Best iPhone XS cases: Our top picks in all styles

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If you’ve upgraded to Apple’s iPhone XS, the new 5.8-inch successor to the iPhone X, you’ll surely want a case to keep this premium phone protected and pristine.

Fortunately, there are a variety of nice options to choose from, in styles ranging from thin and unobtrusive, to rugged, to showy. We rounded up some of our top picks. As we review more excellent cases, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

Best iPhone XS clear cases

These clear-as-crystal cases will show off your iPhone XS’s elegant form and offer some decent protection.

UAG Plasma Ice

uag plasma ice

Price: $39.95

Colors: Ice, ash, cobalt, magma

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: UAG’s cases both look and feel indestructible. The Plasma Ice is no exception, but it also shows off your iPhone through its clear back. Despite its rugged design that meets military drop-test standards, the case is surprisingly light. The buttons are also oversized and easy to press.

UAG’s cases come with a 1-year warranty and include free shipping in the United States.

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 your iPhone XS while providing ample shielding. 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.

Gear4 Crystal Palace

gear4 crystal palace iphone xs

Price: $39.99

Colors: Clear

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: The Gear4 Crystal Palace is very similar to Speck’s Presidio Stay Clear, except it promises drop protection up to 10 feet instead of the Presidio’s 8 feet. It also feels a bit more flexible than the rigid Stay Clear. The Crystal Palace is made using D30 tech, which safeguarded the case during drop tests in sports and motorcycle rides.

Gear4 provides a limited lifetime warranty, offers free shipping globally, and takes 6 to 8 business days to arrive in the U.S with standard shipping.

Best iPhone XS wallet cases

Turn your phone into a wallet with these protective and elegant cases. While not a true replacement for a wallet, these picks can hold a good amount of cards, bills, and papers.

Bellroy Phone Case 3 Card

bellroy 3 card caramel

Price: $74.95

Colors: Navy, black, caramel, coral, graphite

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Bellroy is a maker of premium bags, smartphone cases, and accessories with some classic looks. This 3 Card phone case is available for the iPhone XS (as well as the larger XS Max and XR models) and is made from sturdy leather while being surprisingly light. The magnetic card holder on its back can hold about three credit cards or a few bills.

Every Bellroy case comes with an impressive 3-year warranty. Shipping to the United States and Europe is included in the price.

Pad & Quill Bella Fino

pad quill bella fino leather iphone xs max

Price: $89.95

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.

Silk Wallet Slayer Vol. 2

silk wallet slayer vol 2 black

Price: $24.99

Colors: Black, dark red, blue

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: This wallet case from Silk has a pleasing textured, no-slip grip and internal air-pockets to protect the iPhone XS. And it snaps on the phone for a perfect, tight fit. Its back can store up to three cards plus a few bills, but that’s generally enough when you’re on the go. One of the case’s clever perks is how you can stick a card in a groove on the back to give it a kickstand.

The case includes a screen protector, a limited lifetime warranty, and 2-5 day USPS shipping in the United States. Not a bad deal.

Best iPhone XS protective cases

Keeping your iPhone protected is the number one reason you should have a case. Here are some of the sturdiest, safest cases you can get.

Moshi Kameleon

Price: $49.95

Colors: Ivory white, midnight blue

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Like any Moshi product, the Kameleon is modern with effortless class. It sports a kickstand that seamlessly blends in with the case and opens and closes with a satisfying snap. A raised bezel protects the screen when laid flat, and the case itself guarantees “extreme drop protection” as proved by the 26 consecutive drops from 4 feet it underwent in testing. My only complaint is that the lock button on the side is a bit too small. (And I have no idea why it’s called the Kameleon because it certainly doesn’t change color.)

Moshi offers a limited lifetime warranty on all of its products and free 5 to 7 day shipping in the United States.

LifeProof NËXT

lifeproof next iphone xs

Price: $79.99

Colors: Black, violet, army green, pink, dark blue

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Drop-proof. Dirt-proof. Snow-proof. That’s what the LifeProof’s NËXT case guarantees. The NËXT is aimed at people who love the outdoors or who just want protection for their phone that goes the extra mile. It handily survives drops up to 6.5 feet and shields the ports, mic, and speakers of the iPhone XS. But while durable, it’s also got an easy and comfortable grip thanks to its rubber bumper.

Lifeproof offers a 1-year warranty and includes 8 to 13 business day shipping.

Olixar Manta

olixar manta blue iphone xs

Price: $29.99

Colors: Black, blue

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Olixar’s Manta is a rugged, futuristic-looking case that’s ready to handle some of the worst drops. It adds even more protection thanks to a tempered glass front cover that comes with the case. The rubber bumper on the sides are also soft to the touch and makes the buttons responsive. And its robotic-looking kickstand that flips out the back tastefully blends in with the overall design.

Olixar’s cases come with a 2-year warranty and the company includes shipping in the U.S.

Casetify Impact

casetify iphone cases

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 XS wood cases

Add a natural look to your iPhone XS with these cases carved from premium wood.

KerfCase Alloy Case

kerfcase alloy case iphone xs

Price: $159.99

Colors: Wood, leather (for $219)

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: The team over at KerfCase knows their way around wood. Manufactured in the U.S., the handmade Alloy Case isn’t cheap, but it definitely feels expensive. The case consists of two parts: A removable wood backing lined with suede and a thick, metal rim. The encasings around the buttons are made out of wood, however.

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 at no additional cost. You can also get this case in leather instead of wood for $219.

Mous Limitless 2.0 Wood

mous limitless 2.0 walnut wood

Price: $39.99 (regularly $69.99)

Colors: Bamboo, walnut wood

Wireless charging: Yes

Highlights: Mous’s Limitless cases come in the same style but in a variety of prices and materials, including bamboo, leather, carbon fiber, walnut wood, and even shell. This particular case comes in either bamboo or walnut wood.

They aren’t cheap. But the company’s AirShock technology promises the cases will deliver maximum protection. How do they know? Well, they slammed them with hammers to prove it. Mous offers free shipping on orders over $75 and a limited lifetime warranty.

Best iPhone XS thin cases

So you don’t want a bulky case? These ultra-thin cases will protect your iPhone and make you forget you have a case on it at all.

Moshi SuperSkin

moshi superskin

Price: $29.95

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 XS Max 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

totallee thin iphone xs max case navy blue

Price: $25

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: 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 $25. It’s perfect for protecting your iPhone from scratches and light drops, but not from more sinister falls. The iPhone XS is very durable on its own though, so you might be fine without a more rugged case.

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 superthin iphone xs

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 it 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 they say the “support team is always happy to find a resolution that best suits your situation.”

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