By Conner Carey updated on 11/22/2016
One of the best ways to protect your new iPhone 7 or 7 Plus is to get a screen protector. Tempered glass screen protectors in particular offer great drop protection for the glass screen beneath. Of course, we recommend using a rugged case for your iPhone 7 as well if you’re going out in the elements, but covering your iPhone 7 screen is priority number one. If you prefer not to use cases, screen protectors become even more important. There are tons of companies out there with screen protectors, which means there's a lot to choose from in a wide range of prices. We’re going to cover our picks for the top five screen protectors for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
InvisibleShield Sapphire Defense ($49.99)
InvisibleShield by Zagg has multiple lines of screen protectors for all models of iPhone. In general, Zagg is a trusted brand for protecting your iPhone screen. I’ve been using the Sapphire Defense screen protector on my iPhone for the past few weeks. Despite having dropped my iPhone multiple times from distances no iPhone user feels comfortable admitting, the screen protector stayed completely intact. When I removed it, there were no chips in the glass. As far as I could tell, it would have continued to serve me well for weeks, if not months, longer. I will note, however, that after the frequent dropping of my iPhone, the screen protector itself was quite scratched. But overall it did a perfect job of protecting my iPhone 7 screen beneath the protector.
BodyGuardz Pure 2 Premium ($39.95)
Our CEO, David Averbach is currently using this screen protector on his iPhone 7 Plus. I gave him pick of all the protectors on the list and he quickly snatched up the BodyGuardz screen protector. For good reason too—BodyGuardz screen protectors absorb impacts with ease and are scratch-resistant for a clear screen after lots of use. BodyGuardz offers lifetime replacements (as does Zagg) as well as a 30-day money back guarantee. David’s verdict? “Application could be easier, but there aren’t any scratches. I have a couple small bubbles that have popped up, but it hasn’t broken, which is a big deal for any screen protector I’m using.”
Moshi IonGlass ($39.95)
Moshi is different from the other screen protectors on our list in that it includes the frame around the screen, which means you need to buy a white or black screen protector to match your iPhone. This can be a great asset especially if you don’t use a case: I’ve seen an iPhone with a screen protector drop at just the wrong angle and completely crack a screen that should have otherwise been protected. Moshi IonGlass is also fingerprint resistant and has a cutout on the Home button for smooth use of Touch ID with the protector installed.
Otterbox Alpha Glass ($39.95)
Of the screen protectors on our list, this is the only one that offers privacy when someone attempts to peer at your screen from the side. However, when looking at the screen straight-on, Alpha Glass has great clarity for perfect image quality. None of your touch screen's responsiveness is lost with the screen protector installed, and it’s designed not to scratch or splinter. I tried this screen protector on my iPhone 7 for a couple weeks; overall, I wish it was just slightly wider as I feel like I'm forced to leave a sliver of iPhone 7 screen unprotected, but the screen protector itself did a great job of providing a solid glass layer between my clumsy fingers and the delicate iPhone 7 screen.
Kabb Tempered Glass 2-Pack ($4.99)
With such a ridiculously low price, I thought Kabb would be too good to be true. However the brand has seriously surprised me with the quality of its iPhone screen protector. The 9H surface hardness with oleophobic coating makes for a thick, solid piece of glass for protecting your iPhone’s screen. I’ve found the Kabb screen protector to be easy to install as well. After cleaning my screen, applying the protector was seamless and left no bubbles. In short, if you’re looking for an iPhone screen protector on a tight budget, Kabb is a great option for you and your wallet.