New Cheapism Research Names Best Websites for Affordable Eyeglasses

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Zenni Optical and 39 Dollar Glasses earn top spots in a roundup of recommended online providers.

Of the top choices, Zenni Optical is considered very user-friendly by customers and the best overall value while 39 Dollar Glasses stands out for its easy-to-use website, high quality workmanship, and a good product guarantee.

A new buying guide by Cheapism.com, a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products and services, identifies the best online sources for cheap eyeglasses. The top picks are Zenni Optical, which carries more than 3,500 frames, and 39 Dollar Glasses, which offers 450 styles. Runners-up Goggle 4 U stocks 2,500 frame styles and Eye Buy Direct features 780 different frames. All sell prescription eyewear at prices starting below $50.

Eyeglasses prices cover no-frills prescriptions and extras add up quickly. The $7 starting price at Zenni Optical, Goggles 4 U, and Eye Buy Direct includes the frame with single-vision lenses and anti-scratch coating. Zenni Optical and Goggles 4 U also throw in UV protection. 39 Dollar Glasses prices start at $39 for basic eyeglasses, which come with polycarbonate lenses and anti-scratch and UV coatings. Prices are significantly higher for bifocals and progressive lenses.

Of the top choices, Zenni Optical is considered very user-friendly by customers and the best overall value while 39 Dollar Glasses stands out for its easy-to-use website, high quality workmanship, and a good product guarantee. In eyeglasses reviews Goggles 4 U also earns praise for good customer service and a unique option of fitting out new lenses for old frames. Eye Buy Direct is credited with generally producing high quality lenses.

Buying eyeglasses online may be cheaper than relying on a local provider but the process can be daunting. Online reviews cite problems such as inconsistent quality and indifferent customer service, slow delivery, and challenges associated with trying on frames “virtually.” Eyewear websites usually provide tools that let customers visualize the fit and look by uploading their picture or printing out a to-scale representation of the frames they like. Some customers visit a local optical store to narrow down their choices and get proper measurements before ordering online.

About Cheapism.com
Called by The New York Times “a Consumer Reports for the cheap,” Cheapism.com is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. Cheapism is the only review site that focuses exclusively on low-price products, a part of the market often overlooked by experts.

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