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Best Apple Watch Series 8 bands in 2022

Change your look with these great straps for your new connected watch.


The Apple Watch Ultra is perhaps the best smartwatch Apple has to offer, but it’s not necessarily the best option for most buyers due to its exorbitant price and massive size. Unless you are an athlete or an adventurer, you will be best served by the Apple Watch Series 8, which not only offers comprehensive health tracking tools, but also a more affordable price. Another benefit of going with the Apple Watch Series 8 is the massive selection of bands and straps. While you can reuse an old band from an old Apple Watch, it’s always nice to have different options for changing things up.


We’ve rounded up a selection of the best bands for the Apple Watch Series 8, including first-party and third-party options. Note that most of the bands mentioned in our roundup work with any apple watch Stock model as long as the case size is the same. For example, bands designed for 38mm, 40mm and 41 cases are compatible with the whole group. Likewise, bands for 42mm, 44mm, and 45mm cases work for all three case sizes.

  • Apple Watch Strap Braxley Merlot
    Braxley Merlot Apple Watch Band in brown color

    The Braxley Merlot is one of the most versatile bands for the Apple Watch. From workouts to night outings, it’s designed to go with you everywhere. The band is flexible, breathable and made from 100% recycled woven polyester. You can also wear it while swimming as it is washable and dries quickly. It is available in 38mm/40mm/41mm and 42mm/44mm/45mm sizes.

  • Apple Watch Lerobo strap
    Apple Watch Lerobo Strap

    This band from Lerobo is a great alternative to the official Nike Sport Band. It’s made of odorless, skin-friendly silicone, while the air-hole design provides the breathability and comfort you need during high-intensity workouts. It’s also the best value on this list, since you get three different color bands for under $15.

  • OUHENG Apple Watch Band
    OUHENG Apple Watch Band

    Leather watch straps aren’t usually the value options, but this OUGENG strap is an exception. It is made of genuine leather and has a rustic brown look that looks upscale and stylish. A calfskin lining provides a comfortable, skin-friendly interior, while the custom adapter provides a hassle-free installation and removal experience.

  • Apple Watch Strap Braxley Earth V2
    Strap Apple Watch Braxley Earth V2 - 1

    This is another great group in Braxley, especially for people who want to be more eco-friendly. It’s made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, but it’s made from a silky, breathable fabric that’s comfortable to wear all day. Like the other option, this band is washable and available in 13 beautiful colors and 7 adjustable patterns.

  • Apple Watch Pela Vine Strap
    Apple Watch Pela Vine bands in different colors

    Pela Vine’s watch strap is made from a high performance “flaxstic” material that is biodegradable. It’s available in a wide selection of colors and 38mm/40mm and 42mm/44mm sizes, and offers a clean look and comfortable feel. Plus, the unique quick-release metal clasp makes it easy to change or remove straps.

  • Apple Blue Braided Solo Loop Bracelet
    Solo Loop Braided Tape

    If you’re not a fan of clasps and buckles, Apple’s Braided Solo Buckle is one of the best options. Made from recycled polyester yarn filaments, the strap offers a comfortable fit and a soft, textured feel.

  • Apple Watch band amBand
    Apple Watch band amBand

    This protective case and wristband from amBand provides all-round protection. The sporty TPU wristband is durable and fits most wrists. The buckle is also made from 316L stainless steel, so it will never chip or rust.

  • Spigen Liquid Air Pro 45mm Strap for Apple Watch
    Spigen Liquid Air Band for Apple Watch

    Spigen Liquid Air Pro offers a protective strap and case in a unibody design. It’s made from soft liquid silicone for all-day comfort and can fit most wrists (5.5-7.8 inches) with an adjustable fit (although it doesn’t only fits 45mm case). Color options include black and moss green.

  • iiteeology strap for Apple Watch
    Apple Watch strap iieeology

    Add a touch of style to your Apple Watch Series 8 with this classic stainless steel strap. The band is only 2.0mm thick and its brushed surface is smooth. The improved one-piece adapter eliminates the need for screws, making the strap easy to install. It’s also available in all Apple Watch sizes.

  • Apple Sports Band
    Apple Sports Band

    The official Apple Sport Band is an all-time classic. Made with high performance fluoroelastomer material, it is both durable and soft. Meanwhile, an adjustable pin closure ensures a clean and secure fit.

These are the best Apple Watch Series 8 bands right now. No matter your style or preference, you’re sure to find a band you’ll love for your Apple Watch Series 8. Our favorites from this list are Braxlely’s Merlot and Earth V2 bands. Both are breathable, washable and eco-friendly. If you’re looking for an affordable alternative to the official Nike Sport Band, you won’t find a better deal than Lerobo’s Sport Band Three-Pack.

If you prioritize protection and security, the amBand is the best option. You get a band and a case for full protection against drops, scratches, and other potential damage. If you want a great looking leather strap without emptying your wallet, the OUHENG strap is our top choice. Meanwhile, Iiteelology’s stainless steel bracelet is a great option for those who prefer the classic wristwatch look.

Apple Watch Series 8
The Apple Watch Series 8 is Apple's latest smartwatch.
Apple Watch Series 8

The Apple Watch Series 8 is Apple’s latest smartwatch. It’s not a huge change from the Series 7, but it offers new features such as collision detection, a new temperature sensor and a low power mode for longer battery life.