Best Apple Watch Bands

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2017
Get a unique look for your Apple Watch! With our list of the best watchbands, you can express your mood and change your style every day thanks to third-party manufacturers which make fashionable and high-quality products and don't break your budget. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
COMPATIBILITY
MATERIALS
CLOSURE TYPE
WRIST SIZE
WARRANTY
 
PROS
The shockproof case is designed to resist damage if you drop or knock the smartwatch.
CONS
The smartwatch may seem a bit bulky.
OUR VERDICT
This band with a protective case is perfect for those who lead an active lifestyle.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY
Apple Watch 42 mm
MATERIALS
Polycarbonate, Thermoplastic polyurethane, Metal buckle
CLOSURE TYPE
Buckle, Adjustable length
WRIST SIZE
~6" - 10"
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
Genuine cowhide leather provides high quality and comfortable feeling.
CONS
Leather band requires extra care and delicate handling.
OUR VERDICT
This classic band will highlight your neat and elegant look.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY
Apple Watch 42 mm
MATERIALS
Leather, Metal buckle
CLOSURE TYPE
Buckle, Adjustable length
WRIST SIZE
6.77" - 8.35"
WARRANTY
1 year
PROS
The strong magnetic clasp is the easiest way ever to fasten your watch.
CONS
It may get loose if you're doing any heavy activity.
OUR VERDICT
This awesome band will definitely attract people's attention.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY
Apple Watch 38 mm
MATERIALS
Stainless steel
CLOSURE TYPE
Magnetic clasp, Adjustable length
WRIST SIZE

6.10" - 9.45"

WARRANTY
1 year
PROS

Thanks to a design with lots of holes, the pin-and-tuck closure is almost invisible.

CONS

Getting used to the clasp may take some time.

OUR VERDICT

This unique silicone strap is perfect for those Apple Watch owners who are into sports.

detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY

Apple Watch 42 mm

MATERIALS

Soft silicone

CLOSURE TYPE

Pin-and-tuck clasp, Adjustable length

WRIST SIZE

6.3" - 8.3"

WARRANTY

18 months

PROS
The band is easy to open and close owing to a well-designed clasp.
CONS
It takes some time to adjust the length for the very first time.
OUR VERDICT
This Rolex-like bracelet will style up your Apple Watch in a luxurious way.
detailed parameters
COMPATIBILITY
Apple Watch 42 mm
MATERIALS
Stainless steel
CLOSURE TYPE
Metal clasp, Adjustable length
WRIST SIZE
~6" - 10"
WARRANTY
6 months

What is an Apple Watch Band

A watch wouldn’t be complete without a band as the time of pocket watches has passed many years ago, despite the fact that we still have those small watch pockets on our jeans. Nowadays, smartwatches become more and more popular and the ones developed by Apple are ranked number one, hence there are a lot of Apple Watch bands on the market. Here are five of the most selling bands that deserve your attention.

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Best Apple Watch Bands

What Features to Compare

Compatibility

This is the first thing you should pay attention to. Apple makes its watches in 2 sizes – 38mm and 42mm and unfortunately one band doesn’t fit both. The good news is, it’s common for manufacturers to produce each model in two size options. Nevertheless, doing the shopping online, it’s easy to overlook such a detail, so be sure to click on the right icon to avoid the disappointment of getting a wrong size.

Comfort

Another key point is that a watch should not cause any inconveniences while wearing it. To exclude the discomfort, you need to measure your wrist size properly. A perfectly fitted watch doesn't slide up and down your arm and doesn't leave marks on your skin; it has enough space between the band and the wrist for a finger to slide in but not more. Also, pay attention to the type of closure and choose the right one for you.

Material

The last but not least important factor is what an Apple Watch Band is made of. The material should be durable, pleasant to the touch and match your style. A wide range of models is available on the market to satisfy every taste. There are even special cases with wristbands to protect all sides of your smartwatch from scratches and bumps. If you’re an admirer of classics, there are a lot of straps made of leather and other premium materials.

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO

Perfect For Thrill-Seekers

Everything is great about Apple Watch and of course you want to keep it new as long as possible. To achieve this, Supcase made a special accessory. Take a closer look and you will see that it’s not just a watch band, it’s also a protective case. Made of durable polycarbonate, it covers all sides and corners of Apple Watch to save it from bumps and scratches, yet provides the access to the screen, side button, and digital crown without any inconveniences. A secure and flexible wristband guarantees comfortable wearing. Such ingenious 2-in-1 design is a really good find for those who are dedicated to sports, like active rest, or simply prefer sporty outfits.

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For All Occasions

Speaking of Apple Watch Bands, how could we not mention the smartwatch itself? On September 9, 2014, Apple presented a brand new device and 2 years later announced the upgraded version - Apple Watch Series 2. There are 3 collections: Apple Watch (with Sapphire glass and stainless steel body), Apple Watch Sport (more affordable version with the same hardware and functionality but less expensive materials), and Apple Watch Edition (the previous generation was available in 18-karat gold, but in view of high price and, as a consequence, low demand, Apple Watch Series 2 comes in ceramic body). Each collection is produced in 2 different screen sizes - 1.32 and 1.5 inches that, of course, leads to different sizes of cases – 38mm and 42 mm respectively. Among interesting features, we’d like to specify the capability to light up and turn off the display with the movement of a hand thanks to a built-in accelerometer. Actually, Apple Watch has a number of various sensors and still remains a compact and lightweight device. It’s intended for fitness purposes but handles communication and entertainment tasks as well. Overall, Apple Watch is designed for everyday use and, owing to a variety of different watch bands, matches any outfit.

Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO Apple Watch Protective Case in the use

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Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO
Supcase Unicorn Beetle PRO
 

Mkeke Leather

Premium Quality For Business People

Not only is Apple Watch a very useful gadget, it also enriches your style. To emphasize the image of a business person, take a look at Apple Watch Band by Mkeke. This high-quality leather strap, which, by the way, is also available in a black color, will definitely accent your elegance. Of course, such a classic model can come with nothing but a neat metal buckle. As for the size, with attached Apple Watch it’s minimum 6.5 and maximum 8.2 inches in diameter. Wearing this band, you will feel nothing but comfort. It matches conservative suits and leather shoes perfectly.

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Interesting to Know

There are some facts about time that really amaze and we’d like to share with you the most interesting ones.

  • Think about it: an Egyptian queen Cleopatra lived even closer in time to the opening of the very first McDonald's restaurant than the building of the Great Pyramid. Fascinating, isn’t it?
  • There was a case in 1582 when Catholic Europe went to sleep on October 4 and woke up in 11 days. The explanation for this lies in the Gregorian calendar reform.
  • There are so many talks about the colonization of Mars. It’s hard to tell whether it will be accomplished or not, but still, if positive, getting used to a new solar day wouldn’t be a problem as it’s only 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth.
  • How do you like the idea of taking a 3.5-hour step? Due to the notion of a time zone, it’s easy to perform – simply cross the border between Afghanistan and China to make the fastest trip through time.

Mkeke Leather Apple Watch Band in the use

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Apple Watch Stand is a perfectly designed wooden stand for charging your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously.

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Mkeke Leather
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Penom Stainless Steel and Fully Magnetic

Something Special

Steel and flexibility don’t often go together, but Penom Apple Watch Band is another story. This woven stainless steel mesh will comfortably wrap your wrist as tight as you wish. Strong magnetic closure securely fastens in the easiest way possible and allows you to conveniently adjust the length. The band suits 38mm Apple Watch and fits great on both small and big wrists. Besides, the same strap is available for 42mm Apple Watch owners. A wear-proof material leaves behind the durability issues, so the only reason for buying another band will be a wish for something brand-new. We have no doubt that such a stylish watch band can’t go unnoticed, so be ready to attract people’s attention.

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Invention of a Wristwatch

One of the earliest reference of a wristwatch dates back to 1571 when Queen Elizabeth I received a gift from her favorite, Robert Dudley. It was a watch decorated with jewels and pearls and meant to be worn on the arm. From then on, such wristlets were considered solely women’s accessories, until the end of the 19th century when men came across the idea that it’s much more convenient to wear wrist watches instead of pocket ones during military operations. Originally, manufacturers of leather goods designed special wrist straps for pocket watches, and at the beginning of the 20th century, first wristwatches appeared, although there is no general agreement on who was the very first inventor.

Penom Stainless Steel and Fully Magnetic Apple Watch Band in the use

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Take a look at this stylish and ergonomic Apple Watch Stand by Tranesca which will keep your smartwatch safe when you're not wearing it.

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Penom Stainless Steel and Fully Magnetic
Penom Stainless Steel and Fully Magnetic
 

OULUOQI Soft Silicone

It Is High Time for Innovations

If you are fed up with standard leather or metal bands, you could try something new and purchase a model from OULUOQI.

The distinguishing feature of this accessory is a color of through holes. To increase impact, the manufacturer offers 4 color solutions based on contrast: black band with gray holes, black with yellow holes, gray with yellow holes, and gray with white holes. The band also uses a fancy metal pin-and-tuck clasp which is almost invisible and, therefore, makes the strap quite extraordinary.

As for the band length, the M/L size fits the wrist diameter from 6.3 to 8.3 inches. Of course, you can adjust the appropriate length. If you have a smaller wrist, it is better to take S/M (for a wrist of 5.5 - 7.5 inches). This model is just the thing for the Sport Apple Watch series, but, surely, you can wear it in any way you like. The main thing is to look stylish, isn`t it?

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Working out With Your Personal Trainer

People who are into sports understand that usability is everything. Everybody knows that the Apple Watch can be a brilliant personal trainer. If you are going to use it for this task, the watch should be on the wrist during all the workouts, and therefore the strap should be as comfortable as possible. This model is just it! Made of a very strong yet soft silicone, the strap will feel like second skin. Moreover, you can also choose a watch with a protective silicone case or purchase this case separately (it is removable). Having worn this protection, you have no reasons to worry about your gadget even during intensive training. It's worth saying that the case comes in several colors, so you can create your own extraordinary style.

OULUOQI Soft Silicone Replacement Band for Apple Watch in the use

Absolute Protection

If you are very active and unpredictable person, it is better to provide reliable protection for your gadgets. As for the phone, we recommend you to look through our review on waterproof cases for smartphones and iPhones. 

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OULUOQI Soft Silicone
OULUOQI Soft Silicone
 

JETech Stainless Steel Strap

Get People's Attention

From an etiquette point of view, we need to warn you: it will be harder to resist the temptation to show off your Apple Watch with this refined strap by JETech. It’s pretty understandable because such a stylish wristband is definitely worth flaunting. Premium stainless steel will please you with durability and comfort of wearing. To get the bracelet sized, the customer provides each item with a special tool, so you can easily adjust the length by removing the links. This third-party band is the perfect alternative to the original Apple which will give your watch the same elegant look, but at a much lower price.

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Major Update

On September 7, 2016, besides the wonderful products, Apple announced the upgraded operating system for its smartwatch.The key feature of watchOS 3 is a much faster performance: now apps launch instantly with updated information, plus they’re easier to access. The side button doesn’t bring up quick contacts anymore, now it gets you to the Dock which provides an access to your favorite apps. Speaking of which, there are some new Breathe, Reminders, Find Friends, Heart Rate, and Home apps and some redesigned ones – Workout app now supports a wheelchair mode, Activity app allows sharing your workout information with friends to compete with them. Also, Apple added new watch faces and changed the way of switching them. It’s worth mentioning a new useful SOS feature which calls emergency services when the side button is pressed and held. Overall, now we have even more reasons to love Apple Watch.

JETech Stainless Steel Strap Wrist Band in the use

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An aluminum case by Unique will perfectly fit your smartwatch and protect it against bumps and scratches.

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JETech Stainless Steel Strap
JETech Stainless Steel Strap
 

Sources:

1. Rene Ritchie Which Apple Watch band should you get? iMore. March 21, 2015.

2. Craig Lloyd Which Apple Watch Band Should You Buy? GottaBeMobile. February 20, 2016.

3. Leah Yamshon Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that’s right for you, Macworld. March 11, 2015.

4. Lory Gil How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size, MacRumors. March 19, 2015.

5. Matt Swider Apple Watch bands: all 38 straps, sizes and case configurations, TechRadar. May 21, 2015.

6. Dan Graziano How to swap bands on the Apple Watch, CNET. April 24, 2015.

7. Fasten your Apple Watch band, Apple. September 15, 2016.

8. Jason Fitzpatrick How to Change Your Apple Watch Band (Without Spending a Ton), How-To Geek. October 23, 2015.

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