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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.
Apple's own case is still one of the best, fitting snugly on the iPhone for a perfect fit. It's a silicon case with a microfibre lining, so you know that your phone will be kept in tip-top condition. There are some great colors available as well, should you want something to match your iPhone 15.
Apple doesn't make a leather case anymore — although there are still options out there if you shop around. This one is from the folks at Nomad, who know their way around a leather layer for your iPhone. This is the latest in a line of excellent iPhone cases — and it looks very classy too.
Pretty in wood
Mous makes some excellent cases, and this one is no different. That wood panel on the back makes for a more classy-looking case, and the side bumpers keep it safe from damage if you drop your iPhone on a hard floor (or on carpet — the floor doesn't discriminate).
If you're looking for some that looks designer, then this is your best bet. Velvet Caviar cases have long been a favorite on the iMore staff, and its current crop of cases look every bit as slick as the last. There are loads of designs here, so you're sure to find one that suits you.
Spigen manages to mix excellent prices with superior protection, and the Ultra Hybrid is the perfect example. This one is clear, so it lets you see the phone that you've chosen underneath. It's anti-yellowing too, so you'll not have to worry about it going all grim like some clear cases do.
As slim as they come
If you're not traditionally a fan of cases over your phone, then this ultra-slim option might be the way to go. It's not going to be as protective as some of the other options, but it is a sleeker options. Lots of colors are available too, so you can really customize your iPhone.
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.
The silicon case from Apple remains a favorite of ours, no matter the iPhone you slap it on. This one, made for the iPhone 15 Pro, will keep your super-premium device safe from all but the most catastrophic of drops and scrapes, giving you some Apple-branded peace of mind.
This MagSafe compatible tank of a case comes courtesy of UAG, and it will protect your phone in even the most traumatic of drops. It looks cool too, with a kind of hi-tech future design. The bumper round the edge acts as a kind of padding in the event of a drop, cushioning the iPhones tumble.
An old classic
Your Dad probably wants one (and if you are that Dad, welcome, this is the case for you). It's a lovely leather wallet case that not only adds protection to the body of the iPhone but to the front as well with a folding cover. The leather will age to for a worn-in look, like that Biker Jacket you've always wanted.
Thinnest option around
Looking for something that retains the slimness of your iPhone? Then this case is the way to go. It's really thin for that 'barely there' feeling, but still gives you protection where it counts. There are lots of color options too, so you can find one to match your iPhone.
Despite being filled with glitter and liquid, this case offers 12-foot drop protection. Given you're most likely to drop your phone from chest to waist height, this case should keep your phone safe no matter the drop — and look great while doing it.
Clearl and protective
This is a clear case with a difference — there's a thick protective band around the outer edge for some extra damage prevention. It's got a MagSafe charging ring as well, so you can slap it on your charger before you go to bed and not worry about the case getting in the way.
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.
The Apple option
The classic silicon case from Apple is always going to be one of our favorite cases. It's not too badly priced for an Apple product, plenty protective, and comes in colors that match the iPhone lineup perfectly.
Like to use your iPhone sans case? Then this slim option is the best case for you. It adds protection from scratches without adding any bulk to your device, and keeps it safe from light damage. It's not going to be amazing if you drop it on a hard floor, but you do get a slimmer case.
The UAG Monarch is the ultimate in iPhone protection. It's big and bulky, but if you want to make sure that nothing can break your iPhone in a drop or another catastrophe, then this is the case for you. Just make sure you've got big pockets — it's already a big phone, and this case just makes it bigger.
Grip for days
If you want to stop drops from happening altogether, then the Grip case is a great option. It improves your ability to hold the phone, hopefully stopping you from dropping it. If you do manage to let it tumble to the floor, then. the case has a rugged bumper to prevent too much damage.
This folding case is made out of premium leather, and will keep both the front and the back of your phone protected while it's closed. It's a little bulkier than those without a front flap, but the extra protection is extremely helpful.
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.
We're big lovers of the Figura Series of iPhone case, and the models for the iPhone 15 Plus are up there with the best. We love the designs most of all, but they're also super protective and chunky for some reassurance when you pull your iPhone out of your pocket.
Everyone loves the feeling of leather (be it real or synthetic), and Apple no longer offers a leather option. Nomad does, however, and it brings the grain to the iPhone in spades — and looks incredible while it does it.
Want that case-free feeling with your iPhone? This case from Totallee is just what you've been looking for. It'll protect your phone from bumps and scrapes, and keep it slim for that 'fresh phone' feeling.
We love the Spigen Ultra Hybrid case, and this one comes with some cool designs. Our favorite is the x-ray design, which shows you where all the bits of your phone are on the inside. It's protective too, with a solid bumper around the edge.
This clear case might show you the color of the iPhone that you chose, but its also got a protective bumper around the edge to make sure your phone isn't going to smashed up if you drop it. It's MagSafe compatible too.
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.
A smart choice
This stylish-looking case by Smartish features a super grippy texture so you don’t drop it like it’s hot. It’s got protective air-pocket corners that function like airbags for your phone, lifted bezels for camera and screen protection, and it’s compatible with MagSafe. Just like the name suggests, this case is a smart choice. And the galaxy on the back looks sick.
Clip it and go!
The AICase Belt-Clip Holster Case features a solid inner polycarbonate shell with a soft rubber outer cover. It’s outfitted with a handy belt clip so you can take it anywhere. Plus, it’s got raised egest to protect your camera and screen, and a non-slip edge design for a secure grip. It comes in 13 different colors so you can pick the one that suits your vibe best.
This shockproof case by Torras feature third-generation X-shock technology on all four corners and 360-degree shock-absorbing airbags throughout the bumpers’ interior. It’s super silky and sleek to the touch. Plus, it’s a little translucent so you can see your Apple logo shine through. It comes in five cool colors so you can rock your individuality.
Show off that gorgeous new iPhone 14 with a clear case like this one. The MagSafe ring, which comes in a few color choices, means that the case is MagSafe-compatible. It's super thin as well, so you'll barely notice it when it's on. This one is more to protect from scratches rather than drops, so if you find your iPhone tumbling this may not be for you.
Just the basics
Nothing fancy here, just a clear TPU case with strong reinforced corners to protect your iPhone 14 in case of drops. The padded corners also give your iPhone a bit of lift when you place it down face up, which keeps the camera module in the clear.
Fashion and function
Don't let this Sonix MagSafe Case's cute looks fool you. It's got 10-foot drop protection to keep your iPhone 14 from getting damaged. You can get it both with or without the MagSafe ring. We reviewed a previous model and loved the fun designs. We particularly like this flowery number, although your mileage may vary. There is a design for everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.