Buyer's Guide 2022: Best Apple Watch Accessories of 2022

We've been testing out a ton of Apple Watch accessories to help you have the most stylish Apple Watch of the season!

Although the Apple Watch is one of Apple's smallest devices, that doesn't mean it's not easy to accessorize. In fact, the Apple Watch has a surprising number of ways you can customize its look and appearance. Whether you're in the market for a new band or you're looking to add a case to your watch face, check out our favorite Apple Watch accessories of this fall!

Related: Buyer's Guide 2022: Best iPhone Cases for iPhone 14 & More

1. Nomad Sports Band ($59.95)

Want a band that will keep your wrist cool but stays on even in extreme circumstances? Nomad is a perennial favorite here at iPhone Life. While the company's leather Modern band made last year‘s list, the waterproof Sports band takes the cake this year, made of rubber that holds up to intense workouts. While it’s breathable, it stays secure even while cliff jumping (which Feature Writer Olena Kagui tested herself!). The color options are limited, but there is enough variety that you can choose something that works with your style and preference.

2. Mugust 4 Pack Bumper Case ($8.99)

A damaged Apple Watch screen is difficult and expensive to replace, but screen protectors are rarely the answer, trapping water underneath and obscuring your view of the display. These handy bumpers offer solid protection without the bulk of a case, even when you’re out on an adventure. You can switch out Mugust bumpers without removing the band, so you can change between colors or replace an old one without the hassle. A variety of color options allow you to customize your look.

3. PENKEY Adjustable StretchySolo Loop ($9.99)

It can be hard to find a watchband that fits comfortably on your wrist. Not only does the stretchy fabric make this one super adjustable and comfy, but it’s also one of the least expensive options out there. This one is another adventure-tested option from Feature Writer Olena Kagui, who took it on a 30-foot helicopter jump into the ocean, followed by scuba diving. I’d say it’s up for a challenge! It comes in a variety of alluring colors and patterns to fit anyone’s sense of style. If you’re looking for a comfortable, affordable option for daily use, this is the way to go.

4. Epic Watch Bands Metal + Wood FusionWatchBand ($89.95)

If you’re looking for a stylish and durable Apple Watch band for consistent wear, this is the investment to make. While comparable to leather bands in price and appearance, this metal and wood combination has proven to last much longer. You can choose from different wood and metal finishes, allowing you to personalize this already unique design. The quality and durability make this a great choice, while you get bonus points for the eco-friendly packaging that cuts down on waste. Just make sure that you understand Apple Watch band sizes before you order!

5. CXSBands Mystery Box ($49)

Whether you’re a sucker for mystery boxes like I am (come on, it’s buying yourself an actual surprise!), or you’re just looking to get out of your watch band rut, the CXSBands Mystery Box is a great way to add a variety of bands to your collection affordably. You tell them your watch size and they randomly select the color and style of bands to send you. This is a perfect way to branch out if you find yourself always buying things that look the same, but you can also email them preferences and they will do their best to accommodate you. This is an excellent gift idea for the Apple Watch lover in your life.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.