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Which Apple Watch strap should I choose? And how do I choose the right size?

Updated on 11 August 2023

When it was released in 2015, the Apple Watch did not offer the option of replacing the strap on its smartwatch. Today, the Apple brand is working hard to adapt to everyone's needs. From stainless steel to silicone to Milanese, whatever you use your Apple Watch for, a wide range of different strap models will appeal to everyone alike. Here's a rundown of what you can find as a strap for your watch.

How do I choose an Apple Watch strap?

If you're the lucky owner of an Apple Watch, choosing one or more straps can quickly become a real headache, because while at first the choice wasn't necessarily possible, today it's much easier. There are straps to suit every occasion, taste and budget. Available in a range of materials, the straps compatible with the Apple Watch each have their own advantages and characteristics.

The nylon Apple Watch strap

Ideal for everyday use, the nylon wristband offered by Apple for its smartwatch is an ideal alternative for any type of outing. Strong and lightweight despite its four layers of braided nylon, it comes in a wide range of models with different colours and designs.

The latest addition to the range is the Sport Loop, which has a special hook-and-loop fastening. It provides good ventilation to prevent excess perspiration, and can be fitted with a metal fastening or a Velcro system more suited to sporting activities. However, this type of wristband is not recommended for swimming.

Silicone wristband

Renowned for its flexibility and lightness, the silicone wristband is a guarantee of robustness and durability. Ideal for sports activities such as weight training, swimming and running, the silicone wristband for the Apple Watch also comes in a range of colours to appeal to men and women alike.

The leather strap

If you want a stylish smartwatch for the office, for example, a leather strap is ideal for your Apple Watch. Available in a smooth or padded version, depending on its use, you can also opt for different types of fastening. The modern buckle will only be available for a 38mm Apple Watch, and the quilted strap with magnetic fastening will only be available for a 42mm Apple Watch. We strongly advise against using this type of strap if you're more the sporting type.


Are all wristbands compatible?

With the release of so many new straps, you might be forgiven for wondering about their compatibility with the different series of Apple Watches. On the face of it, there's no need to worry, as there have been no particular changes compared to previous models. Apple itself says so:


How do you choose the size of your Apple Watch band?

For your comfort, but also so that your Apple Watch can measure things like your heart rate correctly, it's important that you choose the right size wristband. To make it easier for you, Apple has provided a great printable tool that will help you find out which size strap is best for you. If you're not sure, you can also go to the shop to try it on, and if you're not sure between two different sizes, we recommend that you choose the tighter one.

What kind of strap do you wear with your Apple Watch? On our site, you'll be able to find the smartwatch you need. From the Apple Watch Series 1 to the Apple Watch SE 2 and the Apple Watch Ultra, whatever your budget, you'll be able to treat yourself to this refurbished piece of technology at a much better price than new for the same product!


Written by HaziqTech Expert for Back Market UK, Ireland & Australia

When not fighting the good fight for environmental sustainability, Haziq loves making reviews of everything and anything tech-related.

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