Another year, another iPhone. But this time around, Apple’s update to their iPhone line was a big deal. With lots of new features and improved specs, you’ll definitely want to make sure your new iPhone 7 is properly protected. But not all cases are created equal, so it’s important to pick a case that suits your budget and your lifestyle.
If the last few iPhone launches are anything to go by, it’s likely that brick and mortar stores will have limited iPhone 7 case inventory. The last few iPhone launches have seen pretty low case supply around launch day, even at big box stores. For that reason, many iPhone owners prefer to shop online and order their iPhone 7 case ahead of time. Having a case in hand on launch day means you can leave the store with your device already in a case. Plus, cases you buy online are often cheaper (and better made) than the slim pickings in a cell phone store on launch day. If you like having lots of options, or dislike the high case prices at the Apple Store, buying a phone case online is usually your best bet.
But do you even need a new iPhone case? After all the iPhone 7 has almost identical exterior dimensions when compared to the iPhone 6 and 6s. However, because of the change in the camera shape, most iPhone 6/6s cases won’t fit properly on an iPhone 7. Another thing to keep in mind? A new case can protect your phone’s trade-in value. As the Verge points out, you’re definitely gonna want a case for your phone if you’re going the “jet black” route. The jet black finish is more prone to scratching than the other finishes, so Apple recommends you keep the phone in a case if you want to keep the back looking pristine.
So what makes a phone the best of the best? Ultimately, that’s up to you. For some people, the best case is the most protective case on the market. For others, it’s all about wrapping your phone in a cool case that shows off your unique style. And for some folks, a case without some kind of special feature or functionality just isn’t worth owning.
To help outfit your new iPhone 7, we’ve put together a list of the best iPhone 7 cases on sale right now. Our list includes cheap cases, wallet cases, rugged cases, and unique cases that help you express your personality. Please note that these cases are the best of the best of what’s available right now. As we get closer to launch day, and more new cases are released, we’ll be updating our recommendations to reflect the latest entrants to the iPhone 7 case marketplace. Prices may also fluctuate as we get closer to launch day. All prices were correct at the time of publication. Some recommendations may feature a placeholder image, since the iPhone 7 is so new, and not all manufacturers have released renders of their updated cases on the newest Apple devices.
We’ll be adding additional waterproof case and battery case recommendations in the next couple of weeks, once some really stellar models are available online. Since these types of cases require more rigorous design and testing, and because they carry a premium price tag, they usually take a bit longer to come to market than standard iPhone cases. Make sure to bookmark this page to see our next round of recommendations. You may also want to visit our iPhone cases section to see all of our case recommendations in one place. Now, read on to get some advice about the best iPhone 7 cases to pick up ahead of launch day.
1. Best Cheap iPhone 7 Case: Maxboost DuraSLIM Series Case
If you splurged on an iPhone 7 with more storage than your old phone, your wallet might be feeling a little light. If you’re looking for a cheap, affordable case, there are lots of options to consider. Ultimately, you should be looking for a cheap case that doesn’t look or feel cheap. A cheap case may not be the most rugged case on the market, but it should still offer some basic impact protection.
If you’re looking to spend under $20 on a case, this simple style from Maxboost is a solid choice. It’s classic black, relatively thin and lightweight, and offers extra protection for the corners and sides of your device. We also like that this case is backed by a lifetime warranty. A hard-shell backplate and raised edges complete this solid all-rounder. If you’re looking for a cheap case to use for the life of your phone, or just for a couple of months while you wait for the case you really want to hit store shelves, this is a solid case to have in your collection.
Not sold on this style? Browse more cheap iPhone 7 cases on sale here, for $20 or less.
Price: $14.92 (25 percent off MSRP)
- Offers decent impact protection
- Buttons are covered
- As of this writing, limited color options
- Not waterproof or dustproof
- No built-in screen protector
- Lacks grips/textures to make phone easier to hold on to
2. Best iPhone 7 Wallet Case: Spigen Slim Armor CS Card Holder Case
Wallet cases for iPhones come in a variety of styles. The most common is the folio style wallet case. This style of case covers the whole phone. The phone slots into the rear of the case, while a front flap wraps around to cover the screen. The interior of the front flap usually has room for two to five cards, plus some bills. The drawback with this style of iPhone case is that it’s bulky. Plus, with a lot of cards inside, it may not always close properly. Additionally, there may be concern that the cards are rubbing up against the screen of your device.
A slimmer, sleeker choice is the style of wallet case with a rear compartment, like the Spigen case above. This model has room for three cards (though if one of them is a thicker metal credit card, you may feel more comfortable carrying just two cards at a time). Constructed from two different shock absorbing materials, this is a thin, practical case that’s perfect for those who only need to carry an ID and a debit card when heading out into the world. Not sure you like the sliding style of case pictured above? We also like this Spigen wallet case, which has a compartment that opens on the bottom instead. A “stick-on wallet” for smartphones is another option to consider.
Want to see more of our favorite wallet cases? Browse our list of the best iPhone 7 wallet cases currently on sale.
Price: $17.99 (40 percent off MSRP)
- Reasonably priced
- Dual material construction
- Eliminates the need to carry a bulky wallet
- May not hold enough cards for some people
- No front flap means no screen protector (though you could buy one here that should be thin enough to work with this case)
- Somewhat limited color options
3. Best Rugged & Sturdy iPhone 7 Case: Zizo Bolt Cover With Tempered Glass Screen Protector
Want a case that really stands out? This cool case from Zizo is definitely going to get you noticed. The unique spiral design on the rear of the case makes it easy to keep a grip on your phone, even under suboptimal conditions.
A case that comes with a screen protector provides additional protection for your device. While it’s true you could simply buy an iPhone 7 screen protector and use it with a case that doesn’t come with a screen protector of its own, that can be tricky. You’ll want to strike a balance between case design and screen protector size. In some cases, a screen protector may be too thick to work with a case that wraps around the edge of your screen. A case that comes with it’s own paired screen protector eliminates the guesswork of shopping for a screen protector that will be just right.
The bold colors make it easy to find your phone if you drop it, and the fact that this case has been certified to meet Military Grade 810-G Drop Test specifications is the icing on the cake. We also love the rugged screen protector, which gives great peace of mind to the accident prone. This style offers a lot of protection at a reasonable price. If you’re not sold on this unique case, you can browse more iPhone 7 cases that meet Military Grade 810-G standards here.
According to GCN, phones that meet Military Grade 810-G standards are generally dropped from a height of four feet. If you work on ladders or on construction sites where your phone might drop from a greater height, you may want to check out Speck’s new Presidio Grip iPhone 7 case, which has been drop tested from heights of 10 feet.
- Cool, rugged design
- Bold colors
- Comes with tempered glass screen protector
- Holster acts as kickstand
- While rugged, is not totally indestructible
- Not waterproof
- Kickstand may not appeal to all users
4. Best Cute iPhone 7 Case: Candywe Gold Wallet iPhone 7 Case
Want a showstopping iPhone case that really shows off your cute personality? This wallet case is a solid choice. There’s room for multiple cards, plus a little cash. The rear of the case is flexible, allowing you to use it as a kickstand. If gold’s not your shade, this case is available in seven other colors, including hot pink, sky blue, and a gorgeous charcoal grey. If you like this style of iPhone case, but want patterns instead of solid colors, this wallet case from FYY is a great alternative to have on your radar.
Not really your cup of tea? Find an iPhone 7 case that matches your personality in our guide to cool iPhone 7 cases. That guide features a variety of cases made from unique materials, or featuring some kind of unexpected design element. You may also enjoy our guide to cute iPhone 7 cases.
- Cute design, available in eight colors
- Comes with mini stylus
- Wrist strap can be convenient while shopping
- Room for three cards and some cash
- May be too large for some
- May be too “girly” for some
- Faux leather may not age as gracefully as real leather
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5. Best Cool iPhone 7 Case: iFace Duo Series iPhone 7 Case With Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount
Looking for a case that’s more than just a case? This model from iFace is a case that comes bundled with a magnetic car vent mount, so you can easily position your phone for talking or GPS while driving. The shape of the case is slightly curved, which makes it comfortable in the hand. We also love that the Duo Mount can also be used as a kickstand, with a whopping 24 different viewing angles to choose from. If you’re the kind of person that prefers an iPhone case with some kind of added functionality, this is a great option for those that spend a lot of time in the car. You can also browse more iPhone 7 cases on sale here.
Price: $19.99 (67 percent off MSRP)
- Metal plate in case makes case more rugged
- 270 degree angle adjustment for optimal view from any angle
- Included accessory gives you more value for money
- Five color options to choose from
- Previous reports have suggested magnetic accessories can interfere with NFC and OIS
- Metal in case does make it slightly heavier than thin plastic cases
6. Best Waterproof iPhone 7 Case: i-Blason Waterproof Full-Body iPhone 7 Case
We featured another case with an included screen protector earlier in this guide, but this case is a little more conventional looking, which may appeal to those who want a slim, simple look for their phone. In addition, this model is waterproof. It’s often hard to find waterproof models around launch day, so seeing this model on sale now is pretty exciting.
You may be wondering, “Why do I need a waterproof case when the iPhone 7 is already water-resistant?” It’s a fair question. For one thing, even though this phone is water-resistant, it’s not guaranteed to be completely waterproof. If you drop it in deep enough water, and subject it to enough underwater pressure, the phone may still get water damage. In addition, some people think having an extra layer of protection around a phone is especially important around salt water, which is more corrosive than fresh water. Depending on how accident prone you are, and how much time you spend around water, you may appreciate the extra piece of mind that a layer of extra water resistance can provide.
This case from i-Blason offers 360 degree protection for your phone, which is great for those with a history of accidentally scratching their screen, dropping their phone in the pool, or otherwise damaging their device. We haven’t had a chance to go hands-on with this model yet. As with any waterproof case, you will want to test it at home for watertightness before using it with your phone. If you’re looking for a waterproof case that will let you enjoy the last few warm days of the year, this is a case you can use by the pool, at the lake, or on the beach.
Like this case, but wish it looked a little more rugged? You may prefer the company’s ArmorBox iPhone 7 case instead. It has a more outdoorsy look, and is a bit easier to grip, thanks to its textured case. Do note, however, that the ArmorBox line isn’t waterproof.
- Costs a fraction of what you’d pay for a LifeProof case
- One of the few iPhone 7 waterproof cases available now
- Exceptionally slim for a waterproof case
- Lacks brand cache of bigger waterproof case brands like LifeProof or OtterBox
- Some people dislike color/touch experience of a built-in screen protector (though this one has reportedly been designed without compromising touch sensitivity)
7. Best Thin & Slim iPhone 7 Case: TOZO Ultra-Thin Perfect Fit iPhone 7 Case
For some folks, the best case is the slimmest one. If you tend to keep your phone in your pocket during the day, having a case with minimal bulk is going to make you happy. This slender case from TOZO is billed as the world’s thinnest hard iPhone 7 case, clocking in at a mere .35mm thin. The matte finish on the case reduces glare and fingerprints. We haven’t gone hands-on with this case, so take this with a grain of salt, but the cutout around the rear camera lens looks quite small. In the past, we’ve seen other iPhone cases with close camera cutouts cause a “ghosting” problem with images, where images can look washed out or faded because of light bouncing off the edges of the camera area cutout. This is a fairly rare problem these days, but you may want to take a couple of test photos right away when you get this case (or any iPhone 7 case with a small camera cutout) to be certain you’re happy with your choice.
Want to see more super-thin iPhone 7 cases? Browse more thin cases on sale here.
- Super slim
- Matte finish
- Doesn’t add bulk to your device
- Thin cases are not the most rugged option out there
- Camera cutout very tight against lens area
8. Best Clear iPhone 7 Case: LK Air Hybrid Ultra Slim Crystal Clear Case
What’s the point in picking a fun iPhone color when you’re just gonna cover up that color (and the Apple logo) with a wraparound case? Clear cases let you show off your case color, and your Apple pride. When you’re shopping for a clear iPhone case, look for styles that have been treated to be UV resistant, scratch resistant, or both. This will ensure your case looks great over time, and resists yellowing or clouding with age.
This model from LK is scratch resistant, and designed to stay crystal clear as it ages. While slim, raised edges and air cushion design make this slender case fairly protective. This style is available in totally clear versions, as well as versions with a pop of color along the bumper. With six colors to choose from, including a color designed to match rose gold phones, this is a solid choice for those that want a minimalist case. We think a clear case is a great option for those who are picking the black or rose gold versions of the iPhone 7.
Want to see more options? Browse more clear iPhone 7 cases here.
Price: $9.99 (75 percent off MSRP)
- Scratch resistant
- Lets you actually show off the phone you bought, rather than hiding it
- Could be more impact resistant
- Not waterproof
- No screen protector or included accessories
9. Best Wood iPhone 7 Case: Slicoo Slim Wood Protective Case for iPhone 7
There’s something rustic and satisfying about putting a cutting edge smartphone in a case made from a natural, low-tech material like wood. There are a few different wooden iPhone 7 cases on the market right now, but we’re highlighting this one because of its cool chevron design and use of multiple colors. The case is actually a rubber TPU backing, which helps to make the case easy to install and remove, and also provide some additional impact protection. Natural wood and plastic elements are laid on top of the rubber on the back of the case to create the cool “V” design.
Prefer a wooden case that looks like it was made from one solid piece of wood? Browse more wooden iPhone 7 cases here.
Price: $12.99 (57 percent off MSRP)
- Eye-catching use of materials
- Reasonably priced
- TPU gives case a little more “give” than wood alone
- Some may prefer a more rugged case
- Some may prefer a wood case that looks like it was made from a single piece of wood
10. Best All-Around iPhone 7 Case for Launch Day: OtterBox DEFENDER SERIES Case for iPhone 7
This case from OtterBox is a great option. It’s a rugged case that is somewhat water-resistant, thanks to port covers and a built-in screen protector. That being said, it isn’t meant to be submerged in water. However, a few drops of rain are unlikely to hurt your phone when it is in this protective case. This is a solid case that’s been available for many previous generations of iPhones, and is perfect to use for the full life of your phone. Alternatively, you could just use it for a couple of months while you wait for your favorite case style to get updated for the iPhone 7. If you’re overwhelmed by all the case options out there, just grab this case. It’s a solid all-around case that’s perfect for the average user.
Not a fan of this phone case, or any of the other models we featured? We’ll be updating this list constantly from now through launch day, so check back to see additional recommendations. You can also browse more iPhone 7 cases on sale here. You may also want to browse our guide to the best iPhone 7 accessories and the best Lightning headphones.
- Offers some protection against rain, thanks to built-in screen protector
- Trusted, well-known brand
- Port covers
- Good value and peace of mind
- Water resistant is NOT the same as waterproof, case should not be submerged
- Colors/bulk may not appeal to all iPhone owners
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