The Best Apple Watch Screen Protectors For Every Situation

Your Apple Watch might be pretty durable, all things considered, but like all devices with glass screens it lives a dangerous life. Keep your Apple Watch screen scratch free with these great screen protectors.

We’ve looked at a mixture of screen protectors for the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3. After all, while it’s great to have the latest technology, the Apple Watch Series 3 is still a great device and often available for much less than the newer Watch.

Here are the best Apple Watch screen protectors for every budget and requirement.

Best Glass Screen Protector: JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector for Apple Watch ($7)

The JETech 2-Pack Screen Protector for Apple Watch is a screen protector that focuses solely on the flat area of your Apple Watch. That means it doesn’t cover the full screen but it covers the important part.

It’s made from high-quality 0.2mm thick premium tempered glass with rounded edges. It promises to resist scratches up to 9H which works out harder than a knife blade—finally, a watch that can live as dangerously as you do. Despite such protection, you still get the same level of responsiveness on the touch screen as you did before. For $7, it’s a bargain for two screen protectors as well as a cleaning cloth.

Best Film Screen Protector: RinoGear Apple Watch Screen Protector 6-Pack ($6)

Film protection is a decent alternative to glass protection, depending on what feels most comfortable for you. The RinoGear Apple Watch Screen Protector 6-Pack means there’s plenty of room for readjustment as you have multiple different screen protectors to get things just right.

Installing it is a process of ‘liquid application’ which means you get multiple attempts to get things just right, before even contemplating switching to a different protector. It offers impact and scratch protection to a Military-Grade level, as well as flexibility, unlike tempered glass screens that can crack. The con? Well, it’s a little trickier to get right than a glass screen protector. It’s worth taking the time though as its many layers means your Apple Watch is protected from almost everything that comes its way while still being highly responsive.

Best Bumper Style Protector: LELONG Apple Watch Screen Protector ($7)

If you need both your Apple Watch screen and the sides of the watch protected, you can’t go wrong with the LELONG Apple Watch Screen Protector. It’s a clear and full cover with a built-in screen so everything is safely hidden away behind the case. There are precise cutouts for all the buttons and holes that you need, plus the built-in screen is still highly responsive under your touch.

Due to the nature of the case, you need to remove the screen protector when doing sports in case of a build-up of moisture, but for everyday use, this protector is ideal for keeping your Apple Watch super safe.

Best Rugged Case: Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case ($70)

In need of a super sturdy screen/case combo system? The Catalyst Waterproof Apple Watch Case is your best bet here. It’s not cheap, but it’s a lot cheaper than having to replace your Apple Watch after a nasty accident. It has a waterproof score of IP68, allowing you to dive as deep as 330 feet without any issue. It also offers military-grade protection up to a 2m fall thanks to its rugged, shock resistant, scratch proof polycarbonate and light silicone.

Despite such chunky protection, it’s still super easy to use your watch with seamless access to all the buttons and sensors you need right down to the rotating crown dial.

Best Rugged Case for older Apple Watches: Simpeak Band ($10)

The Simpeak Band isn’t quite as sturdy a protection system as the Catalyst but it fits every Apple Watch imaginable, so it’s perfect for an older wearable. It has a durable polycarbonate hard shell armor bezel, along with a flexible TPU band so it’s comfy but tough. There are precise cutouts for all the series of Apple Watches, providing yours is a 42mm version. It easily snaps on too, so you can install it within seconds.

It doesn’t look as good as the Catalyst, but if you’re simply keen on sprucing up an older Apple Watch, it does the job for a fraction of the price.

Best Bumper Style Protector For Older Apple Watches: Simpeak Screen Protector Cover Case ($8)

For a simple bumper style protector solution, Simpeak also has things covered with its Screen Protector Cover Case. It works for the Series 2 and Series 3 Apple Watches with a choice of colors, including black, rose gold, silver, and transparent. Simply slot it around your Apple Watch to protect it from daily knocks.

The design is lightweight at only about 1.1mm in thickness so you’ll hardly notice it. Precut holes are there too for the power button, digital crown, and speaker.

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