The Galaxy S21 FE may be late due to supply issues and all this crap (waving dismissively in 2021), but it’s finally here, with a small price cut and a bigger screen. Whether you’re picking one from Samsung or your carrier, your new phone deserves the best protection at the best price, which is why we’ve rounded up the best Samsung Galaxy S21 cases to choose from, no matter your style or budget.
Caseology Nano Pop
The case is the perfect blend of compact yet cushioned, gorgeous yet functional. Caseology’s Nano Pop series provides powerful protection for the S21 FE’s sweet camera while remaining slim and stylish.
$17 on Amazon
ready to work
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Series
This mil-spec rugged case utilizes its size to hold a wide and stable stand that works in both portrait and landscape modes. The built-in screen protector has a special adhesive ring to ensure you still get a clear fingerprint scan to unlock your phone.
$25 on Amazon
no more glare
Clear cases are usually glossy, crystal clear and definitely easy to smudge, and Ringke understands that’s not all that glamorous for your Galaxy S21, so it offers a matte clear case to avoid glare and visible dirt.
$14 at Amazon (Clear Matte)
Spigen Rugged Armor for Galaxy S21 FE
While Spigen rolls out new designs every few years, the classic Rugged Armor remains one of the most popular cases on the market a decade later. The trim extending from the camera module adds grip, while the carbon fiber still kicks around the bottom.
$16 on Amazon
more comfortable to hold
Samsung Clear Slim Watch Strap Cover
This unique first-party case comes with two detachable straps, one that perfectly matches the translucent case and the other that offers more dynamism. The shoulder strap allows you to hold the phone more securely when reaching for the phone on the far side or taking selfies.
$30 at Samsung $30 at Amazon
Rough and handsome
CaseBorne ArmadilloTek V Galaxy S21 FE Case
Like the Supcase UB Pro, this heavy-duty multi-layer case is built to stand the test. Unlike the UB Pro, though, it doesn’t have a built-in film screen protector. This allows you to get a more durable tempered glass screen protector.
$20 on Amazon
Feels great, looks understated
Available in matte black and soft sage green, the Vault feels great in the hand, grippy and velvety without any bulk at all. The Vault is a solid case for those looking for slim, low-profile protection.
From $14 on Amazon
Slim but sturdy
Speck Presidio ExoTech
While it doesn’t have Speck’s signature ridges, the Presidio ExoTech’s soft-touch exterior feels great in the hand without the high price tag. You still get mil-spec durability and MicroBan coating.
Spigen Tough Armor for Galaxy S21 FE
The Spigen Tough Armor, which was once a dual shell, now hides a foam lining for higher, stronger drop protection. A stand that sits flush with the hard case also makes it easy to binge YouTube in the lounge and beyond.
$18 on Amazon
dark horse competitor
The Ringke Onyx may not be as widely known as the Spigen Rugged Armor or the Caseology Vault, but its hues complement the Galaxy S21 FE’s lavender, olive, and graphite shades, adding grip and anchor to a shoulder strap or phone charm.
$13 on Amazon
OtterBox Galaxy S21 FE Commuter Series
Most cases with silicone plugs to keep dust, dirt, water, snow and sand out of the USB-C port are usually water tanks, but the Commuter gave us that protection while still maintaining a fairly compact size. The rubber on the back also keeps it from slipping off anything.
show off that color
Spigen LCD Series
Samsung brought us some unique colorways with the Galaxy S21 FE in a less faded army green and prettier lavender, and the LCD showcases it perfectly. To hide smudges and wear, use the Glitter variant!
$15 at Amazon (clear) $16 at Amazon (glitter)
Safe to carry with you
TUCCH Magnetic PU Leather Folio
This leather wallet case blocks RFID signals to prevent someone from stealing your credit card information, while still allowing NFC to work. Available in nine colors and three credit card slots, this wallet also comes with a lifetime warranty.
$21 on Amazon
bold and soft accents
CaseBorne ArmadilloTek S-Series
This sturdy clear case eschews the see-through bumper that looks bad on the edges and corners, while the colored bumper complements the S21 FE’s colorway, or subtly complements the matte hue.
$16 on Amazon
Caseology Parallax Compatible with Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
The 3D design on the back of this hybrid case is both unique and divisive; you either love it or hate it. If you’re a PopSocket user, don’t worry: the texture here is light enough that you can still use your phone handle.
$17 on Amazon
The best Galaxy S21 FE cases balance style and protection
The popularity of the Galaxy S20 FE has helped spur the availability of top-of-the-line cases for its successor, which means we don’t have to wait for goodies like the rest of the phone lineup. Branding options from Supcase, Caseology, Ringke and more mean we can protect our new phone in style from day one.
I’m excited to see the Caseology Nano Pop on the S21 FE, as this will only be on about five Samsung models in 2021. Light violet is the colorway I went with on the Lavender S21, and the S21 FE looks even better thanks to a better matching camera module. Blueberry navy with yellow accents resonates with hundreds of sports teams (better luck next year, Michigan), but light violet pairs perfectly with the S21 FE.
If you want a little extra protection, both the Supcase and the OtterBox have rugged options, although the Supcase can give you a lot more with the UB Pro’s stand and silicone dust cover, which I highly recommend buying for yard work, in cluttered environments Do shop work or any amount of work. Cover your USB-C ports, use a great wireless charger, and avoid the hassle or pain of sawdust or debris messing up your only port.