Apple AirPods have carved out a permanent spot in our pockets. They dominate the wireless headphone game with easy connectivity, great quality and sleek design. In other words, they’re here to stay.
However, AirPods have one drawback that Apple customers are familiar with; they’re not very durable, and the case is quite slippery. This means that clean plastic might scratch, wear or get dropped. And when you’re taking the headphones everywhere, this can be a real problem.
For this reason, many users are turning to protective carrying cases. It keeps your headphones safe while giving them more grip and scoring some style points as well. We think it’s a great idea, but before you buy one of the best AirPod cases, there are a few details you’ll need to think about.
AirPod Cases vs. AirPod Covers
As you know, AirPods come with their own case. However, like we’ve mentioned above, these cases lack in personality and can be quite prone to scuffs and drops. So, you have two choices. Either buy a new case to store your AirPods in, or buy a cover for your existing AirPod case.
With the first option, you’ll get a case that snuggly stores your AirPods and usually supports charging, either wirelessly or through a lightning port. However, with a cover, you simply get a protective wrap for the slippery Apple AirPod Case.
We’ve selected a few cases and a few covers for our list below, so you can see which one you prefer.
Wireless Charging vs. Wired Charging
When you buy AirPods, you have to make a choice between getting a case that supports wireless charging or one that relies on the lightning cable to charge your AirPods. Of course, the latter is cheaper. In addition, you’ll need to make a similar decision if you’re replacing the case with one of your choosing.
Many of the AirPod cases listed below support wireless charging and are much cheaper than the Apple version.
AirPods Cases vs. AirPods Pro Cases
In October 2019, Apple released an upgraded version of the AirPods called AirPods Pro. It’s important to note that the case for the AirPods Pro is slightly wider than the case for the AirPods. Therefore, if you own AirPods Pro, you’ll need to buy a case or a cover designed specifically for your headphones.
We rounded up 20 of our favorite AirPod cases below. From durable options to colorful (and adorable), silicone designs and more, check out some of the best Apple AirPod cases for 2020.
1. PodSkinz Silicone AirPod Case
If you want a straightforward, well-made AirPod skin, go for this case from PodSkinz. It protects headphones from scratches or small drops without being too bulky in your pocket and has over 3,500 reviews to back up its case (pun intended). Key features include a visible battery light, wireless charging capability and a dust-proof finish.
2. Zalu Airpods Case
MOST COLOR OPTIONS
If you’re picky about the color of your AirPod case, check out the color options on this Zalu case. You have 30 vibrant colors to choose from, so you can match the case to your bag or personal style. Customers say it fits great, looks good and offers some real protection.
3. Doboli Airpod Cases (2-Pack)
AirPods are expensive, so you might be looking to spend as little as possible on a case. For the budget shoppers, we recommend this two-pack of cases from Doboli. They’re $8 ($4 apiece) making them the most affordable cases we could find. Stash one as a replacement, get a fellow AirPod user to split the cost or gift the second one.
4. elago Duo Silicone Case
BEST MIX-AND-MATCH CASE
For when you need a case that changes color as much as you change your mind, these elago silicone cases are a delight. Designed to allow both wired AND wireless charging, each case comes with two different colored caps, giving them a unique customizable feature that’s not seen in any other type of AirPod cases. They’re made from silicone and are designed specifically from Generation 1 and 2 models only.
5. Joyleop Nintendo AirPod Case
Want a conversation-starting case? Go for this Nintendo Gameboy-themed case. It’s more interesting than a regular silicone case — and certainly more interesting than the stock black or white AirPod case. It’s still durable enough to keep your AirPods safe, and also has a carabiner for attaching to your bag or belt.
6. Micok Waterproof Airpod Case
BEST WATERPROOF CASE
Whether you’re hiking in the rain or fumbling with your stuff over a street puddle, having a waterproof case will certainly provide some peace of mind. Our favorite waterproof case is this one from Micok because it’s reasonably priced at $12 and features an easy-to-use peel-back top. Reviewers say the case works great, keeping AirPods safe from water and drops alike.
7. Kekilo Airpod Case
BEST METAL CASE
Metal is another good upgrade for AirPod Cases. It’s more durable (thanks to a silicone inner layer) and sleeker, but won’t help much with the slipperiness of AirPods. The case includes ear hooks and a wire that connects the two AirPods (if you’re prone to losing them), as well as a carabiner for attaching to your bag or belt.
8. Fun Fashion Airpod Carry Case
BEST FOR KIDS
These cute carrying cases offer an adorable way to store your kids’ AirPods. Choose from four cuddly carrying designs, including a cuddly teddy bear, a cute cat and more. Each case is made from extra-durable silicone, and they all include a handy hook for easy-breezy keychain access.
9. Halleast AirPod Case
For those of us that constantly drop our AirPods, this case from Halleast is the way to go. It boasts a super tough metal and rubber construction that offers maximum safety while also giving the case a rugged, masculine look. This makes it great for travel as well as daily use.
10. Shiny Metallic Edgy Hard Protective Shockproof Case
Looking for a case that really stands out? Add a little bling to your scene with these ultra-shiny shockproof cases. Available in red, silver, gold, and dark grey, they’re sure to make your AirPods stand out, which will definitely come in handy when it’s 2:00 AM and you can’t remember where you placed them last. Complete with carbineer and designed to support wireless charging, these awesome cases are only compatible with 1st and 2nd Generation models.
11. Spigen Rugged Armor
BEST FOR AIRPODS PRO
In 2019, Apple introduced their souped up version of AirPods, called AirPods Pro. Unfortunately, many of the cases built to snuggly house AirPods won’t work for AirPods Pro, so if you’ve invested in the latter, you’ll need to buy a different case. The Spigen Rugged Armor is built specifically for AirPods Pro. It features shock absorption and a carbon fiber design for added protection. Plus, it sports a clip for attaching to your key ring, and the case is also compatible with wireless charging, boasting a visible LED light for that purpose.
12. OtterBox AirPods Ispra Series Case
You use a case to protect your AirPods, so you don’t want them to get scratched or scuffed when they’re in the case. Unfortunately, loose cases allow the earbuds to rub up against each other. While scratches from this motion are rare, they can occur. The best way to prevent your AirPods from being damaged while inside your case is to buy one which snuggly holds each earbud in an upright position, like the OtterBox AirPods Ispra Series Case. This colorful case boasts a grippy base and a carabiner for attaching it to your keyrings. It’s also compatible with wireless charging.
13. NOMAD AirPod Case Cover
BEST CASE COVER
If you want to continue to use the case that came with your AirPods but you want to make it more attractive, more scratch resistant and more grippy, consider simply buying a cover to fit over the top of the case. The NOMAD AirPod Case Cover was built specifically to fit over Apple’s AirPod Case. It even works with the newer wireless charging cases, too. The American Hoween leather definitely adds a touch of class to the case, and it means you’ll be less likely to drop your case as well.
14. Icarer Leather Airpod Case
BEST LEATHER CASE
Leather AirPod cases offer a serious style upgrade over silicone. We like this one from Icarer because it’s made of a premium, genuine leather and has a metal clasp that matches the vintage style. It’s slightly pricer at $20, but for something you’ll use every day, it’s a worthwhile upgrade.
15. Twelve South AirSnap
This case from Twelve South scores top points for style. It showcases a unique flap-top closure that does double duty by looking great and providing real protection. The case comes in either leather or twill with color options for both.
16. Killspencer Keychain Airpods
BEST KEYCHAIN CASE
Instead of carrying your Airpods in your pocket or bag, attach them to your keychain to always have them within arm’s reach. Made from real premium leather with an elegant (and smart) black metal eyelet for extra reinforcement, these AirPod cases won’t lose their luster or wear out over time. With options to cover your 1st Gen, 2nd Gen or Pro AirPods, there’s an option for every type of user.
17. CASTiFY PP-0005
BEST FOR WORLD TRAVELERS
CASTiFY is one of the leading producers of phone cases, and their AirPods cases are extremely popular. The major reason behind their popularity is the diversity of designs the company offers. You can find cases featuring everything from butterflies to bubble letters, but we are big fans of these airport cases, especially created for frequent travelers. However, if you don’t find a design you like, CASTiFY also offers personalized cases made with a printed design or lettering unique to you. Each case includes a CASTiFY ring for attaching to your bag and supports both wireless charging and wired charging through the lightning access port.
18. Dolce & Gabbana AirPods Cover in Gange Calfskin
Should you really want to splash out on an AirPod case, you can’t go wrong with the Dolce & Gabbana AirPods Cover in Gange Calfskin. This unlined cover can protect your AirPods from drops while keeping them looking super stylish. The craftsmanship on this accessory is clearly visible in the clean lines and soft Italian-tanned leather. Plus, the branded logo means everyone else will see that your AirPods are carried in a designer case. The Dolce & Gabbana cover is available in five different colors, but the white cover fits in well with the Apple aesthetic.
19. Burberry Grainy Leather AirPods Case
BEST CLIP-ON CASE
Give your included AirPods Case designer style with the Burberry Grainy Leather Case. This beauty can hold either your AirPods or their included case. It boasts a small hole in the bottom for the lightning charger plug. In terms of style, this case is made from grainy Italian-tanned leather and accented with polished metal hardware. The foldover top boasts a press-stud closure, and the exterior features the famous Thomas Burberry Monogram. As an added bonus, this calf leather case also includes a chain and clasp for attaching it to your day bag or briefcase.
20. Prada Leather AirPods Case
AirPods are a premium product, so it only makes sense that designer labels have begun to make cases of their own. Prada’s version is particularly attractive for both men and women thanks to its simple leather design, silverton hardware and lobster clasp. The flap is secured by a snap closure and features the signature Prada triangle logo. Furthermore, because this case simply has an empty space inside, it can be used to carry your headphones on their own, or you can place your AirPods Case inside.