The new iPhone 6s has been announced, and plenty of iPhone owners are eagerly awaiting their chance to upgrade. But upgrading has a downside: buying all new cases and iPhone accessories. While some cases for the iPhone 6 will also fit the 6s, this isn’t true for all case models. Case in point: LifeProof’s excellent waterproof cases for the iPhone 6 aren’t designed to be cross-compatible with the 6s. According to LifeProof’s website, the new 6s waterproof cases are “coming soon.” But “soon” might not be soon enough for some iPhone owners. After all, LifeProof generally takes quite a while to bring a new case to market. For example, the LifeProof Fre waterproof iPhone 6 case was released in late November of 2014, but the phone itself hit stores on September 19, 2014. And when the case was finally released, quantities were extremely limited.
If you can’t wait months to get a new case from LifeProof, check out the waterproof cases below. Not only are these waterproof iPhone 6s cases much cheaper than a LifeProof case, but they’re shipping now. Our list features both fully waterproof cases (cases that can be submerged in water), as well as water-resistant cases (cases that can be splashed with water). Here are five of the best water-resistant and waterproof cases for the iPhone 6s. You can also check out our posts on the best iPhone 6s cases, cheap iPhone 6s cases, or iPhone 6s wallet cases if you need additional inspiration. Getting ready to upgrade to iPhone 7? Check out our guide to the best iPhone 7 cases.
1. TETHYS “Movee” iPhone 6/6s Waterproof Case
This case is backed by a lifetime warranty, which means it’s built to last. It has triple-lock design to ensure that your phone is securely sealed against moisture. You can take this phone underwater to depths of eight feet. However, this phone case does have some major drawbacks. While it is water-tight, many of the features can’t be accessed while the phone is in this case. Headphone port, charging port, TouchID, and the ringer toggle are all locked away when this case is on your device.
Price: $12.99 (78 percent off MSRP)
- Triple locking system
- Waterproof up to eight feet
- Limited color options
- Somewhat bulky
- Lacks access to certain phone features
2. Akiko IPX8 Certified Universal Protective Waterproof Pouch
Tired of having to upgrade your waterproof case every time you get a new phone? This handy pouch is universal, so it will fit all kinds of smartphones. It’s also a nice waterproofing solution for those who only need occasional protection from water. The bag is great for days at the beach or on a boat, where you want to protect your phone, your wallet, or other valuables.
Price: $7.99 (80 percent off MSRP)
- Keeps your device safe down to 100 feet
- Protects phone, as well as other valuables
- Not TouchID-compatible
3. Easylife iPhone 6/6s Waterproof Case (New Version)
This newly redesigned case from EasyLife will fit both the iPhone 6, and the new 6s. In addition, the redesign has addressed a known issue “squealing sound issue” that plagued the old version of this case. If you’re looking for a waterproof iPhone 6s case to use while waiting for the LifeProof cases to hit stores (or just want to save some money), this case is a solid choice.
Price: $19.99 (71 percent off MSRP)
- Waterproof to 6.6 feet
- Tons of color options
- Requires adapter for headphones
- Can be cumbersome for daily use, due to button covers and headphone adapter
4. SUPCASE Apple iPhone 6 Water-Resistant Case
While this case isn’t sealed to be fully waterproof, it is perfectly capable of shrugging off a few drops of errant rain or water. There’s a solid front screen protector, providing more protection than a stick-on screen protector. The case comes with three interchangeable back covers, so buying this case is essentially like getting three cases for the price of one.
Price: $14.99 (35 percent off MSRP)
- Multiple backs
- Protects screen
- Not designed to be submerged in water
- Can be damaged by long-term exposure to moisture
5. ISELECTOR Waterproof iPhone 6/6S Case
This waterproof iPhone 6s case is designed to minimize that annoying loss of sound quality that you get sometimes with bully, waterproof cases. This case can be fully submerged in water, for up to an hour. This case is rated to depths of two meters, but it is not ideal for deeper plunges. The attachment point for lanyards is handy, and multi-point locking helps provide greater peace of mind.
Price: $45.99 (43 percent off MSRP)
- IP68 rated (Submerge for up to one hour at depths of two meters)
- Large opening to support third party Lightning cables for charging
- Handy lanyard
- Secure locking tool
- Splash-proof, not waterproof
- Somewhat bulky