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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.

    Buy it here.


    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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    6. iBattz Mojo Refuel Aqua Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (iBattz)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Can be paired with tons of optional accessories, including bumpers, clips, and flotation sling
  • IPX8 certified
  • Offers interchangeable 2200mAh battery
  • Childproof case keeps little ones from busting through your case
  • Effectively doubles iPhone battery life

  • Cons:

  • TouchID fingerprint sensor blocked by case
  • Only offers “medium” stress absorbing protection
  • Limited case color options
  • Expensive
  • Bulky case
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    7. Cascade Designs E-Case Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (Cascade Designs)

    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. It retails for just $39.95.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 7 color options
  • Extremely easy to use
  • Works with multiple phone types
  • Includes lash points for tethering
  • Integrated, waterproof 4-pole headphone jack

  • Cons:

  • No flotation device, unless you attach one yourself
  • While TouchID sensor is not obscured, it will not work while in case
  • Only meets IPX7 standard (waterproof for 1 meter for 30 minutes)
  • No extra padding to protect phone
  • May require extra drying time in between uses

  • 8. Outdoor Technology ‘Safe’ Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (Outdoor Technology)

    This case from Outdoor Technology retails for just $49.95, making it the ideal option for the budget-cautious who still wanted a dedicated case. That lower price comes with some reduction in features, however, so weigh your options carefully before purchasing.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Buttons and camera functionality not impaired by case
  • Sturdy design
  • Case locks securely with any coin (3 locks altogether)
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive

  • Cons:

  • Only comes in 3 color options
  • Water resistant just to 1 meter for 30 minutes (IPX7 rating)
  • Not recommended for use at or below 32° F/0°C or at or above 104°F/40°C
  • Case design impacts call quality
  • Does not appear to be a TouchID-compatible version of this case at press time
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    9. SnowLizard SLXTREME Waterproof iPhone Case

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    SnowLizard

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Integrated battery that doubles the life of your iPhone
  • Water-safe up to 6 feet/2 meters
  • Integrated shutter button allows for underwater photography
  • Works with optional chest strap, great for hands-free outdoor pursuits
  • Rubberized side grips make it easy to hang on to your phone, even when wet

  • Cons:

  • Only comes in 4 colors
  • Case is very large
  • No TouchID support
  • Only iPhone 5 models are solar-powered, case for older phones lack this feature
  • Very expensive

  • 10. Hitcase Waterproof iPhone Case

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    (Hitcase)

    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.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • The best waterproof case for photographers
  • Waterproof up to 10m/33 Feet
  • Case can be removed in just 3 seconds
  • Rugged construction with great vibration absorption
  • Mountable system makes it perfect for placement on bikes, chest, helmets, and more

  • Cons:

  • Cost ($129.99) may be prohibitively expensive for some buyers
  • No TouchID support
  • No support for iPhone 5c, models prior to iPhone 4
  • Call quality somewhat impacted by case design
  • Overkill for people who don’t take lot of photo or videos
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