Best bands for your stainless steel Apple Watch 2023

The stainless steel Apple Watch is in a class all its own. The shiny steel case makes it much more jewelry-like than its aluminum sibling. Instead of being glass, the screen is sapphire, just like upscale traditional watches. It's a beauty for sure, so you'll want to pair it with a worthy band. Enhance the beauty of your stainless steel Apple Watch with one of these bands.

The best bands for your stainless steel Apple Watch

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Which is the best band for your stainless steel Apple Watch?

Whether you've got an Apple Watch Series 8 or any other model, the stainless steel version is definitely a splurge. After all, it costs almost as much as the Apple Watch Ultra, and yet it doesn't have the Ultra's extra features. Personally, I think it's worth it to get the stainless steel, and have purchased it myself over several iterations. I love the look of it and consider it fashion just as much as a fitness tracker. So a great band is a must. Sure, I wear a sport band for working out, but otherwise I like something a bit more upscale.

You cannot go wrong with the Milanese Loop; I'll never forget Jony Ive's smooth-as-silk introduction of this band and my jaw hitting the floor. It's a modern classic. Choose the color that matches your stainless steel Apple Watch perfectly and you're dressed to the nines no matter what else you're wearing.

If you don't want to spend Milanese money or you don't necessarily want a stainless steel band, consider Clockwork Synergy's Dapper Collection. I own a number of their bands and find the fit and finish to be excellent. The adaptors slide on like butter. The leather is soft and supple but sturdy. You can choose your hardware color and your leather color for a custom look you'll love. The price is unbelievable for the quality you get with this brand.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.