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The best protective cases for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite of Spring 2021

The best protective cases for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite of Spring 2021

More likely than not, you have a case of some sort on your expensive smartphone. And why wouldn’t you? A smartphone is an expensive purchase and you want to protect that purchase from being ruined. So, shouldn’t you extend the same logic to your Nintendo Switch? I’d argue that a Switch is even more fragile than a smartphone. So, you’ll definitely want to get a Nintendo Switch protective case!

These are different from a Switch travel case, as a protective case actually goes on the Switch itself, much like a smartphone case. We’ve rounded up both the best Nintendo Switch protective cases, as well as Nintendo Switch Lite protective cases, so you can pick the best one for you!

Nintendo Switch Protective Cases

The original Nintendo Switch is bigger than the Lite, and the cases you can get for it need to account for the detachable Joy-Cons as well. Not to mention docking the console! Be careful though, as not all of these cases will be compatible with one of our favorite Nintendo Switch controllers, the Hori Split Pad Pro.

    Mumba Dockable Case for Nintendo Switch

    Dockable, Grippable Protection

    If you want a great all-rounder case, you'll want Mumba's dockable Switch protective case. The case is dockable, allows you to take the Joy-Cons off the Switch, and gives you extra grip when playing portably.
    OMKUY Switch Protective Cover Case

    Hard Pastel Protection

    If you're going to get a Nintendo Switch protective case, why not go with one that makes your console look beautiful? OMKUY's hard Switch and Joy-Con cases have a nice gradient design that will make your console stand out.
    JETech Protective Case for Nintendo Switch

    Cover The Fragile Joy-Cons

    JETech's Switch case actually goes over the corners of the Joy-Cons, providing extra protection on the notoriously fragile controllers. You can still slide them in and out, too!
    VANJUNN 3 in 1 Protective Case Cover

    Crystal Clear Views

    The VANJUNN Nintendo Switch protective case affixes to the front and back of the Switch, as well as two Joy-Cons. This one protects both the console and the screen from scratches and nicks!
    ProCase Nintendo Switch Flip Cover

    Flip It Up

    How about a protective case and travel case in one purchase? The ProCase for the Nintendo Switch has a detachable front cover, so you can remove it when you're gaming, and place it back on for screen protection and slip it into a bag!
    FINTIE Silicone Case for Nintendo Switch

    Complete Protection and Grip

    Not worry about trying to get your Joy-Cons out of your Switch? FINTIE's silicone protective case fully encases your Switch. It's anti-slip and has a great grip, nor does it compromise protection for functionality.

Switch Lite Protective Cases

Since the Nintendo Switch Lite is purely a portable device without detachable Joy-Cons, grabbing the right protective case is a little less intimidating.

    Mumba Switch Lite Case

    Extra Grippy Protection

    The Switch Lite is a pretty thin console, and for those with bigger hands can find them cramping up quick. Mumba's Nintendo Switch Lite protective case gives you an extra bit of grip as well as protection.
    Nintendo Switch Lite DuraFlexi Protector

    Officially Licensed by Nintendo

    You can never go wrong with an official case! HORI's DuraFlexi Nintendo Switch Lite protective case provides see-through, soft protection, and will definitely fit since Nintendo themselves approved it
    MoKo Case for Nintendo Switch Lite

    Soft Silicone Protection

    If you just want something slim and simple, you can't go wrong with MoKo's case! This is a simple silicone case that matches your Switch Lite, and protects your system against scratches and nicks.
    Ziidii Protective Case for Nintendo Switch Lite

    Stand It Up

    Ziidii's Switch Lite protective case is special because the back grips can double as a stand! The Switch Lite doesn't have a kickstand like the original Switch, so this case gives the Switch Lite the same functionality.
    ProCase Nintendo Switch Lite Flip Cover

    Flip It Up

    How about a protective case and travel case in one purchase? The ProCase for the Nintendo Switch has a detachable front cover, so you can remove it when you're gaming, and place it back on for screen protection and slip it into a bag!
    BENTOBEN Protective Case

    Out of This World

    Who doesn't love a unique design with their case? BENTOBEN's Switch Lite case has a special space-themed background that looks great. Like the other cases on this round-up, it'll protect against shocks and falls too!

So which Nintendo Switch protective case should you get? For the normal Switch, I’d recommend the JETech case myself, as it provides all-around protection, yet still lets you remove the Joy-Cons as needed. The clear VANJUNN case is a close runner up, though. It’s really simple, yet really effective! For the Switch Lite, I like the ProCase Flip Cover, as it makes it super easy to take my Switch Lite on the go. You can’t beat something that works as both a protective case and a travel case!

Which case do you use with your Switch? Let us know in the comments!

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Elizabeth Henges
Elizabeth Henges

As XDA Developers' Deals Guru, I find all the best tech deals and pass the savings onto you. I've been a journalist since the early 2010s, covering gaming, tech, and e-commerce. If you have any deals you'd like to pass on, you can e-mail me at [email protected]