Wedding rings are special.
You want them to resonate with your love and commitment.
Agree or not; a wedding ring is the most close-to-heart piece of jewelry you are ever going to wear.
It symbolizes your bond, love, devotion, and loyalty.
However, generally, men do not pay much attention to their own ring. It is mostly their lady’s ring that keeps him occupied for months before the actual day.
Nonetheless, as much as you like your lady’s ring to be special, you should also have a ring that compliments her ring.
For a woman, it is important that your man wears a good wedding band to show his love and commitment to her.
However, selecting a wedding can be a tiring experience. You want everything about it to be perfect, be it design, fit, or just the aesthetics of it.
Additionally, as the wedding ring is close to your heart, you want a ring that does not get damaged by any means.
This puts you in a dilemma, you want to show your commitment and still not damage your ring by day-to-day activities.
In this piece, we are going to bring you some of the best non-traditional wedding rings you can get your fingers in. They are durable, resistant, and yet beautiful, and affordable.
Table: Comparing 11 Best Wedding Rings for Men in 2021
Our picks use materials such as silicon, titanium, and tungsten, which are hypoallergenic and safe to wear.
They come in masculine colors and are a delight to look at. Despite being strong, they are easy to get off your finger in case of an emergency.
Importantly, they are affordable and you would not fear losing them, except obviously for the emotional value they hold.
The table below shows our picks, the material used, and the widths you can get them in.
On the other side of the table, we will be talking about each of the rings in further detail.
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1. ROQ Silicone Wedding Ring for Men – For Men Who Do Manual Work
A wedding ring is a symbol of commitment, but neither you nor your lady would want you to be exposed to danger because of a metal wedding band.
If you are into professions that involve heavy manual work like a firefighter, a carpenter, a handyman, a diesel mechanic, or even a military man, you know you are in the line of danger every day.
In such circumstances, you want your risk of accident reduced by whatever means you can. I mean, what is the use of a wedding ring if you don’t have a finger. Sorry for being grotesque here, but ring avulsion injury occurs more frequently than we think it would. There are on average about 150,000 per year reported ring avulsion accidents.
For such circumstances, silicone rings are bliss. They allow you to keep and show your beautiful commitment and more importantly your finger. They are a beautiful well-crafted non-traditional alternative to metal wedding rings. They break under 40lbs of pressure and are stretchable and this makes them perfect for men who are into manual work.
ROQ silicone rings come in as a single piece or you can go for a packet of four. I like them for the fact that they come in masculine colors like black, grey, and silver. The best thing about the pack of four is that you get all the four rings in four different colors.
Along with the usual black and grey, some of the colors you can get include black camo, marble, blue, and Bordeaux which is more of a burgundy color.
With time, more than likely, our fingers are going to change. They are likely to become bulkier or slimmer. In these cases, metal rings can be your worst nightmare. They can get tight on you and are difficult to remove even for hygiene purposes. On the other hand, they can get loose and you can lose them completely.
In such circumstances, silicone rings beat traditional metal rings hands down. They are stretchable and can get on and off your finger without a fuss.
They come at a width of 8 mm which is a bit broader than average, but most men like wider rings because they believe it feels masculine. However, with time, these silicone rings are going to thin out, so it is probably better to have a bit there to withstand wearing out.
We can write countless lines about how silicone rings are good for you, but the fact remains they are an alternative to your traditional metallic rings. As you can imagine with them, they are bound to wear down and look just a flimsy piece of rubber over time. However, this is not something we would not be expecting them to do.
A minority of users have claimed that they become lose way too quickly. You can counter this by ordering a size short than your actual size. Silicone rings are stretchable and they do loosen a bit. Therefore, if you have ordered a size or half a size less than your actual size you are going to find a nice fit that is going to stay that way for a while.
2. ThunderFit Silicone Ring – Saves You Time, Money, and Effort
As discussed in our first review, silicone rings are best for working men and are cheaper and safer alternatives to traditional metallic wedding rings.
They are even resistant to damage from saltwater which is a quality most of the metallic rings lack. Therefore, if you are into swimming or work in water in any way, and still want to show your commitment, get your hands on one silicone ring.
Thunderfit Silicone Rings make our list because they have all the features you can expect your silicone rings to have. They are affordable, flexible, and look close to metallic rings.
One good thing about modern silicone rings, as is with Thunderfit, is that they are hypoallergenic. This means they are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. This is a blessing, especially when you have sensitive skin. Therefore, keep your sentiments and sensitive skin intact with Thunderfit silicone wedding rings.
These rings come in a variety of different colors and you can get a single piece or a pack of seven with different-colored rings. Some of the colors include gold, silver, grey, dark grey, blue, and camo among others. The good thing about these rings is that you can get a combination of different colors in different packs. One of my personal favorites is the camo silicone wedding ring.
3. King Will Tungsten Carbide Ring – Shines Like Gold Firm Like A Rock
Although registered in this very decade, King Will is one of the biggest names when it comes to traditional metallic ring alternatives.
We have included King Will Glory on our list which is a gold-plated tungsten carbide ring.
From the aesthetic point of view, take my words, it is easily passable as a solid gold ring.
In addition to that, tungsten is a heavy metal and this gives the ring a nice weight, just like men’s gold wedding bands.
Because tungsten carbide is a scratch-resistant material, there is a general belief that it is indestructible, which is not true. If you apply enough force, you can fracture or shatter it in case of an emergency.
These men’s tungsten wedding bands come in three widths which gives you good options to choose from. These come in 4, 6, and 8 mm widths which you can describe as narrow, average, and wider widths respectively.
The outer profile of this finger is dome-shaped. This means it has a D-shaped outer profile. This generally has been the classic or traditional profile. This makes the ring thick and is considered a good outer profile for men.
Tungsten carbide usually comes in a powder form and needs a binder like nickel to hold it together. Therefore, it is impossible to get a 100% pure tungsten carbide ring. The best percentage you can expect is 85% with the rest a binder like nickel.
What does this mean for you? Tungsten carbide itself is hypoallergenic and is suitable for people with sensitive skin, however, nickel allergy is common and can elicit an allergic reaction in some people.
4. TIGRADE Titanium Ring – Vitalize Your Enduring Love With A Symbol of Strength
Popularity for titanium rings is on the rise. And this is because of a number of its attributes.
One attribute of titanium where it finds little competition is its resistance as a material. It is extremely resistant to rust and scratch. Therefore, if you are into activities that can expose your ring to scratch and rust, this ring can be your perfect companion.
The best thing about any titanium ring is that it does not change color over time. This means you can wear these rings for years without worrying about them losing their color.
Talking more about color, these titanium wedding bands are closer to platinum than white gold. However, they are darker than silver or white gold. Therefore, be mindful, if you think this ring is shiny like silver, it is not, it is more of a dark grey color.
In terms of design, it is a gender-neutral ring. What makes it even better is its availability in widths as little as 2 mm and as large as 10 mm. This fact even makes it suitable for ladies who generally wear fewer wide rings than men, 2 mm and 4 mm sizes are regular sizes for ladies. Therefore, if you are planning to wear similar rings as a couple, this ring gives you the option of doing it.
When you have rings that are difficult to resize like titanium and tungsten, they usually come in comfort fit. This means they have a domed surface on the interior where the ring meets the skin. These rings are easier to slide over the knuckle and create less friction.
However, as these rings are a comfortable fit and are easy to slide off, I would advise going for half a size shorter than your actual size.
Men’s Wedding Bands Titanium Vs Tungsten
Both titanium and tungsten provide affordable alternatives for costly metallic rings. The table below reveals how they fare against each other in different aspects.
5. Shuremaster Tungsten Ring – A Radiant Blue Interior to Give Your Love The Glow It Deserves
If we have a costly metallic ring, our worst fear is losing it. However, we do need to remove it from time to time for different purposes and this predisposes the ring to be lost or stolen.
However, if you have a ring that looks just as good, but comes at a fraction of a price, you would not be so worried about it. The next entry on our list for best wedding rings for men is a tungsten carbide ring and is no less than hitting a jackpot. It is strong, beautiful, and durable, and yet affordable and classy.
This unisex silver ring gives you the option of three widths of 4 mm, 6 mm and 8 mm and covers finger sizes from 4 to 15. This basically covers most of the average user base.
In addition to that, it gives the option of having an “I love you” engraving on the interior. This makes it a perfect gift for various occasions such as your anniversary and Valentine’s day or even engagement and wedding.
Tungsten is extremely scratch-resistant and does not be surprised if your ring stays scratch-less even after years of use.
Talking about the finish, it has a matte brushed finish, which is not overly shiny and gives it an authentic look. Plus, because of its brushed finish, it can conceal some of the small scratches if it gets to that.
6. Bondwell Silicone Wedding Ring – A Brand That Donates to Save Marriages
We love it if our purchase can contribute to a charitable cause. Bondwell claims to donate 10% of its revenue from rings to non-profit organizations that are providing counseling for couples going through a divorce.
Talking about the ring itself, just like any silicone ring, the main use of this ring is that you can wear it when you are doing heavy manual work or just any work at all. It makes you less prone to accidents and easily breaks when we need to in case of an accident.
It comes in a number of masculine colors which include your usual grey, black, olive and deep cobalt, and storm blue. In addition to that, these rings are also different from each other when it comes to base shape and edges.
Some of them have beveled edges while others have cornered edges. They also have round or flat base shapes for different rings. Therefore, I would advise being mindful of these features if you have found the color to your liking.
When it comes to sizing, these rings do not come in half sizes, you can get from size 7 to 15. In addition, depending on the size of the ring, it comes in widths of 8.82 mm to 9.24 mm. Silicone rings are bound to wear down, however because of their increased width you can expect them to last you some time.
In addition to some of the usual characteristics of silicone of being stretchable, flexible, and easy to get on and off, this ring is also made non-porous. This means it does not allow water to get into it and thus does not swell or shrink.
7. King Will Basic Men’s Tungsten Carbide Ring – Scratch-Resistant To Extreme
King Will is making a name for itself with its quality rings. The next one we have at hand is their tungsten carbide ring which has polished edges.
As discussed in some of the earlier reviews, tungsten carbide is as scratch-resistant as it can get. In addition to that, it has a good mass density which gives a nice weight to the ring. It is properties like these that tungsten carbide is one of the most popular materials used in alternative metal rings.
With its classic design and comfortable fit, it is a delight to wear. The comfort fit rings are easy to move over the knuckle and do not cause much friction with the skin.
We can be critical of the fact that the ring only comes in one width which is 8 mm. However, it is a good width for males because wider rings are generally considered masculine. It comes in sizes ranging from size 4 to size 16 including half sizes.
8. Egnaro Silicone Wedding Ring – Wedding Rings For Athletes Who Sweat
The next entry on our list is made up of medical-grade silicone, thus is safe for most individuals.
They come in a number of colors including the usuals such as black, grey, and camo. They also come in some unusual colors like bronze, deep blue, and marble.
If you are wondering about size, these rings come in a range from 7 to 14 sizes. Therefore, it excludes some of the smaller sizes.
Depending on the size and color, you can get a pack of seven rings at around $10-15.
This otherwise good ring is relatively thin for a silicone ring. At 2 mm thick, it is lightweight and comfortable, but over time it wears down rather quickly.
9. Hawaiian Koa Wood Tungsten Ring – If Aesthetics Had A Name
Hawaiian wedding rings, initially native to Hawaii, are now famous all over. These typically use the material or a combination of material that is native to Hawaii. The ring we have at hand features koa wood and abalone which are mostly native to Hawaii and are known for their unique reflective properties.
Depending on the color of the interior and the different inlays used, these rings come in seven different variations. Some of its variations also use imitated opal. A few of the variations include gold plus imitated opal and Hawaiian Koa wood and imitated opal.
However, the problem is that most of the variations are available in average sizes. Therefore, if you are looking for a smaller or bigger than average ring, you may be left with the only option of Koa wood and abalone one which is available in all sizes.
The basic material is tungsten carbide which we know by now is extremely scratch-resistant and has a nice weight to it. In addition, it is also durable.
We can praise all we want on how good this ring looks, but with time the wood and the abalone lose their shine and may look very dull. You can complain about the opal being lackluster, but the manufacturer does not market it as real opal, so we can hold our horses on that aspect.
10. MJ Metals Tungsten Carbide Ring – A Classic To Turn Your Relationship Dynamic
MJ or Metals Jewelry are selling online for 15 years now and are easily one of the biggest names in alternative metal jewelry. The ring we have at hand is their mirror-polished tungsten carbide ring.
At first glance, you are going to notice the distinctive white gold shine this ring has. In addition, because of tungsten carbide, it has a nice weight to it. The overall looks of this ring make it look like an expensive ring.
This ring has a classy design and you can wear it everywhere. They also give you the option of custom engravings with these classic wedding rings.
The simple classy design and different widths it offers make it a unisex ring. Therefore, you can wear this ring as a couple.
As we have discussed in some of the earlier reviews, any tungsten carbide ring is difficult to bend but is relatively easy to crack or shatter. Therefore, avoid dropping it from a good height if you don’t want it cracked.
11. Cavalier Jewelers Titanium Ring – A Shiny Ring To Enlighten Your Relationship
This titanium ring from Cavalier Jewelers is the real deal. It is 8 mm wide, has beveled edges, and uses titanium as its base material.
What makes titanium popular in jewelry is its resistance as a material and ability to retain its shine and color. In addition, it also has a low mass density. This makes it lightweight and it has a barely-there feel to it.
This ring has a classy understated look to it, so you can basically wear it with anything.
The black carbon fiber inlay has good depth to it and as it has a protective covering it does not get scuffed up.
This comes in sizes ranging from size 7 to size 15 including half sizes. Just like any titanium ring, this ring can’t be resized. It can be replaced for some time after the initial period of time. However, if you have had this ring for a period of time and it gets tight or loose on you, you would not be able to resize it and will have to buy a replacement.
A Comprehensive Buyer’s Guide for Wedding Rings For Men 2019
Choosing a wedding ring for yourself or for someone special is not a decision you can make on the fly.
It might seem just a piece of material, but you know what value it holds. Therefore, you want it to be special just like your relationship. It is close to your heart and you want it to be comfortable to wear and beautiful to look at.
We list below some of the features you need to consider when going for a wedding ring.
One thing that attributes most qualities to a ring is its material. It determines its durability, weight, scratch resistance, rust resistance, mode of removal in times of emergency, price, comfort in wearing, its ability to have various attachments, and a lot more.
Traditional materials used for making wedding rings include gold, platinum, diamond, and silver with some of their variations. These materials are generally expensive and more prone to damage in demanding conditions.
Our list includes rings made up of some of the non-traditional materials. These are inexpensive and are relatively more resistant. Some of these materials include:
Silicone rings are easy to get on and off and are perfect for people doing strenuous work in any form.
In addition, silicone rings have low electrical conductivity and this makes them suitable for people involved in electrical work.
They also have low chemical reactivity and are hydrophilic which means they do not attract water and swell.
The silicone used in rings is medical-grade which makes it safe for various skin types. In addition, it is hypoallergenic which means it is less likely to cause an allergic reaction and this makes it suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Above all, silicone is cheap and you don't have to be worried about losing it. In fact, you can get a pack of four to seven rings in the range of around $10-15.
However, from an aesthetic point of view, silicone rings are not the best. They are dull and lack the solidity we expect from wedding rings or any ring at all. They break up under around 35-40 lbs of pressure and wear down rather quickly.
Nonetheless, they are good for everyday use and make you less prone to injuries and accidents, and are easy to break if you run into an accident.
What makes titanium special is its high strength-to-weight ratio. It is relatively strong, however, it does not have much weight. Therefore, if you are looking for a ring that is durable with a barely-there feeling, go for a titanium ring.
Another advantage of titanium is that it is hypoallergenic which means it is suitable for people with sensitive skin.
In addition to being strong and resistant, titanium retains its color and shine for a longer period of time.
The biggest drawback of titanium is that it can’t be resized. This means if you have a titanium ring and it gets tight or loose on you, you can’t expect it to be re-sized for you because it will break in the process. Therefore, your best option is to get a new ring.
Overall, titanium rings are durable, resistant, affordable, and lightweight.
Tungsten is the most scratch-resistant metal known to us. The problem with tungsten is that it does not exist in pure form. Most of the rings available in the market are made up of tungsten carbide.
Along with being extremely scratch-resistant, tungsten is also lustrous. This means it has a nice shine to it.
Tungsten has the highest melting point of all metals, therefore it does not easily change shape or size when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Contrary to titanium, tungsten has a high mass density. This means a similar piece of tungsten will weigh more than titanium. Therefore, tungsten rings have a hefty feel to them and this makes them more close to traditional metallic rings.
Just like titanium, tungsten is difficult to bend or resize.
The biggest drawback of tungsten is that it cracks easily. If you can drop an average tungsten ring from a height of 7 to 10 feet, there are chances that it will crack. However, this is a blessing in emergency situations, as although tungsten is difficult to bend or cut, it can be cracked open.
Overall, tungsten is affordable, durable, heavy, and difficult to bend or cut, however easy to crack.
You get all the best things possible for a wedding ring, but if it does not fit you correctly, you are doomed. Therefore, knowing your correct finger size is important.
You can go to a jewelry store and ask for it to be measured for you. Or, you can measure the correct ring size at home by following the below steps.
- Have a thin piece of paper
- Put the paper below your knuckle where you expect to wear the ring.
- Wrap the paper around the finger.
- Mark the point where your paper completes the circle and meets.
- Place the paper against a ruler and note the lengths
- Use the following chart to determine your correct ring size.
Here is a pro-tip, do not measure your ring size if you are in sweat or have been in a cold environment. This will give a false value as our fingers do tend to swell or shrink when exposed to varying temperatures.
Width Of The Ring:
In terms of importance, width is the most underrated aspect of a ring. However, it also determines how your ring is going to look on your finger.
Generally, there is a belief that men need to wear wider rings than women. However, I would say buy a ring which is proportionate to your fingers.
In general, 3.5 to 5 mm wide rings are considered narrow rings. These widths are often suitable for women or men who have comparatively slim fingers. However, the average width ranges from 5 to 6.5 mm, and as said earlier above 7 mm are considered wide rings.
Therefore, select a ring that is proportionate to your finger size and doesn’t just go with the general saying that men need wider rings to look more masculine.
The main outlook of the ring is determined by its outer profile.
The outer profile of a ring can be domed or flat. However, there are various degrees to which a ring can be domed or flat.
Dome shape is the classic or traditional profile for rings. These rings rise off your finger and are generally thick. These rings are considered a good match for guys with bulky masculine fingers.
On the other hand, there are flat rings which are more modern rings and give a minimal impression. These rings are generally popular with younger guys.
Traditional Fit Vs Comfort-Fit:
Traditional fit rings are flat on the inside and comfort fits are convexed on the inside.
In general, comfort fit rises off your finger and causes less friction with the skin. These rings are generally easy to get on and off and slide easily over your knuckle.
Traditional fit, on the other hand, closer to your finger. If you have a narrow ring, it is good to have a traditional fit ring because of the lesser area it is not going to cause much friction anyway.
However, if you have wider rings, the comfort fit will give you the ease to get it on and off.
Design of Ring:
When it comes to wedding rings for men, there are not many bells or whistles. At best, you can add a small piece of stone, but generally, it is the shape of the ring that determines the design of the ring.
In terms of design, you can have the classic men’s rings which are plain simple rings with no stones or accessories.
Or, you can have more curved rings which have beveled edges and an etched designs.
It is basically up to your personal preference what sort of design you choose. There is no clear role of the thumb in this regard.
Last but not least, your budget is going to determine what you are eventually going to get.
If you are going for traditional costly metallic rings like platinum, gold, or ring with diamonds, it is going to cost you upwards of $2000. Surveys show that most Americans expect to spend between $1000 to $4000 on the wedding ring.
However, gone are the times when these precious metals were considered a symbol of pride. Now, it is more of a practical approach and showing your commitment without it being outrageously expensive.
These alternative rings can cost as low as $10 and are durable and resistant. Above all, you do not have to constantly worry about losing them.
Therefore, I would say these alternative rings are worth thousands of dollars considering the peace of mind they provide.
Above are some of the important features you need to consider when going for the best wedding rings for men.
Frequently Asked Questions About Wedding Rings
By now, we know that it is better to have a non-traditional wedding ring as your wedding ring or alternative to your costly precious metal rings.
They are inexpensive and you can wear them on a day-to-day basis without the fear of losing or damaging them. In addition, they are resistant and can last you good a period of time.
We have listed some of the best wedding rings for men you can find.
We hope this list helps you find the ring you can wear proudly to show your love. In case you are a lady, these rings give you the option of gifting your man on special occasions such as your anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or Father's day.
In our buyer’s guide, we enlist some of the features you need to consider when going for a wedding ring. This will further help make an informed decision.
That’s all from me for the moment. If you still have any questions or want to add something, do comment below.