Apple's original Milanese loop for Apple Watch is beautiful, smooth, and made of stainless steel mesh that wraps around your wrist in a continuous, adjustable loop. This Apple Watch band is fully magnetic, so there's no need for buckles or clasps. Apple offers it in silver, gold, or space black for $149, but if that's out of your price range, we've got some cheaper alternatives. The clasps on some of these may be different than Apple's elegant design, but the stunning metal mesh style is similar. You're not limited to the colors Apple offers when you go third-party. All of the listings below are available for any size or generation Apple Watch.

Our pick: MCORS Mesh Metal Loop

Staff Favorite

The MCORS Mesh Metal Loop is our top pick because it comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Choose from the Black Red striped option shown here, Army Green (camouflage), Colorful (rainbow), Lavender, Rose Gold, or any of the colors offered by Apple.

From $13 at Amazon

Bonus protector: jwacct Apple Watch Band

This metal mesh band comes with a matching bumper to protect your Apple Watch from bumps and scrapes. While it doesn't cover the screen, it does protect the metal case from scratches. It comes in a nice variety of colors as well.

From $15 at Apple

Great value: ADWLOF Steel Mesh Loop

This beauty comes in all of the colors Apple offers plus a couple more. You can also save money by buying a two-pack of some of the most popular shades.

From $11 at Amazon

Bargain two-pack: Cocos Apple Watch Band

This is a fantastic price for two Milanese-style stainless steel mesh Apple Watch bands. You get two colors: a silver band and a rose gold band. This listing is just for the smaller 38mm/40mm Apple Watch.

$16 at Amazon

Colorful: VATI Apple Watch Band

This beauty comes in a variety of colors; you can match it to just about any model Apple Watch or go with a contrasting look.

From $9 at Amazon

Seeing red: HILIMNY Apple Watch Band

This beauty comes in the usual assortment of colors, as well as more unusual ones. One of the standouts is this gorgeous red shade, which is perfect if you own a PRODUCT(RED) iPhone. You can also save money by buying a three-pack.

From $10 at Amazon

Milanese, if you please

Finding the perfect Apple Watch band can be tricky, but these Milanese miracles are bound to give you a few ideas when you're shopping online. At about one-tenth the price of Apple's own offerings, you might even buy more than one of these third-party bands. The MCORS Metal Mesh Loop is a reliable and super comfortable replacement strap that won't break the bank. Plus, the secure closure ensures it won't slide off your wrist during your day-to-day work. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can pick up several to go with different outfits.

If you need some protection, the jwacct Apple Watch Band is your best bet. The case it comes with gives your Apple Watch all-over protection. Another nice thing about this combo is that it doesn't matter which color Apple Watch you have. The band and case match, so once the case is on your Apple Watch, you're perfectly coordinated.

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