The best Google Pixel Watch bands

Pixel Watch is Google’s answer to the Apple Watch. Taking Google’s distinctive design ethic and applying it to the smartwatch, it sports a minimalist Zen-like shape that almost looks like the archetype of a traditional circular watch. Yes, it might not be the most adventurous wearable out there in terms of aesthetics, but it has a cleanliness and simplicity that feels very tasteful.

Of course, not everyone can appreciate this kind of confident classicism. However, for those who want something a little more surprising, there is a simple solution: a new band. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the best Google Pixel Watch bands and bands that you can buy right now. With examples ranging from comfortable to sporty and luxurious, there should be something for just about every taste.

Google Pixel Watch fabric strap

The best ever

This braided strap probably checks the two most important boxes when it comes to watch straps. Firstly, it looks good, with its colorful recycled yarn cross-stitched in a pleasing geometric pattern. Secondly, this same yarn proves to be comfortably pliable and soft, avoiding the kind of chafing you might have with other similar materials.

The bright color scheme of lemongrass is pictured above, but you can also choose to have it in coral or ivy (for a darker look). The strap comes in one size only, although it fits wrists between 137mm and 203mm. The closure and lugs are made from a combination of steel and plastic and is also resistant to water and sweat. In other words, a winner through and through.

Google Pixel Watch fabric strap

Google Pixel Watch fabric strap

The best ever

Photo of the Google Pixel Watch active band.

Active band for Google Pixel Watch

The best for fitness

The most affordable of Google’s official Pixel Watch bands, the Active Band is aimed at fitness enthusiasts. It is made with a synthetic fluoroelastomer material that has received a soft-touch coating, which means it offers a lot of flexibility and is also comfortable and skin-friendly. Being a more fitness-oriented strap, its design is fairly minimal, but some may undoubtedly prefer it to more ornate models.

It also happens to be water and sweat resistant, which is what you want from a sports strap. In addition, it is available in two sizes: small (130mm to 175mm) and large (165mm to 210mm).

Active band for Google Pixel Watch

Active band for Google Pixel Watch

The best for fitness

Two-tone leather strap for Google Pixel Watch.

Two-tone leather strap for Google Pixel Watch

The best for style

Further accentuating the Pixel Watch’s more traditional circular design, this strap is crafted from genuine Italian leather, giving it an elegantly classic look. Available in three colors (linen, anthracite and chalk), it has two slightly different tones that also enhance its refinement. Unlike some leather straps, the Italian cowhide used here is soft and smooth, making it a real pleasure to wear.

One downside is that the band is not water or sweat resistant, so it’s for people who won’t be using the Pixel Watch for vigorous exercise or who will also have an active band to switch with. It comes in two sizes, small (suitable wrists between 137mm and 170mm) and large (171mm and 203mm).

Two-tone leather strap for Google Pixel Watch

Two-tone leather strap for Google Pixel Watch

The best for style

Elasticated strap for Google Pixel Watch.

Elasticated strap for Google Pixel Watch

The best for comfort

Woven with recycled polyester and spandex yarns, this Pixel Watch stretch band is the recommended option if you value comfort over all other qualities of a band. It does not feature a metal clasp, with the natural elasticity of the strap, which means it fits perfectly on your wrist regardless. While it’s primarily about comfort, it also looks decidedly modern and chic, with its color options including Linen (white), Rose, and Obsidian (black).

The band is sweat-resistant, but not water-resistant, so it’s not ideal for swimmers. Since it does not have a lock, it is available in five sizes: Extra Small (130-150mm), Small (140-160mm), Medium (155-175mm), Large (170-200mm) and Extra Large ( 190-210 mm).

Elasticated strap for Google Pixel Watch

Elasticated strap for Google Pixel Watch

The best for comfort

Metal mesh strap for Google Pixel Watch.

Metal mesh strap for Google Pixel Watch

The best for luxury

If you really want to go to town with your Pixel Watch band, both figuratively and literally, then this wire mesh band is most likely the way to go. Yes, it costs $ 130, but what you get at this price is a truly luxurious item built with stainless steel mesh in an elegant lattice pattern. Available in Champagne Gold, Matte Black and Polished Silver, it will truly make your Pixel Watch appear more striking and sharp than it already is.

It goes without saying that it won’t be ideal for sports and fitness, and it might not even be the most comfortable band on this list. However, if you want to show off a bit during your evenings out or at work, then it will definitely do a job for you. Featuring a magnetic stainless steel closure, it is available in a size that fits wrists ranging from 137mm to 203mm. A small downside is that you will have to wait until “spring” to get your hands on it.

Metal mesh strap for Google Pixel Watch

Metal mesh strap for Google Pixel Watch

The best for luxury

Frequent questions

How do I know if a Pixel Watch band fits my wrist?

The first thing to do is to use a tape measure to take the size of your wrist. So, simply check the links for each product above and see if any of their available sizes fit you. It’s that simple.

What are the best Pixel Watch bands for sensitive skin?

The last thing you want is for the Pixel Watch band to trigger any skin sensitivity issues you may have. While sensitivity issues with Pixel Watch bands are often related to sweating or friction, there can be such a wide range of other triggers that we can’t cover them all in detail. However, there are some band material choices you can make that should hopefully reduce the chances of skin sensitivity triggers.

Skin is often a strong choice, because it looks great, feels great, and, more often than not, is suitable for those with sensitive skin. Since it is a natural material, it is less likely to cause problems, and while it may not be suitable for vegans, it is a good choice if you want a good-looking strap that is kind to your skin. Metal bands are another good choice for the same reasons – make sure you choose a stainless steel or titanium band to avoid annoying nickel issues.

Finally, there are synthetic options. Sports headbands are a good choice for those who sweat a lot, for obvious reasons. But if you don’t like the sporty look, check out other silicone straps, as there are some high-quality silicone offerings that don’t look like they are designed for Olympians only.

How often should you change the Pixel Watch band?

Whenever you want! There is no hard and fast rule on how often you should change your band, the only real limitation is how often you want to change the band. It’s relatively simple, so you could practically change your band every day. A more realistic option might be to have a classy strap for classy business and an everyday strap for everything else, but it’s really up to you.

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