Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was reminded how important it is to have a good phone case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete – three days before I had to replace it. the screen cracked, and rarely for me did I use a case.
This is partly the reason why great emphasis was placed on making this list of the best cases for iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and covers) are all so similar this year, we have gathered them all in a list and provided links to each model. To the right you see a link to “See more”, and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 1
Each case listed should work with wireless charging, but if there is an exception, it will be called. We will also continue to update this list as we receive new and better cases.
Updated 10/12/20: Added new cases from OtterBox, ESR, X-Doria and Smartish.
Best protective cases
If you work in a tough environment, like to go for a walk, or are just prone to dropping your phone, you will want to check out these tough copies. They are thicker, yes, but you can rest easy when your phone is armored in them.
Colors: Black, mint
Highlights: It’s easy to find many “grippy” protective cases out there, but few are as impressive as this one. It has a similar grippy feel to what you find in Smartish’s bare-legged (and super affordable) Kung Fu Grip cover, but it also has three grooves for your fingers subtly dented into the edges. Smartish also structured the rough but rubbery exterior for extra grip, and the case maintains a fairly slim profile even with all the grooves and corner air pockets for extra bounce.
Smartish says “Gravity has no chance,” but unfortunately the case does not have a visible fall ranking. Still, if you go for “everyday tough”, this is the case to reach for.
Razer Arctech Pro-sak
Colors: Black, white, pink
Highlights: Players, you want to check this one out, especially now that Apple Arcade is here. Not only does the Razer’s Arctech Pro boast the well-known peripheral company’s signature black and neon green stylings, but it also has a “Thermapene” layer that, along with some ventilation, can emit heat from your phone if you play intensely. Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Beyond that, this tough little case can survive drops of up to 10 feet, and the soft, rubbery outer material keeps your hands from slipping away. The Slim model is similar, but it does not have the same degree of fall protection.
OtterBox Symmetry Case
Colors: Black, clear, sunflower, rose, rusty, pumpkin, sapphire, stone, silver flake, granite, clear / blue, “Wish Way Now”
Highlights: OtterBox is known for tough but ridiculously large cases that turn even the thinnest iPhone into something that looks more like a Game Boy from 1989 seen from the side. Fortunately, with its Symmetry line, OtterBox shows it can offer similar protection in slimmer forms. You’ll find a rubber-like material around the screen and along the sides for better grip and bounce in case of falls, while the back is made of rigid polycarbonate reminiscent of the tough Defender line. It’s still thick, but you can comfortably put this case in your jeans. If you’re still worried that your case may be run over by a truck or accidentally come into contact with a hammer while you are at work, you will probably still have a Defender. But for everything else? Symmetry should do well.
Speck Presidio Grip Case
Colors: Black, blue, gray, pink
Highlights: The design of the Specks Presidio Grip cases rarely changes from one iPhone release to another – and with good reason too: It’s tough, the backs reduce the chances of the phone falling from your hands, and it’s a nice “lip” edge to protect the screen from falling down.
Specks says the inside of a Presidio case is “designed for shocks” and that it will survive drops of up to 13 feet. After using one for several months with another iPhone model, there is some truth in this, although the tracks will wear over time with frequent use, but not much. If you want a more “fun” selection of similar cases, check out the Specks CandyShell line.
UAG Monarch Series
Colors: Black, carbon fiber, red
Highlights: Many issues on this site are tough. But if you also want your case to go see tough, then you’ll do well to check out the Monarch series from Urban Armor Gear. UAG’s marketing plays out how Monarch faces a well-known military drop test (which is not as difficult to meet as you might think), and it’s hard not to admire the metal and leather used for the backyard and the oversized rubber bumpers used for the corners. The rubbery edges provide excellent grippiness, and the large buttons and full coverage for the speakers and lightning port represent improvements over many of the cases listed here.
Still, at $ 60, you may feel like you need to be a monarch to buy one. If you like the design but do not want to use it pretty so much money, you should check out UAG’s Pathfinder series instead. You miss the broken leather and metal elements, but you get about the same protection for “only” $ 40.
Grip2ü Boost bag
Colors: Black, white, clear
Highlights: Grip2üs Boost case is tough on its own (if it’s a bit boring), but it’s all the things attached to it that make it stand out in the crowd. There is a large “handle” of rubber you can slide three fingers through, and you can replace that strap with different colored variants from Grip2ü if the mood strikes you (or if they wear out).
In addition to this strap, you will also find a small kickstand that keeps the phone supported in landscape mode. Impressive, you can still charge your phone wirelessly even with the strap in the way.
Best environmentally friendly cases
It’s good to have a long-term case. But if you do not want a plastic iPhone cover that sticks centuries, so check the case under this heading. It’s more than good enough to qualify as a protective case, but its compatibility puts it in a class of its own.
Incipio Organicore Cover (iPhone 11)
- iPhone 11: $ 39
- iPhone 11 Pro: $ 39
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: $ 39
Colors: Black, green, gray, beige
Highlights: Normally you have to sacrifice quality if you want an environmentally friendly iPhone cover: Maybe it’s too hard to press the buttons, otherwise it will simply not stay in place.
But Incipio’s Organicore case sets a new standard. It feels a lot like Apple’s grippy silicone case, but it’s made entirely of plants and is 100% compostable. Even better, Incipio says it can also protect your phone from a six-foot drop – and that’s right, judging by an accident I had. It even comes in Midnight Green. If you want a high quality iPhone case that is also environmentally friendly, this is the best you can get.
Best clear cases
The iPhone is a beautiful machine, and now that it’s tougher than ever, you’ll usually be safe with a case that provides a decent degree of protection while still letting the world see your midnight green underneath.
Spigen liquid crystal clear case
Highlights: Spigen makes my favorite clear case for the new iPhones. It looks a lot like Apple’s own clear case, but it also comes with “air cushion” technology in the corners for extra bounce when you release it.
It’s slippery but grippy, and the plastic does not pick up fingerprint stains too easily. It’s not super thin as a Totallee case – but it has a good “lip” that helps you keep your screen protected when you fall down. It’s also ridiculously cheap.
Gear4 Crystal Palace case
Colors: Clear, charcoal, pink, blue, yellow
If you want a clear case with a streak of colors, you should check out Gear4’s Crystal Palace series. Gear4 makes these cases with D3O – a polycarbonate material used for bulletproof glass, among other things – and as you might expect with such a claim, Crystal Palace cases are reportedly capable of withstanding falls of around 13 feet. As a bonus, they are also insanely resistant to fingerprint stains.
You can get a clear version, but I especially love these cases because Gear4 makes lightly colored models. With the neon blue cover I used, my midnight green iPhone 11 Pro, for example, got an attractive blue-green hue that reminds me of the Mediterranean. Additional features include smooth edges and an attractive tapered edge around the camera.
Totallee Ultra Thin Case (Transparent)
Colors: Transparent, red, frosted black, frosted clear, black, navy blue
Highlights: The cover of Totallee is so rubbery and fits perfectly to the iPhone that it feels as if you are pulling off an old shell from an insect when you remove it. This transparent case does not sit pretty as ridiculously close to the phone as some of Totallee’s other varieties of ultra-thin bags do, but this is certainly one of the best qualities that is thin and clear.
For extra protection, you will find a short “lip” around the camera, although strangely enough there is not one around the front display. Be careful if you drop the phone while it is in this case, as Totallee only says that it is “durable” and offers “shock protection.” On the bright side, the rubbery material is so grippy that you usually do not have to worry about it falling anyway. And unlike Apple’s own clear case, it’s remarkably resistant to fingerprints.
Apple Clear Case
Highlights: Apple’s clear case is … interesting. On the one hand, it is solid but flexible (and then falls into an “intermediate range” on the hardness scale); on the other, it is ridiculously prone to fingerprint stains. You can see how fast this happens in our unboxing video. It’s a shame, since even Spigen’s case does not do so well to smooth the transition from the back to the sides of the case. As we expected from Apple, it is also expensive.
Best thin cases
Thin is in, especially when it comes to cases. With cases like these, you can keep your device protected and appreciates all the work Apple puts into making the phones as thin as possible.
Caudabe: The Sheath Case
Colors: Black, gray
Highlights: If Batman has a case on his iPhone, I can imagine it looks like the vagina. It is thin – not as thin as Caudabe’s 0.35 mm thick Veil case, but 90mm it is so thin that I hardly feel like I use the case at all. The extra “bulk” comes from the “ShockLite” material used for the shell, which is both grippy and apparently shock-absorbing enough to help the phone survive falls of up to 6.6 feet. To me, at least the vagina checks all the boxes: It’s thin, it’s tough enough, and it looks amazing. At the moment, it’s my favorite case.
tech21 StudioColour bag
Colors: Teal, black, coral, blue, purple, rust, yellow
Highlights: Compared to many cases on this list, Tech21 StudioColour is ridiculously simple – but for all that, it’s one of my favorites. It is so thin that it hardly feels like you are using the case, if it were not for a little rough material on the outside for better grip. This material also has antimicrobial protection, which helps prevent the formation of stains due to the bacteria on the hands. And get this: Even though it’s so simple, thin and light, Tech21’s case can apparently survive up to eight foot drops.
Best leather bags
Leather is one of the oldest materials used to keep things protected, and it often looks stylish to boot.