Best Bands for Your Stainless Steel Apple Watch iMore 2019

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 old 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 options for watch bands that go perfectly with the stainless steel Apple Watch.

Classy perfection: Apple Milanese Loop

Staff Favorite

The Milanese Loop is my personal favorite of Apple's offerings. It looks amazing and suits the stainless steel watch perfectly. This band goes with everything, as it can be dressed up or down.

$149 at Amazon

Milanese Loop alternative: GEEP Milanese Loop

While there's no question that Apple's Milanese Loop is top-notch quality, it's also pricey. There are a number of "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. GEEP's Milanese Loop comes in lots of colors and every Apple Watch size.

From $12 at Amazon

Upscale elegance: Lucrin Apple Watch band

Swiss company Lucrin makes high-end, luxurious top quality leather products and its Apple Watch bands are no exception. These are just straight up gorgeous bands.

$97 at Amazon

Quality and price: Clockwork Synergy 2-piece classic NATO

The 2-piece classic NATO band from Clockwork Synergy is an inexpensive, casual, sporty style Apple Watch band. There are a lot of 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.

From $12 at Amazon

Show your personality: Casetify Apple Watch Band

Casetify offers endless options for an Apple Watch band that truly shows off your personal style. Choose your size, hardware color, and any kind of design you can think of for your actual band. These bands are so much fun, I dare you to choose just one.

$42 at Amazon

Zen style: Leathersy Apple Watch Strap

Leathersy makes leather bands that are a little bit unusual. The Zen style is particularly attractive and is made to order for your wrist. It does develop a lovely patina over time. My yellow band is now a medium brown shade.

$85 at Amazon

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. I particularly love the Gabonese Zebrawood.

From $40 at Amazon

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.

$45 at Amazon

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.

$20 at Amazon

Classic style: ImmSss Apple Watch Band

If you like the look of a classic metal link watch band, this is a great 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.

$19 at Amazon

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 truly unisex band that looks amazing on everyone.

If Apple's Milanese Loop is not in your budget, I'd pick up one or perhaps several of the GEEP bands for a fraction of the price instead. The longevity and quality aren't going to be quite the same, but they do look just as good as Apple's with more color options.

If you're not interested in the Milanese style, the bands that I personally recommend to all of my friends and family are anything from Clockwork Synergy. They are the best 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 huge selection of styles in their Amazon storefront.

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