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Best Apple Watch deals for October 2022

If you research the best smartwatches, you’ll see frequent mention of Apple Watch features and capabilities. And that’s not a mistake. Being in full control of the design and production process and having a very clear identity for their products means that Apple can not only refine their smartwatches but also set the standards that most people will come to expect. Of course, that also means that Apple smartwatches tend to be expensive, which is why we’ve done our best to collect some of the best Apple Watch deals on the market. Regardless of the Apple Watch model you may be looking for, there are good deals out there, and while prices and availability can vary from week to week and even day to day, these current deals are pretty good. Apple recently introduced two new models, the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. Both are available now, starting at $399 and $799, respectively.

Best Apple Watch Deals

  • Apple Watch SE —
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm, GPS) —
  • Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS) —
  • Apple Watch Series 8 — 
  • Apple Watch Ultra —

Apple Watch SE — $199, was $299

The Apple Watch SE, on the wrist. The app selection screen is showing.
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Why Buy

  • Great value
  • Excellent fitness features
  • Looks smart
  • Built in heart monitoring

The Apple Watch SE may no longer be the newest Apple Watch anymore, but it’s still well worth checking out. Generally, it’s the best Apple Watch for many because it’s cheaper than the Apple Watch Series 7 while still packing in the key features most people use. The Apple Watch SE looks great too, and it’s both stylish and comfortable on your wrist. You’ll soon forget you’re wearing it.

The Apple Watch SE does pretty much what most of use need from a smartwatch and adds some extras. At its simplest, you can take calls with the SE and reply to texts from your wrist. It’ll also receive pretty much every notification imaginable, reducing the need to pull your phone out of your pocket. The Apple Watch SE is also great for tracking your fitness. Extensive health metrics help you track your daily activity, giving you a reminder to stand up regularly, take some exercise, and generally see how your fitness trends develop over time. In addition, it helps you set personalized fitness and wellness targets that are achievable.

Other features include a built-in compass and real-time elevation readings — both useful when you exercise. It’s also able to monitor if your heart rate is unusually low or high, as well as to detect irregular heart rhythms. Finally, a mindfulness app helps you take time out during the day to feel calmer and more rested through guided meditations. It’s an effective way to improve your life in various different ways, all on your wrist.

Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm, GPS) — $340, was $399

Twitter notification on the Apple Watch Series 7.
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Why Buy

  • The latest Apple Watch
  • Smart design
  • Fantastic display
  • More robust than most

We’ll just say it: The Apple Watch Series 7 is the best smartwatch you can buy. The Series 7 offers everything the Apple Watch SE provides and much more. In addition to its gorgeous display, the Series 7 has an Always-On Retina display which provides you with 20% more screen area than the Series 6. That means it’s instantly easier to see and use, which means you’re more likely to use it. In addition, the watch face is more robust than before, it also offers IP6X dust resistance and a swim-proof design too.

The Apple Watch Series 7 has superior smarts, as well. It can measure your blood oxygen levels via a neat new sensor and app that helps you keep more aware of how well your body is performing throughout the day. On top of that, you can take an ECG at any time. The watch also tracks your heart rate, giving you a heads up if it’s unusually high or low. You’ll also get notifications if your heart rhythm suddenly becomes irregular. It’s a great way of seeing how truly healthy you are, potentially giving you a heads-up on any issues that may arise. Throughout, you can track all your daily activities and see how your trends develop via the fitness app on your iPhone.

Other features include the ability to sync your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks to the watch, so you don’t need to completely rely on your phone at all times. It’s also possible to pay instantly and securely from your wrist using Apple Pay, saving you even more hassle. Smartwatches have finally come of age, and this is the ideal purchase for the tech lover in your life, but like most Apple Watch Series 7 deals, this offer won’t last long, so act fast.

Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm, GPS) — $329, was $429

Apple Watch Series 7 on a wrist with hand tucked in to a sweatshirt pocket.
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Why Buy

  • Huge display for a smartwatch
  • Extensive fitness features
  • Robust design
  • Looks great

The Apple Watch Series 7 is already the best smartwatch you can buy right now, but if you have a larger wrist or you simply want more screen space, then you need the Apple Watch Series 7 45mm version. It means you get a larger smartwatch but that’s not a problem if your wrists are larger too. In exchange, you get to see more of what’s on-screen and Apple’s watchOS is pretty great to use. The display itself is the company’s most crack-resistant front crystal yet on an Apple Watch, meaning it can handle a few knocks and blows without breaking or cracking than previous Apple Watches. It’s also IP6X dust resistant plus it has a swim-proof design so you’re fine to jump in the pool with it without having a problem.

You get all the key features that make the Apple Watch Series 7 so great. It’s able to monitor extensive parts of your health, including heart rate monitoring. Besides simply tracking what your heart rate is, it’s able to notify you if you suddenly have a high or low heart rate. It also keeps an eye out for an irregular heart rhythm, again sending out a notification if there’s a problem. In conjunction, the watch’s ECG app means you can monitor your heart rate at any point, kind of like having an ECG in your pocket. In addition, you can also measure your blood oxygen levels via its sensor and app, which means it can monitor more than many other smartwatches right now.

The Apple Watch Series 7 can entertain you with its ability to sync up your favorite podcasts and music. Plus, its mindfulness app means you can take some time out to rest and feel calmer throughout the day. It’s a great all-rounder.

Apple Watch Series 8 — $399-$499

Apple Watch Series 8 on a wrist.

Why Buy

  • New temperature sensors can help pre-screen health issues
  • Crash-detection software and hardware
  • Long battery life and low-power mode
  • Better accelerometer

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 8 at its September event, with the biggest improvements being the inclusion of things like the new temperature sensors. One placed on the back of the watch and another just below the screen, the sensors take your temperature every five seconds with surprising accuracy of 0.1 degree Centigrade. Theoretically, not only can it help keep track of your potential rise in temperatures, but Apple has also built into the Series 8 an ovulation cycle tracker that could potentially predict polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Also, in case you’re worried about security given recent events around reproductive health, the data is encrypted and stored behind biometric security, so it would be really hard for anybody besides you to access that data.

Another big addition is the car crash detection feature, which has had over a whopping million hours worth of testing on a huge variety of vehicles and can sense four different crashes: front impact, side impact, rear-end collisions, and rollover. Once a crash of this type has been detected, the Watch Series 8 automatically contacts emergency services with your location so that help can come as soon as possible. According to Apple, this new feature is mainly reliant on two new motion sensors, as well as an upgraded accelerometer, so we’re likely to see a couple more upgrades or features revolved around that when the watch comes out.

Finally, one really great new feature, the low-power mode, will allow you to push the normal 18-hour battery life to a whopping 36 hours, which is really impressive. This comes courtesy of WatchOS 9 and will be available on Apple Watch Series 4 and later models.

We have a deeper look into the Apple Watch Series 8, and if you want to pick one up, they are available to pre-order now and will be released September 16. The Watch Series 8 comes in two models: the non-cellular model for $399 and the cellular model for $499. Apple has brought international roaming to the cellular models with support for 30 carriers across the globe, which is exciting.

Apple Watch Ultra — $799

Someone wearing the Apple Watch Ultra while climbing.
Apple

Why Buy

  • Largest screen yet
  • Rugged build with titanium case
  • Can be used with gloves
  • Up to 60-hour battery live in power-saving mode

It’s not common that you see new naming systems with Apple, so the introduction of the Watch Ultra is something to really take notice of, especially since it’s billed (and priced) as its most premium smartwatch option. The Watch Ultra is made for folks who take their fitness and sports tracking to the extreme. With a rugged overall build, the Apple Watch Ultra is an actual competitor for Garmin’s own line of high-end sports smartwatches, which that brand has mostly dominated. In fact, not only does the Watch Ultra have a 100-meter water resistance rating but it also has the largest screen yet at 49mm, which also means it can pack an even larger battery inside, meaning it can last for up to 36 hours in normal operation, and 60 hours in power-saving mode.

The other big new feature is the big action button that you probably immediately noticed. It’s essentially a button you can customize to do whatever you want and provides you quick access to a variety of different functions without having to scroll through menu after menu. You’ll also notice that it has a slightly raised crown, which is specifically made for use with gloves, something that’s almost necessary if you’re planning to do more extreme sports with your Watch Ultra. You also get their newest watch face, the Wayfinder, which gives you a compass dial and can be customized for mountains or oceans, depending on where your outdoor activities take you. As if that weren’t enough, the whole thing is enclosed in a titanium case, so you know that Apple is not kidding around.

If you want a bit more information, we have a deeper dive on the Apple Watch Ultra, and if you want to pick one up, it goes for $799, regardless of model, you can pre-order one now for its release on September 23.

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