How to Choose the Best Leather iPhone Case
If you’re looking to outfit your iPhone 14 with the best leather iPhone case (or refresh your older model) you probably already know that leather cases have a lot to offer in terms of function and style. People who love leather know there’s just something about the feel and softness of the perfectly worn leather item that makes it a joy to hold. Since we reach for our phones numerous times a day, it seems important to pick a phone case that enhances your everyday life.
In addition to style, leather offers a natural grip, reducing the likelihood of slips, as well as impact-reducing cushion if drops do happen. Leather iPhone cases are also compatible with wireless and MagSafe charging features, so you won’t have to worry about removing your iPhone case before setting it on the charging pad.
Given the wide range of products on the market, it’s important to know your options when looking for the best leather iPhone case for your lifestyle. Let’s take a look at a few important considerations when shopping for leather iPhone cases.
What is Full-Grain Leather?
Simply put, full-grain leather means that the original cowhide is fully intact and not sanded down, making it the highest quality leather. This means it contains the hide’s natural grain and suede layers and has not been thinned. Because it hasn’t been altered in any way, full grain retains its natural texture and durability, as well as softness and character. For this reason, the best leather iPhone cases will be made from full-grain premium leather.
Full Grain Leather vs. Genuine Leather vs. Top-Grain Leather
Many people assume “genuine” leather is the highest quality, but this term simply means that the product is made from some part of the hide layers and was likely sanded down or thinned. In other words, genuine simply means “technically” leather. The term “top grain” leather also sounds misleading (it has the word “top” in it, so it must be good!) but this too is only a sliced or sanded layer of the hide, making it less durable and sometimes less soft.
Full-grain leather, on the other hand, means the full hide layers are naturally intact, enhancing the feel and wear of your item. Full grain leather is much more durable than “genuine” or “top grain,” as it retains its original thickness and texture. Additionally, full-grain leather is the only leather grade that will naturally develop a deep, rich patina over time.
Full-Grain Leather iPhone Wallet Cases (Folio Style)
Made from full-grain leather, the Executive Leather iPhone Wallet Case elevates your everyday essentials. A folio-style magnetic closure adds screen protection for your iPhone while also safely carrying your cards and cash. Its inner layer of shockproof TPU adds extra drop protection and a modern feel to your new favorite sidekick, making this one of the best leather phone case wallets on the market. This case comes in styles that fit iPhone 12, iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, and you can choose between black or tan leather. The folio-style leather iPhone case is a great option for someone who likes to travel with the security of knowing all of their essentials are protected and organized in one place.
Slim Full-Grain Leather MagSafe Case for iPhone
For a classic slim-style leather case, the full-grain Leather MagSafe Case is a great multifunctional choice. Featuring MagSafe compatibility, this modern leather iPhone case is designed to pair easily with your magnetic MagSafe charging stands and accessories. Designed with comfortable streamlined use in mind, a soft inner microfiber suede layer cradles your iPhone while stainless steel side buttons add style and elite function. This case fits a number of compatible iPhone models, from iPhone 12 mini to the newer iPhone 14. You can also pair yours with the compatible Full Grain Leather MagSafe Wallet, which adds adaptable multifunctional use to your phone case. MagSafe iPhone cases are quickly becoming the latest popular choice as more compatible lifestyle products hit the market.
Care Tips for Your Leather iPhone Case
One of the beauties of leather is that it’s able to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Over time, your leather naturally develops a patina from normal use, adding depth to its color and texture. Leather can lose some of its luster over time if it becomes dry or is exposed to too much sunlight, but you can always use a leather conditioner (or beeswax) to bring its shine back. Do your best to avoid chemical cleaners, soaps, and prolonged exposure to moisture or wetness. Having said that, you canclean your leather iPhone case!
How to Clean Leather iPhone Case
If you’ve had your leather iPhone case for a while, you might want to do a little light cleaning to remove any buildup.
- Be sure to remove your leather iPhone case completely from your iPhone when cleaning.
- Wet a microfiber or cotton rag with lukewarm water, then ring out the rag completely so it is only mildly damp. Remember: leather doesn’t like excess or prolonged moisture.
- Wipe down your phone case with the damp rag, paying special attention to any areas of discoloration.
- Set your leather iPhone case aside to dry out fully before putting it back on your phone.
Note: Avoid using any soaps or cleaners unless they are natural and designed specifically for leather care. Many lower quality soaps run the risk of leaving residue behind once your case has dried.
For anyone who has wondered “Are leather iPhone cases worth it?” you may have yet to experience the perfectly worn feel of a full-grain premium leather iPhone case. Full grain leather iPhone cases are designed to outlast other cases, and with proper care they’ll stay looking new for years to come.
If you’re looking for the best leather iPhone case, check out our full selection of leather iPhone cases designed to simplify your everyday routine.