Which of these iPhones is best for your individual needs?

Which Used iPhone is Best for Me?

Find out which refurbished iPhone you should buy and why

Why Used iPhones are the Way to Go

If you’re buying a new iPhone, you don’t really have too many options. There are only a handful of current models being offered, and probably only one that really fits your needs and budget. However, once you look at the used/refurbished market, you'll start to realize that you have many more choices. You’ll start to see iPhones with bigger screens, smaller screens, notched screens, no screens… Well ok, I don’t think Apple has made an iPhone without a screen yet, but I hear there’s one coming next year! (jk, I hope that never happens.)  

Anyways, we’ve compiled this list to give you the best refurbished iPhone for you depending on your needs :)

Fun Fact: Did you know that despite the iPhone 5S being released in 2013, it regularly received the newest updates until 2019 when iOS 13 was released? That’s a very long time for a device to be on the cutting edge! iPhones are updated for much longer than Android phones and thus hold their value better. Yay for refurbished iPhones!

We hope you keep reading, but check out these cheap iPhone deals if you're in a rush!

1. The Young Hustler

We all know that person who is always on the move, has a full schedule, and just generally needs a phone that is compact and functional. For this kind of archetype, we suggest the iconic iPhone SE. Its biggest pros? You can type one-handed. You have a headphone jack. It’s virtually indestructible. It looks dope. Cons? It’s not the fastest iPhone anymore due to its age. There are iPhones with bigger batteries. And you might want a bigger screen if you watch a lot of videos.


  • Classic design (any vintage fans out there?)
  • Amazing ergonomics
  • Headphone jack (who doesn't love old-school wired headphones?)


  • Small screen
  • Aging internals (this iPhone is from 2016)

Looking for a new set of headphones? Back Market's selection of refurbished headphones is pretty amazing. Wait, did I just see a pair of Beats for $30?

2. The Light User

This category is for that person that only uses their phone when they really need to. They probably don’t use the browser too much, let alone watch videos or use any complex apps. They just want an iPhone that is simple, functional, and reliable. The refurbished iPhone 7 and 8 are both very similar and you’d probably be happy with either one if you fit into this category.


  • Adequate screen
  • Comfortable form factor
  • Quick performance


  • No bells or whistles compared to higher-tier iPhones (like the X or XS Max)

Fun fact: The iPhone 7 has a metal back while the iPhone 8 has a glass one (for wireless charging). So if you want a more rugged iPhone, get the 7. If you want wireless charging, go for the 8!


3. The Cool Geek and/or Gamer

If you fit this mold, you probably know some computer code and/or probably like tweaking your device—maybe you even jailbroke your last iPhone? You’re going to want an iPhone that’s powerful, has a big screen, and displays some really nice colors on that screen. I think the refurbished iPhone XS Max is the answer to your prayers. Also, I would suggest getting one with more memory (at least 128GB should be safe) so that you have space to install a ton of games and other apps. 


  • Fast processor
  • Biggg screen 
  • OLED screen technology for INTENSE colors (ohhh yeahhh)


  • Pricier than other comparable iPhones with smaller screens
  • Yup, just the price really (this phone is super sick, dude)

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4. The Social Media Lover

Instagram. Facebook. Twitter. TikTok. These are at the forefront of your day—and who can blame you? You like staying connected, you love people, and you’re always on top of what’s going on around you. Sounds like you need an iPhone XR. 


  • Big screen for viewing content
  • Amazing battery life


  • Hard to use with one hand
  • Surprisingly thick—especially if you put on a case

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5. The Musician/Music Junkie

BOOM BOOM CLAP. That’s the sound of your day, and chances are, you were probably quite displeased when Apple decided to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone. You know that you can use a dongle to adapt that really nice pair of wired headphones you already own, but that’s lame, bro. You really just want an iPhone with a 3.5mm jack, is that really too much to ask?

Considering the iPhone 6S was the last iPhone that was released with a headphone jack, the iPhone 6S is probably the iPhone you should get.


  • Headphone jack
  • Sturdy build
  • Runs iOS 13
  • You can find it for around $100


  • Aging internals (this iPhone is from 2015)
  • Probably won't get iOS 14

Hey man, since you're a cool musician you may also want an equally cool set of refurbished speakers?

6. The Business Professional

So you have a ton of meetings to go to and things to do, and you need a phone that can keep up with your lifestyle. I would suggest the iPhone X because it’s sleek, quick, and still cutting edge. You want to stay current without breaking the bank.

At the time of writing, I found one for under $400, which is pretty ridiculous (in a good way) because this looks and feels like the iPhone 11 Pro which is currently being sold for over $1,000. Also, when this was released in 2017, it retailed for $1,000. Yo, I don't mean to sound churchy, but is Back Market a gift from heaven?


  • Notched full-screen display
  • OLED screen
  • Nice ergonomics for one-handed use


  • Somewhat fragile (please do not use without a case)

I can’t be serious enough about warning you to put a case on this phone. Not only is it relatively sensitive, but it costs over $500 to replace the back glass if it cracks! But aside from this, the iPhone X is a truly great phone.

Why Back Market?

We're trying to take the risk factor out of the refurbished electronics market. We enforce strict quality controls on our sellers, and include free 1-year warranties with everything you see on our website :) We want you to keep your peace of mind, that's the Back Market way.

Couldn't find an iPhone for you? Maybe you're an Android person? Not a problem, we have some fresh refurbished Android deals as well, and we even include a pound of shepherd's pie with every refurbished Android phone! No, I'm not being serious, but I am hungry.

Are you a student? Do you love good deals? Well, do I have a deal for you! Back Market gives 6% off all purchases for students! Raise your hands and scream if you love student discounts!

The kind of guy that likes technology a little too much and can't stop talking about it. Good thing I work at Back Market :D

Andre, Content Manager