Best Apple Watch straps

Here are some of the best Apple Watch straps we've seen – most of which fit the new 40mm and 44mm Watch Series 4 sizes too. Whether you're looking for something premium or just practical, there's a strap here to suit your Apple Watch (and budget). Just be sure to choose the right size for your model.

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How to change the strap on Apple Watch

With the arrival of the new Apple Watch Series 4, you may be looking to upgrade your Apple Watch or simply looking for new straps for your existing 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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With the arrival of the new Apple Watch Series 4, you may be looking to upgrade your Apple Watch or simply looking for new straps for your existing 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.

 

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/$49 and is available in a range of colours (size dependent) including recent additions Nectarine, Lavender and Blue Horizon (pictured).

 

Apple Watch Sport Loop

The Sport Loop is Apple's alternative to the rubber Sport Band. You can find a range of new colours, such as Cape Cod Blue, Nectarine, Hibiscus, Storm Grey and Indigo (pictured).

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

At £49/$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 fancier 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/$49, and comes in a range of colour options, including Anthracite (Black), Volt (Black and green) and Pure Platinum (White).

 

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 (£149/$149) comes in three colours from Apple: gold, which is the newest addition, silver and space black.

 

Apple Watch Hermès Leather Strap

To go with the Series 4 Hermès Watch faces, Apple has introduced new handcrafted Hermès leather straps which work with previous version of the Apple Watch too. They are pricey though, at £339/$339.

Some of the new colours introduced are: Bordeaux/Rose Extrême/Rose Azalée (pictured) and Indigo/Craie/Orange (for 44mm only).

 

Apple Watch Modern Buckle

The Modern Buckle strap is crafted from Granada leather from a French tannery. It's milled and tumbled lightly to keep its smooth texture and uses a magnetic two-piece closure to secure close. For strength, the strap uses an additional later of Vectran, a NASA-grade material used in the landing airbags for the Mars rover spacecraft.

The Modern Buckle costs £149/$149 from the Apple Store and comes in four colours, all of which are new: Peony Pink, Cape Cod Blue, Forest Green and Ruby.

 

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.

The Leather Loop 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/$149 from the Apple Store and as we mentioned, it'll fit the 44mm and 42mm Apple Watches. It's available to buy in Cape Cod Blue, Forest Green or Stone.

 

Apple Watch Link Bracelet

The Link Bracelet is the most sought after and expensive of all the official Apple Watch straps, coming in at £349/$349 - 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.

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 is a Space Black or Silver option to choose from.

 

Jord Apple Watch Band

Jord makes its own range of rather beautiful wooden watches, but if you'd prefer to stick with your Apple Watch you can plump for one of the company's wooden straps instead. Jord straps are designed for 38mm and 42mm watch sizes.

The wooden links are lightweight and comfortable, and available in a range of materials: ebony, zebrawood & sandalwood, walnut & olive, and koa. Our recommendation is the darker finishes (our favourite is the near-black ebony), which have a more luxurious appearance.

Note that, as with other link-and-clasp straps, you may have to add or remove links to make the strap fit your wrist; the Jord straps come with a set of tools to do this but we still found it fiddly and had to ask the company's (extremely helpful) online assistants for tips.

 

Nomad Modern Strap

Nomad makes a range of Apple Watch straps; we appreciate the contrast between its classic and modern designs.

The Horween leather is supple and comfortable, and looks smart. We found the stitching slightly abrasive at first but it softened after a little wearing in.

The strap is available in the Apple Watch Series 4 sizes, 40mm and 44mm, as well as the 40mm and 42mm sizes of previous models.

 

Southern Straps Apple Watch straps

Southern Straps is a San Francisco-based company that hand-make a collection of straps exclusively for the Apple Watch, for Series 1 to 4 - and they're pretty impressive.

Our favourite Southern Straps are made from leather. As well as being much cheaper than Apple's official alternative, the company uses full grain leather tanned in Italy, providing a soft-to-the-touch strap that can be worn all day with zero irritation on the wrist - something we can't say for many other straps. 

The leather straps are available in two colours - Black and Brown - with either gold, silver or black buckles, adding to the overall premium look and feel. The best part is that because it's made from high-quality leather, it'll continue to age and develop a unique pattern. 

If leather isn't your cup of tea, the company also produces a range of Nylon Apple Watch straps that look similar to the official Apple straps, but with high-grade heat sealed and double woven nylon for improved durability over long periods. It's also pretty cheap when compared to Apple's official offerings at only $39 (~£29), and is available in 10 variations. 

 

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 before adding to cart, as it's available for all the sizes of the Apple Watch, from Series 1 to Series 4.

 

Casetify Apple Watch Bands

Casetify offers a big range of straps for the Apple Watch, for every Series, some of which are even customisable with your own images. Designs include simple but stylish colours as well as bright and colourful designs, like floral prints and patterns,

They can be found on Casetify's website starting at £40/$45.

 

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 to the 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, this is a great option.

 

Wristouch Watch Bands

Wristouch produces a variety of straps with various designs, ranging from the understated to the loud. While there isn't a collection specifically for the Apple Watch Series 4, most Wristouch straps fit the 42mm size. Be sure to check the size compatibility before you add to cart!

There are many designs to choose from, such as Mesh, Link (or Oyster), Leather, Vintage Leather, Woven Nylon and and Sports (Durable Rubber). The link bracelets are made from the same 316L stainless steel used in the Apple Watch, for a durable, great-looking bracelet but at a fraction of the cost.

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 £349/$349 from Apple, but only £65/$99 from Wristouch.

Although the £29/$49 sports strap is made from rubber, its design allows it to complement the Apple Watch. The minimalist design is coupled with a subtle textural contrast that works really well, especially when most people are used to plain, simple Apple Sport 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 £45/$69, and leather ones from £63/$89.

 

Adapters

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, though most cater to Series 1 to Series 3. Bandmax offers a variety of different finishes for both the 38mm and 42mm models, available from around £10 on Amazon UK or $8 on Amazon US (check you get the right size!).

Wearlizer offers silver, grey or Rose Gold adapters, for around £10 on Amazon or $13 on Amazon US.

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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