The Best Waterproof Phone Pouches, Tested by TripSavvy

We like the CaliCase Universal Waterproof Floating Case

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Waterproof Phone Cases
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There are few things that can ruin a vacation faster than hearing your phone plunk into a pool, puddle, or other watery form of electronic doom. Luckily, there are now oodles of options for affordable waterproof pouches that not only keep your phone dry and protected but also afloat. We spent hours testing nine of the best waterproof phone pouches at our lab in Brooklyn. We like the CaliCase Universal Waterproof Floating Case the best, but we found that many of the options are excellent.

Here's our list of the best waterproof cases for a variety of phone sizes.

Best Overall: CaliCase Universal Waterproof Floating Case

5
CaliCase Waterproof Smartphone Case

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Easy to close

  • Works well dry or wet

  • Super buoyant

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky

CaliCase claims to have the "world's best" floating waterproof phone pouches. Based on our tests, they definitely have a strong argument behind that lofty claim. The Universal Waterproof Floating Case, which employs two layers of PVC-based plastic, checked all the boxes we were looking for in a waterproof phone pouch. Not only did the waterproofing hold up against all testing, but it also allowed the phone to work perfectly when the case was both wet and dry. The testers loved how easy the seal was to open and close. One tester also noted that it was incredibly buoyant, even pushing back on them when they tried to hold it submerged in our testing fish aquarium. But with that buoyancy came the one nitpick our testers had: The case was so padded that it was one of the bulkiest tested.

Still, the CaliCase pouch is solid and comes with some nice perks like a size that fits basically all phones, 15 different color patterns, an adjustable lanyard, carabiner, and cleaning cloth.

calicase phone pouch

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Best Budget: JOTO Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

4.9
joto phone pouch

Joto/Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Phone is easy to use whether pouch is wet or dry

  • Comes with detachable lanyard

  • Seals with two clasps

What We Don't Like
  • Phone not usable while submerged

  • Tougher to open and close than others

Our budget pick is the JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch, which comes in 14 different colors, fits most phones, and claims to be not only waterproof, but snowproof, dustproof, and scratch-resistant. Our testers liked that it comes with an adjustable detachable lanyard. They also liked how easy the phone was to use whether the pouch was wet or dry; however, the phone did not work while submerged. And while having the double clasps to seal the pouch brings some peace of mind, it did not bring ease of opening and closing as our testers said this was one of the tougher cases to open and close. The pouch also did not float on top of the water.

JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch
JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch. Photo by Conor Ralph / TripSavvy.

Best Budget, Runner-Up: Yosh Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

5
Yosh Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Two clasps for sealing

  • Phone worked well inside the pouch while wet and dry

  • Adjustable detachable lanyard included

What We Don't Like
  • Does not float

  • Not usable while submerged

Don't let the price fool you. This waterproof phone pouch from Yosh is meager in price yet scored at the top across multiple categories in our testing. The Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch from Yosh comes with an adjustable and detachable lanyard and features two clasps on each side to seal a phone within the case. Our testers noted how well phones worked while inside the pouch, but also noted phones did not work while submerged. And while the phone stayed totally dry during our testing, water did collect a bit inside the clasps, which the phone has to pass through as it's taken out. That put a few droplets of water on the phone when taking it out after being submerged, but it was nothing serious or damaging.

yosh phone pouch

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Best for Fitness: Vansky Floatable Waterproof Phone Case

4.8
Vansky Floatable Waterproof Smartphone Case

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    4.5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Comes with armband

  • Very buoyant

  • Easy to open and close and use when not submerged

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't work while submerged

  • Armband is big

Vansky uses a premium-grade TPU material to create its Floatable Waterproof Phone Case. And while this waterproof pouch could certainly be used outside of fitness pursuits, we put it in this category because it comes with an armband and headphone attachment. And at just 3.2 ounces, it's relatively light to take on athletic missions. The pouch uses a prong latch closure, which our testers found very easy to open and close, especially compared to other prong closures. They were also impressed by the pouch's buoyancy as the pouch pushed back while being held underwater.

There were a couple of nitpicks. First, while the armband is a nice feature and one that sets this pouch apart from others, one tester reported the armband being so big that they had to wrap it all the way and were still worried it would slip down the arm while being active. And, like a few others in this roundup, while the pouch worked well outside of the water even if wet, it did not allow for touchscreen usage underneath the water.

vansky phone pouch

TripSavvy/Tamara Staples

Best for Samsung: Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Phone Case

5
Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Phone Case

Amazon

Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Comes with an adjustable detachable lanyard

  • Easy to latch and use

  • Very waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Does not float

With a capacity to hold phones up to 7 inches diagonally measured, the Universal Waterproof Phone Case made it particularly easy to remove larger phones like many Samsung—models. Hiearcool's phone case has a waterproof certification to 100 feet below the surface, and while we were not able to sink it that far, we were impressed with its waterproofness while fully submerging it. Testers also liked that it comes with an adjustable detachable lanyard and how easy it was to slide phones into the pouch and latch the top closed. Hiearcool's pouch did not float on the surface of the water, but our testers noted how easy it was to use the phone while it was inside the pouch.

Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Phone Case
Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Phone Case. Photo by Conor Ralph / TripSavvy.

Most Protective: AquaVault Waterproof Floating Phone Case

4.7
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Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    4.6/5
  • Phone Usability
    4.6/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Two layers of defense/protection

  • Floats to the top of water

  • Phone works well inside the pouch whether it's wet or dry

What We Don't Like
  • Does not lay flat on water

Let's be honest with ourselves. It's one thing to have a waterproof phone pouch for sitting poolside or even kayaking through a calm harbor. It's entirely different to have a waterproof phone pouch for whitewater kayaking, rafting, or tubing. Simply put: The latter needs a bit more protection and float than the former. For those planning on taking their phones on adventurous—and potentially treacherous—water outings, we recommend the AquaVault Waterproof Floating Phone Case.

Our testers were impressed with this case's two layers of protection, which includes a Velcro fold-over top and Ziploc-style closure that's rolled down over itself. When we submerged it, the phone stayed totally dry and floated back to the top of the water, albeit only vertically (we couldn't get it to lie flat on the surface). Testers also loved how well the phone worked inside the case whether it was dry or wet.

AquaVault Waterproof Floating Phone Case
AquaVault Waterproof Floating Phone Case. Photo by Conor Ralph / TripSavvy.

Best for iPhones: ProCase Universal Waterproof Case

5
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Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Lightweight

  • Works for all iPhone models

  • Easy to use when it's wet or dry

What We Don't Like
  • Does not float to the top

  • Feels flimsy (but still performed fine)

At first, we were a bit skeptical of the Universal Phone Case from ProCase. It feels ... flimsy. But the case held up across all tests, and we were impressed with its lightness and waterproofing. Along with the certified waterproofing to a depth of 100 feet, ProCase says its phone case is also snow- and dirtproof. Our testers liked how easy it was to use a phone inside the case when the case was both wet and dry. And while it didn't float to the top, our testers also appreciated the prong-style closure. We're always down for an adjustable and detachable lanyard, which this phone case includes.

procase waterproof phone puch

TripSavvy/Tamara Staples

Best for Swimming: FRiEQ Waterproof Case

5
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Our Ratings
  • Waterproofing
    5/5
  • Ease of Use
    5/5
  • Phone Usability
    5/5
  • Durability
    5/5
What We Like
  • Seals with two clasps

  • Flexible

  • Easy to use while it's wet or dry

What We Don't Like
  • Does not float

  • Does not work while submerged

This waterproof-certified phone pouch from FRiEQ scored well across all categories of our testing. Like a few others on the roundup, it comes with an adjustable detachable lanyard and seals with two clasps (one on each side). But we also loved how flexible this case was—ideal for underwater movements like swimming. Phones worked well inside the pouch but when it was dry and wet, but they did not work while submerged in our testing tank. Careful while using this swimming as it's another one that does not float.

FRiEQ Waterproof Case
FRiEQ Waterproof Case. Photo by Conor Ralph / TripSavvy.

Other Waterproof Phone Pouches We Tested

MoKo Floating Waterproof Phone Pouch: While this pouch performed mostly fine, it performed slightly less impressively than the others we tested. It works fine if you use carefully and correctly, but if you use carelessly, you might have an issue.

Final Verdict

CaliCase's Universal Waterproof Floating Case (view at Amazon) scored perfectly across our four testing categories. Our one qualm? It is definitely on the more expensive side compared to others on this roundup. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, we suggest the JOTO Universal Pouch (view at Amazon) or the YOSH Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch (view at Amazon).

Product Selection

Products in this roundup were selected by TripSavvy editors and writers after thorough and thoughtful research. We selected some of the most reviewed and purchased phone cases on Amazon. We also made an effort to select and test products that had different styles and price-points. It's worth noting that the waterproof phone pouch game doesn't have a ton of players, and we tried to cover most of the major ones.

How We Tested

All products were tested in Dotdash Meredith's testing lab in Brooklyn, New York. Multiple TripSavvy editors placed test phones into phone pouches and tested the functionality when dry. Phones and cases were then submerged in a fish aquarium to test how well they performed while submerged. We also tested how well the phone cases floated in the tank. Then phone cases were removed from the water and before removing the phones, we tested how well the touchscreens worked while cases were wet. We then removed the phones from the cases to see if any water made it to the phones. Phone cases were scored on waterproofing, ease of use, phone usability, and durability.

waterproof phone pouch testing

TripSavvy/Tamara Staples

What To Look for in Waterproof Phone Pouches

Size

Be sure to check the size of the case before you commit—and not just the dimensions. Each of these cases has thousands of reviews on Amazon. Get into those reviews a bit and make sure your phone will not only fit but fit comfortably. While most of these cases are inexpensive and it's relatively easy to return products on Amazon, save yourself the time and headache and do the upfront research.

Features

The primary feature of these cases is waterproofing. But other things to consider are whether or not both sides are clear and if it floats. The latter is particularly important because a waterproof case won't do you too much good if you can't find your phone after it falls overboard. We also appreciate having detachable and adjustable lanyards.

Waterproofing Certification

The key here is to look for a product that is waterproof, not simply water resistant. The former means that it can withstand continuous submersion, so you can rest easy knowing that it's going to be able to handle a full day of water activities. And you shouldn't go wrong with a waterproof certification that goes down to 100 feet beneath the surface of the water, which most of these cases in the roundup have.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Do I need a pouch if my phone is waterproof?

    Waterproof phones are able to withstand splashes of water or being dropped in a puddle but are not made for plunges into the water, especially for long periods of time. A waterproof pouch can help protect your phone from water damage. Many pouches have floating capabilities, so if you drop your phone into a lake or pool, it will not sink.

  • Can phones be used while in a waterproof pouch?

    Most waterproof pouches are made with a transparent, heavy-duty polythermal plastic that allows you to see your phone's screen and to use its touch screen function. While most functions will still work in the pouch, there are some functions, like fingerprint locks, that you will not be able to use. We've noted how each phone case included in this roundup performs when dry, wet, and submerged.

Why Trust TripSavvy

Nathan Allen is the outdoor gear editor for TripSavvy. While he still misses flip phones, he appreciates the evolution of smartphones. Nathan went through a three-month span in his mid-20s when he dropped three different phones in various forms of water (yes, one was a toilet), ruining each phone. He's tested waterproof phone cases while rafting Rocky Mountain rivers and paddleboarding High Sierra alpine lakes. He's now had the same iPhone for more than two years—a record for him—and is concerned he's now jinxed himself.

Author Justine Harrington covers topics spanning travel, food & drink, lifestyle, culture, social advocacy, and the outdoors. Justine has been writing about all things Texas for TripSavvy since August 2018.

Jamie Hergenrader, Editorial Director, Travel Commerce, went to our Brooklyn lab and conducted multiple rounds of waterproof phone pouch testing.

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