The best iPhone XS and iPhone X cases of 2019

An iPhone XS or iPhone X is no small investment and are deserving of a great, protective case. From rugged, to shell cases, to folios here are some of the best iPhone XS and iPhone X cases out there.


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Apple iPhone XS Leather Folio

We'll start in the most obvious place, and that's Apple.

This is by far the most expensive option directly from Apple for the iPhone XS. Apple no longer offers it for the iPhone X, but you can still find options for iPhone X on Amazon for under £99/US$99.

The folio case gives you the additional protection of a front cover (which the other Apple cases surprisingly don't have), and there is space for cards and notes, too.

The Leather Folio case covers the sides of the iPhone XS as well, thanks to an inner portion of the case that secures your iPhone in place.

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We'll start in the most obvious place, and that's Apple.

This is by far the most expensive option directly from Apple for the iPhone XS. Apple no longer offers it for the iPhone X, but you can still find options for iPhone X on Amazon for under £99/US$99.

The folio case gives you the additional protection of a front cover (which the other Apple cases surprisingly don't have), and there is space for cards and notes, too.

The Leather Folio case covers the sides of the iPhone XS as well, thanks to an inner portion of the case that secures your iPhone in place.


Apple iPhone XS Silicone Case

The cheapest of Apple's cases is the iPhone XS Silicone Case. You can find cheaper options from other brands, but you can't get much of a better fit than a case made by Apple itself, and this one includes the Apple logo on the back, too.

Like the Leather Folio case, the iPhone X version is not available from Apple directly, but you can get it on Amazon instead for less than £40/US$40

There is a slightly raised edge on the front of Apple's Silicone case to offers some protection to the screen, but it's minimal so a screen protector might be wise.

And if you want to keep your screen as safe as the rest of the device, check our our round ups of the best screen protectors for iPhone XS and iPhone X.


Nodus iPhone XS/X Shell Case

Nodus has some gorgeous iPhone cases, including the Shell Case that fits both the iPhone XS and iPhone X. Available in brown, dark teal (pictured), taupe and grey, it's made with leather for a premium finish and offers built-in magnetic docking. In fact, it comes with the Micro Dock too, which allows you to mount your iPhone XS/X virtually anywhere.

The magnetic docking feature originally caused some issues with wireless charging, but Nodus tweaked the design to resolve that issue.


Noreve Leather Case for iPhone XS

Noreve crafts high quality premium leather cases for iPhone and a number of other devices. We had a look at its wallet case which can fit up to two cards and has a slot for cash as well. The case felt sturdy and light at the same time.

We especially like the finish of the leather, which was soft to the touch, and padded on the front cover for additional comfort. The only thing the wallet case doesn't do, which we've seen in similar designs, is fold into a viewing stand, but that's hardly a deal breaker. 

Noreve also allows you to choose from a number of colours and leather finishes, like grained leather, smooth, suede and more. Prices start at £43.61/$46.69 if you opt for synthetic leather.


Pitaka MagCase for iPhone XS

The Pitaka Magcase is a super-slim carbon fibre case that includes metal plates for magnetic phone mounts, without any interference with wireless charging. It's available for both the iPhone XS and iPhone X.

It's sleek minimalist design is among our favourites for the phone, and if you're worried about the screen, fear not: Pitaka also makes tempered glass screen protectors.


Velvet Caviar iPhone XS/X Case

If you want to dress your iPhone X up in something fun, youthful and eye-catching, Velvet Caviar makes excellent options that are not only nice to look at but have a solid, premium feel.

We had a look at the stunning Holo Moonstone Marble case – it's not real marble so you can be relieved knowing it is lightweight and not bulky.

Velvet Caviar's cases are also compatible with wireless charging.


Mikol Marble iPhone XS Case

Now if you're after encasing your iPhone XS or iPhone X in real marble, check out Mikol's fantastic options. No two cases are alike – each Mikol case is handcrafted with a sheet of actual top grade Spanish marble, and you can find them in a few different styles.

The cases are on the pricier side, but it's worth it if you want to both impress and keep your phone protected. You can also get an equally stunning matching marble wireless charger.

In the US you can find Mikol cases for the iPhone X for under $90 on Amazon.


Moshi Capto Slim for iPhone XS/X

Moshi is another favourite of ours. You can expect well-designed cases that are both stylish and effective.

The clever loop strap and buckle design on the Capto is particularly impressive – you can use the fabric loop for additional grip when holding the case, while the metal buckle doubles as a multi-angle stand when once locked into one of the slots concealed under the strap.

You can also use the buckle to fasten the strap down when not in use. Excellent design thinking.


Casetify iPhone XS Cases

Casetify, like Velvet Caviar, offers a wonderful range of colours and exciting designs for the iPhone XS and iPhone X.

It recently launched a Pokemon Collection, which are selling out quickly. You can also customize your own case with Pokemon characters here.

We also like the Adeline Florals design (from £25/US$35) which glams the iPhone with a super high quality print on a transparent cover. The case is durable and solid with rubber grips on the side, which allows additional drop resistance.

You can even choose from different finishes and embellishments (like a glitter fill that swirls underneath the pattern).


Sena iPhone XS/X Cases

Sena has nearly 20 cases available for the iPhone XS and iPhone X, ranging in price from around £31/$40 for the Corsa II Z Leather Snap On Case to £90/$115 for the Universal Isa Crossbody Leather Hand Bag.

The Corsa II is the thinnest Sena iPhone X case, at 1.7mm in water-resistant leather, and available in four colours.

The Isa Crossbody Leather Hand Bag fits just about any iPhone and is available in Black or Red in quilted pattern leather. It has a phone compartment, adjustable shoulder strap, interior pocket and zip closure, with gold finish hardware.


Bellroy iPhone XS Card Case

This superbly well made card case for the iPhone XS and iPhone X is one of our favourites. It's design is pretty unique, with a magnetic flap concealing room to slide in three cards of your choice.

While it adds a slight bump to the back of the phone it's not too fat to still put in your pocket. There's also gaps for a spare SIM and SIM tool if you need to swap over to your business number from time to time.

The build quality is excellent, and it comes in a range of attractive colours including this fetching navy blue.


jimmyCASE iPhone XS/X wallet case

This is a smart solution if you like carrying cash and cards with your phone all in one pocket.

jimmyCASE makes it easy with a cool wooden design with a slim elasticated pocket that can be as thin or as packed as you want - it'll fit about three cards comfortably.

The rest of the case doesn't cover the screen, but all round protection other in a case that turns your iPhone X into a wallet is great.


Ted Baker for iPhone XS/X

Ted Baker makes some stunning iPhone X cases that we think you'll love, and they're surprisingly well priced too.

There are simple shell cases starting at £25/$32, or folio cases that range up to £45/$55.

We particularly like this Mirror Folio case (£39.95/$39.95), which includes a mirror on the inside cover for practicality in addition to protection and style.

See the full range of cases here.


Proporta Carbon Series

The Carbon Series from Proporta includes the iPhone X/XS Carbon Ultra, which is simple and sleek (it's only 2mm thick) but thanks to the carbon-fibre design is also light and durable.

It's reasonably priced at roughly £20/$30, but is only available in the one colour.


Tech21 Pure Clear for iPhone XS Max

Another simple, clear case we like is Tech21's Pure Clear, which features protective bumper edges and a double layer that is designed to protect from drops of up to two metres.

There's a version for the iPhone X too (£29.95/US$39.95).


Snakehive iPhone XS/X Collections

We love the iPhone XS/X collections from Snakehive, which come in a gorgeous range of colours and styles at great prices. We're sure you'll find something to suit you.

From the Vintage Collection, for example, Snakehive's Leather Wallet is priced at £26.95/US$29.99 and will protect both the front and back of your new iPhone. It has a magnetic clasp to keep the case securely fastened in transit, and doubles as a handy stand, too.

The case comes in a variety of colours including this Vintage Plum (pictured).

Other collections from Snakehive include the Pastel Collection, Wilderness Wood Collection and Slimline Wallet Collection.


Vision Series for iPhone XS/X

Snugg's Vision Series case for iPhone X lets the design of the phone itself shine through the clear TPU back, which has reinforced edges and a dual layer design to protect from bumps and knocks.

The bezels are raised to add protection to your iPhone's display, too.

It's available in a variety of colours and is brilliantly affordable. You can buy it now from Amazon.


Pulse for iPhone X

Snugg also offers an iPhone X cover called the Pulse, which is made with a textured silicone for extra grip and a polycarbonate bumper to protect the corners and edges.

Again, it's really well priced and it comes in a range of colours. This case isn't currently available in the US, however.


Mous Cases for iPhone XS/X

Mous, one of our favourites, has a series of iPhone XS and iPhone X cases in a selection of different attractive finishes.

Choose from Walnut, Bamboo, Shell, Leather or Carbon Fibre designs, all of which allow access to ports and buttons and come with a free screen protector.


Windsor for iPhone XS/X

Gear4 is another brand that makes dependable cases that are durable and stylist. The Windsor case uses D30 Impact Protection that has been drop tested up to three metres. A frosted plastic back creates a slightly more premium-looking design.

See all of Gear4's iPhone XS/X case options here or on Gear4's site.


Olixar X-Trio Full Cover Case for iPhone X

Here's an option just for the iPhone X.

Olixar’s Full Cover Case protects the front and back of the iPhone X, with a PET screen protector included. It’s a simple, sleek design that covers the sides of the phone too, and leaves all ports and buttons accessible.


Olixar Exoshield for iPhone XS

Olixar's ExoShield is a hard shell iPhone X case with non-slip coating that should protect from bumps and scratches. It's a bit thicker than some of the other cases listed here, but it does offer more protection and is still transparent to allow the iPhone's design to shine through. Plus, it's only £12.99/US$12.99 so it's one of the cheapest cases you can buy.

There's also a version for the iPhone X for £9.99/$5.99.


X-Doria Defense Shield for iPhone XS/X

X-Doria's Defense Shield is designed to offer a new level of protection. It's made with anondized aluminium, TPU and polycarbonate and is military grade drop-tested to protect both the iPhone XS and iPhone X.

There are five colours to choose from, including and iridescent one, and it's reasonably priced, too.


X-Doria Defense Lux Case for iPhone XS/X

Also from X-Doria is the Defense Lux series, which is also military grade drop tested but adds a touch of style with leather.


Mujjo Full Leather Case for iPhone XS/X

We really like this leather case from Mujjo, which offers a similar design to Apple's offering but at a more affordable price point. It's available in a few different stylish colours too.

The Mujjo case wraps around the back and sides of the iPhone XS/X really neatly, with a snug fit that feels nice and secure.

The inside of the case is lined with microfibre for an extra layer of scratch protection. Overall, it's a sleek, simple and effective case that we really like. Bravo, Mujjo.


Greenwich Folio for iPhone XS/X

If you've got a bit of extra cash to splash, you might enjoy the luxury of the Greenwich iPhone XS/X cases. They are handcrafted from genuine leather, and include card slots for extra convenience.

The Blake Folio is among our favourites. You can buy it here.


UAG iPhone XS/X cases

Available in a huge range of colours and styles, Urban Armor Gear's iPhone X cases offer top-notch protection with reinforced corners to save your phone from bumps and knocks.


Speck Presidio for iPhone XS/X

Speck cases, such as the Presidio series, offer a great balance between style and security, combining attractive design with some of the sturdiest build quality we've found in any iPhone cases.

The Presidio Pro case (pictured) offers anti-microbial protection and withstands drops up to 10 feet. There's also the heavy duty Presidio Ultra case for even better protection. 

You can see a few options on Amazon, but if you head to Speck's site you can find even more styles, colours, and finishes.


Speck Presidio Clear and Print for iPhone XS/X

Speck's Clear + Print Presidio range is also worth checking out if you're after a case with a bit more character. You get military grade, 8-foot drop protection packed into a lightweight, gorgeous case.

Available directly from Speck for £34.95/$44.95 or on Amazon.


Tech21 Evo Tactical for iPhone X

Plenty of cases are designed to be minimalist, to avoid distracting from the phone itself, but the Evo Tactical from Tech21 features a surprisingly attractive angular design across the back that's welcome in its own right.

This model should fit both iPhone X and the XS, but you can find tonnes of other styles specifically for the iPhone XS on Tech21's site and on Amazon.

There's still solid 3m drop protection and a durable design, but the Evo Tactical looks the part - along with a tactile grippy feel that means it feels the part too.


Pad & Quill Bella Fino iPhone XS Wallet Case

There are plenty of leather iPhone wallets about, but Pad & Quill's Bella Fino is one of the most attractive we've seen so far, with solid construction out of American leather and space for a few cards or ID too.

There's one for the iPhone X too ($89.95/around £70, plus shipping). There's also a leather snap-on case for the iPhone XS that's compatible with wireless charging too.

Pad & Quill's case are only sold in the US, but ship to the UK.


Skinit iPhone XS Skin

If you're looking to add protection to your iPhone X, skip ahead - but if all you care about are aesthetics, you might want to consider Skinit.

These ultra-thin skins won't keep your phone any safer, but will let you deck it it out with superheroes, sports logos, artworks, or even textured finishes.

If you like Marvel, check out our round up of the best Disney iPhone cases.


Caudabe Synthesis iPhone XS Case

This is the toughest iPhone XS case that Caudabe makes, pairing a flexible polymer bumper with a rigid rear to offer very solid protection in a slim design.

We like this version with a transparent back, but you can also get versions in solid colours. It's available for the iPhone X for the same price. Caudabe offers free international shipping.


Poetic Revolution iPhone XS/X Case

HereThere are plenty of tough iPhone X cases, but Poetic's Revolution offers a built-in screen protector.

It's actually built into the two-part frame, rather than simply included in the box, so it's very sturdy - but bear in mind that means it isn't quite as snug a fit to the screen as with other screen guards. The whole case is also a little tricky to take off, but we can't complain too much when it offers this much protection at such a low price.


LuxArmor Classic iPhone X Case

The LuxArmor Classic cases - exclusive to iPhone X - are very simple, but some of the most striking we've seen yet.

It's totally free of any branding and keeps your iPhone X safe from drops, dirt and fingerprints. It's also wireless charging compatible.

Order with our exclusive discount code MACWORLD10 and get 10 percent off.


15:21 iPhone XS/X Cork Case

Stockholm-based brand 15:21 makes minimalist phones cases from cork – that's right, cork. The brand aims for environmental sustainability, and cork is a great alternative to plastic. It's natural, recyclable and biodegradable and helps maintain clean air (read 15:21's 8 Facts About Cork).

The case itself is incredibly lightweight and fits the iPhone X/XS effortlessly. Its cutouts leave all buttons accessible too. Plus, it looks super stylish. Cork ships worldwide for free.


Incase Lite Case for iPhone X

Here's another unique case for your iPhone X: the Incase Lite. Its mesh design is lightweight, while adding grip. You can also expect shock absorption and a raised lip to keep your screen protected.

The sides cover the buttons (except the power button), which keeps out grime, but you do have to push a little harder on the volume rockers.

Available directly from Incase for 34.95/US$29.95/around £31 or on Amazon.

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