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The Best Apple Watch Straps

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We have worn every Apple Watch and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s not to underestimate the importance of a top-notch strap.

What makes it top-notch will differ from person to person. Some will prefer stylish options that suit the office or a night out, while others will focus on comfort and how suitable the strap is for the rigours of an active lifestyle. Naturally we lean towards the sportier options ourselves, but we’ve also tested and enjoyed smarter straps.

Apple has an extensive selection of excellent straps, and you can shop entirely within that range and never exhaust the options available – but if you’re looking for alternatives, especially cheaper ones, there are many companies making appealing options. Committed bargain hunters should try their luck on eBay, with surprisingly decent options available for as little as a couple of quid.

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The original silicone band’s comfort and versatility is still hard to beat. It comes in a wide range of colours, is great for sports and, depending on your colour choice, is discreet enough to wear when not exercising. Plus, it’s relatively cheap compared with Apple’s other bands. While we’ve always found the Sport Band comfortable even when it’s hot, there’s also a Nike version with holes throughout the strap for extra breathability if you’re concerned about sweat building up beneath the silicone.

Buy from Apple | £49


Komo Bands Woven

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One of the better third-party strap providers we’ve come across, Komo Bands has a range that comes in significantly cheaper than Apple’s equivalents while still being of good quality and offering lots of choice. That’s particularly true of the woven band, given that Apple’s own Braided Solo Loop is £99. The range of sizes isn’t as extensive as you’ll find with Apple’s Solo straps, but with four options you should still be able to achieve a tight but comfortable fit, which is crucial with the buckle-free design.

Buy from Komo Bands (opens in new tab) | £18.99


Apple Solo Loop

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Pictured: The US International Collection Sport Loop

Picking between the classic Sport Band and the Solo Loop is a bit of a toss-up. With the former you get an adjustable fit that is sure to work well for you, but the buckle-free Solo Loop can be more comfortable if you find the right size. Refer to Apple’s sizing guide before committing and opt for the smaller one if you’re between two sizes.

Buy from Apple (opens in new tab) | £49

Casetify Genuine Leather Watchband

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There are a lot of leather bands available from both Apple and third parties, but we rate the Casetify strap as the best all-round option. Made from real leather, it’s comfortable, comes in a great range of colours and costs under £50. You can also get it monogrammed.

Buy from Casetify (opens in new tab) | £45


Spigen Lite Fit

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This adjustable fabric strap is a great budget option for those seeking a comfortable and secure fit. It’s best for general use, rather than sports, but if you do forget to swap it out and work up a sweat while wearing it, the strap dries pretty quickly after a wash.

Buy on Amazon (opens in new tab) | £13.99


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One of the most popular Apple options and it’s not hard to see why. The Milanese strap is gorgeous, easy to adjust and suitable for all social occasions, though it’s not one to use when exercising.

Buy from Apple (opens in new tab) | £99

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.