One of the best ways to customize the look of your Apple Watch is with a new band.
There are a wide variety of official Apple Watch Sport Bands, but many Watch users are turned off by the cost. But there is good news. You can find several cheap alternatives at many online retailers like Amazon and Aliexpress.
In this article, we highlight several great options that span a variety of different sport bands for the Apple Watch available today.
A Quick Word About Apple Watch Sport Band Sizes
With the introduction of the Apple Watch Series 4, Apple made an important change to the size of the two primary models. Instead of a 38mm and 42mm case, like in the first three models, Apple increased the size of the screen to make a 40mm and 44mm case.
Even with the larger case and screen, Apple made the great choice to make the new models compatible with all previous bands. So that means all 42mm bands are compatible with the 44mm version, and all 38mm Apple Watch bands are compatible with the 40mm model.
If you’re simply looking for lower cost alternative to the official version, the Yanch Apple Watch Sport Band is a nice option. Comparable to Apple’s original, the band is made from silicone and features the same pin-and-tuck closure for maximum comfort and a good fit.
Both the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm sizes of bands are available in either a small/medium or medium/large option. There are a wide variety of colors available, including many comparable to Apple’s own. If you can’t decide on just one, there is also a four-pack or 10-pack of different bands for an even better discount.
Penen’s Apple Watch Sport Loop Band is similar to Apple’s own band but with a twist. It features a tuck-in closure just like the Sport Band. That will help it stay on your wrist even if the fastener comes undone. The flexible nylon material is comfortable and breathable.
You can select from a 38mm/40mm or 42mm/44mm version in a range of different colors. There’s even a six-pack of bands available too.
The Apple Watch Nike Sport band is a favorite of many active watch wearers because of the air holes that keep the wrist comfortable. And the AdMaster Apple Watch Nike Sport Band offers that same comfort with the familiar pin-and-tuck closure.
There are a number of different color options for you to choose from along with a range of three-pack choices too. All the bands are available in 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm small/medium or medium/large sizes.
4. Halleast Apple Watch Sport Band
Anyone with smaller wrists should take a look at the Halleast Apple Watch Sport Band. This one looks similar to the official Apple band but is significantly narrower. It even offers the same closure system as Apple’s.
The band is available in white or black in the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm sizes. Other colors are available in five-packs of the band.
The GBPOOT Apple Watch Sport Loop Band adds more protection to the standard band. Along with a colorful strap similar to Apple’s official version, a protective cover for the watch is also included. The color of each case compliments the hue of the band for a perfect combination. The watch case also includes a built-in screen protector to fend off scratches and scuffs from daily use.
There are a wide range of color options available in the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm versions.
The official Apple Watch Sport bands are known for sticking with a single color. That definitely makes the Youkek Apple Watch Sport Band unique. All eight choices are made from the same material as sport bands but feature bright and beautiful designs like flowers and stripes.
You can select from a small/medium or medium/large version in any of the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm band sizes.
The Umtele Apple Watch Nike Sport Band is a unique take. Made with silicone, the band has ventilation holes, but not as many as the official version. Along with a stainless steel buckle, there is a special clip that will fasten down the end of the band for a more secure fit.
This band is available in a few different two-toned color options. Each band is available in the 38mm/40mm or 42mm/44mm version.
The amBand Apple Watch Sport Loop Band is a great place to go to get the same look as the official Apple Watch Nike Sport Loop Band for much less. The lightweight and breathable material of the band provides maximum comfort.
Thanks to the hook and loop closure system, you’ll always be able to find the most comfortable fit. There are a number of different colors available in the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm sizes. For even more savings, you can snag a three-pack of bands as well.
9. EIMO Apple Watch Sport Band
The EIMO Apple Watch Sport Band adds even more comfort to the pleasing Apple Watch style. A slit on the top and bottom of the band provides more ventilation. That makes it another great choice for active wearers. You can select from one of a range of bands with a two-tone color scheme. The usual pin-and-tuck closure system helps keep the band secure on your wrist.
It is available in a small or large version for both 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm sizes.
For an even more secure fit, take a look at the OSURI Apple Watch Sport Band. Virtually identical to Apple’s own option, the biggest difference here is that OSURI added two pins to the band. So if the first pin is ever dislodged, the second pin will help keep your expensive watch firmly on your wrist.
There are 22 different colors available in a small/medium or medium/large version of the 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm band sizes.
Apple Watch Sport Bands That Won’t Break the Bank
As you can see, it’s easy to find an alternative Apple Watch sport band for much less than Apple’s official offerings.
Even though you are always taking a chance of a lower-quality item when not purchasing directly from Apple, the cost savings is definitely worth the trade-off for most Watch wearers.
That said, a colorful Apple Watch band is far from the only way to customize the wearable device. For a few other ways, take a look at some custom Apple Watch faces with great visuals too.