worker washing Cat S42 H+ in sink under running water

In today’s new normal, you can’t be too careful when it comes to concerns about hygiene. Cellphones are a particular risk as they go in and out of our hands and they often come in close proximity to our faces. And, more often than not, they’re used while they’re uncovered.

Fortunately, there’s a whole category of mobile devices that takes this into account. Hygienic phones make keeping your mobile devices sanitized a breeze.

Top Hygienic Phones

Below is a list of the top hygienic phones currently available on the market, along with a short review of their features.

CAT S42 H+

S42 H+

If hygiene is a real concern, then the CAT S42 H+ is the best choice around. With a silver ion-enhanced body made to resist germs and bacteria, this is truly a phone made with hygienics in mind.

The phone’s silver ion germ defense exterior isn’t the only way it helps resist the buildup of dirt. With a bleach and chemical-resistant surface, you can use any cleaning solution of your choice to keep the CAT S42 H+ sanitized.

The device also has an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and IP69, along with a military standard rating of MIL-STD-810H. Being submerged in 5 feet of water for up to 35 minutes poses no problem, nor is being dropped from heights of 6 feet onto steel.

The CAT S42 H+ has a 4,200 mAh battery that gives users up to 2 days of use. It runs on the Android 10 operating system, which can be upgraded to Android 11. With the 1.8 GHz Mediatek Helio quad-core chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32 GB of internal storage, the phone can manage most current applications. The device has a rear-facing 13-megapixel camera and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera.

Unihertz Atom XL

Unihertz atom xl rugged device with extender

A mid-range phone for those that spend a lot of time outdoors, the Unihertz Atom XL is a combination of walkie-talkie and smartphone for use in areas that may lack network connections. Designed with extreme conditions in mind, this phone is easy to clean and maintain.

The Unihertz Atom XL has an Ingress Protection rating of IP68, along with a military standard rating of MIL-STD-810G. This means that not only can it withstand dirt, sand, and dust, it’s resistant to moisture and can even survive being submerged in water of up to 5 feet for as long as 30 minutes.

This means that cleaning this phone is as easy as wiping it down with a damp cloth, or even giving it a power wash if ever the need arises.

The phone has a 2.0 GHz Mediatek Helio P60 octa-core processor, along with 6GB of RAM and 126 GB of internal memory. A MicroSD slot is also available should the user wish to add additional storage. The Atom XL has dual nano-SIM slots that enable users to use two networks simultaneously.

The device comes with a 4,800mAh battery which ensures hours of uninterrupted talk time. Fast charging support allows the phone to reach a full battery in half the time compared to normal phones.

The special feature of this particular rugged phone is the walkie-talkie function that can connect users with other Atom XLs or walkie-talkies even without an internet connection.

Blackview BV9900 Pro

Blackview BV9900 Pro

If freezing temperatures are a problem in your area, then the Blackview BV9900 Pro has your back. With its IceMode feature, having your phone withstand up to -22°F won’t be an issue.

With an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and IP69K, along with a military standard of MIL-STD-810G, the phone can handle any amount of dirt without much trouble. The Blackview BV9900 Pro is moisture-resistant and waterproof, making cleaning a simple affair. Just wipe down the phone with a damp cloth and you’re done.

The phone comes with a 4,380 mAh battery offering up to 28 hours of uninterrupted talk time. Wireless charging is also supported, eliminating the inconvenience of wires and cords.

The BV9900 Pro runs with a MediaTek Helio P90 (MT6779V/CE) octa-core processor, with 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory. It operates on the Android 10 system.

The Blackview BV9900 Pro comes with a lot of features that make it a very appealing device. It has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera, a 48-megapixel Sony Ultra Clear rear-facing camera, and a FLIR thermal imaging camera to boot. Taking images of all types is just a few fingers swipes away.

Doogee S97 Pro

Doogee 97 Pro

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line phone that’s both tough and easy to keep clean, then the Doogee S97 Pro is well worth the attention. With multiple cameras and a long-lasting battery, this device is just as versatile as it is reliable.

With an Ingress protection rating of IP68 and IP69K along with a military standard grade of MIL-STD-810G, the Doogee S97 Pro can withstand practically any extreme environment you can expose it to. With an operating temperature range of between -67°F and 158°F, this phone keeps on going in any climate.

Keeping this phone clean won’t be a problem, as you can easily wash it whenever it gets too dirty. It can withstand being kept submerged in 5 feet of water for up to two hours, or a whole day in water under 3 feet.

Being dropped from heights of 5 feet, even onto concrete won’t be an issue, as this phone has been built to withstand impacts at this height.

The Doogee S97 Pro boasts an 8,500 mAh high-capacity battery that gives you up to 47 hours of uninterrupted talk time. Both fast charging and wireless charging are supported for your convenience. The phone comes with a 2.0 GHz Helio G95 octa-core Chipset, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal memory.

The phone has some interesting features that turn it into a versatile tool. It has a 16-megapixel front-facing camera and 4-megapixel rear-facing cameras for a variety of applications. A 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel portrait camera are also included.

The phone also comes with a 40-meter laser rangefinder that gives accurate measurements of distances.

Ulefone Armor 10 5G

 Ulefone Armor 10 5

Touting itself as the world’s first rugged 5G mobile device, the Ulefone Armor 10 5G is for those that want a hygienic next-gen phone. Packed with many features, it’s certainly for users who want a lot of functionality from their gadgets.

In addition to an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and IP69K, the Ulefone Armor 10 5G is dirtproof, shockproof, and waterproof. As with other IP68 and IP69K phones, it can be submerged in up to 5 feet of water for 30 minutes without damage. Cleaning this phone whenever it gets dirty is as simple as giving it a quick wash.

The phone has an impressive 8,500 mAh battery that lasts for 17 hours of uninterrupted talk time. The device supports both wireless and fast charging, making it easy to keep powered at all times. The phone runs on a 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6873 Dimensity 800 5G octa-core chipset and an Android 10 operating system with planned upgrades to Android 11.

The phone features a single-front facing 16-megapixel camera, along with four different rear-facing cameras. The 64-megapixel main camera, the 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, the 5-megapixel macro camera, and the 2-megapixel portrait camera gives photo enthusiasts a lot to choose from.

Nokia XR20

Nokia XR20

Nokia is a brand that has always been known for the toughest phones. The Nokia XR20 lives up to that reputation, built to withstand the toughest of tasks.

This Nokia has an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and a military standard grade of MIL-STD-810H. It’s made to resist dirt and make cleaning very easy. Able to withstand the submersion of up to 5 feet of water for an hour, you can even power wash this phone if it ever gets dirty. You don’t have to worry about dropping it either as it’s made to resist falls from 6 feet, even onto concrete.

The 4,630 mAh battery supports both quick and wireless charging. The 2.0 GHz Qualcomm SM4350 Snapdragon 480 5G octa-core processors run on the Android 11 operating system, with guaranteed updates for up to 3 years.

The phone comes in two variations: 4GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, 6GB RAM, and 128GB of internal memory. Storage expansion is also available via the microSD slot.

The device has a single front-facing 8-megapixel camera, a main 48-megapixel camera rear-facing camera, and an ultrawide rear-facing 13-megapixel camera. The phone comes with an accelerometer, a proximity sensor, a gyroscope, a compass, and a barometer.

Oukitel WP8 Pro

Oukitel WP8 Pro

Boasting a larger screen and thinner body in comparison with other rugged hygienic phones on the market, the Oukitel WP8 Pro was designed to be tough, but easy to use. If you want a phone that’s both strong and stylish, the WP8 Pro might be the one for you.

It offers an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and IP69K along with a military standard grade of MIL-STD-810G. And cleaning this phone is as simple as washing it with soap and water. It can withstand being submerged for 2 hours in 5 feet of water and being dropped from a height of 5 feet, even onto concrete.

The WP8 Pro has a 5,000 mAh battery which provides users with up to 40 hours of uninterrupted talk time. The phone also supports fast charging.

The phone has a 1.8GHz MediaTek MT6762D, Cortex A53 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. It uses the Android 10 operating system.

The phone has one front-facing 8-megapixel camera, and one rear-facing 16-megapixel main camera with two 2-megapixel additional rear cameras.

The device comes with a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer. A gyroscope, a compass, and geomagnetic sensors are also included.

CAT S62 Pro

Cat S62 Pro

Touted as the ultimate work phone, the CAT S62 Pro is designed for users who frequent unsanitary environments. With its ease of cleaning and rugged build, it can survive even the toughest jobs.

At an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and IP69, with a military standard grade of MIL-STD-810H, it can be submerged for up to 35 minutes in 5 feet of water. The device has also been made to withstand falls of 6 feet onto steel surfaces. Cleaning this phone can be done by rubbing it with a damp cloth, or even washing it with soap and water.

The CAT S62 Pro has a 4,000 mAh battery, which provides up to two days of operating time. Its 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, along with 6GB of RAM, allows it to run a multitude of programs. It uses the Android 11 operating system and has 128GB of internal memory. Storage can be extended via a microSD card up to 256 GB.

This device boasts a FLIR Thermal Lepton 3.5 sensor camera along with an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, and gyroscope.

CAT S22 Flip

CAT S22 Flip Infographic and Open Phone

If you want a simple but versatile hygienic phone, the CAT S22 Flip fits the bill perfectly. Meant to withstand the roughest of activities, this phone was surely made to last.

The phone has an Ingress Protection rating of IP68 and a military standard grade of MIL-STD-810H. It can withstand falls from 6 feet onto steel and being submerged in 5 feet of water for up to 35 minutes. This device has been tested to withstand bleach, alcohol, and other abrasive chemicals. Cleaning this phone is as simple as getting a wet wipe and rubbing the phone clean.

The CAT S22 has a 2,000 mAh removable Lithium-Ion battery and supports Pogo Pin charging. The 1.3 GHz Qualcomm 215 quad-core processor comes with 2GB of RAM along with 16 GB of memory. A MicroSD slot is available for storage expansion of up to 128 GB. This phone runs on the Android 11 Go Edition operating system.

The phone features a 5-megapixel rear-facing main camera and a front-facing 2-megapixel camera. It also has a proximity sensor, an ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, and a barometer.

Sonim RS60

Sonim RS60 Mobile Computer Scanner Energy Electronics Rugged Tablet

When what you need is a reliable and durable hygienic mobile computer, the Sonim RS60 is another excellent choice. With a built-in SmartScanner, this is an adaptable work tool for most activities.

Its Ingress Protection rating of IP67 may not be as tough as the other devices on this list but it still can withstand immersion in water of up to 3 feet for a limited time. Wiping this phone down with a damp cloth won’t present any problems, though totally washing it isn’t recommended.

The device has an 8,000 mAh battery, ensuring long hours of operation, and it supports quick charging. It has a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8953 Pro, octa-core chipset along with 4 GB of RAM. It has 45GB of user memory available, which can be expanded to 256GB via the microSD slot.

The device features a high-performance barcode scanner, two built-in cameras, a 13-megapixel rear-facing main camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

How to Make a Regular Phone Hygienic

washing S42 H+ in hot water with steam

If you own a regular phone, you can attempt to keep it sanitary, but it won’t be as simple as it is with a hygienic phone.

Regular phones are sensitive to moisture and will malfunction or outright break if you try to wash them. Rubbing them with a dry cloth isn’t recommended either, as touchscreens are sensitive to friction, and will lose sensitivity over time when treated roughly.

The best you can do is to use a microfiber cloth to wipe away any dirt on the surface. If you want to try and remove germs and bacteria, you can dilute alcohol with distilled water and place a few drops on the microfiber cloth. Never apply any liquid directly on the phone, as the smallest amount of liquids can cause damage.

Another solution would be to buy a waterproof case and wash the phone with that instead. It might not be the most convenient solution, but it does work.

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Sanitizing the CAT S42H+ for medical use

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