Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch to date. Because of this, there are countless bands available for the wearable device, including many so-called sport bands. Whether you decide to buy an official Apple Watch Sport Band or something more generic, you'll find plenty of the best Apple Watch sport bands on the market at various price levels and styles. Keep in mind that these are for 41mm watch size, but you can choose other sizes as well.
Cupertino's official sport bands are as old as the Apple Watch itself. They're made from a high-performance fluoroelastomer, and our own reviewers found the band to be durable and robust, yet soft. Each wearable comes with M/L and L/XL pieces so you can get your perfect fit. This official band is available in regular and seasonal colors.
Made from nylon
The Apple Sport Loop bands are soft, breathable, and lightweight. With a hook-and-loop fastener, the bands offer double-layer nylon weave that has dense loops on the skin side for extra cushioning. It also allows for moisture to escape. Like other official bands, there are regular and seasonal varieties.
Available in various sizes, this third-party sport band comes in multiple colors and features hypoallergenic nickel-free stainless steel lugs on both ends. The band itself is made from silicone that's both comfortable and durable.
Similar to the official Nike Sport Loop, this third-party band from AdMaster is available in colors Nike never imagined, including red/black, midnight blue/vintage rose, and many more. The band is made from a skin-friendly nylon material.
Available in various color combinations, this Apple Watch band comes complete with a useful TPU case for protection of your actual Apple Watch, whether you have the new Apple Watch Series 7 or an older Apple Watch SE. The band itself is made of durable, flexible, lightweight material. It's available in all sizes to suit all models of Apple Watch.
Here's a flowery choice worth considering. This durable band is constructed of high-performance soft silicone. The Greatfine Sport Band is available in various designs and sizes, including some lovely floral options that offer a more feminine way to wear your Apple Watch.
Official or third-party?
The official best Apple Watch sport bands aren't as affordable as the many knockoffs on Amazon and other websites. Does paying more mean getting a better product? Not necessarily, but keep in mind that not all third-party bands are created equal. Also remember: sometimes you get what you pay for!
With that being said, we have uncovered a number of third-party bands worth considering due to their unique design and price, plus other factors.
Our favorite Apple Watch band remains the official Sports Band, which is both practical and durable. We also adore the official Sport Loop, which is so comfortable you almost forget it's there! If you're primarily focused on finding a third-party band that's a little different, take a look at the Greatfine Sport Band, which is offered in various styles.
Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
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