Apple AirPods have carved out a permanent spot in our pockets. They dominate the wireless headphone game with easy connectivity, great quality and a 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, so we rounded up 9 of our favorites below.
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. 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 2-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.
3. Icarer Leather Airpod 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 might be a worthwhile upgrade.
4. Kekilo Airpod 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.
5. Micok Waterproof Airpod 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.