Best Heavy Duty Cases for iPhone 11 in 2019

Best Heavy Duty Cases for iPhone 11 iMore 2019

If you're looking for the best heavy-duty case for the iPhone 11, you've come to the right place. On this list is a combination of cases that are rugged, reliable, and stylish. In that vein, the Spigen Tough Armor is the one case that truly checks all the boxes. It offers both the excellent looks and protection needed at an affordable price. If your needs differ, there are plenty of cases here that may be better suited to your tastes.

Best Overall: Spigen Tough Armor

Now it's always a struggle to find the right product to put in that top spot. This is due to the vast amount of choices that are cheaper with even more color options. However, my general rule of thumb is to always side with quality over quantity. That's why I side with Spigen's Tough Armor case.

Spigen's Tough Armor has a durable hard shell that features something the company calls Air Cushion Technology for anti-shock protection. This anti-shock feature is made possible due in large part from a combination of TPU and polycarbonate materials. It has raised edges bordering around the screen along with a camera cutout to protect it from untimely drops on a flat surface.

What's also cool about this case is it comes with a built-in kickstand, which is perfect for those moments when you want to watch your favorite movie or TV show. I can't stress how convenient it is to have a kickstand on your case, as this does away with putting on PopSockets. I mean, seriously, PopSockets on top of a case is an unnecessary evil that needs to come to an end.

Pros:

  • Anti-shock Air Cushion Technology
  • Multiple color options
  • Tactile buttons
  • Kickstand

Cons:

  • No screen protector

Best Overall

Spigen Tough Armor

Quality and affordability

The Spigen Tough Armor case truly checks all the boxes, as it offers both the beautiful looks and protection needed at an affordable price.

Most Unique: iPhone 11 Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Build Your Own Case

Remember what I said about PopSockets on cases being an unnecessary evil? Well, the Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Build Your Own Case innovates on that concept, as it delivers one of the most unique designs out. Otterbox did something special for all the PopSockets lovers out there by marrying two popular brands together.

This case is a part of Otterbox's wildly popular Symmetry Series, featuring its usual synthetic rubber borders and polycarbonate body. What you'll also appreciate about this case is the fact that it's compatible with all Qi wireless charging pads. So, there's no need to take your phone out the case to charge it.

The point in getting this case is if you live in the PockSockets ecosystem of products. For example, the Otter + Pop Symmetry is compatible with PopSockets PopTops, Car Vent Mount, and Multi-Surface Mount.

Pros:

  • Build your own case
  • Interchangeable PopTops
  • Qi wireless charging compatibility
  • Multiple color options

Cons:

  • No screen protector
  • No anti-shock

Most Unique

iPhone 11 Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Build Your Own Case

PopSocket-friendly

This is the perfect case to have if you live in the PocketSocket world of products. Customize your own case and swap out as many PopTops as you desire.

Best Value: Temdan Waterproof Case

If you're like me, then you probably love to show off the color and industrial design of your phone. Unfortunately, many protective cases don't allow for this to happen, due in large part to the manufacturer's design. The reality is most phone case makers don't design clear ruggedized cases with exciting features.

That's why this ultra-thin Temdan Waterproof iPhone 11 Case is just what the doctor ordered. It brings so much value at an affordable price. It's stylish and rugged design offers a flexibility most cases don't deliver, like the fact that it's IP68 waterproof, with a 6.6-feet depth that can hold up to 30 minutes if submerged. The case completely covers your phone, so there's no need for a screen protector.

What's also cool is the case not only covers the glass part of your camera but the lenses themselves with its durable plastic. So clearly, as you can see, this case was made for being poolside or at the beach in mind.

Pros:

  • Support wireless charging
  • Shockproof
  • Dustproof
  • IP68 waterproof

Cons:

  • No kickstand
  • No color options

Best Value

Temdan Waterproof Case

Waterproof and dustproof bliss

This stylish and rugged design brings so much value at an affordable price. It's the perfect case for those who love being poolside or at the beach.

Most Incognito: Spigen Slim Armor CS

Hate carrying around your phone and wallet? Well, so do I. This Spigen Slim Armor CS case does a great job at remedying that problem. The Spigen Slim Armor CS sneakily hides a compartment within the hard-shell that stores two cards, which is easily accessible by way of a sliding door.

Like my best overall choice, this Spigen case offers a similar dual-layer and Air Cushion Technology support. It has a shock-absorbing TPU interior that is covered by a polycarbonate exterior that has a cutout design to protect the camera from any unfortunate falls.

Everyone loves choices. Whether it's phone sizes or colors, having the option to choose more than one type of version is always a welcomed sight. That's why it's great to know that the Spigen Slim Armor CS case comes in three different colors, including Gunmetal, black and rose gold.

Pros:

  • Hidden card slot
  • Anti-shock Air Cushion Technology
  • Multiple color options
  • Minimal design

Cons:

  • No screen protector
  • Not waterproof

Most Incognito

Spigen Slim Armor CS

Behind the sliding door

The Spigen Slim Armor CS sneakily hides a compartment within the hard-shell that stores two cards, which is easily accessible by way of a sliding door.

Most Premium: UAG Monarch

The UAG Monarch brings a lot to the table as far as its form factor is concerned. It lives up to be a heavy-duty case thanks to its five layers of protection, including a polycarbonate shear plate, top grain leather and allows metal hardware. With its stellar build quality, the Monarch without a doubt is the most premium iPhone 11 case on the list, and maybe the most durable.

Its five layers of protection feature a soft impact-resistant core and honeycomb traction grip with some ultra-responsive tactile buttons to click. It even meets 2x military drop-test standards, which is something issued out to very few cases on the market.

The UAG Monarch won't win a design award for being the sleekest case out. However, if you're looking for something that is going to protect your phone from harm when you're out biking or hiking, this is the one to go with. It comes in black and red color options.

Pros:

  • Wireless compatibility
  • Military drop tested (MIL-STD 810G 516. 6)
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cons:

  • No screen protector
  • Not waterproof
  • Not the sleekest case

Most Premium

UAG Monarch

Military approved

The UAG Monarch won't win a design award for being the sleekest case, but it is one of the most durable cases out on the market.

Best Clear Option: CANSHN Clear Protective Heavy-Duty Case

One of the biggest reasons to buy an iPhone 11 is having the choice of several colors to choose from. Nevertheless, getting a heavy-duty case to protect your beautiful iPhone from harm is the responsible thing to do. So, getting yourself a rugged clear case is to show off your pretty iPhone 11 color of choice is the right move.

The CANSHN Clear Protective Heavy-Duty Case offers long-lasting clarity, and it doesn't turn yellow over time. The company claims its clear case has been tested with military technology. The main feature of the case is four airbags at the corners to prevent major dings from accidental drops.

You will appreciate the flexibility and soft-touch feel of this clear bumper case because of its simple installation. In addition to the tactile feel, you should enjoy wider stereo playback due to the case's design around the speakers.

Pros:

  • Long-lasting clarity
  • Bumper rails on the corners
  • Not bulky

Cons:

  • No screen protector
  • Not waterproof
  • Not dustproof

Best Clear Option

CANSHN Clear Protective Heavy-Duty Case

Crystal clear choice

The CANSHN Clear Protective Heavy-Duty Case offers long-lasting clarity, and it doesn't turn yellow over time.

Best Grip: Speck CandyShell Grip

The Speck Candyshell Grip represents its name very well, as it offers colorful ridges to help you keep your grip. This case prides itself on its grip. Its primary job is to protect your device from untimely drops in random places. Its supreme grip is also excellent for iPhone users who do a ton of gaming on their device.

What's probably more interesting about Speck's CandyShell Grip is its invisible cleanliness with Microban antimicrobial protection. The point of this feature is to protect your case from any dirt and germ build-up. Although, we would still recommend cleaning your phone and case from time to time just to be on the safe side. Regardless, you should always have a hand sanitizer nearby. You get the choice of five different colors to choose from.

Pros:

  • Microban antimicrobial
  • Supreme grip
  • Two-layer protection

Cons:

  • No screen protector
  • Not waterproof
  • Not dustproof
  • No kickstand

Best Grip

Speck CandyShell Grip

Supreme grip protection

This case prides itself on its grip; its job is to protect your device from untimely drops in random places.

Bottom line

Finding the best iPhone 11 case can be a drag. As I stated earlier, my general rule of thumb is to always side with quality over quantity. However, in some rare cases, you can find a product that checks both boxes. You know, a product that's not only affordable but high quality as well. My top choice of the Spigen Tough Armor does precisely that. It checks almost all the boxes while still looking aesthetically pleasing.

I was impressed with all that came with Spigen's Tough Armor case, like its anti-shock protection, slim design, and most importantly, its built-in kickstand. Of course, there are some things it lacks that other cases have, like proper screen protection, water resistance, raw materials, and PopSockets. That said, I find the shock absorbency for drops, slim profile, and kickstand worth the tradeoffs, especially given how insanely affordable it is.

Credits — The guy who worked on this guide

Chuck West is a writer at iMore. A disruptive homebody with an obsession with precision and all things Apple. Follow him @chuckwestworld on Twitter and Instagram.

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