The Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus slots into the middle of the 2021 lineup, and it’s the best for most people. It takes the best features from the other two devices, yet it stays right at the $1,000 threshold. If you want to grab a Galaxy S21 Plus of your own, you’ll have to keep it safe. Here are our picks for the best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus cases you can buy right now.
The best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus cases:
Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to add to this list of the best Galaxy S21 Plus cases as new options launch, so check back frequently.
Spigen Liquid Crystal
Samsung struck gold with a few of its color choices this year, so it only makes sense to grab a case that shows them off. Spigen is a leader in the case game, and the Liquid Crystal is a perfect example of why. It’s a clear TPU case, yet it offers all of the protection you could ask for on your Galaxy S21 Plus. You can apply or remove the flexible case in seconds, and the Air Cushion technology packed into all four corners should help to minimize damage from drops.
See also: Spigen cases: A buyer’s guide
Ringke Fusion Galaxy S21 Plus case
If you’re dead-set on a clear case, it’s important to consider your options. The Ringke Fusion is a great alternative to the Spigen Liquid Crystal, and it’s just as easy to apply or remove. Ringke’s slim option also features a microdot matrix that helps to cut down on the rainbow effect that can sometimes accompany a clear case. You can also attach a lanyard for hands-free carrying thanks to the pair of Quik Catch holes on the side rails.
See also: The best Ringke cases you can buy
Caseology Nano Pop
The Caseology Nano Pop is the first case on our list that blocks the colorful Galaxy S21 Plus from view. You’ll find either a gray, navy blue, or purple body as well as a bright pop of contrasting color. The case itself is thin enough to fit in your pocket and the TPU construction is great against drops of all kinds. Caseology’s Air Space technology provides reinforcement for the corners and a ringed pattern helps to absorb impacts on the back panel.
See also: Caseology cases: A buyer’s guide
Spigen Rugged Armor
Spigen is back on our list with a second Galaxy S21 Plus case, and with good reason. The manufacturer offers nearly half a dozen models, each with its own purpose. The Rugged Armor is a matte black option that’s easily thin enough to slide right into your pocket. You can keep a tight grip on the textured side rails, and the carbon fiber details offer a touch of style on an otherwise simple TPU case. Another benefit of the sleek design is that you can take full advantage of wireless charging.
Speck Presidio2 Grip
One of the biggest problems with large, glass phones is that they can be almost impossible to hold onto. The smooth material slips and slides on most surfaces — unless you have the right case, of course. Speck’s Presidio2 Grip is designed to keep your Galaxy S21 Plus in place on just about any surface with its blanket of tactile grips. Unfortunately, the case only comes matte gray, but it should do the trick in keeping your phone safe.
ESR Metal Kickstand case
The Galaxy S21 Plus’ large 6.7-inch display is perfect for bingeing your favorite shows, but the phone can be a bit large to hold the entire time. If you’d rather dig into your favorite shows hands-free, you might want to consider the ESR metal kickstand. The durable kickstand works both vertically and horizontally, even if there’s not much vertical content following the death of Quibi. You can also choose from a clear option or a transparent black finish.
Smartish Wallet Slayer
If you plan to add a phone as large as the Galaxy S21 Plus to your arsenal, there’s a good chance you’ll have to free up some other pocket space. This case, the Smartish Wallet Slayer, allows you to do just that and leave your old wallet behind. It skips the folding folio design, relying on a rear-mounted card slot instead. You can fit a few cards and even some cash into the pocket, but you’ll have to empty the wallet any time you want to charge wirelessly.
TUCCH Galaxy S21 Plus wallet case
While the Smartish Wallet Slayer is a great case, it doesn’t help you much if you want to watch your favorite shows hands-free. For that, you’ll need a more traditional wallet case, something like this TUCCH option. You can choose from nine different faux leather finishes, and the folio cover folds to double as a kickstand with multiple convenient viewing angles. The cover locks in place with a magnetic clasp and you’re looking at three card slots as well as a cash pocket for storage.
Samsung S-View cover
We love third-party cases, but you can’t leave Samsung out of the picture. Its S-View cover is a great way to secure 360-degree protection, even if the case is among the most expensive. You can check your notifications without unlocking your phone thanks to a transparent strip on the folding cover. Unfortunately, the cover doesn’t double as a kickstand, but you can choose from four different shades to match your Galaxy S21 Plus.
If you have dreams of adventure, the Poetic Spartan is one of the most complete cases on the market. It adds quite a bit of bulk to your phone, but the MIL-STD 810G rating is a must-have. Poetic’s premium case features a built-in screen protector and the back panel comes with a folding kickstand. The screen protector is thin enough that your in-display fingerprint reader will work just fine. Poetic’s Spartan case comes in four metallic shades so you can add some color to your phone.
See also: Poetic cases: A buyer’s guide
UAG Monarch Galaxy S21 Plus case
UAG is one of the names to know if you want a rugged case, and the Monarch is our top pick for the Galaxy S21 Plus. It packs heavily reinforced corners and an internal honeycomb pattern to minimize drops, and the polycarbonate back panel stops scratches in their tracks. The case itself actually packs five layers of material, and you can grab yours in nearly as many colors including black carbon fiber.
The last option on our list of the best Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus cases just so happens to be one of the most recognizable cases of all time. Otterbox sells its premium Defender case for almost any phone you can imagine, Galaxy S21 family included. The newest version consists of 50% more recycled plastic than ever before, and a slimmer footprint. You won’t find a built-in screen protector anymore, but the included belt holster should help you as far as pocket space is concerned.