The Galaxy S22, just like the Galaxy S21, has three sizes to choose from, which means the S22 model you have will determine the case you need. The flagship smartphone of the newest Samsung Galaxy lineup, the S22 Ultra, with its 6.8-inch screen, is the heftiest model of the lot and has an integrated S-Pen (like the late, great Galaxy Note). As such, I'd point out that as with all heavy, jumbo phones, it's important to give your hands a rest. That's why I think the best case for a smartphone that weighty is one that has an integrated kickstand, so you can prop it up every once in a while.
The same might be said for the smaller S22 Plus (with a 6.6-inch screen), which we like to refer to as the middle child in the S22 lineup, and the standard S22 (6.1 inches), the most "compact" of the trio. But everybody has their own opinions about what makes the best Samsung case (and the best case for a smartphone in general), and that comes down to everyone's unique needs. That's why my picks come in a variety of styles, from clear case styles to opaque ones, from slimmer models to more rugged armor cases to folio wallet cases.
Note that some of the recommendations for these Galaxy S22 series cases are based on my experience using nearly identical models with preceding Galaxy smartphones, as well as iPhones. The best Samsung case options below are listed at the starting price for the line, where multiple smartphone cases are shown. Make sure that you're buying the case and tempered glass that matches the specific model of your S22 (Ultra, Plus or standard).
I regularly update this best Samsung case roundup with new picks as more candidates arrive.Now playing:Watch this: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Review: The Galaxy Note Lives...8:25
Tough but relatively slim S22 casesSpeck
Leading case maker Speck brings a selection of protective case options to the Galaxy S22, including (from left to right in picture above) the Presidio Perfect-Clear Ombre, Presidio2 Grip and Presidio Perfect-Clear.
All the new models have very good drop protection (13 to 16 feet, depending on the model) as well as Speck's Microban antimicrobial coating. The cases start at $40 in various color options. Sometimes Speck offers discounts to first-time buyers on its site.$40 at Speck
Slim, stylish protective S22 caseGear4
British case-maker Gear4, now owned by Zagg, makes cases that are right there with OtterBox and Speck. They're all lined with the company's D3O shock-absorbing material and feature beveled edges to protect your phone. Shown here from left to right are the Copenhagen (13-foot drop protection), Denali (16-foot drop protection), Milan (13-foot drop protection) and Crystal Palace (13-foot drop protection). All use some recycled plastic in their construction, but the Copenhagen, made out of 52% plant-based material, is technically the most eco-friendly.
Prices range from $30 to $50 for the top-end Denali, which is the Gear4 case I probably like best.$40 at Gear4
Top budget casesAmazon
If you're looking for a cheap clear case for your new Galaxy S22, Spigen's Ultra Hybrid is a good value at around $15-$18, depending on the version you get. I like the Ultra Hybrid S (second from the left in photo), which has an integrated kickstand. The Neo Hybrid, on the far right, is fairly basic case, while the Cryo Armor (second from right) is a $22 triple layer "gaming" case that's designed to "absorb and dissipate heat from your phone during hours of gameplay."
No drop rating is listed for these Samsung phone cases, but most Spigen cases, except for the slimmest models, offer reasonable protection. If you want a tough case with decent protection, get one of its Armor models.
Note that a lot of these cheaper clear cases have a habit of turning yellow and degrading over time, which makes them less translucent. But they're cheap enough that you probably won't mind shelling out for a replacement if and when that happens.$15 at Amazon
OtterBox Commuter Series
Best slim OtterBox S22 caseAmazon
The company's super protective Defender series case is available for all the Galaxy S22 models, but most people want something less bulky. I like the Symmetry series cases -- they're slim with beveled edges, making them a good mix of sleek and protective. That said, I've come to like the more protective Commuter Series better, thanks to the grips it has on the back and sides, as well as having raised edges on the front that should help protect your screen. The raised bezel acts as a screen protector to keep your screen scratch-free and the camera module gets the same treatment.$40 at Amazon
Rokform S22 Rugged Case
Rugged mountable caseDavid Carnoy/CNET
Rokform's been making tough smartphone cases for years and aside from their durability, their key feature is the ability to use them with various mounts -- including bike, car and motorcycle mounts -- that are sold separately.
Rokform's cases have removable magnets and they're compatible with wireless charging if you remove the included center magnet. "With the lower magnet still intact, you can still wireless-charge while utilizing magnetic mounting and all of our mounts," Rokform says.$50 at Amazon$50 at Rokform
Samsung Leather Cover
Top leather caseSamsung
Available in black, burgundy and light gray, Samsung's leather case offers a nice soft-to-the-touch feel with decent edge protection in a slim package. Alas, there's no kickstand, but if you're looking for a clean, elegantly designed case, this Samsung-branded case fits the bill. It also offers decent protection for the camera lenses on the back. I personally like the burgundy color.$50 at Samsung
Mous Limitless 3.0
Hidden featuresDavid Carnoy/CNET
For the Galaxy S22, UK-based Mous brings its Limitless 3.0 case ($60) to the Galaxy S22. It comes in a few different eye-catching styles, all of them lined with the AiroShock material that the company says delivers excellent protection in a slim design. They do seem durable and all include a lifetime warranty.
Mous' Limitless 3.0 cases are compatible with the company's Limitless 3.0 accessories. That includes a wallet that magnetically adheres to the back of the phone case and a few mounts, one of which is an air-vent mount for your car.
It's also worth noting that the Limitless 3.0 cases are the only ones I've seen that have a SIM-card storage slot on the inside of the smartphone case for international travelers in the habit of SIM-swapping.$60 at Mous$60 at Amazon
Simple and stylishDavid Carnoy/CNET
Cyrill is a sub-brand of Spigen and like Spigen, its cases generally sell for less than $20. Cyrill doesn't have quite the same selection for the Galaxy S22 as it does for the iPhone 13, but it has some protective clear cases with floral designs (pictured on right), as well as the Brick Matte Finish case (the blue and red cases in photo), which has a soft-to-the-touch finish. It has a raised frame on the back that provides some extra protection for the camera lenses. The corners of the case have a raised lip as well.$18 at Amazon
Top folio caseDavid Carnoy/CNET
When you have a phone with a large screen, it can be a good idea to get some added screen protection with a folio case that also has slots for a couple of credit cards. Otterbox's folio case, the Strada, is nicely designed with a magnetic clasp. Its only drawback is that it doesn't convert into a kickstand for watching videos. It's only available in black for now.
Otterbox also makes the Strada Via folio, but I prefer this model.$70 at Amazon$70 at Otterbox
ESR Kickstand case
Value kickstand S22 caseAmazon
Particularly with the two larger models of the Galaxy S22, I find that having an integrated kickstand is a nice feature and the ESR kickstand case is about as affordable as you get at around $20. It should dip to closer to $15 with time.$19 at Amazon
Premium S22 case for a little lessAmazon
Available in a few color options, Raptic's Shield case costs less than competing premium cases from Speck and OtterBox and is a pretty good value overall. It has 10-foot drop protection, as well as an antimicrobial treatment.$20 at Amazon
Eco-friendly S22 caseDavid Carnoy/CNET
Lifeproof's Wake case is made out of recycled ocean plastic. It's attractively designed but I wouldn't call it super tough -- it isn't enclosed at the bottom and has 6-foot drop protection. (Note that some cases on this list have higher drop-protection ratings.) Lifeproof offers $15 off your first order on its website.$40 at Lifeproof$40 at Amazon
Samsung Clear Standing Cover
Best Samsung-branded S22 caseSamsung
Samsung's Clear Standing Cover isn't anything fancy but it's a protective clear case that has an integrated kickstand. You can prop your phone up horizontally or vertically using the kickstand, which seems sturdy (it's larger than Spigen's integrated kickstand). Alas, it's currently out of stock but will hopefully ship soon.$35 at Amazon $28 at WalmartCNET Mobile
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