The best iPhone 6S cases and covers

Protect your gadget with our rundown of the best iPhone 6S cases and covers

Apple makes some incredibly beautiful smartphones, but unfortunately durability has never been a major focus. If you want to preserve the elegant design of your iPhone, then you’ll need to take a few precautions. The phone case market has exploded in recent years, making it difficult to decide upon the right case for your phone and lifestyle. To help you narrow down your choices, from all sorts of stylish finishes, solid drop protection, to added functionality, these are the best iPhone 6S cases and covers you can buy.

Using a newer device? Be sure to check out guides for the best iPhone 8 cases, the best iPhone X cases, and the best iPhone XS cases, best iPhone XS Max cases, and the best iPhone XR cases.

Vaja Embossed Leather Grip Case

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There’s always room to make a phone even more luxurious, and a case from Vaja is a great way of doing that. This striking leather case is made from Vaja’s Natural Vegetable Bridge Leather, and will naturally age alongside your phone, creating a beautiful patina the longer you use it. An eye-catching circular design emphasizes the bold style of your phone, but also adds extra grip, helping keep your phone in your hands. The leather is layered over a strong but thin polycarbonate case, which adds some protection. Be advised, though, that this won’t be as protective as other cases — it’s mostly there for style. But what a style.

Ghostek Nautical Series Waterproof Case

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Without any water-resistance, taking your iPhone 6S anywhere near water can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you’re heading to the pool, or just want to keep your phone safe against all sorts of liquids, you should invest in Ghostek’s Nautical Series case. The completely sealed construction offers a super-strong IP68-rating for water and dust-resistance, and should be able to keep your phone safe if it slips into water. But it’s not just proof against water. The solid design uses shock-absorbing corners and an inner air cushion to keep your device protected against drops, bumps, and scratches. It’s a great case for most uses, but the somewhat odd looks might put you off.

Otterbox Defender

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Perhaps the biggest name in personal phone protection, few case lists would feel right without the presence of at least one of Otterbox’s cases. If you’re worried your iPhone 6S won’t make it out in one piece, then the Otterbox Defender is what you need. The Defender offers complete protection thanks to a tough polycarbonate shell paired with a grippy slipcover on the outside. A built-in screen protector keeps the front of your phone safe, while the optional holster works as a belt-clip and a horizontal kickstand. If you’re looking for a negative point, the style could certainly be better. But if you’re not put off by the bland look, then the Otterbox Defender is the complete package.

iDeal Marble Fashion Case

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If you want a classic, luxurious look for your iPhone 6S, then iDeal’s new fashion cases might suit you. They come in all sorts of finishes, but the marble design is particularly eye-catching. These are slim, hard-shell cases with openings for your phone’s camera, buttons, and ports. There’s even a cut-out on the back to show off the Apple logo. If you want more protection, consider pairing the case with iDeal’s Swipe Wallet or the aptly titled Magnet Wallet ($45). The cases attach magnetically.

Caseable Hard Case

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Choose your own photo or design and have it printed on this hard case made of recycled water bottles. These cases function as slim shells, with cut-outs for accessing your phone’s many features. There’s a soft pad inside to help protect your iPhone, too, but it’s too minimal to provide rugged protection. The host of customization options are the real attraction, along with the bevy of stock options, many of which were developed in partnership with talented artists.

Twelve South SurfacePad Case

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This stylish leather cover feels luxurious. It’s a typical folio-style with a couple of slots in the cover to hold credit cards or ID. You can also fold it back to act as a landscape stand. Your iPhone 6S is completely accessible because, unusually, there’s no shell inside. You fit the iPhone onto an adhesive backing, and there’s a cut-out corner on the back to leave the camera open. It’s a slim, light case, and it will guard against scratches, but we wouldn’t rely on it for drop protection. You can choose from six different colors.

Spigen Neo Hybrid Ex Case

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This popular case from Spigen combines a flexible, clear TPU shell with a hard polycarbonate bumper. All of the cut-outs are generous and there are metallic button covers that are easy to find without looking. It provides a snug fit, the raised bezels at the front help to protect the screen, and it offers reasonable drop protection considering its slim build. Although the hard bumper comes in various different colors, we particularly like the rose gold and champagne gold options.

Vesel Wood Series Case

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If you’re looking for something minimalist, protective, and luxurious, then Vesel’s gorgeous bumpers could be for you. Precisely cut from aluminum and quality woods, these hand-finished bumpers are eye-catching, but they don’t cramp the style of your iPhone 6S. You get a wee screwdriver in the box to help you securely fit your bumper and it extends from the front to the back to protect your phone. The cut-outs are accurate and there are aluminum button covers affixed to the wooden frame, each of which works with a simple click. Moreover, you can get a range of different finishes and woods, with the frozen titanium gray and walnut being our favorite.

Noreve Tradition B Leather Case

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If you favor a leather wallet-style case then this French-designed beauty should be on your radar. The hand-crafted case is finished with high quality leather, and you can choose the texture and color you want. It opens like a book and there are two credit card slots with a larger pocket hidden behind within the cover. A small kickstand pops out of the back for propping your iPhone 6S in landscape view, and there’s also a secure magnetic closure, so the case won’t pop open uninvited. The iPhone rests inside within a small cradle, one outfitted with large cut-outs that give you access to your iPhone’s ports, buttons, and camera.

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