Who said iPhone 5/5s cases have to be a costly affair? Cases for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from top-brands like Belkin and Griffin are available for under $20.

There are cases that are even cheaper. Here are a few more cases – slim, minimal and cool – that are not just under $20 but also provide a good level of protection to your iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.

Best iPhone 5s Cases Under $20

Five Best iPhone 5/5s Cases Under $20

1. Belkin View Case

Belkin View Case for iPhone 5

Belkin has been one of the best case manufacturers for the iPhone. This time, they’re out with the iPhone 5 case which is more of a bumper-case again. The Belkin View Case for iPhone 5 promises a really good level of protection with the TPU frame that’s flexible and easy to grip. A closed design enables protection of the buttons too. The bumper has a bevel that helps you protect the screen.

Price: $19.99 ($8.57 on Amazon)
Buy Belkin View Case

2. id America Mist 5 for iPhone 5s/5

id America Mist 5 for iPhone 5s If you prefer a case that is absolutely minimal but protects your iPhone from scratches, id America is the case you should check out. It only protects the back but is quite good. The slim-fit case is light-weight, keeps all ports and buttons accessible and comes in a variety of color options.

Price: $14.95
Buy id America Mist 5

3. Griffin Reveal

Griffin Reveal iPhone 5 Case

Griffin is an undoubted leader when it comes to iPhone cases. This time around, their offerings for iPhone 5/5s cases has been traditional as well as featuring such ideas as “Griffin Reveal” which is artistic and minimal. The Griffin Reveal cases look very bare but are pretty good with the hardshell material. Appropriate cutouts make this an efficient case to have for your iPhone.

Price: $19.99 ($13.54 on Amazon)
Buy Reveal Case for iPhone 5

4. Elago S5 Slim Fit 2 for iPhone 5s/5

Elago S5 Slim Fit 2 for iPhone 5sElago’s S5 Slim Fit 2 is one of the coolest-looking cases for the iPhone. This one’s a hardshell, but slim, thin and light-weight. With a lot of color options too, the S5 Slim Fit 2 is a funky (but decently so) iPhone 5s/5 case. The retail price is a little more than $20 but on Amazon, the case sells for under $10 actually.

Price: $9.99 ($8.99 on Amazon)
Buy Elago S5 Slim Fit 2

5. Photive Hybrid Bumper Case

Photive Hybrid Bumper Case for iPhone 5

The Photive Hybrid Bumper case resembles the usual bumper cases that you might have used for your 3GS or 4. With some really accurate cutouts and changes, the Photive Hybrid case comes equipped to protect the iPhone 5/5s from dust, scruffs, scratches, and also promises protection under drops. Of course, we’re not so sure about the “drops” but it’s a pretty good case.

Early reviewers pointed out that the case has some problem with cutouts but then, the case has been updated since. A best-buy for a under $20 case.

Price: $9.95
Buy Photive Hybrid Bumper Case

  • cleverpun

    Chandra, thanks for these articles about iPhone 5s cases. I’m looking for a slim, light case that doesn’t look cheap that will hold a couple of cards (id and credit card). I don’t want a flip front or need anything extra. I love the look of the leather cases and simple bumper cases and the slim fit and durability of the kevlar cases. I currently have a simple $15 Belkin rubber case on my iPhone 4 that holds 2 cards perfectly without compromising the integrity of the protection aspect of the case on the phone. I want to find something similar for my new phone (the 5s) but I haven’t been able to find it. Do you have a product suggestion for me? Thanks!