(Pocket-lint) - The Apple Watch may not come with true wireless charging just yet, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up a neat charging dock to help hide the cable when adding juice to the smartwatch.
Some users may seek a full-scale charging station that can host the iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, and others will naturally want to have a dedicated stand for just the Apple smartwatch. Whatever your preference is, there's a solution ready and waiting.
We've tested out tons of Apple Watch charging docks, assessing the design, build quality and value for money in order to present you with only the very best options. Below, we'll guide you through them.
Best Apple Watch Charging Dock in 2022
Our Top Pick:
- Good charging speed
- Unremarkable design
Spigen is well-known for its quality accessories, and the S350 Apple Watch stand is no different.
It's simple, sure, but it's also ideal for Apple smartwatch users who just want a neat stand to prop up their device during the nightly charge.
You won't be able to hide the entire lead, like with other solutions - which is worth keeping in mind - but it does hide the ugly charging puck and is a great fit for desks, bedside tables and more.
It even comes in a range of different finishes: black, pink, blue, black/green and white.
Apple Watch charging docks we also recommend
Here are four other impressive stands to consider for your Apple Watch.
Beacoo 3-in-1 charging stand
- Three points in one
- Fairly fancy-looking
- Only good if you have AirPods too
- Not really portable
For the Apple enthusiast who has it all - except a place to, you know, charge their devices - this Beacoo 3-in-1 charging station is a blessing.
Able to host the Apple Watch, AirPods and iPhone without creating a different kind of clutter, this cord-hiding solution is compatible with any model of the smartwatch or smartphone, with a new design also allowing for the AirPods Pro, as well as the standard earbuds.
The dock comes in four variations - black, matte black, silver and rose gold - and though it is slightly pricier than other options, it does save you plenty of hassle in the long run.
KKM 3-in-1 wireless charger
- Triple charging
- Well made
- Quite bulky
It may sit on the pricey end of the scale, but KKM's 3-in-1 charger is perfect for users looking to fit all their Apple wares onto one unit.
While you may come for the ability to power up your Apple Watch (in nightstand mode, of course), it's also worth noting that the smartphone portion of the dock is set up for fast wireless charging, should you have the right adapter.
If you're a frequent traveller, the dock also neatly folds away when not in use, easily propping back up when it's time to charge your collection.
Pzoz charger stand
- Elegant design
- Folds away for travel
- Not the smallest
This stand is the ideal choice for users who frequently use the Apple Watch's nightstand mode since it gives you the choice between a flat-back or propped-up charge.
The unit is able to house any model or size of the Apple Watch, though the design does only cater for the official Apple charger - hiding the lead away from your bedside table and into the silicone circular mat.
It's lightweight, which also means you can take it on the road with ease, and it comes in black, pink and white to help match its surroundings.
Gizont 2-in-1 charging stand
- Double charging
- Nice looks
- Not a great travel option
Gizont gives you one of the cleanest and most efficient ways to charge your Apple Watch and iPhone simultaneously.
Your smartwatch charger is hidden in the storage compartment, with power provided to both devices from just one adapter, making this more than just a tidier way to charge.
The iPhone, meanwhile, will be resting on the upright wireless charging mat, giving you an easy look at incoming notifications as it charges - ideal for office desks, not just bedside tables.
Other products we considered
When trying to figure out what we believe are the best Apple Watch charging stations currently available, we spent hours testing and researching. We consider a number of factors when it comes to recommending chargers - and apply the same criteria when a new device is being considered for inclusion. It's not all judged on our testing, either - we also try to factor in consumer reviews, brand quality and value.
In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.
How to choose an Apple Watch charging stand
Picking out a stand to charge your Apple Watch more easily or conveniently is a great way to make your life that little bit easier. Here are some questions to consider as you shop around.
Do you want to charge other devices too?
As you'll have noticed from our list, a big variable between different stand options for the Apple Watch involves whether they can charge other devices. If you're an iPhone user (and you almost certainly are if you have an Apple Watch) you can charge your phone in the same place, while some stands have the option for AirPods to be docked as well.
That's really handy, but will make for a bigger stand on whatever surface you're using, and will make it harder to move the stand around. We'd recommend only buying a stand that can charge items you know you use every day.
Will you use the watch as a clock?
Another thing that changes between stands is how they arrange your watch while it's charging - some will keep things minimalistic, while others will elevate the watch to let you use it as a bedside clock, for example. We probably lean toward smaller stands, but elevated ones are popular too, so it's a choice for you to make.
Will you travel with your stand?
Finally, since your Apple Watch goes everywhere with you, you might want a stand that you can easily pack up and take on the move when you're travelling or staying away from home. That isn't something that every stand can accommodate, but there are certainly options that fold down or are small enough to make for simple packing.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
Multiple Pocket-lint team members wear Apple Watches every day of their lives, so we're well-placed to judge accessories for Apple's line of smartwatches, and stands are no exception to that rule. We've looked at all of these stands in detail, testing their durability and working out which ones look the best on our desks or bedside tables.
An important factor is how reliably they hold onto the watch itself, but the option to charge other devices is also something we value, provided it can look sleek while it does so. Build quality is really important, too, since a flimsy stand won't feel like a safe place to leave anything.
As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.
What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each charging station is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity.