Best rugged cases for iPhone 13 in 2023

Your iPhone 13 is sturdy, but that doesn't mean you can't add even more protection to it with a rugged case, especially if you're using your iPhone for outdoor adventures or you work 

Inside one of these durable shields your iPhone 13 will be safe against accidental knocks and scrapes while you're out there shredding the slopes, scaling cliffs, white water rafting, or doing whatever adrenaline-pumping activity your heart desires. 

Many of the best iPhone cases provide basic protection against bumps and scratches. But the best durable cases in this list will add another layer of protection, so even if you drop your iPhone 13 from a height, it'll be safe. Some are even fully waterproof, so you can (technically) take them swimming. 

Due to their durability, you may miss out on MagSafe compatibility so one of the best MagSafe cases for iPhone 13 may be a better bet during less extreme times. And if you've landed on this page but have an iPhone 13 Pro instead, check out our best iPhone 13 Pro cases guide instead.

It's a great time to upgrade your tech and your accessories because sales season is fast approaching. Black Friday is on November 25 this year and the deals are already starting to roll in. We never know for sure what will be reduced and when, but we do expect a number of the cases in this list to be discounted. So keep your eyes peeled. 

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How to choose the best rugged case for the iPhone 13

Let one of the rugged best iPhone 13 cases worry about your phone while you're out adventuring, so you don't have to. We love the Urban Armor Gear UAG case because it's extremely durable, supports MagSafe charging, and comes in a large assortment of colors. 

Need something a little more budget friendly? The Red2Fire comes in a rainbow of colors and will protect your iPhone 13 from drops, scrapes, and cracks without breaking the bank. 

If you're looking for a crowd favorite, the Pelican Voyager Rugged Case does not disappoint. This sleek case features a belt holster/kickstand for versatility while you're on the go. An anti-scratch coating makes it always look shiny and new. Plus, it's got four protective layers of hard polycarbonate shell to put your mind at ease. 

Don't just stop at your iPhone. Take a look at our best rugged Apple Watch cases guide. We also have a huge range of case lists for Macbooks, too, like our best MacBook Pro case list and selection of the best MacBook Air cases.

Nicolette Roux

Nicolette is a freelance writer for iMore. She's been hooked on Apple products since she got the very first iPhone in 2007 and made the switch from PC to Mac in 2008 after inadvertently dousing her laptop with a hefty dose of water. A dedicated creative, Nicolette has had the pleasure of working with some of the top websites, studios, and brands in the industry throughout her career, and enjoys writing about all things: Apple, health, fitness, audio, and home. With over a decade of high-level experience as a health and fitness professional, Nicolette specializes in tech pertaining to the field. If she’s not working, you can find her sipping a glass of wine, enjoying a concert, or hanging with her family.

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