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Best iPhone XR cases: Top picks in every style

Buying the new iPhone XR? You'll need a case to keep it safe.

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Apple has announced a fleet of new iPhones. The most affordable of the bunch is the iPhone XR, starting at $749. The 6.1-inch phone has many of the premium features found in the more expensive iPhone XS and XS Max, and comes in six different colors. (See why we think the iPhone XR is a worthy upgrade to the iPhone X.)

iPhone XR cases: Our top picks

Our quick-hit recommendations. Read this article to find out what makes these cases stand out.

It might be the more affordable option, but it’s still a significant expense, so you’re going to want a case to protect it. Fortunately, there are some very nice case options to choose from. We rounded up our top picks to help you decide. We’ll add more to the list as new cases become available, so watch this space.

Best iPhone XR clear cases

The iPhone XR’s six different colors distinguish this smartphone from its siblings. The best way to show them off is a clear iPhone case.

Casetify Grip Clear

casetify grip clear iphone xr

Price: $40

Colors: Baby pink, black, frost white

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Casetify is known for its transparent cases with beautiful and unique graphics. But Casetify’s less expensive Grip Case also comes in a completely clear version to show off your chosen iPhone XR color. Despite not being the company’s military-grade Impact Case, the Grip Case is still very sturdy and can handle drops from up to 4 feet. The Grip Case comes with three different border colors as well, to accent your phone.

Casetify only provides a 6-month warranty, but shipping is included on orders more than $35.

OtterBox Symmetry Clear

otterbox symmetry series clear

Price: $49.95

Colors: Black, clear, sunflower yellow, maroon/grey, green/grey, glittery clear, lavender/maroon

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: OtterBox was one of the first to popularize rugged, protective cases for iPhones, and it’s still in the biz 20 years later. The company’s classic Symmetry Series comes in many colors, including clear and even a glittery clear version. What makes this OtterBox great is how snugly it fits and how its thick armor makes you feel your iPhone XR is safe.

Amazon includes shipping on this order since it comes to over $25, and OtterBox will still provide its famous Drop Protection Guarantee.

Speck Presidio Stay Clear

speck presidio stay clear

Price: $39.95

Colors: Clear

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Speck’s Presidio Stay Clear case is perfect for showing off the six different colors the iPhone XR comes in. The case has two layers of protection and a raised bezel, which is meant to protect your phone from drops up to 8 feet. It also claims to absorb UV rays and oil to prevent smudging. To the touch, the case is unflexing and incredibly tough.

Speck provides free shipping and returns in the U.S. And if you’re so inclined, you can pay an extra $5 for two-day shipping.

Best iPhone XR protective cases

The iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max all sport ultra-durable Corning Gorilla Glass 6, but you can never be too careful. These protective iPhone cases will provide the shielding you need.

Tech21 Evo Check

tech21 evo check

Price: $39.95

Colors: Black, orchid, red, violet, aqua, neon yellow

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: The semi-transparent Evo Check is surprisingly durable while being very flexible and even soft to the touch. Tech21 promises “scientifically proven” 12-foot drop protection in part thanks to the air pockets lining the case. Bezels at the bottom of the are also raised a little higher than most cases to protect the speakers and Lightning port. Buttons are also very firm and responsive. The brand name’s imprint on the interior back of the case feels a bit like sandpaper, but not enough so to harm the iPhone XR’s body.

Tech21 provides a limited lifetime warranty and includes 2 to 5 day shipping in the U.S. and Canada.

Proporta Flex Switch Carbon Fibre

proporta flex switch carbon fiber

Price: $54.95

Colors: Black

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Unlike its textured grey marl cousin, the Flex Switch Carbon Fibre offers even more protection due to its sturdier materials. This uniquely styled case from Proporta has a shiny black back and a tough, unflexing body. The hardshell case is made from TPU gel and has an air shock wall with a charcoal TPE gel lining. It even has a subtle kickstand that swings out from the top of the case.

The Flex Switch is sturdy in all the right areas, but flexible where buttons and ports are located. The air pockets lining its interior also provide extra shielding from drops. Proporta offers a lifetime warranty and ships to the U.S. for free within 5 to 7 working days.

Casetify Impact Case for iPhone XR

casetify impact xr

Price: $45

Colors: Huge number of designs and even custom cases

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Casetify is one of the most unique and colorful case makers around. The company has a range of artsy cases with different prints and designs for the iPhone XS Max, XS, and XR models. You can even decorate your own case. (A plain, clear option is also available for $10 less.) These cases are sturdy too, earning Casetify its slogan of “Real Cute. Real Tough.” The Impact Case is “military grade” and can survive drops of 6.6 feet.

One downside is that Casetify appears to only offer a 6-month warranty. But shipping on orders of $35 and up are free worldwide.

Best iPhone XR wallet cases

While not as big as the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max, the iPhone XR is fairly large at 6.1 inches. Wallet cases for this phone can definitely hold a good amount bills, cards, and papers.

OtterBox Strada Series Folio

otterbox strada series folio case

Price: $59.95

Colors: Black, brown, purple

Wireless charging: Not listed

Highlights: With a phone as big as the iPhone XR, you might as well use it to store your bills. And with OtterBox’s reputation for sturdy cases, you’ll get some good protection as well. This Strada Folio Case is made from leather, claims to age well, has a horizontal inside slot for cash or cards, and a magnetic strap and metal latch for the front cover. 

Along with OtterBox’s Drop Protection Guarantee, you’ll also get free shipping on this order since it comes to over $25.

Snakehive Vintage Leather Wallet

snakehive vintage chestnut brown leather wallet

Price: $29.99

Colors: Black, green, yellow, brown, blue, purple

Wireless charging: Not listed

Highlights: For 30 bucks, this case from Snakehive is a great deal for a product that looks and feels much more expensive. The treatment on the leather has a suede-like feel that makes it difficult to keep your hands away. The interior pockets are also very roomy and capable of holding plenty of papers, bills, and cards. You can even fold the case so it works as a kickstand for your iPhone XR’s large screen.

All Snakehive products offer a 1-year warranty and the company provides free shipping on orders over $25.

Pad & Quill Bella Fino

pad quill bella fino leather iphone xs max

Price: $79.95

Colors: Chocolate, whiskey, black

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: If you prefer wallet cases, there’s so much to love about Pad & Quill’s Bella Fino. The leather case feels incredibly lux and thicker and heavier than other wallet cases we’ve tried. It also closes with a satisfying magnetic snap and seems durable enough to last for years to come. You can even customize the case with your initials.

Pad & Quill offers an impressive 25-year leather warranty, which is something we haven’t seen from any other case maker. Shipping is included for all orders in the United States.

Best iPhone XR wooden cases

Wooden cases provide a lush feel and a unique look for the iPhone. There are many wooden iPhone cases out there, but we chose some of the most premium offerings out there.

KerfCase Wood Case

kerf case wood case

Price: Starting at $69

Colors: Walnut, cherry, maple, spalted maple, ambrosia maple, rosewood, bulletwood, figured walnut, bocote, sycamore, spalted beech, spalted walnut, padauk, purpleheart, mahogany, african mahogany, canarywood, eucalyptus burl, amboyna burl

Wireless charging: Yes

When it comes to wood cases, the folks at KerfCase know their stuff. This one-piece case is almost entirely made of wood, down even to the buttons. What’s more, it has the added touch of a luxurious suede lining. But possibly its most impressive feature is how the case comes in 19 different kinds of wood, ranging from walnut to amboyna burl. The price varies depending on the rarity of the wood you select. Walnut is the cheapest at $69 while eucalyptus burl is the most expensive at $409. Yikes!

All of the cases from Kerf Case are handmade in the U.S. and come with a lifetime warranty covering repairs. Shipping in the U.S. is included and should arrive within 2-4 business days via USPS. If you so desire, you can include your own engraving or image for an additional fee.

Mous Limitless 2.0 Wood Case

mous limitless 2.0 walnut wood

Price: $49.99 (regularly $59.99)

Colors: Bamboo, walnut wood

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Mous’s Limitless cases come in the same style but in a variety of prices depending on the material, including bamboo, leather, carbon fiber, walnut wood, and even shell. This particular case comes in either bamboo or walnut wood. What distinguishes Mous is not only how well made and sturdy the cases feel in your hand, but the rigorous testing methods the company uses: Slamming its cases with hammers, for exampl.

Starting at $49.99, they are pretty affordable considering the eclectic materials. And the company’s AirShock technology promises the cases will deliver maximum protection. Mous offers free shipping on orders over $75 and a limited lifetime warranty.

Best iPhone XR thin cases

Apple says the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max are the most durable iPhones yet, and drop tests appear to prove this. If you aren’t so worried about protection, you can just slip one of these ultra-thin cases on.

Moshi SuperSkin

moshi superskin iphone xr

Price: $24.95

Colors: Clear, black

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: The 0.35-millimeter thin SuperSkin case from Moshi is nothing short of a miracle. You can barely tell the iPhone XR is wearing a case when it’s on. But we can’t guarantee this “naked” case will provide much protection outside of preventing scratches. It’s still unbelievable, though.

All Moshi products have a 1-year warranty. The company also offers free 5 to 7 day shipping to the United States.

Totallee Thin iPhone XR Case

totallee thin iphone 9 case

Price: $29

Colors: Matte frosted clear, matte frosted black, matte solid black, matte grey, matte navy blue, glossy clear, glossy jet white, glossy jet black

Wireless charging support: Yes

Highlights: At 0.02 inches thin and 0.1 ounces light, this case from Totallee is among the thinnest and lightest you can buy right now. It may be simple in design, but it comes in a wide range of neutral colors in both matte and glossy finishes. The aesthetic is subdued but elegant and reasonably priced at $29. 

It also comes with a 2-year warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Orders over $35 ship worldwide for free within one business day, so it might be worth buying two cases. If not, you can pay $4.99 for 2-5 business day shipping or $8.99 for 1-3 day express shipping.

Peel Super Thin Case

peel super thin iphone xr

Price: $25

Colors: Clear, jet black, jet white, frosted black, black, transparent silver, transparent rose

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Peel. Its very name describes how unimaginably thin this iPhone case is. Equally impressive is how tightly the case snaps to the iPhone’s form. You’ll find it hard to pry off once it’s on—the case is really like a second skin. Of course, this 0.35mm case only offers minor protection from light drops and scratches. Though, it does have a lip around the iPhone’s camera which should make you feel safer.

Peel charges $5 for standard 4 to 8 day shipping in the U.S. and doesn’t offer an official warranty on its product, but says the “support team is always happy to find a resolution that best suits your situation.”

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