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Here are the best Apple Watch deals right now

You can pick up the 40mm Series 6 for $329

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The Product Red edition of the Series 6 has often recieves the biggest discounts.
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Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch? There are lots of expectations for a new Series 7 model ahead of Apple’s “California Streaming” event on September 14th, however, the new editions might bring larger sizes in addition to higher price points than we often see with the current models. Each Apple Watch offers ample functionality, and has seen more than 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 three Apple Watch models to choose from, all of which support watchOS 7. The latest model — and the highest end — is the Apple Watch Series 6, which starts at $399 for the GPS model or $429 with cellular connectivity. If that seems too expensive, you can save about $120 by opting for an Apple Watch SE, which also launched nearly a year ago at $279.

Finally, there’s the three-year-old Series 3, the most affordable Apple Watch to date. It has a starting retail price of $199, but it frequently goes on sale. However, if you want something more future-proof, you may want to consider the other two watches, as it’s not clear how much longer Apple will issue software updates to the Series 3 beyond watchOS 8 and the current update process for the Series 3 has become a bit of a pain point. Regardless of which model you prefer, we’ve rounded up the best Apple Watch deals below.

Highlights across the range

Model Configuration Color Normal Price Sale Price Retailer
Model Configuration Color Normal Price Sale Price Retailer
Apple Watch SE 40mm, GPS White or pink $279 $249 Amazon
Apple Watch Series 3 38mm, GPS White or black $199 $169 Walmart
Apple Watch Series 6 40mm, GPS Blue or pink $399 $329 Amazon

The best Apple Watch Series 3 deals

The regular price for the 38mm Series 3 is $199. It’s a good entry-level Apple Watch if you are looking for a smartwatch with reliable battery life and excellent build quality, especially if the SE and Series 6 seem out of your price range.

Currently, the 38mm Series 3 is $169 at Walmart in either white or black, which is $30 off its usual retail price. If you are looking for the Series 3 in the larger 42mm configuration, both Amazon and Walmart have knocked the price down from $229 to $199.

The best Apple Watch SE deals

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, including a built-in accelerometer and hand-washing detection. However, it doesn’t have the always-on display found on Apple’s flagship, nor does it feature blood oxygen monitoring.

Right now, you can pick up the 40mm, GPS-equipped white version of the SE for $249 at both Amazon and Walmart. Both retailers are also currently offering the same model in black for $269 (Amazon, Walmart).

If you’re looking for the larger 44mm model with GPS, Amazon and Sam’s Club are offering it at a slight discount of $299, though, the latter is only exclusive to Sam’s Club members.

The best Apple Watch Series 6 deals

The flagship Apple Watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, which start at $399 and $429, respectively. The Apple Watch Series 6 features built-in sleep tracking, a great ecosystem of third-party complications, and more sensors than previous models, including one that allows the device to detect your body's blood oxygen levels.

Deals often come and go quickly on the Series 6. If you don’t mind a bit of vibrancy on your wrist, however, the 40mm, GPS-enabled red configuration usually sees the biggest discounts with the most frequency. That said, the 40mm blue and pink models have the biggest discounts at Amazon right now, with each retailing for $329. The overall prices among all Series 6 watches can wax and wane on nearly a day-to-day basis, so keep your eyes peeled and be sure to check our usual daily deal roundups as well as weekly newsletter for the latest.

If the larger, 44mm Series 6 is your fancy, it’s available in red at Walmart for $349, slightly more than its best-ever price and evidence of the major discounts the red versions can sometimes see. Other colorways, including the navy and white models, are available for $379 and $371, respectively.

A note on the more premium models

While all of the Apple Watch models and colorways covered here are encased in aluminum, Apple does make a more premium range built out of stainless steel and titanium. These offerings have similar designs to their aluminum counterparts, with slightly refined colors and finishings — polished for the stainless steel, brushed for the titanium. However, they start at much steeper prices of $749 and above, and they are functionally the same, save for some exclusive digital watch faces Apple reserves for these premium models. Overall, the upmarket stainless, titanium, and Hermès edition Apple Watches don’t usually get the discounts and sales as the aluminum models, where the deals are often to be had.