: CASETiFY Impact Case

Casetify iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Endless color and style options
  • iPhone XR color shines through
  • Upload custom design or logo

Cons:

  • CASETiFY logo ring around camera

Best Custom Case

CASETiFY Impact Case

Uniquely you

Create your dream case by choosing from a dizzying array of pre-made designs or upload your design.

Best Medium Weight Protection: Lifeproof SLAM

Lifeproof Slam

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.

Pros:

  • Heavy-duty protection
  • Clear design lets XR color shine through

Cons:

  • Somewhat bulky

Best Medium Weight Protection

Lifeproof SLAM

Excellent protection

Protect your phone while letting its glorious color show through with this heavy-duty but clear case.

Best Lightweight Protection: UAG Pathfinder Series

UAG pathfinder

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.

Pros:

  • Ultra-protective
  • Feather-light

Cons:

  • Style may not appeal to all

Best Lightweight Protection

UAG Pathfinder Series

Tough but light

You don't have to carry a heavy case to get heavy-duty protection. This is my husband's absolute favorite case.

Most Luxurious: Pad & Quill Traveler

Pad and quill Traveler iPhone case

Handcrafted from full-grain American leather, this case will develop a warm patina over time. It's protective without being bulky. The classic warmth of leather paired with modern glass and metal is a charming contrast.

Pros:

  • Premium full-grain leather
  • Hand-crafted

Cons:

  • Not everyone likes leather

Most Luxurious

Pad & Quill Traveler

Leather luxury

If you enjoy the warmth of leather and the patina it develops over time, you're sure to love this luxurious leather case.

Most Elegant Folio: Nodus Access Case III

Nodus iPhone Case

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 that have 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.

Pros:

  • Full-grain vegetable-tanned Italian leather
  • Holds up to three cards
  • Less bulky than some folios

Cons:

  • Bezels are uncovered

Most Elegant Folio

Nodus Access Case III

Elegant leather folio

If you love the elegance of leather but prefer a folio-style wallet case, this one has a unique style sure to please.

Best Value Wallet Case: Silk Wallet Case

Silk iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Holds up to three cards
  • Use as a kickstand
  • Screen protector included

Cons:

  • Plastic look doesn't appeal to all

Best Value Wallet Case

Silk Wallet Case

The wallet slayer

This cleverly designed case holds up to three cards and has a groove so you can use one of those cards as a kickstand.

Coolest: Mous Limitless 2.0

Mous iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Protection without bulk
  • Beyond ordinary materials

Cons:

  • Pricey

Coolest

Mous Limitless 2.0

Non-bulky protection

Go beyond the ordinary case with this smart design. Choose from leather, walnut, bamboo, and shell.

Best Value Wallet Folio: Snakehive Leather Wallet Case

Snakehive iPhone case

Hand-crafted from European nubuck leather, the Snakehive Leather Wallet case has a nice 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.

Pros:

  • Hand-crafted European nubuck leather
  • Holds up to three cards plus cash
  • Kickstand for video viewing

Cons:

  • Closure tab may annoy some

Best Value Wallet Folio

Snakehive Leather Wallet Case

Reasonably price folio

If you're looking for a good-quality wallet folio-style case but don't want to spend a lot, this is your best bet.

Best Value: Spigen Neo Hybrid

Spigen iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Great price
  • Protective
  • Good quality

Cons:

  • Style may not appeal to some

Best Value

Spigen Neo Hybrid

Price + Quality

We love Spigen cases here at iMore; they are consistently well-priced and high-quality.

Best Trendy Case: Sonix Case

Sonix iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Trendy prints
  • Found in high-end department stores
  • Serious protection

Cons:

  • Not everyone's style

Best Trendy Case

Sonix Case

Tough but pretty

You can buy this trendy patterned case at a fancy department store, or you can pick it up on Amazon, but either way, it protects beautifully.

Best Protection: *Otterbox Defender *

Otterbox Defender iPhone case

The Otterbox Defender is a super heavy-duty case that comes in a variety of color combinations. 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.

Pros:

  • Ultimate heavy-duty four-layer protection

Cons:

  • Very bulky

Best Protection

Otterbox Defender

Ultimate protection

When all that matters is protection, you can't go wrong with the Otterbox Defender.

Best Ombré Case: X-Doria Defense Air Series

X-doria iPhone case

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.

Pros:

  • Heavy-duty protection
  • Cool ombré style
  • Clear to let iPhone color show

Cons:

  • Somewhat bulky

Best Ombré Case

X-Doria Defense Air Series

Rugged and attractive

When you want a heavy-duty case, but you still want a cool style, consider this ombré beauty from X-Doria.

Bottom line

It's hard to choose a favorite here; you really can't go wrong with any of them. I am currently rocking 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, which makes 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.

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, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things.

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