Best waterproof cases for iPhone 6

With the summer almost upon us, many of us will be toting our iPhones to the pool or the beach. Aside from keeping sand, water, dust, and other harmful materials out of your iPhone 6 in everyday situations, a good waterproof case also lets you take your iPhone places you normally wouldn't be able to. Whether you're catching waves or flying down the slopes, these are currently the waterproof cases we recommend considering before any others!

When purchasing a waterproof case for your iPhone 6, it's important to understand waterproof ratings and what they mean. You'll normally see an IP rating followed by a two digit number on any case that boasts waterproof capabilities. Deciphering these two numbers is important. You can check out an IP rating chart to learn more about waterproof ratings and to help you decide what rating level is adequate for your needs.

Aquatik by Lunatik

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Best waterproof cases for iPhone 6: Lunatik Aquatik

Slim, yet powerful protection

Waterproof and bulky case options don't have to go hand in hand. The Aquatik comes in a few different brightly-colored options and is about as slim as waterproof cases come. With an IP-68 rating, the Aquatik case can be submerged to at least one meter for up to a half an hour. It also features Gorilla Glass to protect your display from impacts and optically clear lens covers so your photos above and below water stay crystal clear. The Aquatik also supports Touch ID.

Lifeproof Fre

Best waterproof cases for iPhone 6: Lifeproof Fre

Full-body protection at a reasonable price

Lifeproof's Fre case has an IP-68 waterproof rating as well, but actually boasts protection beyond that: According to Lifeproof, the Fre can be submerged for up to an hour in two meters of water. With full-body protection, support for Touch ID, and a two-meter drop rating, the Fre is a great full-protection option — even if you're on a budget. That said, the built-in screen guard is not Gorilla Glass like the Aquatik, which may be something to keep in mind if that's important to you.

Lifeproof Nuud

Best waterproof cases for iPhone 6: Lifeproof Nuud

For those that loathe screen protectors

Lifeproof's Nuud case offers a lot of the same features as the Fre, but without the built-in screen protection. Instead, it uses a seal around the screen's edges to prevent water, dirt, and dust from getting to the important parts of your iPhone, though it comes at the cost of being slightly thicker than the Fre in order to accommodate the waterproof seal. The Nuud also carries an IP-68 waterproof rating. If you want a waterproof case, but shudder at the thought of covering up your beautiful glass screen, the Nuud is for you.

Catalyst Waterproof Case

Best waterproof cases for iPhone 6: Catalyst

Deeper depths on a shallow budget

Catalyst may not be as well-known as Lifeproof or Lunatik, but that hasn't stopped the company from making a serious waterproof solution for iPhone 6. The Catalyst is rated for up to 16 feet underwater (five meters), and sports drop protection up to two meters. The Catalyst waterproof case comes in five different color combinations to choose from; you can also order mix and match replacement parts and add-on accessories for the whole series — something most other case manufacturers don't offer.

Your pick?

If you already picked up a waterproof case for your iPhone 6, which one did you decide to go with? And if you're debating, which cases are you trying to decide between and why? Let us know in the comments.

Allyson Kazmucha

iMore senior editor from 2011 to 2015.