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Best Apple Watch bands 2022

The world of the Apple Watch band is a wide, open space filled with a huge number of options -  if you're looking for the best Apple Watch band, then you're in no man's land. In amongst the mire there is a strap for everyone, and a strap for every occasion, from sport to dinner with the boss. It's finding them that's the tricky bit.

As with any watch, something like an Apple Watch Band can be a deeply personal choice. It can also be the beginning of a collection, as you find different straps for different occasions, building up a selection as you go. Even then, you have to make sure you fill various criteria - comfort, looks, longevity. Choosing the right Apple Watch straps can often be just as hard as finding the best Apple Watch.

Making it even more difficult is the size difference between different models of Apple Watch. The newest model, the Series 7, has two size options - the small 41mm, or the larger 45mm. The previous models from the Series 4 up use a smaller size, with 40mm and 44mm options. The older models use 38mm and 42mm sizes. When you're looking for an Apple Watch band, you have to make sure that the strap you're looking at is compatible with your Apple Watch, lest you find yourself with a small strap on a big watch or vice versa.

Does that mean you should give up? Absolutely not - we're Apple Watch faithful and have built up our own Apple Watch band collections. Here are some of the best Apple Watch straps that we can find.

Best Apple Watch bands

Which Apple Watch band is best?

I like having a number of Apple Watch bands since I do change my band to match my outfit. But if I had to give away my entire Apple Watch band collection (boo-hoo!) and could only have one band, it would be Apple's Milanese Loop. It's the height of Jony Ive-era Apple style, an elegant blend of form and function. Functionally, it adjusts to fit nearly every wrist with its magnetic loop closure. Since it's stainless steel, it can contact water (just be sure to dry it off after) without damage. Rather than being thick solid steel, it's lightweight mesh, making it ultra-comfortable to wear.

This band feels amazing to the touch and looks incredible with just the right amount of shine to flatter either the aluminum or stainless steel Apple Watch Series 7 or any other model. Your entire wardrobe will look great with this band. Wear it to the gym, the grocery store, the office, a party, or even a formal black-tie event. The Milanese Loop is one of the best Apple Watch bands you can buy, and it will enhance your Apple Watch style no matter where you go. If the Milanese Loop isn't in the budget, get the Apple Milanese look for less.

If you're looking for more inexpensive Apple Watch bands, and specifically bands under $20, we've got you covered. Pretty soon, your Apple Watch band collection will rival mine!

Official Apple Watch bands collection

The fall 2022 Apple Watch bands collection is finally here. For the first time, there's an Apple Watch Ultra, which sports a 49mm display. It sits alongside the traditional Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE 2. 

The following Apple Watch bands are the newest official bands available through Apple and sometimes third-party retailers. These are only the new bands that are available. The entire collection is more extensive.

Apple Watch Ultra bands

Apple Watch Ultra bands

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As Apple introduces the all-new Apple Watch Ultra, it has released three new band types: the $99 Alpine, Trail, and Ocean. These bands only work with 44mm, 45mm, and 49mm Apple Watch versions. 

Alpine: Orange, Starlight, and Green44mm, 45mm, and 49mm only$99
Trail: Yellow/Beige, Blue/Gray, and Black Gray44mm, 45mm, and 49mm only$99
Ocean: Yellow, White, and Midnight44mm, 45mm, and 49mm only$99

Solo Loop

Apple Watch Solo Loop

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The Solo Loop is available exclusively through Apple retail in various band sizes. 

As Apple explains, "The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are only compatible with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. The 40mm and 41mm cases work with band sizes 1–9; the 44mm and 45mm cases works with band sizes 1–12."

There are five new Solo Loop bands this time around, including:

Succulent$49
Sunglow$49
Starlight$49
Midnight$49
Storm Blue$49

Braided Solo Loop

Apple Watch braided bands

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Like the Solo Loop Apple Watch bands, the Braided Solo Loop is only available through Apple and requires a band measurement. 

As Apple explains, "The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands are only compatible with Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 4 or newer. The 40mm and 41mm cases work with band sizes 1–9; the 44mm and 45mm cases works with band sizes 1–12."

Three new Braided Solo Loop bands have arrived this season, including:

Rainforest$99
Slate Blue$99
Beige$99

Sport Band

Apple Watch Sport Bands

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One of the original Apple Watch bands, the Sport Band is offered in two sizes of bands: S/M and M/L. 

Per Apple: "You can match most bands with any Apple Watch Series 3 or newer case of the same size. The 41mm bands work with 38mm and 40mm cases; the 45mm bands work with 42mm, 44mm and 49mm cases."

There are three new bands this season: 

Elderberry$49
Slate Blue$49
Succulent$49

Sport Loop

Apple Watch loop

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Another oldie, the form-fitting Sport Loop band is offered in the same size, regardless of Apple Watch. 

Apple explains: "You can match most bands with any Apple Watch Series 3 or newer case of the same size. The 41mm bands work with 38mm and 40mm cases; the 45mm bands work with 42mm, 44mm and 49mm cases."

There are five new Sport Loop bands:

Storm Blue$49
Starlight$49
Elderberry$49
Midnight$49
PRODUCT(RED)$49

Nike Sport Band

Nike Sport Bands

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This season, Apple's introducing four new $49 Nike Sport Bands. These come with either an S/M or M/L band. 

For fall, Apple's introducing four new Nike Sport Bands, such as: 

Bright Crimson/Gym Red$49
Olive Grey/Black$49
Black/Black$49
Summit White/Black$49

Nike Sport Loop

Nike Sport Loop

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If you don't like the regular Sport Loop, there's Nike's version. We've got four new bands for fall, including: 

Game Royal/Midnight Navy$49
Summit White/Black$49
Sequoia/Pure Platinum$49
Black/Summit White$49

Apple Watch leather bands

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Iconic is a great way to describe the Leather bands for Apple Watch. These $99 accessories offer S/M and M/L band sizes. 

According to Apple: "You can match most bands with any Apple Watch Series 3 or newer case of the same size. The 41mm bands work with 38mm and 40mm cases; the 45mm bands work with 42mm, 44mm and 49mm cases."

There are only two new ones for fall:

Umber$99
Ink$99

Modern Buckle

Apple Watch bands modern buckle

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Only available for the 38mm, 40mm, and 41mm Apple Watch, the Modern Buckle is also iconic and priced at $149. The three new options for this fall include: 

Umber$149
Ink$149
Azure$149

Hermès

Apple Watch Hermès bands

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There are 19 new Hermès bands available from Apple this fall. Yes, 19. These comes in various styles and price points. 

Rose Texas/Rouge Piment Jumping Single Tour38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$319
Rouge Sellier/Bleu Saphir Jumping Single Tour 42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$319
Noir Swift Leather Gourmette Metal Double Tour 38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$849
Noir Swift Leather Gourmette Double Tour 38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$849
Cuivre Swift Leather H Diagonal Single Tour
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$449
Bleu de France Swift Leather H Diagonal Single Tour
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$449
Gold Swift Leather H Diagonal Single Tour
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$449
Gris Meyer Swift Leather H Diagonal Single Tour
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$449
Vert Rousseau Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour
38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$489
Béton Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour
38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$489
Rose Texas Swift Leather Attelage Double Tour
38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$489
Orange Swift Leather Single Tour
All Watches (less Ultra)$339
Navy Swift Leather Single Tour
All Watches (less Ultra)$339
Vert Rousseau Swift Leather Single Tour
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$339
Rose Texas Swift Leather Single Tour
38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$339
Noir Swift Leather Single Tour
38mm, 40mm, and 41mm$339
Noir Swift Leather Single Tour Deployment Buckle
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$539
Ebène Barénia Leather Single Tour Deployment Buckle
42mm, 44mm, and 45mm$539

Dress up your Apple Watch with some color

Each fall, Apple tends to release a lot of new Apple Watch bands. For 2022, this rule has been dutifully followed.

If you're looking for Apple Watch bands not made by Apple, consider the best Apple Watch bands that we mentioned earlier in this article.