The best Apple Watch bands: Budget and designer straps for men and women

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Best Apple Watch bands 2021
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There's no better way to customise your new Apple Watch than with a new strap or band.

If you're looking for leather, stainless steel, Milanese loop bands or something sweat-proof for the gym, there are plenty of high quality, cost effective options out there for men and women.

While the official Apple options are expensive, there are thousands of third-party options to suit any budget and wrist size.

Since the original Apple Watch the clasp and mechanism for adding and replacing straps has remained the same.

The only thing to bear in mind is that Apple changed the size of the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5 to be 40/44mm, compared to 38/42mm on the Series 1 to Series 3; and the larger sizes remain for the new Series 6 models.

We've picked our top choices for men and women below.

How do I know which Apple Watch strap to buy?

First, you'll need to know what size Apple Watch you have.

Up until the Apple Watch Series 3, you had a choice of 38mm or 42mm models. As the width of the quick connection point will be different, you'll need to pick the band compatible with your watch size.

From the Apple Watch Series 4 up to the latest Apple Watch Series 6 and the SE, Apple offers 40mm and 44mm sizes. So again, make sure you pick the right size.

Hold the strip just below where your wrist bone sits and around where you would normally wear the band, wrap it around your wrist and line that up with the sizes of your Watch model.

Generally speaking, a small wrist is 5 - 6.5 inches and a large wrist is between 7 - 8.5 inches, but the good thing about many Apple Watch bands is that you can adjust with velcro or within the perforations of sports straps to find a very specific fit.

Best Apple Watch bands for men: Leather

MIFA leather band

Price when reviewed: $25

Size options: 42mm/44mm

MIFA leather band

If you're looking to add a touch of class to your Apple smartwatch yet don't want to pay big bucks, this leather strap should do the business.

It comes in 42mm and 44mm flavours, making it Series 4, Series 5 and Series 6 focused, and comes with steel adaptors and a buckle fastener.

Marge Plus leather band

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Marge Plus leather band

Likewise, there are plenty of leather strap options available on a shoestring, too.

This genuine leather number has a metal buckle and improved strength making it well worth a pop.

Edimens leather band

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Size options: 42mm/44mm

Edimens leather band

Designed for the newest and larger Apple Watch case sizes, the Edimen grain leather band comes in twelve different looks and matches up that leather with a traditional stainless steel buckle. If you've got a black or silver case Watch, this is a good band to partner up with it.


Cinnamon leather band

Price when reviewed: $29.40

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Cinnamon leather band for apple watch

A lovely deep brown leather watch band, this cinnamon coloured leather strap comes in 38mm, 40mm, 42mm and 44mm flavours to suit Apple Watch Series 3, Series 4, Series 5 and Series 6.

It uses a buckle fastening, comes with Apple Watch fastening and hand-stitched detailing.

Watch Strap Co leather strap

Price when reviewed: $88.50

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Watch Strap Co leather strap

The Watch Strap Co’s leather options again undercut official prices, while still adding quality – but customisation is our favorite part of the offering.

You’re free to color-code all of the metal elements to the color of your Apple Watch’s body, so you can accent rose gold, stainless steel or space gray with your choice of leather. In terms of leather options, there are dark, light and black leather, and you can choose stitching options too.

Meridio

Price when reviewed: $89.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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Meridio comes about as close any any third-party watch strap brand to replicating Apple's own premium feel. We've tested out the company's standard leather options from its Nappa collection, as well as its more vintage bands. They're durable, have the same thin-leather style as Apple's collections and you even have the option to engrave your initials on.

If that's not enough for you, and you're okay with paying a little more, the Italian band-maker also fashions straps from pythons, crocodiles and even ostriches. Enough? Oh wait, there's also a few made from cat-sharks. Wild stuff.

Nomad Modern Leather

Price when reviewed: $69.95

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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Nomad's leather straps are unlike others. The Modern Strap has got a bold, minimalistic style that's reminiscent of a sports band in the right lighting - but it's not, with slim-to-nil stitching and a refreshing slate grey colour.

The straps are made out of Horween leather and are designed to patina over time, giving you a rugged long-term look to complement its modern design.

Best Apple Watch bands for men: Link and metal

Fitlink Stainless Steel Metal Strap

Price when reviewed: $13.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

The best Apple Watch bands: Budget and designer straps from $10

Available in all Apple Watch sizes the Fitlink stainless steel metal strap is a classic option for anyone looking for a metal link band. It fits all Apple Watch editions and costs a fraction of the price of an official metal link band.

There's no hiding from the fact that adjusting link bracelets is a pain, but the Fitlink comes with the tools to do it at home.

Wearlizer Resin and stainless steel

Price when reviewed: $29.66
Size options: 42/44mm

Wearlizer Resin and stainless steel

Brighten up a standard stainless steel watch strap with one of these resin block models. It’s lightweight and you can choose from a range of metals and colors to suit your look – we like this understated black and blue model as perfect officewear, but there are also brighter shades and more feminine styles to choose from.

Bestig metal bracelet strap

Price when reviewed: $20.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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If you prefer the metal Watch band look, this stainless steel option drops a matte black and polished silver style onto your wrist and comes in size options for Apple Watch models.

There’s also polished gold/matte gold and rose gold options too if you prefer a lighter metal color. All come bundled with an adaptor, to make sure you get a good fit when you’re strapping it on to match a smarter dress look.


CCnutri Stainless Steel Metal Strap

Price when reviewed: $13.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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This metal Apple Watch band comes in four different shades including this rose gold look and there's no tools required to get it to fit comfortably on your wrist.

You can also remove a maximum of four links. It works with all versions of the Apple Watch including the original and uses a folding clasp to make sure it's going to stay put.

Best Apple Watch bands: Sport

OHCBOOGIE Sport Loop Band (3 pack)

Price when reviewed: $10.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

OHCBOOGIE Sport Loop Band

A shameless copy of Apple's own nylon offering, it's a pretty good imitation at a fraction of the cost.

In fact, you get three in the pack, and there's a host of color bundles to choose from so you can really live the personalization lifestyle – including a Pride option.

Vcegari silicone bands

Price when reviewed: $11.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Vcegari silicone bands

This trio of silicone bands offer a skinny band esign that’s built for workouts and offer a light and sweat resistant design.

They hook up to the Watch with pretty standard lugs and comes in a range of different eye-catching shades. The bright teal, plum and coral options definitely feel like the ones that will stand out for the right reasons.


Supcase

Price when reviewed: $21.99

Size options: 44mm

Supcase

One's that going to have appeal for lovers of the outdoors and extreme sports lovers, the Supcase puts a bumper-style, scratch resistant case around your Watch to provide added protection for that Retina display. The strap has been bolstered too to add to its rugged frame and crucially you can still get access to that Digital Crown and screen when you snap it on to the Watch case.


StrapsCo Camo Silicone strap with buckle

Price when reviewed: $24.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

The best Apple Watch bands: Budget and designer straps from $10

If you're looking for a silicone strap replacement with a bit of attitude, then one of these from StrapsCo fits the bill.

The silicone camo range comes in the complete range of sizes, from 38mm to 44mm, and come in far cheaper than Apple's official straps.

There are seven Camo flavors to choose from, with blue, green, two shades of red, white, pink, and winter all available.

And they come with a more rational buckle fastening, which for many is more natural and comfortable than the tuck-under which is standard on Apple Watch silicone straps.

Adepoy sport band

Price when reviewed: $7.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

adepoy apple watch strap

The latest Apple Series 6 now comes in blue, so you can match it up with a similar color band for not a whole lot of money.

It's a silicone kind making it suitable for working out with and there's a metal buckle to make sure it doesn't budge. If you don't want to go blue, there's a bunch of other colors you can pick it up instead.


Hotflow silicone sport band

Price when reviewed: $7.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Apple straps hot flow

A take on Apple's own sporty bands, this significantly cheaper silicone option comes in eight different color options and works with older Apple Watches and the newest models.

You'll get that ventilated design to make it a better fit for working up a sweat and still being comfortable to wear when you're not burning calories.


Monowear Nylon Active

Price when reviewed: $31.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Best Apple Watch bands nylon sport

You want a nice nylon strap, but you'd prefer it of the loop variety, like Apple's own Sport Loop strap. However, you also don't want to shell out for it.

That's when you'll turn to Monowear's Nylon Active, a nylon loop strap. There's a genuine leather panel on the back and stainless steel lugs, making this a good match for either the aluminium or stainless steel Apple Watch variations.

Urban Armor sport band

Price when reviewed: $39.95

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Urban Armor sport band

Urban Armor brings some of its expertise from building tough phone cases to an Apple Watch band that's built to last. It's made from soft touch silicone and is waterproof to make it suitable for swimming.

It's available in black and slate colors and a uses stainless steel buckle to complete its durable, sporty look.


Best Apple Watch designer fashion bands

MCORS Milanese Loop

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Best Apple Watch Milanese loop band
The Milanese Loop is possibly the most popular style out there - and you can bag one in pretty much any colour from stainless steel to rose gold. We love our gold bands, and this is a low-cost way to get a seriously stylish loop.

This Amazon best-seller comes in all four Apple Watch sizes, and costs a fraction of the official price.

Komo Bands Chevron Atlantic Pine

Price when reviewed: $26.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Komo Bands Chevron Atlantic Pine

Komo Bands does some really great-looking Apple Watch bands that are clearly inspired by Apple's own, but offers some unique looks that you won't be able to pick up from the Apple Store.

One of our faves is this woven, braided number that uses a mix of polyester and silicone thread that is fit for jumping in the shower with and getting it sweaty. The stretchable design means you'll get a secure fit too. It's available in all Watch sizes too, which is always good to see.


Veesimi braided strap

Price when reviewed: $16.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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You can pick up this woven nylon and silicone thread band in six colors and uses a simple buckle to make it easy to adjust when you need a tighter fit or you need to whip it off quickly. It's fit for keeping on when you're working out and we'd say the green (above) and the red options offer the strongest look depending on what color case you're rocking.


Ochboogie solo loop strap

Price when reviewed: $9.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Ochboogie solo loop strap

This nylon number will stick a colourful rainbow look on your wrist whatever Apple Watch model you have. It uses a steel slider instead of a traditional watch buckle to keep it in place with the natural stretchy feel of the nylon making sure it's one that's not going to slide around if you're planning to put that Watch to work for a run or a HIIT session.


Tovelo Sport Loop Pride Band

Price when reviewed: $8.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

third party Pride band rainbow

There’s a budget version of every strap that Apple officially produces – and that even goes for the Pride band too.

The Tovelo Sport Loop comes in every conceivable colour – but the most eye-catching is its rainbow option, which is perfect for those looking to celebrate Pride 2020, with a sub-$10 price tag.

Carterjett sport tire strap

Price when reviewed: $19.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Best Apple Watch bands rubber durable band

If you're into cars - or even if you're not - this tire-inspired silicone number has a certain unique charm. The durable soft silicone can also withstand sweat and moisture.

As there aren't any screws or spring bars, you don't have to worry about it falling apart during an intense workout either.

Watch Strap Co steel mesh band

Price when reviewed: $82

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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The Watch Strap Co’s Milanese band is by no means the cheapest out there, but blends British quality while still managing to convincingly undercut the official Apple versions.

The mesh loop comes in size options for all Apple Watch generations, and in silver, gold, rose gold, space gray and black options.

Pad & Quill Field Strap

Price when reviewed: $99.95

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Best Apple Watch bands water resistant leather band

This is the sort of watch strap Bear Grylls would wear, but don't let that put you off. Pairing water-resistant Cordura fabric with full grain leather accents, its hard-wearing canvas build will stand up to whatever you can throw at it, day after day after day.

Pairing substance with style, it looks effortlessly cool too, and is comfortable to wear all day.

Jwacct stainless steel mesh band

Price when reviewed: $11.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Jwacct stainless steel mesh band

Apple's own mesh bands are some of the smartest looking options in its collection, but you can bring that look to your Watch for a lot less.

All Apple Watch sizes are catered for with 16 different colors on offer. It uses a magnetic clasp to lock it in place and is an option that will definitely have unisex appeal.


Best Apple Watch bands for women: Leather

OxaLeather slim leather band

OxaLeather slim leather band

Leather watch straps don’t need to be brown and bulky, and this stylish band is ideal for smaller wrists. Beads either side of the strap where it meets the watch allow for a slimmer fit while adding a chic feel. There’s a large range of colors for both the leather and adapter fitting, and you can even get the strap monogrammed for extra style points.

Fullmosa calf leather band

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Size option: 38/40/42/44mm

Fullmosa calf leather band

This is a great price for a leather band (especially compared to Apple’s own straps), and with a large selection of colors available, would be a great choice to buy in a few shades to coordinate with different outfits. This white is a classic, though.

JSGJMY leather band

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Size option: 38/40/42/44mm

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This calf leather band is actually a unisex option that comes in a range of shades including light tan, pink and navy looks. There's sizes for all the currently available Apple Watch models and it comes with the adaptor to get it fitted to your Watch properly and a TPU case too.


InkyGoat galaxy leather strap

The best Apple Watch bands: Budget and designer straps from $10


Rose Gold & Chocolate bracelet

Price when reviewed: $44.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

leather thin strap ladies apple watch band

The Apple Watch has a rep for being fairly chunky on the wrist, but buying a leather bracelet strap like this rose gold and chocolate number is a good way to reduce the bulk. It’s a double wrap style measuring just 7mm, making it substantially thinner than your average band even when wrapped twice.

It’s made with leather, features an adjustable buckle, and loops nicely over the Watch fastening to add detail you can’t find elsewhere – but be warned, it only comes in 40mm and 44mm Series 4 sizes.


Alto

Price when reviewed: $99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Best Apple Watch bands premium tan leather band

Coming in a choice of six leather variations, Alto's bands are another consideration for those who aren't sold on Apple's own styles.

Since it's leather, Alto indicates that the band will eventually develop into a different shade, and there are options for those with all Apple Watch sizes. And the great bonus of leather bands is that they're generally unisex-looking, meaning the only thing you have to worry about is the colour.

Marge Plus genuine leather band

Price when reviewed: $15.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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Another band to dress up your Watch with, this leather strap comes in twelve different colors including this fetching black band with rose gold adaptor to get it locked onto your smartwatch.

It's available in all Apple Watch sizes and it's a great option if you want something to give you that more classic look.


Best Apple Watch bands for women: Link and metal

Secbolt stainless steel band

Price when reviewed: $13.59

Size options: 38mm/40mm

Secbolt stainless steel band

A band with more jewellery-style look, it only works with Apple's smallest case size options, making it one for more slender wrists. It's made from stainless steel and features rhinestones to add a bit of extra glitz.

There are six folding clasps and you can remove them without a tool to make sure it sits right. If you want something that can give your Apple Watch a more glamorous look, this is one to snap up.


Oulucci metal band

Price when reviewed: $15.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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Giving your Apple Watch a more dressy feel, this stainless steel link band comes in six different colors and sizes to fit all Apple Watch models.

Featuring six folding clasps in total and they can be removed without fiddling around with tools to get the ideal fit. It's a strong option to elevate the look of Apple's smartwatch.

ZXCASD slim Watch band

Price when reviewed: $12.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

ZXCASD slim Watch band

Here's another dressy option that offers to put a more elegant rose gold look on your wrist. The stainless steel mesh band uses a magnetic clasp to keep it securely in place and does additionally come available in silver and rose pink mesh looks. So you have some options if you want to pick up an extra band or two.


Yisdo Bracelet link band

Price when reviewed: $20.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Yisdo Bracelet link band apple watch woman

Another bracelet-style band to partner up with the Watch, you have your pick of silver or black stainless steel looks.

You can remove up to six links with the provided tool and it's completed with a folding buckle to give it that attractive clean finish.


Best Apple Watch bands for women: Sport

iGK Sport Band

Price when reviewed: $8

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

iGK Sport Band silicone

Silicon bands are perfect for those who like to get sweaty or swim with their Apple Watch – so it's handy being able to pick these up for less than $10 a pop.

There are a bunch of colours available, and buying a few means you can leave one in your gym bag so you'll never have to suffer wearing a Milanese loop on the treadmill. Just make sure you clean and dry this one regularly to avoid any wrist rashes.

Acrbiutu sport band

Price when reviewed: $6.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Acrbiutu sport band for apple watch female

This silicone Watch band features a narrower look than your standard sports bands and comes in a range of different colors to let you go really bright or something a bit more muted and lowkey.

It uses a stainless steel pin to secure it and also gives you something that can handle sweat and going for dip in the pool.


Idon sport band (3-pack)

Price when reviewed: $9.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Idon sport band (3-pack)

If you spend a lot of time in the gym or putting in big running or bike miles, it doesn't hurt to have a few more exercise-friendly bands at your disposal.

This silicone bands comes in packs of three and are compatible with all versions of the Apple Watch. They're easy to fit and are sweat and water resistant to make them fit for a dip in the water too.


Best Designer Apple Watch bands for women

Biaoge Metal Band

Price when reviewed: $26.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Best Apple Watch ladies metal loop

Not every third party Apple Watch band is a copy of official Apple Watch styles - and this one certainly ticks the box of being unique and high quality.

Clearly a feminine design, it mixes dainty chains with a link bracelet – and comes in all Apple Watch sizes.

Casetify Flamingos

Price when reviewed: $50

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Casetify Flamingos

It's hard to ignore this muted and classy Casetify strap, which puts a more feminine spin on the classic red, white and blue.

Made from a refined plastic, it's durable and offers a genuine dose of class welcome among the legions of metal chainmail and leather that dominate the third party strap market.

VARIOeveryday Harris tweed peacock green strap

The best Apple Watch bands: Budget and designer straps from $10

Made from 100% wool Harris tweed, this band is a definite talking point and a great way to add some traditional style to your tech-filled smartwatch. There’s a soft leather backing to protect your wrist, and it’s water resistant and breathable though we wouldn’t choose it for sportswear. Pick from silver, gold, rose gold and black buckles to suit.

Adepoy fabric cloth band

Price when reviewed: $10.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

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This fabric leather band fits on old and newer Apple Watch models adding a big splash of color while using a snap button to lock it in place.

This rainbow with rose gold strap combo is the standout option, but you can also pick it up in lavender, grey, black, army green and wine colors too.


Lilly Pulitzer leather band

Price when reviewed: $48.95

Size options: 38mm/40mm

Lilly Pulitzer leather apple watch

This designer band dresses your Apple Watch up with leather in a Lily Pulitzer totally blossom pattern.

There's gold metal used on the ends to clip into place and traditional watch buckle to make sure it's going to stay in place as you add that strong look to your smartwatch.


OriBear Sexy Leopard band

Price when reviewed: $6.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

OriBear Sexy Leopard band

This silicone band throws an animal print on your wrist and comes in sizes that means it plays nice with Apple Watch model sizes new and old.

This look is described as ‘Sexy Leopard’ and it’s just one of the patterned band looks OriBear offers. So if flowers or skeletons are your thing too, you're well catered for here too.


Muranne fabric band

Price when reviewed: $7.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Muranne fabric band

If you're not a fan of silicone, leather or mesh, you might prefer hooking your Watch to one of these softer fabric bands instead.

Compatible with all Apple Watch case sizes, this band comes in a sizeable range of colorful fabric looks and all are partnered up with a stainless steel buckle. They also use the same Apple Watch-style lugs to lock them in place.

Secbollt floral leather band

Price when reviewed: $9.99

Size options: 38mm/42mm/40mm/44mm

Secbollt floral leather band for women

This band gives you a narrower look than most of Apple's official bands if you want something that sits a little more elegantly on your wrist.

This floral option is one of 22 different looks you can pick from and all stainless steel buckles. It's a great stylish option that you don't have to spend big to pick up.