The all new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are going to be on top of the smartphones to get for 2018. Samsung phones always set the bar when it comes to specs, and lately, it undoubtedly designs the best phones too. While the S9 and S9+ look and feel incredible, it goes without saying that both devices are incredibly fragile no matter how much Samsung or Corning claims how tough their glass is. Glass is hard and it’s fragile which leads to unpredictability when it comes to drops, even basic ones. If you’re going to drop $800 on a new S9 or S9+ we highly recommend you put a case on it. Not just any case, a rugged and protective one will help you keep your repair costs down to a minimum. So if you ordered the S9 today, you should be ordering a case as well.
Here are our top rugged cases for the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Urban Armor Gear Monarch Series Case – $59.95 at UAG
UAG undoubtedly makes some of the best protective cases in the world. The Monarch series has established itself as a top of the line protective cover that looks great, feels great, and adds maximum military grade protection without adding excessive bulk. It has five layers of protection that equate to double the MIL-Spec drop testing the military employs to qualitate its products.
Samsung Rugged Protective Cover – Samsung
I’m a huge fan of OEM cases as I find they usually fit the best, but also look great. Samsung’s Rugged Protective Cover is a fresh take on protective cases, and it has a built-in kickstand so you can enjoy movies or take video calls without holding your phone.
Spigen Rugged Armor – $12.99 at Amazon
Spigen has been making smartphone cases just about as long as any other manufacturer which means it will give you exactly what you’re looking for without the high price tag OEM cases demand. The Rugged Armor case is a proven product that is guaranteed to fit well and last the lifetime of your phone. Best of all, it’s only $12.99 at Amazon right now.
Samsung LED Wallet Cover – $64.95 at Amazon
If you want full coverage, you can’t go wrong with the official Samsung LED Wallet Cover. This case includes a front flap that can hold a credit card or two, but also lets you see notifications with the LED lights built into the front cover. Incredibly, this case does not require battery power and can even be customized to display your own LED notifications for your specific applications. It’s a bit pricey at $64.95 but is the perfect accessory for your high-tech S9.
Maxboost Premium Wallet Case – $12.99 at Amazon
The Maxboost PU Leather Wallet case is the way to go if you want full coverage on the cheap. This PU case is not only environmentally friendly, since it doesn’t use real leather, but it’s also affordable at just $12.99. It covers the front glass on your S9 while allowing you to carry a few credit cards so you can leave your wallet at home.
VRS Slim Protective Armor – $10.99 at Amazon
If you want to maximize protection while minimizing bulk, the VRS Slim Protective Armor case is for you. It uses a combination of high-grade plastics to add soft protection where you need it while adding hard protection in the most vulnerable spots. Best of all, this case is only $10.99.
Spigen Hybrid 360 – $39.99 at Amazon
The Spigen Hybrid 360 full coverage case is like a suit for astronauts – it covers the entire phone from front to back. It has a built-in screen protector that won’t yellow over time, and comes with texturized buttons for better usability. This is the perfect case for those of you who are clumsier than the norm.
i-Blason Armorbox – $19.99 at Amazon
With the name Armor Box, this case says it all. It comes with textured TPU in all the right places to offer maximum protection. It also has a kickstand and built-in holster to make sure it doesn’t slide out of your pocket to expose the display to drops.
Caseology Legion Series – $17.99 at Amazon
I’m a big fan of Caseology for its cases that offer protection, minimalist design, and affordability. The Legion series is particularly a favorite because it comes in my favorite Midnight Blue color option that looks great. This case offers a soft TPU interior lining with a hard shell for the perfect combination of protection.
SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Hybrid – $14.99 at Amazon
The SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Hybrid case is one of a few that offer increased protection with clarity to see your actual phone. This bybrid cover has black corners where the plastic is hard and thick, where it has a clear back so you can see your Coral Blue, Lilac Purple or Black S9.