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(Pocket-lint) - Protecting your Apple AirPods charging case with a cover is essential if you want to keep it looking shiny and new.

Naturally, the wireless earbuds themselves are already safe from bumps and scratches, but there's no harm in wanting to add a bit of personality to your charging case and defending it from damage, too. And thankfully, there are now hordes of excellent options available to help you do so.

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Like with any accessory, it also has to suit your tastes and be functional, which is why you'll see the majority of covers tested and detailed below being silicone skins with plenty of colour variations. There are also other leather and metal alternatives to explore, but just know that these are often more expensive.

So, if you have a charging case for your AirPods 1 or AirPods 2 that needs some love, peruse our picks below.


What is the best Apple AirPods case? Our top recommendation comes from Casetify. However, the likes of Spigen, Gear4, Twelve South and Catalyst also make excellent AirPods covers that are worth exploring.


Our Top Pick: Apple AirPods Case

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Casetify Compostable AirPods Case

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For

  • Compostable
  • Great procection
  • Stylish colours

Against

  • Quite expensive

Casetify makes recognisable and trendy cases for smartphones of all brands, so it makes sense that it's got some lovely AirPods cases to offer up, as well.

We're particularly taken with this compostable option, which still has a really nice finish and colour, but comes with the added bonus of salving your conscience due to its limited planetary impact.

Great AirPods cases we also recommend

Here are four other impressive options you could consider for your AirPods, instead.

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Spigen Urban Fit

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For

  • Great textured finish
  • Real protection

Against

  • Slightly bulky

If your number one concern when it comes to getting a case for your AirPods is the actual protection of the earbuds, then Spigen's case could be a great fit for you.

It's nice and rugged, with a lovely fabric finish that doesn't diminish how hard-wearing it is, and will bump up your AirPods' ability to withstand drops and falls by a big margin.

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Gear4 Apollo

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For

  • Amazing price
  • Jazzy colours

Against

  • Fairly minimal protection

Some people will be looking to get a case for their AirPods without shelling out too much (and we think that's fair enough!). If that sounds like you, Gear4 has a great option in the form of the Apollo.

It's available in a few funky colours, which we appreciate, but most importantly it's incredibly affordable. While it may not prevent your AirPods from getting damaged by a big drop, it's more than enough to ward off scratches.

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Catalyst Waterproof Airpods Case

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For

  • Waterproofing
  • Good protection

Against

  • A little pricey
  • Not the prettiest

If drop and scratch protection is the norm for a case, some people might look at their lifestyle (or the local weather) and worry they need an extra layer of reassurance.

That's what's offered by Catalyst in the form of this case - it waterproofs your AirPods case so that you don't have to worry about splashes or rainfall, something that can be an issue for these slightly older earbuds.

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Twelve South AirSnap

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For

  • Great materials
  • Luxurious design

Against

  • Expensive
  • A little bulky

If you've been looking at the various options above and want something a little more hand-crafted and artisanal, then Twelve South might be perfect.

Its AirSnap line is available in a few finished included leather options, but whichever version you choose you'll get a superbly-made bit of kit. It'll keep your AirPods snug and secure, but also look stylish and classy while it does so.

Other products we considered

When trying to figure out what we believe to be the best AirPod cases currently available, we spent hours testing and researching. We consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending devices - and also when a new device enters our top five selections. This isn't just our own testing, either, but consumer reviews, brand quality and value, too.

In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.

How to choose a case for your AirPods

There are absolutely loads of options out there when it comes to AirPods cases - here are some questions to narrow things down.

How much protection do you want?

If you want the maximum amount of possible protection for your AirPods, there are chunky cases out there that can offer huge levels of resistance against drops and bumps, so that you can throw them around without fear. Equally, if you only really want to make sure the case doesn't get scratched in your pocket, you could certainly opt for a thinner, more lightweight case.

Is bulkiness important?

Along those lines, it's worth thinking to yourself about how you like the size of the AirPods case without anything added to it - this can inform how bulky you want your case to be. If you really don't mind the extra size or weight, that means you can choose basically any case you like.

What's your budget?

We tend to affix this question for most bits of tech or accessories, because it's never irrelevant: work out your budget before you start shopping to avoid accidentally spending more than you need to. There are countless pricey cases out there for AirPods owners, but you might not want to go over your budget for them.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

We've been using AirPods since the moment they came out, and have been trying out accessories and cases since that point, as well, assessing their value and the protection they offer. Syle is, of course, hugely important, since no one wants an ugly AirPods case in their pocket.

As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.

What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each case is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity. Rest assured all the things on this list have been fully tested.

Writing by Conor Allison.