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Consistently top-notch iPhone case

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Top inexpensive MagSafe case

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OtterBox Symmetry Series Plus


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MagSafe case and stand combo

Moft Case, Stand and Wallet Set


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Top-notch OtterBox MagSafe case

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Swanky leather cases

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Tough and artsy cases

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Old favorite for iPhone cases

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Tough but slimmed down

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Under $15 iPhone case pick

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One badass iPhone case

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Refined brute

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Premium case for a little less

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Slim, stylish, protective iPhone case

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Affordable luxury

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Travel friend iPhone case with neckstrap

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Excellent MagSafe case

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Solid iPhone case under $20 (Update: Low stock)

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Leather-backed MagSafe case with integrated kickstand (Update: Low stock)

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Clean look, lanyard-friendly

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Affordable wallet case

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Slim design, good protection

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Slick leather wallet option

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Leather wallet case with a kickstand

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MagSafe cases with fun designs

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The new iPhone 15 series is here, but if you aren’t planning to upgrade and you’re sticking with your iPhone 13, it’s likely you’ll need a case. Every iPhone is prone to damage from a drop, no matter the model, which is why the iPhone case business is still going strong. A phone case can help prevent your iPhone from breaking after a couple of tumbles.

Knowing where to start when shopping for a phone case can be hard, especially with so many options on the market. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best iPhone 13 cases for every budget. After countless hours of testing dozens of iPhone 13 cases, we’ve picked our favorites for all types of phone owners. Whether you’re a frequent phone dropper or are just searching for an extra layer of protection for your iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Mini or the basic iPhone 13, you’ll find what you want here. 

One thing to keep in mind is that you’re buying a case specifically for your iPhone model: You can’t count on cases being interchangeable from one generation of iPhone to the next. Also, each version of the iPhone 13 requires its own particular case. 

Starting with the iPhone 12, all new iPhones have a new MagSafe feature that lets you magnetically attach various MagSafe-compatible accessories to your phone or MagSafe-enabled case. Several of the iPhone cases we’ve tested and reviewed in this roundup are MagSafe-enabled. 

Read more: Best MagSafe Accessories for iPhone in 2023

Best iPhone 13 cases in 2023

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Speck brought many of its iPhone 12 case designs to the iPhone 13, including such popular transparent models as the Presidio Perfect-Clear and Perfect-Clear with Grips, and the Presidio2 Pro (the pink one above). Speck’s grip case with built-in MagSafe cost $5 to $10 more. (I’m partial to MagSafe cases because they give you the option to attach a MagSafe accessory directly to the case, not your phone.)

All the new models have good drop protection (13 to 16 feet, depending on the model) as well as Speck’s Microban antimicrobial protection. No matter which model you choose, Speck often gives a discount for first-time buyers.

If you are looking for a more inexpensive Speck case, I did notice its Gemshell translucent cases for iPhone 13 selling for around $24 on Amazon. I like the ombre version. However, these aren’t equipped with MagSafe support.

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Top inexpensive MagSafe case

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Mag

MagSafe cases can get pretty pricey, but if you’re looking for a inexpensive clear MagSafe case for your new iPhone 13 series phone, Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid Mag is a good value at around $20. Spigen also sells a non-Mag version of this case for about $5 less and has several other iPhone 13 case options. I also tried the Spigen Mag Armor case but found that accessories stick better to the Ultra Hybrid Mag.

No drop rating is listed for the case, but Spigen’s transparent cases feel like they offer reasonable protection. If you want a tough case with stronger protection, the Spigen Tough Armor case, which includes a kickstand, is an option, but I personally prefer Spigen’s Ultra Hybrid cases (the Ultra Hybrid S also has an integrated kickstand).

Note that a lot of these cheaper clear cases have a habit of turning yellow and degrading over time (and becoming less translucent), but they’re cheap enough that you probably won’t mind shelling out for a replacement case for your Apple iPhone if that happens.

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Best slim OtterBox cases

OtterBox Symmetry Series Plus

OtterBox made a name for itself with its super protective Defender series case, but most people want something less bulky these days. The Symmetry series is slim with beveled edges, making it a good mix of sleek and protective. A raised bumper helps act as a screen protector. 

Multiple color options are available, including clear, and I’m a fan of the new Symmetry Plus Clear for MagSafe (pictured in the middle in red). The Symmetry Plus Pop case, pictured on the left, integrates a PopSockets PopGrip and is wireless charging-compatible, which is important. The Symmetry Series Plus case on the right (in pink) is available in various colors and also has a more expensive MagSafe version. OtterBox offers a discount for first-time buyers on its site.

OtterBox’s Commuter case offers raised bezel protection, is also pretty slim and has grips on the back. I’m a fan of that model, which also comes in a version with MagSafe.

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MagSafe case and stand combo

Moft Case, Stand and Wallet Set

This is a pretty cool option for those looking for a MagSafe case, plus a MagSafe wallet that converts into a stand. You can enjoy a nice case and really good MagSafe wallet/stand accessory that stores up to three credit cards. 

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OtterBox’s Aneu Series cases were among my favorites for the iPhone 12, and the company has redesigned the Aneu as an iPhone 13 case. It now has an exposed ring on the back to better highlight that it is a MagSafe case (the previous version had MagSafe but it was hidden).

A top MagSafe case, the Aneu is fairly slim yet feels durable and solid. It also has a slight grip to it with raised screen bumpers to help keep your screen from cracking when falling face down. I personally like the case in dark blue (pictured) and red (not pictured).

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Nomad’s line of nice Horween leather cases comes to the iPhone 13. Like previous Nomad modern leather case models, they’re designed to develop a “rugged” patina as the oils from your skin interact with them over time. The new Modern Leather Case is available in black, brown and a lighter natural color that I like. They’re rated for 10-foot (3-meter) drop protection and equipped with MagSafe. Meanwhile, the Modern Leather Folio goes for $80.

There’s also a more affordable Sport version for $40 and some of the models are on sale for as low as $18. It’s equipped with MagSafe as well (it’s not a leather case, however, but does look pretty slick).

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I’ve always been a fan of Moshi’s iPhone cases and all its top cases are available for all the iPhone 13 models. The Altra (left — $45), available in three color options, is the most distinct-looking and has a geometric rubber finish that makes your phone nice and grippy. It also includes a lanyard (the little loop that the lanyard clips onto can be removed when you’re not using the lanyard).

The Overture (middle — $50), is a two-in-one folio wallet case that converts into a stand for video watching. You fit your iPhone into a slim shell case that then magnetically adheres to the cover, which has slots for storing credit cards and cash. It’s one of the nicer folio cases available. It’s available in black or pink. 

I also like the IGlaze (right — $40), which sort of mimics the glass back of the iPhone while protecting the real glass back. It comes in five colors. The iGlaze XT (not pictured — $30) is a clear case.

One feature that’s missing is MagSafe compatibility. The iGlaze uses Moshi’s SnapTo mounting system (a car and wall mount are sold separately). 

All Moshi cases are eligible for its 10-year Global Warranty program.

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Casetify is known for its eye-catching designs on the back of a clear case. They’re relatively slim, sleek-looking cases that offer decent protection and come in a variety of design patterns, with some definite appeal to teenagers. Some of the designs are hit-or-miss, but I liked the samples I got. I should note that prices appear to have gone up: most Casetify cases now start at around $40 to $55. 

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Tech21 has a range of iPhone 13 cases, including its ultra-protective Evo Max (left), which is rated for 20-foot drops and has a slide cover to protect the iPhone 13’s back cameras along with a holster you can clip to your belt. Tech21 is also making a few different models in its new Evo Art line (right). The popular Evo Check returns, and the Evo Clear is equipped with MagSafe.

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Incipio returns with an assortment of new iPhone 13 cases, including the Grip and Grip with Magsafe (pictured left), sturdy Duo and Duo with MagSafe (pictured right) with 12-foot drop protection, and the Organicore, an eco case that’s 100% compostable that’s now available with a translucent back for the first time. Also, the new Design Series is worth checking out. 

All are available in multiple color options.

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Griffin’s Survivor cases once shared some similarities with OtterBox’s Defender cases. They were tough but bulky. The new Survivor iPhone 13 cases are slimmed down but retain a good portion of their tough identity, with some models, like the Survivor Endurance for MagSafe (pictured left), featuring 14-foot drop protection and a raised-edge bezel for both the screen and camera cutout. It also has a nice grip to it.

If you want something even more protective, there’s the All-Terrain Earth case — rated for 20-foot drop protection.

The Endurance for MagSafe comes in three colors for $55. Those looking for a more affordable option can take a look at the Survivor Strong which costs about $30 (pictured right) or the $25 Survivor Clear. Neither of those cases features MagSafe.

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These Caseology cases aren’t equipped with MagSafe but they’re nice cases for their modest price. I particularly like the NanoPop (the green case in the middle), which looks and feels like an Apple Silicone case, with a soft-to-the-touch finish, but costs a lot less. It costs $15-$17, depending on the color. 

The Parallax is on the left and the Skyfall has a transparent back. The Vault (not pictured) is the cheapest of the bunch.

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Element’s Black Ops iPhone 13 cases are really expensive but they certainly are unique. The Black Ops X4 is available for the iPhone 13, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max and has a retractable kickstand and removable “magazine” for storing credit credits and cash. When you remove the magazine, it exposes the back of your phone so you can wirelessly charge your iPhone with an Apple MagSafe Charger or another small magnetic wireless charging puck. 

Like previous Element Black Ops cases, this one features precision CNC machining MIL-SPEC armored protection. If you can’t afford this Element case, the company makes the more affordable Special Ops case ($50), a nice polycarbonate MagSafe case that offers good drop protection.

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I wasn’t a fan of earlier Pelican cases, which were very protective but just a little too bulky (and ugly), but in the last few years (starting with the iPhone 11), the company (which is now owned by Case-Mate) added slimmer designs — including the Protector, which is now a MagSafe case.

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Raptic’s iPhone cases come in a variety of styles and cost a little less than competing premium cases from Speck and OtterBox. The Raptic Air (left), which I personally like best, is $30. So is the thicker Raptic Shield (middle). The Terrain is a little more at $40, but it’s the only one of these three that is fully made in America and biodegradable.

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Slim, stylish, protective iPhone case

Gear4 Cases

British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes cases that are right up there with OtterBox and Speck, all of them lined with the company’s D3O shock-absorbing material and featuring beveled edges to protect your phone. I’ve tried the new Brooklyn Snap (left) and Santa Cruz Snap (right), both of which are MagSafe-equipped and rated for 13-foot drop protection. However, several other case styles are available, most of them with eye-catching designs.

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Rokform’s been making tough iPhone cases for years and aside from their durability, their key feature is the ability to use them with various mounts — including bike and motorcycle mounts — that are sold separately. I personally prefer the Crystal series but the Rugged case is slightly more, well, rugged. The new iPhone 13 cases are also MagSafe, so they cost $10 more than the iPhone 12 models.

Rokform’s iPhone 13 cases have removable magnets and they’re compatible with wireless charging if you remove the included center magnet. “With the lower magnet still intact, you can still wireless-charge while utilizing magnetic mounting and all of our mounts,” Rokform says.

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Case-Mate makes a variety of color cases, some of which have glitter integrated into their translucent designs. I only got a look at the “Cute as a Dumpling” and twinkle ombre cases, but there are plenty of cooler designs and some offer MagSafe options for $10 more.

The Case-Mate site offers a discount on your first order.

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Incipio also makes cases under the Coach brand and they manage to live up to the quality you might expect. They aren’t cheap, but they also aren’t outrageously expensive.

The Leather Folio wallet case looks and feels fairly luxurious, and it also comes in a version with Coach’s “signature canvas” (center). The Slim Wrap leather case (left) also looks pretty swank and feels sturdy. You can also get standard polypropylene Coach iPhone 13 cases.

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I personally wouldn’t stick this case on my phone because I like to use a case that truly protects it. However, if you’re someone who doesn’t like thick iPhone 13 cases or just wants minimal protection, Totallee makes a case that’s very close to paper thin. 

The case costs $39, which seems like a lot considering how thin it is, but it is eco-friendly (it’s compostable) and does have a raised “lip” around the camera that prevents damage to the camera lens, Totallee says.

Totallee also makes a very slim clear TPU case (pictured left) that offers a little more protection for the same price. I like that one better, but it is slightly thicker.

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KerfCase has been making handmade wooden cases for a while, and its new Plywood iPhone 13 case is not only more durable but less expensive, starting at $50 with 6-foot drop protection and a limited lifetime repair warranty. I like it better than other wood cases I’ve tried. It’s also worth noting that Apple’s MagSafe charger will stick to the back of it (it is equipped with MagSafe), and KerfCase sells a matching charging dock for the Apple MagSafe charger along with a magnetic wireless charging stand that’s pretty sweet. 

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Bitplay Wander Case

If you’re looking for a case that comes with a connectable cord and can be worn as a neck strap or as a crossbody strap, the Bitplay Wander is worth checking out. It also comes in clear or a smoke color and Bitplay makes other accessories for it. The Wander offers good drop protection and it’s easy to get the strap on and off the case thanks to the velcro at the end (yes, the strap stays on the case securely). 

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I’ve received many case samples and this is currently one of my favorites. OtterBox owns LifeProof and you can certainly see (excuse the pun) the influence on LifeProof’s See MagSafe case, which arguably has a slightly cleaner look and better lines than OtterBox’s Symmetry Series cases. 

This case is also available in a clear version without MagSafe for $10 less, but this case is the better choice if you’re at all interested in MagSafe. It comes in a few different color options (the model shown here is listed as purple/pink but it reads more as burgundy) and is designed to withstand drops up to 6.6 feet.

LifeProof’s other cases — the Next, Fre and eco-friendly Wake – return for the iPhone 13, and while they’re certainly good and also have MagSafe (except for the Wake), I think the See is probably the best of the bunch for everyday use. They all feature the same 6.6-foot drop protection, though the flagship Fre and Next offer better dust- and water-resistance than the See. 

LifeProof, like several other case-makers, has become more green in recent years. The Wave is made with 85% ocean-based recycled plastic, while LifeProof’s other cases are made with 45-50% recycled plastic. 

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Solid iPhone case under $20 (Update: Low stock)

Cyrill Cases

Cyrill is a sister brand to Spigen and its cases are arguably slightly more stylish, although they cost a few bucks more. We’re linking to the Leather Brick case, pictured here in cream (it’s faux “vegan” leather), but the $17 Silicone case (pictured in teal) and transparent $17 Cecile cases are also good. The Silicone case is basically a knockoff of Apple’s Silicone case without the but it isn’t MagSafe compatibile.

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Leather-backed MagSafe case with integrated kickstand (Update: Low stock)

Snakehive Metro Leather

Snakehive’s Metro Leather case kind of has everything you’d want in an iPhone 13 case: An eye-catching look, nice grip and an integrated kickstand. It’s also MagSafe compatible, so you can use it with any MagSafe accessory. It seems pretty protective but I wish the corners were more raised, allowing for better screen protection in the event of a fall. Nevertheless, it’s a nice case that comes in four colors.

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Clean look, lanyard-friendly

Catalyst Vibe and Influence

Like Lifeproof, Catalyst made a name for itself with waterproof cases, but it now focuses on standard protective case options and has two new models for the iPhone 13: the Vibe (left) and the Influence (right), which has a see-through frosted back. Both iPhone 13 cases have perforations on the corners that allow you to attach various accessories (sold separately), such as lanyards and carabiners. Both have 10-foot drop protection.

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Smartish’s affordable, simple, slim cases and wallet cases return for the iPhone 13. The Wallet Slayer 2.0 case (pictured on right) comes in a variety of designs. It holds three credit cards plus cash, and you can use one of your credit cards as a kickstand. 

Smartish also sells a MagSafe case called the Gripmunk (pictured left in purple). It’s one of the most affordable MagSafe cases and is easy to grip, as its name implies. There’s also a simple translucent version of the Gripmunk without MagSafe, and it’s actually pretty nice. 

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Mous makes several iPhone 13 cases that have eye-catching designs, all lined with the AiroShock material that the company says delivers excellent protection in a slim design. They do seem durable and all include a lifetime warranty.

Its new MagSafe-enabled Limitless 4.0 cases are compatible with MagSafe accessory and charger options, including Mous’ own MagSafe accessories

Earlier Mous cases had a SIM card storage slot on the inside of the smartphone case for international travelers in the habit of swapping SIM cards. However, these don’t. 

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UK-based Torro makes some nice leather-clad iPhone 13 cases that aren’t too expensive (a leather case typically tends to cost over $50). The Torro Leather Bumper ($52) is a pretty straightforward bumper case with a leather back while the Wallet Case ($38) is a bit swankier overall, has a magnetic clasp and multiple card slots and converts into a stand for video viewing. It’s one of the better folio wallet cases you’ll find for the money. Both leather case options are available in multiple colors.

Note that the cases pictured here are for the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, but the iPhone 13 cases look almost identical.

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Leather wallet case with a kickstand

Folosu Case

If you’re looking for a case that does it all then look no further than Folosu’s iPhone 13 case. This leather case includes a wallet on the back of the case with a magnetic clasp to hold up to four cards. On the back of the wallet there is a rotatable finger ring holder meant to help reduce the risk of dropping your phone along with serving as a kickstand for when you want to watch videos. 

The finger ring holder on the back of the case is what makes this case stand out to me. I’ve always found the finger rings to be extremely helpful, especially if you need to take a Zoom call on your phone or want to show others a video. Although the case can be pretty bulky, if you don’t want to carry a wallet around with you then the Folosu case is a pretty good alternative.

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The Casely iPhone 13 cases immediately caught my eye with their unique, quirky designs. My favorite design of the bunch is the face art design case that gives your phone some artistic flair. While the cases aren’t super thin, I wouldn’t consider them bulky by any means. Plus they are MagSafe compatible, making wireless charging a breeze. 

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Over the past couple of months Wildflower cases have blown up on social media. The cases come in a variety of designs–from bright nature themes to darker cases adorned with skulls. The case itself is plastic but the sides of the case is lined with rubber meant to ease the damage of potential drops. Although the rubber sides makes the case a little thicker, they still can fit easily into a jean pocket or small bag. On average the cases can run between $30-$40.

Overall, Wildflower cases aren’t the most protective cases you could own but they’re decent quality for your money. 

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All iPhone 13 cases listed above have been reviewed and tested by CNET’s expert review team. The main focus of testing includes design, durability along with extra features and grip protection. 

  • Design: We evaluate the overall aesthetics of the case and how it compares to current cases on the market. 
  • Durability: We look at the case’s ability to withstand high impact drops. In particular we look at the protection around the corners and camera. 
  • Extra Features: We look at any extra features that will make the case stand out from others. This may include wireless charging capabilities, kickstands or built in phone wallets.
  • Grip Protection: We look at what material makes up the case and how easy the case is to grip, therefore making the user less likely to drop their phone. 

Does an iPhone need case?

The short answer is no, the iPhone doesn’t need a case and yes, some folks prefer to keep their iPhone uncovered. But it is risky, as one drop on the wrong surface (like pavement) could mean a cracked screen or cracked back or dented corner. You can pay for insurance for your phone — it’s fairly pricey — so you can get it replaced or fixed cheaply should something happen to it.

Personally, I never get insurance and just buy a decent case instead. Having a case on your phone won’t prevent you from losing it but it does greatly reduce the risk of damaging it. 

How protective of a case should I buy?

I personally like cases that aren’t too thick but offer decent 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 if your phone should fall face down. A folio case will more fully protect your screen. 

The good news is that you don’t have to buy a super protective iPhone 13 case like the OtterBox Defender to get good protection. Most cases are reasonably thin and still offer at least 6-foot drop protection. I did include one very thin case on this list for those who prefer minimal protection. Before you go with a case like that, just remember how much your phone costs — but it is better than having no case at all. Make sure you get a sound tempered glass screen protector for your iPhone 13 model to prevent deep scratches and safeguard the screen.

Which is the most protective case?

There are a lot of cases that are very durable and are rated for drop protection for up to 10 or even 14 feet. If I had to pick the most durable case, I’d say the Lifeproof Fre, which is fully waterproof and has a layer of plastic that covers your screen, is certainly near the top. It comes in and versions. 

The is also protective and comes with a belt holster so you can shield your screen when not using it. Over the years, it’s been a favorite of construction workers.

Should I get a MagSafe case?

All the iPhone 13 models are equipped with Apple’s MagSafe feature, which offers faster wireless charging with compatible chargers. It also supports optional accessories — including Magsafe wallet, mini wallets and various mounts — that adhere magnetically to the back of your phone. Like the iPhone 12, the iPhone 13 has “an array of magnets” (Apple says they’re recycled) embedded around a charging coil that can pull up to 15 watts of power. 

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

If you already have a MagSafe accessory — or plan on buying MagSafe accessories in the future — you’ll want to get a MagSafe compatible case; it’s a good option to have. With that in mind, the majority of the cases in this roundup are equipped with MagSafe. 

Are MagSafe cases more expensive?

In general, yes — about $10 more. There are some more affordable MagSafe cases that cost around $20, but most cost upwards of $30. We see cases from certain companies that are essentially the same, but one has MagSafe and the other doesn’t. The MagSafe version usually sells for $10 more. It may seem like a little too much to pay for something that doesn’t seem like much of an upgrade, but in time MagSafe compatibility may command less of a “tax.” 

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