One of the best things about the Nintendo Switch is its portability. A definite hybrid console, the Switch is equal parts gaming on the go and immersion at home. But with a wide glass screen, detachable Joy-Cons, and other sensitive parts, an exposed Switch is a recipe for heartache. To avoid screen scratches, button squishes, joystick jamming, and kickstand snapping, you’re going to want to grab a case. Luckily, the Switch has dozens of great case options, from lightweight and minimal to all-inclusive and ultra-protective.
What to Consider
When picking out the best Switch case, your main considerations should be protection and form factor. First and foremost, your case should actually protect your Switch from drops, scratches, and spills. Most cases keep it slim and small, holding the Switch and an accessory or two. Larger cases can carry everything from the docking station to pro controllers. What’s best for you all depends on your travel habits. Another thing to check: See if a case is designed to fit the regular Switch or the Switch Lite, as some of the smaller cases are designed for one and not the other.
How We Selected
Many of these recommendations come from hundreds of hours of in-house use. For the products we couldn’t test ourselves, we perform intensive research, reviewing content from expert sources like Wirecutter, IGN, Gamespot, Digitaltrends, and Lifewire, as well as thousands of consumer reviews from online storefronts like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. As for the products themselves, we evaluated them on durability, functionality, design, and price.
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The Best Simple Travel Case
Orzly Carry Case
For anyone packing their Switch everyday in backpacks, tote bags, or day bags, the Orzly carry case is an excellent option.
With a strong exterior EVA plastic shell, foam interior, elastic straps to keep the Switch secure, and a mesh pocket to hold a few accessories, the Ozrly case checks all the boxes without being bulky, flashy, or expensive. The cartridge holder acts as both storage and an additional cover for the Switch’s screen: a smart design move.
For anyone seeking simple, solid protection, this case is an excellent place to start.
- Secure fit for Switch console
- Simple, compact form factor
The Best Ultralight Travel Case
tomtoc Slim Carry Case
When traveling ultra light, any added bulk, weight, or fluff is a pain. Especially for Switch Lite owners, having a case with extra pockets, straps, or accessory space can feel like a waste.
For those seeking solid protection without any fuss, the tomtoc carry case is a great option. Coming in dozens of colors, it houses the Switch in a hard EVA shell and is specifically molded around the Switches joysticks and buttons, giving it an extraordinarily thin form factor.
- One of the slimmest cases around
- Unique mold means you never open it upside down
- Mold around joysticks can be too tight
- Zipper could be better
Best All-in-One Case
Zadii Hard Carrying Case
With most Switch cases, you can safely house the main console, some cartridges, and maybe a cable or two. If you plan on traveling with your Switch and plugging it into another television, you’re going to need something bigger.
The Zadii hard carry case is just that. It’s a larger, travel-style case with a hard shell exterior and foam slot interior to safely house everything, including a Switch console, Joycons, Switch Pro Controller, charger, docking station, cartridges, cords, and more. It has both a briefcase handle and a removable over-the-shoulder strap, making it great for longer trips.
- Custom-cut foam slots for every piece of Switch gear
- Durable, hard exterior
- Briefcase handle and detachable shoulder strap
- Custom cut slots means it’s hard to store non-Switch gear
Best Dockable Case
Mumba Dockable Case
One downside to most Switch cases and controller grips is that they need to be removed in order to properly dock the console for big screen playtime.
Not so with the Mumba dockable case. Less for intense travel and more for daily wear and tear, this case fits effortlessly into the Switch dock without having to remove or detach anything. The rubberized grips and shell protect the console from everyday dings, bumps, and scratches. To top it all off, the added ergonomic grip helps make handheld play a bit more comfortable.
- Fits into Switch dock
- Ergonomic design
- Not the best protection for serious travel
Best Rugged Travel Case
Mumba Switch Carrying Case
While all the cases on this list are durable and protective, they might scratch or dent if faced with a massive drop or extreme vice grip. If you’re taking your Switch into very rough terrain, consider an even more durable hard case like the Mumba switch carry case.
The EVA hardshell is serious business, with a waterproof, rugged exterior and spacious interior. Inside, a thick Velcro strap holds the console secure, while a zippered accessory slot keeps cable in place.
- Extra durable exterior
- Spacious interior fits Joycon grips and skins
- Velcro fit can be unintuitive
Best All-In-One Bag
PowerA Everywhere Messenger Bag
If you are more interested in multipurpose utility, the PowerA messenger bag is one of the more flexible options on this list. Instead of being a dedicated Switch hard case, this messenger bag is much more akin to a camera bag, with dividers and pouches to fit all your Switch gear. With a padded (and detachable) shoulder strap, durable construction, and spacious interior, this bag is definitely useful for more than just a few accessories.
- Ample storage space
- Removable velcro dividers
- Separate, snug pouch for Switch console
- Isn’t as protective as a dedicated hard case
- Switch branding is very visible
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