Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? It might be tempting to order one of the Series 7 models, but newer hardware always comes at a premium. And while Apple’s latest wearable offers a slightly larger display and some improvements to durability, it is largely the same Apple Watch we’re familiar with.
Thankfully, each Apple Watch model offers ample functionality and has seen its fair share of discounts over the last year. So which ones should you consider if you’re in the market for Apple’s popular smartwatch while trying to shop smarter?
There are currently four Apple Watch models to choose from, all of which support watchOS 8. The highest-end is the Apple Watch Series 7, which starts at $399. The last-gen model, the Series 6, has received a modest discount at some retailers since its release but is still usually found starting at $399, at least when it’s available. If either of those models seems too expensive, however, you can save about $120 by opting for an Apple Watch SE, which will set you back $279.
Finally, there’s the aging Series 3, the most affordable Apple Watch to date. It has a starting retail price of $199, but it frequently goes on sale for far less. We don’t consider it to be a good buy, however, especially now that we know watchOS 9 will not support the Series 3 when it launches later this year. So if you want something more future-proof — which we highly recommend — you’ll want to consider one of Apple’s newer watches. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best Apple Watch deals below, regardless of which model you prefer.
Starting at $279 for a 40mm version or $309 for the 44mm, the Apple Watch SE is a good midrange wearable that shares some features found on the like-minded Series 6 and Series 7, including a built-in accelerometer and hand-washing detection. However, it doesn’t have the always-on display found on Apple’s latest flagships, nor does it feature blood oxygen monitoring.
At the moment, the 40mm, GPS-equipped configuration is available at various retailers in black (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy), blue (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy), and a creme-colored shade (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy) for $249, which is $30 less than the MSRP. If you’re keen on the cellular model, Amazon is selling the 40mm, LTE version in black, blue, and creme for $299 instead of $329 at checkout. Walmart also has the black and creme-colored model for $299, and Best Buy is selling a number of other variants for the same price.
If you have a larger wrist, all of the aforementioned retailers are discounting the 44mm, GPS-equipped models, with Amazon and Walmart selling various configurations starting at $229. At Best Buy, you can pick up the black model or one with a silver case and blue Sport Band for $279, which is still $30 off the list price.
For those hoping to snag the 44mm model with LTE, both Amazon and Best Buy are selling variants for $329 ($30 off). Walmart is also selling the black model for the same price, however, other configurations are only available at Walmart via third-party sellers.
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Apple’s midrange wearable, the Apple Watch SE, serves as a step up from the Series 3, with features and a design similar to the last-gen Series 6.