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 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 Running: Tifosi Jet Sunglasses at Amazon

"The lenses are shatterproof and designed to minimize distortion as you run."

Best Polarized: Revo Baseliner Sunglasses at Amazon

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

Best Splurge: Persol 649 Originals at Amazon

"They've got timeless style and top-quality lenses."

Best for Men: Quay Link Up Sunglasses at Nordstrom

"Inspired by festival style, with a braid detail and removable chain."

Best for Women: Topfoxx Marilyn Polarized Sunglasses at Amazon

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

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 Budget: Sungait Vintage Round Sunglasses at Amazon

"Both lightweight and made for the long haul."

Best for Travel: REKS Round Sunglasses at Amazon

"Made to be 'virtually unbreakable.'"

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 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 Running: Tifosi Jet Sunglasses

One of the most comfortable running sunglasses in the market, these Tifosi Jet options are budget-friendly yet made to last — they're made of polycarbonate and the lenses are shatterproof. The lenses are also designed to minimize distortion as you run, while also sharpening your line of vision. Along with temples and soft nose pieces that grip the more you sweat, as well as frames made from a material that resists UV damage, the sunglasses offer 100 percent UVA and UVB protection.

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Best Polarized: Revo Baseliner Sunglasses

These sporty sunglasses go from the cycle path to a night out for dinner thanks to their pared-back style and comfortable fit — but Revo’s glasses are particularly known for their high-quality lenses, which provide 100 percent protection against UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Better yet, they protect against blue light from devices, too. The wrap fit means that the glasses secure around your face, which is particularly good if your frames do double-duty between active sports and leisure — while the nose piece is fitted to avoid any sliding.

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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 Men: Quay Link Up Sunglasses

LINK UP - Quay Australia

 Courtesy of Quay Australia

https://www.quayaustralia.com/collections/round-sunglasses/products/link-up

You can trust Melbourne-based Quay with delivering top-notch shades — plus, they're affordable enough in case you lose them in the surf. The brand's sunglasses are inspired by festival style, with shapes for men ranging from aviator to square. Still, a ton of their sunglasses, like these Link Up ones, are unisex, making them great for both treating yourself and gifting. The sunglasses' braid detail and removable chain are nice touches, too.

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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 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 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 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.

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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 for Cycling: Oakley RadarLock Path

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.

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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