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.
- This case compatible with series 6/SE 44mm & series 5 44mm & series 4 44mm.
- This 44mm case was designed with precise cutouts for functional buttons and ports.
- It is easy take on and off and you do not need to take off your band.
Spigen Rugged Armor and Thin Fit Cases
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.
- Everyday scratch defense in a slim and lightweight layer
- Raised bezels around the screen for more screen protection
- Easy access to every button with precisely fitted cutouts
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.
- Full access to all features with precise cutouts
- Flexible TPU allows quick and easy installation
- Raised bezels for bolstered screen protection
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.
- Application: Compatible with series 6/SE 44mm(Released in 2020) & series 5 44mm(2019) & series 4...
- Overall protection: This case with glass screen protector is designed to offer external surface...
- Easy to install: Super easy to install for its snap-on design to avoid taking the straps off first.
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!
- Compatibility】Compatible with Apple Watch 44mm SE /Series 6/ Series 5/ Series 4
- 【Tempered Glass Screen Protector】Built-in front iwatch 44mm tempered glass screen protector...
- 【Ultra Slim】this iwatch Series 6/ SE/ 5/ 4 44mm case with screen protector is only of 1.3mm and...
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.
- 【Large Compatibility】: Compatible with Apple Watch (44mm) Series 6 SE in 2020,Series 5 in 2019...
- 【Material】: Durable plating metal & PET material .Full cover protects your Apple Watch from...
- 【High Sensitive Touch】:The PET protective film is 0.3mm ultra thin and provides 99.99% HD...
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.
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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.
- COMPATIBLE: Compatible with Apple Watch Series 6 /5 /4 /SE (44mm). Ultra-thin PC protective case...
- MATERIAL: Durable PC & PET material cover the screen and edges. Full cover protect your iWatch,...
- DESIGN: Smart design allows access to all controls, buttons, sensors and Apple watch features....
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.
- Slim and Durable:Made of durable top quality TPU with comfortable wearing experience,no deformation...
- More Choices:There are different popular colors available and four selected sizes for you to choose,...
- Special Design: Precise cutouts does not interfere with any of the buttons or knob,Slim &...
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.
- Shockproof Design - Quattro Series Case is designed to absorb impacts from any direction as well as...
- Premium Material - Made with scratch-resistant thermoplastic polyurethane for long-lasting...
- Precise Cutouts - The Quattro Series apple watch case was designed for the latest Apple Watch 6 SE 5...
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.
- Compatible with apple watch band SE, Series 6 /Series 5/ Series 4 44mm, apple watch Nike+, Sport and...
- Wrist Size: Fits 6.30 - 9.05 inches (160mm-230mm) wrists. An extra electroplated iwatch 44mm screen...
- Gradient fitted waist design: Made of premium stainless steel with upgraded integrated adapters,...
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.
- 【ULTRA-THIN DESIGNED】The front of the watch cover case is only 0.3mm, ensure your sensitive...
- 【DESIGNED FOR 44mm & 40mm】This case is designed for Apple Watch series 4 series 5 series 6, SE,...
- 【PRECISE CUTOUT】Precise cutouts are designed for functional buttons and ports. And this watch...
Tranesca All in One 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.
- All-in-one: Bumper case made of top quality TPU with gloss finishing; Specially designed built-in...
- Slim and Sensitive: Newly invented touch sensitive TPU (0.3mm thick) ensures minimum impact to touch...
- Precise Fit: Precise cutouts enables easy access to all ports, buttons with clear view of the watch...
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Last Updated on April 11, 2021