A water-damaged phone can be a pain to fix and expensive to replace. Whether you’re setting sail for your next trip or going deep-sea diving, safeguard your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S with a waterproof case. They’re convenient, they’re protective, and you won’t lose any functionality with your smartphone.
If it’s your first time in the market, we’ve rounded up our favorite water-resistant and waterproof cases to keep your iPhone running into the years ahead.
Lanheim Underwater Case
With the Lanheim Underwater case, your iPhone 6 will carry an IP68 certification … in a way. The case covers all sides of your device, allowing it to reach 6.6 feet underwater for up to an hour, without any worry of water seeping in. It comes with a wrist strap for added security if you’re looking to snap pictures or videos while you’re swimming. A flexible film spreads across the front of the phone, shielding it from any sand or rough particles that float around. The case isn’t slim by any means, but is light enough to not add too much weight to your soaked gear when you get back on land.
Ounne Waterproof Case
This waterproof case for your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S is IP68-rated, so it can be submerged in water for 30 minutes up to a depth of 6.6 feet without soaking the iPhone within. It’s made from flexible TPU, so it can also handle drops from four feet. It’s pretty easy to fit and the built-in screen protector is scratch resistant. The buttons, touchscreen, and Touch ID all work fine with the case on and there are plugs for the ports. It is quite a chunky case, though, so some cables might not fit. There’s also a lanyard hole, so you can fit a strap if you want to keep a tight hold on your phone.
Dog & Bone Wetsuit Impact
You’ll enjoy peace of mind with this case, even if your iPhone 6 or 6S is submerged in water. It has an IP68 rating, so it can survive under 6.6 feet of water for an hour. Bad weather and dirt are not a problem, either. The case improves grip and gives you solid military drop protection, should you manage to drop it. Like a lot of rugged cases with all-around protection, there are some issues with this one, but Dog & Bone has made significant improvements over its original waterproof case. Touch ID works better, and it’s easier to swipe from the sides or up from the bottom to open the Notification center. In case you’re wondering about the name, “dog and bone” is cockney rhyming slang for “phone.”
Catalyst Waterproof Case
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than this case from Catalyst, if you need something that can genuinely handle a dunk. This case is waterproof at up to 5 meters and boasts an IP68 rating. It also meets military standards for drop tests, so you can use your iPhone 6 outdoors with confidence if it’s wrapped in one of these. Touch ID, buttons, and the touchscreen all work with the case on, and the ports are accessible via plugs, but not every cable is going to fit.
Lifeproof Fre Case
One of the best waterproof iPhone 6 case manufacturers is Lifeproof, which has a reputation for delivering consistently dependable iPhone cases. The Fre has a scratch-resistant touchscreen cover and can also be submerged in up to 2 meters of water for up to an hour. For waterproof cases, Lifeproof is tough to beat on usability and style. You can pick this one up in a variety of different two-tone color combinations. It will also protect your iPhone 6 from snow, dirt, and drop damage.
Hitcase Pro for iPhone 6
This particular case won’t make your iPhone 6 look any smaller— its sharp and angular design has an edgy feel. The Hitcase supports a range of accessories, including different types of lenses and mounts, like a wide lens and a “Railslide” mounting system, if you’re taking your phone on an adventure. By using this case, you can leave the Go-Pro at home. Your iPhone will be more than capable of withstanding the elements and capturing action shots. The phone cover has been tested against drops and can withstand getting submerged in water up to 33 feet (10 meters). Through the hinge mechanism, you can open and close your phone with no issue, which you’ll need to do in order to plug in any chargers or headphones.
$70 FROM HITCASE
Mpow Floating Waterproof Case
Waterproof cases affect usability and responsiveness because of their thickness and built-in screen protectors. You’ll also find that the cases with the best waterproofing usually sacrifice the phone’s feel and responsiveness. If you don’t want to lose a lot of effective usage by keeping your phone in a waterproof case all of the time, you can use a pouch and only put your phone in it when you need occasional waterproofing. The Vansky TPU pouch also offers another advantage: it will work with almost any smartphone. You won’t have to give up responsiveness, and this case even floats. It has clear windows on either side, a secure locking mechanism up top, and an adjustable strap. The IPX8 rating means that it won’t provide any drop protection, but it will keep your iPhone dry up to 100 feet (30 meters).
$15 FROM AMAZON
Optrix Body Glove Kit
Transform your phone into the optimal all-terrain adventure tool with the Optrix Body Glove Kit. This product can withstand virtually any type of weather at no risk to your phone. It features a thin shell for your iPhone 6 with a larger waterproof case that fits around the outside. The case can withstand submersion up to 33 feet (10 meters) reliably. International experts rank this device at an IP68 rating, and it’s been drop-tested from a height of 20 feet (6 meters). The Body Glove Kit can support a wide range of camera lenses, but those accessories will likely need to be bought separately because the kit only comes with the normal and wide-angle options. Several mounting systems are included in this kit, which allows users to hook the case to their bike, four-wheeler, or motorcycle for awesome action shots. A heads up for new users, though— you’ll have to get creative about where you mount your case. While it doesn’t quite match the same quality you’d get from your standard smartphone case, you’ll have the chance to get some sweet shots on your adventure.
$14 FROM AMAZON