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Best Apple Watch deals in August 2021

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Apple Watch deals are here to whip you into shape. Despite being one of the most sought-after smartwatches, there are plenty of Apple Watch deals available that can knock from $30 to $160 off Apple's best-selling smartwatches. And now that summer is in full swing, there's never been a better time to get in shape and invest in a new Apple Watch. 

Best Apple Watch deals right now 

Currently, Walmart has the best cheap Apple Watch deals around. The retailer has the Apple Watch 3 (GPS/38mm) on sale for $169, which is $30 off and the least-expensive Apple Watch you can buy. It's the best cheap Apple Watch deal we've seen all year. If you want the current-gen model, Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm) on sale for $329.99. That's $70 off and one of the best Apple Watch deals we've seen. 

Those aren't the only Apple Watch deals you can get right now. We're searching high and low for cheap Apple Watch deals and bringing them straight to you. So whether you're searching for deals on the Apple Watch Series 3 or the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE, here are the best sales right now. 

Apple Watch deals of the week

Apple Watch SE (GPS/40mm): was $279 now $249 @ Amazon
The Apple Watch SE is Apple's mid-tier smartwatch. It features the same chip found in the Apple Watch 5, but sports a bigger screen than the Apple Watch 3. It supports Emergency SOS calling, fall detection, and features a built-in compass and always-on altimeter. Rarely on sale, Amazon is taking $30 off the white model. View Deal

Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm): was $399 now $329 @ Amazon
Editor's Choice deal:
Amazon has the Apple Watch Series 6 (GPS/40mm) on sale for $349. During checkout, you'll save an extra $19.01 for a final price of $329.99. That's one of the lowest prices we've ever seen for the Series 6. Unlike the Series 5, the newer model features blood oxygen sensors, which allow users to monitor their health more closely. The Apple Watch Series 6 also comes with a bright, always-on Retina display. View Deal

Apple Watch 6 (LTE/40mm): was $499 now $399 @ Amazon
Take calls direct from your Apple Watch with this LTE-enabled version. Amazon has the 40mm model on sale for $370 ($100 off) and the 44mm on sale for $429 ($100 off). They both offers the same features as the GPS model, but with added LTE connectivity. View Deal

Back to school and Apple Watch deals

August is a prime month for back to school shopping. That means back to school sales can be found everywhere. While the Apple Watch isn't an essential back to school device, retailers are now offering some of the best Apple Watch deals of the year. If you're looking for the best cheap Apple Watch — the Apple Watch 3 for $169 at Walmart ($30 off) is your best bet. Despite being an older model, it offers GPS tracking, heart rate monitoring, and can it can track all of your workouts. 

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Apple Watch Series 6 deals

Apple's new flagship

Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED Retina | Processor: S6 dual-core | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 18 hours | OS: watchOS 7 | Water resistant: Yes | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and LTE (optional)

Blood oxygen (SpO2) app
Brighter always-on display
Same 18-hour battery life

The Apple Watch Series 6 brings a host of new upgrades to Cupertino's smartwatch. The current flagship sports a brighter always-on display, new S6 CPU, faster charging, and support for a new blood oxygen (SpO2) app. 

The new blood oxygen sensors are among the watch's standout features. The Apple Watch will now let users know their blood oxygen concentrations with 15-second on-demand readings (as well as periodic background checks). This is a feature only found on the flagship Series 6.

In our Apple Watch Series 6 review, we also found the watch's new sleep tracking app to be helpful, although not as insightful as Fitbit's software. In terms of pricing, the 40mm model starts at $399 (GPS) and the 44mm model starts at $499 (GPS). However, Apple Watch deals on both models can be found on any given day of the week. You'll usually save from $20 to $50 off. The best Apple Watch deals we've seen on the Series 6 have dropped its price as low as $249. 

If you're looking for deals you can get now, currently Amazon has the Apple Watch 6 (GPS/40mm) on sale for $329.99, which is $70 off and the best cheap Apple Watch deal right now. (Though keep in mind, the 40mm model hit $249 — $150 off — in March. We predict we could see this price again on Labor Day). Meanwhile, buy any Apple Watch at Best Buy and get 6 free months of Apple Fitness Plus ($59 value). It's worth noting Amazon has cheaper Apple Watch deals overall, but doesn't offer the free Apple Fitness promo. 

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Apple Watch Nike Series 6 deals

Apple's new flagship

Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED Retina | Processor: S6 dual-core | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 18 hours | OS: watchOS 7 | Water resistant: Yes | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and LTE (optional)

Blood oxygen (SpO2) app
Brighter always-on display
Same 18-hour battery life

The Apple Watch Series Nike Series 6 is essentially an Apple Watch 6 with a few unique features. For starters, it has exclusive faces that you can only get on the Nike Watch. 

The Nike faces feature a non-removable Nike complications that make it easy to access the Nike Plus Run Club app. If you're an avid runner who's invested in the Nike app, it's a nice perk to owning the Apple Nike Watch. The latest collection of Nike watch faces with new modular complications pack more info at a glance. For instance, you can now get info on pace and cadence or Streaks and Featured Runs.

The watch also comes with a Nike band, which is designed for better breathability and to wick away sweat while you're working out. 

The Apple Watch Nike Series 6 starts at $399 (GPS/40mm) and $429 (GPS/44mm). Apple Watch deals on these models tend to be modest; you'll frequently see from $15 to $40 off either model. B&H Photo tends to offer the best Apple Watch Nike deals. 

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Apple Watch SE deals

Apple's new flagship

Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED Retina | Processor: S5 dual-core | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 18 hours | OS: watchOS 7 | Water resistant: Yes | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and LTE (optional)

Huge app library
Repsonsive
No always-on display
Lacks CG and blood oxygen monitoring

Priced $120 less than the Apple Watch 6, the Apple Watch SE sits comfortably in between the pricier Apple Watch 6 and cheaper Apple Watch 3. It lacks an always-on display and it doesn't include the Series 6's blood oxygen monitoring, but it's still an amazing smartwatch for the price. 

With its classic Apple Watch design, the Apple Watch SE has the same processor and screen as the Apple Watch 5. The Apple Watch SE also sports a screen that's 30% larger than the one on the Apple Watch 3. In our Apple Watch SE review, we loved how responsive the watch was. Simply put, you're not going to find a more well-rounded smartwatch for the price than the Apple Watch SE. 

In terms of Apple Watch deals — the Apple Watch SE tends to get modest price cuts of $10 to $40 off. They also tend to sell out fast, so grab them when you can. Currently, Best Buy is offering 6 free months of Apple Fitness Plus when you purchase any Apple Watch. It's a $59 value. Amazon has the Apple Watch SE GPS/40mm on sale for $249 ($30 off).

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Apple Watch Series 5 deals

Still a powerful smartwatch

Display: 40mm and 44mm OLED Retina | Processor: S5 dual-core | Onboard storage: 8GB or 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | OS: watchOS 6 | Water resistant: Yes | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and LTE (optional)

Always-on display
Advanced health sensors
Only 18-hour battery life

The Apple Watch Series 5 is getting harder to find it in stock. Prior to the new Apple Watch 6, it was easy to spot discounts that took up to $100 off the Apple Watch 5. However, they're harder to find now that this watch isn't Apple's flagship. That said, the Apple Store usually has refurbished Apple Watch 5 models on sale. If you're looking for Apple Watch deals on the Series 5 — refurb is the way to go.  

Read our full Apple Watch Series 5 review.

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Apple Watch Series 3 deals

The cheapest Apple Watch deal you'll find

Display: 38mm and 42mm OLED Retina | Processor: S3 dual-core | Onboard storage: 8GB or 16GB | Battery: 18 hours | OS: watchOS 6 | Water resistant: Yes | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and LTE (optional)

Excellent fitness-tracking features
Most affordable Apple Watch you'll find
Short battery life when connected to LTE

Apple has dropped the price of the Apple Watch 3 down to $199. As a result, it's become the cheapest Apple Watch you can find. 

Despite its entry-level status, the Apple Watch Series 3 is still an excellent smartwatch. It offers many of the same features found in the newer models like solid fitness tracking, a water proof design, and Apple Music streaming capabilities. The major trade-offs are that you get a slightly dated design and you don't get access to the ECG app, which measures the electrical activity of your heart.

In terms of deals, the Apple Watch 3 (38mm/GPS) hit an all-time price low of $129 on Black Friday. It was an amazing Apple Watch deal that we likely won't see again till a major holiday. The good news is that on any given day — you can find the Apple Watch 3 on sale for $169 or $189. But act fast because these Apple Watch deals tend to sell out fast. Currently, Walmart has the Apple Watch 3 on sale for $169.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 3 review

Louis Ramirez

As deals editor at Tom’s Guide, Louis is constantly looking for ways to avoid paying full price for the latest gadgets. That means price checking against multiple retailers and searching high and low for the best deals to bring readers. A born-and-bred New Yorker, Louis is also an avid swimmer and marathoner. His work has appeared on Gizmodo, CNET, and Time Out New York.