TORRO case on grey table
TORRO
Update, 01/27/2023: We’ve reviewed our recommendations and are confident these are still the best iPad cases you can buy.

What to Look for in an iPad Case in 2023

iPad cases are very useful. They not only protect your tablet from everyday mishaps, but they can also make it easier to grip the tablet or store the Apple Pencil. But not all iPad cases are equally good at everything. As a result, finding a suitable case for your lifestyle and usage can take time and effort. However, if you keep a few crucial details in mind, you will find the right case in no time.

One of the most important things you need to decide is the level of protection. While we wish every single iPad case could offer top-notch protection, the more protection a case provides, the bulkier it is. So, finding the right balance between protection and bulk is a good idea.

There is also a case to be made for picking up multiple cases to suit different usage conditions. For example, you can have a thin and lightweight case for the home or office and a rugged case for outdoor activities.

In other features, if you like using the Apple Pencil and want to have it with you at all times, iPad cases that come with a built-in slot for the stylus are helpful. It’s easier to lose your Apple Pencil if it doesn’t have a dedicated storage place, and it’s an expensive iPad accessory, so it’s best to keep it safe.

Price and design also play a significant role in any case purchase. While you don’t necessarily need to sacrifice protection because of your budget, premium cases tend to use high-quality and better materials. Also, you will want the case to match your design and lifestyle sensibilities—otherwise, it will end up in a drawer somewhere.

Note: The cases below only fit the 10th-generation iPad. They will not fit the other iPad models, including the 9th-generation iPad or the iPad Air. Need a case for another iPad model? We have all of our case roundups in one place.

Frequently Asked Questions

How should I clean my iPad case?

Smartphone and tablet cases can get dirty over time. So it’s a good idea to clean them every once in a while. Remove your iPad from the case or cover before cleaning, and use a soft, damp, lint-free cloth to wipe it thoroughly. If it’s too dirty, you can use mild hand soap with warm water to remove the stains or marks, but ensure that the soap won’t harm the case material by testing it out in a small, hidden part of the case.

Do speakers lose volume when using an iPad case?

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All good cases, including our recommendations, come with proper cutouts for speakers. As a result, iPad speakers don’t lose volume when you are using a case. But if a case or cover doesn’t have cutouts for the speaker, it’ll certainly impact the sound quality and volume.  

What’s the difference between an iPad case and an iPad cover?

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Although the terms iPad case and iPad cover are often used interchangeably, the two are slightly different. An iPad case refers to a protective accessory that wraps around the back and sides of the tablet, whereas an iPad cover also includes some screen protection, typically in the form of a flap.

Can an iPad case cause overheating?

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A case can cause the iPad to overheat, but it’s rare and mostly happens with rubber or latex cases that don’t have any ventilation for the device to cool down. However, all reputed case manufacturers ensure that their cases won’t make your iPad overheat and include the necessary ventilation.

Are all iPad cases shockproof?

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All iPad cases are not shockproof. For example, if you’re buying a thin, lightweight case, particularly one built without shock-absorbing material, such as TPU. In that case, there is a great possibility that your case isn’t shockproof. On the other hand, most regular and rugged cases from reputed manufacturers have some shock absorption mechanism to ensure that the impact of a drop or bump isn’t transferred to your iPad.

Is an iPad case with a screen protector worth it?

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Screen protectors help keep the iPad display safe from scratches and scrapes. So an iPad case with a bundled or built-in screen protector can be a good idea. But it’ll depend on the quality of the case and the screen protector. And you don’t necessarily need to buy both things together. Instead, you can purchase a case of your choice and pick a screen protector separately. You will just need to ensure that the screen protector is case-friendly.

Best iPad Case Overall: Spigen Liquid Air Folio

Spigen Liguid Air Folio on purple background
Spigen

Pros

  • Slim and lightweight design
  • Smoked transparent back looks great
  • Front cover doubles as a stand

Cons

  • Single color option
  • Front cover doesn't stick to the back while using the iPad
  • No Apple Pencil storage

The Apple Smart Folio is the default choice for a lot of iPad buyers. Sure, it’s well-made, easy to apply, and comes in many colors. But it’s also not the most protective case. This is why we recommend going for the Spigen Liquid Air Folio. It’s a fantastic iPad case that doesn’t add too much bulk but can still safeguard the tablet from scratches, bumps, and other bruises.

Like the Apple Smart Folio, the Liquid Air Folio includes a front cover that can easily fold into different positions to double as a stand for your iPad. Its magnetic closure mechanism also offers smart wake and sleep functionality to conserve power and deliver a better user experience.

Spigen has used flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) to construct the back cover, which makes the installation easy, and the TPU can absorb the shock of an impact. There is also polyurethane and vegan leather on the front cover to ensure the screen remains guarded against any scars.

The back of the case also has a nice, smoked transparent look that offers a peek at the iPad design and colorway.

Unfortunately, it’s not all perfect For example, the Spigen Liquid Air Folio is only available in a single color option, and the front cover doesn’t stick to the back of the iPad, so you’ll have to hold it with your finger while using the slate.

Best iPad Case Overall

Spigen Liquid Air Folio

The Spigen Liquid Air Folio can take on the daily hazards without adding too much bulk to your iPad.

Best Budget iPad Case: ESR Ascend Trifold Case

ESR Ascend Trifold cases laid out
ESR

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Multiple color options
  • Magnetic flap doubles as a stand

Cons

  • No slot for Apple Pencil
  • Front flap doesn't stick to the back

ESR’s Ascend Trifold Case looks a lot like the Spigen Liquid Air Folio, but it costs less and comes in various colorways (as opposed to Spigen’s singular color). So if you want something affordable and functional, it’s hard to go wrong with this case. It will protect your new iPad from drops, bumps, and scrapes.

As the name suggests, the magnetic flap of the Ascend Trifold case can fold into a stand. As a result, you get two stand modes: one for media consumption and the other for writing. Plus, when you close the flap, your iPad will automatically go into sleep mode, like the official Apple folio cases and other premium options. Similarly, the iPad wakes up when you open the flap.

The case looks great and has a matte finish on the back to deter fingerprints. Additionally, its translucent back will help you show off the design and color of your iPad.

You can grab the ESR Ascend Trifold Case in Forest Green, Navy Blue, Rose Gold, Black, and Grey.

Best Budget iPad Case

ESR Ascend Trifold Case

If you want a simple, cheap, and functional case, the ESR Ascend Trifold won't disappoint you. It also comes in five exciting colors.

Best Premium iPad Case: Torro Leather Case

TORRO iPad case corner closeup
TORRO

Pros

  • Genuine cow-hide leather
  • Four color options
  • Can function as a stand

Cons

  • No space for holding Apple Pencil

The 10th-gen iPad may not be the most expensive tablet in Apple’s lineup, but that shouldn’t stop you from splurging a little on your case purchase. The Torro Leather Case uses high-quality top-grain cow-hide leather from US tanneries for a premium look. And like other genuine leather products, it’ll develop a natural patina to appear even more beautiful over time.

The TPU frame snugly fits the tablet and protects it from everyday accidents. Plus, the company has opted for a folio-style design, so you get a front flap that keeps the iPad screen safe from mishaps, and its microfiber lining keeps debris from scratches and scuffs.

Unlike our other recommendations with a cover, the Torro case uses an elasticated strap to keep the flap closed. While it’s not as seamless as a magnetic closure mechanism, it has a traditional charm. A strap is typically better at keeping the flap closed when you accidentally drop the iPad than magnets.

Among other highlights, the flap has support strips to help the iPad stand for a hands-free experience. Moreover, you can pick between two horizontal viewing positions per your need.
Lastly, you can buy the Torro Leather Case in four colors.

Best Premium iPad Case

Torro Leather Case

If you're looking for the best mix of a premium design, high-quality construction, and excellent protection, the Torro Leather Case is hard to beat.

Best iPad Keyboard Case: Logitech Slim Folio

Logitch slim folio on grey background
Logitech

Pros

  • Full-size keyboard
  • Protects from scratches and bumps
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • No built-in trackpad
  • Keys aren't backlit
  • Keyboard isn't detachable

The iPad is a powerful device that can be a decent laptop replacement when you don’t have access to one. All you need is a physical keyboard. While you can pair most wired and wireless keyboards with the tablet, a case with a built-in keyboard keeps things simple and is much better for portability.

Logitech makes several fantastic computing accessories, including keyboards, and its Slim Folio for the 10th-gen iPad is no exception. It’s an excellent case that packs an equally excellent keyboard. You get a full-size keyboard with a scissor-switch mechanism and a row of iPadOS shortcut keys. It’s pleasant to type on the keyboard, and you get around one mm of key travel, so it feels like you’re hitting actual keys.

Another positive of the Logitech Keyboard case is its battery life. It can last up to three years on two coin-cell batteries. So you won’t have to worry about charging the keyboard.

In terms of protection, the plastic frame wraps around the iPad and keeps it safe from scratches and bumps. There is also a loop to house the Apple Pencil.

Unfortunately, unlike some other keyboard cases on the market, the Slim Folio lacks the ability to separate the case and the keyboard. There is also no built-in trackpad. So if these two features are deal-breakers for you, you should go for Apple’s Magic Keyboard Folio. Although it’s not as protective as the Slim Folio, it has an excellent trackpad and a detachable keyboard.

Best iPad Keyboard Case

Logitech Slim Folio

A great keyboard, long battery life, and decent protection make the Logitech Slim Folio a solid pick for an iPad keyboard case.

Best Rugged iPad Case: OtterBox Defender Series Pro

Otterbox defender case on pink background
OtterBox

Pros

  • Military-grade drop protection
  • Bundled screen protection, stand
  • Slot for Apple Pencil

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Expensive

The OtterBox Defender Series Pro case doesn’t mess around regarding protection. It’s a high-quality, rugged case that will withstand everything life throws at it. The case also meets the military-grade drop test standards and can survive twice as many drops as the standard.

It features a dual-layer design, which includes a polycarbonate frame and a TPU exterior. There are also raised edges to protect the display and the rear camera from scratches and a port cover for the USB-C to keep dirt and dust at bay.

In other features, you get a bundled stand that supports two viewing angles, and it can also double as a cover for the screen when you aren’t using the iPad. Moreover, the stand features a slot to house the Apple Pencil.

Unfortunately, all this protection comes at the cost of the added bulk. The Defender Series Pro case weighs almost as much as the iPad if you include the bundled stand. You’ll also need to pay a premium to get it.

The OtterBox Defender Series Pro is available in black or Baja Beach (blue) colors.

Best Rugged iPad Case

OtterBox Defender Series Pro

Need maximum protection for your iPad? Look no further than the OtterBox Defender Series Pro case. It has everything you want in a rugged case.

Best iPad Case with Apple Pencil Holder: UAG Metropolis SE Series

UAG Metropolis case on orange background
UAG

Pros

  • Meets military-grade drop test standards
  • Folio cover doubles as a stand

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky

UAG is no stranger to high-quality cases, and the company’s Metropolis SE Series for the iPad is a great example. If you frequently use the Apple Pencil, it’s definitely the case to put on your shortlist. It not only delivers rugged protection to your iPad but also includes a nifty little slot to hold the Apple Pencil securely.

It’s a folio-style case, like many of our recommendations, so there is a front cover to safeguard the display from scratches and drops. UAG says it can withstand 26 drops from as high as four feet and is tested to meet military standards.

Other features include a tactile grip that makes it easier to hold and operate the 10.9-inch iPad. You will also be happy to know that the folio cover does the double duty of a stand and supports the auto-wake and sleep functions.

Plus, the company highlights that the case doesn’t get damaged by medical-grade cleaning wipes or disinfectants. So if you’re disinfecting your devices regularly, you can rest assured that your iPad case won’t disintegrate because of the disinfection spray.

Best iPad Case with Apple Pencil Holder

UAG Metropolis SE Series

You can keep your iPad and Apple Pencil safe with the UAG Metropolis SE Series case. It offers 360-degree protection, a built-in kickstand, and auto wake/sleep support.

Best iPad Case for Kids: OtterBox Kids EasyClean

OtterBox Case on pink and yellow background
OtterBox

Pros

  • Impressive protection
  • Comes with a screen protector
  • Available in bright, fun colors
  • Built-in handle that doubles as a kickstand

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No Apple Pencil slot

If you are planning to give the iPad to your child, it’s a good idea to invest in OtterBox’s Kids EasyClean case. It’s built with kids in mind and delivers solid protection again pretty much anything the iPad will encounter in your child’s hands, including drops, throws, and scratches.

Your child will appreciate its dual-tone design, which features two bright and fun colors. The case also includes a built-in handle to make it easy for the kids to grab the tablet and go—and the handle doubles as a kickstand.

Another exciting feature that you’ll find on the Kids EasyClean is dishwasher support. So no matter the dirt, grime, or germs it attracts, you can pop it off the iPad and throw it in a dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

Other case essentials like raised edges to protect the iPad display and the rear camera, precise cutouts, and clicky buttons are also available. Plus, the company includes a screen protector to deliver 360-degree protection.

You can buy the OtterBox Kids EasyClean in Blued Together and Hearts & Crafts color variants.

Best iPad Case for Kids

OtterBox Kids EasyClean

Let your kids enjoy the iPad without worrying about its safety with the OtterBox Kids EasyClean. It also comes in fun colors.

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