Putting a case on your iPhone is always a bitter-sweet ordeal. On one hand you know that protecting your $800+ investment is the responsible thing to do, but on the other, why would you want to cover up the beautiful design of this device you just spent all this money on.
Well, why not go with a clear case? This way you get the best of both worlds: protection for your iPhone without covering up its chiseled good looks.
We like the idea so much that we decided to put together a roundup of our favorite options. Here are the best clear cases for iPhone 14 (all models).
Trust the experts
I have been testing and reviewing iPhone cases for more than a decade, and prior to that I worked in cell phone (and accessory) sales. I’m very familiar with all of the major manufacturers, and their long-standing product lines, as well as most of the notable newcomers in the space.
Every case you see mentioned was picked based on either my personal experience with it, and/or its predecessors, first-hand recommendations from my equally impressive colleagues, or painstaking research across various consumer advocate and retail sites. I do the hard work so you don’t have to.
What to look for
There are a few things I look for when selecting the best clear cases for iPhone 14.
For starters: does the case come from a reputable brand and does it have positive critic and customer reviews? There are so many private label products that just aren’t up to par when it comes to quality.
Then I checked the following boxes: does it fit the iPhone well? Do all the cutouts for ports and buttons line up? Does it feel good both in the hand and the pocket? Does it provide adequate protection from bumps and scratches?
And finally I draw on personal experience with the case or that of co-workers and other experts: are these cases known to yellow quickly, or does the clear coating generally hold up? Do they stretch out quickly, or do they tend to hold their shape?
If a case checks all of these boxes, or at least the majority of them, chances are it makes it to the list.
A note on MagSafe
Any case we have listed below will work just fine with standard Qi wireless charging pads/stands. But if you want the faster 15W wireless charging and the lock-in-place magnetic feeling of MagSafe, you’re going to need to ensure the case is MagSafe-friendly.
We should have this clearly marked in the description, but to confirm compatibility you can check the retail website or look for the built-in magnets in the phone case.
The best clear cases for iPhone 14
The Totallee Clear has been a staple on our ‘best of’ case roundups for years, and for good reason. They are well-made, lightweight and extremely thin. The Clear comes in both soft Thermoplastic Polyurethane and hard Polypropylene, and they measure in at .33″ thick and .31″ thick respectively. Well also like that the case is completely free of gaudy branding or logos and they are backed with a full 30-day money-back guarantee.
Just Mobile TENC Air
The TENC Air is billed as the ‘most advanced composite slim bumper clear case with air cushions.’ Translated, that means it has a hardshell PC backing and shockproof thermoplastic sides. It’s really a brilliant setup, as it gives you the firmness and durability of a hardshell case, with the cushiony protection on the sides and corners of a soft shell. There are a few folks here at iDB that absolutely swear by these cases.
Pelican Ranger Clear
If you’re looking for something that offers a little more protection, I really like the Ranger Clear from Pelican. With its cushioned corners and impact-absorbing ridges, Pelican says its been tested to survive drops onto hard surfaces from as high as 15 feet. Keep in mind that with the added protection comes added bulk—the Ranger measures in at .55″, almost double the thickness of some of the ultra-slim cases. Also note that there is small Pelican branding located at the bottom right of the case, which I actually think looks pretty sharp, and a built-in magnet for MagSafe compatibility.
Elago Hybrid Clear
Elago is another brand that has been a staple of our ‘best of’ case roundups. We really like their Liquid Silicone iPhone cases, and you might be familiar with their popular vintage Mac Apple Watch stands. Their Hybrid Clear case is another combination of polycarbonate and TPU, giving you the benefits of a rigid shell with the protection of a softer case. It checks a lot of boxes you’d want in a case including raised bezels over the display and rear camera for added drop protection and covers over the buttons to help keep out dirt and grime.
ESR Air Armor
ESR has built a reputation on Amazon for making quality, inexpensive iPhone cases and accessories. The Air Armor for the iPhone 13 had a 4.7-star rating on the website, with over 7,000 reviews. Features on this year’s model include a hard acrylic backing, shock-absorbing Air-Guard corners, rear camera guard and raised screen edges. All of this combines to offer military-grade drop protection, which ESR says is test-certified. Finally we have the built-in Halolock magnet for MagSafe chargers and accessories.
Speck Presidio Perfect Clear
The Presidio Perfect-Clear is another case I think deserves to be on this list. Not because it does any one thing great, but because it is really good at all the little stuff. It has the 13-foot drop protection, the scratch-resistant coating and the raised edges around the display. Plus it’s not too bulky, the rubber gives it a nice firm grip and the built-in magnet means it’s compatible with all your MagSafe accessories. I’ve used and tested a lot of Presidio cases over the years, and they are one of the more reliable out of the bunch.
Looking for other types of cases? Be sure to check out our more comprehensive main roundup. We have picks for best leather cases, wallet cases, rugged cases and cases under $20.