The Google Pixel Watch is a stunning piece of hardware that puts things like notifications from a connected Android phone at your fingertips, along with popular Google apps and more. But it’s also a fitness watch with full Fitbit integration, so you can initiate workouts right from the screen, track steps, active minutes, heart rate, sleep, and more. You can also sync it with the Fitbit app. The best Pixel Watch bands for workouts will fit securely and will be water- and sweat-resistant, so they won’t cause your skin to get sweaty and clammy underneath and can comfortably be used during outdoor activities. This means no metal or leather bands. Those are great for fashion but not so much for workouts. And there are plenty of sportier options from which to choose.
Here are our picks for the best Pixel Watch bands for workouts
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Chalk, charcoal, hozel, lemongrass, obsidian
It’s no surprise that the best optional band for the Pixel Watch is one that comes from Google itself. Stick with this basic, flexible band that offers durability and water- and sweat-resistance. It’s so comfortable, you won’t even know you’re wearing it. This is the band that typically comes with the watch, but you can spice things up by grabbing a new color: Lemongrass for workouts, Obsidian for every day, perhaps?
Linen, rose, obsidian
This fabric band is like wearing a scrunchie or hair tie around your wrist. It’s both sweat- and water-resistant, and there’s no clasp to dig into your skin while you lift weights or use resistance bands. It’s super soft and, as a bonus, is even sustainably made from recycled yarn, so you can feel good not only while wearing but about wearing it.
Green & blue, orange & yellow, teal & pink, white & black
If you’re going to wear the band the Watch came with every day but want something affordable to use for intense workouts so you can keep that one in pristine condition, consider this band. It comes in a two-pack with different color combination options. You’ll save a ton of dough and still enjoy the quick-release band design and water-resistant soft silicone material that won’t leave you itchy or irritated.
Black, green, pink, sky blue
At this price, you might as well grab a couple in different colors, which include unique and pretty options like sky blue and pink. Made of soft silicone, the band is lightweight and breathable. With the quick-release design, you can swap bands easily, so go ahead and slap on the green for intense P90X training, then pop on sky blue when your workout consists of a calming sunrise run.
Lemongrass, coral, ivy
If you don’t want to swap between a fashionable band and a silicone one for workouts, opt for the official Google Pixel Watch Woven Band. It’s made of recycled polyester yarn, which is sweat- and water-resistant and will keep the watch secured around your wrist without being uncomfortable to wear during long workout sessions and through the day after. With stunning coral and lemongrass color options, you can wear it while exercising and still look trendy.
5-pack in four color pack options
One for every day of the week, perhaps? These bands are made of comfortable and sweat-resistant nylon and come with five colors in each pack so you can swap and switch as many times as you like through the week. The strap is elastic and adjustable as well, to fit all sizes of wrists.
Case and band together
I'm a big fan of Spigen products and always grab the Rugged Armor case for a new phone whenever I get one. Now, you can extend that to the Google Pixel Watch with this band that comes with a shock-resistant, protective case for the watch face, too. Perfect for more adventurous, outdoor workouts, it protects against scratches and keeps the watch firmly secured to your wrist, whether you're climbing, paddling, or tackling a 10K.
A dozen colors, available in multi-packs
For a more minimalist look, the kytuwy is well reviewed and features a thinner band than you'll typically find, perfect for smaller wrists. Made of stretchy braided nylon, it's comfortable, adjustable, breathable, and even washable. There's a neat Velcro strap closure so you might not want to wear this for more intense workouts. But for a morning run, quick strength training at the gym, or at-home workouts, it'll work beautifully.
Pink, black, clear
If you love to make a statement, go ahead and pick up this watch band in bright pink, which will make it stand out on your wrist. Otherwise, you can consider the black or even clear finish for a more seamless look. It's made of a TPU, rubber-like material and has an adjustable buckle. The elevates edges provide added protection for the screen in case you knock it against a weight machine or a door. This is a more fun option that kids, especially, will love.
Which is the best Pixel Watch band for workouts?
When choosing the best Pixel Watch band for workouts, you want something that is water- and sweat-resistant and will fit comfortably and securely on your wrist. You don’t want it to move around while you do jumping jacks or lift weights, after all. This requires making sure you get the correct sized band. Whichever one you choose, check the length and recommended wrist size to ensure it’s suitable.
As with any smartwatch, it’s best to go with the manufacturer when it comes to optional bands. These are more expensive, but you’re guaranteed a perfect fit and high quality. For workouts, when it comes to the Pixel Watch, the Active Band is the obvious choice, designed specifically for wear while exercising, playing sports, and for everyday wear.
But you can kick things up a notch with the woven band that is still comfortable for workouts but looks more fashionable paired with something beyond activewear. The stretch band, meanwhile, is pretty neat since it doesn’t have a clasp at all, offering a seamless fit as you workout that will feel like you left your scrunchie around your wrist.
With that said, if you love the band that came with the watch and just want something affordable to knock around when you workout, the other third-party options on this list are good choices that will save you a few bucks. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to change bands on the Pixel Watch, so you can collect a few and try them on for size.
If you’re looking for something else beyond what’s on this list, check out our roundup of the best Google Pixel Watch bands for all types of situations.
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Christine Persaud has been writing about tech since long before the smartphone was even a "thing." When she isn't writing, she's working on her latest fitness program, binging a new TV series, tinkering with tech gadgets she's reviewing, or spending time with family and friends. A self-professed TV nerd, lover of red wine, and passionate home cook, she's immersed in tech in every facet of her life. Follow her at @christineTechCA.