Best Apple Watch straps

The Apple Watch Series 5 has arrived and there are even more straps to choose from. Here are the best Apple Watch straps we've seen - most of which fit the 40mm and 44mm sizes. Whether you're looking for something premium or just practical, there's a strap here to suit your watch (and budget)

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Best Watch Straps

Apple launched the Watch Series 5 early September 2019 and subsequently dropped the Watch 4, though you can still pick it up from other retailers. Apple also dropped prices on the Watch 3, which is now £199/US$199.

See our round up of the best Apple Watch deals here.

The latest models are available in the 40mm and 44mm sizes, like its predecessor, with prices starting at £399/US$399. You can see our full review of the Watch 5 here. Also see our comparison of the Watch 5 to the Watch 3.

With sizes being shared across different Series, most straps should work across multiple models as long you choose the right measurement. 

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Apple launched the Watch Series 5 early September 2019 and subsequently dropped the Watch 4, though you can still pick it up from other retailers. Apple also dropped prices on the Watch 3, which is now £199/US$199.

See our round up of the best Apple Watch deals here.

The latest models are available in the 40mm and 44mm sizes, like its predecessor, with prices starting at £399/US$399. You can see our full review of the Watch 5 here. Also see our comparison of the Watch 5 to the Watch 3.

With sizes being shared across different Series, most straps should work across multiple models as long you choose the right measurement. 

 

Apple Watch Sports Band

Apple prides itself on offering a wide range of straps for the Apple Watch, with a plethora of straps, materials and colour options for every budget and look. These range from the £49/$49 sweatproof Sports band for those intense gym sessions to more premium options like the £149/US$149 Milanese loop band and Modern Buckle leather band.

If you're really looking to drop the cash, you can also pick up a high-end link bracelet (£349/US$349). These are more expensive than the current price of the Watch 3 at £349/US$349, but provide unmatched quality and look.

But if price remains an issue, there are also other strap brands to choose from...

 

Chok Idea Leather Strap for Apple Watch

Chok Idea make Watch straps in a variety of styles. What's great about its range is that it uses genuine leather, which adds a bit of finesse – though it's a fraction of what you'd pay if you were to buy directly from Apple.

The brand makes straps for both the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm sizes, which means it should fit all models of the Apple Watch. Not bad for under £19.

It's not available in the US however, but you can find a similarly-priced genuine leather strap from Ouluoqi (US$10.99), which fits all Watch models.

 

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 all 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.

Jord offers leather options too starting from £60/US$65, while wood options cost £130/US$149.

 

Nomad Modern Strap

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

The Horween (US$69.95/around £67) 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.

 

Nomad Titanium Band

As well as producing a range of leather straps, Nomad now produces two titanium link bands (US$199.95/around £163) for the larger 42mm/44mm models of Apple Watch.

The Titanium strap is lightweight and smooth and makes the Apple Watch feel substantial - all without spending over £300/$300 to get the official link bracelets.

Available in Silver and Black to perfectly match the body of the Apple Watch, the strap looks and feels like something Apple manufactured itself. If you're on the market for something that'll get a second look, Nomad's titanium band is the way to go. 

 

Southern Straps Apple Watch straps

Southern Straps is a San Francisco-based company that hand-make a collection of straps exclusively for all sizes of the Apple Watch - and they're pretty impressive.

Our favourite Southern Straps are made from leather (US$90/around £73.16). 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 ($50/around £41) 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, is available in 12 variations and is compatible across all Watch models. 

 

Noreve Griffe 1 Leather Strap for Apple Watch

They're not cheap at around £147/US$150, 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. 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.

 

Casetify Apple Watch Straps

Casetify, which makes phone cases, also has a fabulous range of Watch straps for Series 1 to 4, though if you choose the right size, it should fit the Series 5 as well.

Its prices are reasonable too, starting at £40/US$52 for its Printed Saffiano Leather bands (faux leather, that is). We especially like the Black Leopards style (pictured), which is also a part of its Best Sellers range.

Casetify also has genuine leather (£79/US$100) and metal link options (£70/US$95).

 

Wristouch Watch Bands

Wristouch produces a variety of straps with various designs, ranging from the understated to the loud. Most straps fit the 42mm size so should work with the Series 3 watches, so be sure to check the size compatibility before you add to cart!

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. 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 (£49/US$49) .

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.

Bandmax offers a variety of different finishes for both the 38mm and 42mm models, available from around £10 on Amazon UK or from $6.99 on Amazon US (check you get the right size!).

Wearlizer offers silver, grey or Rose Gold adapters, from £5 on Amazon or $10 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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