The Apple Watch Series 9 is almost as cheap as the Apple Watch Series 8 at Best Buy right now

Apple Watch Series 9 Deal
(Image credit: Future)

Despite only launching a few months ago, the Apple Watch Series 9 is almost the same price as the inferior Apple Watch Series 8 on Best Buy. I bought my first Apple Watch only a few years ago, yet the value of it has been immeasurable in my life thanks to its great health trackers, built-in timers and calendar, and the ability to see messages easily. 

With the holidays on the way and a great deal now live, it is the perfect time to pick up a new Apple Watch for yourself or as a very extravagant gift for a (very) loved one. 

Keeping time

Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm) |$429$359 at Best Buy

Apple Watch Series 9 (45mm) | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6340284&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fapple-watch-series-9-gps-45mm-midnight-aluminum-case-with-midnight-sport-band-m-l-midnight%2F6340284.p%3FskuId%3D6340284&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">$429 $359 at Best Buy

Available at a $70 discount, the Apple Watch Series 9 has a huge peak brightness of 2,000, a brand new ‘Double Tap’ gesture for easy navigation, an upgraded Neural Engine, and a new chip based on the A15 Bionic. It’s an absolute powerhouse of a Watch with some excellent features. 

Price Check: <a href="https://target.georiot.com/Proxy.ashx?tsid=8428&GR_URL=https%3A%2F%2Famazon.com%2FApple-Smartwatch-Aluminum-Fitness-Tracker%2Fdp%2FB0CHXDW29R%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fcrid%3D1E45NJ0LY8YW2%26keywords%3DWatch%252BSeries%252B9%26qid%3D1702554159%26s%3Delectronics%26sprefix%3Dwatch%252Bseries%252B%252Celectronics%252C152%26sr%3D1-2%26ufe%3Dapp_do%253Aamzn1.fos.c3015c4a-46bb-44b9-81a4-dc28e6d374b3%26th%3D1%26tag%3Dhawk-future-20%26ascsubtag%3Dhawk-custom-tracking-20" data-link-merchant="Amazon US"" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">$359 at Amazon | N/A at B&H Photo

Apple Watch Series 8 (45mm) | $429$343.99 at Best Buy

Apple Watch Series 8 (45mm) | <a href="https://shop-links.co/link?skuId=6340258&publisher_slug=future&exclusive=1&u1=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2Fapple-watch-series-8-gps-45mm-aluminum-case-with-starlight-sport-band-m-l-starlight%2F6340258.p%3FskuId%3D6340258&article_name=hawk-article-name&article_url=hawk-article-url" data-link-merchant="bestbuy.com"">$429 $343.99 at Best Buy

The Apple Watch Series 8 is still a decent choice, thanks to its 32GB of storage, fast S8 chip, all-day battery life, and a lovely always-on display. It will do almost everything you expect of a modern Apple Watch like monitoring your heart rate, and its crash and temperature sensors are nice new features. 

Price Check: N/A at Amazon | N/A at B&H Photo

For the small difference between the two Apple Watches, there is little reason to choose the Series 8 just for a $15 discount. If only for the battery alone, your Watch Series 9 will last a little longer thanks to a newer battery. However, you also get an improved Neural Engine, better display, and a faster chip from the best Apple Watch the company has produced in years!

James Bentley

James is a staff writer and general Jack of all trades at iMore. With news, features, reviews, and guides under his belt, he has always liked Apple for its unique branding and distinctive style. Originally buying a Macbook for music and video production, he has since gone on to join the Apple ecosystem with as many devices as he can fit on his person. 


With a degree in Law and Media and being a little too young to move onto the next step of his law career, James started writing from his bedroom about games, movies, tech, and anything else he could think of. Within months, this turned into a fully-fledged career as a freelance journalist. Before joining iMore, he was a staff writer at Gfinity and saw himself published at sites like TechRadar, NME, and Eurogamer. 


As his extensive portfolio implies, James was predominantly a games journalist before joining iMore and brings with him a unique perspective on Apple itself. When not working, he is trying to catch up with the movies and albums of the year, as well as finally finishing the Yakuza series. If you like Midwest emo music or pretentious indie games that will make you cry, he’ll talk your ear off.