The 8 Best Apple Watch Bands of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Value: iGK Sport Band

What We Like
  • Affordable rubber sport band

  • Wide range of color options

  • Great budget alternative to official Apple Sport Band

What We Don't Like
  • Rubber band sometimes causes sweat underneath when working out

Priced at less than ten dollars, this third-party Apple Watch band fits the Series 1-5 and is quite the bargain. It is made with high-quality silicone and fastened with hypoallergenic stainless steel pins, lending itself to a clean and secure fit. 

The material is also highly durable, resistant to sweat — though it does tend to get your wrist sweaty underneath when working out — and water. It's also impervious to chafing. The iGK Sport Band offers ten stylish colors and comes in four different sizes: Small/Medium and Medium/Large wristbands for both the 38/40mm and 42/44mm Apple Watches. For active users, the iGK is practically weightless, making it the perfect accessory for your busy life.

Best Leather: Mkeke Leather Apple Watch Band

Apple Watch Band, iWatch Band Strap Premium Vintage Genuine Leather Replacement Watchband with Secure Metal Clasp Buckle for Apple Watch Sport Edition
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What We Like
  • Great value

  • Ages well over time

  • Available in a number of shades

What We Don't Like
  • Clasp and band may be too large for some wrists 

With a craftsman leather look that punches high above its price tag, the Mkeke Apple Watch band is available in both 44mm and 42mm sizes, fitting Series 5 models, along with all earlier versions of the Apple Watch. The stitching looks like it was handled with great care while the leather itself is sweat-absorbent, thereby bolstering its endurance.

Multiple holes on the band allow users of all wrist sizes to find the ideal fit, though small-wristed users might find it too large. Meanwhile, the stainless steel buckle allows for easy removal and replacement. Available in both black and brown, Mkeke adds an unconditional 1-year warranty for any quality problems, as well as lifetime customer service support.

Best Nylon: Carterjett Nylon Apple Watch Band

What We Like
  • Soft, easy to wear nylon band

  • Available in three sizes to fit all wrists

  • Wide range of colors to choose from

What We Don't Like
  • Takes a few wears to break in

Available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, the Carterjett Nylon Apple Watch band is a serviceable alternative to Apple's own nylon band offerings and costs far less. With a bevy of colors and styles to choose from, the Carterjett sports a soft-touch leather-inspired feel and is both waterproof and breathable. Compatible with all three generations of the Apple Watch, Carjett's band is tool-less and screw-less, requiring no additional hardware to adjust its stainless steel buckles.

The Carterjett's premium design makes it feel right at home, whether you're involved in outdoor activities or going out for a night on the town. Colors include traditional black and brown, camouflage, and blue and tan, to name a few.

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Best Silicone: Carterjett Tire Tread Rubber Apple Watch Band

What We Like
  • Sturdy, lightweight rubber


  • Made for durability 

  • Available in a range of sizes and colors

What We Don't Like
  • Tire tread design might be too rugged for some 


Rubber might not be the go-to Apple Watch third-party replacement band for many, but for outdoorsy types, the Carterjett Apple Watch tire tread rubber band is a must-own. Available in eight different colors and in both 38mm and 42mm sizes, these lightweight bands feel tough enough to endure nearly any type of activity.

Carterjett highlights that the tire tread rubber band is also waterproof and hypoallergenic to prevent reported issues that have plagued competitive models. A classic buckle and multiple holes allow you to customize the fit of the band to based on the size of your wrist while its silicone construction makes it feel both flexible and high-quality.

Best Sport: Nike Sport Band

Nike Sport Band
What We Like
  • Stylish, lightweight, and comfortable

  • Smooth and durable

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

The Nike Sport Band is one of the best choices for sports or outdoor activities, assuming your budget permits. Although it’s a more expensive option, Nike’s band is soft, durable, and smooth, yet can withstand whatever you throw at it. 

Made from fluoroelastomer, a synthetic rubber, this band feels great on the skin and is perforated to enhance breathability and let water and sweat bleed through. It comes in Small/Medium and Medium/Large sizes and is available for all Apple Watch models. Gym-goers and athletes should at least consider the comfortable and lightweight Nike Sport Band.

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Best Double Tour: V-Moro Crazy Horse Apple Watch Band

What We Like
  • Elegant and stylish leather band wraps twice around your wrist

  • Affordable, offered in several colors and sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Leather tends to darken over time


The V-Moro Crazy horse leather watch band wraps around the wrist twice to replicate the Hermes-style bands. Made out of fine grain leather with a multitude of colors available and 38mm and 42mm sizes, the inclusion of a finished metal clasp adds to the character of the watch.

Featuring a lifetime warranty and dedicated customer support, the full-grain cow leather is likely to last for years. The watch adapters feel both tight and secure when attached to the Apple Watch hardware. While V-Moro encourages users to avoid water to assist with the longevity of the leather, the band quickly dries and returns to its previous sharp looks.

Best Stainless Steel: Speidel Twist-O-Flex Brushed Stainless Steel Band

What We Like
  • Resistant to water and sweat

  • Expandable, customizable length

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Third-party stainless-steel Apple Watch bands are readily available, so standing out is a tall order. Fortunately, the Twist-O-Flex by Speidel combines fashionable style and mainstream appeal with a wallet-friendly price tag. Available in black, silver, and brushed colors, as well as 38mm and 42mm sizes, the Speidel is resistant to water and sweat.

The band's overall flexibility plays to its strength by stretching up to a range of five inches, allowing users to easily take the Speidel off and put it back on again. The design offers two layers of steel pieces, providing extra support and making the Speidel durable and long-lasting.

Best Wood: LDFAS Natural Wood Apple Watch Band

What We Like
  • Unique design, made from stainless-steel and black sandalwood

  • Adjustable size

  • Available in several eye-catching styles

What We Don't Like
  • Not designed for frequent use in water  


An Apple Watch band made out of wood might raise plenty of eyebrows, but the LDFAS natural wood band makes an excellent first impression. The combination of a natural black sandalwood and stainless-steel metal band is an eye-catching arrangement boosted by an equally eye-catching price tag.

The butterfly folding clasp keeps the watch firmly in place on your wrist and prevents loosening during everyday wear. As with most wooden products, the LDFAS band isn't waterproof, so active individuals might consider a silicone-based band more practical for sports.

Beyond activities, the natural sandalwood becomes more attractive over time as wear and tear bring out rich color tones. Installation guidelines are included right in the box, as is the necessary hardware to remove individual links.

What to Look for in an Apple Watch Band

Material - You can buy Apple Watch bands in pretty much any material that regular watch bands come in. The question is, how will you be using the watch? If you’re big on the outdoors, a material that isn’t delicate and is easy to clean, such as nylon, might be a good fit. If you’ll mainly be wearing the watch in and out of meetings, stainless steel is a great choice.

Price - Even though these are third-party Apple Watch bands, they can be pricey. It’s worth taking budget into account, especially because one of the benefits of an Apple Watch is the ability to switch out bands based on the occasion. It might be worth going for a lower-priced band and being able to buy two, rather than one fancier band.

Style - Regular watches are often fashion statements, and your Apple Watch can be, too. From wood-grain options to more classic styles, there are plenty of Apple Watch bands that are just as fashionable as they are functional.