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7 magnificent metal bands for your new Apple Watch

There’s no better way to upgrade your new Apple Watch than with a high-quality metal band. And there are so many terrific options out there to suit any budget.

We’ve rounded up seven of our favorites from big brands like Juuk, Speidel, and Rilee & Lo. Prices start at just $11.99

Best metal bands for Apple Watch

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My favorite band for Apple Watch.
Photo: Juuk

Juuk Qrono

I gushed about Juuk’s outstanding Qrono band in my full review. It’s by far the best I’ve used with Apple Watch, and I cannot recommend it enough. If you have the budget, it’s a no-brainer.

What’s great about the Qrono is that it’s made from aluminum, not stainless steel, so it’s wonderfully lightweight. It also has small links that wrap around your wrist and make it delightfully comfortable.

The band is easily adjustable and hard-wearing; I’ve been using mine for around five months and it still looks as good as new. It’s also easy to take off, thanks to a simple squeeze-to-release clasp.

You can get yours in gray, obsidian, or silver from the Cult of Mac Store.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $139

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Juuk Vitero

The Vitero is another aluminum option from Juuk that ticks all the right boxes. It’s inspired by classic race cars, hence its sporty design, and it’s a little more noticeable than the Qrono.

The Vitero is also lightweight and comfortable, and a joy to wear. An included tool makes it easy to remove its links for the perfect fit. And again, it uses a squeeze-to-release clasp that’s simple to open.

Get yours in granite, silver, ruby gray, and ruby silver from the Cult of Mac Store.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — from $119

Rilee & Lo spices up your Apple Watch with sexy, sleek stainless steel watch bands.
A stretch-link band for just $24?!
Photo: Rilee & Lo

Rilee & Lo Stretch-Link

If you don’t want to have to worry about removing links yourself, or even opening and closing a clasp, Rilee & Lo’s spectacular Stretch-Link band is ideal. Just slide it on and it’s good to go.

The Stretch-Link uses high-end stainless steel links that are held together by flexible strings. It’s incredibly comfortable for all-day wear, and looks particularly great when you’re dressed up in formal gear.

This band is a steal at $24. And you can currently pick up a matching Stretch-Link Bracelet for just $12 extra.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $24

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Super-smooth links that won’t pinch your skin.
Photo: Wiplabs

Wiplabs Link Bracelet

Crafted from super-sturdy 316L stainless steel, the Wiplabs Link Bracelet is built to last a lifetime. It sports smooth links that feel great against your skin, and it promises not to pinch or pull out your hairs.

This band is water- and rust-resistant, so you don’t have to worry about it deteriorating over time. And it looks terrific in black or silver.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $69.99

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Speidel knows how to make great Apple Watch bands.
Photo: Speidel

Speidel Stainless Steel

Speidel’s Stainless Steel band is a more traditional metal bracelet, with chunky links and a shiny finish. It’s brilliantly robust and ideal for those who want a weighty band they won’t forget they’re wearing.

The band ships with a link removal tool that makes it easy to adjust, and it looks great on Apple Watch. It’s available in silver or black, and it’s surprisingly affordable.

Buy from: Cult of Mac Store — $39.99

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Just like Apple’s. A fraction of the cost.
Photo: Okppa

Okppa Stainless Steel Loop

This gorgeous stainless steel loop band is a great alternative to Apple’s, and it’s available at a fraction of the price. It’s well-made, highly adjustable, and just as sturdy as you need an Apple Watch band to be.

The band boasts a 5-star rating on Amazon and comes in a number of color options, including black, gray, silver, and rose gold. It’s also compatible with all generations of Apple Watch.

Buy from: Amazon — $11.99

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A simple stainless steel band that won’t disappoint.
Photo: JETech

JETech Stainless Steel Band

This JETech band is another that’s perfect for those going for the traditional metal band look. It’s well-built with a familiar folding clasp, and it’s easily adjustable for different wrist sizes.

The band has a 4.5-star rating after a whopping 2,400 reviews, and it’s a steal at under $30.

Buy from: Amazon — $21.99

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Sent the wrong one, twice

Never even got the right case for my phone. I got sent the same case twice, not even the case for my phone.

Good morning Rebbecca, I apologize for this. I have checked my system and cannot see any correspondence with you regarding this. Please email me adel@cultofmac.com with the case you actually received, so I can get this sorted for you? Many thanks, Adel.

Great band

My hubby loves the feel and color of the bands

Not impressed

No real easy way to attach cables to it. Also, can't easily use Qi charging for iPhone... The bamboo wood part of it is nice though, even if not very useful. I bought this as an experiment to see how it would work out. Having to actually plug the iPhone cable in to the phone is not what I would call convenient. This will probably end up as a paper weight.

Delightful!

The Charging Station is just what I was looking for to charge my iPhone and Apple Watch at night. It is attractive AND very functional for my purposes.