Buyer's Guide 2019: Best iPhone Cases of the Year

Your iPhone is pretty tough, but not tough enough to leave home without a case on! Protect your smartphone investment with one of these cases from our 2019 Buyer's Guide case roundup. Whether you're looking for a folio phone case, a rugged iPhone case with great drop protection, or even a phone case subscription that will send you a new, beautiful case each month, we have something for you. 

Related: Best Protective Cases for the iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro


XDoria Defense Lux Black Carbon Fiber ($34.95)

This case differentiates itself from other black cases on a number of fronts. The Lux manages to be both understated and distinctive at the same time. The machined metal frame and Polycarbon back look sharp and give the case excellent overall drop protection of up to ten feet. It’s a very affordable price for the quality. Another good option from XDoria is the Defense Shield ($29.99), which has a metal rim that comes in a variety of colors and a clear back that shows off Apple’s iconic logo and design.


Casely Subscription ($15/case)

Your iPhone is an accessory that’s with you all the time, so why not have fun personalizing it? I like switching out iPhone cases every few weeks, so when I heard about Casely’s subscription option, it caught my attention. The cases are well constructed, with precise button cover placement and a sturdy lip that protects your display from drops. You can choose the delivery frequency (monthly or seasonal) and protection level. You can pick loud prints or go with something understated like marble or plaid.


Nomad Rugged Tri Folio ($79.95)

While the extra flaps of a folio case won’t be for everyone, I included one in this roundup because they can make an excellent wallet replacement. This Tri Folio includes four card slots and a cash slot, and it folds in the front, leaving the back unobstructed when wirelessly charging. Nomad uses vegetable-tanned leather from Horween Leather Company, one of the oldest tanneries in the US. The leather makes this case feel premium and professional while also delivering a surprisingly rugged product.


Otterbox Statement Series ($39.95)

While most of us love the way clear iPhone cases look, they often become scratched and discolored quickly. With the Otterbox Statement Series, you get the rugged protection of an Otterbox case with the visual appeal of a clear case, plus leather accents on the bottom that give it a unique look. At $39.95, it’s one of the more affordable Otterbox cases, and it looks sleeker than some of the super protective but visually unappealing cases the company is known for.


Case-Mate Tough Groove ($18.90)

The iPhone 11 line is made of extra-tough glass, but I’ve dropped, stepped on, and flung my phone enough times to stop taking chances. Keeping my phone safe and scratch-free is my number one concern when picking a case, and this pick from Case-Mate delivers in that area with ten-foot drop protection. The case is made of flexible rubber, with button covers that are easy to push and grooves on the back that are satisfying to grip. While I like the holographic effect of the iridescent finish, it also comes in clear or smoke for more subtle options.

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Donna Cleveland is the Editor in Chief of iPhone Life magazine. After a stint as a newspaper reporter, she became web editor at iPhone Life, where she continues to pair her penchant for storytelling with her love of Apple products. Donna holds a masters degree from the University of Iowa School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She also hosts a feminist podcast called Thread the Needle (