Best Bands for Your Stainless Steel Apple Watch iMore 2021
So, you've splurged on the stainless steel and sapphire Apple Watch. I did so myself, and I love the look and versatility, not to mention the durability. You don't want to put just any Apple Watch band on this beauty, right? You've got to keep it classy, whether you're dressing the watch up or down. You also want the band's hardware to match the shiny silver case. Here are some of the best bands for the stainless steel Apple Watch.
- Classy perfection: Apple Milanese Loop
- Milanese Loop alternative: WAAILU Stainless Steel Mesh Band
- Tapered elegance: WFEAGL Leather Band
- Quality and price: Clockwork Synergy 2-piece classic NATO
- Show your personality: CASETiFY Apple Watch Band
- Zen style: TRUMiRR Apple Watch Band
- Fine elegance: Nomad Steel Band
- Exotic wood: Ottm Apple Watch band
- Top leather for less: Clockwork Synergy Dapper Collection
- Trendy style: Fastgo Bracelet Apple Watch Band
- Classic style: ImmSss Apple Watch Band
- Upscale bling: Goldenerre Crystal Pavé Link Band
Classy perfection: Apple Milanese LoopStaff Favorite
The Milanese Loop is my personal favorite of Apple's offerings. It looks impressive and suits the stainless steel watch perfectly. This band goes with everything, as it can be dressed up or down.
Milanese Loop alternative: WAAILU Stainless Steel Mesh Band
While there's no question that Apple's Milanese Loop is top-notch quality, it's also pricey. There are several "good enough" knock-offs out there for a tiny fraction of the price. I own a few of them myself in different colors and wear them in regular rotation. This one comes in lots of colors and every Apple Watch size.
Tapered elegance: WFEAGL Leather Band
WFEAGL's Leather Band tapers away from the watch face for a more delicate look. The Apple Watch is pretty chunky on a small wrist like mine, but the way this band tapers into a slender band is quite pleasing to my eye. Choose from tons of colors; at this point, you can pick up several for different outfits.
Quality and price: Clockwork Synergy 2-piece classic NATO
The 2-piece classic NATO band from Clockwork Synergy is an inexpensive, casual, sporty Apple Watch band. There are many different color combos, from fun looks like rainbow or American flags to more sober black and gray striping. Clockwork Synergy bands are the best intersection of price and quality.
Show your personality: CASETiFY Apple Watch Band
CASETiFY offers endless options for an Apple Watch band that truly shows off your style. Choose your size, hardware color, and any design you can think of for your actual band. These bands are so much fun; I dare you to choose just one.
Zen style: TRUMiRR Apple Watch Band
This unusual band from TRUMiRR features resin with stainless steel hardware. The polished resin is lightweight and water-resistant but still looks dressy enough for business or formal occasions.
Fine elegance: Nomad Steel Band
Nomad does an excellent job combining rugged durability with refined style here. Just for the larger 42/44mm Apple Watch, this high-grade stainless steel band is the epitome of elegance.
Exotic wood: Ottm Apple Watch band
If you want something completely different, this dazzling real wood Apple Watch band is sure to please. The juxtaposition of warm, natural wood and the high-tech watch itself is unexpected and cool.
Top leather for less: Clockwork Synergy Dapper Collection
If you love the look and feel of high-quality leather but don't want to pay a premium price, you want a Dapper Collection band from Clockwork Synergy. There are a variety of leather colors, both sizes, and several different hardware metal choices. I have a couple of these and wear them in regular rotation. Plus, they look great with my work wardrobe.
Trendy style: Fastgo Bracelet Apple Watch Band
For a completely different look, check out this bracelet-style band from Fastgo. It doesn't even look like an Apple Watch band; it looks like a trendy bangle bracelet, and it comes in several colors. This would be a fun, feminine addition to any collection.
Classic style: ImmSss Apple Watch Band
If you like the look of a classic metal link watch band, this is an excellent dressier option. It comes in a variety of colors and both sizes, so you're covered no matter which stainless steel Apple Watch you own.
Our top picks
You can't go wrong with any of these bands; they're all great options to keep your stainless steel Apple Watch looking fine. Apple's original Milanese Loop is my favorite overall band. It's stylish without being trendy; it looks just as good with athleisure wear as it does with formal wear. It's a genuinely unisex band that looks amazing on everyone.
If you're not interested in the Milanese style, the bands that I recommend to all of my friends and family are anything from Clockwork Synergy. They are excellent quality bands at the lowest price that I have found. The adapters that Clockwork Synergy uses are the best quality; they slide on and off like butter but lock securely into place. You can find a massive selection of styles on their site.
For something dressier, consider the Goldenerre Crystal Pavé Link Band. This gorgeous band is the one I'll be wearing to my daughter's wedding.
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