We in the Gadget Lab (and millions of people around the world) agree: If you have an iPhone, the Apple Watch is the best wearable to go with it. The only question is, which version do you get? Last year, Apple announced its latest edition, the Series 7. The company is still selling the Series SE and the aging Series 3, but the much-loved Series 5 and 6 have gotten the boot. (You may still find them on sale, though.) All these watches look reasonably similar and have a rotating stable of features. Here, we go over which one is best for you and whether older models are worth the price.
Be sure to check out our other buying guides, especially our guides to the Best iPad, Best Smartwatch, and Best iPhone.
Updated June 2022: We removed the Series 3 and added information on possible upcoming watches.
Special offer for Gear readers: Get a 1-year subscription to WIRED for $5 ($25 off). This includes unlimited access to WIRED.com and our print magazine (if you’d like). Subscriptions help fund the work we do every day.
If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism. Learn more. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED