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Style it out: The best accessories for your new Apple Watch

The top straps, charging docks, cases and more for your Apple smartwatch

Whether you've recently spent your hard-earned money on an Apple Watch Series 3, or you're rocking one of the older versions of the company's smartwatch, it's likely that you're in the market for some nifty accessories to pair alongside it.

And like any gadget worth getting giddy about, there's a mass of Apple Watch accessories out there to let you pimp your wrist wear to enviable levels.

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So, whether you're after on-the-go power, some fresh bands or simply a place for your wearable to live at night, there's an add-on out there for you. But with so many to choose from, which should you plump for first? Well, read on below for some of the best Apple Watch accessories you can buy right now.

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Best Apple Watch docking stations

Belkin PowerHouse

15 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

If you have an Apple Watch, that also means you have an iPhone. And since we're not yet at the point where our smart companions can make it a day without charging, it's worth considering an docking station that helps you kill two birds with one stone.

Enter the Belkin Valet. Unlike its counterparts, this charging dock nicely integrates both the Lightning charging cable and the Apple Watch's charging puck, meaning you don't have to faff around with your wires. However, be aware that this is still one of the most expensive entries in this crop, despite different versions of the two-in-one now being available for a couple of years.

If you're already happy with your current iPhone charging system, you can also pick up the Belkin Valet, which caters for just the Apple Watch.

$89.99, belkin.com | Amazon

Native Union DOCK Marble Edition

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Nightly charging made easy. That's what this slab of an Apple Watch dock offers. Doing away with unsightly cables and unnecessary elaboration, it hides the magnetic charging pad in a round, rotatable protrusion from its solid, square base.

As much as small-scale art installation as a charger, it boasts a design that will fit in with any contemporary home, with both black and white bits of rock available. Short on space on your nightstand? No worries, it can be positioned both upright or laying flat, each letting you make the most of your watch's nightstand mode.

$129.99, nativunion.com | Amazon

Nomad Charging Dock

15 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Considering the price, the Nomad stand is one of the best looking and most simplistic designs on the market. Cables are virtually made invisible, and the aluminium look (available in both silver and grey) goes nicely with the standard version of the Watch and lamps you have on a bedside table.

$24.99, hellonomad.com | Amazon

WatchKeeper

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

If you want to be able to keep your Apple Watch safe and charge it at the same time, then WatchKeeper ticks all the boxes. The stylish container comes in black or tan and is perfect for the wearable owner on the move: the MagSafe connector and charging cable fit neatly under the watch while it's stored.

When you're wearing your Apple Watch (which is likely most of the time), you can use the case to keep the cable and charger tidy. WatchKeeper has a protective leather finish with a steel unibody core that should keep your precious smartwatch safe from harm.

$59.95, studioproper.com

Elago W3

15 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

A bit of a novelty for this cheaper entry, but one that we expect diehard Apple fans will be on board with. That's right, the Elago W3 is actually based on the design of an old school Macintosh, with the back opening up to allow your Apple Watch to sit in the screen gap.

There's no fancy way to store the wire behind the display (just like the Mac itself, in a way), but this is certainly one that'll be strong addition to your bedside table, along with the rest of your recharging gizmos.

$9.99, elago.com | Amazon

Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock

15 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

We'll throw this one in at the end here, since many of you will no doubt be interested by the lure of Apple's official charging dock.

The downside here, like with all of Apple's products, is that it doesn't come cheap. But, again, like with all of Apple's products, it does have the simple elegance that could see you favour it over some of the third-party options listed above. Users can sit the Watch flat or on its side, meaning its also helps the device double up as an alarm clock.

$79, apple.com | Amazon

Best Apple Watch protective cases

Spiegen Tough Armor Case

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Your Apple Watch is a beautiful bit of kit. The difficult part is keeping it that way, especially if you're going mountain biking, rock climbing or just doing some DIY. This hard-wearing, ruggedised case means you can keep it strapped to your wrist, feeding you notifications and capturing your fitness data, without the worry of unsightly scuffs and scratches.

Crafted from TPU and polycarbonate, it will protect your watch from stray branches, accidental knocks and falls, all without interfering with your standard strap. Air Cushion Technology further helps big up the protection while keeping it relatively thin. Leaving all the Watch's controls open and accessible, a 2mm lip further helps protect the screen from scratches.

$24.99, spigen.com | Amazon

TwelveSouth Action Sleeve

The best Apple Watch cases for added protection

Not every entry is here to just solely keep your Apple Watch safe - some manage to double up and give you a bit more practicality, too. Take the TwelveSouth Actions sleeve, for example.

Maybe you're on the punchbag in the gym, or maybe you just don't like having something around your wrist when lifting weights due to knocks or arm tension; either way, this allows you to attach the Watch's core to the upper arm belt in a similar way to how you would with a smartphone, and you can still check progress, pause your activity and mix up your music as normal.

$29.99, twelvesouth.com | Amazon

Bucardo Pinstripe Pocket Watch for Apple Watch

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Hipsters, rejoice. There's another way to wear your Apple Watch and this one will make you look like you're straight out of Bugsy Malone. Sliding into the band slots of your Apple Watch, this pocket watch case covers the screen with a flip-open metal lid.

With 38mm and 42mm Watch-friendly options available, the engraved pocket watches come in a couple of silver and gold designs, each with a 15-inch colour-matched chains. It's not perfect for runs, but you'll be the most fashionable at the party, and that front cover means it should be protected from any bumps or scratches.

$199, bucardo.com | Amazon

Catalyst Rescue Ranger

The best Apple Watch cases for added protection

If you've not yet upgraded your Watch from the original or the Series 1, you're going to want to make sure your device is waterproof. And that's what this IP68 certified case is for.

The rough, tough, overside of Catalyst's Rescue Ranger is a case and moulded strap in one, coming sturdy enough to withstand the biggest of drops. It's not the cheapest case out there - not even close - but it's also cheaper than the cost of upgrading to a later edition just for waterproofing.

$59.99, catalystlifestyle.com | Amazon

i-Blason New Unity

15 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Similar to Catalyst's option above, the i-Blason New Unity comes as a protective piece and a strap in the same package. You won't be getting the same kind of waterproofing, hence the cheaper price point, but this sporty option is available in six colours and the outer shell still gives you adequate protection against drops and bumps.

$12, i-blason.com | Amazon

Best Apple Watch straps

Pad & Quill Lowry Cuff

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Picking the right Apple Watch strap is tricky business. With a style that can take you from board meetings to a night on the town, though, this fat leather cuff offers something that will only look better with wear. Hewn from full-grain, vegetable-tanned leather, the luxurious Lowry Cuff is compatible with the 42mm Apple Watch, and fits 125-215mm wrists.

Three colour options (tan, brown and black) help fit your personal style, with rugged, hand-finished stitching giving the strap a unique look. Finished with a metal buckle colour-matched to your watch, a suede underside ensures comfort all day long.

$129.95, padandquill.com


Meridio

Best Apple Watch bands: Third party straps to pimp your watch for less

You naturally receive a premium feel with Apple's own leather bands, but Italian third-party strap-maker Meridio gets about as close as you can to replicating the same luxury.

Whether its from the standard leather collection or the wacky options fashioned from pythons, crocodiles or...ostriches, these are durable and stylish way to accessorise you Apple Watch. Just also note the price when comparing them to other options at your disposal - these don't come cheap.

From $78.99, meridioband.com

Casetify

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

No one knows better than you what your perfect Apple Watch strap is going to look like, so why not design your own? That's exactly what Casetify lets you do: you can pick a photo from Instagram, Facebook or your computer to create your own strap through Casetify's website or smartphone app.

You can also select from a variety of layouts once you have the image you want, or choose one of Casetify's suggested strap designs if you find yourself stuck for inspiration. The ordering process lets you specify whether you're getting a 38mm or a 42mm Apple Watch and free shipping is available.

$70, casetify.com

KardiaBand

15 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

Apple really wants the Apple Watch to be the ultimate health accessory, and right now no Apple Watch accessory makes that more possible than the FDA-approved KardiaBand.

The band contains an electrocardiogram sensor that detects electrical activity produced by the heartbeat. This is medical-grade technology that's used by hospitals all around the world, and it's here on your wrist. It can even detect abnormal heart rhythms and conditions like atrial fibrillation. In addition to buying the band, you can sign up for KardiaGuard, a $99 per year subscription service that unlocks monthly EKG readings.

$199, alivecor.com

Nike+ Sport Band

Best Apple Watch straps: Third party bands to pimp your watch for less

After initially only being available through the purchase of a Nike+ edition of the Apple Watch, the company is now much more open about letting you pick up one of the perforated bands.

These are naturally best suited to your sporty jaunts, and does feel much better on the wrist than the regular Apple Watch sports band. What's more, different colour variations are being added every season alongside other Watch band regulars.

$49.99, nike.com

Best Apple Watch screen protectors

Ultimate Shield Screen Protector

14 of the best accessories for your new Apple Watch

A screen this easy on the eye deserves to be protected. And protected without detracting from its overall look. That's where this slim yet sturdy screen protector comes in. At just 0.2mm thick, you'll barely notice the military-grade protective film is there at all.

Until it saves you gouging a cavernous scratch in your watch's display, that is. With no image-diminishing matt effect, the ultra-clear, self-healing screen saver can fit around all straps and cases, with protectors having been cut to size for both the 38mm and 42mm watches.

£4.99, ultimateshield.co.uk | Amazon

Luvvitt Clarity

best apple watch cases

Want to keep your Apple Watch looking just the way it did when you first opened the box? The super-clear Luvvitt Clarity case might be the protective cover for you.

This transparent jacket is made of soft, flexible material to absorb the shocks and protect the brushed steel edging of your device from getting scratched and chipped as you slump to the tarmac at the end of your street, forgetting that buying a smartwatch alone isn't going to make you fit. As a bonus, it comes with screen protector bundled in, great for preventing those eye-catching scratches.

$29.99, luvvitt.com | Amazon

Monoy

The best accessories for your new Apple Watch

If you're not necessarily looking for an adhesive or a flexible cover, but still want something to go over your screen, Monoy's plastic alternative gives you an added level of protection for your Apple Watch screen.

Unlike other options, the tight fit here means that you won't see any moisture creep in around the screen when exercising, and it easily snaps on and off for when you want a break from having this number wrapped around the case.

$7.99 | Amazon

Suptmax

The best accessories for your new Apple Watch

There's tons of clear adhesive protectors for your screen out there, but if you want something a little different that also covers those curved edges, this cover from Suptmax is one worth delving into. Available for both the 38mm and 42mm versions of the Watch, this is also available in different colours to help you match with your specific case and strap.

$13.99 | Amazon

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5 comments

  • wocowboy says:

    I bought one of the Spigen Slim Armor cases to put on my stainless steel Apple Watch.   I used it for a couple months and decided to remove it so I could clean the watch and limber up the crown.   I was shocked to find the surface of my watch had been completely destroyed by this case.  Completely scratched up, dull and gray, the mirror-like finish that was there when I put the case on was gone forever.  Evidently microscopic dust and particles get underneath the plastic case and are ground into the stainless steel surface like sandpaper, ruining the finish.    I know stainless steel is very susceptible to scratching but I was very upset, and would NOT recommend this case to anyone.    Does anyone know of a good finish restoration service for Apple Watches?

  • jayee19 says:

    How come no company make metal case?

    • earlmark says:

      Hi Jayee19, 

      Good thing you asked! Our company makes metal case. Our Wristmate for Apple Watch (metal case) has been launched on Indiegogo.

      Check us out on Indiegogo https://igg.me/at/wristmate/x/13769849

      See you there!

      Earl Mark
      Wristbrain

  • earlmark says:

    Hi Jayee19, metal cases for Apple Watch is now available with Wristmate by Wristbrain premium build case and strap system. Check us out on Indiegogo,

  • Brucejoo says:

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