One of the best things about the Apple Watch is its design - there's no doubting that this wearable is super stylish all on its own. But just like you wear different clothes for different occasions, you owe it to yourself to have a repertoire of bands that suit your mood. This is especially important if you workout regularly, you don't want to be wearing a leather or fabric strap to the gym.
Thankfully for you, there are lots of Apple Watch bands to choose from. In fact, there are so many that it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's where we step in.
These are the best Apple Watch bands currently available from both Apple and third-party manufacturers, plus we've put this guide together with a selection of straps at a variety of different price points too.
Worried about your Apple Watch 4? The good news is you don't have to - all the straps in this guide will fit your watch too. If you have a 40mm watch, you may be looking for the 38mm straps while those with a 44mm Apple Watch 4 will want a 42mm strap from older models.
Note: we haven't tested every band on this list, and instead we've listed them from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
Southern Straps Nylon band
A cheap, yet high-quality option
NATO bands are an affordable option to strap up your Apple Watch, but they aren't the best option. Why's that? Well, because their wrapping style covers up the smart heart rate monitor on Apple's smart wearable.
This is where Southern Straps shows its stuff. You can get a NATO-style band that doesn't inhibit the Apple Watch's abilities. Of course, you can spend more to snag yourself a leather band, but the baseline nylon option suits many styles and better yet, small budgets.
Apple Sport Band
A tough, sweatproof option
Apple's own Sport Band is perfect for those with an active lifestyle, as well as those who simply prefer the look and feel of silicon over that of metal or fabric. The Sport Band sits at the low end of the price spectrum for Apple-made bands, but it's still expensive considering some of the third-party prices.
If you want something made by Apple, the comfortable design and reliable clasping mechanism are big benefits of this strap. Better yet, it's available in a ton of color options to suit just about every taste - plus Apple has included some new colors recently too.
Apple Nike Sport Band
A more breathable Sport variant
Priced the same as the regular Sport Band, the Nike Sport Band is a bit different in a few ways.
First off, the design is more aerated than Apple's, which yields a much more breathable experience if you find yourself sweating frequently (and profusely). It's also available in a few color options: black, white, and black with fluorescent green detailing.
The clasping mechanism takes advantage of the dotted design by locking securely into the band. Although it's made in collaboration with Nike, you won't find much branding here. From what we've seen it's just on the inside of the band.
Apple Woven Nylon
A regal, unique look for AW
Now, for something completely different. Apple's Woven Nylon variety will suit those looking for something a bit more traditional while still being quite expressive.
Woven with nylon (hence the name), these bands feel smooth and comfy, yet durable against the elements and the test of time.
There are plenty of options to select from, some solid colors and others are multi-colored, and each joins at a shiny metal clasp that offers an even more secure fit than the Sport Bands.
Clockwork Synergy Classic Nato Bands
Cheaper, but just as nice as Apple's
Looking quite similar to Apple's own Woven Nylon, the classic NATO option gives off a charming casual look. Not just that, this type of band is generally the most comfortable and lightweight, especially when compared to stainless steel or leather.
As is this case with many third-party bands, this one is about half the cost of Apple's version. This NATO band is an obvious choice for those who like to have many different color options when customizing the look of their Apple Watch and you can find it here.
Hoco Original Stainless Steel Strap Buckle
Link bracelet on a budget
If you've bought the Space Black Watch with its elegant Sport band in black, you might be yearning for the Link Bracelet (mentioned later in this article) but the $449 / £449 or more price would likely be putting you off.
This one is a fraction of the price and looks pretty good, too. The clasp isn't as intricate as Apple's but it's still comfy and effective, especially considering its much lower price.
Apple Leather Loop
A seriously good look
While some might argue that the Woven Nylon band is perfectly presentable, others might be after something that really makes a statement. That's where the leather-clad Classic Buckle band comes in.
Available in multiple colors of leather, Classic Buckle is the obvious choice for those after a more distinguished look. Like the Woven Nylon, the fit here is comfortable and adapts to fit your wrist better over time.
Grovemade Leather Band
A classy, casual band that won't break the bank
The Grovemade leather band for Apple Watch makes Apple's wearable look even more like a traditional timepiece.
Made with American vegetable-tanned leather, the band is said to age gracefully, just like the Apple Watch. This is one of the nicer leather bands that we've seen come from companies outside of Apple, and you can see the full collection here.
Apple Milanese Loop
An iconic look
Possibly the most sought-after Apple Watch band, the attention that the Milanese Loop band receives is warranted.
At the same price as the Leather Band, owners can get their feet wet with a cool-to-the-touch stainless steel band that ekes elegance and simplicity in its design.
You'll know at first glance if this band is for you, and if it is, you can choose between traditional silver and black options.
Apple Link Bracelet band
The more serious, high-end option
OK, now we're getting up there in price. Apple offers up its brushed stainless steel Link Bracelet, but it isn't going to be cheap.
Build materials aside, this couldn't be any more different than the Milanese Loop. Rocking a look akin to high-end analog watches, the Link Bracelet possesses a sophisticated sheen that the others don't.
Equipped with a watch tool, you can customize the size to perfectly fit your wrist and if silver doesn't suit you, it's also available in black. Paired with the Apple Watch, this is probably one of the slickest bands you can make your own.
Hermès Fauve Barenia Leather Single Tour band
An even more premium leather band
One look at the name and you know this is going to be pricey. For your money, you're getting industry-leading Hermès design in a band, complete with master-class fabric stitching and leather quality that's unparalleled in the vast batch of Apple Watch bands available.
It might cost a lot, but if you're a watch aficionado, there's not substitute for quality.