Unlike with an iPhone, you don’t absolutely need to use a case with your Apple Watch. The materials, especially on the more expensive models, can withstand everyday use.
But there are still plenty of reasons to use a case or cover. It’s an inexpensive way to accessorize your device and add a bit of color. It should also give you peace of mind that your Apple Watch will be protected from knocks and bumps, especially when combined with a screen protector.
Here are eight great Apple Watch cases and covers to protect your wearable device.
Spigen is a go-to company for protecting every kind of gadget. While immensely strong, the Spigen Rugged Armor case is thoughtfully designed. Thanks to the flexible material, there’s no need to worry about skin irritation. The case holds on tight, is compact, and doesn’t move around your Apple Watch.
A metal button covers the right-hand side of the Apple Watch and gives it a stylish look. The cover doesn’t affect any functionality and encases all sides of the watch. With a slightly raised surface, it’s also designed to protect the Apple Watch screen from scratches and scrapes.
While modern Apple Watch models are waterproof, Apple recommends that you don’t use the device for activities like scuba diving or water skiing. But the Catalyst Waterproof Case can easily give you peace of mind while in the water and offers some of the best protection for an Apple Watch.
Catalyst guarantees protection in up to 330 feet of water. It is also rated to protect the Apple Watch from falls of up to 6.6 feet. Even with the case, the vast majority of features—like heart rate detection—are still available. The only exception is that EKG monitoring isn’t available on the Series 5/4 models.
Made from anodized aluminum, the X-Doria Defense Edge protects all sides of the Apple Watch exterior. With a soft rubber lining, no metal from the case will actually touch the exterior.
To install the case, just snap it on the exterior of the watch. You can still change bands easily, as the case doesn’t cover the rear of the watch. It’s available for the 44mm and 40mm Series 5/4 watch along with the 42mm and 38mm Series 3/2/1 devices.
The Julk Case for Apple Watch does double duty as it protects both the exterior and the display of the device. Made with a transparent material, the case protects from dust, fingerprints, and scratches. You’ll receive two cases in the package, ensuring you will always have a backup.
The Finite Bumper Cover Six-Pack is all about style on a budget. It provides you with six different looks for your Apple Watch in various colors. The case maintains the originality of the watch and enhances its look while leaving the side button and Digital Crown open.
The cases are flexible, shock-absorbent, and comfortable as they’re so lightweight. Along with the multi-color pack, you can select from another six-pack with more muted hues. Both packs are available for all Apple Watch models and sizes.
The Ritastar Apple Watch Cover With Screen Protector is a great choice for those who want to swim without having to remove the case. Once you install the cover and screen protector, it’s made to be permanent, and you’ll still have complete access to all buttons and charging.
To help blend in with your Apple Watch, Ritastar offers four different color options that mimic the colors of the watch—black, gold, silver, and rose gold. It’s available for the 44mm or 40mm Series 5/4 watch and 42mm and 38mm Series 3/2/1 device.
Take an Apple Watch to the next level with the Secbolt Bling Case. The exterior of the case is set with sparkly rhinestones. The case can easily snap on and off and doesn’t cover the rear of the device, so you can easily switch bands without having to remove it.
There are a wide variety of case colors to select from—including black, silver, and rose gold—for all sizes and models of the Apple Watch.
The SupCase Rugged Protective Apple Watch Case is a perfect all-in-one option for anyone needing hardcore protection for the device. Along with a full shock-resistant case, SupCase also provides an adjustable watch band to complete the reasonably priced package. To install, just remove your current watch band and then insert it in the case.
Protect Your Device With an Apple Watch Case or Cover
Whether you use an Apple Watch case is up to you—the device is strong enough to protect against everyday damage. However, especially accident-prone users may want some extra Apple Watch protection. After all, it’s a lot cheaper to replace a case than your watch.
Before you add your new case, make sure to clean your wearable device by following our steps on how to clean your Apple Watch safely and efficiently .