The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of the best smartphones of 2018. The handset offers high-end specifications, an exceptional camera, a beautiful design, and is a major improvement from the Galaxy S8 in every measurable way. Unfortunately, it’s not all perfection, as the glass design is a bit on the fragile side. Thankfully there are plenty of great Samsung Galaxy S9 cases that can help keep your phone protected.
- Ultra-thin case recommendation: at an astonishing .35mm thin, we recommend the MNML case.
- Clear case recommendation: you’ll want to check out the Ringke Fusion Samsung Galaxy S9 case.
- Slim shell case recommendation: If you don’t mind paying a bit more, Samsung Hypernit or Samsung Alcantra are the way to go. The 3rd party SkinIt Lite is a great alternative if you want to pay a bit less.
- Rugged case recommendation: It’s a toss up between the Ringke Wave and the Tudia Merge, and will likely come down to which styling you prefer.
- Wallet case recommendation: The CoverOn Securecard case is not only the best wallet case out there, it’s one of the best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases period.
Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at the best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases you can buy right now. Be sure to also check out our Galaxy S9 screen protectors guide.
Sometimes you just want a little extra protection from scratches and scuffs without adding a bunch of bulk. The MNML case fits this description perfectly, thanks to its .35mm thin profile. As you’d imagine, this isn’t going to keep you protected from major drops but this second skin does help prevent scratches and daily wear-and-tear. It’s also worth noting that the cutouts are super accurate here, so the fit is exceptionally good.
This impossibly thin design comes in six colors: clear black, frosted white, matte black, Coral Blue, Lilac Purple & Clear. There are cheaper cases out there, but at $14.99 this is far from an expensive option.
Ringke Fusion Samsung Galaxy S9 case
The Ringke Fusion is a clear case that combines a polycarbonate body and a TPU bumper, arriving in three varieties: clear, smoke black, or orchid purple. The Bixby button on the case is the only textured button, with the rest simply being layered in easy to press plastic. This case is pretty slim and light, adds very little bulk, and yet offers a MIL-STD 810G-516.6 certification for shock protection.
It’s worth noting that the hard polycarbonate backplate is a fingerprint magnet and the cutout for the fingerprint scanner dips a little lower than we’d like, otherwise there’s little to complain about when it comes to this case.
If you’re looking for one of the best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases but don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can’t go wrong here, with the case priced at just $10.99.
Ringke Onyx Samsung Galaxy S9 case (bumper case)
The Ringke Onyx case is easily one of the very best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases you can buy. The back of the case has a dual-textured designed, with a brushed metal look and a grippy top and bottom. The lip on the top and bottom of the case overhang to help protect the phone in a face-first fall. The back of the phone has great precision cutouts for the camera, fingerprint sensor, and flash.
The cutouts and the button covers are not perfect. The buttons are a little on the squishy side. We wanted more responsiveness from the buttons on cases. The case could also be a bit grippier. Still if you can look past a few faults and want a solid bumper case, we highly recommend considering this Samsung Galaxy S9 case.
Samsung Hyperknit case (slim shell cases)
In addition to making a great phone, Samsung’s got some great cases for it too. Among its unique designs is the Hyperknit Galaxy S9 case. This type of woven cloth is usually reserved for gym shoes. It turns out it makes a great case material too. This case feels great, is comfortable to hold, and will keep your phone safe from slips and falls.
It is a little hard to keep clean because of the design, but this is still one of the best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases you can buy.
Samsung Alcantra case (slim shell cases)
Another official Samsung Galaxy S9 case, this time made with Alcantra. As such, it’s largely the same the hyperknit case. The cutouts are precise, with the camera, fingerprint sensor, and flash all getting their own ports. The case is a great fit, as one would expect from an OEM case. The buttons work very well with great responsiveness. But the story here is in the material.
Alcantara is the super soft, great-feeling material made famous in the tech sector by Surface keyboards. It’s like feather-soft fabric is stretched over the case. You will spend time petting your phone, even if it’s unconsciously while waiting in line. That luxury comes at a price of nearly $50, which is pretty high.
SkinIt Lite (slim shell cases)
Looking for something you can customize? The Skinit Lite case lets you upload a photo directly from its website, letting you make the phone stand out in way that fits with your personality. Overall, this is a great case but it is a fingerprint magnet. If you tend to remove your cases often, you’ll also find this one is a little hard to take off.
At $35, this is a pretty good deal when you consider all the customization options in play.
Ringke Wave (rugged)
The Ringke wave case is a great combination of protection and style. As the name suggests, the back plate sports a wave design, which is pretty and functional. An inner layer of TPU cushions the phone, while the outer hard shell really protects it. The dual layer protection should keep this thing safe from drops and scuffs, yet at the same time it’s not ultra-bulky.
The combination of form and function is perfect here. Overall it’s one of the best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases we had the opportunity to review. At $14.99 it’s also pretty affordable.
Tudia Merge case (rugged)
This Samsung Galaxy S9 case merges a TPU inner layer and a hard outer shell. The Tudia Merge offers a good balance between protection and bulk. This case’s hard back covers most of the back, with only the top and bottom sporting the softer TPU material. The merge itself has a nice grippy finish on the back and sides which makes it easier to hold and like prone to slips and falls. The backplate also unfortunately picks up oils from the skin and can get smudgy. With the silver finish on our review unit, we didn’t notice it that much, but it’s there if you look closely.
Overall, the Tudia Merge is the safer choice between it and the Wave. It’s simply a little more “standard”. It’s also less expensive at just $13.
CoverOn SecureCard case (wallet case)
This was our favorite Samsung Galaxy S9 case. This wallet case has a nice brushed metal design on the back and sports a card holder. You can get two cards in there, which makes it good for replacing your wallet. The case is dual layered TPU and polycarbonate for great impact and shock absorbance. The buttons are nice and responsive and the cutouts on the back have enough bezel to not interfere with the camera and fingerprint sensor.
It’s very bulky, mostly because of the card holder on the back. It adds a certain amount of heft to the phone while other wallet cases do not. The card slot door also acts as a kickstand for hands free media viewing – which is a nice extra. At just $10, it’s also super affordable.
Kerf case (Spalted Maple)
Looking for something different? This Samsung Galaxy S9 case is hand made from wood. There’s just something attractive about a phone can be repaired with a belt sander if it gets dinged. It is also a beautiful case. If you’re not sure what Spalted Maple is, this web page has a good description. Basically it’s a coloration that happens when a certain fungus inhabits wood. It’s gorgeous, but very expensive case at around $100.
Still, if you want something that stands out and feels great, this is one of the best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases you can buy.
That’s it for our best Samsung Galaxy S9 cases roundup. Any great cases you’d like us to check out? Let us know down in the comments.