The best iPhone 13 cases in December 2023

Three iPhone 13 cases fanned out.
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It's a really good idea to invest in one of the best iPhone 13 cases if you've already forked out the money to get one of Apple's latest smartphones. A good case will help protect the phone from scratches and even more powerful impacts, and some of the best iPhone 13 cases look good too, complementing Apple's phones nicely. 

Below, we've made our pick of the best iPhone 13 cases, for different tastes and requirements, from slim options that don't add much bulk to the phone, to more rugged cases for tougher protection. We've based our evaluations on our reviewers' knowledge of each brand's reputation and build quality, previous experience with their products, aesthetics and stated specs. 

If you've gone for the bigger version of phone, check out our guide to the best iPhone 13 Pro cases. If you've yet to order your iPhone 13, make sure you check our roundup of the best iPhone 14 prices. And if you're looking for the full details of what the new phones offer see our article on Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro: everything you need to know.

The best iPhone 13 cases available now

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What should I look for when choosing an iPhone 13 case?

Whether you're looking for an iPhone 13 case or an iPhone 13 Pro case, the first thing to decide is what kind of protection you want. Do you want a super slim case that protects your phone from marks and scratches without adding bulk, or do you want the reassurance of a more rugged case that will offer more cushioning if you accidentally drop your phone? And if you're worried about your camera, it's worth choosing a case that had a raised lip around the camera area to protect the lenses.

Aside from that, the main thing to ensure when choosing an iPhone 14 case is that it's compatible with Apple MagSafe – you don't want a case that you have to remove in order to charge your phone. You'll also want to make sure you get the right case for your phone. There are four iPhone 14 models and they have different designs and sizes, so you need to be sure that you're buying a case that fits your phone.

Pay close attention to the title, description and small print when you're shopping for iPhone 13 cases. Some products have long descriptions, especially on Amazon, that can sometimes be confusing. Use of the word 'Pro' can also sometimes be misleading since it could refer to the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max but it can also refer to the case maker's 'pro' version of its own product.

What is an iPhone 13 case with MagSafe?

MagSafe is a magnetic system used in the iPhone since iPhone 12 that allows you to connect accessories to the back of the phone. Comprising a ring of magnets embedded in the back of the iPhone, it allows you to attach to wallets, wireless chargers, grips and more. 

Cases that say they support MagSafe accessories should have a built-in ring of MagSafe magnets, but some cases are advertised “MagSafe compatible” despite not having magnets – they're simply thin enough to allow the magnetic connection to pass through them. The problem is that this connection is usually quite weak and you may find it's very easy to separate your phone from the accessory.

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Beren Neale
Deals Editor

Beren has worked on creative titles at Future Publishing for over 13 years. Cutting his teeth as Staff Writer on the digital art magazine ImagineFX, he moved on to edit several creative titles, and is currently the Deals Editor on the most effective creative website in the world. When he's not testing and reviewing the best ergonomic office chairs, he can be found finding and comparing the best deals on the tech that creatives value the most.