The best iPad cases in 2023 to protect your tablet

Three of the best iPad cases on a purple background
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If you've splashed out on an iPad, you're going to want one of the best iPad cases to help protect it. Some cases double as a stand, which is great if you use your tablet to draw or watch films and TV, and some even have keyboards to transform your iPad into a mini laptop. 

There's a lot to consider when choosing an iPad case; its functions, its sturdiness, the design, and its value - we've taken all of these factors into consideration when compiling the list below. We also have a guide specifically to the best iPad Pro cases for more options.

We've also reviewed other iPad accessories including the best iPad keyboards and the best iPad stands. If you've yet to buy your tablet, check out our guide to Apple's iPad generations to find the right one for you, and make sure to check for the best iPad deals.

The best iPad cases available today

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Do I need an iPad case?

We won't argue that a caseless iPad feels and looks great, but considering their high price, a case can be reassuring. If you're only ever going to use your iPad at home, you might not want to invest in a case – just be careful with it and try to avoid dropping it or putting other objects on top of it, which can cause scratches. 

If you're going to travel with your iPad or put it in a bag for use on the go, we'd be a more nervous about using it without a case. Even inside a bag, things seems to somehow magically get bashed or scratched, often because they've rubbed against something either in the bag or outside. A basic iPad case can offer more piece of mind, while some of the more functional options can actually improve the tablet by providing a stand or keyboard.

How should I choose the best iPad case for me?

What makes the best iPad case for you will depend on your priorities and what you want to use your iPad for. If you plan to use your iPad for many of the tasks that you would normally use a laptop for, you'll probably want a physical keyboard, in which case it would probably make sense to get two functions in one and choose one of the best iPad cases with a keyboard included, such as Apple's own Smart Keyboard Folio or Logitech's Combo Touch.

If you'll only be using your iPad as a tablet via the touchscreen, a keyboard will be add unnecessary weight and expense, and you'll be better choosing from among the best iPad cases as your budget permits, and choosing a style that you feel is appropriate for where you use your device.

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.

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