With glass on the front and back and either aluminum or stainless steel around the edge, no matter how tough Tim Cook says the iPhones are, they are scratch magnets. Not only that, but with no real protection around the corners of the screen glass, that ceramic shield isn’t going to withstand many drops.
You can save yourself the anxiety (and the cost of repair) with a cover, but fear not! None of this means you need to put some over-the-top monstrosity of a case on your phone that makes it virtually unpocketable. We’ve handpicked some sleek, stylish options that you won’t feel embarrassed to pull out of your pocket.
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But first, before we get to the cases, let’s worry about the front of the phone. Screen protectors come in all forms and prices. It may be tempting to get one of the dirt cheap ones from Amazon, but stop right there! They are usually not cut accurately to the correct size, and are of a cheaper material that degrades far quicker.
I won’t go ahead and say this is definitively the best screen protector, but with all my past iPhone screen protector purchases, I have never been let down by the Invisible Shield Glass XTR. It goes for around $60 and feels nicely smooth to the touch.
Again, I’m not claiming this is the best. I need to do a lot more testing before I make that declaration.
Best iPhone 13 cases
Native Union Clic Pop Magnetic
Native Union has itself created a suite of accessories around their premium, stylish Clic Pop cases, which offer 6 feet of drop protection, MagSafe compatibility and a range of finishes from this recyclable plastic to a luxurious sustainable leather.
Durable and lightweight, without adding much to the profile of the phone, the Clic Lock gives you an option to add a crossbody sling for another option to wear your phone, and it works with the Snap 2-in-1 wireless charger, which is a great desk accessory.
The orange D3O material is a dead giveaway that you’re getting some insanely good phone protection, courtesy of the Gear4 Denali. I’m old enough to remember when this used to be called the Gear4 Battersea!
This ridged pattern on the back is addictive for fidgety people like myself and the patented internal protective material offers up to 16 feet of drop protection, alongside an antimicrobial treatment to keep it germ-free.
Speck Presidio2 Grip Compatible with MagSafe
20% slimmer than Speck's previous Presidio case and armed with MagSafe compatibility, the Presidio2 is a stylish addition to your iPhone with 13ft of drop protection.
The unique soft touch finish and grooved texture feels great to the touch, the Microban anti-microbial protection delivers a 99% reduction in bacteria growth on the case, and the patented armor cloud technology packs the cover with protective cushions of air.
Mous Limitless 4.0
This fully MagSafe compatible case packs a premium look with some serious smart protection. From the high-quality materials used, including bamboo, a carbon fiber weave and the impact-absorbing AiroShock technology that protects the edges like an airbag, this has seriously good drop protection.
Plus, with a raised lip around the screen and that massive camera bump, you can put this on a table with confidence.
Tech21 Evo Clear
It’s hard to do clear plastic without looking tacky. Just take a look at my Nothing ear (1) review for example. But Tech21 manages to pull it off with a strong, premium material that has an upmarket personality without taking away from the luxury nature of the iPhone 13’s design.
And the team’s able to do this while ensuring durability with 12 ft drop protection and an antimicrobial material covering.
Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1
MagSafe compatibility is adding 10-20 bucks on top of some case prices across the board, so rather than invest in a separate wallet, just get a case that has a wallet integrated into the design.
The Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 gives you room for three cards and cash, the sides are grippy and air pockets around the case make for impressive drop protection.
Otterbox Easy Grip Gaming Antimicrobial Case
The ultra durability of Otterbox cases comes to the gaming market with this multi-layer cover that offers patented heat dissipation technology to ensure your phone doesn't overheat under intense gameplay.
The surface of the case is easy to clean thanks to the anti-microbial texture, the texture itself is custom molded for sweat resistance, and this case makes the iPhone 13 compatible with all of Otterbox's gaming products.
Heads up - this case is not available for the iPhone 13 Mini, but we've found an ultra slim Symmetry Series case from Otterbox that is just as good.
Apple iPhone 13 Silicone case
The official option from Apple, so you’re guaranteed high quality materials and a snug fit. MagSafe compatibility is here, the silicone material is great to the touch and the microfiber lining on the inside ensures your phone remains scratch free.
Buttons always line up perfectly and the slim, svelte construction may not offer the same 12 foot protection as other options on this list, but it’s more than enough for your average use case durability. Plus, you’ve got a choice between loads of colors.
ITSKINS Feroniabio // Terra
A case that is good for the planet — the ITSKINS Feronaibio // Terra is made entirely of 100% renewable, compostable materials. Not only that, but unlike other eco cases like this, ITSKINS has some seriously good durability and drop protection (up to 10 feet to be specific).
The honeycomb-esque HEXOTEK impact absorption technology round the edge is ultra-protective, while keeping the case slim and stylish in a range of colors.
Totallee iPhone 13 clear case
Totallee is back with another clear case for the latest iPhones, which gives you a durable soft touch material and a cover with no branding on it whatsoever for the purists out there.
They do not have magnets built-in, but given how significantly thin Totallee’s cases are compared to the competition, they don’t interfere with the built-in magnet whatsoever.
Sandmarc lens case
With a huge focus on video quality on the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, you can get more cinematic versatility with lens add-ons. To do that you need a compatible case to screw one in and Sandmarc's option is one of the most cost-effective.
If the focal length of the main camera doesn't change from last year, the 18mm length doesn't necessarily offer a great frame for pieces to camera. But with this 16mm alteration, your shots are given room to breathe.
Casetify Ultra Impact Crush
Casetify's Ultra Impact Crush case features a proprietary shock-absorbing material for great drop protection, a lifted camera ring and a construction made from 65% plant-based materials.
And the best bit about Casetify? You can customize this case to your heart's content. With custom text overlays, colorways and fonts, you have all the opportunities to make this your own.