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The 9 best rugged cases for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

Want to buy a robust case for your iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max? Check out Pocketnow’s Rugged Case guide to learn more about the best options available.


The announcement of the iPhone 14 series at Apple’s Far Out Keynote Event revealed minor changes to the standard model, keeping the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max the headliners for the improvements they introduced. There’s the new hole punch design called Dynamic Island, an interesting take on combining hardware and software; a 48MP camera, bringing pixel binning to the iPhone, and a few new colors.


Now, if you’ve bought one of the new Pro models, you’re probably looking for a protective case to keep your phone looking like new and protecting it from drops. That’s why this guide lists some of the most rugged cases you should buy for your new phone.

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Best Rugged Cases for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max

  • SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI SUPCASE UB Pro iPhone 14 Pro rugged case

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    SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro adds 20-foot drop protection to the iPhone 14 Pro series with a multi-layer design that combines TPU, polycarbonate, and a screen protector. Whether it’s a bump into a wall or a fall on the sidewalk; your phone will come out unscathed. Additions like a kickstand built into the back – so you can prop the device up for portrait or landscape viewing – and a swivel belt clip mount in the box add to its value.

  • Spigen Rugged Armor (iPhone 14 Pro)

    Spigen Rugged Armor should be on your iPhone 14 Pro series device if you want adequate protection without compromising style. It features aesthetic carbon fiber-like elements that add extra flair, while ribbing along the edges adds grip, making your device easier to handle. Like Spigen Tough Armor, it features foam inlays, but doesn’t have such a significant spread.

  • Poetic Neon (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI Poetic Neon iPhone 14 Pro robust case

    Poetic Neon offers robust protection to the table while maintaining an understated design. It has a two-piece construction with a TPU exterior that covers your phone and a polycarbonate shell that attaches on top. It’s one of the slimmer choices in this collection, but retains functional benefits like the textured non-slip backing and raised lips.

  • UAG Metropolis LT (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI UAG Metropolis LT iPhone 14 Pro rugged case

    UAG Metropolis LT is one of our favorite cases for iPhone 14 Pro because of the strikingly different combination of materials in an accessory that protects a smartphone from drops and bumps. It is even compatible with MagSafe charging. Yes, UAG does mention reduced drop protection – 16 feet – but that’s a reasonable tradeoff for the design in our opinion.

  • UAG Monarch Pro (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI UAG Monarch Pro iPhone 14 Pro Rugged Case

    The Monarch Pro — UAG’s most rugged case — features a lightweight construction and MagSafe functionality despite its rugged design. The case imparts a unique flavor thanks to design elements scattered across the back and corners. It’s immersive and different from the simple designs we’ve seen recently.

  • Incipio grip (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI Incipio iPhone 14 Pro rugged case

    If you’re looking for an easy accessory to pair with your iPhone 14 Pro while adding features like drop protection and improved grip, the Incipio Grip is an accessory to feast your eyes on! According to the OEM, it is rated for 14-foot drop protection and even retains MagSafe compatibility. It is available in five different SKUs and offers a mix of transparent and solid colored backs.

  • i Blason Ares (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI i-Blason Ares iPhone 14 Pro rugged case

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    i-Blason Ares is the rugged case to pick up when you want to show off the color on your iPhone while raising the bar on protection. Like the SUPCASE UB Pro, it has a built-in screen protector and adds 20 feet of drop protection. It is available in three colors that go well with every shade of the iPhone 14 Pro. The OEM even mentions that the accessory will remain compatible with most wireless chargers.

  • Spigen Tough Armor (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 14 Pro Rugged Case

    Spigen Tough Armor (MagSafe compatible) has three different materials incorporated into the design and is also a reason behind the protection on offer. It has a foam inlay that helps absorb shock, while a plastic frame on the outside gives the silicone cover sturdiness and even includes a kickstand for added functionality.

  • UAG Pathfinder Slim (iPhone 14 Pro)
    PBI UAG Pathfinder Slim iPhone 14 Pro Rugged Case

    UAG’s Pathfinder Slim swaps out a multi-material back for a simple one-material design. The choice ensures that the accessory remains light and slim while adding the necessary protection. It has raised edges at all points that can touch a surface, protecting it from damage.

Which rugged case should you buy for iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max?

If you can’t decide which one to buy from the options listed above, here are some of our thoughts on the cases we like the most.

The i-Blason Ares is an option that we think is worth buying because of its transparent back panel and impact-resistant bezel. iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max come in great colors and it doesn’t feel right to cover them up. And this accessory allows you to show off the color scheme, while falling probably won’t be a problem. There’s even the added benefit of the slim profile that allows you to use at least some of the wireless charging options on the market.

Our next favorites on this list are the Poetic Neon and UAG Metropolis LT. We also mentioned the UAG case in our iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus Rugged Case Guide because of its unique design that combines different textures. The Poetic Neon also gets a mention for a similar reason. Both cases come with reasonably sized bumpers to protect against impact and add space between your phone and flat surfaces.


This concludes our iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max Rugged Case guide. Have you used accessories from the brands mentioned in this guide before and had a great experience? Let us know with a comment below.

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