The Nintendo Switch is one of the best game consoles available, but it’s not without its drawbacks. The system’s portability means it can be damaged when dropped or moved, and the screen is often the first casualty. Made of plastic instead of glass like most phones and tablets, the Nintendo Switch screen is very easy to scratch if players aren’t careful.
That can be avoided with a good screen protector, both on the standard system and on the newer Nintendo Switch Lite. With so many to choose from, which ones are worth it? Digital Trends took a look at plastic and glass protectors across both the standard Switch and Switch Lite and rounded up the very best.
Nintendo Switch (Plastic)
Nintendo Switch Official Screen Protection Kit
A cheap option for those who want to use flexible plastic protectors instead of tempered glass, the Nintendo Switch Official Screen Protection Kit is a no-frills kit that does its job. The Nintendo Switch is safe from scratches when it is applied and it can still easily be placed in and removed from the dock without any extra force. However, it’s important that this protector is applied perfectly, as it is cut to the exact dimensions of the console’s screen. For those with shaky hands, it’s best to look at a different option, but Digital Trends has used this protector for several years without issue while regularly docking and undocking the system.
HORI Screen Protector
HORI is one of the most prolific third-party Switch accessory brands, and it offers its own plastic screen protector that is resistant to scratches without sacrificing clarity. It has slightly more room around the outside edges compared to the PDP protector, and the film-based application system makes it easy to get it on your system and reduce or eliminated bubbles under the surface. It’s also a very inexpensive option, making ideal for those who need to protect multiple Switch systems or want to try out a few different protectors before settling on one, though it can’t easily be reattached if removed.
Nintendo Switch (Glass)
amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector Two-Pack
One of the most popular screen protectors, and for good reason, the amFilm Tempered Screen Protector Two-Pack is remarkably inexpensive despite coming with two glass screen protectors. They are 0.3mm thick and will not interfere with the console’s touch controls, and the pack also includes wet wipes, a microfiber cloth, and a squeeze card to make the application process a breeze. For those worried about doing serious damage to the Switch’s screen, the amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector is a brilliant option, as it will protect the screen underneath against bumps and drops without compromising game visuals or adding unnecessary bulk.
Maexus Switch Screen Protector Two-Pack
Another great glass screen protector option, the Maexus Switch Screen Protector Two-Pack includes everything necessary to apply the protector without getting dirt underneath, including a dust absorber, wet wipes, and dry wipes. The protector is slightly thicker than the amFilm option, but it also uses an anti-fingerprint coating to keep it looking sharper whenever players have the system in handheld mode. It’s designed to repel oil, and if it does break, the anti-fragmenting design will keep it from shedding dangerous glass shards. The Maexus protector is one of the cheapest glass protectors available but doesn’t sacrifice quality.
Nintendo Switch Lite (Plastic)
HORI Protective Screen Filter
Similar to the protector for the full-size Switch, the HORI Nintendo Switch Lite Protective Screen Filter is a flexible plastic design made in Japan. It’s easy to apply, just like with the other HORI protector, and it’s almost impossible to tell there is even any protector on the Switch Lite once it has been adhered. A plastic film won’t offer the same protection against drops, but it is very resistant against scratches and is best paired with a carrying case if players plan to travel. It’s even worth applying for those who put the system in a pocket, as buttons and keys can easily scratch the Switch Lite without one.
HORI Nintendo Switch Lite and System Protector Set
An all-in-one solution for those who don’t want a separate carrying case, the Screen and System Protector Set by HORI includes the same plastic screen protector as the previous choice, but with an included hard plastic shell for the system itself. This ensures the entire console is protected at all times, including when players are actively using it, and it’s easy to remove and reattach. All buttons, sticks, and ports are still available when in use, and it also includes its own stand so players can use the system in tabletop mode. Because it’s so slim, the Switch Lite should still fit in a carrying case, as well, if even more protection is necessary.
Nintendo Switch Lite (Glass)
amFilm Tempered Glass Switch Lite Screen Protector Three-Pack
Very similar to the amFilm protector for the standard Switch, the amFilm Tempered Glass Switch Lite Screen Protector includes three glass protectors for less than $10, along with wet wipes and a microfiber cloth to make application easy. It also has “hinge stickers” for even simpler application, and its 0.3mm design is perfect for the smaller system. Including three in the pack means multiple Switch Lite players in one household can their own protector out of one purchase, and its durable design will keep the systems safe against bumps and scratches.
iVoler VGuard Switch Lite Screen Protector Four-Pack
Offering four glass screen protectors for less than $10, the iVoler VGuard Switch Lite Screen Protector Four-Pack is an inexpensive and high-quality way to protect every Switch Lite in a house. It features the same 0.3mm thickness as the amFilm protector, along with wet wipes and a microfiber cloth to get the system completely clean before application. It also includes a two-year warranty if it happens to fair, and promises 99.9% viewing clarity. Touch controls are not impeded, either, and it can resist scratches via anything from keys to coins.
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