Apple's newest line of smartphones are more advanced than ever and also some of the slimmest phones the company has ever produced. Due to this thin design coupled with their large screens, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still subject to potential damage like cracks, bends and breaks if accidentally banged or dropped.

This year the selection of rugged cases is extensive due to the added benefit that you no longer need a LifeProof or other waterproof model since Apple made the iPhone 7/7 Plus water-resistant right out of the box. I have written up a quick list of the best rugged cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that are available on the market right now. I will do my best to update this list throughout the lifespan of these devices as newer and better protective models are released.

screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-9-30-18-amTrident Kraken AMS (iPhone 7 / 7 Plus)

Trident has been considered a top-tier manufacturer of protective solutions for mobile devices throughout the past few years. The last iteration of their Kraken AMS Series for the iPhone 6/6 Plus was one the best mobile cases we have tested to date with the quality you would expect at an affordable price. For this year's iteration, Trident has adopted a new three-piece design which features an inner shock-resistant case with a durable outer shell that secures around it.

91njcxrpmhl-_sl1500_-1Otterbox Defender (iPhone 7 / 7 Plus)

Most of you have probably heard of Otterbox and even owned one of their older cases for you iPhone or Samsung Galaxy device. Otterbox has been a leading provider of protective accessories for Apple devices since the original, and their Defender Series line is perfect for someone who wants a rugged solution despite the added bulk. As with previous models, I'd only recommend buying an Otterbox case through their website or a reputable retailer like Best Buy since their cases are often counterfeit and sold through third-party sellers on eBay or Amazon.

81rddphdzwl-_sl1500_-1Urban Armor Gear Monarch (iPhone 7 / 7 Plus)

The Monarch by Urban Armor Gear is currently one of the highest reviewed rugged cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on Amazon. Regarding protection, the Monarch is meant to be both ultralight and durable with a five-layer design that meets two different military standards. Each case comes with a 10-year warranty, so this case should long outlive your phone.

81le3wtw2dl-_sl1500_SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro (iPhone 7 / 7 Plus)

The Unicorn Beetle Pro by SUPCASE offers ample protection for your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus by way of a dual-layer case with a polycarbonate hard outer shell combined with a flexible TPU inside. Like most durable cases found in this article, the front component offers a built-in screen protector, and the ports are covered to keep out pesky dirt and dust.

71wchmifcol-_sl1500_-1Caseology Titan (iPhone 7 / 7 Plus)

The Titan series from Caseology is both affordable and elegant with a rugged construction that is ready to protect your expensive device. With a sleek profile, the combination of a hard polycarbonate exterior mixed with a shock-absorbent interior TPU is a great design that is matched with an affordable price-point.