We love the Apple Watch Sport Band; it's one of the best Apple Watch bands that Apple has made. Maybe your Apple Watch came with that unique, fluoroelastomer band with pin-and-tuck closure, and you're looking to get some more. Perhaps your Apple Watch came with a different band, and you've had your eye on a sport band (or several) ever since. The thing is, the real deal is $49 a pop. While they're certainly worth it, there are also several excellent alternatives you can try if you want that Apple Watch Sport Band look for less.
- Colorful: VATI Sport Band
- High quality: Clockwork Synergy's Silicone Strap
- Brick and mortar: NEXT Sport Band
- Fun patterns: Sunnywoo Sport Band
- Slim style: SWEES Sport Band
- Your next Target run: Heyday Apple Watch Band
- Pride style: Magwei Sport Band Compatible with Apple Watch
Colorful: VATI Sport BandStaff Favorite
This band from VATI offers the Apple Watch Sport Band look for less in color options outside of what Apple offers. The band comes in more standard colors similar to Apple's but also dozens of others. You can also save money with three-packs and six-packs.
High quality: Clockwork Synergy's Silicone Strap
We love our well-crafted Clockwork Synergy bands. While the buckle of this comfortable silicon band doesn't function like your standard Apple Watch sport band, Clockwork Synergy gives you the option to choose your metal hardware: stainless steel, brushed steel, yellow gold, rose gold, or PVD black. It comes in lots of colors.
Brick and mortar: NEXT Sport Band
This band from NEXT comes in plenty of colors and can be found for either size Apple Watch. The band looks a lot like Apple's band, but with some key differences, like flatter ends. If you'd like to choose between shopping online and a brick-and-mortar store option, you can find this at your local Best Buy as well as the site.
Fun patterns: Sunnywoo Sport Band
Straying a bit from the precise Apple Sport Band model, this one tapers away from the watch face and sports over a dozen different pretty, colorful, and whimsical patterns. Both Apple Watch sizes are available.
Slim style: SWEES Sport Band
If you like the Apple Watch Sport Band look but would like something just a little slimmer, check out the SWEES Sport Band. It tapers away from the watch for a more delicate look. Choose from lots of colors and both Apple Watch sizes.
Your next Target run: Heyday Apple Watch Band
Target runs (or online orders) are a near-weekly occurrence in my household. It so happens that one of my favorite Apple Watch bands is from Target. The Heyday Apple Watch band doesn't look exactly like Apple's, but this excellent quality band has held up through many wears.
Pride style: Magwei Sport Band Compatible with Apple Watch
Get the Pride look for less with this band. Plus, there are plenty of other fun, patterned options here from which to choose. I particularly like the snakeskin style and the galaxy look. Both Apple Watch sizes are included.
You can have the Apple Watch Sport Band look for less
All of these are excellent sport bands for your Apple Watch, and you can get them without shelling out the $50 for a first-party band from Apple. Any would be a great addition to a band collection, but we've got our eye on the VATI Sport Band. It's super affordable, simple, and comes in dozens of great colors.
If you're looking for an alternative silicone band instead of just a copy of Apple's, the Clockwork Synergy Silicone Strap is what you need. It's a high-quality band for less than half the price of the Apple Sport Band. You can choose your hardware color to go with your Apple Watch. We own several Clockwork Synergy's excellent bands, and the combination of price and quality can't be beaten.
Want to spend even less? Pick up a Heyday Apple Watch Band on your next Target run. This is a personal favorite of mine and is featured on our Best Apple Watch Bands list. For some more options, check out Nike Sport Band look for less roundup, as well as our list of the best cheap apple watch bands.
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