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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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My Thoughts on SwitchEasy PaperLike iPad Screen Protector

Lengthy product title....Yes, I ordered this screen protector based on Cult of Mac's product description that it's like writing on paper. Bottom line...it's a far better screen protector that aids "writing" with an Apple Pencil (I have the 1st gen version), greatly reduces finger prints (always good) when using the Apple Pencil, input is immediate and precise. I'm a lefty and this screen protector allows minimal effort when writing electronically. I'm not an artist so I cannot rate how this screen protector handles an artist's desires. I will say my primitive artwork (cups, objects, etc.) drawn with my iPencil are spot on and represent my vision for my coffee cups, primitive as they may be,.

Overall, I have no buyer's regrets for this purchase. However, some caveats...the application instructions are verrry sparse (A and B on two tabs, that's it). Once on, the tactile sensation is different...it has a "pebbly" like feel when you run your finger over the screen protectors surface. It's a strange sensation that always surprises me, yet, its this "pebbly" surface that allows the user to work their magic, whether writing or drawing as well as keeping fingerprints to a minimum. For use on a iPad, it works wonderfully and will capture your vision. However, this screen protector will never feel the same as writing with a fountain pen on quality paper.

Again, no buyer's remorse...just my thoughts on a quality product that works well on an iPad.

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Very nice metal strap

Looks good, quality feels good as well.

Cute, yet effective protection for my AirPods Pro

This AirPods Pro case fits pretty snugly, and seems to protect my AirPods pretty well. Wireless charging through the case works great -- and it is also easy to access the Lightning charging port on the bottom. The ring for attaching to a backpack or belt loop is fairly solid. And it looks like a tiny suitcase :) Overall, it works great for me!

DISAPPOINTED

Unfortunately, the leather is beginning crack and the color is coming off with the cracking.
I have only had this watch band a short time, so I feel this should not be happening.

Good morning, Thank you for your feedback, and I apologize that you are not satisfied with your item, but it sounds like the item you received, maybe defective. If you are able to send me an image of the item we can get this issue resolved for you. My email is adel@cultofmac.com
Many thanks, Adel.

Awesome hold, super useful

First time I’ve used a 3M stick mount and it’s holding really well on the stick side, no sign it’s weakening. On the magnet side the phone never falls out, but it will slide off if you try to put a lightning cable in or pull one out from the phone while it’s mounted. That’s a real nitpick because otherwise it’s an awesome mount.