(Pocket-lint) - If you've ordered one of Apple's iPhone 13 models, or, if you already have one, you're going to want a good case for it.
Thankfully, there's no shortage of companies offering them. In fact, the sheer quantity of options is mind-boggling, with something available no matter what style, material or price point you favour.
Whether you want a designer brand case, a case that can survive a snowstorm, a leather case, a completely clear case or a case with a wallet or kickstand, our list of picks covers it. We've tried out more cases than you can shake a stick at, using each for a few days at a time to see how they stand up to sustained use, and checking how well they merit their price tags.
Also, when choosing, note that most of the options we've picked out are available in all sizes of the latest iPhone, whether you're getting the standard 13, 13 mini, 13 Pro or even the 13 Pro Max. Be sure to pick them up in the right size for your phone!
Our Top Pick
Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe
- Premium feel
- Great colours
Apple's own-brand cases are a safe choice, and, to mark the iPhone 13 series' arrival, the company has released a new set of colours. This latest crop of silicone cases is available in Marigold, Clover, Chalk Pink, Abyss Blue, Pink Pomelo, Midnight, Blue Jay and Product Red.
Being compatible with MagSafe means it just snaps onto the back of the phone, but, more importantly, will allow you to use other MagSafe accessories on the outside. This ensures a connection when using the MagSafe charger, and lets you clip on the MagSafe wallet or battery pack.
Other great iPhone 13 cases to consider
Here are four other brilliant cases for the iPhone 13 that you could check out.
- Actually not terrible for the planet
- Great colours
- Nice and slim
- Doesn't love MagSafe
From a far smaller name, we're really taken with this simple case, which comes in a range of funky colours that stand out from the crowd.
Most importantly, though, every case is made from biodegradable materials and is eco-friendly in a way that few rivals can match. If you like the colours on offer, and care about the planet, we think this should absolutely be one for your shortlist.
Mous Limitless 4.0
- Great protection
- Nice look and feel
- A bit expensive
Mous started out with these impressive cases, gaining a name thanks to their fun use of materials to evoke different looks and feels.
Now, the fourth version of its case is here for the iPhone 13 in all models, and we're impressed by the build quality, as ever. It's really solid and great for protection, and has full MagSafe compatibility in case you're all in on Apple's magnetic accessories.
Cyrill Color Brick
- Great colour options
- Sleek build
- Doesn't like MagSafe
This tasteful set of cases from Cyrill bring a nice mixture of sleekness and security - there are plenty of touches here to ensure that you get proper protection for your phone.
You can choose from a few nice pastel colours, but all of them have raised edges and extra shielding around the larger camera bump to make sure that nothing is in danger if you drop it.
Mujjo Full Leather
- Nice leather feel
- Card sleeve optional
- Not much wrong here
Mujjo has made a name for itself offering quality leather cases for smartphones, and this year the company has improved its cases by making them more durable. The case is made from full-grain leather, with the buttons covered in leather, too, in order to aid responsiveness.
The inside is lined with a Japanese microfibre material, will the 1mm raised leather bezel ensures that if you place your phone face down, the display won't rub against any surfaces. Mujjo's premium leather case is available with or without a card sleeve and comes in three colours: Tan, Black and Monaco Blue.
Other products we considered
The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.
These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:
How to choose an iPhone 13 case
Picking out a case can feel like a pretty big step, even if the phone costs way more than its sleeve. Check out some key questions to consider, below:
Do iPhone 12 cases fit the iPhone 13?
Here's a big one - if you had an iPhone 12 already, with some cases that you love, you might have looked at the lack of major redesigns and hoped that your cases would fit. Sadly, regardless of which model you're moving to and from, that's not the case. Because of new, bigger camera bumps for all sizes, none of your iPhone 12 cases (or older generations, either) will fit the iPhone 13.
Do iPhone 13 cases fit the iPhone 13 Pro?
Going back to the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, another convenience was that their designs were so similar that cases could fit both of them - that made it easier for case-makers but also meant that if you upgraded or had a family member with the other model, you could easily swap them. Again, because of camera changes this time round, that won't work. Cases will only fit on the model of phone you have, sadly.
How much drop protection do you need?
A big question when you're shopping for a case should be around protection. Are you a careful sort who really just needs to make sure your iPhone 13 doesn't get scuffed in your pocket? Or do you accidentally drop your phone all the time? If the latter sounds more accurate, it's worth checking out how companies rate their cases for drops - some of them should have you covered for even sizeable ones.
Do you use MagSafe?
Another variable between cases, including some of our favourites on this list, is how they support Apple's MagSafe system. Almost every case now allows for wireless charging, since that's more common. However, working properly with MagSafe connections, be they chargers or wallets, requires magnets built into the case that are more complex. They tend to feature on pricier cases, and Apple's own options, so if you're committed to the MagSafe lifestyle this might limit your choices a little.
What materials do you like?
Perhaps the biggest variable between cases, in an obvious way, is what they're made from. Do you want a transparent plastic number, or a full-grain leather sleeve? Do you like softer finishes, or care particularly about the eco-credentials of a given material? These are all things that should play into your choice, but they're also intrinsically tied to your taste.
Is your iPhone also your wallet?
Since smartphones rose to total ubiquity, many people have transitioned to having just a few payment cards in a sleeve on their phone case, whether it's a folio or any other style. This is something to consider - if you don't need too many cards at once, it can be a great way to cut down on pocket clutter and cut the risk of losing your wallet.
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.
When it comes to cases for the iPhone 13 that means just what it says on the tin - we've slapped these onto our phone and used them for extended periods. You don't know how reliable a case is until you've had to rely on it, after all.
Drop rating and protectivity is important, but we're also checking to see how well-made a case is, and how nicely it slips in and out of a pocket or bag. MagSafe compliance is a real bonus in our eyes, but can be missed if there's a good reason (such a slimness), and of course there's a lot to be said for aesethetics. No one wants an ugly case!
We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.
We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.