The 10 Best iPhone SE Cases for 2022

The 10 Best iPhone SE Cases for 2022

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After purchasing a new iPhone, there is one accessory that you’ll want to buy right away: a case. While iPhones are impressive in many ways technologically, their sleek design can make them pretty fragile. Whether you’re a clumsy person who drops your phone all the time or just want to protect your device from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, an iPhone case is an undeniably important accessory. However, the thousands of options available can make it difficult to narrow it down and find a case that works for you, so we’ve rounded up the best iPhone SE cases on the market, helping you keep your device looking—and working—like new.

Best iPhone SE Cases

What to Consider


iPhone cases come in a variety of styles and sizes to cater to different preferences. Some people may enjoy the slimness of the iPhone and want to have a case that is protective, but not too bulky. On the other hand, some of the most protective cases are on the heftier side, so make sure the case you’re eyeing fits your needs in terms of size.


iPhone cases are made from a variety of materials. Typically, sleeker cases that offer a moderate amount of protection will be made from silicone, while cases that offer more rugged protection against drops are going to feature materials like polycarbonate and rubber.

iPhone Compatibility

Making sure your iPhone case fits your phone is the most important consideration to make before buying. When purchasing, make sure you select a size that is compatible with the iPhone SE. Fortunately, the iPhone SE dimensions are the same for iPhone 7, 8, and every SE model.

How We Selected

To assemble our list, we have selected iPhone SE cases that earn high marks for durability, resistance to elements, affordability, and style. To ensure that these cases will meet the needs of buyers, we have additionally only selected models that have average user ratings of four stars or higher.

For more great tech accessories, check out our coverage of the best MagSafe iPhone cases and car phone holders.

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Best Overall

CandyShell Grip

  • Non-slip ribbed grip
  • Heavy-duty protection
  • Depending on the color, the case may cost more

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 8 x 4.38 x 1 inch
  • Material: Rubber, acrylic
  • Colors: 7 options
  • Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone SE 3/2, iPhone 7/8

The Speck CandyShell Grip is a great choice if you want an extremely durable case that’s also seriously stylish. This case, which comes in seven color options, is shockproof and heavy-duty without being too bulky, and the grippy design on the sides makes you less likely to drop it. This case basically meets all the criteria you could want in an iPhone case, which is why it earned our Best Overall pick.


Best MagSafe-Compatible Case

Magnetic Case

  • MagSafe compatibility
  • 15W high-speed charging
  • Non-slip, anti-fingerprint, anti-oil
  • Lack of color options
  • Not super protective
  • Moderately expensive

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 7.01 x 4.17 x 0.67 inches
  • Material: Silicone
  • Colors: 2
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 8

If you own any MagSafe accessories, this case is for you. This case allows for 15W of high-speed charging, making it easy to power up your device fast. This case is also moderately protective, providing an extra layer between your phone and the ground. The material is high-quality, as it is anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch, and anti-oil. You can remain confident in your purchase with Meifigno’s Lifetime Quality Warranty, too. If you are interested in any MagSafe accessories, this case is definitely a good option to consider.


Best Affordable Case

Silicone Ultra Thin Case

  • Affordable
  • 23 colors
  • Shockproof
  • May collect lint and dust

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 4.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Materials: Silicone
  • Colors: 23
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 7/8

If you’re someone who just needs a basic, everyday case, then this model should hit the mark for you. Providing moderate protection, this shockproof case will protect your phone from minor scratches and drops. This is one of the most affordable and budget-friendly iPhone cases that is still built with quality in mind. This ultra-thin case is soft to the touch, with a silicone exterior and microfiber interior, and its impressive variety of colors ensure you’ll be sure to find one that suits your style. The price point is likely the most attractive aspect of this case, but it works pretty well too, making it a win-win.


Best Waterproof Case

FRĒ Series Waterproof

  • Waterproof
  • Protective
  • slim-fit
  • Expensive
  • Limited color options

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 5.9 x 3.1 x 0.53 inches
  • Material: polycarbonate
  • Colors: 3
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 3/2, iPhone 7/8

If you are someone who spends time boating or swimming—or you just want to get an occasional underwater photo—this case is a good option. While it’s a bit pricey, if you’re planning on submerging your phone, you’ll want a high-quality case like this one to ensure it’s protected. Lifeproof is a very reputable brand for waterproofing and the cases are durable to boot.

Keep in mind that putting this case on correctly is essential for ensuring its watertightness, so make sure to follow the instructions closely. In addition to its waterproof capabilities, this case maintains a slim fit while still adding some extra protection, making it comfortable to keep in your pocket.


Most Aesthetic

Protective Phone Case

  • 40 unique designs
  • Affordable
  • screen protector
  • Might be a little more difficult to press buttons

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 6 x 3.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Materials: TPU
  • Colors: 40 colors/designs
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 7/8

If you’re looking for an iPhone case that’s as stylish as it is protective, look no further. This case comes in 40 unique designs, which should provide an option to satisfy almost any taste. Don’t be fooled by their cute looks, though: these cases are very protective and durable, too.

This case comes with a screen protector, which is always a plus, but the buttons may be harder to press on since the edges on this case are a bit thicker for protection purposes, so you may want to consider that before purchasing.


Best Clear Case

3-in-1 Protective Shockproof Case

  • Anti yellowing
  • Two tempered-glass screen protectors
  • Affordable

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 5.7 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Materials: PC, TPU, silicon
  • Colors: Clear with 7 different border color options
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022

If you like the sleek design of your iPhone, but still want some protection against scratches and drops, then you’ll want to consider a clear case.

Although this is a super basic case, there are a few reasons we chose this model. First, it has a few options for colored borders. It also comes with two tempered glass screen protectors, which help prevent cracks and breaks.

This dual-layer case has even met the military standard and promises safety from up to a 10-foot drop. But probably the most important aspect of a clear case is making sure the case stays clear, and these Coolqo cases are made from super anti-yellowing materials that maintain their clarity over time.


Best Protective Case

Defender Series

  • Triple-layer defense
  • Kickstand/Belt clip
  • Port covers
  • Expensive
  • bulky
  • Screen protector can mess up the fingerprint reader

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 7.91×4.37×1.73
  • Materials: Polycarbonate, synthetic rubber
  • Colors: 5
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 7/8

If you can’t seem to keep your iPhone unscathed no matter how careful you try to be, then the Otterbox Defender Series is a great choice.

Although they are pretty pricey, they are a lot cheaper than a new phone. This case has a triple-layer defense: an inner shell, an outer cover, and a screen protector. It also has a feature that can work as either a belt clip or a kickstand. This iPhone case also has port covers to keep dirt and dust from collecting in those areas.

Overall, this is a very heavy-duty phone case with ample protection. However, there have been reviews that say the screen protector may make it difficult for the phone to pick up on your commands, so be aware of that before buying.


Best Wallet Case

Wallet Case

  • Wallet feature
  • Turns into a stand
  • Affordable
  • Port cutouts may be misaligned

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 15.99 x 8.99 x 1 inches
  • Materials: Faux leather, thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Colors: 6
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 7/8

If you don’t like the feeling of overly full pockets or enjoy carrying around a purse, a wallet case is a great idea. This case keeps your cards hidden inside a flap that closes with a magnetic clasp for a sleek look. Although wallet cases are typically a little bulky, this case is designed to be as thin as possible for the user’s convenience.

Another nice addition is that you can also use the case as a stand for your phone. It’s also shockproof. It’s worth noting that some users have had issues with the port cutouts not lining up correctly, but if you’re looking to minimize the number of items you carry with you daily, this case might be perfect for you.


Best Thin Case

Protective Slim Case

  • ultra-thin
  • Affordable
  • Shockproof

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.3 inches
  • Materials: Polyester, polypropylene, silicone, plastic, carbon fiber, rubber, thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Colors: 4
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 7/8

If you love how thin iPhones are, but you don’t want to risk breaking your phone, this Torras ultra-thin case offers a smart solution. This case is basically a your-phone-but-better situation. With almost the same feeling as holding an iPhone, with a little extra grip, this case is perfect for those who don’t like cases at all.

The buttons on your phone remain easy to press when using this case, and since the case is shockproof and has certified military-grade drop protection, buyers can be assured that their phone will stay protected.


Best Eco-Friendly Case

Eco-Friendly Phone Case

  • Eco-friendly
  • 30 percent off purchases after sending back the case
  • Biodegradable

Key Specs

  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 0.39 x 2.68 x 5.51 inches
  • Materials: Biodegradable material, wheat, and straw waste
  • Colors: 4
  • Compatibility: iPhone SE 2020/2022, iPhone 6s/7/8

If you want to reduce your personal waste, then this Woodcessories Eco-Friendly case may be a perfect fit. These cases are made from “waste” produced by wheat and straw and are completely biodegradable. Not only that, but they still offer good quality protection for your phone. The company also plants a tree for each purchase.

When you’re done with your case, you can send it back so they can reuse the material for a new product, and the company will also give you a 30 percent discount toward your next purchase.

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