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Best Apple Watch 2022

Apple Watch Series 6 Blue Aluminum
Apple Watch Series 6 Blue Aluminum (Image credit: Daniel Bader / iMore)

As Apple fans, there is nothing we won't do to test every one of its products to ensure that it does everything we want. The Apple Watch Series 7 with GPS is the most advanced Apple Watch the company has ever made. It's got the largest screen, the best quality display, and the most sensors of any previous model. It's a life improver, a lifesaver, and the best Apple Watch you can get for your best iPhone.

Best overall: Apple Watch Series 7 with GPS

Apple Watch Series 7 Workout (Image credit: iMore)

The Apple Watch Series 7 features an always-on altimeter and a blood oxygen monitor (Sp02), much like the Series 6 did, but this newer model has a bigger and brighter display than any other Apple Watch before it. The aluminum-bodied Apple Watch Series 7 with GPS is our pick best all-around model because of the price. It doesn't have cellular, but from our personal experience with all Apple Watch models, the average user doesn't need cellular (we almost always bring our phones with us anyway). It's positioned as the Apple Watch that everyone can use without costing as much as one with more advanced features (or materials).

It is important to point out that Family Setup requires an Apple Watch with Cellular. If you are planning on buying an Apple Watch for a family member or think you may someday hand it down to a family member to use with Family Setup, you should not buy this version of the Series 7; you should buy the Apple Watch GPS + Cellular model.

Apple Watch Series 7 with GPS

The perfect Apple Watch for most people at the best price.

Reasons to buy

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Largest display
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Fastest processor
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Heart rate sensor
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Fall detection
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ECG & Sp02 monitors
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Longest battery life

Reasons to avoid

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iPhone SE is cheaper
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Tethered to iPhone

Whether you're just getting started with wearables or are upgrading from a previous model of Apple Watch, the aluminum Series 6 with GPS has the most features for the best price.

Best value: Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular

Apple Watch SE Workout (Image credit: Luke Filipowicz / iMore)

The Apple Watch SE, is an amazing value for most people. I think the blood oxygen monitor makes the Apple Watch Series 7 the best for most people, but it's also more expensive, which is why the SE is so incredible. It has a heart rate monitor, emergency SOS alert, Fall Detection, an always-on altimeter, and more. It also has the same processor chip as the Apple Watch Series 5, although it doesn't have an always-on display. It also does not have an ECG monitor but it's only $80 more than the Apple Watch Series 3, with the cellular upgrade being only $50 instead of $100. It certainly is the Apple Watch with the most features at the lowest price.

Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular

The least expensive Apple Watch you can buy

Reasons to buy

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Most features for the price
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Fast processor
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Variety of options

Reasons to avoid

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No Sp02 monitor
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No ECG monitor

If you're looking for a first step into the Apple Watch ecosystem or just want to spend as little as possible, the SE is a great option.

Best for runners: Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + Cellular

Apple Watch Series 7 (Image credit: Stephen Warwick / iMore)

Cellular data is a great addition to the Apple Watch, letting you leave your best iPhone behind when going on a run, visiting the grocery store, working outside, swimming, and more. It's also the only Apple Watch that you can stream Apple Music and Radio on, which is ideal for going on a long run, but you don't want to bring your iPhone with you. This 2021 model also has an always-on display that's brighter than the model before it, making it better for viewing in direct sunlight and international emergency calling (even if you don't have an active cellular plan).

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + Cellular

Won't need your iPhone nearby

Reasons to buy

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Untethered from iPhone
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Comes in Stainless Steel option
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Streams Apple Music directly
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Always-on display
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International emergency calling even without a cellular plan

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive
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Additional monthly cellular cost

If you have the extra cash and want cellular, Apple Music on your watch, the stainless steel material, and more band options out of the box, check out the Series 7 GPS + Cellular model.

Best status symbol: Apple Watch Series 7 Hermès

Apple Watch Hermés

Apple Watch Hermes (Image credit: Apple)

The Hermès line of Apple Watch is incredibly exclusive and will definitely let the world know that you know luxury. The only way to get the exclusive Hermès-designed watch face is to buy from the series directly (no cheating and buying an after-market Hermès band). Each band is crafted from quality leather and comes in a variety of eye-catching colorways. The casing material is only available in stainless steel, and all Hermès Apple Watches are GPS + Cellular.

Apple Watch Series 7 Hermès

Let your rich flag fly.

Reasons to buy

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Beautifully designed bands
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Exclusive Hermès-designed Apple Watch face

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Only comes in a cellular model

If money is no object, and you want people to know that, investing in the Apple Watch Hermès series will show off your status while giving you all the benefits of the best Apple Watch.

Classy luxury: Apple Watch Series 7 Titanium Edition

Apple Watch Space Black Titanium

Apple Watch Space Black Titanium (Image credit: iMore)

The Titanium Edition Apple Watch is like the well-bred, financially independent cousin of the aluminum series. It's got a familiar brushed metal look, but the colors are a little richer ... a little deeper. It comes in titanium or Space Black. It's the perfect watch for someone wanting to make a very subtle statement like, "I can afford a Ferrari, but I choose to drive a BMW because I'm classy like that."

Apple Watch Series 7 Titanium Edition

It's the first-class version of Apple Watch

Reasons to buy

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Deep rich metal look
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Stronger than aluminum or stainless steel
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Serious status symbol

Reasons to avoid

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Only two color options
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Only comes in a cellular model

If you're the type of person that doesn't show off your Benjamins but still likes to look well put-together, this is a luxury watch for your understated tastes.

The Series 7 is top dog

Because of its entry-level price for the most advanced features, the aluminum-bodied Apple Watch Series 7 with GPS is the best all-around model. It doesn't have cellular, but from our personal experience with all Apple Watch models, the average user doesn't need cellular — we almost always bring our phones with us anyway.

The Apple Watch Series 7 also offers every feature Apple offers, unlike some of the other options on the list. If you want all the latest health features on your wrist, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the only way to get it. The Apple Watch Series 7 is the only Apple Watch model that can be upgraded to different materials if you want a more premium look and feel. This is why you'll see a few different models of the Series 7 on our list. All in all, it is the absolute best Apple Watch you can buy right now.

If you're looking for something a bit cheaper but still powerful, the Apple Watch SE will do the trick. It doesn't have an ECG or Sp02 monitor, but it does have many other features such as a heart rate monitor, emergency SOS alert, Fall Detection, and an always-on altimeter. It also has the same processor chip as the Apple Watch Series 5, making it a great value.

Luke Filipowicz
Luke Filipowicz

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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