Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Nokia Lumia 800, the iPhone isn’t waterproof. That’s always been a huge issue with the iPhone line, because replacing or repairing an iPhone that’s been splashed with water can cost serious bucks. iPhone owners may love their phone, but they hate the lack of waterproofing. If you want to keep your iPhone safe from the elements, you need the best water-resistant and waterproof cases available. Read on to see our top picks for the best waterproof iPhone cases.
Our list focuses on the iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s, and iPhone 5c. However, many of these same case styles are also available for the iPhone 6. iPhone 6 Plus waterproof cases can be harder to track down, but they are starting to trickle out into the marketplace. Our list will outline the perks and drawbacks of each options, as well as which iPhone models are compatible with that case style.
If you’re looking specifically for iPhone 6 cases, many of the cases below are available for the iPhone 6. You can also check out our article on the top five best waterproof iPhone 6 cases. If you’re interested in the LifeProof Fre case for the iPhone 6, check out our gallery of deluxe iPhone 6 cases, which includes waterproof cases like the Fre and many other cool iPhone 6 cases as well. Whether you have an older iPhone or a brand new model, scroll down to see our favorite waterproof cases from big name brands, as well as some hidden gems that may have flown under your radar.
1. Otterbox Preserver Waterproof iPhone Case
The Otterbox Preserver line comes from one of the top-selling phone case companies in North America. Available in four colors, this case won a Best of CES 2014 award. The case has a MSRP of $89.95. The Otterbox brand is one of the most trusted names in iPhone cases, so you know that the money you spend on a case will ensure you’re getting a solid, quality product. If you want a moderately-priced case that is waterproof, this is a case you can feel secure about buying. A similar version of this case is available for the iPhone 4/4s, though it has a different product name.
Available for: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s (similar models available for iPhone 4/4s)
Price: $49.99 (44 percent off)
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2. Incipio Atlas Waterproof iPhone Case
The Incipio Atlas line won a Best of Show award at CES 2013. The slender profile of this case makes it preferable for people who want to see the lines of their phone better, or people who have small hands. The cases come in your choice of four colors. This was one of the first waterproof cases to come out for the iPhone 6, which is great news for iPhone 6 fans who didn’t want to run the risk of bricking their device from water damage.
Available for: iPhone 5/5s
Price: $14.99 and up, depending on version selected
3. LifeProof Nuud Waterproof iPhone Case
The Nuud case is unique because it has no screen protector. The case fits snugly around the screen, creating a waterproof seal that doesn’t interfere with the sensitivity of your touchscreen display. It looks really cool, but some people are reluctant to trust a case that is essentially missing a side, despite the high number of positive reviews from users. This smooth case costs around $89.99, but you can usually find it online for less. We like LifeProof because they have such a wide range of cool case accessories, including exercise armbands or flotation devices for water photography.
Do note that the iPhone 6 Plus version of this case has been released, but it can be hard to find as LifeProof struggles to keep up with consumer demand.
Available for: iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus (iPhone 6s version coming soon)
Price: $49.99 and up, depending on option selected
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4. LifeProof Fre Waterproof iPhone Case
Unlike the Nuud, the LifeProof Fre case has a built-in screen protector. It’s been around for a bit longer than the Nuud. This gives some users more peace of mind, since you can feel the screen protector on the front of the case. The Fre also comes in 10 different color options, so you can find something that suits your personality quite easily. TouchID is supported for iPhone 5s and above. LifeProof cases are really expensive, but they are rugged and feel comfortable in your hand. If you have the cash to spend, this is one of the best iPhone cases out there. In addition to being waterproof, they’re also snow-proof and shockproof. The only caveat? You might want to stock up on spare adapter cables if you are prone to losing them.
Available for: iPhone 4/4s (as the precursor model to the Fre), iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6 (iPhone 6s version coming soon)
Price: $49.70 and up, depending on version selected
5. Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof iPhone Case
The Griffin Survivor + Catalyst case is less expensive than many other phone cases on this list. This particular Griffin case comes in three color options, and offers superior depth protection. If you love using your iPhone underwater to take cool photos, having a little extra depth protection is a smart idea. Griffin is definitely a brand that you can trust.
Available for: iPhone 5
Price: $15.96 and up, depending on color selected
6. iBattz Mojo Refuel Aqua Waterproof iPhone Case
The Mojo Refuel Aqua is one of the few iPhone cases that provides both waterproofing and a battery boost. This case is ideal for people who spent a lot of time near the water, but far away from a charger. If you want a case that can keep you charged during an all-day trip to the beach, this waterproof iPhone case is a solid choice. Who doesn’t want more battery life, especially when using an older model iPhone with a smaller battery?
Available for: iPhone 5/5s, iPhone 6
7. Cascade Designs E-Case Waterproof iPhone Case
The E-Case from Cascade Designs is the ideal waterproofing option for people who want to be able to enjoy the beautiful design of their phone, or for people who are constantly popping their phone out of its current case. This isn’t so much a case as it is a waterproof pocket, but it’s a great option for keeping your phone safe on the go. While these come in sizes that are phone-specific, there’s enough wiggle room to allow you to use the same case for multiple phone models over the years as you upgrade.
Fits multiple iPhone models, depending on whether you use an additional case.
8. Outdoor Technology ‘Safe’ Waterproof iPhone Case
This case from Outdoor Technology retails for just $49.95, making it the ideal option for the budget-conscious person who still wants a dedicated waterproof case for their device. That lower price comes with some reduction in features, however, so weigh your options carefully before purchasing.
Available for: iPhone 4/4s
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9. SnowLizard SLXTREME Waterproof iPhone Case
Perfect for people who spend a lot of time outdoors, or for fans of extreme sports, this case boasts a rugged construction. This SnowLizard case is pricy at $129.95-$149.95, but is jam-packed with tons of great features. If you spend your winter skiing or snowboarding, this is a must-have case. It’s also nice for people who just want to protect their phone in case it falls out of their pocket while shoveling the driveway.
Available for: iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5
Price: $77.33 and up, depending on color and style selected
10. Hitcase Waterproof iPhone Case
The Hitcase is by far your best waterproof case option if you love photography. It’s also ideal for swimmers and underwater photographers, as it offers the best waterproof protection on our list. The tie-in app Vidometer is ideal for recording your experiences with the case, such as during a bike ride or while performing a skateboard trick.
Available for: iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5/5s
Price: $77.97 and up, depending on option selected