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With updates like a bigger screen, faster charging capability and better build, the Apple Watch Series 7 is a practical upgrade for many Apple Watch owners. The smartwatch has unsurprisingly racked up rave reviews from users. And while it is Apple's latest watch release, it's $60 off at Amazon and Walmart right now -- the best price we've seen in 2022 so far. (And yes, the larger 45 mm Apple Watch is on sale too.)
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Best Apple Watch deal: Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (41 mm), $339 (reduced from $399)$339atAmazon
Best Apple Watch with cellular deal: Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + cellular (41 mm), $449 (reduced from $499)$449atAmazon
Premium Apple Watch band: Apple Watch Milanese loop band, $99$99atAmazon
The Apple Watch Series 7, which starts at $399 if you buy direct from Apple, has a few welcome upgrades over the previous generation. The Series 7 comes with an OLED display that's 20% bigger than that on the Apple Watch Series 6 and 50% bigger than on the Apple Watch Series 3, with a narrower bezel. This larger, always-on display is also 70% brighter now when your wrist is down and now has a crack-resistant front crystal over 50% thicker than that of the Series 6.
The Series 7 also boasts 33% faster charging and an IP6X certification that means it's not only water-resistant but dust-resistant as well. Of course, it also inherits many of the Series 6's vital features, including a blood oxygen sensor and electrodes that can take an ECG on-demand and provide alerts when it detects an irregular heartbeat.
What size Apple Watch is right for you?
Apple Watch Series 7 comes in two sizes: A smaller 41 mm size that starts at $339 and a larger 45 mm size that starts at $369. Generally, the 41 mm Apple Watch is appropriate for women (some women's fashion brands make Apple Watch bands for the smaller size only), men with smaller wrists, and anyone looking for save a few dollars.
The larger 45 mm size is a good choice for anyone who wants a larger screen (with more pixels).
The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in new case finishes: midnight, starlight, green, a new blue and Product Red. Whichever you one you go with, you'll likely find a nice match with the new Apple Watch bands and watch faces available.
The base 41 mm model (352 x 430 pixels), which connects to the internet via your iPhone, sells for as low as $339 on Amazon and at Walmart, the best price available right now. You can upgrade to a model that features cellular service for as low as $449. Additional monthly fees from your wireless provider may apply.
(Note: Some colors are available at different prices.)
Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (41 mm), $339 (reduced from $399)$339atAmazon$339atWalmart
Apple Watch Series 7 GPS + cellular (41 mm), $449 (reduced from $499)$449atAmazon$449atWalmart
The larger size Apple Watch features a 396 x 484 pixel display. It retails for $429 at Apple, but again, you'll save $60 if you buy one at Amazon or Walmart. (Some colors are available at a higher price.)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm), $369 (reduced from $429)$369atAmazon
Apple Watch Series 7 (45 mm) GPS + cellular, $479 (reduced from $529)$479atAmazon
The best deals on older Apple Watch models
If the Apple Watch Series 7 is a little too pricey for you, consider one of the older models, which are still available: the Apple Watch Series 3, Apple Watch SE or Apple Watch Series 6.
If just the basics will do, pick up the GPS-enabled Apple Watch Series 3. It is water-resistant to 30 meters, monitors heart rate, sends irregular heart rhythm notifications and has an altimeter. It also has an emergency SOS option to alert your emergency contacts when necessary.
Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (38 mm), $169 (reduced from $279)$169atWalmart
Apple Watch Series 3 GPS (42 mm), $169 (reduced from $199)$169atAmazon
The water-resistant Apple Watch SE connects to cellular (requires activation and a monthly fee), which means that you can use it to make calls, send texts, stream music and much more, even without your phone nearby. Its Retina display is 30% larger than the display on the Series 3. It also has fall detection (great for older adults) and many other additional features.
Apple Watch SE GPS (40 mm), $249 (reduced from $279)$249atAmazon
Apple Watch SE GPS + Cellular (40 mm), $299+ (reduced from $329)$299+atAmazon
In addition to the features of the SE, the Series 6 comes in a ton of colors, as well as a choice between an aluminum, stainless steel or titanium construction. It also boasts a built-in blood oxygen sensor for on-demand or background readings and electrodes that can take an ECG at any time and warn of heartbeat irregularities. Its always-on display is brighter than that of the less-expensive Apple Watch 3.
Apple no longer sells the Apple Watch Series 6 itself, and you'll be hard pressed to find a new-in-package model cheaper than you'll find the Apple Watch Series 7 new at Amazon. That said, if you're willing to settle for a refurbished watch, you can find a few Apple Watch Series 6 deals on Amazon.
Prices for refurbished Apple Watches vary by color. The best refurbished Apple Watch Series 6 deal on Amazon is for the silver aluminum color (GPS version) -- it's $270 right now. If you want to add cellular functionality, the space grey color with a black sport band can be had for $285 refurbished, while the silver aluminum Apple Watch Series 6 with a white sport band is $298 refurbished.
Apple Watch Series 6 (refurbished), $270 (reduced from $340)$270atAmazon
Don't forget to pick up extra Apple Watch bands
Apple Watches are very versatile. Looks-wise, not only can you swap out Apple Watch faces to match your mood, outfit and activity, but you can also switch out the bands as well. These Apple Watch bands let you keep the look of your Apple Watch fresh and appropriate with their different colors, style and material. Plus, swapping them is a snap -- literally.
(For more options, check out our picks for the best Apple Watch bands.)See all Apple Watch bands on AmazonSee all Apple Watch bands at Walmart
Upgrade your watch band with this scratch-resistant stainless steel strap. It has a buckle closure and is available in silver and graphite for the Apple Watch 7 and older.
Nomad stainless steel Apple Watch strap (black), $120$120atBest Buy
Nomad stainless steel Apple Watch strap (scratch-resistant stainless steel), $250$250atNomad
Make your Apple Watch look more formal with this mesh band from Coach, which has an eye-catching, two-tone blossom appliqué and a safety clasp closure. Coach also has a wide variety of Apple Watch bands for more options.
Coach flower mesh Apple Watch band, $125$125atBloomingdale's
Fully magnetic and fully adjustable, Apple's Milanese loop band is a luxurious Apple Watch band option that's woven on specialized Italian machines. It's compatible with 42 mm, 44 mm and 45 mm models.
Apple Watch Milanese loop band, $99$99atAmazon
You need a soft, lightweight and breathable Apple Watch band for working out. For that, the Apple's Sport loop band may be the ticket thanks to its durable-layer, dense loop nylon weave. It snaps onto 38 mm, 40 mm and 41 mm models with ease.
Apple Watch Sport loop band, $49$49atAmazon
Looking for an Apple Watch band for casual business meetings? The Apple Watch leather link band might do the trick. It's made of Venezia leather handcrafted in Italy and hidden magnets for quick and easy adjustments in fit. It's compatible with 38mm, 40mm and 41mm models.
Apple Watch leather link band, $99$99atAmazon
Grab a five-pack of these uber-affordable silicone Apple Watch bands to switch your look anytime. They come in four sizes, to fit the watch you own, plus in seven colors.
Oyodss Apple Watch bands (5 pack), $12 (reduced from $20)$12atAmazon
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