I don’t try to hide the fact that I love the Apple Watch (here’s why I think you should buy one). One of the fun details about the Apple Watch is the fact that you can switch out bands whenever you’d like to which helps to keep things from getting boring. Problem is… there are a lot of third party Apple Watch bands third party Apple Watch bands to choose from and they aren’t all great.
I’ve tried a lot of Apple Watch bands (I got in with the original Apple Watch) and have definitely developed some preferences. So when the new Series 1 and Series 2 models debuted I decided it was time to make some great recommendations based on my taste and experience to help you avoid getting a lemon, to help you discover some options you might not have known about otherwise and finally to show you (via the video) what they are actually like instead of just giving you a picture.
I should mention here that I also covered the Nomad Strap band for the Apple Watch recently and that is a very stylish, high-quality band as well — definitely worth checking into if you haven’t yet. Alright, let’s go.
Juuk Locarno — $245
The Juuk Locarno (a new version of which is on Kickstarter right now) has an amazing stainless steel design. I love the way the light catches on all the different angled surfaces. I’ve been a Juuk fan for quite awhile because I’ve witnessed first hand the passion this company has for their products — nothing goes out the door unless they feel it is perfect. The Locarno comes in several different color options, some of which I find very unique, so you’ll definitely be able to pick one up that’s a good fit for your personality. Finally, this guy resizes easily thanks to the included mini-screwdriver and the near-seamless clasp on the bottom is a nice touch as well. If you’re looking for a premium alternative to the official Apple Watch bands, this is a great option.
Wristouch Steel Mesh Band – $90
If you like the idea of a steel mesh band and don’t want to spend $150 for Apple’s Milanese Loop then check out this steel mesh band from Wristouch. I really (really, really) love the way this thing looks: it oozes class and feels super-refined. It’s made from 1.2mm stainless steel mesh wire topped off with a sandblasted finish and comes in silver, black or chrome. If you don’t like messing with removing links you’ll love how easy this band is to resize (all you need to do is move the buckle). Finally, this band is pretty darn light — especially for a metal watch band.
Lux Woods African Blackwood Band – $65
Speaking of light… the African Blackwood band from Lux Woods is insanely lightweight because, as the name implies, it’s actually made form wood (which feels kind of exotic and really unique on your wrist). Actually, it’s a bit hard to tell the black version is wooden from a distance because it kind of has a matte metal finish look to it from a ways back (which I think is kind of cool). Up close, though, every band is going to be slightly different since the wood grain won’t be the same from product to product. So if you’re into sustainable products, want something truly unique and you don’t want to shell out too much money this is an excellent choice.
I actually find myself wearing Apple’s Sport band quite often. It’s really easy to get on and off and very comfortable. Plus, if I’m exercising or working out I can sweat all over it without a second thought. But it’s not very fashionable. When I want to step it up a notch the straps I’ve mentioned above are my current batch of goto Apple Watch bands.