Look, I thought I was doing God's work when I decided to scour the internet for waterproof phone cases, but what I found was even scarier than the "rice in a bowl" trick—there are virtually zero waterproof cases on the market that don't look like they belong in Transformers. Luckily, I did the impossible and found 10 cases that protect your phone from water damage and show off a little personality. After all, no matter how careful you are or how safe you think your phone is currently, water-resistant doesn't mean waterproof. Save yourself the replacement phone cost and shop the best waterproof cases, below.
1. For iPhone 8 Plus
Get yourself a waterproof phone case to match your all-black uniform, like this sleek one from Catalyst. It can survive up to 33 feet of water and it has a special lens to keep dirt and sand out of the camera.
2. For Galaxy S9+
LifeProof guarantees all of their phone cases to be waterproof, dropproof, dirtproof, and snowproof. Bring this one next time you go to the beach if you're worried about getting sand in the crevices.
3. For iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6S Plus
The sound-tunneling technology on this iPhone 6/6S Plus case ensures you can still listen to Drake by the pool without sacrificing sound quality. It also happens to look like a yellow submarine (in the best way possible), which means it's perfect for underwater selfies.
4. For Galaxy S8
Easy to access ports mean you don't have to worry about struggling to fit your charger in this case. It also comes with a horizontal prop that you can pop out when you want to watch a movie or music video so your hands don't fall asleep.
5. For iPhone X
This uber-thin iPhone X case from LifeProof lasts underwater for a full hour (!) and comes with a built-in scratch protector for your screen—which the fingerprint feature still works through. Now, if somebody wants to buy me an iPhone X, I'll be purchasing this case to go along with it.
6. For iPhone 7
Punkcase's iPhone 7 case is ideal if you want a tiny pop of color with your protection. Once it's on, you can take your phone with you anywhere from a cruise to the desert without worrying that it'll get splashed or dirty, since it protects from both the water and the sand.
7. For iPhone 7 Plus
This pink phone case will last through 6.6 feet of water—a decent amount, but you should still try not to, you know, accidentally leave it in your pocket when you go water skiing. As for everyday use, choose this one for the simple fact that it looks the least like a waterproof case.
8. For iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus
For a less expensive option, try this waterproof phone case with camera and flash protection (so you can still take your pictures). And, continuing with our money-saving theme: You won't have to get rid of it when you upgrade your phone since it fits both the 7 Plus and 8 Plus.
9. For iPhone 7 and iPhone 8
Sealed from water, dirt, snow, and debris, this case is ideal for that visit to the national park you were planning this summer or those random afternoon showers. Just like the other LifeProof cases, it offers 360-degree protection (so no sneaky drips seep in) along with a range of color options to choose from.
10. For Literally Any Phone
Okay, technically this isn't a phone case—it's a pouch. Before you're all like, "My phone would never be caught dead in that," reminder: It's a great option for that day on the boat when your phone is in your bag, but you're still worried it might get wet. It's only $10, so what do you really have to lose?
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Rachel Epstein is a writer, editor, and content strategist based in New York City. Most recently, she was the Managing Editor at Coveteur, where she oversaw the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. Previously, she was an editor at Marie Claire, where she wrote and edited culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also launched and managed the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game or finding a new coffee shop.
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