Let’s face it: protective carrying cases for the Nintendo Switch are a dime a dozen. A quick Google search will yield no shortage of options that largely work as intended, however, most cases on the market may not do well against drops and other blunt force trauma, even if they can protect your console from more superficial damage.
Then there’s the question of space. Most only offer enough room for your console and a couple of Joy-Con controllers, forcing you to relegate the case to another bag entirely. This level of inconvenience can make you rethink using a case for your Switch at all, which is why you might want to find an option that not only protects your beloved console but has enough room for your stowing daily essentials as well. C’mon, it’s 2022, and you’re better than owning an accessory that does just one thing.
We tested a variety of Nintendo Switch cases and have chosen a handful that we think stand above the competition. We tested them against impacts and everyday wear, and in some cases, we even used them as our day bag. Our current favorite is the PowerA Protection Case with Kevlar — a case that offers excellent protection and storage — but we’ve also compiled premium options like WaterField’s CitySlicker Case, travel-friendly picks like Timbuk2’s Crossbody Sling, and a budget-conscious solution that’s well suited for anyone who wants to keep their device safe without spending a mint. We even have an honorable mention for the fashionista inside all of us.
1. PowerA Protection Case with Kevlar
The best Nintendo Switch cases of 2022
Sometimes you just need a basic case that gets the job done, and the Kevlar Switch case from PowerA is exactly that. While it isn’t quite as bulletproof as the name might suggest, the rugged Switch case is surprisingly tough, particularly for the price.
The outside of the case features a single, rubberized carrying handle. Due to a lack of extra loops for a shoulder strap, however, PowerA’s durable offering is definitely more at home when secured inside another bag. Nonetheless, the hardened plastic exterior is surprisingly firm, yet offers enough flex to help absorb impacts. The side of the case meant to hold your Switch even has some negative space buffering the case and your Switch, providing even further protection from drops and spills.
Inside, you’ll find a form-fitting compartment with divots for the triggers on both Joy-Cons. The case also features a foam insert for stowing the smaller Switch Lite, denying it any wiggle room, as well as two compartments with felted dividers that can holster up to 19 cartridges in total. There’s a zippered mesh pocket on the interior as well, which can help keep Joy-Cons and other accessories from jostling around during transit.
Tough and compact, the PowerA Kevlar case can handle just about anything you throw at it. While it may not have the built-in kickstand offered by some other models on our list, the hardened shell and impact buffer does a fantastic job of keeping your Switch protected without weighing a ton.
Not quite bulletproof, but pretty darn tough. This protective case from PowerA is lightweight and durable with reinforced corners to protect from unexpected drops and impacts.