The 12 Best Sunglasses of 2020

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The Rundown

Best Overall: Ray-Ban Aviator Classic at Amazon

"Comes in a wide variety of lens and frame colors."

Best Budget: Sungait Vintage Round Sunglasses at Amazon

"Both lightweight and made for the long haul."

Best Polarized: Oakley Turbine Polarized Sunglasses at Amazon

"Provides 100 percent protection against UVA, UVB, and UVC rays."

Best for Running: Torege Clock Stoppers at Amazon

"The lenses are shatterproof and designed to optimize your vision as you run."

Best for Fishing: Duduma Polarized Sports Sunglasses at Amazon

"Will take you from the river and lake to the bike, ski, and hiking trails."

Best for Golf: Oakley Flak 2.0 Polarized Sunglasses at Amazon

"Its lenses are built to contrast in HD for better views on the course."

Best for Cycling: Oakley RadarLock Path at Oakley

"Offers clear, less-distorted vision and great refraction."

Best for Men: Ombraz Armless Sunglasses at Huckberry

"Wraps around your head with an adjustable cord so the frame stays in place no matter what activity you're doing."

Best for Women: Topfoxx Marilyn Polarized Sunglasses at Amazon

"A modern take on the traditional cat-eye sunglasses."

Best Prescription: Warby Parker Nellie at Warby Parker

"These unisex sunglasses are classic, stylish, and playful."

Our Top Picks

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Best Overall: Ray-Ban Aviator Classic

Ray-Ban Aviator Classic RB3025 Polished Gold - Metal - Green Lenses

Ray-Ban

They’re iconic for a reason. Ray-Bans’ classic aviators come in a wide variety of lens and frame colors, from black frames and green lenses to polished silver frames with silver-gray lenses. You can also find the right frame width for your head, pop in prescription lenses, or make them polarized. Originally designed for military use, they block 85 percent of visible light and most blue light, too.

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Best Budget: Sungait Vintage Round Sunglasses

Extremely easy on the wallet, it’s hard to beat these retro-looking Sungait sunglasses. With composite UV-400 lenses, they’re both lightweight and made for the long haul, with a money-back guarantee and lifetime warranty against breakage. While they’re made of plastic, it’s reinforced well with a durable, yet flexible TR90 frame, and the shades also come with a small screwdriver to adjust the hinges with. We think they'll look good on guys, too.

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Best Polarized: Oakley Turbine Polarized Sunglasses

Oakley is known for its high-quality lenses and advanced performance technology, and the Turbine Polarized Sunglasses are no exception. These sunglasses are made out of Plutonite lens material, which filters out 100 percent of UVA, UVB, and UVC. Better yet, they protect against blue light from devices, too. They have a three-point fit for optimal comfort - these sunglasses only touch your nose and behind your temples. There's also padding in those areas, so the sunglasses won't slide when you sweat. And since these feature a streamlined design, they can be worn during active sports and time spent leisurely in the sun.

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Best for Running: Torege Clock Stoppers

One of the most comfortable running glasses on the market, these Torege Clock Stoppers are budget-friendly yet made to last. They're made of lightweight Grilamid TR90 and the lenses are shatterproof. These come with three interchangeable lenses, so you can optimize your vision while you run in different light conditions. Interior padding grip along the temples and nose as you sweat for a secure fit. Best of all, Torege offers a lifetime breakage warranty on the frames.

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Best for Fishing: Duduma Polarized Sports Sunglasses

Duduma Polarized Sport Sunglasses
Courtesy of Amazon.com

Duduma’s pair of polarized sports sunglasses will take you from the river and lake to the bike, ski, and hiking trails. The 100 percent polarized coating cuts glare while guarding your eyes against UV rays and blue light. Polycarbonate lenses and frames are durable and scratch-resistant, and the sunglasses come in a variety of colors, from silver frames with black lenses to yellow lenses and black frames. And, at this price point, it doesn't feel like a big loss if they happen to fall in the stream.

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Best for Golf: Oakley Flak 2.0 Polarized Sunglasses

When it comes to golf sunglasses, there’s none better than Oakley’s Flak 2.0 XL Polarized Sunglasses. The frame is durable, lightweight, and built to have a three-point fit, while the PRIZM scratch-resistant lenses are built to contrast in HD for better views on the course — allowing you to spot the boundaries of the fairway and rough, as well as evaluating distance with an improved vision. Even more, grips ensure that the glasses stay on, even mid-swing on a sweaty day. If you play in super-bright, sunny conditions, try out the Dark Golf version of these PRIZMs.

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Best for Cycling: Oakley RadarLock Path

Oakley RadarLock Path
Courtesy of Oakley

A long-time favorite among cyclists, Oakley's RadarLock Path sunglasses offer lenses with its HDO technology — meaning clear, less-distorted vision and better refraction than regular lenses, plus they block UVA, UVB, and UVC rays and blue light up to 400 nm. They’re extremely lightweight, made with temple and nose grips that grip the more you sweat, and offer secure and quick lens replacement if needed, too.

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Best for Men: Ombraz Armless Sunglasses

Ombraz Armless Sunglasses

 Courtesy of Huckberry

Ombraz's Armless Sunglasses combine timeless style with practical design, so you're guaranteed to wear them every day. The grey polarized lenses are ideal for most outdoor conditions, and reduce eye strain and glare while enhancing clarity. They feature an adjustable cord that wraps around your head so the frame remains in place comfortably and is less likely to break, no matter what activity you're doing. While these oversized frames fit well on men's faces, they're unisex, making them great for gifting too. Plus, for every pair of sunglasses sold Obraz plants 20 trees, so you'll also be helping the environment with this purchase.

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Best for Women: Topfoxx Marilyn Polarized Sunglasses

Topfoxx’s sunglasses are reasonably priced — most hover around $50 to $70 — but they’re also extremely well made and durable, so you’ll get more than just one summer out of them. The Marilyns are a modern take on the traditional cat-eye sunglasses, with a subtle flare and a sleek top rim. Besides good looks, they also come with UV 400 protection.

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Best Prescription: Warby Parker Nellie

Warby Parker Nellie Sunglasses in Marigold with Polished Gold

Courtesy of Warby Parker

https://www.warbyparker.com/sunglasses/women/nellie/marigold-with-polished-gold

 

Warby Parker has made a name for itself in providing affordable, quality eyeglasses. The company’s sunglasses are no different: just like its regular glasses, you can pick some out to try online, have them shipped home, and put in an order on the ones you liked most. The unisex Nellie sunglasses are the best of any pair of prescription shades — they're classic enough to go with anything, stylish enough to wear for many seasons to come, and playful enough to put you in a good mood on a sunny day. It’s also available in an extra-wide width.

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Best Splurge: Persol 649 Originals

Persol 649 - Original

 Courtesy of Persol
https://www.persol.com/usa/0PO0649--24-31

Italians are renowned for crafting well-made goods, and if you’re wanting to get one pair of sunglasses that will see you through the years, it’s hard to beat Persols. The 649 series, originally designed in 1957 for tram drivers in Turin, Italy, have staying power for a reason: they’ve got timeless style, top-quality lenses, and the world’s first patented system for eliminating that pesky temple squeezing. Other styles come with both trendy and classic designs, while collaborations with cool brands like A.P.C. keep things fresh. Better yet, add a monogram for an extra $10.

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Best for Travel: REKS Round Sunglasses

No, they don’t fold — but these sunglasses from Reks are "virtually unbreakable." Opt for the memory-flex polycarbonate polarized version for crisp contrast. There are all sorts of coating on these sunglasses: multi-layer mirror, hydrophobic, scratch-resistant, and anti-reflective. Plus, they offer 100 percent UV400 protection. Throw them in a case, in your bag, or even sit on them — this pair will last and last.

What to Look for in a Pair of Sunglasses

Activity If you’re looking for a pair of sunglasses for cycling, they’re going to be very different from the sunnies you wear out for brunch. Sports sunglasses are built to wrap more tightly around your head, though their styling tends to be a bit much for everyday wear. Choose accordingly — and don’t be afraid to get two pairs. With care, each one will last a long time.

Style Whether you want to go sporty or more fashion-forward there’s a pair out there for virtually everyone. Look in your closet to figure out what fits with your look.

Price You can spend as much or as little as you want on sunglasses — they’re sold at virtually every price point. Our advice? Get a pair that works for you, in terms of functionality and looks, so that wearing them becomes a (fun) habit. Of course, if you’re prone to misplacing them — no judgment! — spending a lot might not be the best idea.

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