The 7 Best Apple Watch Bands of 2019

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Best Leather: Mkeke Leather Apple Watch Band

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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.

Best Nylon: Carterjett Nylon Apple Watch Band

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.

Best Silicone: Carterjett Tire Tread Rubber Apple Watch Band

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.

Best Sport: iGK Sport Band

Priced at less than ten dollars, this third-party Apple Watch band fits the Series 1-4 and is quite the bargain. It is made with a high-quality silicone and fastened with hypoallergenic stainless steel pins, creating a clean and secure fit. The material is also highly durable, resistant to sweat and water, and impervious to chafing. The iGK Sport Band offers ten stylish colors for ultimate personalization. It also comes in four different sizes: S/M and M/L wristbands for both the 38mm and 42mm Apple watches. For active users, the iGK is practically weightless, which makes it the perfect accessory for your busy life.

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

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.

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

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.

Best Wood: LDFAS Natural Wood Apple Watch Band

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.

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.