When Warby Parker was first launched in 2010, it rocked the eyewear industry. Buying eyeglasses without trying them on? The idea seemed revolutionary. Today, many brands have followed suit, but the risk associated with buying such an important accessory online remains. Fortunately for us, technology is ever-improving and with it comes the ability to get eyewear recommendations based on your face shape, or even try them on virtually.
We'll do nearly anything to avoid traveling across town to get to the nearest eyewear store, and these sites are sure to do the trick. From affordable, accessible styles to fashion options for the person looking for a little more, these are the 10 best sites to buy eyeglasses from.
1. Warby Parker
We're starting with the obvious. With a stylish selection of glasses starting around $95, Warby Parker's selection tends to be a step up from other budget-oriented sites. With the new Warby Parker App, you can also try on your glasses virtually. We told you, technology is here to help! Not to mention the ability to try on five pairs at home for free before you buy. We consider that a well-rounded package.
With frames as low as $6, EyeBuyDirect should be your go-to if you prioritize budget above all else. It's especially perfect if you're one of those people who like to keep a pair of glasses on hand as a back-up pair (you never know what might happen!). Plus, with a new collaboration with Tan France, you can expect fun and contemporary styles.
If you're nervous about purchasing eyewear online, it always helps to go with the classics. LensCrafters has been around forever and it's because the company knows what it's doing when it comes to affordable, functional eyewear.
4. Zenni Optical
With one of the widest collections of eyeglasses on the web (including over 1000 styles for women), Zenni is your choice if you like a lot of choices.
5. Felix Gray
Felix Gray is another eyeglasses site that has a thorough fit guide and a handy feature that allows you to virtually try-on their frames. Most styles are fairly traditional and ideal for those who like to keep it classic.
6. Glasses USA
If you're not sure whether you're looking for a budget or designer pair of eyeglasses, head to Glasses USA to peruse its wide assortment of eyewear—including everything from Ray-Ban to Persol. Plus, it offers the ability to upload an image of yourself to virtually try-on glasses. Goodbye, buyer's remorse.
Jins is effectively the Muji of eyewear. That is to say that it sports a carefully curated selection of minimalist, Japanese-inspired designs. If that's your aesthetic, this site is calling your name.
Get your glasses and give back too with Coastal's charitable giving initiative. For every pair of glasses purchased, it will donate one pair to the Essilor Vision Foundation to help the sight-impaired. We love style with a side of substance.
9. Diff Eyewear
Best known for its statement sunglasses, Diff's bold eyewear applies to its prescription eyeglasses as well. If you're looking for a fashion-forward style, this is the site for you.
Eyeconic not only allows you to connect with a doctor to obtain a prescription straight through its site, but it's also one of the only sites that allow you to purchase your frames straight through your vision insurance. That's enough to convince us to shop from its site exclusively.