The best tough, rugged and waterproof iPad cases and covers

iPads are both expensive and fragile, so we look at the best rugged, tough, and waterproof cases and covers, which will keep your iPad safe from damage.

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Griffin Survivor Military Case

If you're after a sturdy case for your iPad Air, the Griffin Survivor is a great option. It's been tested against conditions for the US Department of Defence (MIL-STD-810) and offers great wind, rain, and dust protection.

The Survivor has also got silicone cladding to protect against vibration, so it's a great protective case for those working with industrial machinery.

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If you're after a sturdy case for your iPad Air, the Griffin Survivor is a great option. It's been tested against conditions for the US Department of Defence (MIL-STD-810) and offers great wind, rain, and dust protection.

The Survivor has also got silicone cladding to protect against vibration, so it's a great protective case for those working with industrial machinery.

 

Typhoon Dry Case

If you're looking for the best case to use when taking your iPad to the beach, have a look at the DryCASE. Unlike most cases, this is a clear waterproof bag that's vacuum-sealed.

You use the hand-pump to remove all the air from the bag, and the tight seal keeps it dry even when underwater. It's completely usable inside the bag, and comes with a neoprene armband so you can grab hold of the DryCASE while doing water sports.

The case doesn't offer much physical protection, but it's easy to use and keeps your iPad safe from sand and water. US visitors can find a  similar case here for the iPad Pro 10.5in ($12.99).

 

Ballistic Tough Jacket Rugged Case

There aren't many sturdy cases available for the iPad Pro (we guess most people don't want to take such a big and expensive iPad out on an adventure). The Ballistic Tough is one robust exception - and it's also available for the iPad Air in the UK (£14.99).

It has raised lips that protrude from the screen and out of the corners, protecting it from any damage. A built-in stand enables you to keep the iPad Pro upright.

Ballistic Tough Jacket is available for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation in the US for $24.89 as well as for the iPad mini 1/2/3 ($14.89) and mini 4 ($29.89)

 

Otterbox Defender

We like the Otterbox Defender as it's one of the few iPad cases that manages to be truly protective while offering a sense of style. It's just a bit better-looking than many of the military offerings around.

Cut-out areas expose the Home button, cameras and sensors (as well as the Apple logo on the rear), helping the Ottberbox Defender look more Apple-esque than other protective iPad cases.

It's still rugged, though, with dual-layer cushions and three layers of protection. It also covers the ports and a shield stand covers the screen (or props up the iPad).

The Otterbox is available for the iPad for £38.36/$67.99 (it should fit the 2017/2018 versions, but we haven't tested it), iPad Pro (10.5in) (£47.17/$40), iPad Pro (12.9in) (£52.88/£59.90) and iPad Mini 4 (£39.99/$35.98). There's also the Otterbox for the iPad 2, 3, and 4 for £44.57 in the UK or $35.50 in the US.

 

MoKo Case for iPad 9.7in (2018/2017)

Here's a seriously rugged case from Moko. You can expect an anti-slip body and rigorous shock absorption: the case features a two-layered structure that combines a polycarbonate shell with a TPU frame.

The MoKo case also includes a screen protector that snaps onto the front of the case, keeping the iPad insulated from scratches and dust. The design also conveniently bundles in a built-in stand.

The case fits the iPad 9.7in (both 2017 and 2018 models). Though keep in mind it will not fit the iPad Pro 9.7in (2016).

 

Urban Armor Gear Folio

The Urban Armour Gear is a great-looking iPad protective case made from lightweight material (called 'frogskin' by UAG). It protects the iPad against knocks and scratches, and makes it much easier to hold.

It's also a lot lighter than other iPad cases, so it doesn't add too much to the weight. It's even got a nifty clip for the Apple Pencil.

This case is available for the iPad Air 2 (£28.97), iPad Mini 4 (£31.99) and iPad Pro 9.7in (£44.99). Availability in the US varies, though you can find it for the iPad Pro 10.5 ($49.95) and iPad Pro 12.9in (1st generation) for $45.99. For full range, see Urban Armor Gear's website.

 

Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Case for iPad Air 2

If you're looking to deck out your iPad Air 2 in a lean and mean rugged case, look to further than Supcase's Unicorn Beetle Pro. 

It wouldn't be a rugged case if it didn't protect your device from drops, bumps, scratches and dust – which it does – but it also includes cut outs for easy access to ports, camera and buttons.

It sandwiches your iPad between a polycarbonate shell with TPU frame and a screen protector, similar to MoKo's case, though it does not have a built-in stand. You can find this case in black, blue, pink (US only) and white. This case will not fit the iPad Air 1.

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