Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? It’s never a bad idea to wait until there’s a good deal, and thankfully, those happen with some regularity.
There are currently three models to choose from, all of which support watchOS 7. The latest model, and the highest end, is the Apple Watch Series 6 with GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, which starts at $399. If that’s a little too expensive, you can drop about $120 off the price by buying an Apple Watch SE, which also launched this fall.
Finally, the three-year-old Series 3 is the most affordable Apple Watch model to date. It has a starting retail price of $199, but it frequently goes on sale. If you’re looking for something to last a few years, though, it’s probably worth looking at one of the other two watches, as it’s not clear how much longer Apple will deliver software updates to the Series 3.
While deals are a fairly regular occurrence, there will be times where there are no price drops on new models. For those times, we also include some deals on refurbished models.
The regular price for the 38mm Series 3 is $199 ($229 for the 42mm), which is a decent deal. It’s a great entry-level Apple Watch if you are looking for a smartwatch with reliable battery life and don’t want to burn a massive hole in your wallet.
Currently, the 38mm Series 3 is $169 at Amazon and Walmart, which is $30 off its usual price of $199. If you are looking for the Series 3 in 42mm, Amazon and Walmart, have knocked $30 off its price as well, bringing it down to $199.
Starting at $279 for a 40mm version or $309 for the 44mm, the Apple Watch SE is a good midrange wearable and shares some features also found on the flagship Series 6 model, such as a built-in accelerometer and hand-washing detection. But it doesn’t have the always-on display found on the Series 5 and Series 6.
The best deal right now on the Apple Watch SE 40mm with GPS is at Amazon, which has knocked $10 off its normal price in gold, bringing the price down to $269.
The 44mm with GPS is also on sale at several retailers. The lowest you can currently get this model for at Amazon is $294 in gold or $300 in white and space gray (coupon applied). Walmart also has this model on sale for $294 in rose gold.
The Apple Watch Series 5 was released in 2019 and was discontinued roughly a year after release once the Series 6 was announced. Similar to its successor, the Series 5 includes an always-on display, unlike the Apple Watch SE. It also includes the ability to take EKGs.
It’s a bit tough to find this watch these days because it has been discontinued, but Best Buy currently has a ton of discounts on this Apple wearable with up to $300 in savings available with any purchase of a Series 5 including six months of Apple Fitness Plus at no additional cost.
The best deal we found is at $319, where you can get the 40mm Series 5 with a silver aluminum case with a black-and-white Nike band that supports GPS and cellular networks (if you pay for a monthly plan). You can buy a silver cased Series 5 in the 40mm or 44mm sizes for $349.
The flagship Apple Watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, with respective starting costs of $399 and $429. The Apple Watch Series 6 features more sensors than previous models, including a sensor that allows the device to detect your body’s blood oxygen levels.
If you are looking for the 40mm with GPS, Amazon has the lowest price right now for this model: $339 if you buy the watch in red. Otherwise, you can pay $385 for navy blue, space gray, and white.
Walmart has a white aluminum case with a white band available for $385.
If you want a 40mm model that supports GPS and Cellular, Amazon has this configuration down to its lowest price of $430 if you buy in silver, space gray, or red.