Buyer's Guide 2020: Best iPhone Cases

From rugged drop protection to slim elegance, our favorite iPhone cases have what it takes to protect your phone with style!

If you are looking for a new iPhone case with durability and style, we've got you covered with this iPhone case buyer's guide featuring cases from our favorite case manufacturers. We personally tested all these cases to put together this selection of the best rugged iPhone cases, most stylish wallet cases, and the slimmest of minimalist cases for your iPhone. Whether you're look for an iPhone 12 case or an iPhone 8 case, you're sure to find an iPhone case you love in this guide.. 


Pela Pebble Balance Eco-Friendly Case ($44.95)

When you want to protect your phone and the planet, Pela cases are the way to go. Phone cases eventually become plastic waste, but all Pela’s cases are 100 percent compostable; so once you’re ready to move on to another phone, you can rest easy knowing your case will disappear without a trace. Even with its compostable properties, Pela cases are rugged, offering solid protection for your phone. The case is soft and easy to put on or remove and comes in a variety of colors with engravings of favorite animal friends we’re working to protect. If you want your phone to look good and feel even better, this is the case for you.

JIMMYCASE Wallet Case (Starting at $39)

If you want to cut down on what goes in your pockets when you leave the house, this case is for you. The JIMMYCASE has a simple band on the back, perfect for carrying a few cards and some cash. The band is durable and fastened at the bottom to keep anything from sliding out. While many wallet cases add bulk, this case is light and easy to manage, and the wood pattern on the back adds a fun and offbeat look. Again, you have some customization options here for design, so go ahead and have some fun!

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Speck Presidio2 Grip Case ($44.95)

For a balance of protection, comfort, and usability, the Speck Presidio2 Grip case has you covered. While many ultra-protective cases are so hard to put on and take off you feel like you need an engineering degree to do it, this case offers just enough flexibility to remove and replace the case with ease without compromising its protective quality. With 13-foot drop protection, you can rest easy knowing one false move won’t compromise your phone. The color options are limited, but with this kind of comfort and protection, it’s a worthy sacrifice to make.

Otter + Pop Symmetry Series Build Your Own Case (Starting at $49.95)

A seamless blend of comfort and style, the Otter + Pop Symmetry Series integrates a PopGrip into the case so the stand won’t snag on your pocket when you put your phone away. The PopGrip offers a convenient way to hold your phone and acts as a stand when pressed to the side. You can choose from many PopGrip designs and will receive the basic color as well as your custom design, which you can switch between as desired. Add in Otterbox’s famous durability and you have a case that’s hard to beat.

Smartish Gripzilla Armor Case ($19.99)

If you’re looking for a durable case that fits comfortably in your hand and doesn’t break the bank, I have the one for you. The Smartish Gripzilla Armor Case offers top-quality protection and grooved sides for a comfortable hold at an affordable price. The case is on the wider side, so smaller hands might not find the grooves as comfortable. The reinforced edges add next-level protection, so not only will you drop your case less, but you’ll be less anxious when you do.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.