Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? The timing is always right to find at least one model selling at a deep discount, especially since the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping holidays are here. Apple recently launched its latest batch of smartwatches for 2022, including the $399 Series 8, the new $249 SE, and the first-ever $799 Ultra, which is aimed at outdoor enthusiasts and swimmers. There are now more Apple Watch models on the market than ever before, so you have plenty to choose from.
But with all of those options, which one should you pick? If you can decide based on specs, here’s a handy breakdown to make it easy to see what one model offers over another. But generally speaking, try to buy the newest watch you can afford so that it continues to receive software updates from Apple. The latest update, watchOS 9, recently launched on the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models, though no one can say with certainty whether the Series 4 will get the next big software update. And keep in mind that, unlike some Apple products, the steepest Apple Watch discounts are often happening on the newest models, not the last-gen ones.
Picking up a watch from the latest (or a recent) generation ensures that you get an Apple Watch with updated design, a robust number of features, and plenty of sensors. And thankfully, now that the Apple Watch Series 3 is out of commission (it was long overdue; its update process was insufferable), it’s harder to end up with a watch that will quickly feel outdated.
Now, let’s get into some deals.
Apple Watch Series 7 deals
In 2021, the Series 7 introduced a slightly altered design and larger display from previous models. While it’s no longer the latest model in the lineup, you can still find it available at some stores — sometimes, for a discounted price. Right now, deals aren’t nearly as good for the Series 7 as they were before the Series 8 launched. What’s more, stock of the Series 7 is dwindling.
Right now, you can pick up the 41mm with a dash of cellular compatibility at Walmart for $339, if you want the green or red color schemes ($160 off). For $369, you can get the 45mm red-colored Series 7 with cellular at Amazon. Unfortunately, that’s the only color available at this price right now.
Apple Watch Series 8 deals
The first-ever discount is happening on the new Series 8. This is the latest model featuring Apple’s most comprehensive set of features and sensors. It usually starts at $399 for the 41mm Wi-Fi / GPS model, and it jumps up to $499 for the LTE version (the 45mm versions are $30 more). But right now, multiple configurations of the Series 8 can be ordered through Amazon and Walmart starting at $349 ($379 for the 45mm version). The cellular 41mm Apple Watch Series 8 starts at $449.
Of note, the Series 8 brings a new chipset (that my colleague Victoria Song says isn’t faster than the previous iteration), new temperature sensors that enable menstrual tracking, Crash Detection, and more. While those improvements might be exactly what you’re looking for, our review notes that this model isn’t all that different from the previous model. (And you still need to charge it on a daily basis.)
Apple Watch Ultra deals
Apple’s big, thick, and capable Watch Ultra is launching at $799 with GPS and LTE support, and in case you aren’t in the know, it has the most features, sensors, and ruggedness of any Apple Watch model available thus far. Its 49mm case houses a screen that can get brighter than the Series 8, it has a longer-lasting battery and more precise GPS tracking, and it’s loaded with sensors that essentially turn it into a swimming and diving guide. You can pick one up at Apple, Target, Amazon, and more.
We’re not expecting to see deals on this model anytime soon, but you’ll definitely find notable discounts here if and when they arrive.
The Apple Watch SE recently received a refresh for 2022. It has the same chipset as the Series 8, which is great, but with fewer sensors, no always-on display, and a slightly outdated design compared to the Series 7 and Series 8. Those omissions might take this out of the running for some people, but it still may be exactly what you’re after. Best of all, it starts at $249 for the 40mm Wi-Fi / GPS model, which is $30 less than the previous generation’s baseline cost. Opting for cellular bumps the starting price up to $299 for the 40mm size (44mm adds $20 to each configuration). You can purchase an Apple Watch SE (2022) from a variety of retailers, including Apple, Best Buy, Amazon, and more.
We’ve recently seen the first big price cuts for this model, dropping the 40mm GPS model by $20, down to $229 at Amazon. The 44mm version has received a larger $40 discount, selling for $239 at Amazon. If you’re cool with getting the last-gen model, Amazon has the 40mm-sized GPS / Wi-FI SE for $199, which is a total of $80 off.
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While all of the Apple Watch models and colorways covered here are encased in aluminum (with the exception of the Ultra, which has a titanium build), Apple does make a more premium range built out of stainless steel and titanium. These offerings are functionally and aesthetically similar to their aluminum counterparts, with slightly refined colors and finishings — polished for the stainless steel and brushed for the titanium. However, they start at much steeper prices of $749 and above. They, too, can often be found on sale, but they’re never discounted as low as the standard base models, so we don’t include them here.