Best iPhone 14 cases in 2024

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The best iPhone 14 cases are essential accessories for anyone using this particular iPhone model. They can provide huge amounts of value, no matter how much you're willing to spend, and help set your iPhone apart from everyone else's.

The iPhone 15 series is now here, but the iPhone 14 is still officially on sale as a discounted model, meaning it could still be a worthwhile purchase even a year later. But whether you're buying an iPhone 14 now, or already own one, it's still a good time to invest in an iPhone 14 case.

The best iPhone 14 cases offer more than just protection, though. You'll find a variety of colors and designs among our top picks. Some cases double as wallets or include kickstands, while others look to help you make a fashion statement. 

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 offer a better fit, though they still may not perfectly encase your iPhone 14 due to changes in the volume and power buttons. We'd advise you to 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.

Are iPhone 14 cases different to iPhone 13 cases?

Not by much, but they are different. Apple shifted the position of the power and volume buttons around from the iPhone 13 to the iPhone 14, and made the iPhone 14 a bit thicker. You might be able to squeeze an iPhone 14 into an iPhone 13 case, but it's probably not worth the trouble if you don't own a case already.

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.