The Nintendo Switch is the smallest of the big three consoles of this generation. That’s because it can switch between docked and handheld mode, hence the name. However, the smaller size and that versatility mean that it needs more care than your average home console.
While durability isn’t really a concern with Playstation or Xbox, the switch can be prone to damage because of the exposed screen. With that said, that concern isn’t just limited to handheld users. Some players have reported that after a long period of time, inserting the switch into its dock has left marks and scratches on the display.
There’s an obvious solution to this, and it comes in the form of a screen protector. Due to the Switch’s popularity, there are a lot out there. However, we have narrowed down the list for you. Here are 5 of the best Nintendo Switch screen protectors so you can protect the display from wear and tear.
The Spigen Tempered Glass Screen protector takes the top spot on our list. It’s an easy win as well since Spigen is one of the more popular cases and screen protector bands out there. However Spigen isn’t all talk, and they stand behind their products. The difference in quality compared to others on the market is remarkable.
This screen protector comes in with a 9H hardness on the Mohs scale of hardness. This means that it won’t scratch easily, and you can throw it in a bag, even with keys. Obviously, we recommend against that, but if you’re in a hurry be confident that scratches are nothing to worry about. Material-wise, this screen protector uses tempered glass.
Tempered glass provides incredible clarity for a screen protector. It does not spoil the colors on the screen. The cutout is precise, and it covers the whole screen area. While cheaper protectors will cause a rainbow effect, it’s not an issue with this one. It’s also smudge-free on top of all that.
If you are someone who uses the touchscreen, you’ll be happy to know that it feels just as responsive as without a screen protector. The edges are curved too, which we don’t normally see with tempered glass screen protectors. It is relatively easy to apply but just make sure to clean the screen properly beforehand.
All in all, this is without a doubt the best screen protector out there for the Switch. They even include 2 screen protectors, in case you mess up the first time.
If you are the type of person who tends to go through screen protectors quickly, this is the one to get. While it’s not far ahead of the competition in terms of quality, you get a lot of bang for your buck. It works with the original launch switch, as well as the newer red box models.
Tempered glass makes an appearance once again here. It has quickly become a popular material to use on screens, as it provides the utmost clarity. iVoler claims that this screen protection has 99.9% transparency, and in reality, it’s hard to spot a difference. So, thankfully, the viewing experience still feels just as normal as with the naked screen.
While this screen protector is quite thin at 0.3mm, it is reliable and quite tough. The thinness means that the touchscreen feels responsive too, and there is no noticeable air gap. You won’t be scratching this one with car keys either, as it has a hardness rating of 9H.
iVoler added an oleophobic coating on top, so smudges and fingerprints are not an issue. The naked screen can be a fingerprint magnet, so this is a nice solution. This particular pack includes a lot of accessories as well, which you may or may not need for installation.
The only con we can think of is the ever so slight glare on the protector. Indirect sunlight, the screen can be a tad bit hard to look at it. It’s still playable and looks decent, but the difference is noticeable. Keep this in mind while purchasing, especially if you are a purist when it comes to image quality.
The amFilm Tempered Glass screen protector is by far the most popular choice out there. Since they also made a version for the Switch lite, this product has been flying off the shelves. It also happens to be the most common option that retail stores offer, so that explains its popularity.
At the end of the day, a screen protector is supposed to withstand damage for your display. That’s exactly where this product excels. It is by far the most durable one out there and has saved a lot of switches even since the launch of the original system. People have even dropped it on concrete, and it saved their screen.
Apart from the great durability, it has all of the things you’d expect from a premium screen protector at this point. It has perfect transparency and provides an optimal viewing experience. The difference in image quality is not discernible. Glare is a non-issue, and it works completely fine with the sensitivity of the touch-screen.
You get 2 screen protectors, wet wipes, a cleaning cloth, squeeze card, hinge stickers, and of course, an installation guide. The actual installation is where some might hit a roadblock. It’s not extremely difficult, but be patient with it and take your time. It can be hard to get right the first time around, thankfully they include 2 screen protectors.
If you can get past the installation, you’ll have an excellent screen protector on your hand. Actually, one of the absolute best in terms of durability.
Up next we have the JETech screen protector. This screen protector is not going to blow your mind in any way, but it does undercut the competition slightly. If you’re not a purist, then you won’t be disappointed at all with its slight downfalls. It’s an excellent screen protector for the money regardless.
Let’s start with the good stuff. This screen protector consists of high-quality 0.33mm thick tempered glass. It has a hard resistance just like the more expensive ones out there. Numbers don’t lie, and the 9H hardness means it can take a beating for sure.
The screen protector is highly responsive and has great transparency. Dust, fingerprints, and other nasty materials won’t accumulate on it any time soon. They even include everything you’d ever need for installation, so they’re not skimping out here.
The oleophobic coating on it is not exactly the best out there. While that could be offputting to some, it’s won’t be noticeable to the average person. A bigger issue is the difficult installation. The cutout is extremely precise, which means you don’t have much wiggle room. If you remove it one too many times, the protector does start to deteriorate.
The pricier screen protectors certainly have their place, but if you’re trying to save just a few dollars, the JETech screen protector is not a bad option.
Last but not least, we have a thinner option for those of you don’t want any extra bulk. The MaxBoost Nintendo Switch Flexible screen protector is barely noticeable. This is great for those who just want to protect their Switch from the occasional scratches, and not much else. It’s fairly affordable on top of that.
This certain screen protector is so thin that is guaranteed to work the dock. It doesn’t even matter if you have a case on your Switch, this protector will not interfere. At 0.1mm it is basically paper-thin, and it is also quite flexible. The touch accuracy is top-notch, which we were worried about since this is entirely made of plastic.
In terms of image quality, there is little to no rainbow effect, and glare is not an issue. Image clarity is also quite good, and it does not distort the image that much. It doesn’t do a great job of preventing fingerprints but it still does it better than an exposed screen.
Protection-wise, sure it’s not a whole lot. But if you are someone who takes good care of their products, and just needs something thin to make your Switch look good, this is the one to get. Keep in mind that it is more difficult to install than it”s tempered glass rivals. Since it is so flexible, it does tend to move around during installation.