Best Apple iPad 2018 Screen Protectors

The sixth-generation iPad, released in 2018, boasts a stunning 9.7-inch display that holds up very well two years after its launch. But as more and more kids and young students get their hands on this education-oriented iPad, the risk of cracks and smashed displays increases. To protect your iPad and get the most value out of it, you need to shield it with a proper screen protector. We’ve rounded up the best screen protectors for the 2018 iPad, with an emphasis on thinness, strength, and durability.

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Poetic Tempered Glass

Good, strong glass protection doesn’t have to cost a fortune, and Poetic is a great brand to turn to if you don’t want all the bells and whistles offered by other manufacturers. The Poetic Tempered Glass protector adds a thin layer of tempered glass to your screen that protects against scratches, dust, and scrapes. It offers protection against fingerprints and other marks thanks to an oleophobic coating, and it works with protective cases too. Poetic claims a transparency rating of 99%, so it shouldn’t interfere with your normal use, and says installation is a cinch. It might not have some of the advanced features other screen protectors claim, but if you want a basic, cheap glass protector, Poetic is a great choice.

Ainope Tempered Glass Screen Protector

tempered glass frame

The Ainope Tempered Glass Screen Protector claims to support 23 pounds of force to shield your iPad from the ill effects of scratchy keys, coins, pocket knives, and other hard-edged items you may have around your home or office. This tempered glass two-pack provides a bubble-free easy mount complete with an installation frame. It also shields your iPad from fingerprints, sweat, and oil residue to maintain superior screen clarity.

Moshi iVisor AG

If you’ve shopped for any iOS accessories at all in the last few years, then Moshi’s name is probably familiar. The iVisor AG is one of Moshi’s most popular screen protectors, and it’s fairly easy to see why. The surface coating reduces glare on the screen, resists smudges and scratches, and has the toughness you should expect from a tempered glass screen protector. The application process is simple and straightforward — but what really sets Moshi’s screen protector apart from the rest is that it’s washable and reusable. That’s right — you can take it off your iPad, wash it under the tap, and reapply it once the adhesive has dried.

UAG Glass Screen Shield

A big name in protective cases, you shouldn’t pass up UAG’s screen protection options, either. UAG’s Glass Screen has a 9H hardness rating. It’s highly resistant to scratches and helps absorb the blow should the worst happen. It’s easy to apply and comes with an oleophobic screen coating that resists fingerprints and oils, and stops them from smudging the view. It’s also exceptionally thin at only 0.2mm thick. It’s certainly on the expensive side, but if you want great protection that’s so thin as to almost not be there, then UAG is your bag.

Zagg InvisibleShield Glass

Made with four layers of protection, the Zagg InvisibleShield Glass is industry veteran InvisibleShield’s premiere offering for the iPad. A special oleophobic coating ensures that skin oils are kept away from the screen and are easy to clean, while also providing a super-smooth surface that mimics the feel of your iPad’s own Retina screen. Application is easy too — just line it up, press it down, and let it go. It’s rated up to a hardness of 9H, and should protect against most knocks and bumps. However, it’s the most expensive option on this list.

Targus Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Targus Tempered Glass Screen Protector

The Targus Tempered Glass Screen Protector is manufactured from Japanese Asahi glass. It boasts a material hardness rated at 9H, offering high protection against scratches. The screen protector installs bubble-free, and you can remove and replace it without leaving residue on the screen. Even if there’s an accident, the screen won’t shatter into small, sharp pieces. Its oleophobic coating makes it easy to wipe off fingerprints and smudges.

Anker Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Anker offers the ultimate in scratch and impact protection with its precise, laser-cut tempered glass screen protector. Installation is bubble-free with its hinge method helping with perfect alignment. The Anker Screen Protector‘s tempered glass has a 9H hardness rating and HD retina clarity with 96% transparency. At 0.3mm thick with oleophobic coating, it enhances your overall viewing experience.

Laut Prime Glass

Calling itself the “Rolls-Royce of screen protection” is a big claim to make, and we can’t verify Laut’s boasts. However, this is a finely polished glass screen protector that comes with all the usual accompaniments you’d expect.

The 9H surface hardness is shatter resistant tempered glass with an oleophobic coating that protects your screen from fingerprints and grease. Additionally, the slightly rounded edges prevent that hard edge feeling when you reach the sides of the protector, making this feel slightly more luxurious. 

The Laut Prime Glass is easy to apply and you don’t have to worry about smoothing out air bubbles. All in all, it’s a great screen protector — but we won’t blame anyone who finds it hard to justify the high cost.

Olixar Tempered Glass Screen Protector

Something of an up-and-comer in the accessories biz, Olixar has quietly been making a name for itself with its range of mobile accessories. It’s not one of the cheapest products available, but this anti-shatter film is an ideal option if you want more protection without compromising on the touch screen response. 

The Olixar Tempered Glass Screen Protector has a 9H hardness rating and is 0.33mm thick. It’s ultra-clear, letting through 95 percent of light (compared to the usual 80-percent), and it’s really easy to apply. An application card and cleaning cloth come with the screen protector.

Supershieldz Anti-Glare Film Protector (4 pack)

We don’t believe that “quality over quantity” matters in this particular situation, as we think it’s essential to have both. Supershieldz utilizes first-rate Japanese substances in large amounts, so it’s a win-win screen protector. The company does an incredible job of offering extra dependable phone protection when it comes to scrapes, scratches, and dust that are inevitable with everyday use. 

These specific protectors also include a sheet of special anti-glare material. It doesn’t have any matte or glossy look to it, which allows the protector to provide remarkable glare protection. With this screen protector, you’ll enjoy using your phone outside even on the brightest, sunniest days.

The Supershieldz Anti-Glare Film protector is an affordable solution. You can purchase a pack of four for just $8. And if you just want one, you can buy it for only $2. We can assure you that you’ll be grateful to have these cheap yet high-quality screen protectors. You’ll be enjoying a beautiful scratch-free screen and clear visibility for as long as your phone shall live.

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