It's been a long time since the iPhone 7 was released in 2016, and a lot has changed in the design of smartphones since that time. But at lower prices than ever, the handset remains a great value option for anyone who wants iOS functionality at a reduced price.
Being an old handset gives it another advantage: a wide variety of cases has appeared on the market since its release, helped by the fact that iPhone 8 cases will also adapt to the device, since they share a lot in terms of design.
And now that the The iPhone SE 2020 is out, which is practically the same size, you have even more options to protect your phone.
Whether you're looking for something to enhance the style of your phone, personalize it a bit, or cover it with strong protective layers, there are many options at every price. Read on for our selection of the best iPhone 7 cases currently on the market.
These are products that we have not had in our test laboratories, but based on the opinion of our experts and knowledge of the most reputable brands, we think it is worth considering.
Our selections, ranked according to the most recent additions, take into account online reviews, brand reputation, product capacity or unique features, to help you choose from the maze of choices available to you.
1. Silicone case for Apple iPhone 7
Expensive for a basic case
Above all, the iPhone 7 is a slim beast – that's part of its appeal. It is a small handset, and therefore a blessing for those with smaller hands. Bulky cases can hurt this, but Apple's official silicone case is pleasantly thin.
Boasting an adherent material that also improves resistance to scratches, bumps and drops, and available in a variety of color choices, it's an attractive hassle-free option for those looking for simple protection and a decent look. It is available directly from Apple.
2. Syncwire UltraRock case for iPhone 7
An economical way to protect your iPhone
Offers reasonable protection
Taking the idea of simplicity to its logical conclusion, we enter the great country, sometimes dangerous, of the ultra-economical phone case.
Most of the time, it's a bulky plastic business that sticks brilliantly to various oils in the human hand, but there is still an interest to consider if price is your main concern.
The Syncwire UltraRock is solid, reliable, and will offer reasonable protection from scuffing, scuffing and falling – but don't expect more. It is available on Amazon.
3. OtterBox Universe case for iPhone 7
Sometimes it's simple: when nothing more is needed than protection, there are many phone cases that match the bill.
But sometimes a little more is necessary, sometimes you might want something that is a bit left, and the Universe by OtterBox is just that.
Offering protection and a decent look, it also has a system of insane and exchangeable modules. A battery, card reader, camera parts and more can be added to enhance the iPhone experience. It is the one for those who are looking for something different in their life. You can buy it directly from OtterBox.
4. Jimmycase wallet case for iPhone 7
Space for cash and cards
Come in many colors
Your money is visible
The options for those who like to bundle their cards and their money with their smartphone in a case tend to be mostly one-sided – the foldable wallet case.
Although these are practical, they have compromises in terms of relatively bulky rear, but there are certain options that keep a slim profile and offer practical storage.
The infinitely customizable Jimmycase wallet case is one example. With a space for cash and cards at the back, it also offers protection against drops, bumps and falls and looks good to do so. It is available directly from Jimmycase.
5. iPhone Alcantara by Wrappers cover
Allows you to show your phone
No protection when using the phone
Wrappers, a small UK-based company, has been making custom fabric pouches and cases for Apple devices for over a decade. This option from the firm is an Alcantara pouch in an attractive shade of lilac, which will offer good protection against scratches and scuffs.
We particularly like the choice of fabric, recently mentioned by Microsoft with its Surface line, which is soft and offers a nice premium feel. It is available on Wrappers UK.
6. Kilponen battery cover for iPhone 7
Gives your phone battery an upgrade
Triple your phone's battery
It is well known that, among the many qualities of the iPhone 7, the battery life is not one. While most will be able to stretch the device for a full day of use, many will not.
The battery case is a lifesaver in such situations, and this Kilponen option is a good choice for many.
Although cumbersome, it compensates for this with a battery capacity about three times that of the iPhone, in theory tripling the life of the battery, and all this for a very small expense. This is available from Amazon.
7. Lastu case for iPhone
When only the wood is good enough
A choice of wood
There's something in the wood, an honest good grain – the smell and the feel are hard to match. Only a few phone case manufacturers have chosen to use this material in their designs, and few have managed to use it as well as Lastu.
This Finnish manufacturer offers custom designs, your choice of finish (we particularly like the unique Kelo) and good thick rubber absorbers for adequate protection. It is available directly from Lastu.
8. iPhone 7 case Vesel Wood series
A serious style wooden and metal bumper
Only a bumper
For some, the need for wood goes beyond a simple look on the back of a case, it should rather be the material of choice of the case. Vesel, with its wooden series, manufactures a unique frame for iPhones that offers protection without adding significant volume.
Boasting a precision finish, a solid metal skeleton from the 7000 series and a beautiful robust appearance, it is an excellent choice for those looking for something unique and for whom money does not is not a problem. It is available directly from Vesel.
9. Torras Slim Fit case for iPhone 7
A box barely wider than the phone itself
Easy to store in pockets or bags
Simple, no-frills design
Probably Won't Protect Your Phone And Others
Torras has released a slightly larger phone case than the iPhone 7 itself, which is perfect for the person who wants a simple, no-frills look for their phone. There is even a small lip raised 1mm around the camera lens to protect it from stray falls.
Obviously this will not protect your phone as well as, for example, an Otterbox, but for those who want to pack their device in simple elegance, the Torras Slim Fit case will do the trick. Choose one on Amazon here.
10. Spigen Tough Armor cover for iPhone 7/8
A rigid case that doubles as a support
More expensive cases can better protect
The Spigen Tough Armor series aims to provide solid protection at a low price. Its flexible TPU body envelops the phone, while a polycarbonate plate superimposes protection on the back. The latter even has a built-in kickstand if you enjoy watching the media on your phone.
Spigen's robust armor [2nd Generation] The iPhone 7/8 case is available on Amazon here.
11. iPhone 7 case in white Baisrke marble
Stylish look for counter fans
For all marble lovers, here is the phone case. Baisrke has an inexpensive case that comes in several colors and shades accentuating the white, black and pearly marble.
The case itself is made of a soft rubber silicone, so don't expect much protection from serious falls. But if you can't live without this look, you can grab the Baisrke marble case on Amazon here.
12. Caseology Parallax case for iPhone 7
Cool pattern and protection
Look or budget
The Caseology Parallax case for iPhone 7 has a neat design and an attractive burgundy on gold look for those who want to dress their phone a little differently from their peers. It has several layers to protect your phone from falling from many angles.
It's decent protection and looks great at an affordable price – perfect for your cheaper iPhone 7. Get the Caseology Parallax case on Amazon here.
13. Dockem synthetic leather cover
Show your phone
No protection when the phone is in use
Most people probably prefer to keep their phone without a case, especially when their phone is as stylish as the iPhone 7. That's why a pouch can be a good option, as it protects your iPhone when it's in your bag. or your pocket, but shows it completely when you use your phone.
This Dockem cover also stands out thanks to its attractive faux leather design and low price, although, like any other cover, it does not protect your phone while you are using it, so it is not one for the clumsy .
14. Ranvoo aluminum protective cover
Match the color of your phone
Not as premium as the iPhone itself
Your iPhone 7 may be made of metal, but most cases are not, which means that you will inevitably have to cover it with cheaper plastic or expensive but always different leather.
There are a few exceptions, however, like this Ranvoo bumper, which although the plastic inside has a layer of aluminum on the outside, and it's all the same colors as the iPhone 7 itself.
Since it's just a bumper rather than a full case, the back of your phone is left uncovered and the bumper itself is nearly invisible – unless you choose a color that contrasts with your phone, rather than it matches.
The skeletal nature of the bumper means it's not the most protective thing around, but the edges are raised, so even if your phone hits the ground in front or back, it needs to stay safe as long as the surface it collides with is flat.
15. Uprosa case
Take you under the microscope
The construction of Uprosa suitcases is entirely pedestrian, because they are simply made of flexible plastic. However, their designs are something else.
The Uprosa case graphics come from images submitted by researchers and science students whose job it is to look at things under microscopes, so the images you see on these cases are photos taken under the microscope . Here is the description of the design of the “pink flamingo” visible on the image:
“The same chemical (citric acid) that causes a lemon pie to form pink ocean waves colliding through the lens of a microscope.” Brian Cox would approve.
16. Griffin Survivor Clear Case
A hard case that doesn't hide your iPhone
Show your phone
A case is always a balance between making your phone look normal and protecting it. The Griffin Survivor Clear has a chance to play with the system, with clear walls and integrated bumpers designed to withstand all impacts while keeping the look intact.
Of course, you can say that there is a case on your iPhone, without denying it, but at least you can see the color of the aluminum you have chosen underneath. Griffin says the shell has a hardness of 6H, which is as hard as tempered glass, and offers great scratch resistance.
The case can also take 1.2m drops, and since it doesn't cost a bomb, you shouldn't feel too bad about replacing the survivor in the event of an unfortunate incident. Better than a bashed-up iPhone, right?
17. Belkin Sport-Fit Case
A case specially designed for runners
Good for runners
Only available in two colors
It will not be your main case
Here is a case for iPhone 7 for a particular niche: the runner. It’s a neoprene armband case that lets you take your phone out for jogging without a) holding the thing or b) moving it in your pocket.
Unless you do long errands where picking up a phone is a good idea anyway, the best reason to get a Sport-Fit is to use your phone as a GPS tracking tool, using an app like RunKeeper.
The combination effectively transforms your phone into the equivalent of a fully equipped GPS sports watch. The case may also contain a debit / credit card, which means you only have to find a place to store your keys. And earrings, maybe?
18. MNML slim case for iPhone 7
It's hardly there
Available in several colors
Does not protect the screen
If you're looking for a case, but don't want to add weight or thickness to the iPhone 7, this is the one for you.
MNML manufactures, you guessed it, cases with minimal aesthetics. They are inexpensive and come in a variety of colors. Best of all, they will also work on an iPhone 8, if you have one or are considering buying one.
19. UAG Trooper
Hard case with space for your cards
Comes only in three colors
Let's stop messing around, it's time for a case that looks as hard as nails. The UAG Trooper is a light but sturdy case that also doubles as a wallet, as its back opens to reveal a compartment in which you can store four cards.
It has rubbery sides and uses hard polycarbonate for this back cover. The Trooper adds a little volume to the iPhone 7, but not a lot of weight. For a high-end feel, the UAG cases in the Monarch series use metal and bonus leather, although there is no card slot.
20. OtterBox Defender
An old favorite for a new phone
Lots of protection
We have been using OtterBox Defender boxes from time to time for years: they are veterans of the scene. Although they add mass to your phone, their goal is to offer comprehensive protection that will give your handset a fresh look 12 months later, and at a reasonable price as well.
They use an inner rubber cover, a hard plastic exterior and a built-in screen protector, leaving only the Apple logo and the camera on the back somewhat exposed to the elements.
Although the iPhone 7 is already waterproof, there are also port protectors. This will prevent any mud from clogging your ports, perfect if you really treat your phone a little rough.
21. Tech21 Evo Elite
Corresponds to the iPhone
In the past, Tech21 cases had orange peppery spots all over them, as a way to show off the fancy shock absorbing material used by the company.
The Tech21 Evo Elite, however, is a case that matches the colors of the classic shades of the iPhone on its sides, with a transparent back to keep as much of that iPhone flavor as possible.
Inside, there's still some Tech21 FlexShock magic material, which absorbs the force of impact to prevent your phone from being damaged.
22. Spigen Slim Armor CS case
Secure your phone and card
Hide phone design
The Spigen Slim Armor CS case for iPhone 7 is popular, and the many color options for the hard case can help it match the color of your iPhone.
It has a soft and hard shell for additional protection of your phone. And, a hidden credit card case will allow you to carry up to two cards in case you don't want to drag your wallet or purse everywhere.
See the Spigen Slim Armor CS case for iPhone 7 on Amazon here.
23. OtterBox Strada
If you want a case that doesn't sacrifice the premium look of your iPhone 7, the Otterbox Strada case is a good choice. It combines the multi-subsequent protection of Otterbox in a folio-style case with a leather exterior.
The case can hold a credit card, and thanks to the folio design, the screen of your iPhone 7 will benefit from additional protection against falls.
Discover the Otterbox Stada for iPhone 7 on Amazon here.
24. Apple iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case
A case that solves the biggest problem of the iPhone 7
Keep your phone up to date
Only comes in black or white
One of the few issues with the iPhone 7 is that the battery life is not excellent. If you don't want to carry an external battery 24/7, this case can help.
It is an official Apple accessory that puts a 2,365 mAh battery in a smooth silicone case, roughly doubling the endurance of the iPhone 7 in real terms. The downside is that it gives your iPhone a hunchback, the battery sticking out of the case. There is also a “lip” at the bottom which still spoils the phone lines.
Battery boxes are not for everyone, but this one is smarter than most, with smart management of when the phone is powered by its own battery and that of the case.