The best iPhone cases - the ultimate guide

iPhones are excellent — but they are not cheap. You pay upwards of $800 for a slab of metal and glass that sits in your pocket, and risks expensive drops and tumbles while you're using it. Apple can make the iPhone as rugged as it likes, we, as users, are always able to find a way to break it in some way. Getting yourself a decent iPhone case should be at the top of your purchase list — unless you want your brand-new iPhone to end up covered with scratches and cracks.

We're here to help - we know a fair bit about iPhone cases. We are every single one of us iPhone users, and we like to keep those iPhones protected. We have tried out loads of cases, and we know exactly which ones will keep your iPhone protected. So whether you've got the newest iPhone 14 Pro Max, a still solid iPhone 12, or an older iPhone X, we've put all the best cases below so that you can keep your iPhone safe. If you're looking for one of the best waterproof iPhone cases, we have a guide for that too.

Best iPhone 15 cases

The latest iPhone 15 is one of Apple's most exciting base model iPhones to date. It brings some of the Pro features from last year's iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max, and adds them onto the iPhone that everyone can afford. That just means more to break though — so you'll want one of the best iPhone 15 cases to keep it safe.

Best iPhone 15 Pro cases

The iPhone 15 Pro is the more powerful of the smaller iPhones, and costs $1,000 before you've started adding more storage. With a phone so expensive and with an even larger camera bump than ever before, the iPhone 15 Pro needs one of the best iPhone 15 cases to keep it safe from harm.

Best iPhone 15 Pro Max cases

The iPhone 15 Pro Max is over $1,000 worth of iPhone, featuring the biggest screen and the best camera. One of the first things that you should buy with any iPhone 15 Pro Max is a protective case for the phone, so that you keep it free of damage and protected from drops.

Best iPhone 15 Plus cases

The iPhone 15 Plus gives you a bigger screen without the need to pay for the far more expensive iPhone 15 Pro Max. That bigger screen means there's more iPhone that you need to protect — so you'll want one of the best iPhone 15 Plus cases to keep it safe from damage.

Best iPhone 14 cases

The iPhone 14 isn't the biggest or the snazziest of the current crop of iPhones - but it's still worth getting it protected. One of these iPhone 14 cases should set you right, keeping your new device scratch and crack-free. These cases are just some of our favorites.

Best iPhone 14 cases

Best iPhone 14 cases

These are our favorite cases for the iPhone 14, with options that are rugged, options that are all about design, and options that won't break the bank. Almost like a 'best of' of all the iPhone 14 cases we've featured in our other guides. Don't worry if you want a list that's a little more niche - we've got all those as well.

Best heavy-duty rugged iPhone 14 cases

Best heavy-duty rugged iPhone 14 cases

Looking for something a little more rugged to protect your iPhone 14? Then these armored cases are just what you've been looking for. This list features slim armored cases as well as some that go all out with the rugged aesthetic. 

Best iPhone 14 clear cases

Best iPhone 14 clear cases

These cases will let you see your shiny new iPhone 14 with transparent coatings. They'll keep your iPhone protected from scratches and drops, and in some cases they feature more rugged designs. 

Best iPhone 14 Wallet cases

Best iPhone 14 Wallet cases

Want something thats going to protect your phone screen as well as the phone itself? Then one of these wallet cases will do you perfect. They're made of premium materials, and even come with slots to put cards and money to save space in your pocket or bag.

Best iPhone 14 Pro cases

The iPhone 14 Pro is the most impressive iPhone that Apple has ever released, with its new Dynamic Island and sumptuous screen. It's also more rugged than ever, with toughened glass smothering the front of the device. Does this mean it's break-proof? Absolutely not. These are some of our favorite iPhone 14 Pro cases.