Best cheap Apple Watch deals for January 2022

Thinking about picking up a new Apple Watch to help you achieve your New Year’s fitness goals? It might be tempting to order one of the new Series 7 models, but new Apple hardware always comes at a premium. Apple’s latest wearable offers a slightly larger display and some improvements to durability but 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. Last year’s model, the Series 6, has received a modest discount at some retailers since its release but is still usually found starting at $399. 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 four-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 Apple’s newer watches, as it’s not clear how much longer Apple will issue software updates to the Series 3 beyond watchOS 8. Regardless of which model you prefer, we’ve rounded up the best Apple Watch deals below.

The regular price for the 38mm Series 3 is $199. It’s a decent entry-level Apple Watch if you are looking for a smartwatch with reliable battery life and solid build quality — especially if the SE, Series 6, and Series 7 seem out of your price range — but it’s also not one we would recommend picking up at this point. The design is aging, the processor is slower, and its paltry 8GB of internal storage hampers some of the more recent features introduced to the Apple Watch, like the ability to store music and podcasts for offline listening.

If you still want to go this route, Walmart is discounting the 38mm, GPS-enabled Series 3 in black by $50, bringing the price down to $159. Best Buy is also selling the same model with the space gray aluminum case and black Sport Band, as well as a silver aluminum case with a white Sport Band, for $169. If you prefer the bigger, 42mm configuration with GPS, it’s on sale at Walmart for $179 in white and at Best Buy for $199 in black instead of $229.

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 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.

Right now, you can pick up the 40mm, GPS-equipped Watch SE with a space gray aluminum case and the midnight Sport Band from Walmart for $229. That’s $10 shy of the lowest price we’ve ever seen this model go for. You can also buy the same configuration in select colorways for $249 instead of $279 at Amazon and Best Buy. The GPS and LTE versions of this size are discounted at both retailers as well, selling for $299 instead of $329 at Best Buy and Amazon, and Best Buy is throwing in an additional month of Apple’s $9.99-a-month fitness service, Apple Fitness Plus, with each purchase. Read our review Apple Fitness Plus review.

For larger wrists, Walmart is selling the bigger, 44mm, GPS model with the silver aluminum case and blue Sport Band for $269 instead of $309. Best Buy is also selling the same configuration but in different styles for $279, along with the cellular and GPS variants for $329 instead of $350. Like the smaller model, each comes four months of Apple Fitness Plus.

The best Apple Watch Series 6 deals
While it’s no longer officially a part of Apple’s wearable lineup, you can still buy the Apple Watch Series 6 at several retailers. The Apple Watch comes in two sizes, 40mm and 44mm, which start at $399 and $429, respectively. The 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. Right now, Walmart is selling the 40mm, GPS-enabled model for $349 in red and pink. The retailer was also selling the larger, 44mm version with GPS in red for $299, but it has since sold out. Instead, you can buy it in an assortment of colorways for around $429 at Target and Best Buy, the latter of which is throwing in an additional month of Apple Fitness Plus with each purchase.

The best Apple Watch Series 7 deals
With a slightly altered design and larger display, the new Series 7 comes in either a 41mm configuration starting at $399 or a 45mm configuration starting at $429. Right now, you can pick up the 41mm, GPS-equipped model for $369 at Amazon. Meanwhile, the cellular version is selling for $459 instead of $499 in select styles at both Amazon and Walmart.

If you prefer the larger, 45mm variant with GPS, it’s currently available in select colorways at Amazon for $399 instead of $429. The larger, 45mm model with support for GPS and cellular is also going for $509 instead of $529 in all colorways at Walmart and Amazon.

The smaller, 41mm Apple Watch Series 7 comes in a range of colors with either GPS or GPS and LTE. Amazon and Best Buy’s current discount only applies to the all-green configuration, however.

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. However, we are currently seeing a rare sale on the cellular Apple Watch Series 7 with the stainless steel case. Right now, the 45mm version is on sale at Amazon for $629 ($120 off), an all-time low.