You can customize your Apple Watch bands to fit your style. In addition, Apple has introduced carbon-neutral Apple Watch bands. Let’s pair your new Apple Watch Series 9 or Ultra 2 with the latest bands. Here, I have compiled a list of the best Apple Watch straps for all case sizes.
How to find the perfect size for your new Apple Watch band
Before we delve into the best options, it’s essential to know how to choose the correct band size for your watch. With the Apple Watch Ultra 2 (49mm), Series 9 (45 or 41mm), and SE second gen( 44 or 40mm), the company provides a vast size selection. Here’s how you can choose the perfect band size for the latest Apple Watch.
- 41mm band is compatible with 38mm, 40mm cases, and vice versa. (Smaller)
- 45mm band is compatible with 42mm, 44mm cases, 49mm cases, and vice versa. (Larger)
As for the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are only compatible with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer.
- The 40mm and 41mm cases work with band sizes 1-9
- The 44mm and 45mm cases work with band sizes 1-12.
To simplify, bands compatible with the smaller (i.e. 41mm) of the recently released sizes can be matched with previous smaller-sized cases. On similar lines, bands compatible with 45mm, the larger of the two new sizes, can fit any of the previous larger-sized cases.
9 Best straps for your Apple Watch
1. Apple FineWoven Magnetic Link strap – Editor’s choice
Apple has introduced new Magnetic Link Apple Watch bands with FineWoven material. It is crafted using durable microtwill and 68% post-consumer recycled polyester. So, you will have a velvety, suede-like comfortable feel. Besides, the molded magnets in the strap ensure your Apple Watch fits snugly around the wrist.
You may choose from three color variations: Evergreen, Taupe, and Pacific Blue. Note that, this FineWoven band is not waterproof and the magnets in the band may interfere with the Apple Watch’s Compass.
- Velvety wrist feel
- Made with recycled material
- Solid color options
- Not waterproof
2. Nike Sport Loop – Classy
If you are looking for an Apple Watch Band with a premium look that doesn’t suffocate your skin, even if you wear the smartwatch for longer durations, Apple Nike Sport Loop is the one for you! It is made using 68% leftover yarn from past seasons. So, the strap is very soft, breathable, and lightweight.
I liked its hook-and-loop closure and woven pull tab with the Nike Swoosh to adjust the band quickly. On the skin side, it has double-layer nylon weave thick loops. So, you will get comfortable cushioning while the sweat can escape easily. Besides, you may choose from several vibrant color patterns to match your style.
- Extremely sturdy
- Made from breathable material
- Vibrant color patterns
- No solid color option
3. Apple Watch Ultra 2 Alpine Loop – Sturdy
Apple Watch Ultra 2 boasts a large 49mm case size so you need a wider band. If you wear your watch for a longer period, go for the rugged Alpine Loop. It has two textile layers woven together without sewing into one strap. The top loops are reinforced with 43% recycled high-strength yarns. Besides, the corrosion-resistant titanium G-hook ensures a snug fit.
- Stylish and rugged band
- Made of recycled yarns
- Corrosion resistant hook
- No cons found
4. Nike Sport band – Highly durable
If you’re bored of using sports bands for your Apple Watch and want something premium, here’s a great option. The Nike Sport Band is made of compression-molded holes for ventilation. So, it is both robust and comfortable. I liked its funky randomized flakes pattern which makes each band unique.
The silky, thick material drapes gracefully around your wrist and feels soft against your skin. This band is made up of 32% recycled fluoroelastomer, and each flake is 66% recycled fluoroelastomer. Additionally, the pin has a new matte look thanks to a new metal pin-and-tuck closure.
- Highly durable and breathable
- Silky thick material
- Rainbow flakes may not be suitable for professionals
5. Apple Watch Modern Buckle band – Sophisticated
If you are looking for a great alternative to leather straps, check out this FineWoven Modern Buckle band. This elegant strap is ideal for the minimalists like me. Apple has made this substantial buckle using a two-piece magnetic closer. So, you can quickly snap it. Besides, it has an interior layer of durable Vectran weave for strain resistance.
- Appealing appearance
- Highly durable
- Secure fit
6. Apple Braided Solo Loop – Comfortable
I love to use the Apple Braided Solo Loop on summer days due to its sweat- and water-resistant. Also, the band is flexible, comfortable, and easy to put on and take off your wrist. Apple has woven 16,000 polyester yarn filaments around very tiny silicone threads using cutting-edge, precision-braiding equipment. After that, the bands were laser-cut to the desired length for a bespoke fit.
- High-quality yarn
- Sweat and water-resistant
- Feels tight in the first few days
7. Apple Watch Hermès collection – Most luxurious
Apple has collaborated with Hermès to offer a range of premium Apple Watch bands. There are five different collections you may choose from. The Toile H collection is the smooth, woven version of Hermès’ iconic checkered canvas. Next, the Twill Jump collection is made of rich, solid-color woven nylon for a silky, smooth feel.
If you want more comfort, check out the Bridon collection. It has two variants – single loop and double loop. Hermès has hand-braided knit to the unique 3D chevron design. For the sports person, Hermès Kilim bands are perfect. It has soft, water-resistant molded rubber with a H design. Besides, you can quickly unlock the deployment buckle with a snap.
- Ultra-luxurious and high-end quality
- Vast collection
8. Apple Watch Ultra 2 Ocean Band – Unique
For swimmers, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 paired with the Ocean Band is a match made in heaven. It has a tubular design and high-performance elastomer construction. So, it can expand for a perfect fit, even when worn over a wetsuit. Besides, you can use it during fast-paced water activities.
The buckle’s titanium resists corrosion, and an adjustable loop keeps the band in place. If you need more length to use the band over your wetsuit, an extension band is available for purchase separately.
- Highly flexible
- Tubular design
- Corrosion-free titanium buckle
- May need to buy the extension
9. Apple Milanese Loop – Stainless steel strap
Apple stainless steel strap is inspired by a design created in Milan towards the end of the 19th century. The band has silky stainless steel mesh, woven using sophisticated Italian equipment. Besides, it is completely magnetic to easily fit around your wrist. I liked its unique finish thanks to the extra physical vapor deposition (PVD) layer.
- Sturdy build quality
- Magnets do not weaken over time
- Fully adjustable
- Not water-resistant
Style your Apple Watch!
Apple Watch is a timeless device. Also, its options for customization in terms of straps and watch faces are unparalleled. I hope this list of the best Apple Watch bands helped you decide. Which one are you planning to buy? Share in the comments below!
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