Best heavy-duty cases for the Galaxy S9 and S9+

Samsung launched its Galaxy S9 and S9+ handsets in February during MWC 2018, with both variants boasting rear and front glass panels. If you want to keep your new handset looking as good as new, it’s probably a good idea to get a case wrapped around the rear panel at the very least. While we’ve covered slim and folio cases for Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+, sometimes you need a case that offers substantially more protection when you are out and about, so here are the best heavy-duty cases for your Galaxy S9 and S9+ that we could find.

X-Doria Defense Lux Premium

Besides a cool name, the X-Doria Defense Lux Premium case offers military-grade protection (MIL-STD-810) with its machined aluminum exterior offering guarding against 10-foot drops. A soft inner layer keeps the Galaxy S9 or S9+ snug while the outer casing protects against bumps and the raised lip protects the display against drops and surface scratches. Priced at $34.95 from Amazon, the X-Doria Defence Premium Lux can be had in Black Carbon Fiber or Ballistic Nylon.

Buy it Now: Galaxy S9 (Amazon), Galaxy S9+ (Amazon)

OtterBox Screenless Defender

OtterBox is one of the first brands you think of when it comes to picking up a heavy-duty case. With its multi-layer protection, covers that protect access ports from ingress and even a built-in holster that doubles as a kickstand, you can’t go far wrong with the OtterBox Screenless Defender case. The case has withstood 238 hours of testing and more than 24 drop tests to achieve its certification by OtterBox. With color options of Black and Glacier, the OtterBox Screenless Defender is $49.95 for the Galaxy S9 and $59.95 for the Galaxy S9+ version from Amazon.

Buy it Now: Galaxy S9 (Amazon) & S9+ (Amazon

 i-Blason [Ares] Full-body Rugged Case 

Offering protection for both the rear and the front of the Galaxy S9 is i-Blason’s Full-body Rugged case that comes with a built-in screen protector. The transparent dual-layer back panel combines with the drop-resistant bumper and reinforced corners to provide 360-degree protection while remaining compatible with Qi wireless charging. Available in Black, Pink, and Black/Blue, the i-Blason Full-body Rugged case can be ordered from Amazon for $22.99.

Buy it Now: Galaxy S9 (Amazon), Galaxy S9+ (Amazon)

Samsung Protective Cover Case

Besides protecting the Galaxy S9 from bumps and knocks, Samsung’s Protective Cover case also includes a built-in kickstand that provides a great angle for viewing content and sits flat in the case when not in use. The textured sides offer additional grip and the case helps maintain the low-profile of the phone. Available exclusively in Black, Samsung’s Protective Cover can be ordered from Amazon for $39.99.

Buy it Now: Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+ (Amazon)

Poetic Revolution Case

With a built-in screen protector, Poetic’s Revolution case offers 360-degree protection for the Galaxy S9. Made of premium polycarbonate and flexible TPU, the case also boasts corner support to protect against extreme shocks and bumps. The phone’s buttons and ports are protected by raised TPU buttons and flaps while the side features enhanced grip and the front lip is raised to protect it when laid on flat surfaces. The Poetic Revolution case can be had for $16.95 from Amazon and is available in Black, Blue/Gray, and Pick/Gray.

Buy it Now: Galaxy S9 (Amazon), Galaxy S9+ (Amazon)

UAG Pathfinder

UAG brings the heavy-duty case guide to a close with its Pathfinder case that boasts a patented hard outer shell and a soft inner layer to absorb shock. Maintaining Samsung Pay and wireless charging compatibility, the case also features a raised screen-lip to help protect the display on flat surfaces, rear skid pads, and tactile buttons that are responsive to the touch. The case also meets MIL-STD-810G 516.6 drop test standards. Available only in Black, UAG’s Pathfinder case is available from Amazon for $39.95.

Buy it Now: Galaxy S9 (Amazon), Galaxy S9+ (Amazon)

Don’t forget to check out our other guides for the Galaxy S9 and S9+, just click one of the links below:

Best cases for the Galaxy S9

Six best Cases for the Galaxy S9+

20 Tips and Tricks for the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+


About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 around in his pockets. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).