While you don't need a stand to charge your Apple Watch, it can be both a lovely and practical addition to your bedside table or dresser.
A great stand not only displays your watch and band while you're not wearing it, but it also helps hide unsightly charging wires and lets you interact with features like Nightstand mode.
If you're in the market for an Apple Watch stand, here are my top picks!
When you place your Apple Watch onto the mount in Nightstand mode, the green, simple design really makes it look like you have a tiny Mac sitting on your desk.
All you have to do is slip your Apple Watch charger into the W3's perfectly fitting holder, then rest your Apple Watch on its side. It really is the perfect setup for any Apple geek.
Twelve South Forté
Twelve South's Forté offers a sleek design and top-notch quality for displaying and charging your Apple Watch.
Its angled chrome stand lets your smartwatch easily hang in any direction, all while hiding the charging cord inside the curved rear support.
Those curves also help keep your band curled and contained while your watch charges. A smooth leather base offers a place to rest your iPhone at night, too (if you charge both in the same place).
The Dock intentionally sits the Watch on its side for easy access to its buttons in Nightstand mode, letting your iPhone snooze away behind it.
Adding cords to the Dock requires a little bit of setup and a screwdriver, but the end result is a great-looking stand and hidden charging cables.
Open it up, and you'll access a compartment for storing Apple Watch bands and your charging cable alike.
Better still, the TimePorter offers a spool to tame and control your Apple Watch charging cable, keeping it organized no matter where you travel.
Inspired by Pad and Quill founder Brian Holmes's grandfather and his pocket watch, the Luxury Pocket Stand was designed to resemble an old-world watch display for new-age tech.
It hides the Apple Watch's charging cable within the stand, and provides a wedge shape when folded to coil your cord around the base while traveling.
Like the TimePorter, Sena offers hooks to wrap your Apple Watch charger inside the case, allowing you to easily travel with the cord.
When you're ready to pack up, simply unplug from your charging source and reassemble the case for safe travel.
What's your favorite Apple Watch stand?
Already have a sweet stand you've been using to charge your Apple Watch? Let us know in the comments!
Updated August 2018: This article still has the best of the best Apple Watch stand options!
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