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Best iPhone cases: keep your phone safe and secure with our protective and stylish picks

Bypass breakages and prevent cracked screens with our roundup of the best iPhone cases to protect your device, featuring honest, unbiased recommendations from the Mumsnet forums. 

By Poppy O'Neill | Last updated May 1, 2022

Best iPhone cases

Love them or hate them, we rely on our smartphones for everything from entertainment to life admin, grocery shopping to work meetings so it's imperative to keep them safe, secure and protected at all times. Investing in the right case for your iPhone gives you peace of mind that, even if it gets dropped, knocked or even thrown, your precious phone will emerge in full working order and without a scratch. 

Choosing a case to protect your darling device is an important decision. We’ve harnessed the power of the Mumsnet Talk forums to dial in advice from iPhone-wielding parents to help you make the right call. 

Here are the best iPhone cases to buy this year.

1. Best overall iPhone case: Otterbox Strada Premium Leather Folio Case

Otterbox iPhone case

Price: £25 | Buy now from Amazon

"Otterbox Strada here, replaced a Tech21 case, much prefer the leather. I am super clumsy so need decent shock protection!" - vetted by Mumsnet user, HardAsSnails

"We've had Otterbox cases for years and never <crosses fingers> smashed a phone, despite being owned variously by a tradesman, a teenager and me. They're not the prettiest I'll admit, but needs must" tried and tested by Mumsnet user, Largepiecesofcrookedwood

Forming a protective box all the way around your phone, the Otterbox Strada is a Mumsnetter favourite. Drop-tested 24 times, Otterbox really put their designs through the wringer, and Mumsnetters can vouch for their effectiveness. We like this understated brown leather style, with its slim profile and room for a couple of cards inside. It’s got a magnetic clasp to keep it closed while in your bag, and you can control the volume  even when the case is closed - perfect for your workout playlist. 

Key specs

  • Material: Leather
  • Compatible with: iPhone 7, 8, SE, 11, 12, 13, XS

2. Best budget iPhone case: Gorilla Shockproof Bumper Case

Gorilla iPhone case

Price: £4 | Buy now from Amazon

"DH uses a Gorilla case, it's been fantastic, very robust and has taken a lot of abuse over the years" - recommended by Mumsnet user, Defender90

For a tough case that looks after your pennies as well as your phone, this Gorilla case does the job. At under a fiver it’s a basic case made from hardened thermoplastic polyurethane gel. It has reinforced corners to protect your phone from bumps, and thick edges for preventing screen damage when your iPhone lands face-down. 

Key specs

  • Material: TPU
  • Compatible with: iPhone 11

3. Best leather iPhone case: Apple Leather iPhone Case

Apple leather iPhone case

Price: £49 | Buy now from Apple

"I just use the leather case from Apple, it gives enough grip so it doesn’t slip out of my hand and offers protection enough for my needs. I think I’ve accidentally knocked it off my desk a couple of times and one or other of the cats has knocked it off the counter while it’s been charging, but nothing, not a mark on it and we have hard floors" - recommended by Mumsnet user, WarpedGalaxy

This simple leather case from Apple offers an easy way to give your iPhone a stylish makeover. We love the yellow case in particular, and there are five other colours to choose from. Fitting snugly around your phone, there’s minimal bulk to the design, and the leather’s lovely and soft. You can keep the case on even when using wireless charging, and it’s been rigorously drop-tested so it won’t let you down. 

Key specs

  • Material: Leather
  • Compatible with: iPhone 11 Pro

4. Best shockproof iPhone case: Spigen Neo Hybrid iPhone Case

Spigen Neo Hybrid iPhone case

Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon

"I'm very clumsy and always have a Spigen Neo hybrid" - vetted by Mumsnet user, uncomfortablydumb53

"Spigen have been good for me for years. My phone was recently run over by cars on a busy road after falling out of my pocket. Screen smashed due to pressure and stones but the glass back and sides were fine. Phone repair man couldn’t believe the phone still worked" - recommended by Mumsnet user, HMIT

Butter-fingered Mumsnetters swear by Spigen for keeping their iPhones in one piece. The slim Neo Hybrid is deceptively tough and protective, with polycarbonate bumpers to protect your phone’s corners. Adding only 0.16” thickness, and with subtly raised edges around the screen and camera, it’s designed to offer maximum safety with minimum bulk. 

Key specs

  • Material: TPU
  • Compatible with: iPhone 11

5. Best wallet-style iPhone case: iCatchy for iPhone 12 Case

iCatchy iPhone case

Price: £7 | Buy now from Amazon

"So far the best has been a cheap leather wallet-style folding cases from Amazon! I drop mine regularly, at least a couple of times a week MINIMUM" - recommended by Mumsnet user, HuhWhatNow

Due to its wraparound design, a folio-style case is a smart option for protecting your phone. The folding cover provides screen protection as well as a handy pocket to keep your bank cards in, and it folds into a viewing stand for when you want to kick back and watch Netflix. This one’s a bargain at £7, and it's widely available for all models of iPhone. 

Key specs

  • Material: Faux leather
  • Compatible with: iPhone 12, 12 Pro

6. Best protective iPhone case: tech21 Evo Check for Apple iPhone 12

tech21 iPhone case

Price: £25 | Buy now from Amazon

"tech21. Bulletproof. Can seem pricey but I’ve always had them and they’ve kept my phones immaculate and protected. First bought when the Apple Store staff told me they’d recently spent a training session trying to break products protected with tech 21 cases by throwing them as hard as possible into the floor across the store!" - vetted by Mumsnet user, CrystalTits

"tech21 always. I threw my ex iPhone off the balcony onto a marble floor from height with considerable force after a errrrrr slight disagreement. Not a scratch" - recommended by Mumsnet user, hairybakers

Drop-tested from 12 feet by tech21 and Mumsnetters alike, the tech21 iPhone cases are a force to be reckoned with. We quite fancy this fluorescent yellow version, and there are plain and patterned styles available too if you’re after something less hi-viz. The case is coated with an anti-microbal ‘Biosheild’ to keep it hygienic, and despite its toughness, it’s not at all bulky. 

Key specs

  • Material: TPU
  • Compatible with: iPhone 12/12 Pro

7. Best durable iPhone case: Mous Limitless iPhone Case

Mous iPhone case

Price: £35 | Buy now from Amazon

"When DS gets a new phone for his birthday he wants a Mous Limitless case for it" - recommended by Mumsnet user, spiderlight

"Mous are brilliant" - vetted by Mumsnet user, YorkshireGirl35

Made using real wood, this case from Mous is designed to look beautiful on the outside while offering amazing protection on the inside. It’s not cheap, but the case is super high quality and comes with a screen protector in the box.  Mous’ Airoshock material is used to line its range of iPhone cases, absorbing shocks if and when you drop your phone. 

Key specs

  • Material: Wood
  • Compatible with: iPhone XR

8. Best eco-friendly iPhone case: Casetify Sustainable Range

Casetify iPhone case

Price: £32 | Buy now from Casetify

"I have a Casetify case for my iPhone X. It’s very protective" - recommended by Mumsnet user, WhatALump

Casetify make the coolest iPhone cases. With hundreds of designs to suit every taste, we love this cute floral one, which is partly made from recycled phone cases. Boasting an anti-microbial coating, 6.6-foot drop protection and wireless charging compatibility, this case will make your phone look good as well as keeping it safe. The RE:Casetify programme takes old phone cases and re-purposes them into bumpers for new ones - plus you get a 15% discount when you send in your old case. 

Key specs

  • Material: qitech, recycled plastic
  • Compatible with: 7-13 Pro

9. Best designer iPhone case: Kate Spade iridescent iPhone Case

Kate Spade iPhone case

Price: £35 | Buy now from Kate Spade

"Has survived many many drops and kids and toddlers playing with it... Including this eve on kitchen tiles!" - recommended by Mumsnet user, omri

We think this shiny, glitzy case by Kate Spade is rather lovely. Made with iridescent foil and resin, it looks great and takes good care of your phone. Kate Spade has quite a line in iPhone accessories, with dinky cross-body bags, folio cases, lanyards and ring-stands available on its website. 

Key specs

  • Material: Resin
  • Compatible with: iPhone 12 Pro max

10. Best transparent iPhone case: Ringke Fusion iPhone Case

Ringke Fusion iPhone case

Price: £7 | Buy now from Amazon

"I bought a Ringke Fusion phone case off Amazon last year for my iPhone 11 (they do it for the 13 too) last year. Absolutely brilliant, and I've dropped my phone numerous times. Not a single crack. It's quite a thick sturdy case" - recommended by Mumsnet user, BippityBoppity87

This practical case from Ringke is scratch and shock resistant, comes with raised corner bumpers and is a snip at under £7. If you love the look of your iPhone and don’t want to cover it up, this subtle but highly protective case is just the ticket. 

Key specs

  • Material: TPU and polycarbonate
  • Compatible with: iPhone 11 Pro max

Do you need a case for your iPhone?

iPhones are pretty pricey, but if you take good care of them, they last. A phone case is a relatively cheap way to avoid costly repair bills, or having to replace your phone prematurely. You can probably get away with not having an iPhone case, but accidents happen and you might live to regret your decision. 

What’s the most protective type of phone case?

A shock-absorbing case with a folding cover gives your phone maximum protection against drops and accidents. If you don’t like the faff of a cover, a tough TPU case with raised bumpers, plus a screen protector is the next best thing. 

What’s the best colour for an iPhone case?

That’s entirely down to personal taste! There are thousands of designs out there, including personalised phone cases. Or, if you like how your phone looks, you can opt for a transparent case. 

What’s the best iPhone case to buy?

The Otterbox Strada is the best iPhone case to buy. It’s got all the lab-tested shock absorbing powers, plus a folding cover with a magnetic clasp to keep your phone safe and secure at all times. 

How we chose our recommendations 

We scoured Mumsnet forums to find out which iPhone cases our users rate highly - and which ones they weren’t impressed by.

We also consulted consumer watchdogs and took note of what they looked for in iPhone cases and which brands they were recommending to their readers.

Finally, we collated all that information and then looked at other online reviews to see which iPhone cases had received the best recommendations.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.