We love how these sunglasses give great visual clarity. Comes in a variety of colors, including the classic mirrored version.
As with all these sunglasses, some customers felt they had received poor quality counterfeits. Look for ‘RB’ etched on one lens on all Ray-Bans.
The original Wayfarer had a tilt that tended to make them slip. These are less angular and smaller, plus they’ll push up onto your head better. Polarized and available in two sizes in multiple frame and lens color combos.
A small minority preferred the original Wayfarer.
These get top marks for being very light. Comes in metal and rubber frame versions.
Actual colors were often not as expected from the images shown.
Round shape offers more UVA protection for the face.
They look too large on smaller faces.
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Ray-Bans have long been synonymous with fashion, and they’re a classic style that’s always in vogue. The firm was developed in 1937 when U.S. Army Air Corps Colonel John A. Macready looked to specifically address the issue of glare for Air Force pilots without impeding vision. In 1939, the famous Aviator sunglasses were released, and Ray-Ban became synonymous with these stylish glasses.
Today, there’s a wide variety of styles to choose from, and the Ray-Ban brand has something for everyone. Things to consider when choosing the right frame for you include color, size, material, and type of lens. Sunglasses should offer UV protection for your eyes and, above all, should be comfortable on your head.
Read our buying guide to learn more about this iconic sunglasses brand and how to find just the pair for you. Check out our top picks when you’re ready to buy.
The basic shapes offered are round, rectangular, square, and pilot (Aviators). In addition to these categories, Ray-Ban also has sections called Tech, Active, and HIghstreet, as well as Icons (Wayfarers).
Ray-Bans come in a range of colors and frames, from tortoiseshell to wire. Some have a contrasting color at the temple (the part that goes over your ears) or on the interior of the temple. Look for some fun and funky options, too, like graffiti on the temples or limited edition frames featuring icons like those created by Disney.
Ray-Ban glasses have three numbers printed on them which relate to the size of the glasses. Measured in millimeters, the numbers read something like this: 50-20-150. This relates to the diameter of the lens, the width of the bridge (the bit that goes on your nose), and the length of the temple. This code is printed inside the left temple on most sunglasses.
Classic and functional
You can learn all about the glasses’ military past to their fashionista present, but it won’t help you choose from the huge array of lens and frame color combos now available in this recognizable style. Whichever you choose, customers universally comment on the exceptional clarity of the lenses, as well as the lightweight and quality construction. As an added bonus, they suit lots of different face shapes.
There are different types of lenses available with Ray-Bans. Most are offered in crystal (glass) or plastic.
Standard: These are military originals, green G-15 and brown B-15. The 15 refers to the 15% of light which is allowed through the lens. G-15 lenses offer the most natural vision, with lifelike colors and contrast. B-15 lenses give greater contrast in lower light.
Polarized: Polarized lenses reduce reflections due to a special coating and allow greater clarity and contrast. They are a great choice for sports. Ray-Bans that are polarized feature a “P” next to the Ray-Ban logo.
Mirror lenses: Mirror lenses reduce glare and light and give you the chance to channel your inner state trooper.
Gradient lenses: These lenses have a lighter color on the bottom of the lens. Their two-tone style is available in a range of colors, including a mirror lens fade.
Legends: These offer a 1960s retro look in the vintage colors of blue, grey, and rose while offering modern attributes like UV blocking, color contrast, and clarity.
Most frames are made of nylon and propionate, a common plastic used in glasses thanks to the fact that it’s lightweight and durable and has hypoallergenic qualities. A number of Ray-Ban frames are made of acetate, which is pricier but offers a glossy look while being strong and scratch-resistant. Other materials include metal, titanium, carbon fiber, and even frames in premium materials like leather, wood, aluminum, and gold.
Case: It’s always best to keep your investment protected when not in use. Ray-Bans are sold in a signature case; you can also purchase additional authentic Ray-Ban cases in alternate colors and limited edition styles.
Cleaning: Ray-Bans offer their own brand of microfiber cleaning cloths. A small one is provided in the case, and extras are available online in multi-packs.
Dark-tinted glasses that do not offer polarization or UV protection are actually worse for your eyes than not wearing glasses at all. That’s because the darkness makes the pupils dilate, allowing damaging UV rays to hit the inner eye.
To check which size lens you need, hold a credit card vertically in front of your face against the center of your nose. If the edge of your eye extends past the card, you need a small. If it lines up with the eye, you need the standard size. If the card does not reach the edge of your eye, you need a large. Ray-Ban states that 90% of customers need a standard size lens for a correct fit.
To clean your Ray-Bans, hold the glasses under a running tap of lukewarm water. Add a tiny drop of lotion-free dishwasher liquid, and gently rub it over the glasses. Rinse well. Dry with a microfiber cloth.
These are not cheap sunglasses — you won’t be paying drugstore prices, though many users who balked at the price were convinced of the quality once they tried them. The least-expensive glasses are about $130, with many styles in the $150 to $200 range. This goes up to $500 for gold and titanium styles.
Consider the shape of your face when choosing a style. If you have a round face, go for rectangular or square glasses, which balance the face and make it look longer and thinner. Square faces can go with round or oval glasses. Heart-shaped faces look best in deep-lensed glasses with thin temples. Those with oval faces get the pick of the litter, since they can pretty much pull off any style.
A few tweaks to the original give it the edge
This new design is not greatly different, but it is slightly smaller than the original, which works better for a lot of women who need a more petite size. It has a slight tilt that prevents it from slipping down the nose. It’s also available in multiple combos, including polarized, gradient, and even mirror. Many customers swear by these glasses and buy nothing else. And, for the record, they are sturdy. Most glasses are replaced due to loss rather than breakage.
Bookish-looking Clubmaster glasses make you look intellectually superior in a fun, retro way, especially if you go for the tortoiseshell frames.
Rectangular glasses make a heavier statement with thick frames and dark lenses that you can look mysterious behind.
If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with the original Wayfarer, which for many users remains the best of the bunch.
Q. Which is better: crystal or plastic lenses?
A. Most plastic lenses are polycarbonate plastic, which is better than glass at absorbing UV rays. They are lighter than glass and better for sports because they won’t shatter. Glass wins out for clarity as well as for being more scratch-resistant. You also need glass for any prescription lenses. Expect to pay a bit more for glass lenses.
Q. Where are Ray-Bans made?
A. For the most part, they are made by Luxottica in Italy. The company also makes some products in their facility in China, however, so if your glasses come from there, that doesn’t mean they’re knock-offs.
Q. Is there a warranty, and if so, what does it include?
A. The limited warranty covers defects in manufacture for two years. It doesn’t cover any scratches or damage you incur to the glasses, nor does it cover issues with prescription lenses. Keep your receipt, as proof of purchase is needed if you make a claim.
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