Like many on-the-go professionals, I have a handful of trusty outfits that take me from the office to the gym to social hour with minimal effort put into changing between each setting — I've gotten through many busy days thanks to the rise of "athleisure" and the stack of black leggings in my closet.
One constant through each situation is my Apple Watch, and if that's the case for you too, you'll want a watch strap with flexible functionality.
Thanks to the surge in third-party bands for the Apple Watch, you can easily flit between different purposes and aesthetics with watch straps including leather, sports loop and metal link bracelet designs. From office-acceptable (such as nylon, stainless steel) to ballroom-worthy (Italian leather or rose gold) to rugged and outdoorsy (Cordura fabric, a silicone band or a sports band), Amazon has tens of thousands of Apple Watch bands to suit your different needs (even if that need is a magnetic clasp or Saffiano leather) and watch sizes. Seriously, your perfect fit is out there. Here are some of the best Apple Watch bands, which we'll update as we test more.
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AdMaster soft silicone band
Comfortable and breathable
For ultimate breathability, try this AdMaster watchband that features air holes throughout the watch straps. Made of silicone, this band is soft, and the stainless steel buckle keeps the watch strap in place on your wrist. Most people who bought this band on Amazon consider it one of the best Apple Watch bands in terms of comfort, fit and price.
IYOU Sport Band
A budget-friendly silicone band
Generally speaking, any plain silicone band secured to your lugs will serve well as a sport band for your Apple Watch. Many buyers reviewed this band as comparable to the Apple Watch Sport Band and one of the best Apple Watch bands in terms of flexibility, thickness, functionality and comfort. But the IYOU, available in a wide variety of colors, with various color option picks starting at just $5.99, while the official Apple Watch band costs $49.
Apple Milanese Loop band
Again, Apple's official Apple Watch model accessory bands are hardly cheap, but some are worth the price tag. The popular Milanese Loop band is a great choice when you want something more professional than silicone, but aren't into a leather strap or metal chain link bracelet. The Milanese Loop features a woven design of stainless steel, in rose gold, silver or black, which results in a flexible fit and comfortable yet sturdy band that you can wear like a bracelet.
Tomazon faux-pearl band
Looking to glam up your Apple Watch strap? If a band that looks like a stainless steel link bracelet isn't your style, look no further than Tomazon's handmade jewelry Apple Watch bands, particularly this faux-pearl beaded one in a bracelet style. It comes in a few different color schemes, and it's fully elastic with no buckle, which makes it easy to slip on and off.
Apple Watch Sport Loop
Our all-purpose pick
An official Apple accessory, the Apple Watch Sport Loop utilizes a double-layer nylon design that features extra cushion and comfort, making it ideal for many activities and all-day wear. Nylon is breathable, so you can wear this band straight from a morning workout to a morning meeting.
Supcase protective case and band
Protects against damage
A protective case and band combo is a smart option for anyone who wears their Apple Watch while doing any sort of manual labor, high-intensity exercise with weights, outdoor activities like rock climbing, or any other activities that could damage your watch.
This protective Apple Watch band comes from Supcase, which has long made quality protective cases for the iPhone. The Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro doubles as a case, which snaps onto your Apple Watch to provide shock absorption, and the raised bezel design acts as screen protectors to help you avoid screen damage and scratches.
Kades stainless steel band
A budget-friendly metal band
Looking for a sleek steel upgrade from the basic silicone band your Apple Watch came with? Try a stainless steel watchband — combined with an analog clock face, your smartwatch could look as classic as a high-end designer timepiece on your wrist. This Kades stainless band comes in a brushed-metal finish that looks just as great with a casual outfit as it does with a formal one.
WFGEAL leather band
A budget-friendly leather band
Apple manufactures its own suite of Barenia leather Apple Watch bands, but thanks partly to the high-quality leather strap, they're priced high enough to sticker shock most people. For a less expensive leather loop with a stainless buckle that's still high quality, highly rated and a comfortable fit, try this WFGEAL genuine leather band that comes in more than 40 leather strap color combinations.
Modal woven nylon band
A budget-friendly nylon band
Sometimes, simplicity tops all else. This nylon strap from Modal combines the sturdiness of thick woven nylon stitching with a simple design and classic belt loop-type buckle for a stylish yet comfortable fit.
Carterjett tire tread band
Durable, rugged silicone band
There are a lot of silicone Apple Watch bands out there, but there aren't many with this thick, textured design. The tire-tread silicone on this Carterjett band makes it perfect for people who need durability in a band, and the rugged aesthetic is a bonus for outdoorsy or adventurous types.
eLander stainless steel band
A statement metal band
If you have large wrists or long or muscular arms, you might find that many watchbands look oddly minuscule on you. This steel band from eLander features a larger width and big metal links, making the metal band a heftier option.
Secbolt thin leather band
A skinny leather band
On the other hand, many people feel that most watchbands fit too wide or thick. If you're looking to wear a thin wristband, try this Secbolt leather watchband that comes in more than 20 colors and patterns. The genuine leather wrist strap with fine stitching conforms easily to small wrists, and the leather strap can be adjusted to wrist size, thanks to the stainless steel buckle.
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