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The best iPad mini cases in 2021: protect your iPad Mini 5 or Mini 4 in style

Best iPad mini cases: Apple iPad Smart Cover
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The best iPad mini cases help protect your device from accidental drops, knocks, bumps, scratches, dust and more. So why wouldn't you buy one? 

Given how expensive an iPad mini is, and how affordable iPad mini cases are, they represent an absolute bargain. Should you drop or damage your device, they'll save you an awful lot of money in having to repair or replace it. And even if you don't, the peace of mind you'll get from knowing your iPad mini is protected makes the cost more than worth it. 

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In this article, we bring you the best iPad mini cases for the current model, the iPad mini 5, and some are also compatible with the previous model, the iPad mini 4. We've included iPad mini cases for a range of budgets, use cases, styles and colors. So you're sure to find the case that's perfect for your needs and personal style.

Nine best iPad mini cases in 2021

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01. Apple iPad Smart Cover

The best iPad mini case from Apple itself

Specifications
Manufacturer: Apple
Colors: Electric Orange, Mallard Green, Deep Navy, Cyprus Green, Pink Citrus, Cactus, Surf Blue, Alaskan Blue, Cornflower, White, Black
Weight: 297g
Compatible with: iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Official Apple product+Folds into several positions+Variety of colors
Reasons to avoid
-Only protects one side

If you’re a fan of the Apple ecosystem, getting the official case for your iPad mini might seem like the obvious move. And there are good reasons to do so.

Constructed from a single piece of polyurethane, the Apple iPad Smart Cover is easily folded into different positions to create a stand for reading, viewing, typing or making video calls. It automatically wakes your iPad when opened and puts it to sleep when closed. It’s been carefully designed by Apple to be very easy to remove and click back into place. It’s available in a variety of lovely colors. And it's compatible with both the iPad mini 4 and the iPad mini 5.

On the downside, it doesn’t have an Apple Pencil holder, plus it only protects the screen side of your iPad mini, not the back. If either of the latter are important to you, you may wish to combine it with the OtterBox Symmetry Case, which we look at below.

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02. OtterBox Symmetry Series Case for iPad mini

The best translucent iPad mini case

Specifications
Manufacturer: Otterbox
Colors: Clear
Weight: 95g
Compatible with: iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with Smart Cover+Includes Apple Pencil holder+Drop protection
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest

Want to protect both sides of your iPad? Then this lightweight and clear case is a great way to do so. It safeguards the back of your tablet, and incorporates a removable side panel that lets you attach an Apple Smart Cover, too. 

This OtterBox Symmetry is not technically an Apple product, but it is officially approved by Apple and sold on its website. And its makers have done a good job of making it work with the Smart Cover seamlessly. 

With a slim design that follows the lines of your iPad beautifully, you also get a handy loop that secures your Apple Pencil when you’re not using it. Plus there's drop protection for falls of up to four feet (1.22m). Finally, being translucent means that you can show off your iPad mini, at the same time as keeping it safe.

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03. STM Dux Plus Duo Case for iPad mini

The best iPad mini case for classroom use

Specifications
Manufacturer: STM
Colors: Dark blue, black
Weight: 239g
Compatible with: iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Covers both sides+Rugged design+Holds Apple Pencil
Reasons to avoid
-Not the cheapest

The STM Dux Plus Duo Case covers both sides of your iPad mini, with a back made of clear material and a holder for your Apple Pencil. It’s been well designed, with guidance from educators and IT professionals, to withstand the rigours of classroom use, and exceeds the US Department of Defense Standard 810F/G durability tests. Plus it’s officially Apple-approved.

STM's patented magnetic closure makes for easy folding, whether you’re using your iPad mini for typing or viewing, and it automatically switches your device on or off when opening and closing it. Compatible with both iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 5, this isn’t just the best iPad mini case for classroom use, but a good choice for workplace use too.

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04. Tech21 Evo Play2 Case

The best iPad mini case for families with children

Specifications
Manufacturer: Tech21
Colors: Red, blue
Weight: 199g
Compatible with: iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Drop-proof+Antimicrobial protection+Dishwasher safe 
Reasons to avoid
-Only two colors

The last entry on our list to be officially sanctioned by Apple, the Evo Play2 Case is thin and lightweight, yet still seriously rugged, so it will protect your device from drops up to 5 feet (1.2m). It also has built-in antimicrobial protection, and is dishwasher-safe. Taken together, all of this makes it a great choice for families with children. 

We love, too, the carry handle for extra grip, the integrated Apple Pencil holder, and the bright, child-friendly colors. Note, though, that it’s not available for iPad mini 4.

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05. Snugg iPad mini 5 Leather Case

The best faux leather iPad mini case

Specifications
Manufacturer: Snugg
Colors: Black, electric blue
Weight: 239g
Compatible with: iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Premium looks+Slim and light+Rugged build
Reasons to avoid
-Only two colors

Want a leather look for your iPad mini? Made from synthetic leather, with subtle, contrasting stitching, this case has a nicely premium feel that would be perfect for business people, or just anyone who appreciates nice design. 

While slim and lightweight, its reinforced corner protection and premium-bonded, PU leather exterior acts as a shield against accidental damage. A folding rear panel offers two viewing positions. And Snugg is clearly very confident in their product, as they offer a lifetime protection guarantee on it.

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06. Spigen Rugged Armor Case

The best rugged iPad mini case

Specifications
Manufacturer: Spigen
Colors: Black, gun metal
Weight: 170g
Compatible with: iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Rugged protection+Two viewing angles+Stylish looks
Reasons to avoid
-Only two colours

If protecting your iPad mini from drops is a high priority, we’d suggest checking out this model from Spigen. This rugged, two-layered case harnesses the protection of flexible thermoplastic polyurethane and hard polycarbonate for maximum impact resistance, with raised bezels around the screen and camera for extra protection. 

There’s also a durable kickstand that offers two viewing angles. And it looks pretty stylish too. Note, though, that it’s not compatible with the iPad mini 4.

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07. Zagg Folio Case with Backlit Bluetooth Keyboard

The best iPad mini case with a keyboard

Specifications
Manufacturer: Zagg
Colors: Charcoal
Weight: 204g
Compatible with: iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Backlit keyboard+Nice key action+Lightweight and slim
Reasons to avoid
-Case material feels cheap

Want to turn your iPad mini into a mini laptop? Then this case is just the ticket. Combining a fabric cover with a kickstand and a Bluetooth keyboard, it’s the perfect way to transform your tablet from a pure entertainment device to one you can use for productive computing tasks.

The keyboard is lightweight and slim, at just 7.6mm deep. It’s also backlit, the hinge allows 135° of multiple viewing angles, and the keys themselves provide a deep and comfortable click. And while they’re a little smaller than you might be used to, that makes the keyboard the perfect size for the Mac mini, so in our view it’s a compromise worth making. 

On the downside, the case material feels a little cheap, and you can’t use your iPad mini as a tablet unless you remove the case. But overall, this is an excellent product that offers great value for money.

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08. ProCase Case with Cover for iPad mini

The best cheap iPad mini case

Specifications
Manufacturer: ProCase
Colors: Black, Grey, Red, Navy, Teal
Weight: 156g
Compatible with: iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Low price +Lightweight +Works with iPad mini 4 
Reasons to avoid
-Basic

At just 156g, the ProCase Case is one of the lightest around, but it still offers your iPad mini great protection. And if you’re on a budget, its low price may prove very attractive indeed.

With an easy to use magnetic application, its translucent TPU back cover and microfiber front cover combine to keep your device safe from damage and scratches. The adjustable stand offers two positions: 30 degrees for viewing and 65 degrees for typing. And the case will automatically wake up your device on opening, and put it to sleep on closing. 

None of this, it must be said, is particularly exciting. But at such a low price, it's still a very tempting alternative to the more expensive options on our list.

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09. Bentoben Lightweight Glitter Bling Folio Case

The best iPad mini case for bling looks

Specifications
Manufacturer: Bentoben
Colors: Rose Gold, Lilac
Weight: 140g
Compatible with: iPad mini 4, iPad mini 5
Reasons to buy
+Attention-grabbing+Easy to find+Affordable price
Reasons to avoid
-Not for everyone

Want to attract attention? Then you won’t do better than this bling-tastic iPad mini case. Designed in Italy, this sparkly, synthetic leather case comes in either rose-gold or lilac, and whichever you choose, people are certainly not going to ignore you.  

The case also offers auto sleep/wake functionality, and a stand for multiple viewing and typing angles. It’s nice and cheap, too, plus it’s compatible with both the iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 5. 

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.