The 8 Best Apple Watch Screen Protectors to Buy in 2018

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Best Low-Cost Option: Smiling Apple Watch Case and Protector

Smiling Apple Watch Case and Protector

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Just after some simple, cheap protection for a recent model of Apple Watch? This Smiling option fits the bill nicely.

Made from transparent TPU, it's a bumper and screen protector in one, fitting over the front and sides of Apple Watch series 2 and 3 versions. There are cutouts for the band, as well as for accessing the buttons, ports and microphone. With a front thickness of just 0.3mm, it offers a good balance between protecting the screen and reducing its sensitivity to swipes and taps.

The protector can't accidentally pop off, thanks to a nice tight fit and because it's secured to the watch band through those cutouts. The only downside is that water can get trapped between the screen and the protector if you shower or swim with your watch — it's easy to dry off, but requires removing the protector to do so.

Best for Older Models: Josi Minea Apple Watch Protective Snap-On Case

Don't have the latest and greatest Apple Watch, but still want to protect the screen? This Josi Minea protective snap-on case does exactly what the name suggests, keeping the screen of Series 1 watches safe from scratches and scuffs ​while being quick and easy to install or remove.

Available in a range of colors that match the watch options, as well as a vibrant blue option for those who'd like to stand out a little more, it's one of the few cases that use glass rather than transparent TPU for the screen protector. This gives a more premium feel, with less friction than competing versions.

Well-priced and attractive, it's an ideal way to keep your older Apple Watch in top condition. Got a more recent model? Don't worry, the company makes similar protectors for those as well.

Best If You Need a Case: SIRUIBO Protective Cover for Apple Watch

Many companies make cases for Apple Watches, but surprisingly, most of those cases don't have a cover over the screen. Instead, they rely on the raised case edges to prevent the watch face from hitting hard surfaces.

If you'd like to make sure the front, sides and screen of your expensive watch are fully protected, go for the SIRUIBO Protective Cover instead. The TPU bumper fully covers the exposed parts of all Apple Watch models and is available in colors that match those of the watch itself (or a transparent option if you'd prefer to let the original style shine through.)

Much easier to install than standalone screen protectors, you simply remove the watch band, slip the watch inside the cover and reattach.

As with many other cases, water can get in between the watch face and the cover, which is something to be aware of if you wear your device in the shower or while swimming. Other than that, there's little to complain about here, especially for the price.

Best From a Major Brand: Belkin ScreenForce Screen Protector for Apple Watch

Belkin ScreenForce Screen Protector for Apple Watch

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If you'd like to stick with the comfort of a major brand for protecting your expensive Apple Watch, it's hard to go past Belkin's ScreenForce. The company has been making quality electronic accessories for decades and this screen protector continues the tradition.

Available in both sizes and compatible with all Watch models, it's strong and perfectly clear, and one of the easiest standalone screen protectors to install thanks to the included installation tray. Simply remove the adhesive backing, place the watch face down in the tray and you're done.

Unlike other protectors, it doesn't cover the entire watch face, but rather just the flat main section. If you want to cover the curved area around the edges, you'll need to look elsewhere.

That's the only issue with what is otherwise an excellent screen protector, marked out by its simple installation and lifetime manufacturer warranty.

Best Multipack Option: Covery Apple Watch Screen Protector

Even the best screen protectors are meant to be disposable since they're designed to take the scratches and scuffs that would otherwise damage the screen. Most will also start to peel off around the edges after a while, which doesn't really affect the level of protection but isn't a great look on your sleek watch face.

Installation can be a bit tricky as well, especially if you've never put on a screen protector before, and it's rare to get it exactly right the first time. For all those reasons, buying a multipack is a good idea!

In themselves, Covery's screen protectors aren't much different from the competition, but it's the company's attention to detail that sets them apart. As well as six standard protectors that cover the full watch face on all models, the pack includes two others that cover just the flat part of the screen, designed specifically to be used underneath a case.

The installation process is a little complicated, involved cleaning the screen and then wetting it, along with your fingers and the protector, before applying the protector, removing air bubbles and waiting for everything to dry.

Covery makes it as easy as possible, however, with detailed graphical instructions and a video, as well as installation accessories like a microfiber cloth, sponges and squeegee. This, combined with the low cost per protector, make it our multipack pick.

Best for Gym Lovers: LELONG for Apple Watch Screen Protector and Case

If you like the idea of a protective case and cover that's easy to install, but hate water or sweat getting stuck between the screen and the cover, Lelong has the solution.

At a price lower than many competitors selling just one type of case, the company includes two in the pack, one with a cover over the screen for everyday use, and one without. The latter is ideal for use when swimming, running or performing a heavy workout, as it saves having to disassemble and clean the case after exercise to get rid of the moisture.

Swapping between cases only takes a minute, which makes this a simple and effective way to protect your Apple Watch (series two or three, in either size) with minimum fuss, no matter where you're using it.

Best for Customer Support: IQShield LiQuidSkin Apple Watch Screen Protector

Due to their low price, many sellers of Apple Watch screen protectors don't offer much in the way of customer service or warranty support. If you have a problem, you're largely on your own.

That's not the case with IQShield protectors, however. Every model they sell is backed by a lifetime replacement warranty, as well as a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

The IQShield version comes in a six-pack, so you've got several opportunities to get installation right or replace scratched and damaged versions.

The transparent protectors have self-healing properties, meaning that minor scratches will disappear by themselves over time. As with other models using a similar "wet" installation process, the pack includes a cleaning cloth, a spray that activates the adhesive on the back of the screen protector and a squeegee for removing small air bubbles.

Best for Glare Reduction: IQShield Apple Watch Matte Screen Protector

As good as the screen on the Apple Watch is, sunlight and oily fingerprint smudges can sometimes make it difficult to see clearly when you're outdoors. If this is something that bothers you, it's worth checking out the matte version of IQShield's screen protector.

Very similar to the company's standard protectors, the matte version comes in a pack of six and has the same set of accessories to make the wet installation method as straightforward as possible.

Where it differs is in the matte nature of the protector, noticeably reducing sun glare in bright conditions. IQShield has used a satin finish on the surface, which helps eliminate friction and make swipes feel more like they do when using the screen by itself.

With minor scratches healing by themselves​ and backed by the company's lifetime replacement warranty, these protectors are a sensible option for Apple Watch owners who spend a lot of time in the sun.