The best iPhone 14 cases yet

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For the iPhone 14, Apple did something different. The smaller Mini size is gone and now there are two sizes of the standard iPhone 14, along with two sizes of the iPhone 14 Pro. Both lines are now available in 6.1 and 6.7-inch sizes: the iPhone 14 and the larger iPhone 14 Plus, as well as the iPhone 14 Pro and the larger iPhone 14 Pro Max (both with additional cameras, always-on displays, and the unique “Dynamic Island” display feature). Each model has its own specific case, so make sure you get the right case that fits your specific iPhone 14 model.

As always, when it comes to a new iPhone, you have a wide range of cases to choose from that will help protect it from dings and dings, and most importantly, keep your screen and glass from cracking back. Here are some of the best cases for all iPhone 14 models in a variety of styles, from slimmer to more robust cases. Although we haven’t tried them all yet, we have experience with previous versions of the iPhone 13 cases – that’s what we base our initial recommendations on. Soon we will follow practical feedback on the iPhone 14 versions.

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Speck has brought many of his iPhone 13 case designs to the iPhone 14, including popular clear models like the Presidio Perfect-Clear and Perfect-Clear Grips and the Presidio2 Pro. Speck’s cases with built-in MagSafe cost about $50, while the Candyshell Pro case remains the cheapest at about $25, but doesn’t have a MagSafe.

All new models have good drop protection (13 to 16 feet, depending on the model) and Speck’s Microban antimicrobial protection. Whichever model you choose, Speck often offers a discount for starters.

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Cyrill is a sister brand to Spigen, and the cases are arguably a bit more stylish, although they cost a few bucks more. I like the UltraColor Mag ($25), and the Kajuk Mag ($27) is pretty nice too, thanks to its faux “vegan” leather back. The transparent Shine Mag ($30) cases are attractively designed with “a touch of sparkle” for those who like a little flash in their iPhone case.

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MagSafe cases can get quite pricey, but if you’re looking for an inexpensive, clear MagSafe case for your new iPhone 14-series phone, Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid MagFit is a good value at about $25. Spigen also sells a non-Mag version of this case for about $8 less, and also has several other iPhone 14 case options.

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OtterBox has made a name for itself with its super-protective Defender series case, but most people want something less bulky these days. I like the Symmetry Series Plus cases, which come in a variety of shades (including the new Euphoria color) and have MagSafe. The Symmetry Plus Pop case integrates a PopSockets PopGrip and is compatible with wireless charging, which is important. OtterBox offers a discount for new buyers on its site.

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Caseology has made some decent budget cases in the past, including the NanoPop, Parallax, Skyfall, and Vault. The new Capella Mag Clear is one of the cheaper transparent Magsafe cases we’ve seen.

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British case maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes cases that are top notch with OtterBox and Speck, all lined with the company’s D3O shock absorbing material and with beveled edges to protect your phone. I like the new Milan Snap (pictured) and Santa Cruz Snap, both of which are MagSafe equipped and rated for 13 feet of drop protection. However, several other cases are available, most with eye-catching designs. They start at $30 for non-MagSafe cases, but most MagSafe models cost $50 to $60.

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Nomad’s line of leather cases is coming to the iPhone 14. Now, however, Nomad offers two leathers: the standard variant and a more expensive Horween that costs $20 more ($70 instead of $50). In any case, the Horween version is designed to develop a “rough” patina as the oils from your skin act on the leather over time. The new Modern Leather Case is available in black, brown, English tan and a lighter natural color that I like. They have a 3-meter (10-foot) drop protection and are equipped with MagSafe. Meanwhile, the Modern Leather Folio costs $60 in black or brown.

There’s also a more affordable Sport version for $40 that also comes equipped with MagSafe (it’s not a leather case, though, but looks pretty slick). Additionally, Nomad has a new Rugged Case with “reinforced” bumpers and 15-foot drop protection that costs $50 with MagSafe.

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Casetify has three basic models that you can customize with one of Casetify’s standout standard designs or something more personal (like your name). New to the line is the Bounce case, which offers even more corner protection than the Ultra Impact case (both MagSafe compatible). Some designs are hit and miss and many are aimed at teens.

I should note that prices seem to have gone up again. Casetify cases now start at $68 (yes, that’s high), although we should see some discounts.

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Rokform has been making sturdy iPhone cases for years, and aside from their durability, their main feature is the ability to use them with a variety of mounts — including bike and motorcycle mounts — sold separately. I personally prefer the Crystal series, but the Rugged case is a little more, well, more robust. The new iPhone 14 cases are also MagSafe compatible.

Rokform’s iPhone 14 cases have removable magnets, and they’re compatible with wireless charging if you remove the included center magnet. “With the bottom magnet still intact, you can still charge wirelessly while using magnetic mount and all of our mounts,” says Rokform.

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Tech21 has a range of iPhone 14 cases, including the popular Evo Check (pictured), which comes equipped with MagSafe for $50. There are also several other cases to choose from, including the ultra-protective Evo Max, which can withstand a drop. of 20 feet and has a sliding cover to protect the cameras on the back of the iPhone 14, along with a holster that you can clip to your belt.

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Smartish’s affordable, simple, slim cases and wallet cases return for the iPhone 14. The Wallet Slayer 2.0 case (pictured) comes in a few different designs, including the Groovy color shown here. It holds three credit cards plus cash and you can use any of your credit cards as the default. However, the only downside is that it is not compatible with wireless and MagSafe chargers.

Smartish also sells a MagSafe case called the Gripzilla. It is one of the most affordable MagSafe cases and is easy to grip, as the name implies.

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Like Lifeproof, Catalyst has made a name for itself with waterproof cases, but it now focuses on basic protective cases and has two new models for the iPhone 14: the $60 Influence (pictured) is my favorite, but the new $50 Crux case is also good (both are MagSafe compatible). They have perforations on the corners that allow you to attach various accessories (a lanyard is included, but Catalyst also sells other accessories). Both have 10-foot drop protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

How protective should I buy an iPhone 14 case?

I personally like cases that aren’t too thick but offer good drop protection, with a lip over the edge of the screen (sometimes referred to as a “screen bumper”) and raised corners that help prevent your screen from cracking when your phone should. face down. A folio case will protect your screen better.

The good news is that you don’t have to buy a super protective iPhone 14 case like the OtterBox Defender to get good protection. Most cases are fairly thin and still provide at least 6 feet of drop protection. I did include a very thin case on this list for those who prefer minimal protection. Before you go with such a case, just remember how much your phone costs – but it’s better than not having a case at all. Make sure to get a tempered glass sound screen protector for your iPhone 14 model to avoid deep scratches and protect the screen.

Should I buy a MagSafe case for my iPhone 14?

All iPhone 14 models are equipped with Apple’s MagSafe feature, which enables faster wireless charging with compatible chargers. It also supports optional accessories — including Magsafe wallet, mini wallet, and various mounts — that magnetically attach to the back of your phone. Like the iPhone 13, the iPhone 14 has “a series of magnets” (Apple says they’re recycled) embedded around a charging coil that can draw up to 15 watts of power.

However, if you want to use those MagSafe accessories without taking your phone out of the case, you’ll need a phone case equipped with MagSafe support. The MagSafe symbol is a circle with a short pipe underneath. You can see it on clear cases, but it’s embedded on the inside of the case, so if it’s opaque, you’ll only see it from the inside.

If you already own a MagSafe accessory — or plan to buy MagSafe accessories in the future — you’ll want to buy a MagSafe-compatible case; it is a good option to have. With that in mind, most cases in this roundup are equipped with MagSafe.

Are MagSafe cases more expensive?

Generally yes – about $10 more. There are some more affordable MagSafe cases that cost about $20, but most cost over $30. We see cases from certain companies that are essentially the same, but one has MagSafe and the other doesn’t, and the MagSafe version usually sells for $10 more. It may seem a bit too much to pay for something that doesn’t quite seem like an upgrade, but over time MagSafe compatibility can be less of a ‘burden’.