Best iPhone 14 cases in 2023

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You need one of the best iPhone 14 cases to make sure that one of the best iPhones stays in tip-top shape and safe from the damage that can result from unexpected drops. 

While Apple's made great strides in making its phones more durable — our iPhone 14 review notes that the phone's Ceramic Shield display and tough glass provide lots of protection out the box — a good case adds another layer of safety. And if you doubt how important that can be, check out how iPhone 14 drop tests inflicted damage on other iPhone 14 models. You'll be snapping a case of your own in no time.

There's more to the best iPhone 14 cases than just protection, though. Our picks include a variety of colors and designs. Some double as wallets or include kickstands, while others look to help you make a fashion statement. 

Still, protection is the name of the game, and if that's what you want for your $799 phone, take a look at the best iPhone 14 cases we've seen so far.

What to look for in the best iPhone 14 case

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The first thing to do when shopping for an iPhone 14 case is to make sure the case you're eyeing actually fits the iPhone 14. That may seem like an obvious thing to do, but bear in mind that Apple makes four different iPhones under the iPhone 14 name, and two of them — the iPhone 14 Plus and iPhone 14 Pro Max — are much larger than the iPhone 14. Even iPhone 14 Pro cases may not fit the iPhone 14, despite both devices featuring 6.1-inch displays, because of the different-sized camera arrays. iPhone 13 cases may fit the iPhone 14, but it may not be a perfect fit due to changes in the volume and power buttons — best stick with cases specifically made for the iPhone 14 to ensure the best fit.

Looking for a case for a different-sized model? Check out our other guides.

Once you've confirmed you're looking at the right-sized case for an iPhone 14, always check the drop-protection listing, since preventing damage to your phone is the main reason to get a case. Four-foot drop protection is a good standard to shoot for, but some case makers promise more than that. 

Most of the other things to look for depend on what you want in the best iPhone 14 case. You may be looking for a particular color or a clear option that lets your iPhone's design shine through, especially now that Apple has added a new iPhone 14 color option to the mix. You might also consider extra features like kickstands or slots to hold cash and cards.

How we pick the best iPhone 14 cases

We pick iPhone 14 cases initially based on word-of-mouth and customer reviews. We may call in cases at a later time for additional hands-on testing. When evaluating cases, we consider price, colors, protection and special features. Because phone cases are such a personal choice, we try to include a variety of styles to fit different tastes.

Next: Check out our full Samsung Galaxy S23 vs. iPhone 14 comparison to see which one emerged as the better phone.

Philip Michaels

Philip Michaels is a Managing Editor at Tom's Guide. He's been covering personal technology since 1999 and was in the building when Steve Jobs showed off the iPhone for the first time. He's been evaluating smartphones since that first iPhone debuted in 2007, and he's been following phone carriers and smartphone plans since 2015. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics, old movies and proper butchery techniques. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.