The 8 Best Apple Watch Bands to Buy in 2018

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Once you've laid out the money for the Apple Watch, you might find a nagging feeling that you can do far more to personalize it on your wrist. Enter the popularity of third-party Apple Watch bands that remove the high price tags of Apple's own product lineup while adding a seemingly endless array of styles, colors and material. Whether it's for night on the town or a 26-mile marathon, there's something for everyone and the good news is that they all cost a fraction of what you will pay in the Apple store. Read on to find the best Apple Watch bands to buy today.

With a craftsmanship leather look that feels a lot richer than its price tag, the Mkeke Apple Watch band is available in both 38mm and 42mm sizing. The stitching and quality look like they were handled with great care, while the leather itself is sweat-absorbent to add some extra peace of mind for longevity. Multiple holes on the band allow users of all wrist sizes to find the ideal fit, while the stainless-steel buckle allows easy on and off. Available in both black and brown, Mkeke adds an unconditional one-year warranty for any quality problems and lifetime customer service support.

Available in both 38mm and 42mm sizing, the Carterjett Nylon Apple Watch band is a great replacement for Apple's own nylon band offerings and cost far less. With a bevy of colors and styles to choose from, the Carterjett offers a soft-to-the-touch nylon feel that's both waterproof and breathable. Compatible with all three generations of Apple Watch, the Carterjett band requires no tools to alter sizing and, with no screws, needs no hardware to adjust the stainless-steel buckles.

The Carterjett's good looks enable it to feel right at home with both sport and outdoor activities, as well as a night on the town. Colors include traditional black and brown, camouflage, blue and tan, to name a few.

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 also highlights that the tire tread rubber band is also waterproof and hypo-allergenic to avoid any of the problems that have plagued competitive models. A classic buckle and multiple holes allow the fit of the band to be customized based on wrist size, while its silicone construction makes it feel both flexible and high-quality.

As the Apple Watch sport band ranks as a heavy favorite among buyers, the third-party market is ripe with opportunity to offer different colors and style for even more options. Composed of a high-quality and flexible elastomer material and complemented by stainless steel buckles, the Umtele is a fantastic third-party option at a fraction of the price.

A cross between classic looks and simple style, the Umtele is available in 38mm and 42mm sizing and comes in nine different colors for true personalization. Beyond looks, the Umtele adapts quickly to an active lifestyle as band owners will find a comfortable fit that's waterproof and sweat-resistant.

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 sizing, the addition 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.

Third-party Milanese loop bands for the Apple Watch are a dime a dozen, but the BRG stainless steel Milanese loop rises to the top of the pack. Available in five different colors, the BRG comes in both 38mm and 42mm sizing. Adjusting the Milanese loop is an absolute breeze, thanks to a strong magnet that holds the BRG band tightly to your wrist. With no buckle or extra links, resizing is as easy as it gets and the band offers an attractive style that looks great for a night on the town or a day at the office.

Composed of steel mesh, the band feels durable enough to last for a long time and is backed by an 18-month warranty by BRG for added peace of mind.

Third-party stainless-steel Apple Watch bands are readily available, so standing out is a tall order. Fortunately, the Twist-O-Flex by Speidel does a superb job at providing the right combination of style and looks at a wallet-friendly price tag. Available in black, silver and brushed colors, as well as 38mm and 42mm sizing, 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 on and off. The design offers two layers of steel pieces, providing extra support and making the Speidel durable and long-lasting.

An Apple Watch band made out of wood might raise plenty of eyebrows, but the LDFAS natural wood band makes a great first impression. The combination of a natural black sandalwood and stainless-steel metal band is an eye-catching arrangement that's 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 daily wear. As with most wood 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 will become more attractive over time as wear and tear bring out more of the rich colors. Installation instructions are included right in the box, as is the necessary hardware to remove individual links.

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