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The Best iPad Cases on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written before about all sorts of iPad accessories — including iPad keyboards, iPad styli and lighting cables to use with Apple products — here we’ve rounded up the best iPad cases as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated iPad case

ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case for iPad 9.7 2018/2017
$10

This case is made for the 9.7-inch iPad, so it fits the 2017 and 2018 models, and according to lots of reviewers, it fits very well. “It is very difficult to navigate through the ‘zillions’ of iPad cases for sale by third parties,” one customer writes, but they were happy with this purchase. “I received the case today, and I could not be more thrilled. The iPad fits into this case EXACTLY, with all the functions perfectly accessible.” Another purchaser says, “I quickly popped my iPad in and boom — my iPad found its companion. Fitting perfectly into every indention and curve.” And plenty of purchasers say this is comparable to Apple’s own iPad covers. “It is literally as good as Apple makes, it fits perfectly and looks great,” one reviewer writes, adding, “I could buy five of these covers for the price I paid for Apple’s Smart Case and frankly this one is just as good.” Many also mention that unlike Apple’s iPad cases, this one provides protection for the back of the iPad as well, even when it’s fully shut

Best-rated (less expensive) iPad case

“Apple really likes to steal your money for no reason. Don’t let them,” writes one reviewer who goes on to praise this effective and inexpensive iPad case. “MoKo has made a seriously nice clear plastic case with a built-in smart cover which protects my iPad perfectly while adding functionality to it.” Another purchaser says, “Every now and then you buy something cheap and are actually impressed how well built and high quality the product is. This case is one of those items.” As one reviewer points out, the Moko case has a “front cover that works the same as the Apple Smart Cover,” but it also has a back cover — a “soft plastic shell” — so the end result is a “single unit that envelops the iPad.” As they sum it up: “MoKo case — buy it for the price, but enjoy it because it’s genuinely better than Apple’s Smart Cover.”

And now, some micro-picks for every type of iPad case you might be looking for.

Best folio-style iPad case

Over 6,000 verified purchasers give this ProCase folio-style iPad case five stars, with hundreds praising it as “durable” and “strong.” One writes, “After being shown several similar covers in the $70 - $100 range in the Apple store, I was skeptical about the quality of this case after seeing it’s price tag. I could not be happier. My 6th gen iPad fits snugly and cleanly. The case is well made with tough yet elegant design.” Many mention the built-in pocket and the “stylus loop” for holding the included stylus or a pen as a selling point, But overall, reviewers seem to appreciate the price, build quality and “professional” appearance of this folio-style iPad case. As one purchaser puts it, “The only question I really had was would the product look professional enough, and let me tell you, it looks very, very professional.”

Best iPad case for kids

This iPad case, designed with kids in mind, fits the 5th and 6th generation 9.7-Inch iPad, as well as the iPad Air and Air2. Parents give the thick protective cover high praise, and many say it can withstand whatever their kids put it through. “My daughter has an old iPad that she uses (until her new one gets opened on Christmas) and she has dropped it a million times and it basically bounces but not a single mark or scratch,” one parent writes. Another says that it works well for their daughter: “It’s easy for her to grip, but also nicely stands up easily if she gets tired of holding it. It seems like it’s going to hold up and look good for a long time. My husband and I have liked it so much, we have joked about getting another one in black for us adults.”

Best iPad case with pencil holder

This iPad case, made for the 9.7-Inch 2018 and 2017 models, comes with a built-in Apple Pencil holder. According to one reviewer, “My Pencil is snug in there and I can carry my iPad around without fear of it falling out. The Pencil is also very easy to pop out of the slot from underneath.” Another reviewer notes, “It has protection around the edges, which is a must for me.” In addition to being functional, this case gets some praise for looking good, with one reviewer calling it, “very classy looking and looks great at business meetings.”

Best iPad case with kickstand

“I’ve had five or six Supcase Beetle covers, and they are bulletproof,” writes one reviewer. “The plastic covers are easily removed to accommodate your glass screen cover. It more than doubles the weight, but good protection comes with a cost.” Many also call attention to the “kickstand” feature, which they say make it easy to stand the screen up on its own. “The built-in stand makes an excellent prop when using my tablet to watch videos, typing or anything I do on my tablet,” writes one. Another adds, “I enjoy having the kickstand attached to the back and not having a second piece that needs to be added or manipulated to work.”

Best case with latch for iPad Air

Speck StyleFolio Case for iPad Air/Air 2
$22

Reviewers say the StyleFolio case from Speck offers great protection for their iPad Air (and many note it also fits the iPad Air 2, as well as the original). “I like how the clip locks it in place and it sits nicely wherever I am using it,” one reviewer writes, calling out one of the more popular design features. Another says, “I am In love with this case. It’s not bulky or heavy, very durable, easy to carry around and there is a latch that makes the case stay closed which I love.”

Best magnetic iPad case