We’ve reviewed enough products to come up with a list of the best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases
*Jul. 2017 Update – Added ultra-thin and mountable iPhone 7 cases
*Mar. 2017 Update – updated most categories and added honourable mentions for each category
What are the best cases out there for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus? At Mobile Reviews Eh!, we base all our reviews on actual usage. We’re reviewing products so like very another list on our site; it’s going to get updated frequently.
We give more details (like our personal favourite cases) below the TL:DR version!
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We rate all iPhone products, in the same manner, to ensure consistency. We use each product for at least a week before we sit down and create a review. Each review takes between 10-30 hours depending on the product!
The Best Slim iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Case – Loopy Case
The Loopy Case replaces the Speck Presidio Grip as the best slim case for the iPhone 7’s. This might be contentious for some people but we honestly can’t get over how useful the case is.
If you value functionality over aesthetics, you need the Loopy Case. Everything you do on the iPhone is going to be 100% better the moment your finger gets into the loop. In fact, the Loopy Case is going to be tougher than most tough cases as the iPhone isn’t going to accidentally fall out of your hand.
Now a downside of the Loopy Case is that it won’t offer your iPhone much drop protection if it is dropped. So you just need to be careful when you’re pulling your device out of your bag, pocket or purse. Loopy has made improvements with the iPhone 7 as the loop doesn’t slide out and the rounded edges helps with long therm usage. Buy direct HERE and don’t forget to use the code MobileReviewsEh5!
Honourable Mentions – iPhone 7 Slim Cases
If you’re looking for a normal looking slim case, check out the Thule Atmos X4, Speck Presidio Grip and the Urban Armor Gear Monarch.
The Thule Atmos X4 (Amazon) is one of Aaron’s personal favourites as it handles well, the buttons are great and the screen protector that comes with the case is incredibly tough. The Atmos X4 is quite wide though.
The Speck Presidio Grip (Amazon) was #1 for the longest time but it looks like Speck decided to include a headphone jack cutout on newer versions which makes the bottom of the iPhone 7 in the case look funny. But that grip on the case is great.
We consider the Urban Armor Gear Monarch (Amazon) as slim case even though it’s quite large. The standout feature of the case is the texture and the multitude of different materials used in the case. Like the Presidio Grip, the case includes a headphone jack which again makes the iPhone 7 look funny.
The Best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Bumper – K11 Bumper by Thanotech
The ThanoTech K11 Bumper is a tiny bumper for your iPhone. It is designed to allow you to showcase the design of the iPhone without the bulk or sacrificing protection. ThanoTech uses a unique method of fusing metal and TPU together and is currently the only company that can. It may be hard to believe, but this little bumper can protect your iPhone 7 Plus from a 6ft face first drop. Don’t believe us? Check out the full review.
The bumper that we reviewed was a prototype. ThanoTech shipped us the bumper to review at the start of ThanoTech’s Kickstarter campaign. At the moment of this writing, the Kickstarter campaign has failed but ThanoTech is going to release the K11 in 2017 rather than late 2016. That’s a bit disappointing that ThanoTech didn’t reach their goal as the updated bumper is quite spectacular.
Honourable Mentions – iPhone 7 Bumpers
The Rhinoshield Crashguard (Amazon) will handle drops better than the K11 Bumper but doesn’t look as sleek. The texture of the bumper is a little slick though the bumper design helps with handling.
The X-Doria Defense Edge (Amazon) looks like a clone of the original K11 Bumper. It’s thinner which means it will deform quicker than the K11 Bumper.
The Best Tough iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Case – Griffin Summit
The Griffin Summit was the toughest iPhone 6 case that we reviewed and it’s still the same for the iPhone 7. We couldn’t a difference between the two versions. We will note that tough iPhone cases are disappointing. You are stuck with lacklustre access to your iPhone, poor sound and the ability to handle a bit more wear and tear. The only redeeming feature of tough cases is that they usually come with belt holsters.
The gap between the iPhone’s touch screen is noticeable but could handle another screen protector if you wanted. We like the unique design of the front cover sliding (rather than clipping) into the case (the video shows it best). Check out the full review that we did for the iPhone 6 version or get it on Amazon now!
Honourable Mentions – Tough iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases
The Otterbox Defender is also a decent choice but scores lower than the Griffin Summit. We believe the Griffin Summit holds up better in all-weather situations as the entire iPhone is covered up. See how much the Otterbox Defender is on Amazon for the iPhone 7.
The Best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Wallet Case – UOLO 2 in 1 Wallet Folio Case
We weren’t expecting anything from UOLO. One day, these cases showed up on our door and discovered that having a removable case within a wallet case is a life changer!
That’s right, you can keep your iPhone with your wallet when you need to or leave the wallet at home and use just the case. The flexibility of UOLO’s 2-in-1 case is what we love about it.
The wallet will store more than your average Spigen wallet case and has a decent amount of texture so it handles well. The magnetic latch keeps the folio together but doesn’t work well if the wallet is too full.
Honourable Mentions – iPhone 7 Wallet Cases
Alternatives to check out include the Moshi Overture (previous #1) and the Danny P Wallet.
The Moshi Overture (Amazon) is a feature packed wallet case. It can be used as a kickstand and includes a removable microfibre cloth on the inside of the case that ensures your iPhone’s screen is fingerprint free! The Moshi Overture will hold more than the UOLO case.
The he Danny P Wallet is something else. Instead of trying to wrap a wallet around an iPhone, Danny P decided to put an iPhone in a wallet. It works quite well in our opinion.
The Best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus On-The-Go Wallet Case – CM4 Q-Card Case
What is an On-The-Go wallet case? It’s one that you can easily take a few critical cards with your iPhone while keeping it slim. The Q-Card case is one of the fancier on-the-go cases as the wallet portion is made from leather. The cherry on top is the tiny slit for you to use a card which adds a kickstand capability to the wallet.
Our scoring system takes into account all these little things so while the Q-Card case may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, it is the most functional. Get your Q-Card case on Amazon!
Honourable Mentions – On-The-Go iPhone 7 Wallet Cases
An alternative to the Q-card case is the Urban Armor Gear Metropolis and Silk Innovation Vault.
The UAG Metropolis (Amazon) works well but can only store one card which works well if you need a case to carry your bus pass? The texture on the case is excellent as well and the magnetic cover will offer more screen protection than the CM4 Q-Card Case.
Another worthy contender is the Silk Innovation Vault (Amazon). The Innovation Vault is the only case that allows us to easily access our cards regardless of how many are in the slot. It is thicker than the CM4 Q-Card case.
The Best iPhone 7 Battery Case – Apple Smart Battery Case
Need more power? Check out Apple’s Smart Battery Case. We were thrown off by the design of the Smart Battery Case when it first came out because of its awkward shape. After our usage period, we realised that the tiny integration with iOS 10’s home screen and use of an actual Lightning port made this battery case a joy to use. The ability to quickly remove the case is also a plus.
See how much the Apple Smart Battery Case on Amazon.
Honourable Mentions – iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Battery cases
If you need spare power, you might consider the Mophie Juice Pack Air, Mophie Force Hold or the Kuner Kuke case.
The Mophie Juice Pack Air (Amazon) allows for wireless charging which is neat but not a necessary feature. The spare battery will give your an extra 50% on the iPhone 7 Plus. The bulk of the case is very noticeable.
The Mophie Force Hold (Amazon) isn’t technically a battery case but the magnetic back coupled with a magnetic juice pack is pretty close and the best part is that you don’t have to live with the constant bulk of the Mophie Juice Pack Air.
The Kuner Kuke (Amazon) case is unique. Not only does it come with a spare battery, it has a Micro-SD slot which allows you to expand the storage capacity of the iPhone. It’s the perfect solution for a power hungry, storage gobbling power user!
The Best Waterproof iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Case – Catalyst Waterproof
The Catalyst Waterproof for the iPhone 7 has been updated. It looks quite similar to the iPhone 6 version but Catalyst has somehow managed to drop the water protection down to 33ft. If you need a waterproof case that’s tougher than the Catalyst, check out the Hitcase Pro (below).
The sound coming from the Catalyst Waterproof isn’t great but bearable. The rotary switch on the case makes the iPhone easier to use in the case.
If you’re planning on shooting underwater camera footage, you definitely need to get the Catalyst Waterproof. Couple the case with Catalyst’s wristband and you have the best setup for snorkelling or swimming in the ocean. See if your local Amazon store has them in stock!
Honourable Mentions – Waterproof iPhone 7 cases
If you’re looking for a case for the occasional rough day, get the Ghostek Atomic 3.0. For another day-to-day alternative, check out the Dog and Bone Wetsuit Impact. In fact, the LifeProof Fre and Pelican Marine would be good choices as well. Check out the comparison tool for more details.
The Ghostek Atomic 3.0 (Amazon) is the only case that allows you to use a screen protector and skin with the case. Other products require you to strip your iPhone 7 down before installing so it’s a hassle when you don’t need the water protection, all the time.
The Dog & Bone Wetsuit Impact (Amazon) is the slimmer and thinner than most iPhone 7 slim cases. It also includes a glass screen protector so you’re getting the best of every world with the Wetsuit Impact. The screen viewability is 100% with the case and the buttons are a bit tougher.
As a side note, if you’re looking for the best sounding case, get the LifeProof Fre (Amazon). It will still mute sound coming from the iPhone but not as much as other cases.
The Best Mountable (and badass) iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Case – Hitcase Pro
If you’re looking for an iPhone case that you can take to the extreme, than you need a Hitcase Pro. We were very excited to see a redesign on the HitCase rather than a minor update like most case manufacturers do. The new Hitcase Pro is a beefier HItcase Shield with out the screen accessibility issues.
The strength of the Hitcase Pro is the ability to mount it anywhere (with the right accessories). For the last few years, we’ve been mounting our iPhones on cars, bikes, dogs and selfie sticks. We’ve taken our iPhone’s into the ocean countless times with the HitCase Pro and we haven’t lost one or had one break yet.
The HitCase Pro is officially waterproof up to 33ft but Hitcase has told us that the Pro will handle depths up to 100ft (but the iPhone will turn off). The Hitcase Pro is drop-rated to 16ft which is more than twice the previous versions drop-rating. We even did a 12ft face first drop on concrete and the iPhone survived!
Get your own Hitcase Pro on Amazon!
The Best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus case for 1-handed usage – Loopy Cases
This is probably the first time that one product ends up in two categories.
We will say that one-handed use cases and accessories aren’t for everybody. They’re awkwardly shaped but the functionality they offer helps a lot when our hands get tired. Most of these accessories involve transferring the weight of your iPhone to hang off your fingers rather than relying on your grip strength.
The best one-handed usage functionality has come from the Loopy Vibe for the iPhone 6’s. We’ve got updated Loopy’s coming our way in the next couple of weeks, so we’ll see if they’ve gotten better. We also review a product called the GoLoop which is an excellent alternative to the Loopy. Get $5 dollars off your Loopy now!
Honourable Mentions – iPhone 7 1-handed use cases
The Ungrip has a lot of customizable colors and allows you to use an existing case. The entire setup isn’t as slick as the Loopy case. We occasionally found our fingers getting stuck in the cloth loop.
The PopSocket is another worthy alternative. The PopSocket is the most efficient product for one-handed usage as the weight of the iPhone is spread between two fingers which improves long terms usage.
The Best Ultra-Thin iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases
If you’re looking for a case that a bit of protection without the extra bulk, you’ll need to check out the Spigen Thin-Fit 360. This is one of the best iPhone cases we have ever used (out of the 4 years of reviewing cases).
Unlike most cases, this Spigen case covers 99% of your iPhone so it is going to be well-protected from any day-to-day drops. The Thin-Fit 360 also comes with TWO glass screen protectors that will also fit the LifeProof Nuud (which is a bonus).
The “cherry on top of this wonderful cherry sundae” is the ability to add a magnet to the case to mount it on our favourite car mount.
Find out how much the Spigen Thin-Fit 360 is on Amazon!
Honourable Mentions – iPhone 7 1-handed use cases
The Pitaka case is another case worth checking out. This may be one of the lowest rated cases in terms of protection but that won’t matter if you don’t drop your iPhone alot.
The texture of the case is quite nice and the design is unique. The Pitaka is made from Aramid (similar to Kevlar) so it can be incredibly thin while offering a tiny bit of drop protection in the off-chance you do drop your iPhone.
Screen protection might be an issue as the case itself doesn’t extend past the screen of the iPhone but Pitaka does include a glass screen protector.
See how much the Pitaka is on Amazon!
The Best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Camera Case – TBD
We’re not so sure about this category for the iPhone 7 Plus. The dual-camera setup is going to be tricky for camera case manufacturers to design around. The only case that we’ve purchased is the updated Olloclip.
For the regular iPhone 7, we’ll see if the Moment Lens case is still the winner (it was for the iPhone 6’s).
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