The best Apple Watch straps

Here are some of the best Apple Watch straps we've seen, and they fit every kind of Apple Watch out there. Just be sure to choose correctly between 38mm and 42mm

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Best Apple Watch straps: How to change the strap on Apple Watch

Changing the strap on any Apple Watch is pretty straightforward once you know how. Here, we've got an Apple Watch Sport, whose box contained a Medium/Large strap as well as a Small/Medium strap.

You can see which size is currently attached by looking on the back. There will be a tiny circle at the top of the strap with M/L or S/M.

If you find that it's too big or small, you can swap the straps. You'll only get one half of the strap in the box - it's the portion with the holes in - because that's the only one you'll need to adjust the size.

Simply turn the Apple Watch over, and press on the small button that's situated above the portion of the watch we're swapping. Now, slide the strap away from the watch to remove it. It's just a case of sliding the new portion of the strap into the watch face until it feels solidly in place.

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Changing the strap on any Apple Watch is pretty straightforward once you know how. Here, we've got an Apple Watch Sport, whose box contained a Medium/Large strap as well as a Small/Medium strap.

You can see which size is currently attached by looking on the back. There will be a tiny circle at the top of the strap with M/L or S/M.

If you find that it's too big or small, you can swap the straps. You'll only get one half of the strap in the box - it's the portion with the holes in - because that's the only one you'll need to adjust the size.

Simply turn the Apple Watch over, and press on the small button that's situated above the portion of the watch we're swapping. Now, slide the strap away from the watch to remove it. It's just a case of sliding the new portion of the strap into the watch face until it feels solidly in place.

 

Apple Watch Sport Band

The Sport Band is the watch strap of choice when it comes to the Apple Watch Sport. It's made from a custom high-performance fluoroelastomer, which Apple claims makes the Sports Band durable, strong and soft. It uses a unique pin-and-tuck closure to ensure that the excess strap doesn't flap around like it does on post pin closures.

The Sport Band is one of the cheapest official Apple Watch straps at £49 and is available in a range of colours (size dependent) including recent additions Spicy Orange, Dark Teal, and Flash (basically neon yellow).

 

Apple Watch Sport Loop

New for 2017, the Sport Loop is Apple's alternative to the rubber Sport Band.

The velcro-esque closure lets you adjust to any size much like the more expensive Milanese Loop, while the colour range suits a sporty use case. 

At £49 it costs the same as all the Sport Bands, just make sure you get the right size depending on the Watch you have. 

 

Nike Sport Band

If you're on the market for something a little more fancy than the stock Sport Band for the Apple Watch, then the Nike Sport Band might be of interest. Like the standard band, the Nike Sport Band is crafted from fluoroelastomer, although it features holes across the strap for added breathability and should be more comfortable during workouts. 

The Nike Sport Band is available to buy from Apple for £49, and comes in three colour options: Anthracite (Black), Volt (Black and green) and Pure Platinum (White). 

 

Apple Watch Nylon Band

The Nylon Band was first announced at Apple's March 2016 event alongside the smaller iPad Pro and the iPhone SE, with new additions following Apple's March 2017 refresh. We think they look great.

You can pick up a Nylon Band from Apple for £49, or choose it as the band that comes with your Apple Watch when you first buy it. The 38mm and 42mm versions of the nylon band each come in 17 colour combinations - we're fans of the gold/red one, pictured here - but the options are slightly different: the gold/royal blue is limited to the 42mm size, while the pink version only comes in 38mm.

 

Apple Watch Milanese Loop

The Milanese Loop is a modern take on a classic watch strap design, developed in Milan at the end of the 19th century. The stainless steel mesh is produced by specialised Italian machines according to Apple, and as it's fully magnetic, the Milanese Loop can be adjusted to your perfect fit.

The Milanese Loop comes in two colours from Apple: both silver and space black cost cost £149.

 

Apple Watch Classic Buckle

The Classic Buckle is crafted from Dutch leather from the ECCO tannery in the Netherlands and is milled to give the grain a unique and distinctive texture, Apple claims. Unlike other official Apple Watch straps that are magnetic with a strap 'look', the Classic Buckle is one of a handful that uses a traditional closure that's made from the same stainless steel as the Apple Watch. 

The Classic Buckle costs £149 from the Apple Store and comes in a gorgeous range of twelve colours following a recent update to the range.

 

Apple Watch Leather Loop

The Leather Loop is another Apple produced watch strap, but interestingly only for the 42mm and not the 38mm variation of the Apple Watch. The strap is made from Venezia leather that's handcrafted in an Italian tannery that's spanned five generations and has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion. It has a pebbled texture thanks to a delicate milling and tumbling process, and magnets hidden in the leather allows you to wrap it around your wrist for a precise fit. 

The Leather Loop costs £149 from the Apple Store and as we mentioned, it'll fit the 42mm Apple Watch only. It's available to buy in smoke grey or midnight blue.

 

Apple Watch Modern Buckle

As the Leather Loop is only available for the 42mm Apple Watch variation, it seems fitting that the Modern Buckle is only available for the 38mm Apple Watch.

The Granada leather used to craft the Leather Loop is supplied by a French tannery that was established back in 1803, Apple claims. It also has an inner layer of 'Vectran' weave for extra strength and stretch resistance, a material used by NASA to make landing airbags for the Mars Rover. What seems like the buckle is actually a two-piece magnetic closure that allows for a precise fit.   

The Modern Buckle is available in midnight blue and black for £249 from the Apple Store.

 

Apple Watch Link Bracelet

The Link Bracelet is the most sought after and expensive of all the official Apple Watch straps, coming in at £449 - more expensive than the Apple Watch Sport itself. It's made from the same 316L stainless steel alloy as the Apple Watch and has more than 100 components. The machining process is so precise that it takes almost nine hours to cut the links for a single strap, according to Apple. Apple also claims that once the Link Bracelet has been assembled, the links are brushed by hand to 'ensure that the texture follows the contours of the design'. 

Don’t worry about finding the perfect fit as the Link Bracelet comes with several links that feature a release button to add and remove links without the need of any special tools. It uses a butterfly closure to neatly fold into the bracelet, leaving a rather elegant and premium-looking watch strap. 

There are space black or silver options to choose from.

 

Noreve Griffe 1 Leather Strap for Apple Watch

They're not cheap, but these leather Apple Watch straps from the French company Noreve look lovely enough to justify the price tag. They are supplied, like Apple's own straps, in two pieces, which fit easily to your watch and connect with a traditional silver-plated tongue buckle and two leather loops.

The Griffe 1 strap is available in 10 colours (the more outlandish ones require custom fabric and will consequently take longer to be delivered); we've tried the 'Rouge troupelenc', which seems to be red, and also like the look of the yellow and Mediterranean blue options. Make sure you select the right size (38mm/42mm) before adding to cart.

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

Casetify offers a big range of straps for the Apple Watch, some of which are even customisable with your own images. Designs include simple but stylish colours as well as more bright and colourful designs such as Galaxy Stars and Candy Feathers. They can be found on Casetify's website for $52, which translates to around £40.

 

Casetify Stainless steel mesh strap

Another alternative to the Apple Milanese loop, this slick mesh strap also from Casetify is a great option.

It is fully adjustable to any wrist size thanks tot he clever magnetic closure and comes in black, silver or rose gold to match your Watch.

At under half the price of Apple's official strap, its a great option.

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

Starting at £29 from Wristouch

Wristouch produces a variety of straps with various designs, ranging from the understated to the loud.

The three main designs are Mesh, Link and Sports band. The mesh and link bracelets are made from the same 316L stainless steel used in the Apple Watch, for a durable but great-looking bracelet. The details of each bracelet are intricate and they feel like premium bands when worn. In fact, we were surprised at the quality of the bands after seeing the pricing, which is cheaper than Apple's offering. This is especially true of the stainless steel link bracelet, which costs £449 from Apple, but only $99/£79 from Wristouch (or $119/£95 if you want it in black) despite being made from the same alloy.

Although the $49/£39 sports strap is made from rubber, its design allows it to compliment the Apple Watch. The minimalist, monochrome design is coupled with a subtle textural contrast that works really well, especially when most people are used to plain, simple Apple Sports Bands. It's claimed that the 'natural rubber' used in the strap will benefit those with active lifestyles, as it won't absorb sweat or dirt which should make it easier to clean.

There are also mesh straps, which start at $69/£55, and leather ones from $89/£70.

 

Best Apple Watch straps:

Apple's proprietary band-switching solution makes changing straps fairly simple, but it also means that standard watch bands can't be used with the Apple Watch. That's opened up a new market for Apple Watch strap adapters that allow you to fit any standard watch strap to your Apple Watch.

There are a few different companies manufacturing adapters now. Luvvitt offers a variety of different finishes for both the 38mm and 42mm models, available from around £12 on Amazon. Wearlizer offers just grey or black, at £9.99 for 38mm and £12.99 for 42mm, also on Amazon.

Despite not being straps, these adapters allows you to put any other watch strap on your Apple Watch - a handy solution!

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