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Top 10 Best Waterproof iPhone Cases

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Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Nokia Lumia 800, the iPhone isn’t waterproof. If you want to keep your iPhone safe from the elements, these are the best water-resistant and waterproof cases you can put on your device.

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.


1. Otterbox Preserver Waterproof iPhone Case

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(OtterBox)

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.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Two-piece case offers cushioned interior to protect phone from shocks
  • Includes lanyard to attach phone to you
  • IP-X8 rated (waterproof up to 6.6 ft for 30 minutes)
  • Drop-proof from 6.6 ft
  • IP-6X rating for dust

  • Cons:

  • No additional in-case storage for cards or keys
  • More expensive than comparable cases from other brands
  • Call quality impacted when case is wet
  • Some buttons hard to use when case in on
  • No water damage warranty, unlike other waterproof cases
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    2. Incipio Atlas Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (Incipio)

    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 run from $79.99 to $89.99, and 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.

    Want to learn more about this case? See how the previous generation of Incipio Atlas cases stack up against the Otterbox Preserver cases in the video below.

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    Pros:

  • 1-year limited warranty in case of water damage to your device
  • Bundled with cleaning cloth and headphone extender
  • IP68 water-resistant for thirty minutes (up to 2 meters)
  • Engineered to provide excellent sound quality
  • IP68 dustproof rating, drop-proof from 2 meters

  • Cons:

  • 1-year limited warranty is for US only
  • Case color options more subdued than competitors
  • Difficult to use silent toggle button
  • Screen sensitivity is diminished when device is in case
  • Case is difficult to install

  • 3. LifeProof Nuud Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (LifeProof)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Offers opt-in warranty against device damage for $10
  • LifeProof offers tons of additional accessories, such as a flotation device for water use
  • No screen protector means no glare, rainbows, or Newton rings
  • Waterproof up to 6.6 feet
  • Anti-reflective optical-glass camera lens

  • Cons:

  • Some people worry the screenless case puts device at risk, despite claims to the contrary
  • Limited case color options
  • More expensive than other LifeProof cases
  • Despite minimalist design, Nuud weighs the same as Lifeproof’s other waterproof case
  • Audio jack cap protrudes in an annoying way
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    4. LifeProof Fre Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (LifeProof)

    Unlike the Nuud, the LifeProof Fre case has a built-in screen protector. This gives some users more peace of mind. The Fre also comes in 10 different color options, so you can find something that suits your personality quite easily. TouchID is supported. The Fre retails for $79.99. LifeProof cases are really expensive, but they are rugged and feel comfortable in your hand.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Offers opt-in warranty against device damage for $10
  • LifeProof offers tons of additional accessories, such as a flotation device for water use
  • Anti-reflective optical-glass camera lens
  • Slightly cheaper than LifeProof Nuud
  • Fully submersible up to 6.6 feet

  • Cons:

  • Speaker output and call quality affected in case
  • Screen protector noticeably dims screen
  • Difficult to access ports
  • Using headphones requires adaptor cable, which could be easily lost or misplaced
  • Hard to clean the case

  • 5. Griffin Survivor + Catalyst Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (Griffin)

    The Griffin Survivor + Catalyst case retails for $69.99, making it less expensive than many other phones on this list. This particular Griffin case comes in three color options, and offers superior water 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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Waterproof up to 3 meters (9.8 feet)
  • Attractive design
  • Comes with lanyard and headphone jack
  • Gasketed design seals out water, dust, grease, windblown sand
  • Cheaper than many other waterproof cases

  • Cons:

  • Polycarbonate design feels slightly less premium than dual-layer cases with rubber
  • Some users have complained case interferes with camera quality
  • Case design interferes with texting
  • Case design impacts call quality
  • iPhone 5s case covers TouchID button
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