We can assume that if you have an iPhone, you have a case on it. Sure, it feels nice without one, but until Apple starts making their phones out of bulletproof glass, you’re going to rely on a case. Plus, it’s an opportunity to add a little bit of personality since there are so many options! So, why wouldn’t you treat your Apple Watch with the same care? Did you know there are hundreds of different Apple Watch cases out there? Protect your expensive smartwatch with an inexpensive case, and you’ll thank yourself when your screen is in mint condition later on.
What to look for in Apple Watch Cases
Before you purchase, make sure you have read the specifications, so you have the right case for the model you have.
Cases for the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE are the same size and will also fit on the Series 5 and 4. You’ll find them in either 40mm or 44mm sizes.
If you’re using the still-relevant Apple Watch Series 3, cases for this also fit a Series 1 and 2 because they came out in 38 and 42mm sizes. Though if you are using a Series 1 or 2 still, you clearly already know how to look after it.
We’ve taken the time to review, test, and compile a list of 10 of the best Apple Watch cases, that have the best balance of protection and aesthetics.
If your main priority is protecting your Apple Watch, tempered glass is the way to go.
The Smilling option is a hard case, offering full protection without compromising the sleek look of the watch itself.
Superb protection from scratches, bumps, and dust. Note, though, it isn’t waterproof, but neither are any of the other cases. You have to rely on the watch for this.
Easy to fit – simply snap on. Very comfortable, all-rounder design which is easy to wear and gives the watch a better, rugged look in our opinion. Should any water droplets enter the case, they’re pretty easy to wipe.
Compatible with Apple Watch 6, SE, Series 5 and 4.
2. Spigen Thin Fit Case
Spigen is one of the best-selling popular products out there. You have a choice of whether you want the rugged armor version or the thin fit. Both are pretty good all-rounders. You may need to add front glass protection which is easily found and helps avoid water droplets inside the case which can happen in combination cases.
The thin fit is easy to put on and off and gives your apple watch the protection you need without compromising on looks.
3. Spigen Rugged Armor Case
The rugged armor case is has a “rugged” look for sure but it’s a bit more subtle in real life than shown in close-up pictures of it. It’s made out of flexible TPU and offers better protection, although it is not snap on snap off as easily as the thin one. Also available in a band plus case bundle. The choice is yours.
We like this offering because it’s handy to have a backup in your drawer if you damage the first one. These cases come with tempered glass, designed to offer maximum protection without impacting readability or usability.
Easy to fit, just snap over your display. No need to remove the strap. You can easily remove wipe and return if necessary. Offers all-round protection, feels soft even though it is tough.
These come in two colors, black or transparent if you’d rather it was invisible. With each package, we got two cases that could come in handy when required. The clear one doesn’t look as good as the black one on the watch in our opinion.
Compatible with Apple Watch 6, SE, Series 5 and Series 4.
5. Baozai Tempered Glass Full Coverage Case
A second tempered glass option offering full coverage of your display and side buttons to avoid scratches and dust. This ultra-slim case is also shockproof from bumps and scratches. This case is quite similar to the Misxi one, so it’s easily fitted and removed.
Suitable for all Apple Watch models, but be careful to choose the right one when purchasing!
A high-quality bumper shield with all-round protection. that will protect your iwatch in most scenarios. You will need to add glass protection to it and fit it by removing the band first. You get solid protection and a stylish appearance.
Lot’s of interesting, unique designs to choose from from Rhinoshield. This case gives you strong protection from a company you can trust. Enough said.
Finally, we reach a metal bumper case with highly-senstive touch responsiveness. Top this with one of the best, easy on and off-screen protectors in this bunch, the Ritastar is an extremely good choice for a simple yet good apple watch case.
This is an impact-resistant case offering full cover to resist bumps, scratches, and breaking.
Ultra-thin at only 0.3mm, it adds little to no weight to your watch whilst offering maximum protection. Its thinness also doesn’t hinder the brightness or sensitivity of the display. Easy to snap on and off – this is one of the thinnest we have seen in this lower price range.
Available in black, gold, rose gold and silver.
Compatible with all Apple Watch models. Be sure to pick the right size for your model.
8. Pitaka Air Case for Apple Watch
We have decided to include a review for a luxury case that costs around $40 in this review because we felt it a must. After all, you have spent quite a lot on the best smartwatch there is and you may want to accessorize it with the best protection.
When we say best it does not necessarily mean the best protection, but also the best looks. The Pitaka air case is stylish and ultra-strong – made with genuine aramid fiber. It is also scratch-resistant and very very thin.
Match it with the Pitaka band for the ultimate setup as pictured below. You will also need a screen protector for the screen but we sometimes find that an advantage because the case never needs to be taken off (like after a shower).
It’s available on Amazon so if you want to indulge yourself – go ahead. You won’t regret it.
We really like the Onmroad protective case for the Apple Watch. It’s simple yet good and also good looking at a competitive price. Onmroad offers cases for all the Apple Watch models – make sure to select the right one.
A hard bumper case with tempered glass gives you the full protection you need in one package which is sometimes a better solution. It snaps on and off quite easily should you need to remove, wipe or change the case, without having to remove the strap first. The tempered glass is very clear and ultra touch-sensitive.
Onmroad will go the extra mile in terms of warranty and replace the case for any quality issue within a day. We can’t recommend them highly enough.
A bestseller on Amazon, this case is a slim apple watch guard compatible with series 4,5 and 6/SE available for both the 40mm and 44mm. Make sure you choose the right one for your watch.
Like most other cases you can charge your phone without needing to take it off. It’s also got a screen protector built-in which is a plus. The pzoz case is thin and light and can be easily removed and wiped when required. This is probably true for all other cases that combine a screen protector, especially if you occasionally get some water trapped under it.
Comes in 6 different colors so you can choose the most appropriate for your watch.
A good deal for a simple yet good case. You get two for the price you would normally pay for one. These are good quality and are a great fit if you have a black Apple Watch or want the clear case for protection.
Designed for Apple Watch Series 4-6/SE both 44mm/40mm are supported (separately) and nearly 100% transparency with the ultra-thin tempered glass cover. Good for everyday use and as good as many others on this list. You won’t go wrong if this is what you’re looking for, backed with a genuine guarantee.
If you’re looking for a bold colour, you can treat yourself to a few of these soft, flexible, and lightweight TPU bumper cases from Botomall.
Choose from Barbie pink, mint green, orange, red, blue, and many others. Pick whichever suits your mood or outfit that day!
This is a super lightweight but durable material for comfortable wear and total protection from bumps. It feels like silicone, but that’s what it is, basically.
Available in all sizes for all models.
13. Elkson Quattro Series Bumper Case
With a shockproof design, this bumper case is designed for people who are either active or clumsy. Give your Apple Watch a more rugged look with a raised edge for shock absorption as well as screen, button, and crown protection.
Though it looks chunky, this case weighs less than 5g.
This case has been purposely designed to work with a wireless charger without having to remove it.
Not so easy to put on and remove because the strap goes through it and has to be removed first. Also, this is the only one we reviewed that doesn’t come with a screen protector. You should get one separately. Together – this is one of the most protective cases we have reviewed.
Available in black, military green, and storm white. Give your Apple Watch a military, rugged feel and possibly also a better protection.
Compatible with Apple Watch 6, SE, 5 and 4.
14. iiteeology Stainless Steel Link Bracelet and Case
A little different when it comes to protecting your Apple Watch. There’s a stainless steel link bracelet with an attached screen protector in one.
Durable and flexible, this strap and case combination offers protection that leaves your display and buttons covered.
99% transparency so you will not lose the readability or touch sensitivity of your display.
It is available in black, gold, silver and rose gold (for Series 3, 4 and 5 only). We found the black set of matching case and strap a bit glittery, but it’s a matter of taste.
Suitable for all Apple Watch models, but be careful to choose the right one when purchasing, especially if you like the rose gold. A great unisex offering.
15. Aladrs Ultra Thin HD Bumper Case
A 0.3mm, ultra-thin and lightweight case with precise cutouts for your button and crown.
Minimise any distraction from your Apple Watch with a transparent case, or go for a colourful option. If shiny metallic finishes are your bag, these will make your watch pop as well as fully protecting it.
Great value at under $7 for a two-pack.
16. Zebra 5 Pack (Soft TPU)
This all round soft TPU screen protector and case comes in 5 different colors to suit most Apple Watch colors. You get a good deal but not necessarily good looks, but that really depends on your taste. The quality on these case is good enough. Should you wish to change cases often or share cases with familiy members – this could be the package you need.
17. ZEBRE 6 Pack Hard PC Case
Zebre Also offer a PC hard case version which we liked better than the TPU cases. It’s a hard cover which means better protection and also looks better as we said. This version offers tempered glass and quick snap-on. A very good deal and more practical as well.
18. Tranesca All in One (Soft TPU) Cases
For a relatively low price, you get 8 cases of different colors. If changing colors is your thing then this is the way to go. We found the clear and black ones OK but the others were a bit too shiny in our opinion.
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Last Updated on May 3, 2021