Friday, December 13, 2019

When your life is busy and fast-paced, you rely on your phone to keep up — but even though you might bring your smartphone everywhere, it’s not always up for the adventure, which is why a durable phone case is an essential phone accessory. Without one, your glass screen is at risk of breaking or shattering each time you accidentally drop it. But still, they do more than protect your phone — protective cases can also act as a fashion statement, and some cases double as a wallet to keep your credit cards handy.

To find the best phone cases on the market, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s Media and Tech lab tested over 50 different phone cases and had over 100 consumer testers try them out for a few days. From there, we selected the top-rated phone cases (including ones from popular brands like Otterbox and ones with cool features like battery charging), plus a few best-sellers and editor favorites.

When shopping for a new phone case, be sure to keep in mind how often you drop your phone. Some phone cases are super tough with built-in screen protectors, while others are made primarily for a cute Instagram picture. If you have a newer iPhone and prefer wireless charging, then make sure that your case is compatible. (All of the phone cases below are wireless-charging compatible unless otherwise noted.) Some of the phone cases on our list also come with other useful features, including waterproof cases and and dual-layer screen protection.

These are the best phone cases:

BEST OVERALL PHONE CASE
Symmetry Series
OTTERBOX


The Otterbox Symmetry gives you the same level of protection you’ve come to expect from the Otterbox Defender Series, only this time without the added bulk. The ultra slim yet protective design is perfect for carrying your phone in your pocket. The Symmetry Series also has a wide range of color and style options including the Otter + Pop iPhone case, which comes with a swappable Pop Socket for easy gripping — meaning, there will be a smaller chance of dropping it on your face while in bed.

Available for: iPhone 7/8, 7/8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, and XR; Samsung Galaxy S8, S9, S10, S10+, Note 9, and other older models; Pixel 2XL, 3, 3XL, 3a, and 3aXL

BEST VALUE PHONE CASE
DualPro
INCIPIO

The Incipio DualPro is the perfect combination: a slim fit and ultra protective. With its super-soft exterior and flexible buttons, it’s very comfortable to grip. And with a price just under $10, you can’t go wrong with this simple, sleek, and (most importantly) cheap phone case.

Available for: iPhone 7/8, 7/8 Plus, X, Xs, Xs Max, Xr, and other older models; Galaxy S8, S9, S10, S10+, Note 9, and other older models; Pixel 2XL, 3, 3XL, 3a, and 3aXL

BEST PHONE CASE WITH CARD SLOTS
Presidio Wallet
SPECK

The Speck Presidio wallet is a hardback minimalist wallet designed to store up to three credit cards, though we found you can get away with storing four cards and some cash. While it won’t hold all of the contents of your wallet, this protective case lets you keep the necessities handy. It’s durable and also holds its shape once cards are removed — which is easy to do, thanks to the cut-out. Just note that this phone case is not compatible for wireless charging.

Available for: iPhone 6/6s/7/8, 6/6s/7/8 Plus, X, Xs, Xs Max, and Xr; Galaxy S8, and S8+

BEST CLEAR PHONE CASE
Piccadilly Clear Case
GEAR 4

The Piccadilly from Gear 4 is a simple, no-frills phone case. With a slim fit design and clear back, this case will do a great job of showing off your device. It’s flexible and light, but still offers drop protection thanks to a raised edge and side grips.

Available for: iPhone 6/6s/7/8, 6/6s/7/8 Plus, X, Xs, Xs Max, and Xr; Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e

BEST WIRELESS CHARGING PHONE CASE
Juice Pack
MOPHIE

This surprisingly thin phone case comes with a built-in backup battery with over 30 hours of battery life. The Mophie Juice Pack Access case wirelessly charges your device leaving the lightning port open for wired headphones. There is also an on/off button so you can charge your device as needed.

BEST PATTERNED PHONE CASE WITH WALLET
Wallet Slayer Vol. 2
SILK

Unlike the Speck Presidio, the Silk Wallet Slayer Vol. 2 is a flexible softback wallet case. It’s designed to hold three cards, but you might be able to squeeze in a fourth depending on the thickness. But if you only want to carry a single card, don’t worry: There’s a protective lip to prevent it from falling out. The textured sides make it easy to grip, but it’s also a protective case, so it will survive any drop test you throw at it. Just note that it’s not compatible with wireless charging.

Available for: iPhone 5/5s/SE, 6/6s/7/8, X/Xs, Xs Max, and Xr; Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, and S9+

BEST WALLET PHONE CASE
Rugged Tri-Folio
NOMAD

With the vertical card pockets in the Nomad tri-folio wallet case, you never have to worry about losing or spilling your credit cards. The wallet also has three panels, meaning more room for cards and cash compared to other folio style cases on the market. The brand also uses 100% vegan leather that will develop a patina over time.

Available for: iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, and Xr

BEST LEATHER PHONE CASE
Leather Case
APPLE

This Apple leather case is sleek, slim, and soft, so it’s comfortable in your hand without being slippery. It has European leather backing and the interior is microfiber-lined, so your phone is protected from any unwanted scratches. Apple also makes a leather Folio option for card-and-cash carrying ease. The magnetic cover also means your phone will go to sleep automatically when closed.

Available for: iPhone 7/8, 7/8 Plus, X, Xs, Xs Max, and Xr

BEST PHONE CASE FOR CAR MOUNTING
iGlaze
MOSHI

This might look like your average phone case, but when you purchase it with the SnapTo, this Moshi case can be mounted on most flat surfaces. There’s also a car mount available to attach it to the dashboard, all using magnetic technology. This cell phone case is lightweight and easy to hold, but still offers protection to your phone.

Available for: iPhone 7/8, 7/8 Plus, X, Xs, Xs Max, and Xr

BEST WATERPROOF PHONE CASE
FRĒ Series Waterproof Case
LIFEPROOF

If you’re worried about dropping your phone in the pool, this FRĒ by Lifeproof case is what you need. It protects your phone from water, snow, dirt, and even the floor in case you drop it. In our lab tests, we found it can be completely submerged under about 6.5 feet of water continuously for an hour without a problem. In fact, you can still use your fingerprint sensor to unlock your phone underwater. It’s super easy to put on and use, so you can quickly swap it for your regular case if you’re heading to the beach or pool! Just note that it’s not compatible with wireless charging.

Available for: iPhone 5/5s/SE, 6/6s/7/8, 7/8 Plus, X/Xs, Xs Max, and Xr; Galaxy S6, S7, S8, S8+, S9, S9+, S10, and S10+; Google Pixel 2

BEST 3D PHONE CASE
Double Rainbow Silicone Case
BAN.DO

The Ban.do Double Rainbow Silicone case is fun and bold — the perfect phone case for anyone who’s a kid at heart. While it doesn’t offer much protection for your phone’s screen, the extra bulk makes it easy to hold and the bright color makes it easy to find, even in the messiest rooms. Plus, the silicone material is easy to clean in case of a spill. Just note that it’s not compatible with wireless charging.

Available for: iPhone 7/8 and 7/8 Plus

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