Best bumper cases for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

Best bumper cases for Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are beautiful, shiny, slippery, and expensive to fix if you break one. Yeah, that glass-and-metal sandwich looks amazing, but the extra-long 18.5:9 displays mounted on a body that is sleek and smooth all around are just begging to be introduced to the pavement.

If you want to have good protection that does not fully hide the beautiful shine of your brand-new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+, you might want to consider a bumper case. These usually put more emphasis on the frame and add a lip to it, but will either have a transparent back or no back at all. That way, you get to enjoy your device's premium build, but have the peace of mind of having a solid bumper around it.

Hallsen Ultra Slim Bumper




Pros

  • Slim
  • Comes in 3 shiny colors (manufacturer-guaranteed not to fade)

Cons

  • Only available for Galaxy S9
  • Not a lot of protection


Starting off with the real slim models, this shell by Hallsen looks like what you might get for everyday situations, where you spend most of the time in your home, car, and office and your device is at a small risk of ever being dropped. It's a slim case with a very shiny bumper that comes in three different color variations — pick and match to taste!

Matone Corner Cushion




Pros

  • Slim and minimalist
  • Reinforced corners

Cons

  • Limited protection


Still in the slim territory, we have this shell here. Adding some accents around the corners, it re-makes the Galaxy S9 shape in its own way and adds a cool, "I mean business"-type look without being bulky. Still, we wouldn't rely on it for a hiking trip, but it's a nice day-to-day protector to keep your Galaxy S9 safe.

RhinoShield Slim Bumper




Pros

  • "True" bumper - just a frame
  • Absorbs over 11 ft (3.5 m) of impact

Cons

  • Less protection when the phone falls on uneven terrain


One of the very few "true" bumper cases out there — the RhinoShield here is just a frame with no back. It's thick and it has a pronounced lip so your device will make no contact with a surface if you lay it flat. But if it falls on a corner or a raised pebble, there's nothing to guard your phone from a nasty crack. So, consider it a mid-range protector that lets you see and touch your actual phone.

Caseology Skyfall




Pros

  • Lots of color options
  • Slim

Cons

  • Reports of paint wearing easily


Moving on to the slightly thicker cases, Caseology's offerings come in multiple colors and offer a good amount of adequate protection. It's a hard, shiny PC frame laid on top of a completely transparent TPU shell. So, you won't be dulling the looks of your phone, and you will be adding a good amount of protection to it, too.

Pelican Ambassador




Pros

  • Cool minimalistic design
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Might not be as protective as a thicker bumper


A cool-looking bumper case, with a minimalistic-looking frame and a transparent back. Pelican claims it has been designed to absorb shocks away from the phone and that it can survive multiple drops. Lifetime warranty included — if your Ambassador case breaks, Pelican will send you a new one.

i-Blason Ares




Pros

  • Full device protection

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Screen cover may feel a bit awkward when using


If you need complete protection from front and back, but still want your device to be visible, check out this case. It has transparent protectors on front and back, and a thick rubber bumper to protect it from drops and crashes. The screen cover might be a bit lifted off the display, so you'd have to press in to get actual touches. So, it's probably not the best everyday case to lug around, but a good choice when going down by the beach.

Related phones

Galaxy S9
  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)
Galaxy S9+
  • Display 6.2" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh(35h talk time)

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6 Comments

1. squishypanda8

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

How are they bumpers if they have backs?

2. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Due to the fear that it get scratched, I suggest all Galaxy lovers to use protective case because it's our adorable thing. Needless to say the S9 is already gorgeous without cases, even beats all smartphones in the market right now.

5. ahhyouken

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 2018

I have the Rhino Shield for the S9+, paired it with a Whitestone Dome tempered glassed and a 3M Dbrand skin for the back. I intentionally dropped it from a 20 foot building to concrete. After he tempered glass cracked and the 3M back skin removed, It survived no problems, no damage just to the bumper. I can confidently recommend the Rhino Shield bumper case. Just use the Dbrand skin and use the Whitestone Dome glass as its the best in class. Did I mention it feels nearly naked and slim in the hands? Say goodbye to bulky cases.

6. rayngo

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 16, 2019

Obviously, a year later, but I like my S9 Plus, so I'm not going to upgrade until I need to. Anyway, did the Rhino Shield bumper case "shred the skin" as someone who reviewed it on Amazon said it did? Looks like you have the same type of skin on yours that I do (Dbrand), so I thought I would ask before spending $25 on a bumper case. Thanks.

3. LordGeek

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I bought the S9 lilac purple for the wife .. wanted to show it off, so I went with the iridescent X-Doria Defense Shield - h t t p s://xdorialife.com/collections/samsung-galaxy-s9/p​roducts/galaxy-s9-case-defense-shield?variant=3608​03467280

4. Rocket

Posts: 673; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I bought this one for me, Good case for the price. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B3XF48M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_XmzUAbMVSDZ8H

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