The 10 Best Apple Watch Cases

Aug 9, 2019

Category: Gear

When it comes to smartwatches, the Apple Watch was an immediate classic and a complete game-changer in the tech industry. And with each iteration, it gets better and better. That being said, it’s also still quite expensive to purchase one and, while they’ve beefed up the durability, is still a relatively delicate piece of tech.

As such, we’re firm believers that owners of these top-notch wrist computers should do everything in their power to keep them safe and in working condition — especially if you plan to take them out of the city and into the outdoors. That starts with preventative measures, like screen-protectors and watch cases. The latter are abundant in their styling, included features, and construction and can make all the difference in keeping your smart device functioning as intended. Find the perfect one for you on our list of the best Apple Watch cases below.

Phenom Apple Watch Screen Protector Case

If simplicity and cleanliness are your primary concerns outside of keeping your Apple Watch safe, then you might want to opt for this transparent case from Phenom. It retains the looks of your watch while imbuing it with a bit more protection than you might otherwise have. And since it covers the whole unit — screen, side, back, and all — it is a good deal better than a stick-on screen protector. Of course, if you want to add a bit of color, they also come in a number of tints.

Material: TPU
Strap Included: No
Compatibility: 40mm Apple Watch 4

Purchase: $7+

SporTop Rugged Protective Bumper Case

While the housing of your Apple Watch is plenty durable, it sometimes needs a little extra help — especially if you’re the type who doesn’t want to be hampered by delicate tech in your adventures. But if you already like your strap, that can be a bit difficult to manage. Luckily, there’s the SporTop Rugged Protective Bumper Case. Soft and flexible, this case easily wraps around your watch unit and keeps it protected without hampering use of the crown or your ability to pop on your favorite Apple Watch strap. And once you’re done using it, you can remove it just as easily.

Material: TPU
Strap Included: No
Compatibility: 40-44mm Apple Watch 1, 2, & 3

Purchase: $10

Ocyclone Apple Watch Bumper Case

Finding an Apple Watch case is an obnoxious enough prospect without having to make sure it matches whatever strap you want to use. But you can bypass that issue entirely with the Ocyclone Apple Watch Bumper Case. That’s because this accessory comes with an integrated silicone band that matches the case perfectly. On top of keeping your smartwatch safe and unimpeded, it’s also plenty stylish — especially if you like just a touch of angular ruggedness to its appearance.

Material: Silicone
Strap Included: Yes
Compatibility: 38-44mm Apple Watch 1, 2, & 3

Purchase: $11+

Caseology Apple Watch 4 Case

Let it be known that sometimes simple is better. And perhaps nowhere is that more apparent than in the Caseology Apple Watch 4 Case. Compatible with either 40 or 44mm options, this case is made from sturdy, protective thermoplastic polyurethane and comes in your choice of two colors. It’s also flexible, easy to put on or remove, and has handy slots at the top and bottom to ensure you can use any strap you want with it without sacrificing its strength or durability. You’ll probably still want a screen protector, but that’s small potatoes if you’re happy with this minimalist case.

Material: TPU
Strap Included: No
Compatibility: 40-44mm Apple Watch 4

Purchase: $15

SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Case

Look past the transformers-esque name and you might realize that SUPCASE’s Unicorn Beetle Pro Apple Watch Case is one of the absolute best on the market — both in regards to its built-in protection and in its styling. Done up in four different color options, this case is a handsome housing for your favorite piece of tech, and its combination of TPU and polycarbonate (the same stuff used to make bulletproof glass) means it will keep your tech safe and sound day-in and day-out. Best of all, it comes with an integrated case, so you don’t have to fiddle with figuring out how to wear it.

Material: Polycarbonate & TPU
Strap Included: Yes
Compatibility: 42mm Apple Watch 3

Purchase: $20

Spigen Rugged Armor Pro Case

If you want the ruggedness and even some of the looks of a Casio G-Shock watch, but you don’t want to give up your Apple Watch, the Spigen is a pretty solid compromise. Made from TPU — both the case and the integrated strap — this Apple Watch case offers up 360-degrees of protection from all jarring impacts. It also has carbon fiber accents and a gunmetal clasp for just a touch of tactical styling without overdoing it. And you’ll still be able to access the screen and all the buttons you need.

Material: TPU
Strap Included: Yes
Compatibility: 44mm Apple Watch 4

Purchase: $20

X-Doria Defense Edge Apple Watch Case

While things like TPU are great at baseline protection, your watch will always be safer if guarded by a sturdier material — which is exactly what the X-Doria Defense Edge Apple Watch Case capitalizes upon. You see, while this case is partially made from TPU, it also has a rigid frame built from aluminum that’s ultra-tough but also still very lightweight. And you don’t have to worry about scratches on your smartwatch’s case, because the lining of this is all soft rubber — only the exterior is rugged and tough, which is exactly what you want.

Material: Aluminum & TPU
Strap Included: No
Compatibility: 38mm Apple Watch 1, 2, & 3

Purchase: $26

Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case

While all of the Apple Watch cases on our list are excellent for day-to-day protection, those who are looking for even more will likely find themselves drawn to the Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case. Yes, you read that right, this case makes your Apple Watch even more waterproof than it already was. In fact, the housing is good for depths of up to 330 feet and has a rating of IP68 — which more than sets it apart from the rest of the options out there. If you spend a lot of time in the water and you want to bring your Apple Watch along for the ride, go no further.

Material: Silicone
Strap Included: Yes
Compatibility: 42mm Apple Watch 2 & 3

Purchase: $70

Lunatik Epik Aluminum Apple Watch Case

One of the bigger bummers of many Apple Watch cases and straps is that they don’t quite stand up to the classic looks of standard timepieces. This one, however, offers tons of protection and is stylistically superior to its brethren, as it is crafted from ultra-tough aluminum and has an integrated link band. That means not only will it keep your favorite smartwatch safe and sound, but it elevates it to a piece you might feel more comfortable wearing to formal events. Of course, there’s a higher price as a result, but there’s no denying all the benefits.

Material: Aluminum
Strap Included: Yes
Compatibility: Apple Watch 3

Purchase: $159

MTM A-38 Apple Watch Case

Leave it to a company like MTM to create what might just be the ultimate Apple Watch case. In case you’re not familiar, MTM is famous for making some extremely badass traditional watches, but it looks like they didn’t want to be left in the dirt when the smartwatch craze broke out. Rather than trying to build their own, however, they wised up and created this titanium housing for the world’s favorite smartwatch. So if you own an Apple Watch and you want a case that can survive the apocalypse, this is it. Better still, it also has slots for dual “micro-dials” — which can counteract the risk of your watch running out of battery — and it has customizable straps that include rubber, GTX, and leather options.

Material: Titanium
Strap Included: Yes
Compatibility: 38mm Apple Watch 2 & 3

Purchase: $199

The 8 Best Apple Watch Chargers

Now that you’ve got your case all squared away, you still need a way to keep your favorite smartwatch juiced. And you’ll definitely find what you need on our list of the best Apple Watch chargers.

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