To try and keep things organized, I've moved this from the main page. Note that it is only updated periodically, so between that and any mistakes I may have made, it might not be 100% accurate!
Note: It is important to keep in mind that the table below is not a good apples-to-apples comparison. It's been added due to requests, but here are a few reasons why you should not rely on it:
- The total price is a little "ballpark". It uses a price point where a healthy number of frames exist. But you might find frames for less money, or might have to spend more to find something you like.
- Retailers all carry multiple lens "indexes" (thicknesses) at various price points. I have only listed the "bottom end" (thickest, and cheapest) indexes that each offers.
- Shipping is based on the US-shipping. Some retailers charge the same for international shipping, and some charge more.
- These do not take into account the ease-of-use of the site, retailer's reputation, the quality of the lenses/coatings, etc. You'll have to read reviews for those, though I have provided links to the reviews on the site on the right-hand columns to make it a little easier.
- The table doesn’t list varifocal/progressives. Or total frame offerings. Or a number of other lens options. I didn't want the table to get too massive just yet, and just wanted to provide ballpark at-a-glance figures.
Again, I urge you not to rely solely on the chart to make your purchase decisions! Read up on the retailers, check a few out, and make a well-informed decision!
If people are finding the chart helpful, I may eventually expand on it. If not, it might disappear at some point in the future, as some retailers change their offerings/prices frequently and it's really tough for me to keep on top of things. Send me a message if you have strong feelings one way or the other.
|retailer||BBB rating||Total (incl shipping) for cheapest single-vision glasses||Total (incl shipping) for cheapest bi-focal glasses||UV & AR coatings||Notes:||Information Page||Reviews|
|39 Dollar Glasses||A+||$44 (1.59 index)||$94 (1.59 index)||free / $25||Base lenses are polycarbonate (virtually shatterproof). Most new-user friendly eyeglass retailer on the web.||info page||reviews|
|Zenni Optical||A+||$12 (1.57 index)||$29 (1.50 index)||free / $5||Most popular discount eyeglass retailer on the web.||info page||reviews|
|Goggles4u||A+||$17 (1.57 index)||$35 (1.56 index)||free / $5||Carries over 3000 frames. A few designer brands available. Historically known for interesting "cloth bag" envelopes which were always a conversation starter.||info page||reviews|
|Frames Direct||A-||approx $195||approx $225||$15 / $45||Only carries high end name brand designer frames (largest selection of any retailer). Most popular name-brand retailer on the web. Since all designer frames vary in price, the listed total is based upon $150 frames.||info page|
|EyeBuyDirect||F||$13 (1.50 index)||$32 (1.50 index)||$5 / $7||Runs frequent 2-for-1 sales (appears to have pioneered the concept).||info page||reviews|
|GlassesShop||unavailable||$20 (1.50 index)||$40 (1.50 index)||$5 / $5||Runs frequent 2-for-1 sales.||info page||reviews|
|Coastal||B+||$62 (1.59 index)||$113 (1.58 index)||free / free||Price includes 7% handling fee. Carries a selection of name-brand designer wear as well. Has ongoing "first pair free" promotion (appears to have pionnered the concept).||info page||reviews|
|GlassesUSA||F||$48 (1.50 index)||$137 (1.50 index)||$29 (UV + AR)||Carries medium selection of designer brands||info page|
|Global Eyeglasses||F||$25 (1.50 index)||$44 (1.50 index)||$5 / $10||Growing somewhat in popularity over time.||info page||reviews|
|Great Eyeglasses||A||$18 (1.56 index)||$39 (1.56 index)||free / $10||Site has a retro "60's" theme (bit of a must-see in my opinion).||info page|
|Eyeglass Direct||B+||$33 (1.50 index)||$74 (1.50 index)||free / $28||Has local storefront in Brooklyn NY and offers "pickup" as shipping option.||info page||reviews|
|Optical4less||unavailable||$37 (1.56 index)||$100 (1.56 index)||free / free||Carries indexes up to 1.9. Was previously known for excellent lens craftsmanship especially with complex prescriptions, though there are rumours that may have changed.||info page||reviews|
|SelectSpecs||F||$24 (1.56 index)||$51 (1.50 index)||free / free||Based in UK, has US/Can/Germany offices. Quite popular.||info page||reviews|
|Eyeglass Factory Outlet||F||$40 (1.50 index)||$55 (1.50 index)||free / $40||Used to run an eBay storefront as well.||info page|
|Choice Eyewear||F||$20 (1.56 index)||$40 (1.56 index)||free / $5||Formerly known as LBW Eyewear.||info page|
|MyGlasses||unavailable||$34 (1.50 index)||$46 (1.50 index)||free / $22||info page|
|SpecsOnTheNet||unavailable||$41 (1.50 index)||$79 (1.50 index)||free / $16||Based in UK, only 17 frames available.||info page|
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