The iPhone 6 remains a proven hit, but shortly after the now-aging model hit stores shelves, they also began to hit floors and sidewalks. The device’s smooth, slippery finish isn’t necessarily made for those of us with butterfingers, though, you can alleviate the worry with a little protection. Below are our picks for the best iPhone 6 cases and covers, whether you’re looking for something svelte, stylish, or cheap.
Pad & Quill is all about luxury, functionality, and craftsmanship, and the company the Luxury Pocket Book case doesn’t disappoint. Made using full-grain, American leather, this case is meant to completely replace your wallet. Such being the case, it features five internal pockets, including a clear ID pocket and a hidden cash pocket. It also comes in five color combinations, it can be personalized, and it ships with a hand-finished birch cradle for additional style and protection. This is a bulkier case than you might be used to, however, and doesn’t support the iPhone’s flash function. Still, that may not be a huge deal breaker if everything else about the case speaks to you.
Lunatik TAKTIK Strike ($50)
The Taktik Strike features shock-absorbing Impact Truss technology and ballistic bezels, meaning it’s tougher than the slim design and lightweight build lets on. This case will protect your phone from drops, shocks, and even the heaviest of impacts, and your display will be protected thanks to the tempered glass screen protector. The case also features a switch that allows you to toggle the ringer on and off easier, and an audio toggle seal that pivots and allows you to choose how loud you want the sounds coming from your phone to be.
If you want a case that protects not just your device, but the all important buttons that reside along its edges, Inner Exile has such a case for you. It looks as elegant as possible, with a smooth aluminum design. The case comes in two parts that snap-lock together, and once it’s locked, the iPhone is held in place and protected from every angle by a hardened polycarbonate shell designed to hug its every curve. It also comes with a 3.5mm adapter, making it compatible with all headphone jacks.
The Armorbox’s design may be a little off-putting — especially given the visible kickstand on back — but that’s only because the case was designed with protection in mind, not style. The case’s design, which uses outer and inner shells, is meant to provide maximum protection, while the ribbed trim gives you a better grip on your iPhone 6 and helps reduce the chance of accidental drops. It also comes with a screen protector.
Spigen Tough Armor FX Case ($18+)
What this case lacks in colors and design, it makes up for with overall protection. The case utilizes TPU and polycarbonate materials, along with button covers, a built-in screen protector, and raised corners that lift the back of the phone. The latter has also been treated with a special coating to ensure it maintains the iPhone’s responsiveness and functionality. Drop protection, shock absorption, and air cushioning in the corners round out the hallmarks, all of which have been to meet military drop-test standards.
iDeal Swipe Wallet Case ($20+)
iDeal wants you to never have to open your case in order to answer phone calls — and the Swipe Wallet comes with several unique and practical features to make this a reality. First off, there’s the answer function located on the front of the case, which allows you to answer calls with the mere swipe of a finger. The window on the front can also display the time, music, and calls, while the side contains two hidden volume buttons. Since it’s a wallet case, it also has slots on the back for holding up to four cards, and its slim design allows it to rest neatly within your pocket. It also has a built-in stand and magnetic closure.
Zagg Speaker Case ($82+)
This unusual offering from Zagg is unlike any iPhone 6 case we’ve seen before. There’s a simple black bumper case with metallic button covers, then there’s a separate Bluetooth speaker and microphone that snaps into the back. The idea is that you only take the speaker when you need it, and easily pop it out and use it in the center of the table for conference calls. It also boosts the sound considerably when listening to various forms of entertainment, though it’s not really powerful enough to fill a room with music. As an added bonus, the speaker section contains a 1,800mAh battery and a USB port, so you can potentially use charge your iPhone battery so longs as you bring your Lightning cable with you.
Loopy Case ($35)
Do you often fumble with your iPhone 6 when trying to juggle it with your keys, coffee cup, and whatever else you’re holding? Then you’re going to love the Loopy Case. It’s a pretty standard, flexible case with a hard-shell backing, but it has a wee added extra on the back in the shape of a rubber loop. The idea is that you can stick a finger through the loop and easily secure your iPhone. Doing so makes it easy to carry multiple items, or just add a touch of extra security whenever you’re holding your phone. It can also work as a stand for propping your iPhone in landscape view. The ends of the changeable loop — it comes with a spare — give the case a slight curve when the iPhone is fitted, but we bounced it up and down vigorously and there’s no doubt that it’s truly secure once placed.
Burkley Jacketcase ($30+)
What do you do if you love leather, but you don’t want a wallet case? You check out this case from Burkley, which features a fitted hard-shell design and a leather finish. Snap your iPhone 6 securely into place, and you’ll find accurate openings for your ports, camera, and buttons. The coverage is pretty minimal, so this isn’t the most protective case out there, but the leather finish is attractive and makes your phone very comfortable to hold given the added grip. You also have a choice of different colors and styles of leather.
Mikol Nero Marquina Case ($100)
Premium iPhone cases come in all sorts of different flavors, but this is the first time we’ve seen a marble one. These cases look absolutely stunning, but we’re not sure how practical they are, and we’re not willing to drop test one. The basic case is standard TPU, minimalist, and closely fitted to the iPhone 6, with cut-outs in all the right places. Set into the back is a panel of marble. Each case is completely unique. You can go for white, black, or a kind of reddish option, and you can also get the white one with white TPU instead of black. These aren’t protective cases, they’re all about the style, and they aren’t cheap.
The ITG Level case from Patchworks has a classic dual-layer design with tough polycarbonate on the outside and shock absorbing TPU inside. It meets military drop test standard 810G, so you can rely on it to keep your iPhone 6 safe. It’s surprisingly slim for a protective case, the cut-outs are generous, and there’s a bezel round the front to protect that screen. The sides are also subtly textured to add grip, and the button covers are easy to use. You can pick it up in a choice of four colors: black, white, red, or sand.
Cover-Up Woodback Snap Case ($21+)
It can be expensive to snag a wooden phone case sometimes, but Cover-Up offer a range that won’t break the bank. You’ve got a solid, polycarbonate case in black, with a wooden panel on the back. It will offer basic protection from scuffs and bumps – don’t expect amazing drop protection. You can choose from a wide range of different woods, from cedar, to mahogany, to maple (there are 12 in all). The cut-outs are accurate and it’s a thin case, so there’s nothing to interfere with your normal iPhone 6 usage. If you spend an extra $5, you can get a lightning bolt or treble clef on the back.
Magpul Carrying Case ($12+)
These cases come in a few different colors, they’re easy to fit, they’re protective, and they’re cheap. The case is quite thick, made from a flexible TPU material, and it has a grid pattern that adds some extra grip. There’s a lip around the front to protect the screen, easy to find and press button covers, and accurate openings. The headphone port could be a problem with some jacks because of the case thickness. It’s a decent option if you want protection on a budget.
Speck MightyShell Case ($34+)
If you’re in the habit of fumbling and dropping your iPhone 6 a lot then drop protection should be on the top of your list when shopping for cases. The MightyShell from Speck actually exceeds military drop test standards. It has a multi-layer bumper and a radial pattern inside that absorbs shock and cushions the iPhone 6. There’s also a raised bezel to protect the screen. Usually, rugged cases are really thick, but this one is relatively slim. There’s a version with a clear back that allows Apple’s design to shine through, or you can opt for various color combos. Speck is so confident about this case that it comes with a lifetime warranty.
If you can’t bear to cover your iPhone 6 up, then a bumper might be the right choice for you. Rhinoshield offers a solid, protective bumper in a choice of seven different colors. The matte finish is soft and enhances grip. The button covers are clearly marked and easy to find without looking. There are adequate openings for your ports, though some third-party accessories with larger jacks might not fit. You also get a protective coating for the back of your iPhone, which you apply like a screen protector. The bumper definitely adds a bit of bulk, but it survived drop tests up to 15 feet, so it should certainly keep your iPhone safe.
Tech21 Evo Mesh Case ($50+)
You can expect solid drop protection from Tech21’s cases without the need for excessive bulk. The company has a special process that enables its TPU cases to dissipate the force of any impact so your iPhone doesn’t bear the brunt of the impact. You’ve got white, pink, and blue, as well as smokey red and black color options. There’s a bezel on the front to protect the screen and button covers on the sides. The openings are all present and correct and the case is a perfect fit. All the cases are translucent, so you can see the iPhone design beneath the protective dot pattern.
Omaker Bumper Case ($4)
This case is very flexible, so it’s easy to fit and it feels nice in hand. The corners are reinforced to bear the brunt of any impact and the front has raised edges to protect the screen. There are button covers for power and volume, but the volume buttons are a little stiff. There are also cut-outs for all your ports, the mute switch, and the camera and flash. It’s a transparent case, but there is a dot pattern on the back. You can get it in clear and smoky versions at this price, or opt for translucent blue or pink at $10.
Toffee Flip Wallet Case ($19+)
Thoughtful design and quality materials make this case well worth checking out. It will suit anyone on the lookout for a wallet-style case for the iPhone 6. The exterior is genuine leather in black, red, or brown. Inside there’s a hard shell that holds your phone in place. It has all the usual cut-outs for easy access, and there’s a blue check or blue dot lining. You’ll find three slots for credit cards and ID, and a large pouch for cash. The elastic closure keeps the case firmly closed, and when you open it to take a call, there’s a clever magnet that holds the flap back for you.
Vesel Wood Series Bumper ($110)
At first glance, you might recoil at the price tag on these luxury bumpers, but the quality is impressive. The metal series offers aluminum in different shades with different colors of plastic on the joints, but it’s the wood series that’s more likely to seduce you. The top and bottom come in your choice of bright silver or darker gray aluminum, and you can combine that with oak or walnut sides. There are also perfectly suited aluminum button covers. The bumper is fitted by unscrewing the top piece and sliding the iPhone 6 into place. Strictly speaking, there’s no protection front and back, but the frame is larger than the iPhone all the way round, so the screen and the camera lens on the back won’t be touching if you put it down or drop it on a flat surface. These bumpers are really all about style, and they match the elegant design of the iPhone 6 beautifully.
Kenu Highline ($30+)
This is something a little bit different. What if your iPhone 6 had a bungee cord attached, so it couldn’t hit the ground, even if you dropped it? Kenu has come up with a very minimal shell in matte black, with large cut-outs, and a texture that really enhances your grip. The case isn’t going to save your phone if it actually hits the floor, but that’s what the elastic leash is for. It clips onto the case and into the Lightning port, and it boasts a Kevlar core, which means it isn’t breaking. Attach the loop to something like a zip, and you can whip that iPhone out on the ski lift, or at the top of the Empire State Building without a worry.
LifeProof makes cases that enable you to take your iPhone everywhere you go, no matter the terrain or weather. To protect your iPhone from dirt, water, snow, or concrete, means making a case that almost completely seals the phone inside. The FRĒ WaterProof is submersible in water up to 6.6 feet, can handle drops from 6.6 feet, and comes with a built-in screen protector to keep your display in perfect condition. In addition, it’s dirt proof, thanks to its compact design, and covered buttons and ports. As a LifeProof case, it’s also compatible with the company’s smartphone belt clip, bike mount, and armband.
Nodus Access Case 2 ($70)
This premium leather case has an understated style that should appeal to a lot of people. The genuine, luxurious leather exterior comes in either brown or black, and yo can opt for a vertical (flip) or horizontal (portfolio) opening. Inside, there’s a microfiber lining and a pocket for holding cash and cards. This case has no cradle or shell, but instead, features a panel with suction cups that holds your iPhone 6 firmly in place, even when dropped. A small panel on the cover also keeps it closed. This helps the case retains its slim build, provides easy access your phone’s ports and buttons, and ensures that there’s nothing to detract from the iPhone 6’s design.
Pong Sleek Case ($50)
The idea behind Pong’s cases is to try and reduce your exposure to radiation and the company claims it has found a way to do that while also boosting your outbound signal thanks to the built-in antenna technology. The lightweight Sleek case also manages to be svelte and quite stylish with a distinctive pattern on the back. You’ve got full access to ports, buttons, and the camera with the case on. It’s not really rugged, but it meets military standards for drops of up to four feet. You can get it in black, white, or red.
JimmyCase Wallet ($36+)
You get a distinctive look and a great mix of materials with the wallet from JimmyCase. Made in California, these cases combine a silicone bumper, with a gorgeous mahogany back panel, and a practical, eye-catching elastic pocket on the back. The elastic pocket enables you to slot in cash and cards, so it can act as a real wallet replacement, stretching to accommodate what you need to take, unlike many wallet cases which have very limited space. You’ll find a range of different color combos on offer.
OtterBox Defender Case ($30+)
The Defender case from OtterBox is designed to withstand everyday drops and impacts. Take one look at this case, and you know it’s rugged, but OtterBox’s Defender series isn’t only effective against the outside world, it’s also fairly stylish, and comes in a range of colors to complement your iPhone. Using three different components — the inner shell, outer slipcover, and touchscreen protector — the case completely covers the phone, keeping it dirt and dust-free, and shielding your display. You can also pair the Defender case with OtterBox’s holster and belt clip for easier transportation, and even more protection while you’re on the move.
Fuz Felt Case ($23)
As it turns out, felt is a natural shock absorbent. Fuz’s distinct design is perfect for making a statement, though the minimal design is less protective than others on this list. It won’t withstand significant drops. The 2mm shell does include a thin plastic liner that’ll protect your screen when you set your phone face-down. The understated gray color is perfect for anyone who wants their iPhone 6 a truly dignified look.
Moshi Sensecover Case ($13)
The USP for this case is the window in the front cover which allows you to check the time, reject calls, or swipe off alarms without having to open it. It’s a standard folio style case that opens like a book. It has cut-outs for the camera and Apple logo on the back and a scratch-resistant viewing window on the front. The fake leather cover has a magnetic closure with microfiber on the inside. Your iPhone 6 sits in a TPU shell that should keep it safe from small drops or bumps. The cover can also fold back and act as a stand. You can get this one in black, white, or pink.
Amzer Crusta Case ($32+)
The Crusta case from Amzer certainly looks different and it offers rugged protection at a reasonable price. You’ll find a tempered glass screen protector which will safeguard your screen from scratches without impacting touch sensitivity. The case itself is a hard, polycarbonate shell with a tempered glass backing, and there’s a layer of softer plastic like rubber that goes around the outside forming air pockets to absorb shock. The buttons are covered and so are all the ports, which will keep out dust. It can handle drops from up to six feet. You also get a rotating holster with belt clip. There are more than 40 different color variations available.
CM4 Q Card Case ($16+)
If it’s a wallet replacement that you’re looking for, then check out this case from CM4. It has a durable, soft-touch rubber frame to keep your iPhone 6 secure complete with a generous cut-out for the camera and flash, soft covers for the buttons, and cut-outs for the ports. On the back, you’ll find a stitched fabric pocket that can comfortably hold three cards and some cash. It offers quick and convenient access. The front bezel prevents your screen from being damaged if you lay it face down. You can get this in green, gold, or black.
Speck Candyshell Grip Case ($16+)
You can enjoy solid, military-grade drop protection with this case. It combines a hard shell with a rubber interior that includes a lip around the front to protect the screen, button covers, and stripes on the back and sides. The stripes aren’t just aesthetic, they also help to provide extra grip. There are precise cut-outs for the camera and ports. It’s not the slimmest of iPhone 6 cases, but it does provide good protection and comes in a variety of color combinations.
Incipio Octane Case ($6+)
You don’t have to hide your iPhone 6 away with the Octane case from Incipio. There’s a transparent polycarbonate panel on the back that reveals the logo beneath, and a contrasting colored bumper around the edges that’s designed to bear the brunt of any impact. It also covers the buttons for all round protection and includes precision cut-outs for the ports and camera. This lightweight case doesn’t add too much bulk, but it does deliver good drop protection. The outer bumper comes in a variety of colors.
Body Glove ShockSuit Case ($25+)
They don’t come much tougher than this rugged offering from Body Glove. The ShockSuit comes in two parts and features full protection for every angle of your iPhone 6. It has port covers, button covers, and a built-in screen protector. The corners are heavily reinforced to take the sting out of any impact and it meets the latest 810G military drop standard. If this is a bit too bulky for you, or you don’t want the built-in screen protector, check out the Fusion Pro or the Rise, both priced at $30.
Clean industrial design that’s practical with a sci-fi style is what you can expect from UAG. This folio case is also seriously tough. It combines an impact resistant honeycomb core with an outer layer called Frogskin that adds excellent grip even when wet. This case meets military standards for drop tests, so you know your iPhone 6 will survive a tumble. It can act as a wallet replacement with room for three credit cards, and it has precise cut-outs, guaranteeing glare-free flash and no audio muffling.
Grovemade Leather Case ($109)
If you’re looking for something a bit special, then you may just be seduced by these gorgeous leather cases from Grovemade. These are handcrafted genuine leather cases finished in tones that match the walnut or maple wooden frame interiors. They don’t just look great, these cases provide all-round protection and double up as a landscape stand. If this is a bit too rich, you can get the wooden case alone for $100, or opt for a $50 wooden bumper.
Trident Aegis Case ($8+)
This case delivers rugged protection and it covers every angle of your new iPhone 6 to make sure there is no lasting damage from accidents. Extra-thick shock absorbent corners take the knocks, a hardened polycarbonate shell provides glossy protection and there are plugs for your ports and dust filters. Like many rugged options, it meets the 810F military standard for drop tests, and you also get a screen protector in the pack. It’s available in seven different colors.
Seidio Dilex Pro Case ($17+)
The honeycomb interior on this Seidio cases should dissipate shock, and there’s a comfortable rubberized coating on the outside that will enhance your grip. You also get a handy extra: a metal kickstand that pops out to allow for landscape movie viewing. The interlocking layers are easy to fit and don’t add too much in the way of bulk. You can pick this one up in a few different colors, and it has an optional holster and swiveling belt-clip attachment.
Beautifully handcrafted premium leather cases from Noreve add a real touch of classic style to your iPhone 6. This version flips opens vertically like a traditional pocket notebook. It is padded for protection, and there’s a soft lining with the Noreve logo. You’ll find generous openings for access to all of your phone functions. You can also choose from a wide range of different colors and get the case with or without a belt clip.
Incipio NGP ($9+)
Mid-level protection, sharp aesthetics, and low price make the Incipio NGP case worth a visit. The iPhone 6 iteration is just as durable and affordable as past Incipio cases. It’s a terrific budget option for someone who’s considering the in-house silicone case from Apple. This one features a protruding lip to protect your screen face and a soft case that is easy to grip and foregrounds the slim appeal of the iPhone 6. At $12, it’s one of the best low-budget cases on the market and is available in six color options.
Case-Mate Brilliance Case ($40+)
You’re sure to dazzle everyone in a one-mile radius if you opt for this glamorous case which comes in three different styles. All of them feature crystals on the back combined with premium leather accents. The bumper frame comes off and you place your iPhone 6 on the cushioned back then clip it back on. You might find that the case comes apart when you drop it, but your phone won’t and that’s the important thing. You’ll find large cut-outs for the camera and ports. The buttons are all covered, but they’re easy to use. The crystals make this case really heavy, and they can snag on things. We’d also expect them to come off in time if you’re not super-careful. This expensive option is all about the bling and everything else is secondary.
Nothing fits better than Apple’s own iPhone 6 case made from silicone. It has the same soft microfiber lining as the more expensive leather case, and a durable silicone outer to prevent against minor falls and scrapes. It’s pretty much as close you’ll get to a perfect fit. Apple’s in-house case also comes with a variety of bright colors. The case has a minimal lip to protect the screen when you set the phone face down.