Thinking of getting a new Apple Watch to help you reach your New Year’s fitness goals? It may be tempting to order one of the Series 7 models, but new hardware always comes at a steep price. Apple’s latest wearable offers a slightly larger screen and some durability improvements, but it’s largely the same Apple Watch we know.
Fortunately, every Apple Watch model offers plenty of features and has seen its fair share of discounts over the past year. So which ones should you consider if you’re on the hunt for Apple’s popular smartwatch while trying to shop smarter?
There are currently four Apple Watch models to choose from, all of which support watchOS 8. The highest end is the Apple Watch Series 7, which starts at $399. Last year’s model, the Series 6, has received a modest discount at select retailers since its release, but is still typically found starting at $399 as well. If any of these models seem too expensive, you can save around $120 by upgrading to an Apple Watch SE, which will cost you $279.
Finally, there’s the aging Series 3, the most affordable Apple Watch yet. It has a starting retail price of $199, but it goes on sale frequently. However, if you want something more upgradeable, you might want to consider the new Apple Watches, as it’s unclear how much longer Apple will release software updates for the Series 3 beyond watchOS 8. Whichever model you prefer, we’ve rounded up the best Apple Watch deals below.
Highlights across the range
|Model||Cut||Colors||List of prices||Sale price||Retailers|
|Model||Cut||Colors||List of prices||Sale price||Retailers|
|Apple WatchSE||40mm, GPS||Grey, gold||$279||$249||Amazon|
|Apple WatchSE||40mm, LTE||Many||$329||$299||walmart|
|Apple WatchSE||44mm, GPS||Silver||$309||$269||Amazon|
|Apple Watch Series 7||41mm, GPS||Green red||$399||$349||Amazon|
|Apple Watch Series 7||41mm, LTE||green black||$499||$449||Amazon|
|Apple Watch Series 7||45mm, GPS||Many||$429||$379||Amazon|
|Apple Watch Series 7||45mm, LTE||Red Green||$529||$479||Amazon|
Regular price for the 38mm 3 Series is $199. It’s a decent entry-level Apple Watch if you’re looking for a smartwatch with reliable battery life and solid build quality – especially if the SE, Series 6 and Series 7 seem out of your price range. – but it’s also not the one we’d recommend picking up at this point. The design is getting older, the processor is slower, and its meager 8GB of internal storage gets in the way of some of the newer features introduced in the Apple Watch, like the ability to store music and podcasts for offline listening.
If you still want to go this route, walmart slashed the 38mm Series 3, GPS-enabled, in black by $30, bringing the price down to $169. If you prefer the larger 42mm configuration with GPS, it’s on sale at walmart for $179 in white instead of $229.
Starting at $279 for a 40mm version or $309 for the 44mm, the Apple Watch SE is a good mid-range wearable that shares some features of the like-minded Series 6 and 7, including a built-in accelerometer and a hand washing detection. However, it lacks the always-on display found on Apple’s latest flagships, or blood oxygen monitoring.
We’ve seen this laptop sell for as low as $219 before. At the moment, however, you can only buy the 40mm GPS-equipped Watch SE with a gray aluminum case and black sports strap or one gold aluminum case with a white Sport Band at Amazon for $249 ($30 off). Meanwhile, at Walmart, you can buy the LTE version of this style – or one with one gold aluminum case and white sport strap — for $299 instead of $329.
Amazon is also selling the LTE versions for $299 in select styles, which is the lowest the retailer has sold them for. These include the gold model with the same sport band that Walmart sellsas well as one with one Yellow-White Sport Loop and another with gray aluminum case and gray Sport Loop.
For wider wrists, Amazon and walmart both sell the larger 44mm GPS model with the silver aluminum case and blue sport band for $269.49 instead of $309. Amazon is also discounting the LTE-equipped 44mm model with the gray aluminum case and gray Sport Loop by $30, drop the selling price to $329.
Although it’s no longer officially part of Apple’s wearable lineup, you can still buy the Apple Watch Series 6 from several retailers. The Apple Watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, which start at $399 and $429 respectively. The Series 6 includes built-in sleep tracking, a large ecosystem of third-party complications, and more sensors than previous models, including one that allows the device to detect your body’s blood oxygen levels.
Deals often come and go quickly on the Series 6. Currently, Walmart is selling the GPS-enabled 40mm model for $349 in pink and Red. However, taking into account the fact that The 41mm 7 Series with GPS is on sale for the same pricewe suggest you choose this model instead.
With a slightly modified design and a larger screen, the new 7 Series is available in a 41mm configuration starting at $399 or a 45mm model starting at $429. Right now, you can pick up the 41mm GPS-equipped model on Amazon for $349 in green, noirand Red with sports straps in different colors. Walmart and Amazon are also selling the cellular version for $449 ($50 off) in the green (Amazon/walmart) and black (Amazon/walmart) colors.
If you prefer the larger 45mm variant with GPS, it is currently available in noir and White at Amazon for $379 instead of $429. The retailer is also selling the 45mm model with LTE for $479 instead of $529 – its lowest price yet – in Red and green.
A note on the more premium models
While all of the Apple Watch models and colors covered here are clad in aluminum, Apple offers a more premium range in stainless steel and titanium. These offerings have similar designs to their aluminum counterparts, with slightly refined colors and finishes – polished for stainless steel, brushed for titanium. However, they start at much higher prices of $749+, and they’re functionally the same, save for some exclusive digital watch faces that Apple reserves for these high-end models. Overall, high-end stainless steel, titanium, and Hermès-edition Apple Watches also typically don’t get discounts and sales like aluminum models.